Saturday, December 31, 2011

Less internet = more sewing?

Just a heads-up, that starting at the beginning of next semester, I will no longer have my laptop around. I'm experimenting with not having a laptop at college, so I'm leaving it behind at my house.

I'll still be using the internet, just not as much. I'm hopeful that this will mean more sewing to blog about and be proud of. However, I'm working 14 hours a week next semester. I blocked out my schedule and it looks BUSY. I'm going to try super hard to be organized and disciplined and sew regularly, but I can't make any promises for sure until I figure out how hard my courses are going to be. Sewing and homework are both going to have to fit in after dinner (or before breakfast, but that seems a little extreme).

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and have a wonderful day with your family and friends!

If you don't celebrate Christmas, have a happy 25th of December and best wishes for a wonderful celebration on whichever holiday you do choose to celebrate!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sweater photo #3

I wish the word wrap wasn't gone on texted photos!
You can see the cable pattern a little better here.

Sweater photo #2

The sweater arrived in the mail at K's house today.
He took a few photos with his phone for me.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sweater photo

Sorry...this is all I've got.
A better picture will come later.

Monday, December 19, 2011

And...failure. Sort of.

As I mentioned in the comments to this post, my knitting all-nighter didn't quite work out as planned. I did get everything I wanted to get done done before I went to bed, but I underestimated how long the sewing together would take, and I forgot about the neckband. So the sweater wasn't finished by the time K and I left campus to go our separate ways. This is a perfect example, in my mind of the point that anything worth doing is worth doing right. I shouldn't have gone to bed before the sweater was done, or I should have gone to bed at a normal time.

Oh well. Not much I can do about it now, and the sweater is now done, and it looks pretty good, if I do say so myself. I took a crummy cell phone picture to text to K, and promptly forgot to take a good one, wrapped the sweater up, and taped it into a box. So I will make sure to get a picture of him wearing it, and in the mean time you all will have to content yourselves with phone pictures. I'll upload it soon.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Live blogging my knitting!

So, tomorrow I go home for Christmas break. I'm excited to be going home (duh) and quite pleased with how I finished the semester. But there's one project left unfinished. And that's K's sweater. I have the front, the back, and one and a half arms done. Unless I start getting way too sleepy, I'm not going to bed until I'm done the knitting. (Tomorrow I'll sew it together.) I'll live-blog my progress--although I expect the sane people are all in bed!

1:08--Just finished watching Legally Blonde for the first time ever. I liked it! I'm currently 11 inches into the 21 inch long arm. 10 more inches to go!

1:52--12 inches done, 9 to go. At this rate, I'll be done in, oh, 6.6 hours. Hmm. I guess this really will be an all-nighter. Or I'll give up. We'll see.

2:43--13.5 inches down, 7.5 to go. I am definitely feeling the time now! We'll see how long this lasts.

3:13--14.5 inches down, 6.5 to go. Slowly getting there. I'm taking a quick break to eat an orange and move around a little.

3:45--16 inches down, 5 to go. The pace is picking up! As is, probably not unrelatedly, the wrist pain.

4:15--17.5 inches down, 3.5 to go. The number left to go is getting reassuringly small, but the time is getting disturbingly late....

4:45--18.75 inches down, 2.25 to go. Slowing down. :( I should hopefully still finish within the hour, though.

5:15--20.5 inches done, .5 inches to go. So close I can taste it! I just realized I forgot that there isn't just assembling the sweater; there's also knitting the neckband. I think I can still leave that until tomorrow, though. I'll be getting up early and not leaving campus until 3 or so.

5:27--Binding off! Why is the last 1/2 inch always the longest and most time-consuming part?

5:33. DONE. Goodnight!

Friday, December 16, 2011

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Quick update

The front of the sweater is completed! I'm working on one of the arms. I'm trying madly to finish it in time to give to K before he goes home for Christmas break, but I'll have to see if that happens--I'm also afraid of hurting my hands/wrists right before finals.

I'll try to post pictures soon, but I've lost my camera, and after a stressful (but fun) extra credit project involving 37 cell phone pictures, I'm not in a hurry to take and upload any more, at least not for a while.