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Revolutionary Bag

This is a nice fast little project, and I’m mostly pleased with how it turned out. Grafting seed stitch is a PITA, though.

I also incorporated some code knitting — originally I was going to use the system from http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sydney-carton-cowl but I did not care for the way the worked in this project. It’s a bit of a bear to wrangle, and it makes it more open than you’d want for a bag.

Instead, I did Morse code as per the incorporated pattern, using an online translator and graph paper. Because I was working bottom up, I basically had to do it upside down and backwards, which was less crazy than it sounds. After all, writing it out forwards gave me a chart that’s in the same style as regular charting! (I’m not sure if I’m explaining that at all well.) I tried creating a Morse knitting code JavaScript application, but didn’t finish before finishing this project.

Got in my first name plus two quotes, which makes a nice little pattern in the bottom third of the sides:

  • “Nothing that we do is done in vain” – a quote from The Tale of Two Cities.

  • “Fortune favors the brave” – from the Aeneid (and a tea bag tag on my office corkboard)

Why code? Why Tale of Two Cities? Someone at work made a joke about Madame Defarge in relation to my meeting-knitting, and so it’s been in my head for a while. :) Plus for this project specifically, I thought it would liven up the stockinette sides.

Belmondo Shawl 2

Once I restarted this near the end of March, it went really fast, so the time-to-finish is not particularly accurate. (I started while still working on the purple socks.) Decided to make this even bigger than the first one, which was itself about the largest size in the pattern.

I used 2 full balls of the “slate” (which is more purple than I expected), a ball of light blue, and about half a ball of silver/grey that was left over from the first shawl.

Still no fringe. Not my thing, I don’t think.

Just really wish I had a proper place to block something this large, TBH. I laid it out over a drying rack, but really only the top half was “blocked.”

Sockhead Hat

Casting on with this particular yarn was kind of annoying — it’s really stretchy & shreddy. Once I got going, it was fine, though, nice colors & texture.

And this is a hella plain/boring pattern, but great for meetings. As it turns out, February had a lot of things I had to go to and just sit and listen. This pattern is perfect for that.

matching hat

Accidentally did a few rounds of just k1p1 ribbing, instead of every-other round, so I extended that to an inch or so. Otherwise, this is damn simple and great gaming/meeting knitting!

(Also, I realized about half-way through that it’s the same stitch as most of the vest that I made for C with this same yarn. So that’s a thing.)

Slouchy stripey hat

TBH, I just wanted a project that wasn’t socks that would keep my hands busy in meetings, and I’ve had this yarn for more than a year with no damn idea what to do with it, and I realized last night that I don’t actually have any newish or nice hats that are ok for C to wear too. Thus: striped hat.

Barley hat

easy-peasy little baby hat. given that I also had a doctor’s appointment, and knitted a bit after dinner, it was a one-day project. (easy enough that I could pay attention to Fantasia while knitting, including decreases!)

Mistake Braid

Not sure yet whether to make M or L size, so I’ve paused at the first place where the patterns diverge.

After looking up some stuff about foot sizes, decided to go with the original measurement that Elizabeth sent. (Aka 11”, so size L.)

12/13 – after conferring with the yarnaggedon gals, decided that I need to pull back and knit size M. (sigh)

12/16 – did the pulling back, managed to very neatly restart from the place where the sizes diverge!

12/19 – started gusset increases. I like the way this is going, it’s maybe just a smidge over intended gauge.

12/29 – once I got through the rassafrassing heels (I really didn’t like the doubled w&t with pickups. if I’d done it better, it’d look amazing. But I had a terrible time with it.) it went really fast, and they look cozy!