Thursday, November 02, 2006

A knitting post!! Really!!!

Today is just one of those days where everything just feels a bit off. The first Thursday of every month is a 2 hour late start at school for teacher training, and it really puts a dent into my normal routine, and no matter what I do, it's always later than it really feels. I think the time change has a lot to do with it, too.

So much has been going on lately that I haven't had an opportunity to put any knitting pictures up. To be honest, I've not had much time to really sit down and knit as much as I would like to, but we've had a lot going on around here with Halloween and such, so the last couple nights have actually given me time to sit down and get something done.

First things first...my second Clapotis is completed. I'm not sure what I was thinking, making a second one right after the first one. I think the yarn to this one just wanted to be knitted into one and I couldn't resist. It's going to be a good long while though before I do another one of these, and it's just because I didn't do something in between the two.

Overall I'm very pleased with it. It's completely different than the first one I made, though, and that's because the first one was made with a silk yarn, so it draped differently. The second one has more spring to it, and I've been contemplating blocking it, but then there's another part of me that kind of likes it the way it is, even if the stitch definition isn't quite there.

I really like the colors most of all, though. I call it the Garden Clapotis just because the colors remind me of a flower garden in the summer time.

So, well over a year ago, I started a scarf for Sebastian. He hounded me and begged and pleaded for this scarf after he saw it in the Stitch 'N Bitch book. I went nuts getting the right colors and I started it and got pretty far into it. I'm not sure what happened, apparently I was distracted by some other pattern or a hank of pretty yarn or Christmas gifts that needed to be done, but in the end I put the scarf down and forgot about it.

Last week, Sebastian asked me about his scarf. To be totally honest, I'd completely forgotten about it, so I went to dig for it, and found it. The first thing I noticed though, was how different the quality of my knitting was then compared to now. I was amazed, and I knew that there was no way that I could just continue the scarf, because I'm not sure I could have duplicated the gauge I was knitting with then. I decided to start over again, because this is just one of those projects where it really pays to have everything consistent.

I guess by looking at the first picture that the scarf looks pretty bad, because the black and the green together look violently bright. Definitely not colors I would be caught dead in. Or alive for that matter.

It's the pattern though, that really takes the two colors and puts them to work, and the end result is what is called "illusion knitting." If you're looking at it from a top view, it just looks like hideous green and black striping.


However, if you look at the scarf at an angle, you see Alien heads. Pretty freaking cool, huh? It's amazing what two colors (the green and the black) and some strategic knitting and purling will get you. In my case, the end result will be one happy kid, especially since he's so into the alien thing right now--in fact, he's playing Destroy All Humans 2 on his Playstation, lol.

I still have 4 Alien heads to finish, and then the fringe, and I think that Sebastian intends to spend every waking minute of his little life standing over me and breathing down my neck until it's done.

Something I would like to do with this pattern is copy the chart and blow it up a bit so I can read it a bit easier. Even with my glasses on it's really easy to mix stitches up.

I'm really pleased with how it's turning out so far, though, and I have a funny feeling that once this is done, I'll be making more. :)

I'm out of here. My cat George, who's been with me going on 18 years, isn't doing so well these days and it's getting to where I need to put my personal emotions aside and do what's right for him. I'm having a really hard time with it though, he's been through thick and thin with me and from one coast to the other and back again, and since I was a kid, he's the one constant thing I've had in my life, and it's really hard imagining him not here with me.

So I'm off to go dig out some of his favorite canned cat food to heat up just the way he likes it to see if I can bribe him into eating. He's the kind of cat though, that when he doesn't want to eat something, it's not really a good sign.

I'm heartbroken.

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