The Cat Knits...

A singular forum to discuss knitting as craft, therapy, and way of life (with or without the benefit of cats).

Saturday, April 14, 2012

It's starting to look like ... ?

It's starting to look a lot like ... a sweater?  Hope so. The sleeves are a little longer than desired, but 3/4 is okay. It seems very short, though. What?
Read the pattern?
Oh! There's a ribbed border to be picked up and knitted. Drats! Not sure that ribbing is the best choice. The yarn is so busy and ribbing on smaller needles might not work here. Was a little too focussed on one aspect of knitting this that I neglected to read and remember the rest of the pattern. Well, off to do more research on finishing.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Anyone want a cat?

There's always a critic! I suppose she means to say, "this makes a nicer blankie than it does a sweater."

That's the unfolded sleeve on the right of Ms. Kitty. I guess I will have to stretch it when I block it. It's long enough, but a little narrow.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Gangsta Car

So I'm driving to work the other morning with the heater blowing. The weather has become Arctic cold and I couldn't wait for it to warm up inside. From the dash, my car starts flashing a sign at me that I've never seen before. Can I read the manual and drive at the same time? I'm great at multi-tasking, but this might be too great a challenge. I have no choice but to pull over and dig the manual out of the glove box. What is a triangle with a snowflake in it? No Coolant? Engine too cold to function? 
I sat there and thumbed through the Index, the Table of Contents, and then the manual looking for an explanation. I found it in the section called "Warning Symbols!" There're a couple of pages of them just before the index. Grrr!
Anyone want to hazard a guess of what that triangle with a snowflake means?
It means: It's cold outside. Drive cautiously.
Duh! Try explaining that one to your boss about why you're late for work.
I think it's time to knit the car a sweater. Maybe one with pirate symbols.

Winging it 2

This is knitting up faster than I thought it would. I thought the little slubs would get in the way, and to a certain they have created some uneven stitches, but it has a great confetti-like quality to it. I have the lower back and the start of the sleeves. I wanted the sleeves to be a little longer than the pattern called for and it looks like they will be, but, in the spirit of winging it, I didn't really measure it out too accurately.  I only have six balls of a discontinued yarn. Yeah, that's me. Like to live dangerously. Woo hoo!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Winging it

Why is it that when I find the pattern of something I want to make, I don't have enough yarn in the stash? I know. Why don't I just go out and buy yarn? Well, that would make it too simple, and the purpose is, after all, to use the yarn in the stash.  I would like to graduate from scarves and shawls to a little shrug or a cropped cardi. I should have enough yarn to make either, if only I can find a pattern I like that is compatible with the recommended needle size for the yarn I have. So I've taken up a course of action that is so not me. I am making it up as I go along. It's risky, but I'm so used to ripping and restarting again and again ... and again. I have taken up the advice of K.D., who has done this before and recommends careful measuring along the way. Okay. Here's the bottom/back in Noro Hotaru. When done it'll be a cropped cardi knitted in one piece. Reminds me of Zimmerman's surprise baby jacket. I can see already that no baby will fit in this one....