Monday, January 30, 2012

%$&^@!!!

It's been a frustrating day. Everything external aside, the decreases on the hat took me FOREVER. I knit too tightly on small or short needles (not to mention the fact that I was already frustrated), so wedging a needle into two stitches was like pulling teeth. I actually thought I was knitting two together and lost a stitch without discovering it for a few rows. By the point of its discovery it had unraveled a few more stitches and I had to try my best (which isn't very good) to fix it. There's a little bump there now. Oops! I'm not a fan of the way the hat fits (it's too boxy at the top and therefore doesn't like to stay on my head), and my initial instincts about the earflaps being too small were right. I had a little trouble getting the braids to match up, but I got them there in the end. If I were doing it over again I'd make them longer though. But it's done (yay!) and now I can take a (much needed) break tomorrow and start something new for HPKCHC on the first. Oh, and by the way... I ate my animal crackers and they were delicious! =P

Done!!

Almost there...

I spent a little bit more time on my hat today while I was sitting around waiting. I seem to do a lot of that here recently... Like waiting to eat those animal crackers. =P

I finished all the colorwork, so I'm done with my first chart (yay!) with no screw ups and only a few instances of confusion. I'm not sure if I'm ready for charts in projects that are worked flat though. That's really confusing. Not to mention charts that aren't perfect squares/rectangles, yikes!

I've only done the first row of decreases, but you can see the main body of the hat is finished and all I need now is the crown.


First colorwork experience is a success!

I've got a super busy day tomorrow (and an early morning, yuck!) so I'm cutting it short. I'm up too late already anyways!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Getting Impatient. Want Cookies.

I'm about halfway through my hat now, but at this point I'm looking forward to eating the cookies more. =P The hat will fit on my head, but it doesn't have enough height for me to tell if it will go all the way on. I haven't worked on the hat much today, but I've added red for a few rows and I'm not sure if I like it. Three of the five colors for this hat were stash yarn, and they've all worked really well together so far. I think I liked them all because they were muted colors, and then this bright red comes into the mix and ruins it! ;) I'm hoping it will grow on me because I'm stuck with it now...

Seeing red

Friday, January 27, 2012

Looks Good on the Outside...

I've been making my Animal Cracker Hat and the inside depresses me. It's so ugly!! =P All that carrying yarn makes it look nasty inside. This might mean that the next thing I need to do is learn to line a hat so I don't have to look at it (or worse... pick it).

This project is a lot of first times for me. My first hat, first time using DPNs and circular needles, first project with multiple pieces, first time using more than two colors, first use of 2 colors in the same row... I'm surprised it's not falling apart already! My only real worry is that it's too small though. Like I said, I've never made a hat before but it looks tiny to my untrained eye. I have a HUGE head so I'm crossing my fingers and toes that it fits when I'm done. The pattern doesn't say anything about gauge, so I'm using the same size needles and praying.

Starting to look like a hat!


Also, I've got some animal crackers to celebrate the hat's completion. Hopefully I'll finish soon so I can eat them! I'd eat them and roar like a lion, but they're Winnie the Pooh crackers. I guess I'll have to settle for Tigger. ;)

Animal Crackers... Mmmm

I cheated a bit last night and started on an earflap for my next project: an Animal Cracker hat! For those of you who don't know why it's called that... It's a Harry Potter reference. In the third movie (Prisoner of Azkaban) there is a scene of the boys in the Gryffindor dormitory eating animal crackers. These crackers, in the wizarding world, make you sound like the animal you just ate. Ron roars like a lion while wearing this hat (supposedly knit for him by Mrs. Weasley). So it's an obscure Potter reference at best, and I just like the hat. Plus, it will let me use up some of the gold and wine yarn left over from my scarf. The only down side is I keep wanting animal crackers...

This is my first hat, so I was a little nervous and put it on the needles backward the first time around. =P But that is fixed and everything is running smoothly now! I have 2 (small) earflaps attached to the brim of a hat with a couple of rows of the actual hat body finished already. Hopefully I'll finish in no time!

So far...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Success!

I've finished my first real knitting project! I made a Gryffindor scarf to wear in case everyone can't see my geek flag flying already. ;) I'm not 100% happy with the work I did, but I'm such a perfectionist I doubt I ever would be. Now comes the hardest part... Choosing what to do next!

Finished!!

I've got all the supplies I need to start four new projects, and I can't decide which one I want to do next. I wanted to do a scarf originally, but I think that two back-to-back scarves would be too monotonous. I really want to make this hat, but I don't think I'm there yet (in skills and chart reading) and I don't want to mess it up! I might do this hat instead to warm up to it. I'm pretty sure I can do everything involved there! I hope, lol. But you get bored if you don't challenge yourself, right?

I'll sleep on it and start something in the morning!

Monday, January 23, 2012

A New Beginning

This is probably the worst time in my life to start a blog. I've got a million things going on, and no time to just sit down and relax. But I'm hoping that this will be an outlet for me when the internet fails to interest me (read: Pinterest gets boring). I like to make things and I have WAY more craft supplies than I will ever be able to use in my lifetime, so I guess that's a topic I can go on about endlessly.

I scrapbook when I can haul all of my supplies into the same room (which is less often than I'd like). My current scrapbooking project is a travel album of all the trips I've been on. I need to do all of my NYC outings (sadly, the pictures of the World Trade Center were on a hard drive that died) and finish Ireland and I think I'm done. Then I have to do all of my Disney pictures, and I could do several albums on Disney alone. That will be an exercise in trimming the fat more than scrapbooking.

I used to cross stitch a lot, but my patience isn't what it used to be so I've given it up for the time being. That could be because it took me 10 years to finish my last project, lol. I'm currently about halfway through a bear birth announcement for Sylvester (who is over a year old). He'll be lucky if I finish by the time he's in kindergarten! =P I also have a cool Chinese dragon ("Celestial Dragon") by Teresa Wentzler (fantasy cross stitch designer extraordinaire) that is my first over-two cross stitch project, and the first time I've used iridescent fibers. I've barely started it, but I hope to go back to it soon.

Holly (my partner in crafting crime) taught me how to knit in November and that's my new obsession. My grandmother's been in the hospital a lot recently and I have had plenty of time to knit my first (huge) Gryffindor scarf, which I hope to take pictures of and post here when it's finished. It's taller than I am now and still not quite done. I've gone to the library and checked out tons of knitting books to see if I want to knit what I planned on next (which oscillates between 2 hats or another scarf) or completely derail my plans and go in a new direction.

I really want to learn to crochet too, but who knows when I will have time for that! The bonus to crochet is all I'd have to do is buy hooks. I have the yarn already!

Edit: I've added some posts from my old blog that are relevant to digital photography and scrapbooking, as well as a few others that felt like they belong here.