Thursday, January 26, 2006

Knitter's Wishlist

I realized the other day that, even if I had four arms to knit with, I'd never run out of things to knit.

I have this thing for sweaters. Scarves and such are all right, and good to knit if you don't want to have to pay much attention, but sweaters are really my bag. I like making something semi-complicated that someone will be able to wear when it's done. I like browsing for yarn and thinking how comfortable the sweater is going to be when it's done.

Which is basically how I've gotten myself a list of sweaters to knit. It started with the one I'm currently working on (see the picture in the previous entry), and branched out from there.

Thanks to Al, I'm a rabid browser of Knitty. It's a great online knitting magazine with an issue for every season, and when the Winter '05 issue came out, Tubey caught my eye. I've never seen a sweater knit that way before, and I think it'll be a challenge. Plus the color possibilities, especially if I use Wool of the Andes, are practically limitless.

Also thanks to Al, I've started browsing knitting books whenever I'm at Borders. I found a great one called Vintage Knits a couple of months ago, and some of the sweaters in it are gorgeous and look very comfortable. Plus, there's a cardigan in it that looks like something Remus Lupin (of Harry Potter fame) would wear, and, rabid fangirl that I am, I'd love to make it.

Then KnitPicks sent me a catalogue, because I've started buying their yarn, and I found this pattern. I've wanted to do something with a lot of cables for a while now and, though I have a book of fishermen's sweaters, this seems like a better place to start. It doesn't have quite as many cables as the fisherman's sweater I've been eyeing, plus it looks extremely comfortable and fun to knit.

And last, but certainly not least, there's this:

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(thanks to Mandy of Thewlis Rox for the screencap)

It's a screencap of David Thewlis as Johnny in Mike Leigh's Naked, which I've been rather obsessed with for about a year and a half despite never having seen it.

Ever since I started knitting seriously, I've developed the habit of looking carefully at knitted items that I find interesting, be they in films or real life. It took me a while to notice how neat this sweater is, because in most of the screencaps I've come across, he's wearing a coat that hides most of it. But I finally got a good look at it a few days ago and have been messing around with the demo of KnitWare Sweaters to try and generate a pattern for it.

I figure all of this will keep me busy well into the spring, at least. Plus there were a couple, smaller things that I was thinking of doing, like a fair isle hat and glove set to use the alpaca yarn I bought back in October. For now I'll focus on the sweaters and hopefully get them all done!

Mood: creative
Music: Heather Alexander - Last Mourner

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Sweaters and such

Yesterday I used some scrap yarn to experiment with felted joins, which Al was telling me about on Monday night. I like them (less waste of yarn, yay!), but I'm not sure I trust my skill with them enough to use them on my current project. I'll definitely use them in the future, though.

I finished the back of my sweater yesterday morning and started one of the sleeves:

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It's from a pattern in Hip to Knit called "The Boyfriend Sweater", but since I don't have a boyfriend at the moment, I'm knitting it for myself. It's promising to be very comfy when finished. I'll try to post more pictures of it as I go along!

Mood: frantic

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Greetings, fellow knitters!

Hello to everyone out there in Yarn Ho land! This is my *cough* third blog, but, unlike the other two, this one's just for knitting!

Since this is my first post, I'll introduce myself. Pretty much everyone calls me Sam, so that might as well be my name. I've been knitting since late 2004, and have beeing making things almost nonstop ever since. I would try to make a list of finished projects, but I'm not sure I can remember them all.

I love making sweaters, both simple and decorative. I've experimented with intarsia and liked it. I love cables and want to make a fisherman's sweater someday soon. I haven't tried fair isle yet, but I have a bunch of alpaca yarn in my stash that's waiting to be made into something of that nature.

I belong to a local knitting group called Stitch 'n' Bitch of Average Park, along with my best friend, Al, who also has a knitting blog called Teh Knitting Wench. (Links for both are in the sidebar!)

Photos of several past finished projects can be found on my deviantArt account. In the future, I'll be posting pictures of both works-in-progress and finished projects right here on this blog.

And now, to round out the entry, and because I like them, a quiz!

You are interchangeable.
Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every
eventuality covered and every opportunity just
has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and
every day is a new beginning. You are good at
so many things, it's amazing, but you can
easily lose your place and forget to show up.
They have row counters for people like you!

What kind of knitting needles are you?
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Music: 8 Stops 7 - Question Everything
Mood: RP-ing