Thursday, September 14, 2006

I'm Still Here

I feel somewhat bad because I've been neglecting this blog lately. I'm just so busy with school and work that my knitting time has been cut greatly and as a result I don't have much progress to show you guys today. This weekend looks promising, however, as I do see some free time opening up. In the mean time, I got a test to fail tomorrow, 2 articles to review and a quiz today. Life as a student isn't hard, just busy.


So remember these socks?

I finished them prematurely because I felt like they were taking ages to be done (ribbing on the leg of 10 stitch to the inch socks gets pretty boring). I don't have a picture of it but I don't think you want to see it. It's either I didn't follow the pattern properly or the pattern is written poorly. Either way the socks are too big for my feet. At first I was contemplating on making it's partner and giving the pair away as a gift to someone I loved. However, after thinking about it, I realized that I deserved the socks and could not part with the beautiful yarn (no matter how much it bleeds in a bath). So I was flipping through the new vogue yesterday and there was my pattern right in my face. Here's a picture:

Now when I got the issue back in August, the first time I saw the socks it reminded me of Pomatomus but I thought that the pattern would be easier to follow. After actually reading the pattern I found out that I was right on gauge for this project (which doesn't happen very often. I think I knit too loosely or something). I haven't ripped out the other side but I've still started this sock and I will show you guys some progress pictures (if there is any) by next week.

If you've been living under a rock for the past week, the new Knitty is up. Many of the patterns look beautiful yet fun to knit. I'm very interested in the skirt, the man sweater for my boyfriend and the little toddler sweater for my twin nephews. Serrano is gourgeous but I don't have the guts to knit an adult sweater on such small gauge (the pattern calls for size 2.5 US needles). Besides it is my belief that knitting anything more than socks on small gauge is foolish. I'd rather buy the sweater if the gauge will be that small than knit it myself and risk mental insanity.

My only complaint, I guess, would be the designer of the cover sweater. Suss Cousins is pretty famous for her yarn store in Hollywood, her line of yarns, and her many pattern books. I'm not complaining about the design of the sweater she created. I think it's beautiful and used nice lines that would flatter most figures. What I'm complaining about is Knitty's somewhat visible move from using "unknown knit bloggers" to big time knit pattern producers. Knitty when it started was seen as this haven for inexperienced pattern designers to come in and get some clout for their designs. I guess in a way the knitting community has "grown up" and we're more concerned with celebrity than quality, just like the rest of the world's population.

Lately I've been dabbling in some designing without much success. I always dream about having a really cool pattern to submit to Knitty but with Suss Cousins and other more "famous knit bloggers" on the scene, I'm afraid that little old me won't even make a splash in the water.

Despite the notion that a pattern that I make may never grace the pages of Knitty, all and all this issue of looks pretty promising with lots of classic type items I'm sure the online knitting community will enjoy.

So what do you plan on knitting from Knitty this fall?


Saun said...

Don't worry. Knitty isn't the only game in town. There are other places you can submit and get some love.

Good call on re-doing the socks for yourself. All that work and great yarn, I wouldn't want to give it away either.

Gaby said...

Gracias Kelly por los saludos; tus calcetines son preciosos! :) A mi tambien me encantó Serrano, aunqueintentaria tejerlo con agujas más gruesas..
Una vez lei en un blog que la Revista Verena de Burda, en USA se consigue en alemán; en Mexico y Latinoamerica tenemos la version española. Quizas puedas conseguirla en algun LYS

un beso

velmalikevelvet said...

hi kelly, i love your blog! i too am enamoured of the cruelty skirt, and started a knitalong if you are interested. info on it is available at http://intolerablecrueltykal.blogspot
.com hope to see you soon. cheers! velma

QueenLi said...

Hi Kelly, nice blog, I like your red socks! I have a pair that I'm working on now. Take care!

QueenLi said...

Greetings Kelly!

I have a blog about my hair:
If you get "tiny-locs" you can still wear your hair in various styles:
Start your Locs small, and later {like me} if you change your mind and want them "bigger" you can combine them {Napp sisters call this technique, marry the Locs}. One of my reasons for wanting locs, is because I like long hair, and I wanted my "Own" hair to grow pass my shoulders {see pics on my blog}. I don't want to take up too much of your comment space, but check out other links on my hair blog... or let me know if you have any more questions.


Julia said...

Don't let the inclusion of a Suss design deter you from submitting to Knitty or any other knitting publication. The difference between you and any other knitter who designs is simply time, and if this is something you love and want to do, getting a design published is very achievable. I'll be keeping an eye out for you!

Mind of Winter Julia