I don’t get it.

Dear internet crafting community: 

I meant for this next post to be about sewing. But then I only had enough time yesterday to sew about half of my lining together–I also meant to sew more yesterday, but then I got rear-ended on my way home from the grocery store and that kind of killed my evening. (I’m fine, except for a little soreness in my back, and my car looks to be fine other than two puncture wounds in the bumper. But it still sucked up my time. And will suck up at least a little more, since I need to get my car assessed to make sure the damage is only cosmetic.)

So this post is going to be about knitting again. More specifically, knitting issues that are making me want to pull my hair out! One of my current projects is the Onyx sweater by Heather Dixon. It’s a really interesting pattern that has fun texture contrasts, and a nice opportunity for me to practice cabling when I get to it. I know how to do short rows now, which is also new to me. The part of the pattern that I just don’t seem to get is any time I have to join two sections together in the garter stitch. Because this is what it does:

I don’t know why or how, but every time I do this, it turns into stockinette stitch on me instead of the garter. Which I just don’t understand, because I’m only doing knit stitch. No purling. This particular area is where I was trying to knit across the second section to join the right and left sides of the front together. This is exactly what happened when I was trying to go on the opposite side of the invisible cast-on before. Then, I fake-solved it by adding another row of knitting going from the opposite direction of what the pattern called for, and it was fine. I can’t do that here, since I need to start from the inside and work my way out from another half of the side. I tried dropping stitches and fixing them with the crochet hook, but that was a disaster and I ended up having to rip it back entirely to the split joining point. I also tried flipping the stitches around on the needle, but that didn’t work either. So it looks like my options are to either find directions for this sort of thing, which has not succeeded in either Google or any knitting book in the house, or to switch to purling for the entire left side of this. Which is going to be a pain, confusing, and potentially impossible with that “knit one front then back” increase instruction.

I finally gave up for the night and did a little gauge swatching and some work on a long-neglected scarf instead. (I’m still not quite at the point where I’m comfortable with breaking out the sewing machine while my boyfriend is around, and Thursdays are generally our weeknight to hang out. Thinking I need to get over that, since my distinct lack of sewing time as of late is getting to me.) Even so, it’s really irritating me that I can’t figure out how this is supposed to work. So I humbly ask you, which is any of you reading who has more experience in knitting than me–what’s the deal here?!

Frustratedly yours,

Just in time….

I finished knitting my Camille shrug on Saturday! Good thing, since I need it for this coming one. I like it, but I realized after trying it on that the cut of it is going to make it a little difficult to wear with anything too strappy. I’d originally planned to wear this dress, but then had decided to switch to a different one that one of my friends passed on to me because I thought that the colors (lavender topped with black tulle) would be a little more spring-like. But this shrug looks pretty awful with the strap placement, so I think it’s going to be back to plan A….just have to dig it out from under my bed where most of my spring/summer clothes are still residing first.

I’m thinking it might stretch out a bit more as I wear it– right now, it’s cutting just below my armpits. I thought about eventually undoing the binding and adding more to the ribbing, but with the way it sits on the back of my neck, I don’t think I want to do that.

And here’s the back in action! (Please ignore the messy hair. And the somewhat dazed look on my face in the previous picture. I’m a bit under the weather today.)

Now here’s the thing I don’t get–how do I always, always drastically overestimate on my yarn? So far, I’ve always bought the yardage that the project calls for, or as close to it as I can get when I’m always subbing yarns. So how is it that I have 3 full skeins of this left over? And what on earth am I going to do with them? (After I finish a few more queued/started projects, anyway… I have the next one in mind and may start swatching tonight.)

I haven’t worked on it since last Wednesday, but here’s a sneak peek of what’s going on with that jacket. Which hopefully I will have more time to work on tomorrow.

Just a reminder–I’m giving away a couple of unused patterns from my stash. I realized belatedly that I was a bit unclear on the procedure in that post, so here’s the deal: I am willing to split them up, it’s first-come first-serve on which ones you want, and the deadline is this coming Sunday. If there aren’t any takers, I’m going to put them up on the local Freecycle, but I wanted to give the lovely online community the first shot! So far, there haven’t been any takers, so they are all still available.

more complicated than it looks

One of my goals for this month was to complete a refashion for a skirt that I’d already dissected. I actually finished this one last week, but didn’t get around to writing it up on here until now.

 I made this skirt several years ago–I’m going to guess somewhere in the vicinity of 2005. Definitely pre-blog era. It was inspired by an Anthropologie skirt (what else?) that looked like this:

(the “North Country” skirt)

I liked the asymmetry, and the leather-over-petticoat look. But of course I couldn’t drop over $300 on a skirt–every formal dress I’ve ever bought or made cost less than that! Embroidery isn’t my forte, so rather than do a straight knockoff, I got that embossed-looking suedecloth and made it out of that and a remnant of some home decor fabric. The skirt served me fairly well for several years, but it had some issues:
1) The bias cut combined with the heavier suedecloth fabric meant the waistline kept stretching out, to the point where I’d have to take it in every couple of years.
2) The sheer part on the lining had a tendency to snag on whatever tights I was wearing and cause them to pill, due to a rough selvedge and some bad seam finishing on that lining. Which was especially bad, since the style of the skirt pretty much relegated it to cold weather where I had to wear it with tights of some sort or I’d freeze.
3) Also due to the style, I literally only had about one shirt that this looked good with. Not very good for putting different outfits together.

So since I had to take it apart to fix the waist (again) anyway, I decided to just rework it entirely while I was at it.

So this is the new version of this skirt. And while it might not look it, this was a little more complex than just a chop-and-hem job!

I had this wide-yoke skirt pattern that I’ve used before (also pre-blog). So I cut a new yoke piece out of the top of each half of the skirt….

…and the lining from a scrap of cotton I found in my bin. (It looks pretty wrinkled, and I probably should have interfaced it. But I didn’t, because I cut the yoke a little smaller than I’d originally cut the pattern–it had ended up kind of loose at the waist. To offset the stretching of the still-bias suedecloth, I did cut this on the straight grain, but was afraid that interfacing it as well would make it not fit.)

Like my faux tag? It’s the only way I can tell which side is the back!

I cut the lower portion to match on the sides, then sewed that back together along with the side seams.

Check the Technique update: I did re-sew in the invisible zipper on this one. I honestly don’t think it’s the best one I’ve ever done, the lower part of the seam is a little wonky. But I guess it was to be expected, because of how the end of the zipper is finished vs. the drape of the fabric. So I’m not checking it off the list yet, but I am working on it.

A second technique I played around with that I hadn’t done before was using petersham ribbon to finish the hem off. To simplify things, I decided to play up on the suede look–thus the topstitching at the bottom of the yoke, and I wanted to machine-hem it too. But I also wanted to avoid that annoying ridge that sometimes shows on the outside with a double-folded hem, so this was my attempt to use the ribbon to cut down the bulk. And a rather successful one, if I do say so myself! The ribbon curved nicely to match the hem with a little help from the iron, and not a pucker in sight. I know it’s not the ideal thing color-wise, but this was all I had. And in a way, it’s a nice tribute to the cream sheer bit that used to be a part of this. (Which I do still have that piece, and I have plans for it!)

I finally had some time to sew tonight, after nearly a week of not being able to get to it. So I have made more jacket progress. But that will have to wait for when I can take pictures in daylight.

One last comment on the word verification issues: I finally figured out a solution! I removed my address from the comment moderation alert form, so I won’t get an email every time some spambot wants to post. (Which seems to happen a lot to me for some reason. And here I thought this was a clean, family-friendly blog…) So if it takes longer for your comments to show up, that’s why–I can’t do things so quickly from my phone without the emails! So far, this solution seems to be working. All of the spam showed up in the right place on the dashboard for easy deletion, and no annoying emails.

An award and a giveaway

Nid de Tissus recently gave me this lovely award– thanks, Donna! And there’s some fun questions to go along with it, so here goes…

Favorite Color: It’s generally a toss-up between blue and green–I love both! I’ve found myself going for teal in my fabric choices quite a lot over the last few years, too. It’s a good compromise between the two!

Favorite Animal: I grew up with both cats and dogs, and am quite fond of both. I also like horses–they’re beautiful creatures.

Favorite Number: 7, I guess. I’m not much into math.

Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink: Tea! Finally, a decisive answer.

Facebook or Twitter: Facebook. I have a Twitter, but rarely bother to use it.

My Passion: Music, obviously. And sewing is quite up there!

Getting or Giving Presents: Both. I do enjoy making and giving things to my family and friends, but I do have to admit that getting stuff is pretty fun too!

Favorite Pattern: New Look 6407, aka my go-to blouse pattern that I keep altering into other things. It’s just so versatile!

Favorite Day of the Week: Saturday!

Favorite Flower: Sunflowers!

Favorite celebrity role model: To be perfectly honest, I don’t really have one. I tend to just watch the movies and shows/listen to the music I like, and then ignore the actors’ and musicians’ personal lives.

Since I’m supposed to pass this on, I picked a few bloggers whose posts I always enjoy and whom I didn’t mention in the last award. (It’s up to you whether you want to participate or not!)

1. The Girl With The Star-Spangled Heart— Though I’m not really into the vintage sewing scene myself, I always enjoy seeing the outfits, classic movie inspirations, and as of late, her ongoing series on the fashions in Downton Abbey and attempts to bring some of the Crowley sisters’ style into her current wardrobe.

2. Sewn By Alviana— She’s just now getting back into the blogging scene after a (well-deserved and totally understandable) break to have her first daughter. But I’ve long enjoyed reading her upbeat posts! And since she’s from Malaysia, she’ll also sometimes give these neat glimpses into the more traditional outfits from there.

3. fanbloomingtastic— One of the newest additions to my quasi-daily reading list, which I found via this year’s round of Sew Weekly contributors. It’s interesting to read about the life of a U.K. transplant on this side of the pond. And there’s frequent Doctor Who references, which of course makes me like her.

4. 21 Wale— She uses a lot of cool patterns from companies I’m not really that familiar with, particularly in the realm of magazines. And she also makes these amazing kids’ clothes–I’m also impressed that her kids appear to be such willing models!

5. Kelly’s Korner— Her clothes always look so cleanly and professionally finished, and I like that she’s been sharing (and actually making things inspired by) some of her favorite Pinterest finds as of late.

Really, there’s so many fantastic blogs out there, that it’s hard to pick!

And I did promise a small giveaway last time, so here we go!

I was recently cleaning out/organizing my pattern stash. And while I did get rid of a few things that I knew I’d never use again, I found these five that have never been used at all. It seems a shame to throw out uncut patterns, so I’d like to pass them along to someone who might be able to have some fun with them. So here’s the list, with links to larger pics when I can:

1. Burda Young Fashion 8174, in sizes 34-44 European (also listed as 8-18 for the Americans)
2. Simplicity 5505, in sizes 6-12
3. McCall’s 5137, in size 14-20. I know this style hasn’t been seen around for the last couple of years, but it could have potential in alterations, maybe?
4. McCall’s 4873, in sizes 12-18. (This is me finally accepting that empire waist patterns tend to look terrible on me, at least without massive amounts of alterations and a more fitted waist..)
5. McCall’s 5050, in sizes extra-small to medium. (No numbers listed, sorry!)

I realize that not all of these patterns are going to appeal to any one person, so I’m willing to split them up. So if you’d like, leave a comment letting me know which pattern(s) you’re potentially interested in, and if you don’t have a blog I can find you at, an email address would be helpful too. I’ll give you until April 2. (No spam-bots, please… I’ve already gotten 6 or 7 anonymous spammy comments this week, and it’s only Monday! I might have to go back to word verification, or block the legitimate anonymous commenters again…sigh.)

Edit: And this is why I shouldn’t write posts at midnight…I should probably clarify a couple of things about the giveaway. To keep it simple, I’m going to do it first-come, first-serve. Any patterns that are not claimed by April 2 will be Freecycled locally. Thanks!

a case of the blues

 First of all, thanks for all of the lovely, encouraging comments on the shrug! The latest update there is that the sleeves are sewed together and it’s back on the needles to knit the last bit of ribbing.

And thanks also for the feedback on the word verification. I did get a gentle reminder from a blog-less friend of mine who regularly comments that not all anonymous commenters are bad (at least the ones who leave a name and a real comment), and have since switched it to no word verification but full comment moderation so I could allow for that sort of anonymous commenting. I’m still a bit concerned that I’ve been getting extra pop-up windows since I initially turned the verification off, and I am still averaging about one spammy comment a day, but at least I can easily mark them as spam and delete them. (Carolyn, to answer your question, what I meant by the pop-up windows is that I’m getting additional open windows when I did not click on anything to bring them up. Usually it’s more annoying, for things like Amazon.com (except I’m not sure it was legitimate, because I certainly did not open a page for baby clothes!), or for a “click here to claim your prize” type thing. I did get a pretty nasty one the other day, though, and so far my virus scans have turned up nothing other than tracking cookies. Gtt.)

Computer issues aside…Now that the shrug is almost complete, my attention is drifting to other knitting projects. Namely this sweater that one of my online friends and I are making as a mini-knitalong. And, as it turns out, I have a lot of new techniques to learn here. So far, it’s been invisible cast-on, and short rows, and that’s just on the first page! (And here I thought this would be easy because basically everything is in knit stitch with no purling!  And, of course, I’ve already had to start this one over once. We’re taking this at a snail’s pace since we both have real life stuff and other projects going on, so even though it represents about 60 rows, and a lot of them are short, it’s a month’s worth of work that I’m trying to redo here. The problem came with said invisible cast-on. When I joined it together and got to the end of the second section we’d decided on, I looked back and realized that oh, wait, this looks wrong. Instead of that nubby garter stitch look, suddenly it had a smooth stockinette look for about 3 rows right around where I did that invisible cast-on. So obviously, I did something wrong.  I attempted to stick the needle in right before that section started and rip back to there, but that didn’t work so well. So I just decided to rip the whole thing out and start over, since those two sections didn’t take me very long in actual knitting time.

And wouldn’t you know, even that part didn’t go well!  I kept ending up with these weird loopy knots like this, where I was having to shove the entire ball of yarn through there just to rip out the next part.

And then I realized that I was supposed to rip it out in the opposite direction that I’d been knitting it in, I was doing it backwards, and that was why it was being so uncooperative. Palm, meet face.

So I’ve got it re-knit up to about 6ish rows before I’m supposed to switch back for knitting from the opposite side of the invisible cast-on. Hopefully it will go better this time, since I tried a different technique for the cast-on in the first place.

I’m having better luck with my blue corduroy jacket, which, oddly enough, is pretty much the exact same color as my yarn. This picture is a little outdated– I meant to write this post a couple of days ago. Since then, I’ve added the sleeves, and stitched the two layers of the peplum together. I took a chance on just going ahead and sewing it together as is, with just a bit of a smaller seam to attach the sleeves to the body, since the brown jacket was so easy to fit and it was also a Burda pattern. My gamble is paying off so far, since it looks like it will work just fine from my couple of times I’ve tried on. A rather fitted jacket, to be sure, but I think it has to be with the peplum. And since this is a rather lightweight corduroy, I’m thinking of this more in terms of a spring/fall layer than winter warmth. (Besides, apparently I’ll have a sweater in exactly the same color, so I can just wear that when I want blue then!) So this is moving along nicely, and I think I’ll quite easily make my goal of finishing it before the end of the month.

The one thing I need to figure out: In the interest of new techniques, I’d like to try bagging the lining somewhat. I think it will be easier than usual, since I had to cut the inner peplum from the lining fabric and therefore I’m planning on just hand-stitching the lining down at that lower seam. So all I’ll have to sort out is the sleeves and sewing the lining to the inner facings. I know I have some resources to figure out how to do that lying around here, so I’ll just have to look into it. I was thinking about trying a bound buttonhole as well, but I think I already screwed up my chances on that by sewing the facing in. Oh well…. I wanted to work on my machine buttonholes more anyway. (The jacket is actually supposed to have snaps to close, but I’ve decided to go with the buttons being functional instead of purely decorative so I can leave the jacket open when I want to. The snaps look kind of funny when I do that, IMO.)

I do have a blog award I recently got that I need to share, but I’ll do that on the next post, since I’d like to actually have some time to sew this afternoon! (There’s also going to be a low-key giveaway, so stay tuned!)

To the bat-cave!

Ok, not really…..but looking at this picture does make me think of Batman’s signal…

What this actually is is my Camille shrug, which I hastily wet and blocked before work this morning (and added a few extra pins when I got home.) I finished knitting and binding off the second sleeve last night. So all I have left to do on this, after it dries, is to sew up the sleeves and then knit some ribbing around the non-sleeved edges of that square. And weave in the ends, of course.

 I’ve really enjoyed making this one, actually–the lace chart was actually kind of fun to knit. And after the whole nightmare with a similar diamond-like pattern on my Cadence sweater, that really surprised me.

And I think this is the first knitting project where I’ve stepped back and thought to myself that this actually looks really good. I can’t stop staring at this picture of the back. It looks exactly the way it’s supposed to, and so intricate, and wow, I can’t believe that I essentially made that out of string. That’s the sort of thing I never thought I’d be able to do. I’m getting really excited to get this done and be able to wear it!

To change topics….there’s been a lot of hate going around the blogs I’ve been reading lately over Blogger’s highly annoying change in word verification. I’m not a fan either–if they wanted to make it harder to fake, fine. But did they really have to make all of the letters fuzzy and illegible, too? And cram things so closely together that you can’t tell if something is an l or an i or what? I actually went ahead and turned the word verification on here off so I can stop annoying people. Only problem is, then I got hit by 3 anonymous spam comments within the first 36 hours. So I have a favor to ask…I tried switching it again to the open ID comment with the verification still off, to block those anonymous comments. If you happen to comment on this, would you be so kind as to let me know if that worked to get the word verification off? I know I don’t have the most popular blog out there, and I’m ok with that….but when you regularly average in the single digits for number of comments, it’s a really big disappointment to have one of those comments be a spam ad for some awful website that you could never look at while at work or around small children or without riddling your computer with viruses. (So in other words, the kinds of websites I don’t want to go to anyway.) Thanks in advance for the help!

Edit, 3/10: New question for any of you who have turned off the word verification–have you been having weird issues with pop-ups since? I’ve noticed a definite increase in the number of pop-up windows in the last couple of days, since I initially turned it off. I have my computer running a virus scan as I type, but I’ve also had a lot of  extra notifications about tracking cookies and such. I can’t think of anything else I would have done in the last few days that would cause this, which makes me wonder if I should just set it back the way it was with the word verification, but I’m also not sure if it’s a case of the damage already being done. Thoughts?

A 2-for-1 quickie post

Answering a few questions via the comments on my last post::

Christina— I used this tutorial to make the outlines for the croquis, though with Oona’s modifications of using Photoshop instead since that’s what I had. (I found the tutorial via her blog.) Hope that helps!

Hana— my bust is pretty full. I think it’s more that my waist is kind of surprisingly small in comparison to my hips, and I’ve learned over the years that if I wear things that aren’t fitted or cinched in one way or the other, it just gets completely lost. Thus the reason that most empire-waist stuff just doesn’t seem to do it for me, unless it does the fit-and-flare thing underneath.

Thanks for the other comments, ladies!

After spending basically 2 months sewing nothing but complicated, fully-lined jackets, not to mention the shrug that I’m still knitting, I just wanted to make something simple and fast. So I’ve actually managed to knock out two projects over the course of two days, which is what I’m sharing today.
The first project wasn’t one that I found on my Pinterest, but I did have it saved there, so that counts as Pinterest being useful, right? Anyway, I found this tutorial for a simple roll-up knitting needle case on Design*Sponge, and figured it would be perfect for my small collection of non-circular needles. I slightly adapted it a bit– instead of canvas, I used this thick textured cotton stuff that my mom had leftover from some project of hers, and instead of the twill tape, I made double-fold bias tape from a fat quarter I’d had sitting in my scrap bin from ages.

Making bias tape is a pain, even with that little tool thingy. It wouldn’t be, except that anywhere I’d seamed it together, it wouldn’t go through. But I’m seriously considering taking some more of those scraps and turning it into bias tape, just to give me a way to use some of it up. It’s so handy. And I can’t close the lid on my scrap bin. But I digress.

When I said small collection, I wasn’t joking. I did leave one pack of my double-pointed out, but that’s because I accidentally bought a second pack of size 11s after I forgot that I already had one. Thus the need to see what I have. You can tell that I prefer to use the circulars whenever possible, can’t you?

I actually did something smart, and decided to stitch the bias tape on with one of the machine’s decorative stitches. Bias tape is really a pain to line up, and I figured that this particular stitch would catch the edge on both sides, no problem. It worked like a charm, and I didn’t mind this particular project having more of that “homemade” look, since the channels for the needles weren’t exactly going to be in matching thread, either. I knocked this one out in its entirety on Friday night, including making the bias tape (aside from pre-cutting the strips during my cutout binge day I had last week), while helping my friend Nicole figure out the best way to take in a vintage dress that she was working on, and introducing her to Downton Abbey.  And I’m quite happy with the results, especially since I tend to procrastinate a lot on that more utilitarian sewing!

The second project, which I cut out later last week, was the newest Sewaholic pattern–the Renfrew top! I decided to go for the 3/4 cowlneck, with this knit print that I was given for Christmas about 2 years ago. (Please ignore the sideways picture– apparently I forgot to save it after turning it in Picasa, and I didn’t want to bother with uploading it again.)

This fabric print is kind of interesting– when I look at it close-up, the somewhat Celtic knot-like is what stands out to me more. When I look at it from further away, the X’s stand out more. And closeup, the X’s look more like V’s. It’s like an optical illusion!

And here’s my finished top! As seen with my corset-laced pants, because it’s always fun to find something new to wear with those, and the weather is warm enough today that I’m feeling good about breaking out the linen pants after their winter hiatus. I think the stripe-ish bits lined up pretty well, overall. And this pattern sewed together like a dream– I got it stitched together in its entirety within the few hours I had to sew on Monday, and that was with going back over nearly every seam with my sewing machine after serging it. (As per my Check The Technique, I did work on playing with the tension on here. It looks great on one side, but not so much on the other side, and everything I’ve done to fix it so far looks terrible on both sides. So I didn’t trust it to not pull apart. I did learn, however, that if I serge it first, machine-sewing it doesn’t make the fabric ripple. So I guess that’s something.

Anyway, back to the pattern. As I said, it was super-quick to sew together, and I’m really happy with the fit. On a hunch, I actually did some grading before I cut it, from the size 8 for the chest and hips down to the size 4 for the waist, and it worked great! I didn’t have to take it in at all. The length is perfect to be able to raise my arms without my stomach showing, which is a must when you play an instrument that pretty much requires that movement at all times. And I wasn’t sure how the neckline would cut, thus the cowl neck for this version, but it seems like it wouldn’t be too low-cut at all. So I’m absolutely certain that I’ll be going back to this pattern again–it’s pretty much the perfect basic knit top! Thanks, Tasia!

The one thing I would have changed was the cowl– I love the look of it, but I had to piece one side of it together due to the way I had to lay it out with the stripes. Before I sewed it on, I went back and forth multiple times as to which way I should flip it in hopes that the un-seamed side would end up on the outside. And I guessed wrong. So there is a seam running down the front of the cowl, though I don’t think it’s very visible unless you’re really close-up. I didn’t want to re-do it and risk stretching the neckline out irreparably (ah, the joys of ripping out serger thread), and think this particular print needed the cowl to balance out the grid-like nature of it. So I just left it.

2 more things:
1. With this top, and factoring in those couple of fabrics that I got for my birthday, that takes my stash down to about 216 yards. This is down 57 yards from where I started at the beginning of last year, which I don’t think is bad at all! The count will be even lower soon, since I already have 3 pieces chopped up for the next couple of projects, but I have that information written down elsewhere so I’m not counting it yet.

2. Sarah at Rhinestones and Telephones did an interesting post yesterday where she did more of a monthly roundup/goals for her sewing, and kindly said that I could borrow the concept. I’m definitely one who gets too many ideas for things I want to make, and therefore I stress myself out. So I’m hoping to use this as a way to focus a little more, and maybe even work in some of those mending and utilitarian projects that I’ve been meaning to do for ages. I can pretty much sum up February and January with the browncoat-fest post that I already did, so instead, I’m just going to share my goals for the rest of March. (Since the top I’m wearing today was goal #1.)

#2: Finish knitting that shrug, since I need it by the 31st. I’m getting close– about 30ish rows left on the sleeve, then blocking, then seaming and adding the final ribbing around the back and neck. I can do this!

#3: Reconstruct a skirt that I took apart late last week. That will be this afternoon’s project, at least in part.

#4: Get the next step of my mini-knitalong going. It’s only about 30 rows, I can do this too!

#4: Sew that blue corduroy jacket that I cut out last week. I may be able to start this later this week, depending on how said reconstruction goes.

#5: If I get 2 and 4 done and still have some time left, I have a short-sleeved top in my Ravelry queue that I’d like to get the swatching done up for. I’m hoping this one will be fairly simple, since for once in my life, the yarn was one that was both wool-free and still affordable, and therefore I’m actually using what the pattern calls for. So I guess this will be the big test to see just how ridiculously tight my knitting tension is…

I’m trying not to go too overboard and stress myself out, since I’ll be getting back to a more normal work schedule probably next week, and will have less time. So hopefully this is a realistic list!