Trouble with Trebles

This blog is to keep track of my knitting, other craft projects, and the weird bits of life that don't fit anywhere else.

Monday, May 07, 2007

UFO Roundup - The Knits

Today I was having my usual little bit of chocolate after lunch (translation: handful of Hershey's kisses), and I got to thinking about the different varieties. Even though I prefer dark chocolate, dark chocolate kisses aren't nearly as good as the milk chocolate ones. Why is that? Is is because Hershey's is better at producing milk chocolate? Or am I biased to think that kisses should be milk chocolate, because this is the original flavor? These are the deep philosophical issues I ponder at my desk over lunch. That and cold fusion and its relation to footwear, of course.

As for my knitting, I've been feeling pretty good about my progress on UFOs lately, having finished several things on my sidebar. I thought it would be a good time to go over my UFOs, while the number is less overwhelming and will make for a less photo-intensive post. I am hoping this will motivate me to make some real progress on these last few projects so I can start some new things without feeling too much guilt.

First, the collegiate scarf (the pattern is actually the country home striped scarf, but that sounds kinda girly to me). This project was mostly intended to use up some dark green and dark gray woolease. I found a striped scarf pattern, in which the worsted is doubled and each color is done in a different pattern. I then bought a skein of light green woolease chunky and another skein of gray to have enough (sounds like some sort of physics problem; why do we always need to buy more yarn to use up yarn?). I started it during knitting group and the pattern was nearly impossible to see in the dark green and I kept getting distracted and forgetting where I left off. Also, I was using these crappy plastic needles that were a pain to knit with. I do like the color combo and easy care yarn (hint: even a brother could properly care for it), so I'll probably rip out what I have and start over with my new Options needles and one of the lighter colors.

Second, I have the Schachenmayr sweater which has only a sleeve finished. Said sleeve is actually the wrong measurement (too large), and will likely need to be ripped. I decided to use the sleeve as a gauge swatch and it seemed on target at first. I knit most of it in the car while moving across country, so who knows how that may have affected gauge. Did I mention that it was knit on size fours and had all kinds of complicated shaping instructions (at least complicated to keep track of while moving)? I really need to knit a real gauge swatch and probably go down a needle size or two, then start the body of the sweater.

Finally, I have the Knit.1 tank which is dangerously close to being an actual FO. Above you can see it blocking. I have since sewn the side seams, but realized that the straps are too long (I wasn't sure, but figured better to knit them too long than too short). So, I am ripping the straps about 2 inches, and will then seam the straps and crochet an edge around the neckline and sleeves. It seems to fit quite nicely, and I hope to get a lot of wear out of it this summer.

I leave for a conference in Florida in a few days, and I'm not sure about the fate of these projects as far as a travel companion. The scarf would be nice to work in airports and on planes, but will be much too hot in Florida. The schachenmayr sweater needs some heavy duty swatching before I can really get a good start and the finishing of the tank seems better left for home. It seems like a good reason for a new project, doesn't it?



At 2:18 PM, Anonymous carol said...

The tank is very pretty. A good basic for the hot summer. As for a reason for a new project - I never need one and you have a perfectly reasonable one. Go for it! Have a good trip to Florida.

At 7:18 PM, Blogger jenfromRI said...

It's so satisfying to work your way through the UFO's. That tank is really cute.
As for your pondering, I think it's not so much a physics problem as it is that physics impossibility: a perpetual motion machine. You buy more yarn to have enough to use up what you have, the you have some left over, so you buy more yarn to have enough to use up what you have, and so on. Call the Nobel people!

At 10:17 PM, Blogger Brenda said...

The tank looks very good! Bummer on the sweater sleeve. I like the colors for the scarf. Since the tank is finishing work, and the sweater needs to be re-swatched, I think you should definitely start a new project for traveling.

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

You are a brave girl! I love the colors on the tank, but you will NOT get me into stripes! :) Have a good time in FL!

At 4:26 PM, Blogger JayJay said...

I don't feel all that brave! ;) Mostly, I just bought too little yarn, so the stripes became a design element, rather than an oops. I'm hoping the stripes can balance me out, since I am smaller on the top than bottom (sounds logical, right?)

At 4:45 PM, Blogger CraftyDiversions said...

I'm trying to imagine you wearing your tank and the scarf walking around sauna-like Florida!


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