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And now I am not behind anymore!

Anyway, [personal profile] thistleingrey requested "knitting," which seemed to logically follow from the previous post on sheep.

I learned how to knit when I was fairly young, maybe around 8 or 9 years old? My cousin's grandmother (the one not related to me) taught me how to cast on, knit, and purl, although I didn't know the terms of any of it, so all I could do was knit long swatches of stockinette that inevitably curled in on itself. I made up my own method for casting off by just stringing yarn through the final loops and tying a knot; learning how to actually do it was nice! I also figured out that you could alternate knit and purl to make patterns, and I figured out the hard way that you had to change the yarn from the front of the needle to the back or vice versa if you wanted to switch between knit and purl.

I more officially learned how to knit around 2004 or 2005, when my sister was knitting a simple garter stitch scarf and I decided to grab it from her to see if I still remembered how to do it. I then found Stitch n' Bitch and learned that there were things like needle sizes, different weights of yarn, and etc. It was kind of mind-boggling! I gave myself a little time to learn how to increase and decrease, and then I decided to jump right into lace.

I have discovered that I'm better with small projects that give me a chance of finishing; I've actually finished knitting all the pieces of a top, but I've yet to seam them. Scarves are best for knitting with TV with subtitles, and I love socks because there's enough variation to be interesting (sometimes scarves just... never end). I would knit tons and tons of hats except I don't actually wear them. I love how many hats you can make with a fairly minimal amount of yarn, and like socks, there's enough variation to be interesting, especially the crown. I also love love love knitting lace; making a pattern and watching it grow row by row is so satisfying. Of course, getting it wrong and having to tink five rows of sticky mohair or wool is WORST.

I am terrible at gauge and swatching. Of course, this always ends up biting me in the ass when I have to knit up the top of a sock five billion times so the multicolored yarn doesn't pool unattractively, but at least undoing rows of sock is much less annoying than anything bigger. But that's also why hats and scarves and socks are my go to. I also usually enjoy troubleshooting knitting unless something has gone dramatically wrong (see: tinking over five rows of sticky mohair) and I'm not particularly afraid of messing up knitting. I didn't think that was odd until I was in some knitting circles and taught other people to knit; I think having to knit by myself as a kid basically forced me to not be scared of mucking around with the yarn and stitches.

Despite all this, I don't think I've finished any knitting for a couple of years now =(. I blame grad school? I wanted to knit a fancy lace shawl for my sister for her wedding, and then hopefully for her first year anniversary. Now I am just hoping I finish.

Maybe this will actually inspire me to start again! So far, I have the fancy lace shawl, a half finished pair of socks, colorwork mittens, another shawl, and probably a lot of other things I don't even remember any more. I'm a little wary of going back to the socks and mittens, since my gauge has probably changed, and then I'll have to tear them out and start over. Ugh.

There's something about making something tangible when I spend so much time in the digital world, and I kind of miss having something to do with my hands.

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Tue, Sep. 29th, 2009 08:51 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] care_faith_hope is an auction being run to raise money for a friend who needs to cover medical expenses for herself and her husband. (More info)

I have an offer to knit a pair of socks if people are interested...

(the pricing and everything is v. random since I have not done this before)
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Knitting again!

Fri, Sep. 11th, 2009 08:38 pm
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It's been forever since I've knit! Last year school was basically too busy, and I just got out of the habit during the summer. But then I finished the socks I started at Wiscon, started a baby hat for my high school teacher, and proceeded to cast on a billion projects.

Well, two socks. But it still feels like a lot!

And now, I have started a Fair Isle tam! OMG people! I have avoided doing it for years after promising my sister one because I was scared of stranded knitting, but it is much easier than I thought! I feel so accomplished! Exclamation point!

Of course, I am sure I will discover in a few rows that my gauge is completely wrong, that I am pulling too tight on the strands, and that I'm holding the yarn wrong or something. But right now, I AM DOING STRANDED KNITTING!

(Also, 1x1 rib in stranded knitting? Sucks!)
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I think it's been forever since I've posted picture spam, especially of my knitting! Giant pictures under all the cuts!

Mariposa, April 2008 )

Knitting )

Ratties! )
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  • [livejournal.com profile] desdenova has started to watch Damo! Whoo! I pet my shiny new obsession and beam as it spreads. Come on, people, make me feel better -- who else is out there watching kdramas?

    My current kdrama sources are [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, [livejournal.com profile] shewhohashope, [livejournal.com profile] rilina, [livejournal.com profile] vonnie_k, The Stack, Dramabeans, and of course d-addicts for information.

  • For the other Sekrit LJ Smith fans out there, [livejournal.com profile] shewhohashope pointed me at this. New short stories! And a promise that Strange Fate is not dead yet.

  • I'm not blogging about elections because most of the press surrounding them make me blow my top. Also, I assume everyone's already reading [livejournal.com profile] delux_vivens, but for those who aren't, she has been posting a lot of articles and links about Obama and race.

  • Via [livejournal.com profile] rilina, who already highlighted Asia Pacific Arts' best music of 2007: best Asian films, best Asian-American films (I really want to see Munyurangabo now), best wordsmiths, and top 10 places to see Asian films in CA (most in Bay Area and LA). I'm just sad there aren't more in Bay Area and even more jealous of [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija and her LA-ness.

  • I've long been frustrated by the lack of visibility of non-East-Asian knitters of color in the knit blogosphere -- I'm sure POC knitters are there, but their blogs and designs and culture definitely get much less focus if they're not East Asian. So I was delighted when SistahCraft pointed out Black Purl Magazine and its venture into the print world.

  • And David Welsh gives a wonderfully snarky tip sheet for journalists writing about women in comics. I hope they read it and actually listen.


I tend to forget that people don't read my mind and instantly realize what I'm reading; is anyone interested in knowing my blogroll? Also, since I can't telepathically figure out what you guys are reading, what are some of your favorite blogs?

Hats

Fri, Dec. 21st, 2007 01:55 pm
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Yay yay yay! My vacation starts today! I actually wasn't going to take any, but then the company shut down the entire office for the holidays for some financial thing having to do with vacation time.

Other things that made me happy:

One of my knitting circles has been knitting at an indie coffee store for nearly three years now. This week, we went and gave the baristas and roasters there a stack of hats we had knit for them. (Well, some of us knit six times more than all the rest of us, but it's the effort that counts?)

I got the idea about a month ago just as a fun and nice thing to do, given that we've been camping out in their store for so long, and, honestly, I really just wanted the excuse to make hats. I love making them -- they're small, they take less than a skein of yarn, there were two patterns I desperately wanted to knit (Koolhaas and Foliage), and it only takes me a few hours to finish one. Except I don't really wear hats. I adore all kinds of brimmed hats and the occasional cloche, but I tend to accumulate them and then let them gather dust, and I never wear the knit beanies.

Turns out my whim has paid me back tenfold, because it was just awesome going over there with everyone and our stack of hats, then watching several baristas immediately start trying them on. I have no way to express how happy it made me to see people actually going through stuff we knit and wanting the stuff! And trying things on! And attempting to do trades! Like, I helped make that! So cool.
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I spam LJ today!

I found the SD card I thought I had lost, and so I have some old pictures, plus new ones of the rats and knitting.

Giant food pics )

Giant knitting pics )

Giant rat pics )

Picture spam!

Fri, Aug. 31st, 2007 05:16 pm
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Wow, I feel like it's been a while since I've posted picture spam. Part of it is because I took some pictures, and then lost the memory card. ARGH.

Anyway, I actually finished some knitting!

Knitting )

And here are some random dorky rat pictures.

Rats )

Miscellany

Wed, Aug. 22nd, 2007 12:01 pm
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  • I finally got my invite to Ravelry, a social knitting network, customized to let you organize all your projects and your stash! Given this, GoodReads, and Flickr, I am in a cataloging frenzy. Alas, I haven't quite figured out how I want to tag all knitting stuff yet, but I am sure I will find a methodology soon.

    I also finished my purple KPPPM Hedera socks yesterday in knitting circle. It's so nice to finally have time again! I haven't been to knitting circle for months, and tonight I will go swing dancing, which I've also not been to for a while. Hopefully there will be pictures of the finished Hederas, my one finished Baudelaire sock, [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija's finished tatami kimono, and the beginnings of [livejournal.com profile] yhlee's tatami kimono, but I can't find my camera right now. Woe!


  • In other news, [livejournal.com profile] hysteriachan linked me to.....

    LOLRATS!

    BEST. THING. EVER.

    I want to put my rats on there now, except I can't think of any good captions.


  • I have also been watching vids like mad, but since my brain seems to have completely shut down post-IBARW, I can't think of any feedback, save "SHINY!" There will be a longer post full of my incoherent reactions once I rewatch and figure out which vid is which.


  • In conclusion, all you people going to Japan for Worldcon? I hate you I am insanely jealous of all the fun you will have Can I come with you in your suitcase? Have lots of fun!.

    can i has souvenir?

Whoo! One down...

Sat, Jun. 30th, 2007 10:56 pm
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Yaaay! I have finished the knitting part of [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija's tatami kimono!

It still must be blocked and seamed, which may take a while, but the knitting part is done! I think that took roughly two-and-a-half months, since I didn't get the pattern till mid-April.

Pictures to come.

So, [livejournal.com profile] octopedingenue, I think you're next in line. Let me know if you're still interested, and if so, what size you think you are and what yarn you want. There are some suggested yarns and prices in the original post.
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This was a really interesting read. MacDonald explores the history of America knitting, just as the title says, going from the arrival of Europeans in America. I am guessing American Indians didn't knit? Since knitting from all accounts seems to have originated in the Arabian peninsula? Though I suspect MacDonald is operating under the unexamined assumption that America began with the arrival of the Europeans.

Anyway. She covers knitting as a means for women to earn money, as by the 1700s, knitting had already moved from being a men's craft to a women's craft. Much of the book is on knitting and its ties to war; namely, how women used knitting in war as a means to contribute to war efforts, from the American Revolution to the Korean War. I don't particularly remember if there were any concerted efforts to knit socks for soldiers for the Vietnam War; I suspect there wasn't as much. The biggest push seems to have been for WWII; after that, knitting died down a little as a craft. And the book was published before the Gulf War.

Part of me wishes that MacDonald came to her source from a more feminist POV; she clearly loves the craft of knitting, but because of that, I feel she doesn't examine some things as critically as she might. I am thinking mostly of knitting as a symbol of hearth and home and traditional femininity. I would have loved to see how this changed over the years (or didn't). MacDonald writes a little about the industrialization of knitting, particularly of knitting as one means women could earn some money, though she notes that knitters were paid horribly. She also covers the (still) rare spectacle of knitting men, along with women knitting for their boyfriends and husbands. One of the things that I found interesting was how knitting was a vehicle for female social activities (which I knew) and how husbands complained about this (which I didn't know) -- it's a neat reverse of knitting as a symbol of traditional femininity. But again, MacDonald reports more on knitting trends instead of examining underlying social principles, which I regret a little.

The book was valuable as a history; there are a lot of things in it that I didn't know. I only wish that it had a "twenty years later" update; it was published in the eighties, when knitting had a bit of a downturn. I'd love to see MacDonald's POV on knitting's current resurgence and how the knitters of today are the same as or different from knitters of previous times.

Randomness

Thu, Jun. 21st, 2007 12:21 pm
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I missed swing again last night because I fell asleep in the bathtub with the rats. I awoke to panic -- there were two furry lumps huddled next to my feet, but where was the third? After depositing Bya and Ren back in the cage, I went around in what is now routine inspection, checking cables and cords and every nook and cranny I could think of.

Ru finally poked his little head out. I think he had been sleeping under my yarn stash, as he emerged from that corner of the closet. I am beginning to suspect that the Yarn Harlot is right about wool fumes, although I doubt she knew that they had effects on certain rats as well!

Thankfully, no yarn seemed to be harmed by this excursion.

Also, I am going to be in NYC for July 4! Whoo! Knitters and/or dancers of NY: where should I go? What yarn stores should I visit? What good lindy hop clubs are there?

Also also, I found some very old diary entries from my trip to Florence and Rome back in 2004. Would anyone be interested in reading them if I typed them up?

Back!

Sun, Jun. 10th, 2007 06:16 pm
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Not that I was gone long...

I finally went to my library knitting group on Friday, whereupon I learned that Saturday was Worldwide Knit in Public Day. (I am guessing that like so many worldwide and international things, this one is largely "worldwide" in America? Have not seen many knitting blog posts to the contrary.) And I actually went and knit in public with a local yarn store group (ok, largely because it meant I got a discount at said yarn store, and possibly that means I have increased my stash again, but I will not admit that).

And I ventured out to the farmer's market! The peaches are getting sweeter, so I bought some, and I got cherries and peas and white corn (!! finally out!) and blueberries, which are sadly nearing the end of their season. This farmer's market is smaller than my usual one, but it was still nice.

Then I headed up to visit [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix, watched many, many episodes of Honey and Clover, knit a lot, and admired her many socks. And now, I think I shall collapse like Nomiya because my eyes hurt from the TV watching and from concentrating on the road.

Also, apparently I missed another fannish kerfuffle, but I am ok with that.
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I feel like it's been a while since I've picture spammed people! In the meantime, I have been relentlessly knitting the tatami kimono, which takes so long!

Giant rat pictures )


Sock and tatami kimono giant pictures )

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