Monday, March 28, 2011

Over thinking, worrying, losing touch, losing in general

Over thinking: I think I've done this with the hood. I am not enjoying the knit the way I should, because I'm too busy thinking about how I'm going to do the next part. Stocking stitch, or basket weave? I'm not sure I want it to be too busy with lots of patterning, yet the pics I've seen so far don't seem to be too much pattern. I am not sure I want it too plain, either. I've seen some that are done with a combination - a basket weave band part way along the hood, for example. I think I recall either seeing or reading that someone was going to start with the basket weave, then "fade" to stocking stitch. I think that is the route I may take.... I know I want the angels in the back - one because I like them, and two because I don't want a pointy style hood.

Worrying: I'm worrying about the length of the facing. I have four repeats done. I am not sure if I am going to have too floppy of a hood if I make five, but I know it will be too tight if I don't. I mean, sure, blocked and a little stretched, it will work. But, putting the hood up or down will turn my hair into a static-y tangled mess. Too loose and floppy, though, and it won't keep my head/ears warm, rendering it relatively pointless. I headed over to Ravelry last night, and found some photos of finished hoods. I really appreciated the people who took pics with it on their head, so that I could get an idea how long the facing should be. So, I think I'm going to do five repeats, and leave it at that.

Losing Touch: With being away, then doing some catch up at home, I am way behind in reading the Ravelry posts for the Cape KAL, and for my team (Yay, Ulster). I know that there are probably just a lot of chatter posts that I don't *need* to read, but still, I feel out of the loop. And behind, what with still knitting on the facing, which so many others finished two months ago. I know, it isn't a race, and I know some of my need to be a part of things is where my unease is coming from. I really need to work on that last bit. Part of my whole packrattyness, borderline hoarding, insecurity. I know I should be letting go more - I often remind myself, when my emails get so far behind, that I have lived this long without knowing the content of the emails so I should just delete them and start fresh. Just like with clearing out some of my stuff at home, it works for a while, then I seem to reach a threshold where I cannot toss another thing. Often, if I do try to force myself to go just a little further, one more box, or even finish off the box I'm working on, or the emails, or whatever - that extra push causes me to revert, and "rescue" some of the things in the "to go" pile... *sigh*.

So, yeah, this blog is more than just a report on progress, it is a report on feelings that happen while I'm working on the cape. Well, these are some of the feelings that are surfacing right now.

Losing in General: I seem to have misplaced my cord for downloading from my camera... So, I have taken a few pictures, but can't post them just yet. I am not sure if I put it back into the suitcase/bag that I used to carry the craft stuff on the trip, or if I put it away where it belongs, or if I stuck it in a different spot.... I haven't had much chance to look in depth just yet - I briefly glanced into the bag, and in the potential different spot... Hopefully, I get around to looking for it today. :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Think I have it.

Ok. I am feeling way behind, even though I know it isn't a race. Yes, life is a little in the way - but really, I'm just plain depressed. I'm really really suffering from it these days. I have been depressed for over a year now (I know exactly what triggered it) but it was relatively mild and manageable. Now, all I want to do is hide on the computer, or sleep. I manage to do a little more than that every day, but not much else.

Anyway - I am going to force myself to get busy and knit this cape. I want to - honestly, I do - but I just don't feel much like knitting anything. So - I go for the easy excuse - too hard to do the math to figure out the facing repeats. BUT - I have made a decision. I'm going to leave the one repeat I've made, and I'm going to use the second skein I wound (I wound two skeins to take on the trip, just in case) and work up a repeat using the 5 mm needle. The first one, I used the recommended 4 mm needle. Now, I know the facing shouldn't "overwhelm" the hood, but I also kind of don't like the resulting fabric on it.... It seems quite stiff. Which is probably the other reason for my lack of enthusiasm about continuing. Normally, going up one size at a time is what would be recommended, but I'm going to jump across the 4.5mm needle, and go right for the 5.

I'm also working on some socks, on smaller needles, but since the ones I'm using for the socks are quite sharp (Addi Lace) I am stabbing myself a little too often, lol... So, I will take a break from those tonight (even though I need new socks) and work on the larger needles :) Maybe I'll alternate evenings - one evening socks and stabbing, the next catchup and healing ;) Then, when I'm done a repeat of the heart cable, I'll compare the two side by side, then decide if I'm going to rip the 4 or the 5. I'll take pictures then.

Oh, as for the socks - yeah, I have the new hills socks, but I need thin socks as well as warm thick wool ones.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Back and Behind

Well, I thought I was going to do some quality knitting in the hotel room, as well as on the beach. I did do a lot on the beach and by the pool, but spent so very little time in the room, that I only got as far as row 25 on the first repeat on the hood facing. Since coming home, I managed to make it to the end of the first repeat....

Finding time to work on this project isn't going well right now. I need to concentrate on the cable part, so I don't mess it up. For some strange reason, I'm having difficulty working from the chart, and need to go with the written directions. And, since I'm mildly dyslexic, the process is slowed down this way.

Oh, well - I shall persevere, and once I get going, there will be no stopping me!!! :)

Next hurdle - I need 28 inches for the facing, and my first repeat is 6 inches... I need to adjust something somewhere. Maybe I can remeasure, and don't need 28? Maybe I need to sneak in some "buffer rows" between repeats? I'll have to do some thinking and some doodle-sketching before I continue knitting.

No pics at this time, but I do need to take some of the projects I did on the beach (didn't get a chance to get pics while I was there), so I'll likely get at least one of the facing so far.