Showing posts with label ravelympics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ravelympics. Show all posts

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ravellenics Update: Daylight. It's What's for Good Photography

I get very good daylight in my bedroom from about 10am to 1pm, and totally took advantage of that today.

After a bit of fiddling, I found the sweet spot which  is with ISO 800, f6.0, 1/15, and the white balance set to daylight.  There is a bit of shadow, but that is due to the way the light was in my bedroom and the angle I took the photographs; the fire escape is right outside the window with the most light, so it gets a bit tricky.

Still, it is an improvement. My favorite photo is the fourth one.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ravellenics Update: Slow and Steady Wins the Race?

Yesterday afternoon, I finished all of my work so I took Adele to Athens Square Park and worked on my Pickadilly for a bit.

Later that evening, I finally got around to putting the stitches on scrap yarn for the sleeves - I had reached it earlier in the park, but forgot my darning needle so I had to go home.

I have been quite happily knitting away on the Pickadilly and stopped do to my stitch count. I had 434 stitches which is the amount you need for the 42" size.

I must have under or overcounted somewhere because I did not do my counting method of place a stitch marker every 50 stitches. The Pickadilly armholes ended up two times the size. The sleeves were about 6" larger than they should have been. It was very strange because I thought I counted everything right.

Froggage. Ollie expressed exactly how I was feeling at this point.

Another thing that I have been struggling with is photography; I tried to take some photos of the Pickadilly once I frogged it back and got it on the needles again, but the white balance was really off even though I was in the bathroom and had a white blanket on the floor as a background. 

I have a feeling that this sweater will be the death of me. But I will press on because I really want to finish it.

On a happier note, some of the best knitting has been happening with the help of a little fluffy one, once she has finished her hourly "zoom, zoom" run around the apartment:
She makes me happy.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Episode 36: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

On the Needles
Yay! Working on something OTHER than the Larch Cardigan and working on my wips! Working on the Darjeeling Socks and Summer Flies. The swap I received the Dream In Color Smooshy in Blue Lagoon was the Knitter's Treasure Swap.
Knitting Trainwrecks
On Tuesday, I came home from class ready to knit on the Summer Flies, but discovered that since I left out my knitting, Adele chewed on my KA Switch Interchangeables. The horror!

Just as I was about to sic my Signatures on The Aussie because he told Adele "Good girl," I found an eBay seller called Pinkfeather Knitting that had replacements and extra cords and sizes to boot. She also has a website.

Spin Right Round
FINISHED! Woo!!! I ended up with 80yds, 3ply, about a DK weight yarn from Into the Whirl's Romney fiber in Ritual (page 5, sixth photo). Definitely doing a 2 ply next time since I will get more yardage. 

Knitting Finds
How It's Made Season 7 Episode 10: Weaving Looms
Blue Room Pottery: beautiful yarn bowls! This one is my favorite:
Image Copyright Blue Room Pottery
Swan's Island is a company based in Maine that makes 100% organic merino and alpaca blend yarn dyed with natural dyes. Beautifully made.
Image Copyright Swan's Island
The Shetland Trader has a 20% sale going on. 

Knitting Travels
The Aussie, Adele and I went out to Central Park on Saturday because after four horrible heatwaves and a chilly and rainy Friday, it was perfect summer weather. The great thing about Central Park is that you can go there so many times and still find something new and not really go over the same thing twice. I knitted on my Darjeeling socks for a bit, and later, we went to Knitty City where I picked up Jamieson and Smith Spindthrift in Sandalwood, Peacock and Willow.
In spite of the unseasonably cold weather, The Aussie and I still went to the Brooklyn Fiber Arts Guild's annual Stitch and Pitch.

Ravellenics/Rave-what'sits - you get the drift. Team Sasquatch. Cast-on/dig out those beleaguered WIPs July 27. Check your local TV station for broadcast times, but, one can always cast on during GMT and in essence gain MORE time since London is technically 5 hours in the future from NYC. 

Thanks for listening!
Closing Song: "Feel the Same Way" by Poema via Noise Trade

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Episode 35: The Do-Over

On the Needles:
Mel and I headed back to Turks and Caicos this past week, for a much needed re-do of our vacation from last summer (in which we got hit by Hurricane Irene). I worked on the Rock Island on the beach, using metal Hiya Hiya needles which were much better for knitting on a hot day since my hands didn't stick.

Not so much knitting since there was a lot of reading: I finished  The Emperor of All Maladies, The Paris Wife, The Winter Palace and currently working on The Knife of Never Letting Go which is for the A Playful Day Read-Along.

Spin Right Round:
Working on my Into the Whirled Ritual, which is a Romney braid. Getting better at drafting and no wrist pain! Taking breaks, stretches, Icy Hot is helping a lot as is figuring out how to position my drafting hand (my left hand) such that I don't have a claw hand and that my fingers don't tense.

Knitting Finds:
Leftie by Martina Behm (of Hitchhiker fame)
Maxwell Cardigan by Amy Christoffers - edgy and classic
Classic Wooly Toppers by Wooly Wormhead 
Baah Yarn - currently based in Southern California and slowly expanding. Credit given to Lisa, who informed me about this yarn, love the color.

Knitting Travels:
Great eats: Mango Reef (best Conch Fritters), da Conch Shack, Coco Bistro, Somewhere Cafe, Hemingway's
Earrings by Sheila Ludington (based at Paradise Arts owned by Brenda Ludington). Also check out Anna's Art Gallery.
Toured the reef and Iguana Cay with Island Vibes Tours.

Closing Song: "Feel the Same Way" by Poema via Noise Trade

PS. Photos of our trip to come soon!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Episode 31: Happy Accidents

On the Needles
Working frantically to finish the shawl for my Downton Abbey Swap partner.
Learning to let go and getting knitting mojo back by cleaning out the favorites and the queue, and working on my Summer Flies shawl in an attempt to finish the WIPs. 

Knitting Finds
Propaganda Yarn - Dawn's new Sherlock-inspired colorway, Moriarty, was actually a happy accident.
Olympknits - adorable patterns and video featuring hand-knit athletes, expressing the excitement of the upcoming Olympics in London this summer.
New patterns galore: Hot Child in the City, a Malabrigo Freelance Patterns collection and Starling, a new laceweight sweater from Cecily Glowik MacDonald (great for that in-between weather).
Fun, beautiful and instantly gratifying project bags from YarnPop.
Getting the weaving bug thanks to an article about Ashford's new loom in Knitty - can't wait to try one out!  

Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet - thanks to Hunter Hammersen for sending me a copy! It is even more amazing than the site for the book suggests; highly recommended.

Maryland Sheep and Wool - no plan other than to not buy yarn. Shocking, I know! I will be wandering around and enjoying the festival for what it is, and hopefully meet some of you. I am planning to be on the left side of the Main Exhibition barn (when you are facing it) on the small lawn. I will have a sign.

The Ravelympics are coming soon - and I am very excited to be a part of it this year as a captain for Team Sasquatch, the one-stop team for all of the podcasts. Pick your event, knit/crochet/weave/spin your project and go for gold! FAQs can be found here.

Thanks for Listening!
Closing Song: "Let Go" by Frou Frou
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