I FINALLY finished my Razor Cami by ohmystars! Hooray!
I started it on the 1st April, and finished today, the 13th of April. I used a bamboo/cotton blend, but in hindsight it would have been wiser to use a more stretchy yarn - especially when thinking of the straps and the ribbing on the back. It's not ugly per se, it just could've been more elastic. I wasn't able to sew the sides together (luckily it doesn't show!); if I had, no way I could've gotten it over my head!
Excuse the expression, I was really tired. Oh, and I am aware that my bra is showing. I never got around to taking a full picture with a white top underneath.. Bear with my pale skin! (and yes, that is our dryer behind me.)
I also added some ribbons under the straps. They're crooked as all hell. I crocheted the straps, adding a golden thread, to give it a little extra oomph. Fastening all the loose ends was a b*tch, so I'm really glad it's done. There is just no way to properly secure ends with yarn that is so smooth, except if you sew them down with thread. Which I did with some of them. It took a loooong time.
Yeah, my boobs really aren't that big. Wish they were, though. Despite the bit tight front and back, I'm very pleased with the outcome! More pictures on my blog. Details as well, but, well, it's in Danish. Give it a go if you feel brave, though!
I just started my first socks - the Daisies Socks by Marie Fly Fly. I've completed the ribbing and am about to start on the lace pattern. However, I've reached a problem on the very first row. There are 16 sts on each needle (on 4 needles), 64 sts in total. The first, fifth and ninth row of the lace pattern only adds up to 14 sts, where the others add up to 16 sts. And 14 is not dividable by 14. So on those rows I've got 2 sts at the end of each needle that I don't know what to do with. If I just continued in the pattern, I'd end up with 8 sts at the back of the sock that aren't charted.
The first row goes like this: K10, k2tog, 2 yo's, sl-k1-psso.
So what do I do? Do I do a pattern repeat on each needle and knit the last 2 sts? Or do I just continue in the pattern and end up with 8 sts at the back of the sock?
The same problem arises in the second lace pattern - again, the just sts don't add up. Help!!
Okay, so on countless blogs I've seen bloggers have a progress percentage bar of their WIPs. And I've tried finding this calculator (as I think it's a calculator - correct me if I'm wrong) but with no luck. I know of Rose-Kim's shawl progress calc, but is that really the only one out there?
I searched the site and came up with nothing. Hope someone can hep.
So. I bought some very pretty, shiny yarn named "Siesta" (not sure of the brand) for a top. I'm knitting on circs, and after a few rows I can see that the yarn's broken and has been tied back together (don't you just HATE that?!). The yarn is unbelievably smooth, so after a few tugs on the knot, it unravels. *sigh* Fine. I keep knitting and start up the new end, and tie a knot on it so that it won't come undone while I'm working on it. For now it's holding just fine, but it won't stay that way forever, and especially not when I start washing and wearing the damned thing. The yarn is 50% acryllic and 50% rayon. It is very nice against the skin, so I'd hate to have to drop the whole thing, just because the yarn is throwing a hissy fit. So my question for you is: how on earth do I keep the ends in place? I usually tie knots on the back/in the sides, just in case the ends for some reason come undone. But I'll constantly be worrying about this, and when it's so smooth and slippery, I'm afraid it'll easily slip out even if I weave in a good bit. Any suggestions for what to do?
I've just cast on for DROPS design's 88-4 (they should give these patterns names...) and since it's my first, well, almost everything (cables, circs, two strands of yarn, garment, etc.), I think it would be fun to have a KAL. Besides, it's just a really pretty cardigan!
I bought DROPS yarn (I live in Denmark, so it's available most places) in 100% Alpaca in colourway 7238 and green glitter thread. I've done a couple of rounds, and it's just gorgeous! I think the final result will be great.
I'm making Lionbrand's Lacy Stole (yeah, it's me again ) out of this yarn, and I want to block it so that it doesn't turn out all misshaped and strange. The label doesn't say anything about blocking, nor that I shouldn't soak it, but I'm getting mixed signals on the web. Some say "no problem!" while others describe it as a nightmare. I'm worried about the actual mohair.. It won't fall off, will it?
Perhaps it should be said that I've never blocked anything before in my life (except the occasional door), so I'll definitely check out some tuts and guides before attempting to block my shawl. If it's even possible blocking it.
I just got a good ogle at Knitpicks.com, and now I simply must buy something from their site. I really shouldn't but don't we all know that feeling!
I'm not really sure WHAT I want to knit, though. So I ask you: bring on all your (free) patterns using knitpicks yarn. Socks, hats, sweaters, wrist/ear/leg-warmers; for summer or winter or spring, you name it. I've seen the patterns at Knitpicks, and they're alright, but I'd like some more suggestions. I've done some searching on the 'net, but for some reason I'm not really getting anything.
*(K 1, yo) twice, (k2tog-tbl, p 1, k2tog), p 1, (k2tog-tbl, p 1, k2tog), (yo, k 1) twice; rep from *.
So you knit one, yarn over twice, I get that. But then the (k2tog-tbl, p1, k2tog) is shown in parentheses. Followed by the p1, and then another (k2tog-tbl, p1, k2tog) and (yo, k1) twice.
I'm unsure whether this means that I do from the first k2tog-tbl... to the (yo, k1) twice in the same bit, or if it's just the (k1, yo/yo k1) that I do twice, and the rest is just in parentheses for show. I'm no good at calculating stitches, I'm afraid, so I'd really appreciate it if someone could help me figure out if it's done once or twice. I just don't understand why they'd but it in parantheses if it wasn't supposed to be done twice.
I know I could just give it a shot, but I'm using Vivaldi from Garnstudio - it's mainly mohair, so there's not a chance in hell I'll frog even just a bit prettily.
As a gift for a woman who sent me some lovely things, I decided to reconstruct a simple, cheap journal.
I used: postcards, acid-free paper (I think you normally use it for scrapbooking), stickers and some extra-strong glue.
Detail on back:
Pardon the dark images; the lighting in my room is horrible, and the third picture is just a cropped version of the second one. I couldn't get proper pictures of the details.
Inside the journal, I wrote: "Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts." with a green glitter pen - to let her know how much I appreciate what she sent me.
I haven't gotten it sent off yet but hopefully I'll get around to it soon! Thanks for looking.