Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to everyone. Since there is lack of knitting content, I'll leave you with a little Burton for Halloween:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Socks and "Shrooms

I just finished the second Camo sock, but I won't have a picture of the finished sock until tomorrow. So to hold you over, here's what it looked like this morning when I took a quick picture:But it's all finished now and I'm happy about that. Now I'm going to start a really basic feather and fan lace scarf because I want something that is no brainer since Nanowrimo starts in two days. I'll be focusing most of my attention on writing, so the blog may be a little scarce with new knitting material for a while. I will still be knitting though because I just have to. All work and no fiber makes Leah cranky.

On another side note, I went out to eat last night and had a mushroom stew which was to die for:That's a big pile of 'shrooms with some thinly sliced beef. I now want more.

Knit on...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Finished Sock and Another on the Way

I did finish the first camo sock yesterday while at school. Here's the finished product:And the second sock should be finished by this evening since I don't think I'm going to be up for working on convoluted colorwork. I might do some spinning though since Wednesday is for spinning.

Last night was a lot of fun. I had a few people over to the apartment for a stitch and bitch/ eat American food in the land of Kimchi. We ate mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, roasted garlic, PB&J, and cookies. All in all, it was a great time. Add to that the washing down of the food with Screwdrivers and it was even better. The best part though? We have now converted another chick to the realm of knitting. She learned to cast on last night and how to make a knit stitch. By the end of the night, she didn't want to stop and I'm betting that she's still going on the fabric right now!

Knit on...

Monday, October 27, 2008

When All Else Fails...

Look, a sock!Lorna's Laces (I mean really, you're reading my blog...what else would I be using?) in the Camouflage colorway. This is just a plain vanilla sock that I'm making for my neighbor Barbie. I originally loved the colors in the skein, but when I started knitting it up, I realized that these really aren't my colors. But I do think they are definitely her colors. So, she'll get a pair of socks, which works out since her feet have been cold here recently too.

Not much else is new on the knitting front. Donegal is stagnant again because I was not motivated to work on it at all. I have to admit that the speed of the sock is making me very happy right now. I think I just needed something small to pick me up and get me back on track.

Knit on...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

For a Knitting Blog...

There hasn't been a lot of knitting going on. I do have a new sock in progress, but due to the craziness of the past week, I didn't get much else done. This week should be quieter and I should start making some knitting progress again. I did wind up 8 skeins of Shepherd Worsted into balls this week, so I accomplished something yarn-related :oP

More to come this week. Sorry I've been quiet and not posting. I should be better this week!

Knit on...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Donegal is Growing, Slowly but Surely

Here's the updated picture of Donegal. It's now 12 inches long and I'm hoping that this week I will get a lot knit on it since last week was so crazy that I wasn't able to get much done on it.I'm liking the sweater more and more each time I look at it. It's a pleasure to knit and it's turning out pretty good considering this is my first colorwork aside from the poker scarf that I knit DF. The only bad thing is that it doesn't travel well since it has 11 different colors in it and it's growing pretty fast.

Since most of you have no idea why last week was so crazy, let me just give you one word: Josephine. I don't want to go into it on the blog in case anyone were to find it over here, but it was a bad week. It's getting a little better today, but it still sucks. Thank goodness I have lots of knitting to do to keep me sane!

Knit on...

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Most Politics You Will See On This Blog

Because things have been crazy at the Magic Knitter residence, I have no knitting content to show you. I finished one sock and am working on the second, so hopefully by Monday I'll have something decent to show you! But for now, here's the most politics you will ever see on my blog:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

We Interrupt This Knitting Blog....

To share the newest Korean-related music video :oP

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Since There Was Lack of Content Earlier...

I present, how I feel in a yarn store:
more animals

House Socks

I didn't knit a single row on Donegal last night, so there's no update to that progress. I did get most of the cuff done on the first slipper sock:As you can see, it was a terribly exciting knitting day.

I don't have much else for today. Hopefully tomorrow will show at least a finished sock, maybe more.

Knit on...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

One Scarf Down, 6 Pairs of Slipper Socks to Go

Well, I finished the Irish Hiking Scarf this weekend and it's all ready to go into the Christmas presents box:Not the greatest expression on my face, but the scarf looks good :oP This one will go to my grandfather. The green one I made earlier will go to my grandmother. I'm making slipper socks for everyone else. I cast on yesterday for the first one and it's going OK using the two circular needles method. I didn't have any size 4 DPNs here, so I'm making due with what I have. I definitely am a DPN girl rather than 2 circs.

Of course I also worked on Donegal. It's about 12 inches long now, so only 4 inches more to go before I can start doing the steeks for the armholes. Here's the progress so far:It's growing at least. I've found that I like this sweater from a distance. When you look at it up close, the pattern turns into a blob of random colors, but step a foot or so away and it turns into this with the scrolls actually starting to show up. At least it's getting there. I'm still optimistic of being done with this before the end of winter and being able to wear it one time before putting it away for the Spring.

Knit on...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Two Knits for the Price of One!

Normally it's one or the other per blog post, but today you're in luck. For this blog post and this blog post only, I bring you not one, but two knitting projects! Step right up and see the colorwork that is Donegal:The knitting has taken on a mind of its own. It even throws up its own ends when it has had enough for one night:The scarf also has a mind of its own and said that it needed a length shot since it was neglected in yesterday's blog post:It didn't listen to my protests that I was in my pajamas for the night. Then it posed for a more subtle picture, all curled up and looking pretty:Now that the knits have had their blog time, I'm off. Thank goodness it's Friday. Oh, and it's also SnB with C tonight. Coffee, cake, yarn, and good company is always a good thing.

Knit on...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Spinning, Spinning, Spinning...Now I need to ply

Wednesdays are for spinning, so I hunkered down last night with the alpaca roving and spun up a second ball of the singles:I've got enough roving to probably do another 1-2 balls of singles. Since I didn't weigh the roving before I started spinning, I have decided to andean ply the singles so that I can get every last inch out of the yarn. The singles are a light fingering (aside from that big fluff end on the second ball there) and I hope that they will make a decent worsted weight yarn when all is said and done. I'm anxious to start working with this yarn, so I'm probably going to have to ply next week at the very least so I can have some yarn to fondle.

I also spun this much more of the roving once the second ball was off the spindle:It's not much, but there's enough there that it's going to keep me from plying unless I finish it up. I might just have to neglect Donegal knitting tonight and finish up some spinning so I can ply like crazy next week. We'll see what mood I'm in tonight when I sit down and decide what to work on.

Hm, fondle alpaca or work on colorwork...what to do?

Knit on...

Donegal, Scarf, Donegal, Scarf...

I seem to be in a blogging rut here. Every other day it's either Donegal or the Irish Hiking Scarf. Seeing as these are the only two things currently going on in my little knitting world, it's no wonder, but it does lead to some monotonous blogging. With that said, it's Donegal day, so here it is after two full repeats:It's growing, albeit very slowly. Tonight is spinning night, so it will more than likely be negelected except for the required one row a day.

Today I have been working on the scarf. I've done 10 repeats so far and it will probably grow some more by the end of the day. I'm hoping to be finished with this scarf by the end of the week. I might break up the scarf and Donegal monotony by knitting a bag of some sort. We'll see what mood I'm in by the time I finish the scarf.

Knit on...

Monday, October 06, 2008

Irish Hiking Away!

Yesterday I finished up the first ball of yarn for the Irish Hiking scarf. It's a little over 3 feet long now, so I should be able to reach my goal of 6 feet by only using two balls. I bought four in this colorway hoping to get a couple of scarves out of it, so I'm happy so far. Here's the scarf in progress:Yesterday was also spent watching the students gather for the running of the torch for the Korea National Sports Festival. I was actually surprised that it came through this area. These are some of DF's students. Mine were mixed in there too. Here's the torch running:Hopefully more progress pictures of Donegal tomorrow!

Knit on...

Sunday, October 05, 2008

The Sweater Grows and So Does the Scarf

I almost finished the second full pattern repeat on Donegal this weekend. The sweater now measures about 10 inches in height and only has 6 more inches until I add steek stitches. I have to admit that I am a little weary of the steeking. I have never done it before and the thought of cutting the fair-isle that I have spent however long on makes me cringe. I'll still do it, especially since I am determined to work this patter as-is (aside from the yarn. I'm using KP Pallete instead of the uber expensive Rowan yarns. Gotta stick to the budget). Anyways, here's the sweater so far:The red bars are not really that distracting in person. On the picture though, they stand out like a sore thumb. It's still nice looking though.

I also knit some more on the Irish Hiking Scarf. It's almost 3 feet long now:I'm working on it now too, so it should grow some more as the day goes on.

Tomorrow will hopefully show more Donegal and more scarf progress.

Knit on...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Bugs and Fiber

Yesterday on my way home from work, I ran into this guy:hard to tell from the picture, but this (more than likely gal and not guy) mantis was just sitting there posing for me in all its 4 inch glory. I really wish I had my SLR camera with me for that one. I got a little too close and he reared up and flashed his buggy claw things at me, so I backed off and continued walking home.

Remember how Wednesdays are supposed to be for spinning? Well, last night it really was for spinning. I finished half of the alpaca roving:It really has no green in it, but it managed to get a greenish tint to it in this picture. I also finished a little more spinning on the second half of the alpaca:I also finished 10 repeats of the chocolate brown Irish Hiking Scarf:It's a close-up view, but I really like the way the texture showed up in this picture.

There's no work tomorrow because it's a holiday, so you probably won't get a post until Monday. Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Knit on...

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Donegal, Squares, and More Yarn

I knit a little more on Donegal last night. I'm about 1/3 of the way through the second pattern repeat now:Sorry this picture isn't all that great. I was trying to snap a picture before the battery on my point and shoot camera died. Looks like I might have to start breaking out the SLR camera because I'm having battery issues with the other camera. Ah well. I also made three squares:I also bought yarn yesterday, but the camera died before I could get pictures. I bought four skeins of chocolate brown wool and four skeins of a green wool. I think these will become Irish Hiking Scarves for Christmas presents. I've probably got enough for a sweater, but with Donegal in the works and the Lorna's taunting me from the other room, I should probably work on Christmas stuff.

Caitlin, the knitter I met on a field trip on Saturday, went with me to the yarn store and she picked up 4 skeins of red cashwool to start making a scarf. Maybe scarves are just the way to go right now.

ETA: I finished 10 repeats on the Irish Hiking Scarf in chocolate brown while at work today. I'll have pictures tomorrow.

Knit on...