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Lately I’ve been trying to streamline and simplify my life – and one thing I’ve finally paid some attention to is my online presence.

You may not know this, but up until now I’ve been maintaining three seperate blogs… I know, silly. I felt the need to keep them specific: one for knitting, one for photography, one for everything else. But the thing is, that’s become way too much work. So I’ve finally learned how to use livejournal filters and I think it’s doable for me to put it all in one place. So that’s what I’m going to do.

What does this mean? It means that you’ll be seeing more than just knitting. However, it also means you’ll be seeing a lot more frequent updates.

Forgive the stupid site name – I’ve had this livejournal account since I was about 17 years old and still thought it was cool to have usernames that involved alcohol. I can’t be bothered to pay the $15 fee to change the name, nor can I think of anything better at this point anyway.

So, without further adieu – update your bookmarks to:

http://centerlightpop.livejournal.com

edited to reflect a rebranding at livejournal (I know, I know) but the old address will redirect to the new one, for a time.

(Although, no knitting content just yet. Sorry!)

… if I decide not to swatch (it’s still up in the air) and I fail miserably, I will not come here to complain about it.

Laughter only will ensue.

Promise.

… or tell me to go for it?

I managed to get the cardigan back on the needles after the tear-back, though it did take some doing. I know the wise thing to do would be to swatch it, but I don’ t have any more of the yarn that’s not attached to the sweater already and… well… I don’t want to?

I have a really good idea of how I’m going to proceed… I bet it’ll work… should i just go for it? Or am I going to be right back here complaining in a week’s time?

I hate swatching!

So I finally did it.

I ripped the Asymmetrical Cabled Cardi back to the very beginning of the sleeves. I think I’ve got the cables on the needles straight (I hope?) and I’m going to give it another go. I think I know what I need to do… I think.

Okay, I’m a little scared. If I’m smart, I’ll swatch.

Wish me luck.

(PS – the first Bird in Hand mitten is almost finished! Made much faster due to the purchase of a Chart Keeper from Knitpicks… very smart purchase indeed.)

I’m down-and-out with a cold today – you know, it’s been at least a year since I’ve had one? I’m not sure if I was doing something right or if the universe just decided to cut me a break, but it was nice. So nice, I don’t even really mind being sick now. An extra day on the sofa was exactly what I needed.

Baby Yours has been finished for a while, but I haven’t posted because I decided to try a set of Saartje’s Booties to match.

Well.

This project has completely dominated me. I knit the first one just fine, and despite the seemlingly endless yarn ends (one bootie boasts EIGHT ends to weave in. EIGHT) the cuteness factor made it worthwhile. The second went very, very wrong. I blame it on all the bus-knitting, but I managed to leave out ten rows (TEN… in a pattern that’s only about 30 rows long to begin with). Once I finally finished fiddling with the little straps I looked down and realized this bootie would fit my pinky finger. Oops.

Luckily I had enough yarn to try again, so I cast on this morning and all was going well. I cast off, made the first sole seam, picked it up to compare it to the first one and… well, wouldn’t you know it. Despite being certain I’d followed the pattern correctly this time, it’s a full two rows longer than it’s mate. So either I did it wrong this time, or the first one was wrong all along. Gah! I suppose that’s a minimal difference, but I’m anal and it’s enough to make me throw in the towel.

I don’t want to knit a fourth bootie. I’m done.

Saarjes (Failed) Booties in Dream in Colour Smooshy

Saarje's (Failed) Booties

One thing to keep in mind while knitting: it’s supposed to be FUN.

The sweater, on the other hand, turned out quite cute and without many complaints. I think it could be a tad longer, but I sacrificed that in order to be anal about start/finish of the cable. I also think the buttonband should be wider – I’ll try to remember that next time I take on this project.

Baby Yours by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Baby Yours by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Dream in Colour Smooshy in Petal Shower

Dream in Colour Smooshy in Petal Shower

Also, I think this pattern is so much cuter in pink than it was in the green I used last time.

Not sure what I’m up to next… I still have mittens, scarf and sweater to finish – but we’ll see. To be honest, life’s a little full right now, I might have to focus my attention elsewhere for a few weeks.

Well, clearly my attention already is elsewhere. So I might as well stop punishing the innocent yarn.

Okay, so here’s the thing: I have some serious financial goals for this year.

Why do I mention this on my knitting blog? Because I’m thinking it’s time for me to make a resolution: to only stash-knit until the stash is gone.

… yes. That’s right. I said gone.

Really, this isn’t the most ridiculous thing in the world. Here’s a link to my stash as listed on Rav (which is 100% accurate). The issue isn’t a lack of good yarn. According to my stash page, I have 14 different yarns that will make 14 (or more) complete projects. Frankly, that should keep me busy for at least a year.

I think I will have two specific problems. First: a lack of variety. I have a lot of fingering weight, and I don’t knit socks. Second: a lack of flexibility. I’m an impulsive project-starter. It’ll be hard not to go out to purchase the yarn for some project I get excited about when I’m working my way through my third lace shawl (which is my plan for the fingering weight).

The thing is, financially speaking, my biggest obstacles aren’t big at all. It’s the leaky faucet problem. Ten dollars here, twenty dollars there… and next thing you know, I’m wondering why it’s so hard for me to contribute to my emergency fund or finally start that RRSP. I’m not complaining – I’m doing quite well. But with the shaky economy and all my pricey goals for the future, it’s time to buckle down. I don’t really buy a lot of yarn (14 stashed? 14?) but it’s one small area I can control. So I’m going to.

Stash: prepare thyself.

ps: the delicious Neapolitan baby sweater is almost finished. Stay tuned!

Do you have any idea how long it would have taken me to knit these?

Things I like about crochet:

1. It’s fast. Super duper fast.
2. Only one live stitch (less fear of dropping)
3. Much more bus-friendly (see #2)
4. It looks quaint and grandma-ish
5. Did I mention it’s fast?

Things I dislike about crochet:

1. It looks quaint and grandma-ish
2. … it looks quaint and grandma-ish?
3. No, seriously – I know there’s some pretty awesome, modern crochet out there. It’s something inside my head, the moment I notice the distinctive crochet stitches I just see afghans. It’s not the crochet, it’s me.

Then again, that’s unfair. I don’t really think all crochet looks like afghans. I know some pretty awesome crocheters (is that a word?) that make some beautiful pieces. It’s just not really my style… yet ;-) However, if I liked the look of it more I would probably switch over exclusively.

These squares, though?

Definitely my cup of tea.

edited:  for clarity

Hello, my name is Katy and I’m a granny-square-a-holic.

I’m not even 100% sure I’m doing it right, but I don’t care because it looks okay. This is such a change for me, seeing as I’m a terribly neurotic perfectionist knitter. But if it looks okay, it can’t be wrong, right?

(Well… okay, the perfectionist in me wants to know if I AM doing it right… but, seeing as I’m already working on my fourth square, I probably wouldn’t fix it if I wasn’t.)

Any hookers out there reading? If so, let me know… and I’ll explain where I suspect I might be going wrong.

The knitting’s been a bit slow-going lately so I haven’t had much to write about. I really wish more people would sign the petition for a 26 hour day.

I was working on my Bird in Hand mittens tonight (which, due to two consecutive warm days, I’ve finally admitted will not be done in time to actually wear this season) but got a bit frustrated with how slow-going they are. In a moment of frustration, I decided to take a break, pick  up my crochet hook and give it a go.

Wow. Fun!

I successfully (I think?) taught myself single, double, and triple crochet. I made a cute little 2 row double crochet circle. I then tried to graduate to granny squares, but got a bit mixed up. Regardless, I had fun.

I’m suddenly hatching this ridiculous plan: Wouldn’t it be great to make a granny square afghan out of Malabrigo? Each time I’ve made a project with Malabrigo Worsted, I’ve ended up with quite a bit left over… I think I have 4 colourways and counting. I wonder how many squares I could get out of each colour? My guess is 2, or perhaps even 3? How many yards does one granny square take? How many colours would I need to make an afghan?

This could totally be a project that takes years to complete, as I gather more and more scraps of Malabrigo from various other projects. It would be soft and warm and smooshy and ALL MINE and I would love it. LOVE IT.

What do you think… am I nuts? Or would a Malabrigo granny square afghan be the coolest use of leftover scrap stash ever?

ETA:  OMG figured out the granny square and I’m in love. I will definitely get at least 2 or 3 from the amount I have of each colourway. That meas I have 8-12 squares in my stash basket already. And all the more motivation to knit with Malabrigo in the future…

Apologies for the delay in posting – things have been busy. I’ll be back in a bit!