Sunday, August 26, 2007

This is just venting

I have to go to school tomorrow, which on it's own just completely sucks!
To make it worse...this is my senior year.
I know, I know...this is supposed to be the best year, but honestly, I'm terrified.
I'm not sure why exactly.
I know what I want to do, and I already know where I'm going to college. Nevertheless, I'm scared.
I think I just don't like the fact that in a year I will be moving out on my own. I'm not ready to be an adult with responsibilities. I just want to be a kid for the rest of my life, and in a year I'm being forced to grow up.
I'm also scared I'm not going to have time for fun.
I'll be in class, studying, working. When will I have time to knit, or just hang out and relax?

Everyone keeps telling me this year is going to go fast and I'll be out of school before I know it. The bad thing is, that's the complete opposite of what I want to hear.

Oh, and I haven't figured out my gauge problem! I haven't knitted for a few days actually.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Gauge Problems

I'm knitting my swatch for my House Sweater, and I cannot get the right gauge! First the stitches didn't match up, so I started knitting a little tighter and they were okay, but now the rows aren't matching!

The gauge for the pattern is 22sts and 30rows = 4" in St st on US 6 needles. I keep getting 22sts and 24rows = 4". I'd hate to have to go buy bigger needles. I suppose I could always take these ones back, but I'd much rather change my tension, if that's at all possible.

Anyone have tips on what to do?

Friday, August 17, 2007

We're not all made of money, are we?

Well it appears that there is no such thing as cheap DK weight yarn. At least that I can find, anyway. I looked all over Michael's, Joann's, Wal-Mart, and online. Nothing! I've decided to just go ahead and start the House Sweater. The only thing I'm really worried about is the blocking. I can practice blocking with pretty much anything though, right?

Alright, this was a boring post. Sorry

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

House Sweater Yarn

I haven't posted in a week. I've been insanely busy with birthday stuff and getting ready to go back to school. My box of yarn came on Saturday! I've never received such an awesome package in the mail before!

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Isn't it beautiful! I'm so excited.

I haven't decided on a yarn for my practice sweater yet. I want it to be cheap, but still pretty enough to wear. I can't wait to get started on the real one though.

I also completed a newsboy cap on Sunday. It didn't turn out exactly like the picture in the pattern, because the yarn I used was thicker, but it's still really cute.

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I'm kinda thinking it would look good with ear flaps, but I'm not sure. I'll see how much yarn I have left.

The brim is kinda folded down a little in this picture, but oh well. It's really comfy. I'm planning on making a pair of fold over mittens to match.

Anyway, I think that's it for now. Comments, as always, are love <3

Thursday, August 9, 2007

I DID IT!

The good news:
I actually bought the yarn for my House Sweater! I'm using Plymouth Encore DK. Half the price of Jaeger Matchmaker Merino DK! I bought 2 balls extra of the grey, just so I'm certain I have enough yarn. I spent about $75, but that's really only $5 over my yarn money I had for my birthday, so I'm happy.

The bad news:
The store I went to actually has 2 locations in Columbus. The one I went to only had 6 balls of the grey, 1 ball of the red (thankfully that's all I needed) and only a sample of the gold. I spent $75 and only walked out of the store with 1 ball of red yarn.

More good news:
Sometime in the next few days I will be receiving a HUGE box of yarn in the mail! And the shipping is free!

Yeah, I'm excited!
Oh, in case you didn't notice, I went for Gryffindor!

Since this is my first time making something that involves shaping and blocking, I'm going to go ahead and use the same pattern but with really cheap acrylic yarn and taking notes just to make sure I get everything right. I don't want to destroy my good yarn by frogging over and over.

Oh, and what's with this 100 degree weather?
We went to the Ohio State Fair for my birthday yesterday (to look at cute animals!), and we were only there for like 2 hours and we left because it was so hot! We heard later that day that pretty soon after we left all of the rides were shut down because of how dangerously hot it was. I say we should get our money back!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Yarn for House Sweater!

My lovely stepmom bought me a gift certificate for The Yarn Shop in Columbus. I just checked their site, and they have the recommended yarn for the House Sweater! It's still the same price as I saw on other sites, but at least I'll be able to see/feel it in person, and I can compare it to cheaper yarns! If I can find yarn similar but like half the price, then 3/4 of the yarn needed will be covered!

So now I need to ask my wonderful readers (Do I have any?) a question.
What House should I go for?

I'd like a Gryffindor sweater, but I'm not sure if the colors are right for me.
Based on most of my wardrobe, I'm more of a Slytherin or Ravenclaw girl.