Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Oh Booger.

In my excitement after finishing the fleece spinning (knock on wood), I made a big push to get my two smaller projects off the needles. You know, clear the air before starting a large garment. One of those was that pair of gloves I started at the end of December. I got back from knit night tonight, thinking that the index finger looked a little stumpy, but maybe it was just the poor lighting. As I rummaged through my knitting bag to find a third needle, I realized I'd knit the ENTIRE SECOND GLOVE on US 1's instead of US 2's.

I don't know if I have enough yarn to just leave this as is and knit a third glove.

Mohair is not known for being easy to rip out.

Time for another beer.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Being sick is lame, but at least I could knit

So first the significant other got sick (this was two weeks ago), then I got sick about three days after he recovered. And by recovered, I mean that most of his symptoms were replaced with a persistent cough. Now, I may be reaching the coughing stage. So neither of us were sleeping well, and last weekend was mostly devoted to chilling out, doing laundry, and catching up on sleep. In the meantime, I've been knitting mitered squares. Behold, square #19:
Medium Blue Square

square #20:
Butter Yellow Square

and square #21:
Deep Green Square

I've got them all in one Flickr set so that, when I'm done with the knitting, I can drag the pictures around and get a feel for what the entire blanket will look like. I'll definitely have enough yarn to do a 6 squares by 6 squares blanket, and it's nice to be making headway on this project again.

I am thisclose to being finished spinning my fleece! And by finished, I mean that I will have enough yarn for a cabled sweater, not that I will have spun up the entire fleece. Remember way back when I separated out the darkest and lightest locks from the rest of the bunch? Yeah, that fell by the wayside. I spun up all the middle-gray locks, and was about 300 yards short of my spinning goal for the sweater. Hopefully my makeshift blending of light and dark locks won't be too obvious in this last skein. I am cutting it pretty close on the yardage, but I think I'll be okay. I'm about 85% sure that I want to knit the
Halcyon Aran (second link is to Ravelry). Instead of doing the pattern exactly as written, I am already planning on shortening the sweater by a few inches, probably by taking out one repeat of the large center cable. 26 and a half inches (the length as written) would put the lower hem of the sweater below my butt, which wasn't a good look for me in the late 80's and isn't any better now. Plus, I figure this will be a heavier garment and it'll stretch a little under its own weight. I've got one more bobbin of singles that will get plied back on itself (hopefully this weekend), so next week I can start swatching! Hooray! I'm so excited to think I might actually have taken this project from raw fleece to finished sweater in a year. Given my timing, I'll probably finish the sweater in June...

Friday, March 6, 2009

Get your nerd on, old school

Here's me, waving my geek flag high and proud. The Castro Theater in San Francisco is doing an original-cast Star Trek movie marathon this weekend. Three double features: I and II tonight, III and IV on Saturday night, and V and VI on Sunday night.

I found out about the event this morning, while idly searching for movie times and procrastinating at work. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was the first Star Trek movie I saw in a theater, and I'm a little more excited to see the rest on the big screen than I probably ought to admit in a public space. The only question in my mind was whether the significant other would want to go just tonight, or for all three nights. I immediately made plans to get over to the theater as soon as I could after my classes ended, so I could get in line and get tickets before they sold out. I was checking my purse for change for the bus, looking up how long it would take me to get over there via public transit, and seeing if any of our friends would be interested in coming. Several emails, phone calls, text messages, and one MUNI ride across the city later, I arrived at the theater to find no line and a very bored-looking ticket clerk who assured me that yes, they still had plenty of seats left for the 7:00 show.

I guess I'm the only person in San Francisco who would assume that a Star Trek marathon would sell out... must be the way I was raised.


P.P.S. I promise, more knitting content soon. I have finished three more squares. And I need to share my haul from Stitches. Tomorrow morning I will get off my butt and photograph fibery goodness.