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Taking stock

I’ve been thinking about it lately, and I’ve decided that a knit blog per se isn’t really the right thing for me. For one, I don’t get as much knitting done as I’d like to; and for two, I feel like a lot of far more intelligent knitters have far more intelligent things to say about knitting than I do. I was complaining about this to my friend one day, telling her about how all I do is just post pictures of what I’m knitting on here and don’t really have much to contribute techniques wise or anything. Most of the time I’m too busy to even update (thank you, college). So then she said to me, “Why don’t you just get a tumblr?”

PERFECT SENSE! I feel like a tumblr is much less obligatory than an actual blog is. It’s like the Twitter of blogging and pictures. And then when I actually have something to say, I’ll say it, instead of feeling like I need to fill up this — whatever this is — with something, anything!

And so, dear handful of readers, you can follow me on my tumblr. Predictably, I am knitticusmaximus. I think you’ll notice that nothing’s up. Yet! ‘Till then, see ya.


What I dream about when I knit stockinette…

Copyright Glenna C

Copyright Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Copyright fleegle on Rav

Coming soon…

A blog post. About a sweater and two pairs of socks. Really.


Funky hats

Lately I’ve gotten on this funky hat kick. I used to not be so much of a hat person. It’s got something to do with how regular hats don’t really look very good on me. Top hats? Nope. Fedoras? Not a chance. Beanies? Maybe. However, I have discovered one thing. This hat looks fantastic on me. It is, in a word… funky. And I’m in love with it. I wear it pretty much every day that I don’t want to wash my hair, and it hides my hair for me! How awesome is that, huh?

I will admit, I do get some pretty funky hat hair. But that happens, I guess.

I guess what I’ve been trying to get around to is that I want to knit myself a very funky hat. I’m thinking something along the lines of the Scrappy Scarf (Rav), except just in plain stockinette and probably without so many color changes… considering I’ve got about seven colors to work with:

Some of the yarn I’m working with are scraps of former projects, some not. I also get to work with some bent straights because I don’t have some size 3 circs/dpns. Woo! Always a fun day over here. But it’ll work out fine. I made a beret with some straights once and it turned out okay. Right? Right.

(P.S. I don’t know what happened to the socks. No clue. It’s very strange.)

Thoughts on a Nutkin

(Or, “I swear I’m alive, guys”)

So, I’m alive. Really. I just kind of took a hiatus from life for a few weeks and stayed in bed to be cuddled by my boyfriend (he’s really good for that kind of stuff. A keeper). Some other stuff happened other than my stepmother passing away, none of it good, and so staying in bed seemed like a good idea. I didn’t even knit! Gasp. I know. But I am knitting now.

I’ll knit the Monkey socks some other time. When thinking of what to knit, my mind jumped to socks… like it always does. In any case, I thought of my languishing Self-Imposed Sock Club and the February socks. Middle of the month, two weeks… seems like a good time frame for a busy college student to complete a pair of reasonably low-stress socks.

Except, well, these socks aren’t as low-stress as I thought. There seems to be problems with the sock biasing a lot, and the knitted-on hem that is the cast on edge is… troublesome, to say the least. I’ve been thinking of making modifications to the sock, like substituting the knitted-on hem cuff for a normal ribbed cuff, substituting the yarn-overs for a m1 instead, and using just a normal heel flap for the heel instead of the short-row heel that Nutkin calls for. Oh, and also… the purls. Ugh. The pattern has a purl stitch at either end of the lace motif and it’s causing ladders in my knitting like crazy! I’ve been thinking of just knitting the purls and seeing what happens.

So, in essence… taking just the lace motif and changing everything else on the sock.

I have to say, though, the knitted-on hem is the coolest thing ever. I hate ribbing, I really do, and the hem FIXES that. I guess you’ll know what I’m going to do when I do.

w.t.f., man.

I didn’t do any knitting today (Monday). I am stupid.

Also, it’s cloudy and I can’t see the lunar eclipse.

Oh yeah, I was supposed to put some pictures up…

PHOTOS. I HAZ THEM! Shot with a non-camera phone, and while the photo quality is still garbage, at least the detail isn’t blurry.

So first, my sock.


Well, it’s not my sock. It’s technically my good friend Ryan’s sock. Like I said earlier, he’s got some problems with depression. I thought a lovely, sunny yarn would cheer him up a bit and add some color in his life. (Walking on sunshine, anyone?)

Anyway. I turned the heel last night and did the gusset and it is SO MUCH BETTER than the first one. I actually did the first one wrong. This new heel is so lovely and smooth and awesomely done and everything is symmetrical and even and… well. I think you get the idea. First heel sucked, second heel rocks. I’m pretty excited about finishing it, and its brother.

Stranglevine scarf.

Remember the Stranglevine scarf? That’s how long it is, now. I seriously need to finish it, because the Advent Calendar Scarf is totally on my mind, and I want to knit it with some of this:

Lovely 70% merino, 30% silk laceweight.

It’s a lovely, lovely ultramarine blue (which, coincidentally, is its name — Ultramarine). 70% merino, 30% silk, it leaves my fingertips feeling very soft and wonderfully oily… if that makes any sense. There’s a nice oily, and then there’s gross, over-the-top oily… That doesn’t make sense to you? Never mind, then…

Also, next up on the agenda:

Deep green sock yarn.
Lovely variegated deep blue, light blue, blue, purple sock yarn.

Moar socks. I’m knitting socks for Ryan’s entire family, as it turns out (except for his parents, who are getting the Hemlock blanket previously mentioned. We shall not mention more of it now, because it’s being a little disagreeable bitch. I’m 99% sure I’m going to have to start over. I also hate bulky yarn. Anyway). The variegated yarn is actually a lot darker and richer than the photo shows. Photo #1 is pretty accurate on color, but photo #2 is strangely light for some reason. Who knows.

So, that and the blanket which shall not be named comprise my Christmas knitting. And the Advent Calendar Scarf. I’m thinking of knitting the other scarf as opposed to a blanket for my aunt. I don’t think I want to knit another Hemlock. But then, that gives rise to the question of, “What the hell am I going to do with five hanks of toffee colored bulky weight yarn?”