WIP: Holla Holla & Pep in My Java

After I finished the Inlay Markham socks, I thought that I would attempt to finish knitting some of my other projects. I frogged the beginning portion of the back of Holla Back Tank and started anew. For some reason, this second attempt looks much different from my first attempt. I think I had previously knitted an inch in stockinette stitch before the lace started. However, after reviewing the pattern, the lace portion should start as soon as you start the back. The wonders of picking up a project after a year in the project bags means that I have no clue what I was thinking when I changed the pattern like that.

Lace Back of my Holla Holla Tank

Lace Back of my Holla Holla Tank

I made it through the waist decreases when I ran out of yarn. My excitement was high when I went to the local yarn shop (LYS) in search of the bright yarn to finish the project. Alas, always buy more yarn than you need — because you never know when a yarn will be discontinued like the colorway Lily in Shibui Sock. Thank goodness for Ravelry! This is the second time that I have had to buy some stash yarn from a fellow crafter to finish a project.

To brighten my mood, I bought some variegated Shibui Sock yarn called Roppongi on sale and set to work on the Java Sock pattern from Knitty (for some moving relaxation and an early birthday present to myself). Every time I knit socks for myself, I always pick some yarn that is variegated. I’m not sure what that says about my style as a knitter or my fashion style, but I love how variegated yarn makes such intricate designs with the sock pattern. 

Always go Variegated - Pep in My Java Socks

Always go Variegated – Pep in My Java Socks

Our Container of Love

This is our container of love.


Over the next year, we are going to be putting mementos from our adventures together as a newly wed married couple into this container – movie tickets, wrist bands, silly little things. The only rule is that it has to be from what we did together. At the end of the year, we will pull everything out and remember good times & smiles. I can’t wait until New Year’s Eve to see what crazy things we put in here.

We have put in already:

  • A King Cake baby from our Sweet Love Bakery cake
  • Mardi Gras beads obtained at our favorite bar
  • Notes from Z’s Valentine’s presents


WIP: Jilted Sweater in Stripes

When the fall issue of Holla Knits came out, I just knew that I needed to start knitting something non-baby related and more me related. I knew this despite the fact that I haven’t finished two projects – a pair of socks and my Holla Back tank from Holla Knits Spring issue.  The Jilted sweater stole my heart and I sucked into knitting it up for this winter.

Regardless, I plotted on.  Raglan sweaters are some of my favorite projects and I knew that the striped yarn would make an interesting sweater. 

Working on the Sweater

Because the pattern says that the sweater is supposed to be worn with positive ease, I decided that I should make the sweater at the 36.5 inche bust instead of the smallest size.  That was my first mistake.  No matter how much I try to convince myself that I need to make a sweater with positive ease, I always end up hating the look.  I prefer negative ease.  Petite women can look frumpy in positive ease garments and it doesn’t help that I have skinny arms.

My second mistake was in the raglan increases.  I somehow misread the pattern and increased one more time than needed.  At this point, I thought I could just rib out the entire thing and start over on the smaller size.  Sadly, I convinced myself that I could just k2tog twice to fix the added stitches and everything would be fine.  So, I continued knitting.

Dropping Stitches on Purpose

More sweater disaster awaited me … I tend to bind off tightly (and knit tightly). The binding off for the bottom ribbing was almost too tight to fit comfortably over my hips.  Despite the failures, I once again convinced myself that everything would be fine – I just needed to finish the sleeves and block the garment to make everything perfect.

When I  finished one sleeve, I eagerly pulled the sweater over my head and went to the mirror to marvel at the new almost-finished sweater that I had made.  I only wish that I had taken a picture of the horror that greeted me.  The cute sweater from the issue’s pictures had somehow morphed itself on my needles into an off-shoulder monster whose one sleeve could have fit both of my arms. The entire garment was just too large for my small frame. So, I frogged all of my progress. 😦

I am planning on restarting this project – using the smallest size of the pattern and possibly smaller needles. At this point, I’m not sure when I am going to get to restart this project – October has become the month of weddings, November is the month of bridal showers, and December is for holidays and our belated honeymoon.

EDIT: The culprit of this disaster was that I knit smaller backward and forth than in the round. I will try again at a later date on smaller needles in the smallest size.

Finishing 2011 Projects

With the start of the new year, I am driven to finished all of my knitting projects that have been promised or started in 2011.

  1. Socks (Inlay pattern from Knitty – Selfish socks & Rainbow socks – which will be frogged)
  2. Presents for Presley – Snugglebug & pacifier clip
  3. Presents for acquaintance’s baby – Leia baby hat & 2 pacifier clips
  4. Presents for Kynley – Blanket, toy & pacifier clip
  5. Special Crafty Project

If these can get finished before May, I may have time to knit a tam that I have been drooling over for months — the Brooklyn Tweed Beaumont Tam

View of the Beaumont Tam borrowed from http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com/

My local yarn store has the yarn required in yellow and grey which will match my Half Fabric, Half Knit Scarf.