Friday, May 27, 2011

Birthday Gifts!

I didn't post earlier (sorry!) but I wanted to gush about the awesome birthday gifts I got!  My boyfriend (and his mum) are awesome people and I'm super stoked :)  Sorry the picture isn't the best but you can see most of what's there.
 (Clockwise from top left)

Knit Kit from his mum.  It's amazing because it's got everything I could ever need in one little convenient thing (you can't see it really well, it's the red thing).  It's even got a row counter and a measuring tape!
Ruler/Needle sizer/thing also from his mum.  This thing is also super useful, I'll actually be able to check gauge now!  Do you know how much of a pain it is to use a CLEAR ruler?
Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns is an amazing stitch dictionary, I can't wait to use it!  I wasn't expecting to get into designing stuff so fast but that's how it looks like things are going!
Mirasol Collection Book 14: Akapana  has some lovely cabled sweaters.  The yarn itself is super soft (squished it at my LYS yesterday).  I really like the white v-neck cardigan (about halfway down the page) and I hope to make it as soon as I'm done my Aidez!
Pints and Purls: Portable Projects for the Social Knitter has a lot of simple fun projects, easy to do on-the-go that don't take up much space.  Super cool!

In other news, I'm still knitting away at my Aidez cardigan.  I fixed the error from before (such a pain in the ass, thank god Muppets Treasure Island was on or I would have killed myself).  It looks better now and will hopefully be done soon (har har).  I'm done about 9" of the body... so I'm maybe 1/3 of the way done that (ish) and then the sleeves and putting it all together... oh dear.  I'll hopefully post again soon with more pics from the sweater!  Enjoy your weekend :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Knit Happens

So I was looking for a terrible pun on something knitting related and hopefully this one is bad enough :D Anyway this is my first post and I'm testing out. Every time I want to do a blog I make like 3 posts then I stop... hopefully this one will be different! If people read the blog then I'd write more... so we'll see how that works.

Anyway, I have two projects on the needles right now. One is a pair of toe-up socks in some Bernat acrylic. I'm not a fan but I wanted to try toe-up socks, so we'll see how they turn out! The other one is the Aidez Cardigan which is coming along swimmingly. I'm knitting in Cascade Eco+. I like the yarn, it's soft and easy to work with. I am knitting seamless which might prove to have been a stupid idea given that this is my first big project and first cardigan.

However, there are some problems with the cabling which I must fix, so we'll see how that goes. I read an article from Yarn Harolot that said how to fix cables, so I'm basically dropping down like 10 stitches and seeing what happens.  You can see how the cable is supposed to travel up diagonally in the same pattern as the rest of the cable but it seems to be in some strange moss stitch so I'm going to work on fixing that.