Thursday, November 17, 2005

Multi-task

I am having a hard time being multi-task. Somehow the combination of being mom, wife, housekeeper and knitter is very demanding and I don't seen to be handling it well. I know it all has to do with I becoming a multi- project knitter in the last few weeks. I've hidden my thoughts of starting any new project before having a FO and suddenly I have T.T cardigan waiting for it's border 'cause I can't decide on the color yet. Then, DH's vest is having a problem with it's armholes decreases ( redoing it on it's third round). On top of that, I was suddenly interrupted by a new project that I had to knit ASAP( some suspense here, will show and explain next post).



I also started another project that I just could not resist . So here on the side, is my newest WIP that will be transformed into a colorful lacy cardigan.
In other words, I hope it will turn into something close to this picture below,






This is a design from the latest Keitodama Winter 2005.
Knitted on needle size 6 (3.9 mm) and using a colorful yarn that I purchased last year in Shanghai. My yarn isn't as pretty as in the model but it should give a similar effect.
The yarn is very thin, so I have to redo all the figures. I finished the back and the front panels and I am stuck on the Peacock border. It's knitted in one piece, a very long one. How about casting 275 sts at once? I actually need more sts since my yarn is thinner. Truly, I did a swatch yesterday, but who wants to do the math here? That's a complain coming from a lady that went twice thru the math school. :D To add to my frustration, the other day I met a knitter at the hair salon and I was sadly telling her that I am bad with the knitting calculations and she replies back saying that is what she does the best! I need to ask her where she got her knitting lessons! Haha, isn't it funny that my mechanical engineer friends don't know too much about fixing cars. I am sure that I can justify myself that I am not good with numbers!
I am still in search of a knitting course that teaches you all the calculations you need to size any garment. There should be formulas to it, like get the measurements and plug in the numbers. I believe this is how the software programs work. Um, I actually want to learn how to do the curves calculations like shaping the armholes, neckline and waistline. Just thinking aloud..... lol
What I don't want to admit here is some laziness on my part to figure things out. Recently, I have noticed that I don't want to deal with anything that requires brain work. I'm even selecting stockinette or garter patterns. Just check my latest FO's compared to old FO's. Well, knitting is for relaxation and occasional challenging for me!
Guess what? ( I know where I got this phrase... It's from my younger son) Today is Friday, the house is clean, no dinner to cook as DH has business dinner and the boys have an Interact event at school tonight ( both will be working as volunteers). That means none of them will be back before 9PM. And I will have the rest of the day just for knitting ! Happy knitting for you too!

11 comments:

joy said...

Hope you got lots of knitting done with your 'free' time. :) The colors of your new project are really beautiful. I notice that most of my projects are 'easy' knits too. ;)

Siow Chin said...

That pattern looks really interesting and will work with Noro yarns too, just thinking... I'm very fond of stocking stitch too nowadays, don't want to do any brain work with the bugs and all.

erin said...

Your yarn is very pretty, you always manage to match the right yarn to the right pattern. I'm liking easy knits too.

knitties said...

I'm so much for stockinette stitch nowadays, especially after nearly going insane from the long lace trim for my bolero. What yarn are you using? It's so pretty! I can completely understand your laziness, I feel the same. That's why I'm going for simpler patterns these days.

Agnes said...

Quiet free time for knitting ... hooray! Hope you can get a lot done tonight! ;)

yuvee said...

That is going to be very pretty. Interesting pattern, beautiful yarn ;)
My brain is somewhat stuck now, can't do any calculation!

Toni said...

I love that pattern! Your colorway will be gorgeous in it. And good for you to get as far as you have with adjusting the pattern. Could you figure out how many stitches to cast on for the lace using the percentage system? You know that your yarn is ___ gauge, the pattern is ___ gauge, the difference between the two is, for example, 20% so you need to cast on 20% more stitches with your yarn.

candsmom said...

That cardigan is going to be beautiful! Such soft and pretty colors. And how wonderful to have some special "alone" time with your knitting. Happy knitting! :-) BTW, I love your Clover plastic needles in the previous post. I never knew they made plastic needles! Your DH is a keeper. ;-)

emy said...

I have to agree with you that the maths is the challenging part. :)

Love the color of your yarn.

Vivian said...

Agree with you, being multi-task is really tired. I myself have the same experience as well, as I need to handle full-time work as well as housework, it really eat my spare times for things that I really like and wanted to do. The colourway on your new project is nice!! Don't worry, I'm sure it'll be very nice when finished.

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