Thursday, January 31, 2008

Progress

Wow, it's 6AM and I just now stopped knitting. I just connected the second sleeve to my smokin jacket and man is it going to be thick. I'm still not sure if it's going to fit me, though it's all crammed on a 36" circular so it's kind of hard to tell. I can't wait till this is finally finished. I'll post pictures maybe sometime later today tomorrow, but now it's sleepy time for Zach.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Anniversary & more knitting

Well, I guess it's about time for me to do an update folks. I'm going to try to at least do a weekly post. I haven't been the best blogger in times passed, but I really am excited about this one and want to do well with it.

So over the weekend (Sunday specifically) was Wes and I's one year anniversary. Yay to us!!! This is really a big event in my life, because I have never have had a relationship last this long. Granted I'm only 21 but still. Now let me talk about my dearest Wesley for a bit. I truly do think he is the love of my life. I don't think I have ever loved anyone as much as I love him. He is really dear to me. Wes makes me want to be a better person and to grow. Right now we don't get to spend too much time together, but that's just because we go to different schools and he lives on campus. We really only get to see each other once a week while school is in session, but we make it work. I miss him a lot most of the time, but I know we both need to get our educations to make a good life for ourselves. That's truly what I want to. I can see us growing up, living together, maybe rearing a child or two (who's names will either be Wyatt or Ella).

Here's a picture of us not too long after we started dating.
Wow! We certainly have change a lot since then. Well to celebrate our anniversary I took Wesley out to dinner and a movie. For dinner we went to BD's Mongolian Barbeque which was excellent and always good. We did have a little trouble at the restaurant because they were super busy. The host actually skipped over us by about half a dozen parties, but in the end it was fine because he happened to be the manger and gave us free appetizers and desert. The movie went to see was Atonement which was amazing. This was Keira Knightly's new movie and I love her. She was so beautiful in this movie. If you go see this movie just keep your eye out for the green dress she wears is absolutely gorgeous. There are several twist and turns in the movie as well, but it is also quite depressing.
Okay now for the actual knitting. Since I've last posted I've done quite a bit of work the smokin' jacket by Jared Flood. I've now finished the first 17 inches of the body and one sleeve and worked it in to the rest of the body. This is mostly a seamless garment so the sleeves are knitted in with the rest of the sweat with some raglan decreases. So tomorrow probably at my local knit n' chat I will cast on for the other sleeve and get it taken care of, so I can move on. I'm really excited about this jacket. I'm afraid it my be a little too big for me but I don't care I'm going to wear it anyways. Has anyone else notice this that most men's knitting pattern's aren't sized for those who aren't overly obese? Yeah, I know I'm not skinny by a long shot and I wear 34" waist, but from what I've seen most sweaters start at a 40" chest. Is America really that over weight where this is considered a small? Yeah, I know we have to take in some ease but 6" worth. Well maybe I'm just over exaggerating and my sweater will be fine. I didn't do a gauge swatch but I checked it after a couple inches and it was pretty close to the pattern. I think I'm at like 3 stitches per inch and the pattern calls 3.25. Anyways, once I get this second sleeve done I think it will be going much faster. I hope to at least have it done by the middle or end of February, but we'll see. We still have quite a few more cold month's here in Ohio.
Also I got another inch or so done on Wes's herringbone scarf. Oh and I've been trying to figure out how to knit a square from the center out to make it lay flat, and just can't get it. I've done it several different ways with several different increases, but still no luck. I can get the square shape but just not flatness. They always seem ruffly or too holey. So if anyone knows any info leave me a comment or what not.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hello All!

Well hello to all fellow bloggers, knitters, other fiber enthusiasts, whomever else happens to venture upon my blog!

Now let me introduce myself... "Hi, My name is Zach and I'm a knitaholic." This is my first adventure into actually having a knitting blog of my own. So I will start off by telling you a little bit about me. I'm a 21 year old college student from Springfield, Ohio. I've been knitting for roughly 5 years now. I was taught by my grandmother on one of our vacations across the country. (As children my siblings and I would go with our grandparents back and forth camping across country.) I'm going to school for biology but I'm not really sure yet what I want to do with it whether it's going into teaching or research. Also I've been dating a wonderful guy for almost a year now (it'll be a year this Sun.) and I'm pretty sure he's the love of my life. His name is Wes. I'm sure you'll be hearing a lot about him because... well just because.

Well (you'll notice that I use well a lot...) I seem to be having a big ol' brain fart on what else to say and really I am bad about talking about myself, but I'm sure as we go along you'll learn lots about me. (This may just be a ploy to keep you reading)

So let's get into my current knitting projects. There are three that I'm currently working on. My biggest project at the time is the Smokin' Jacket by Jared Flood out of Debbie Stoller's new book Son of Stitch'N Bitch. I'm using size 10 needles as the book suggest and RedHeart Super Saver in deep chocolate brown color. Not my first choice in yarn but it's what I could afford considering the pattern calls for a bulky yarn and I only had a 25 dollar gift certificate to Crafts 2000! I holding two strands together. So far I'm around 15'' into the body of the sweater and finished the cuff on one sleeve. This is my first sweater that I actually plan on finishing. The pattern is very simple being all stockinette and garter and the only sewing on the sweater is the collar and a little bit of grafting at the under arms.

Next I'm working on herringbone patterned scarf on size 4 needles with a teal Frog Tree 100% Alpaca sport weight yarn. I really love this yarn. The color is so rich and it's very warm and soft. This is going to be a birthday present for Wes if I can get it done in time. The stitch pattern is kind of tedious and on size 4 needles with 70 stitches per row it might take a while. You can get the stitch pattern here: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/stitches/wovenherringbone.htm

Here's a close-up of the stitch pattern: (sorry for the poor quality)
And finally the third project that I'm actively knitting on is going to be a felted needle case. I'm using Paton's Classic Merino and a size 8 needle. This my own design and I'm hoping it turns out well. If it does I might post the pattern or try to submit it to a magazine or knitty.com. I'm planning on adding zippers to the top two edges and having a flap with a button hole on the long side to close it. I'm thinking of lining the inside with some green fabric I have and use some elastic band to hold down the needles. We'll see how it goes.
OK, well I guess that's it for my first blog. Here's to many more and maybe getting to know all you out there on the net knit scene. Also if any of you are Ravlers so am I. Feel free to look me up I'm Superi on http://www.ravelry.com