November 5th, 2006


Scarf Update

The scarf's underway! Woohoo!

Trying to find the yarn recommended by the Dr. Who scarf site turned out to be a royal PITA. The manufacturer doesn't sell their yarn directly, only through retailers, and it didn't seem like a single retailer on Earth had the colors I wanted in the weight I wanted. Remy said "screw it," and took me to Alfred's in Stuyvesant Plaza, where we found a lovely line of soft, 100% Merino wool in colors that suited our dark purpose. I bought thirteen 200-yard skeins, and I'll soon have to go back for a fourteenth, if the Dr. Who site's estimates are to be believed. If you do the math, that's an assload of yarn. Enough to cover a few football fields. If I wind up having a lot of scrap, my plan is to knit a big goddamn arrow to lay onto the Heinz Field turf, to guide the Steelers to that place on that one side of the field that will allow them to score points (seeing as they have trouble finding the end zone this year... but I digress).

So yes- an assload of yarn, and 14", size 7 knitting needles. I forgot at the time that I'd also eventually need a tapestry needle for color switching, but since I have to return to the store for the last skein of yarn anyway, it's not a big deal.

Using the videos on this site, and after a few failed dexterity rolls, I managed to cast on this afternoon. I'm doing sixty stitches across, which just about fills the knitting needle, as I'm trying to knit loosely. I'm also knitting with the yarn on the left, which is the method my mom taught me. She herself is able to finish a whole scarf in an evening with this method, and I'm not too slow at it once I get going. My big failing is that I can't keep the stitches of a consistent tightness. I'm not too worried about it, though. This is the extreme end of the scarf; my (flimsy) theory is that I'll be much better at this by the time I'm a significant way in, and the ends of the scarf will be largely covered up by tassles anyway.

I'm using the pattern on the Dr. Who site, and have finished exactly two purple rows at this point (one for cast-on plus three knit passes). As you can see, only a gajillion left to go. I was originally going to start on the left side of the pattern and work toward the right, but I've decided to switch to doing the right side first. That means I'll be sticking with purple for another sixteen rows (32 passes) before I have to switch colors- again, giving me a good bit of practice before something tricky crops up.

This will be the first knitting project I've started/completed all on my own (in the past, Mom has helped me get started/finish and has corrected my mistakes when I hit a snag). I'm triple-checking everything all the time, heh- especially counting after each pass to make sure I still have sixty stitches on the needle.

Once I have a more significant portion done, I'll start taking pictures, methinks. Someone must care, or so I tell myself... ;)

Weekend Update

Something's wrong when you look at the score and say, "Oh good, the Steelers are only down by seven points."

Anyway, it's been a fun weekend. Remy and I wandered around Stuyvesant Plaza on Saturday (as mentioned in the scarf post), but before that, Angel and Cheryl (aka deathslilsister and ibesky), my former roomies, took my measurements. They're making a set of wedding gowns for a show in Port Ewen in January, and yours truly will be modeling some of their lovely work. A pretty white wedding dress with a corset and filmy sleeves! The little girl in me is squeeing nonstop at the opportunity to play dress-up. I will definitely take pictures.

At night, we watched the very first episode of MST3K evar: The Crawling Eye. No TV's Frank, it was some other guy! And it was before Kevin Murphy started doing Servo, so the really deep voice kinda threw me, but it was pretty neat. Definitely before they hit their stride, but enjoyable.

Today has been laid-back. Housecleaning and laundry, coffee-buying (they make decaf espresso? Doesn't that defeat the purpose?), and knitting. And we watched Wayne's World, which I haven't seen since I was, like, eleven. I get so many more of the jokes now, heh.

Remy and I hit upon a collaborative writing idea and revived some old Truth and Justice role-playing. Pretty wild, trying to remember all the stuff our characters had been up to.

All the LJ-friend hype has finally gotten to me. Tomorrow, if it's slow at work, I'll start and finish my very own bona-fide goddamn NaNoWriMo. Remy plans to write a Perl script that'll randomly pull sentences from a text document and assemble them in a separate text file. I'm going to attempt the same thing in Java (or Ruby, if the lack of proper regexes starts getting to me) and just loop until I'm up to 50,000 words. DONE B4 U OMGLOLZ.