I have decided that on Monday nights after my 12 hour work day, I should not, under any circumstances, knit lace. Especially not MS3. Last night I thought it would be a good idea to work on MS3 for a while before bed. This was a bad idea. I knit three rows and something went horribly wrong. I tried to tink back to fix it, but at the time didn’t know what I had done wrong. In my tinking back, I made the problem worse. I had to rip back. But wait. THERE WAS NO LIFELINE. Either I’m brave or crazy (probably the latter at 10 pm on Monday night), but I took the whole thing OFF THE NEEDLES and frogged 3 rows back to where I started. I picked up stitches on a right side row. For those not familiar with MS3, only the right sight is patterned. This meant picking up yarn overs. Amazingly, I think I did it and knit a wrong side row before giving up for the night. Never again on a Monday night, my friends. NEVER AGAIN.
Work-in-progress Found and Photo Hosting
I was going through my stash and I found something:
It’s the Icarus Shawl that I started sometime last year. I forgot all about it! I even found the pattern, noting where I left of (well, sort of – still have a little figuring out to do). I’ve got a lot of WIPs right now. Only one is on a deadline and the rest will be done whenever they get done. I’m done with the first chart of the Mystery Stole, but not with the first clue. Looks like I’m a little behind, but I’m not too concerned – I’d much rather enjoy it, than rush through it.
On another note….
Anyone use Flickr much? I have a basic account so I can use it in conjunction to Ravelry and I’ve thought about using it over Photobucket, just so everything is in one place. A long time ago, I went with Photobucket’s upgrade option and I have been using it ever since. I still don’t care much for Flickr and since I compose all my posts in html, I like to have the direct link to the photo I’m using. Photobucket provides this, so there is very little work on my part. With Flickr, it’s more difficult or I am lame and can’t figure it out – I will never claim to be a pro at computer and internet type things, I know what I need to know to do what I want to do. I know I can upload them directly to TypePad (my current blog host) or even with Blogger, but I’ve never liked to do that. It’s been my experience that it’s more pain than it’s worth.
At any rate, Flickr only allows you to see the 200 most recent photos that you’ve uploaded. While it still lets you keep the ones you’ve linked visible, you don’t have access to them any longer. At first this made me really mad because I’d have to pay $25 for an upgrade to Pro to access those photos in my album. I think for now, I’ll skip it since Ravelry still lets the photos show even though I can’t link to them any longer if I create a new project or anything like that. If there comes a time where I need to do anything like that, then I’ll consider it, but I’m kind of miffed that they don’t allow you to see more than 200 photos that you’ve uploaded. Kind of a small amount, if you ask me. I have let my upgraded Photobucket account expire and I still have access to EVERY photo I’ve uploaded, which is well over 200… I’d even guess well over 1,000 (maybe even 2,000?).
Does anyone use Flickr Pro? Is it worth the money?
I’m back and things went okay. Not as good as they could have, but certainly not as bad as they could have either.
I knit a lot. I nearly completed an entire bag that I’m not sure I’m thrilled with and may be completely pulled out and re-knit tighter. I have a good chunk of another Shedir done. I didn’t get to do any of the knitting for the personal swap I’m doing, which I feel kind of bad about. Fetching just required too much thinking for me (the other two are simple, and Shedir I’ve done twice already so I don’t even have to look at the charts). I also needed scrap yarn and DPN’s and the yarn I’m using is black… well the whole combination wasn’t working for me since I was pretty darn stressed out already. Now that things have calmed some, I’ll be working on them this weekend.
Because of all this stress thrust upon me, I was rewarded with a trip to a very nice yarn shop in Yorktown, Virginia – Coordinated Colors. We were actually on our way out of town yesterday and I was rather disappointed that all the yarn shops I knew of because of my yarn-store book were closed Wednesday or were already closed for the day on Thursday, and I spotted it. Big letters that said "YARN SHOP" and a neon Open sign. We stopped, of course. I found some absolutely beautiful lace weight yarn I could NOT live without: Ornaghi Filati Merino Oro in color 060, teal. The color is deep and rich and the price very reasonable. Plus it will make an entire shawl. I already have a plan for it. I’d been scouting out yarn online for the Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl pattern I was sent in the Lace swap, but hadn’t found the right yarn yet. Now I need to get my hands on some Addi Lace needles. The shop was very nice, the people were very friendly, and the selection was excellent. One of those unique yarn shops that has something for every knitter or crocheter. I also got a new book to read – What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman. It’s pretty interesting so far.
I’ve started MS3, but haven’t gotten very far. I’m still working on the first clue. I need to get some projects off the needles so I can work on it more! So many projects, so little time ;o)
Here’s my Mystery Stole 3 swatch:
It’s difficult to see the beads. There are two kinds – one that is sort of clear with a rainbow tint and the other is pearl-ish. I’m going with the latter. I think they look nice with the color of the yarn. Now I just need to see how many beads I have before I start and if it’s not enough I need to see if I can get more. I bought these from Beadworks in Boston. I went to a local bead store yesterday and didn’t see anything like them. I’ll need to count them and see how many I have (I need 300) and if I don’t have enough, I’ll have to scout out some more bead stores around here.
Not much other knitting going on. My socks haven’t seen much progress because I’ve been stressed and not wanting to work on them. I’m 1/3 of the way done with the second sock. I’m going to "Boot Camp for Socks" today at Knit-On! today. My sister is coming with me and some of the gals from my knitting group will be there. Should be fun!
I’m not sure what I was thinking when I did this… call it payroll delusional brain (too much payroll processing on Monday causes this) or just crazy, but I joined the Mystery Stole Along 3.
I’m contemplating using the lilac colored Zephyr lace weight that I got from the Lace Swap a while back so I can use stash yarn, but may look at something off white if I can score some for cheap. I just don’t want anything too white or too dark that makes it incredibly difficult to do. The more I think about it, the more I want to use what I have. I’ll swatch tonight and see what I think!