Dramas and Knitting

What do three single lady library employees do when they have a Monday off from work? Well, of course, they spend all day Sunday watching Korean dramas! Or is that just my friends?

Sunday night we holed up with some fried chicken and watch 11 (yes that number is correct) hours of the Korean drama, Heirs. I’ve already watched all of Heirs but I loved it and forced it on Claire and Nicole. Our K-drama obsession started with the show Boys Over Flowers which is basically a soap opera about teens. It is weird and ridiculous and SO AMAZING. The situations are totally over the top and the characters are just a hot mess but something about it draws you in. well, that something is probably the actor Lee Min-ho. First of all, he’s beautiful and he’s so good at being cheeky or intense. I’ve now watched the dramas Great Doctor/Faith, Personal Taste, and Heirs starring him. Claire and Nicole like him just as much so, of course, I had to get them into Heirs.

The problem with K-dramas is that each episode tends to end on a little cliffhanger so you are compelled to watch the next episode. One thing lead to another and we ended up not leaving Nicole’s house until 4:30 a.m.

The productive part of it was that I was able to knit 5 inches of my blanket. It now measures 48 wide by 28 long. I actually could’ve accomplished more but I ran out of yarn.

Here’s my progress so far. Isn’t it looking rather blanket-y now?

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And just for some eye candy, here’s Lee Min-ho. By the way, if you’re interested in watching Korean dramas, there’s a lot on Netflix now plus you can watch some on Dramafever.

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Some Much Needed Progress

After the frustration the other night of knitting the wrong repeat, I finally managed to tink back all four rows I had done incorrectly. Now, four rows doesn’t sound like that much, until you consider that those rows are each about 4 foot wide.

So once all the un-knitting was complete, I managed to move forward again and get a few repeats done.

I decided to lay out the big, purple, monster of a blanket to see how far along I really am. I was pleasantly surprised.

The length is about 24 inches now. I figure it will be roughly 60 inches long so I want to call this “almost half way”.

Sorry about the dark picture, I took this in my bedroom around midnight.

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Wind All the Yarn

I kept wanting to start a new project tonight, in spite of the numerous WIPs I have. So I ended up wiNadine about 5 balls of yarn to potentially use. The first two got ruled out because the patterns required a garter tab and my head hurts too bad to pick up stitches. Another was nixed because it required picking up 90 stitches after about 3 rows. Finally I decided to work on my Comfy blanket, which needed 2 more s wound before I could continue. 

By the time it was all said and done, I barely even wanted to knit. I finally sat down to knit one repeat of the blanket and now that I am looking at it, I realize that I did the wrong repeat and will need to rip out 4 rows. 

I just need to give up and go to be.  

OMG Knitting

One of my favorite things to do is to browse the patterns on Ravelry when things are slow. I will go through the most popular patterns or look for matches for yarn I have in my stash. I am still not a very accomplished knitter so there are a lot of things I am totally blown away by because either they are something I don’t know how to accomplish, I don’t have the dedication/concentration for, or that are amazing feats in pattern writing. I thought I would share some of the ones I have recently come across.

  1. Embrace Octopus Sweater – wow. The amount of time to create and implement this color-work boggles the mind.
  2. Celestarium – At first glance, this looks like a large, beautiful shawl with some random yarn overs and beads worked in. It is actually a large, beautiful shawl with a chart of the night sky, as seen from the North Pole. Not only is this incredibly impressive, this is not the first shawl of this type. They also offer one of the Southern Skies. An impressive feat of pattern making.

3. Deathflake Mittens – This pattern taught me that Norwegian’s are badass knitters. I love that this pattern looks like a regular colorwork but upon closer inspection has skulls. These are pretty awesome mittens, if you ask me.

4. Central Park Coat – I just love the style of this design. I especially love this fact that it is reversible.

5. Cathedral Rose Window Afghan – this isn’t knitting, it’s crochet, but it is still massively impressive. Look through some of the Ravelry projects to see some of the fantastic color combinations.

What Have I Done?

So I left work today planning to come home a read all night so I can start getting caught up on my to be read list.

What I actually did was eat fast food and fall asleep until 10 p.m.

When you sleep until 10 p.m., time loses all meaning to you.

Which is why I am shopping for yarn at nearly 2 a.m.

Perhaps the late hour is to be explained for the insane about of yarn I just bought. That and the fried chicken grease.

So here’s the damage:

6 Skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepard Worsted in Poppy 

I’m planning to make the #263 Neck Down Wrap Cardigan with it. I think it’ll look awesome in the bright poppy color. I am having some doubts about whether I should have chosen a more variegated yarn, like the example below to add interest. Thinking about my personal style though, I tend to wear more solid colors. I may already have a sweater in a very similar color… We’re not going to worry about that because that just means I already have jewelry to match.

 

3 Skeins of Tosh DK in Thyme. 

I’m planning to make the With a Twist Blanket for my future/someday/maybe baby.

Last but not least, 7 skeins of Tosh Chunky in Curiosity.

I’m planning to make the http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/comfy for my bedroom. The pattern actually calls for two strands of worsted yarn held together but I’m substituting for a chunky yarn and possibly making it a little bigger.

Fun fact, when I first learned to crochet (years before knitting entered my life), I decided to knit a purple blanket for my room. Everything in my room is purple, by the way. The pattern I chose was a sampler afghan. I bought at least 10 skeins of Vanna’s Choice yarn in two shades of purple and a linen color. I only made 3 blocks. Now there are two storage boxes of purple Vanna’s Choice in my craft room closet. I have no desire to finish that blanket. So, why am I buying yarn for a new blanket? Hopefully I’ll actually make this one. The chunky yarn should knit up pretty quickly and I have been really wanting to do a basket weave type blanket. I’m just hoping the yarn looks more purple than blue when it comes in. It’s hard to tell online and I am very picky about the purples in my bedroom.

 

This enormous purchase got me started in Eat.Sleep.Knit’s Yarnathon! I already passed the 1 mile and 5 kilometer marks, meaning I earned a welcome package and earned $20 store credit. Which means I get to go back and buy even more yarn! And then earn more prizes and more credit. Then buy even even more yarn! Then more more prizes and more more credits! And the buy even even even more yarn! So on and so forth until the bank repossesses my house because I can’t pay the mortgage and I am forced to turn my yarn stash into some kind of shelter and live under a bridge.