Monday, May 7, 2012

Inspiration during these Tribulations

This is one of my most favorite speeches ever. Sometimes I need to hear someone else say that it's all attainable. It's getting to the peak of my med school career, and I need every bit of motivation I can get. I hope you appreciate this, too.

Friday, May 4, 2012

FO: Wave Jumper

Have you ever had a project linger for a very long time?

Something like a couple of years?

Yeap--this is one of them. I started this little girl's dress after buying 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders. I loved this pattern and thought it was a great use of my-then-most-precious-yarn, Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino. I think I paid ~$21 for the sock yarn, and at the time I was appalled at how expensive yarns were.

I went to Windsor Button several times, and every time I would be drawn to the colors of the skein and the squishiness of the yarn. I knew I really wanted it, and one day, I bit the bullet and bought it.

I started working on my Wave Jumper from 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders. I bought Susan Bates 16" US size 1 (2.25 mm) needles to knit this thing up. I knit about an inch and was really pleased with my cleverness of the feather and fan botton. However, the stitches were really small for me, and I got really frustrated. I remember putting it down for Winter break in 2008(!)

I've picked up the knitting on and off over the years. One time I was making a Knit Picks order, I needed to hit free shipping, so I thought I would throw in some US size 1 (2.25 mm) 16" circs into my cart because the join would be much nicer. Sure enough, this did help a ton. Still--all that feather and fan was quite boring. Do you notice a slight gauge change as the knitting progressed? It's easiest to spot in the first and 3rd pictures.

Sometime in March this year, though, I decided to suck it up and just finish this project. I hated having it stare at me in my WIPs on Ravelry. I made a few mods and needed some extra yarn (which I would not have had when I first started this project), and overall--I'm so happy to have this done!

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Old Rose (0.99 skeins = 415.8 yds) and Dream in Color Smooshy in Shiny Moss (0.01 skeins = 4.5 yds), both from Windsor Button
Made for: ? Probably some baby in my life at some point
Size: 6-12 months.
Needles: US size 1 (2.25 mm)
Notions: 2 buttons left over from my Baby Surprise III. Aren't they absolutely perfect? I love these buttons! I think I bought them from JoAnn's at some point.
Dates: 11.14.08 - 03.26.12; Yea-that's a long, long time.
Cost: ~$21 (yarn cost) + ~$13 (pattern cost since this may really be the only thing I knit from this book, realistically; There's lots of cute patterns in this, though!) + ~$1 for buttons = $35 (eesh! That is more expensive than I expected, mostly because of buying a book that I'd barely use. I should make sure I use it some more.)
-8.5" for feather and fan (shorter than called for)
-2" before separating for arm holes (longer than called for)
-used contrasting color for straps
-single crochet edging in contrasting color to prevent the top from curling.

It feels good to be done with this one!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Excuse Me, While I Go Study

Here's a fun video:

I'd love to meet a sparkly alpaca!

I will be MIA for a bit as I finish up the semester, but happy Mad May everyone! I am still knitting (just not taking pretty [shoddy] pictures of my progress), and I am knitting exclusively with Madelinetosh Yarns for this month. How about you?