Monthly Archives: August 2010

Phew!

Well, here I am. Everything is absolutely charming and amazing. Sometime today I’ll get my roommate’s digital camera and take pictures of everything I love about IU. Stay tuned.

Due to heavy Welcome Week activities, I’ve gotten zero knitting done. Ha.

Packing and progress

I’m in the middle of cleaning out a room I’ve inhabited for the past six years and packing some of it away. Tomorrow I’m making the move to college, and while most of my books are staying here for safekeeping, everything else is going somewhere new. It’s weird. It’s not like I’m leaving this house, per se, because I’m going to be here for most breaks. But I’ll never live here permanently again. For the next four years, my home is going to wherever I’m staying in Bloomington, IN, and the house where I did the vast majority of my growing up will be like a way station in between.

*Tear!*

Well, in any case. Today I am swamped with boxes and packing and optimum item arranging for cramming the most stuff into boxes. Today, I’m going to go pay my dad a visit before I leave and clean my former room to within an inch of its life (as of Wednesday, it will then be known as Guest Room #2). Tomorrow, I move! I’ll probably put up pictures of my dorm and stuff tomorrow evening.

I have been knitting a tiny, tiny wee bit. The pattern for the lace column vest (currently named Sonia) is complete up to the armholes… I don’t know how to do armholes just quite yet. I’ll pick it up from there. But, I’ve been knitting the Falling Water scarf and here’s what it looks like so far, with two and a half pattern repeats: ta da!

I plan on working on it on the way down to Bloomington.

Proof that God exists

“Chocolate for the Heart,” Alice Park, from TIME Magazine, dated August 30, 2010

Romantics know that a little bit of chocolate can warm the heart, and researchers are learning that the benefits of the sweet may not stop there. Studies have linked chocolate consumption with lower blood pressure, lower levels of bad cholesterol and reduced risk of stroke and heart attack. A new trial documents how much cocoa is enough to keep the heart healthy — and how much is too much.

A survey of 31,000 post-menopausal women in Sweden found that those who ate chocolate one or twice a week lowered their risk of heart failure by 32%. But more isn’t better, say the authors, since women in the study who indulged in chocolate every day experienced the same heart-failure rate as those who ate a cocoa placebo.

The key to exploiting chocolate’s benefits is to balance the health effects of flavonoids with the fats that make it such a calorie-dense food. Flavonoids, which are more prevalent in dark chocolate, can keep blood vessels flexible and reduce clumping of platelets that block heart arteries, but the high fat content of chocolate can counteract those effects. A few treats a week, it seems, might be just right.

I am a-okay with eating chocolate a few times a week. THERE IS A GOD.

The pattern is coming along swimmingly.

Meanwhile, you should look at this: the most epic geographical puns you will ever see in your life.

So, I want…

something lacy, something intriguing, and a vest. I need it to work with the needles and the yarn that I have available to me now, because I am flat-ass broke and moving in a week (well actually, I’m $45 in the hole, but shhh). It has to be red and incorporate the Knit Picks Palette yarn that I’ve got sitting around here… which means fingering weight! It’s going to be knit flat and sewed up at the end… because I don’t have a pair of size 5 circular needles.

And also, it’s going to be knit on size 5 needles. My gauge is really tight and so really it’s like knitting fingering weight on size 4’s… I have to knit socks on size 2 needles because on size 1 needles I get a gauge of ten stitches to the inch. 40 stitches to 4 inches on size 1 needles with fingering weight… @_@

Stay tuned: red lacy vest design is upcoming!

I suck at knitting regularly

Just saying. Haven’t knit a stitch these past few days, and there’s really not an excuse for that, because I’ve been thoroughly bored out of my mind.

As long as we’re talking about not knitting, I’d also like to add that I made Indian rice pudding and fried zucchini today. These dishes turned out spectacularly. For someone who can’t cook, this is mind-boggling. Really.

I think I’ll go shame myself into working on that damn scarf now.

Forays into herringbone territory

Right. ¬†So I told my grandmother (whom I live with) that I would knit her a scarf and hat to match it, since she had a very nice cashmere scarf stolen from her last winter. ¬†Winters around the Chicagoland area can get really brutal, and if this winter is going to be as intense as our summer has been, we’re in for a hell of a winter (luckily, I’ll be down in Bloomington, but shhh).

So I went Ravelry cruising for a scarf and came up with one that looked pretty similar to the one she had last year. At this point, I kind of turn into a dumbass. The pattern says, moss stitch for six rows, then herringbone stitch until the scarf is long enough. Voila. And here’s me thinking, But how the hell do you do herringbone? Well. If I’d bothered to scroll down a page more, I would’ve found my answer. But me, being the independent person I am, decided to go out on the net to see how it’s done.

Apparently, authorities differ.

I found four different explanations for herringbone stitch, and none of them were clear on how to actually freaking execute the thing. I’m a fairly visual person and so most of the time I need a video or to watch someone do what it is I’m trying to learn, and me reading about how to execute stitches is Bad News Bears. Oh, and for the record — WHAT is the difference between regular old herringbone and WOVEN herringbone?! Nobody bothered to tell me that either.

But, of course, when I returned to the pattern, frustrated out of my mind… I noticed that there were other pages. And the other pages told me how to do it, very clearly and concisely.

I am st00pid.

SO, for all of you who might be having the same kind of problem I am, here is a very good explanation for the herringbone stitch. Who knows if this is how you do “woven” herringbone or not. I don’t know the difference. Perhaps someone else does?

Herringbone Stitch:

row 1: k2tog, k2, inc1, k2.
row 2: *p
row 3: k2, inc1, k2, k2tog.
row 4: *p

YOU MUST INCREASE AS FOLLOWS:
If you’re a throw knitter.
If you’re a Continental knitter.