The Finished Scarf!

It looks amazing, and I will likely do this pattern again.

I mentioned the other day I was working on a knitting project that involved Endless Stockinette. Well, I finally finished the bloody thing.

Word to the wise: just because a pattern is simple, does not mean it is easy or quick. I should have chosen something quicker to knit on deadline. As it is, I wanted to finish it yesterday; I finished it today. Oh well.

That said — it looks amazing, and I will likely do this pattern again, possibly as an actual shawl. (This one is a scarf, because I messed up about 2 rows into it the first time I did it and had to frog and start again. I decided to cast on 39 stitches instead of 79; this turned out to be a good thing, as I wouldn’t have had enough yarn for a 79 stitch shawl.) Whenever I do, however, I will make sure I have plenty of time to finish the thing. It’s the sort of project you can pick up whenever you have something else to do and you need to occupy your hands with something that requires little brain power; something that can be finished over a long period of time. It’s not a power-through-and-do-in-two-days project. Not for me, at least.

Here is picture one, of the scarf before I finished dropping the stitches. This is what the stockinette looked like with the multi-colored yarn. (I used Patons Classic Wool: Harvest.)

The almost-done scarf. Still need to drop stitches. #knittingI really liked the pattern the yarn created when knit into stockinette and was happy to see that pattern more or less remained when I dropped the stitches.

The finished scarf with dropped stitches. #knittingAnd a better look at the laddering the dropped stitches created:

A better look at the laddering. #knittingI’m pretty satisfied with this project. All I need to do is weave in the ends and it’ll be totally complete. There’s not really any need for blocking it.

Next: turning the remaining yarn from this project into a hexipuff or two. BEGIN THE HEXIPUFFALYPSE.

Lazy Sunday

I spent most of the day knitting.

I did basically nothing today. It was gray and rainy outside and I woke up late, and tired, dealing with low levels of pain from the moment I got up. (Wisdom teeth problems like these are not something I would wish on my worst enemy.) I’m alive, though. I have an arsenal of painkillers to get me through the day.

I spent most of the day knitting. I’m working on this currently; the pattern calls for endless stockinette until one binds off, at which point the exciting bit happens. (I’m not sure if you need to log into Ravelry or not to see the pattern. It’s a drop stitch pattern, which means when you bind off, you drop stitches to create a laddered look. I’ll post pictures when I’m done.)

While knitting, I watched things on Netflix. Stockinette is tedious as hell; it helps to do something else with your brain. I tried to watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but I managed to start up one of the less racially sensitive episodes and just decided…nope. Not watching a retelling of the conflict between settlers and aboriginal people told via ponies and buffalo. Not after watching the clusterfrack that was the “Voodoo zebra!” episode.

So I switched to Torchwood, which mom heard a bit of while it was on — she’s intrigued! I have another show to make her watch, when we’re done with Grey’s Anatomy.

We’ve been watching a lot of Grey’s since I got here. Got her all the way through season 4; now working on season 5. She loves the show. I love watching it with her. It’s a good time.

Tonight mom is out at the movies. I am knitting some more and getting my word count down, though I might not hit 411 words today. That’s okay. I hit my monthly goal of 15,000 words yesterday. I can take it easy today (but not take a day off), and tomorrow I’ll be back up to speed.

So, with that, I’m off to knit some more and possibly eat dinner. When mom gets home, we’re watching more of Grey’s.

Tomorrow we’ll actually get things done. I swear.

Speaking of style….

More proof that I am a thrift store queen.

This is just a short post to show off the thrift store finds I made this week.

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The green sweater? Fits perfectly, and was only four dollars. It’s just my style and I needed a new sweater.

The scarf, though, is the really amazing find. For one, the pattern is awesome (tartan-esque). For another? Handmade in Scotland. And it’s 100% Cashmere.

Yeah, you read that right. Cashmere.

I paid $1.25 for it.

You may all bow down to me now.

I AM THE THRIFT STORE QUEEN. LOOK UPON MY WORKS, YE MIGHTY, AND DESPAIR.

(Seriously, this is as good a find as the 1950s Singer sewing machine, in table, that I found for 8 dollars.)