Various Stuff and Week 11 Pattern Review
I haven't knit much this weekend, the reason being that I'm a little disgruntled with Odessa. I'm doing something wrong and I'm not sure what it is. Most of my yarn overs look more like dropped stitches, going into a sideways pattern; it's a little neat looking and I'd keep going that way, except there are a few spots when it looks as though I performed the pattern correctly, so it's a little half-assed. I don't think it's the YOs I didn't do correctly, but knitting the stitches that were added from the YOs in the next round. It's hard to explain, and I have a hard time putting visual things into words so I won't try. So I am either going to (a) ignore where I did it correctly and keep going with how I am doing it, ending up with a very different hat than I started out doing or (b) frog it and do it right. I have plans to make a 2nd one for a my neice, so maybe I'll do hers right and mine wrong. I also have a vision of putting the beading in the dropped stitch instead, but that would also involve frogging and I'm hoping to avoid that. I tell myself that every knitter frogs once in a while, or, okay, several times, but I feel so lame-o doing it. I have to remind myself that I'd rather have something done right, even if I have to restart it several times, that I piece of knitted shit on my head. So I'll have to make the decision soon.
In place of knitting, I've been doing a lot of polymer clay sculpting this weekend. Some of it is top-secret, so I'll post pictures once they are done and given to the recipient. Of course, some of it is for us, and I made two of some things. :-)
I really would like to make some pin-ups girls out of polymer clay too. I need to work that out.
Without further ado, here's the Week 11 Review of the Knitting Pattern-a-Day Calendar patterns.
Monday, March 13 -- Lacy Shawl or Poncho. I'm kind of glad I am no longer posting the pictures of these, 'cuz I've been dreading this review. It's the reason why I think nobody over the age of 12 should wear a poncho. Ponchos and boobs are a bad mixture, like computers and corpses (Kudos to anyone who knows what 80s Italian post-apocalypic horror movie I just referred to.) I think that even as a shawl, it's merely meh. It's probably pretty easy though.
Tuesday, March 14 -- Intertwined Cables Scarf. The ribbing at the neck part of this throws me off, but I think that it's there for fit purposes. I really like the intertwined cables; they look sharp and would probably be a fun (but challenging!) knit.
Wednesday, March 15 -- Intertwined Cables Scarf continued. . . CHARTS!!! Two of 'em!!! This pattern looks like more of a challenge than I initially thought. I may feel brave enough one of these days to make an attempt at it, and after frogging and couple of times and swearing (a LOT), I'll have a really sharp looking scarf.
Thursday, March 16 -- Mohair & Cotton Poncho. Seriously, y'all, two ponchos in one week is too much for me to handle. Oh, yeah, Monday's could have been a shawl too, of course, but in the past two years I have seen more patterns for ponchos than I have seen people wearing ponchos. The fad needs to be put to bed.
Friday, March 17 -- Innis Sweater. Nice sweater that looks like lots of work. The model in the photo really amuses me, but blogger won't let me post it right now (fuckers. . . ). I'm guessing she is the teenage daughter, and her mom woke her up to model the sweater for the picture. She looks (a) disgusted or (b) bored. Cheer up! You're wearing a cool sweater!
Saturday/Sunday, March 18 and 19 -- Innis Sweater continued. . . No bored model, just charts and more directions.