The Internet is back!

I haven’t gotten a chance to work, binge watch Jessica Jones, or blog about my knitting ventures for the past several days. Thanks, Comcast.

Actually, it hasn’t been the nightmare that I thought it might be when I first realized the Internet wasn’t coming back on after I restarted the router. Surprise: people have been entertaining themselves without internet for a much longer time than they have with it.

So, what’s a house of millennials to do without instant knowledge at their fingertips? We did a ton of mad libs. Think of the fun vocabulary you come up with when you get a neuroscientist specializing in sexuality, two social workers, and a crafter in the room together. Unsurprisingly, the neuroscientist’s words were far superior to ours. When you all enjoy enough cheap beers and liquor, though, no one seems to care about the words in your mad lib repertoire. The bonus: I got to knit while everyone else took turns writing.

Speaking of knitting, I finished the lace stockings by Mari Muinonen on Wednesday. They look super cute and provide all of the warmth of pants with way more style and comfort. I’ve been too excited not to wear them, however, and haven’t had chance to block them. The stockings are starting to smell like feet, which is the perfect way to force me into washing and blocking these bad boys. I promise to post new pictures once I do that.

But it doesn’t stop there: I knit the first of Spousie’s genderqueer mittens and they look absolutely phenomenal so far. The cuff on mitten number two is almost done and the rest will be smooth sailing from there. Since I have the bare bones of the pattern already done (charts, instructions, etc), all I have to do is format them, take pictures of the FOs, and write up explanations of all of my stitch shorthand before I can feel good about publishing the pattern… And publish I shall! The pattern will go for $5 both on Ravelry and this website by this time next week. Good thing we’re getting a foot and a half of snow this weekend; it will be great for a photo op.

 

Cold weather and mittens

If I were to say to you that this winter has been fairly mild, that would be putting it lightly. Through December and most of January, I have grown accustomed to wearing light jackets and skirts. Mind you, if it weren’t a sign of global warming, I’d be jumping for joy over this weather… Between my poor blood circulation and the old injuries in my knee and ankles that act up in the cold, cold weather just doesn’t suit me. And at the ripe, young age of 27, even! Can I just retire to Florida in my 30’s?

Incidentally, the recent (read: today) bout of characteristically cold weather has left me inside the house under layers of blankets. No matter how lazy I want to be, though, errands don’t just run themselves. Kush, the rescue dog I found on December 30th, needed to go to a wellness visit at the vet to be approved for his neuter procedure and, of course, my own dog needs to be walked at least twice a day. Since I’m home with her all day, every day, Spousie is kind enough to take charge of most of Coralee’s walks on their days off, only having me tag along when the weather is nice and we aren’t completely hung over from the night before. Tonight, it was back to the usual grind, but what is this 26 degree weather?

…Luckily, knitters come prepared. 

 all bundled up for winter weather 
I bundled up in a suri alpaca scarf, a superwash merino shawl, a handspun merino and silk hat, and a pair of handspun teeswater top fingerless mittens. At least my upper body was warm. I need to make more socks. 

Speaking of socks, the lace stockings are still going. I only did fourteen complete flowers before switching to US5 tips and beginning Chart 4. Now, I’m working the cabled and lace ribbing for the cuff in US6 tips and I will probably keep knitting in pattern until I reach the desired length. My goal was to finish today, but my hands were pretty full at the vet and I didn’t get a chance to work on them until later. The rib is pretty simple, though, and should work up quickly. Tomorrow, I expect to be able to finish knitting, weave in ends, and block them in time for Spousie to get home from work.

Oh, and I started drafting the color work for Spousie’s convertible mittens. They want purple with the genderqueer symbol. I do plan on tweaking the top two stalks so they come out at a slightly better angle, but this is otherwise a cute design. The cuffs will be a plain rib (or maybe brioche stitch? I could incorporate the light blue into the cuff and I definitely need some practice on this technique…), there will be a thumb gusset with a single heart, and the palm will have consistent hearts throughout. Here’s my first draft:

 colorwork chart for genderqueer mittens 
Ending with that, it’s time for me to snuggle in under the covers with my puppert, my Spousie, and my space heater. Have a great night!

Short stockings

So, I said I would knit thirteen full flowers before starting Chart 4 of the lace stockings. After knitting fourteen (five more than the pattern states!) flowers, however, I’m still not satisfied with the length. I think I’ll switch to US5 needle tips in the morning, knit one more pattern repeat from Chart 3, and then knit Chart 4. Those extra inches should bring the stockings to my upper thighs. Pictures on Monday!

More Lace

I’ve been working on the stocking fairly sporadically for the past few days, but I made some progress anyway. Late this afternoon, I finished off the ball of yarn that I was knitting from both ends. 100 grams of yarn lasted all the way to my knees, which is pretty nice. It’s so refreshing to knit lace after making so many dense fabrics to realize that your yardage is way lower than usual.

As for the pattern itself, I’m supposed to start chart 4 for the cuff now, putting me at the predicted over-the-knee length. I want these to fit like thigh highs and be held up by a garter belt. Rather than start the cuff after 9 complete flowers, I’m going to take Nunki’s advice and knit enough repeats to have 13 complete flowers on the back of the leg. Once done, I’m going to switch to size 5 needles to accommodate my thunder thighs without forcing the fabric to roll down on itself (a common problem for people with larger thighs). Enjoy some pictures!

On my queue of other things to knit, get ready for a pair of convertible mittens with stranded hearts and the genderqueer symbol for Spousie, a cabled beanie for my roommate’s brother, and a Fallout 4 vaultsuit sweater for the dog in that order. I’m pretty stoked for all three projects.

 

 

Lazy Cables

Wow! It has been a crazy few days. On Wednesday morning, I found a dog wandering the street and tracked him home to a neighbor’s house. It turned out that the dog had run away from home a week prior and, when it finally found a way home, his owner didn’t want him anymore. So, rather than take him to a shelter, I took the little guy home, got him the medical attention he needed, and found a foster parent. After a few days of nonstop action, we’ve found a few potential adoptive parents, but nobody concrete yet. Fingers crossed!

Anyways, I found the time to knit up a swatch and make a video of lazy cabling. Transcript after the jump:

 

Transcript:

Alright. This is Mary with RunawayThread.com. I’m explaining lazy cables to you. So, the whole idea is, I don’t like holding cable needles when I’m doing cables because they make my hands cramp up.

Um… And when it’s really only four stitches or fewer, it’s super easy to just do it without a cable needle, so I’m going to show that to you today.

For a left-to-right crossover, you’re going to leave everything facing the same way — kind of like you would just knit it — except instead, you’ve got your one, two, three, four stitches.

Start with your third stitch and just kind of tug it open and knit into it. Now go to stitch number four and do the same thing. So now you have two stitches on the right needle and all four stitches still on the left needle.

Now you’re going to go into that first stitch and knit it. This time, we’ll pull the first stitch off. So now we have three and three.

Knit the second stitch and now you have all four stitches on your right needle so you can drop them off of the left.

I’m going to show that to you one more time. Let me just purl two between the cables. 

So, start with your third stitch, tug it out, knit into it without pulling anything off of the needle. Do the fourth stitch; again, knit into it without pulling anything off of the needle. Now we’re going to go to the first stitch and pull only the first stitch off. And then the second stitch and pull the remaining three off.

Now we’re going to purl two and I’ll show you how to do a right-to-left crossover cable. 

So now with these guys, it’s going to be a little bit different because we can’t just do this the way we did the first one. So I’m going to take all of these and slip them as if to knit — all four. They’re all on the right hand needle now. And slip them back to the left needle so that way we have the loop facing a different direction. This is the back of the stitch, the front of the stitch is in the back now. 

You’re going to take your right hand needle and slip into the new back/front of the third stitch and knit it in the back. Okay. Do the same thing to the fourth stitch. So now we have two stitches from the cable on the right needle and all four on the left. 

Now we’re going to knit into the back loop of the first stitch and pull it off. And then knit into the back loop of the second stitch — and bear with me, this is very difficult to do with an iPad between me and the knitting — and we’re going to pull the remaining three stitches off. 

Just give it a little tug to even it out. And I’ll show that to you again. 

So we’re going to slip all four as if to knit onto the right hand needle and pass them back to the left. And then knit the third stitch in the back, knit the fourth stitch in the back, then knit the first stitch in the back and slide it off. Knit the second stitch in the back and slide off all of the remaining stitches. 

Okay. So, we’ll finish this row and I’ll zoom out so you can see it all. 

So that’s lazy cables. All of these were the lazy guys it’s fairly easy. You don’t have to use a cable needle, nothing to fumble around with since you’ve already got two needles in your hands. And that’s it. Thanks for watching.