Friday, May 9, 2008

wicked dilemma

As you can probably tell, my wicked dilemma is that my wicked is, well, wicked short. What do I do? Do I rip out the bind off (did I mention that I did a sewn bind off... wicked hard to rip out...) and add more seed stitch? Do I rip back and add more stockinette before the seed stitch? If I do that, then do I have to rip out the pocket and put it back on holders? Do I just try and block the crap out of it?? I probably need a good 3 or 4 inches to have it fall where I would like it to... check out how much longer my t-shirt is. Granted, it's a long t-shirt, but I'm past the age, and waist size, where belly-shirts are cute anymore. (And although I am working on the waist size part... the age I can't do much about.)

I probably already know the answer (and it's the worst out of all of them) but please advise!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

wicked start

wicked start, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

I cast on for Wicked on Sunday and already have the sleeves on holders as of last night! I tried it on this morning (as seen above) and, hooray!, it fits! Not that you can really tell from that picture, but trust me, it does. I was a bit worried 'cause my gauge was slightly off, a but I think it's going to be ok.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Maryland Sheep and Wool got me back my knitting mojo

Sadly I forgot my camera on Saturday, but being around so much fiber really got me my knitting mojo back! I wasn't feeling it the last couple of weeks, but the last couple of weeks have also been extremely stressful, especially in the academic arena. Friday was my last day of teaching/class (and I don't even have to worry about final exam time 'cause our students took their last test during class time!) so spending Saturday at MSW was a great way to celebrate my first day of freedom, or, as some people like to call it, summer.

I might have forgotten my camera, but I did not forget my love of all things fiber. The damage:

Two skeins of "Sylvan Green" Domy Heather by the Davidson Corporation 475yds/100gms (and really, ridiculously cheap!)

And a skein of purple (I accidently threw out the tag when winding this so I don't remember the exactly colour name) of the same. I'm going to make a stripy cardigan out of these, a la newest knitty surprise cardi. I think this is very close to the weight of the yarn she used, so I'm going to play with needles and gauges and see what I like!

I also got a BUNCH of koigu KPM. This skein is for me, to use in some kind of colourwork with a skein of purple I've had for over a year. I'm thinking maybe Eunny's Anemoi Mittens. The other KPM I got was 3 skeins of a darker teal for my roomie. He's been a bit down lately and I thought it would be nice to get him a present. I know he's been wanting teal socks, so now he can make them for himself! (I got 3 'cause KPM is a little short on yardage and, well, he's a boy, so he probably needs longer socks than I do! I love that my feet are small and usually don't require that I get any extra yarn...)

And finally, what better than malabrigo to re-start my knitting mojo??

This is the beginning of wicked in malabrigo worsted "Verde Adriana". I didn't buy this at sheep and wool... I have enough malabrigo in my stash for 4 sweaters (including this one). Seriously, I think I have a problem... but it's a better addiction than most!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Still here...

I'm still here... April wasn't exactly a productive month for me, knitting-wise. I did manage to write a good chunk of a paper that I still have left over from last semester, and I was knitting, but I can't show you 'cause it was a test-knit for a book that should be coming out sometime next year and we (the test-knitters) were sworn to secrecy.

So, I'm done with that now, and I still have papers to write, but there will be new knitting content soon, I promise. I decided as a transitional project, I would make a new mother bear. Those go super quick, so I should have at least that to show off by the end of the weekend. Oh, and I'm going to MDSW (Sheep and Wool) on Saturday, so I'll try to remember to take a camera!