Somehow I managed to fuck up one section of the repeats on my Renaissance Shawl. It looks like I dropped a stitch or two and I have no fucking idea where I did it and when. I also lost a yarn over. I have no idea how this happened and how to fix it.
I have a piece of floss holding the last remaining stitch that hadn’t dropped sorta. I really don’t know what to do beyond just unknitting 3-4 rows and start over. Which makes me sob tears of blood because that will be unknitting like 800+ stitches and will be tedious as fuck.
So I’m abandoning this fucker because I’m so fucking angry with this fucking mistake.
Maybe I should have done lifelines. I am so stupid. I totally threw this across the room when I realized my mistake and not knowing how to fix it and when the error occurred.
FUCK ALL FUCK FUCK MOTHERMOTHER FUCK FUCK.
So I finally finished the knitting the Faraway, So Close shawl with some mild alterations for that knitswap that was loldueinApril. I did the “small” shawl but got so fucking sick of it, I skipped the “ruffle” since all it does is curl because stockinette, so instead I finished it early with a picot bind off.
I finished this while in Iceland, and when I was in Akureyri I met a really sweet kid named Brett (lol kid, he was only 3 years younger than me but yeah I feel old) who was biking across Iceland and was staying in my hostel. We were in the hostel bar having drinks with some other folks that were staying with us in the hostel that also lead to some pretty fun times later in the evening that are rather irrelevant to knitting so I won’t discuss further. :)
Anyway, I was knitting while I was there and he asked me to teach him how. He’s left handed. Obviously I knit right handed. So I attempted showing him how and helped him to do a few stitches by holding his hands to do it. Then I had him attempt it on his own, but he only did one and was super proud of it, and asked me to call it the Brett Stitch. So there is a Brett Stitch during the last bit of garter pattern I did before I did the picot bind off. It was pretty great. :)
Now I just need to get off my lazy ass and block the stupid thing and finally mail it off. Luckily the girl I’ve been working on this for has basically forgotten about it and hasn’t asked in months so. lolyay.
The lighting in my apartment sucks ass. This is actually much greener than it looks.
I just want to apologize for being so neglectful of posting. I have been mad busy with my trip and coming back to a clusterfuck at work, and being a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding. I have been doing a little knitting but it hasn’t really been productive.
The next few posts will be about the projects that have either been finished or have been so fucked I don’t know what to do.
But for this post I wanted to discuss what I have so far. Above is the lopi I bought in my last trip to Iceland. I brought over 6700 ISK ($53.00 trolololol thank you exchange rate) of yarn (22 skeins) for a project. I overbuy yarn in order to make sure I have A LOT. It’s also because I’m going to slightly alter a pattern I’m going to use to make a cardigan. The original one is just two colors but I wanted to do an ombre gradient for the yoke. I also wanted to add some other patterning at the base of the sleeves and body so it is a little more interesting. I just need to try to design an Icelandic-esque pattern repeat but I’m having trouble finding sources of some other patterns to go off of that are traditionally Icelandic. Hiss.
Anyway the pattern is the Ranga Cardigan. The colors don’t show up here well, but the body will be that grey and the colors I want to use for the gradient are a dark purple to a medium mauveish-purple to white. I’ll just have to figure out when and how to do the gradient and whether I’ll have to do a couple 3 color rows in the color changes. We shall see.
I also want to thank all the followers I gained during my rather overly-extended absence. I’m glad that you enjoy following my musings and kvetching and I’m going to try to do more knitting and be more productive so I’ll post more frequently.
Again, thank you so much!
Apologies for not posting of late. I’m on week 2 of my Iceland trip. I went to the Álafoss yarn outlet and bought a ton of cheap lopi for another sweater.
This is me by Goðafoss up on the north side of Iceland. It was pretty great. The north and south coasts of Iceland are so gorgeous.
Still haven’t finished the knitswap shawl. Fml fml fml.
I’m going to Iceland in a week. I’m not sure which knitting projects to bring or if I want to bring my drop spindle. I’m thinking about bringing my Renaissance shawl and my constellation shawl. I’ll have some lovely time in the evenings in the hostels to ~socialize~ and knitting helps relax me, so.
Maybe. They are a bit complex and take focus but I’d reeeeeally like to start working on them. I also would really like to do some spinning but eeeehhhhh.
SO MANY DECISIONS. That- and I don’t really want to bring a shit-ton of stuff with me, but the 2 shawls and the drop spindle don’t take too much space BUT GUH. Packing commences on Monday.
Chain ply but the color sections were too short for it to show
Those colors. I mean what. Those. Colors. I can’t. I really can’t. Hnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggggggggggggggggg.
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I FINISHED A THING!!11!!1!!!1!!!
The first sweater I’ve ever finished (I had staaaaarted a fair isle cardigan for me last year but I’ll probably never finish it).
Pretty happy with it. Kinda wish I flip-flopped the red and white or used white/grey instead of red. I dunno. It looks Christmas-y?
It’s pretty big (especially with the positive ease it is supposed to have) as the bust size I used was the one I measured on myself before I lost 30 lbs since January (didn’t really think that through…) so… oops. I know it’s not a gauge issue because I always knit with much smaller gauge, so.
It is made with lopi, so it is scratchy/itchy as fuck but it’ll be worn over clothing during my Iceland trip next week (yes, I finished this fucking sweater with 10 days to spare hell fucking yes).
So yeah. Sweater. Basically done. Just need to do 3 needle bind off for underarms, weave in ends, and block this motherfucker and IT IS GOOD TO GO.
Finally attached the sleeves to the body for my Strokkur sweater. I finished one sleeve when I was at a Dagorhir event with the boy last weekend and I finished the second one yesterday afternoon and attached them yesterday.
Very happy that both sleeves are about the same size +/- an inch at most.
This has been what has prevented me from ever finishing my knitswap item. Now that I’ve crossed that huge hurdle, I’ll try to finish that shawl this weekend and mail it this week. I feel like such a tool.
Now just the shoulders/yoke and blocking. I do think I’ll have it done by May 16th. Or at least I SHOULD have it done by then, dammit.