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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Lace Race

Just starting out

9-18 Progress: Just starting out. Feel a little like I am knitting in a black hole. Doesn’t feel like this is getting any bigger.

Trying to knit the Promise Me shawl in only 12 days so that I can feel ready to start my lace shawl MKAL. This is my first time really knitting lace, first time using lace weight yarn (or mohair for that matter, which is its own challenge), and first time including beads. I decided to keep a pictorial diary of my progress.

A little more

9-20 Progress: 99 Stitches. Things are picking up.

9-22 Progress: 189 stitches. Finished stockinette section

9-22 Progress: 189 stitches. Finished stockinette section. This section was completed quickly and easily enough. Hopefully I have enough time to get the lace done.

9-23 Progress: Row 7 of 1st Lace Section

9-23 Progress: Row 7 of 1st Lace Section
I realized that I had skipped the part of the pattern that instructed for the first and last stitches to be ktb. Not sure if that will be a problem.
The lace is taking forever. These S2PSSO’s are driving me crazy. Adding the beads takes more time that I had expected.

9/24 - 14 of 16 rows in first lace section completed. Yarn seems to be lasting a lot longer than the pattern estimated.

9/25 - Finished first lace section. 2 out of 14 rows completed of second lace section. Row 1 was missing a stitch. Still couldn't figure out why.

9/25 – Finished first lace section. 2 out of 14 rows completed of second lace section. Row 1 was missing a stitch. Still couldn’t figure out why.

 

9/26- 8 of 14 rows completed. Extra stitch and missing stitch happened again in the first section on two different rows. Still cannot find the error but it has caused the lace pattern to be a little wonky.  12 rows to go

9/26- 8 of 14 rows completed. Extra stitch and missing stitch happened again in the first section on two different rows. Still cannot find the error but it has caused the lace pattern to be a little wonky.
12 rows to go

9/27 Second lace section completed. 6 rows to go

9/27 Second lace section completed. 6 rows to go

9/28 - No knitting because my hand was sore from painting the living room 9/29 - Finished two rows. First row took 40 minutes because I had to go up a needle size (per the pattern) and it made the stitches tight. 4 rows to go

9/28 – No knitting because my hand was sore from painting the living room
9/29 – Finished two rows. First row took 40 minutes because I had to go up a needle size (per the pattern) and it made the stitches tight. 4 rows to go

9/30 - Started picot bind off. Took an hour and a half to bind off a third of the stitches. Saving the rest for knit night tomorrow.

9/30 – Started picot bind off. Took an hour and a half to bind off a third of the stitches. Saving the rest for knit night tomorrow.