I know, don't say it. I was a very bad blogger and didn't write a post yesterday. Truthfully my eyes were bothering me (I'm going next week for new glasses) and my knitting was completely driving me nuts, so the idea of writing about it didn't really excite me. Have no fear, though, it wasn't Scotch Mary that was driving me crazy. She is still very well behaved and awaiting the second of the i-cord ties to be… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 26, 2010 at 7:07pm —
The end is in sight...
Today I have some exciting news: Scotch Mary has been bound off! The body is done, the sleeves are edges, the ends are woven in. Now all that is left is blocking and knitting the i-cords. As far as technical stuff on the pattern all I need to do is draw those blasted schematics. That's really not so bad. I think I was overthinking it yesterday. I will plug the numbers into the schematic drawing after I have… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 24, 2010 at 6:16pm —
Time flies when you're having fun!
Wow, is it really week 4 of the sweater project already? Where did the time go? My Mom was right, the older you get the faster time goes by. Hmmm...
I set out today to work up a schematic for Scotch Mary, and then I got myself really confused. I know there should be a schematic. They're very useful and like having them around on the rare occasion that I find myself following a pattern.… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 23, 2010 at 4:06pm —
Short and Sweet
Today I'm going to keep my post short, sweet, and to the point...
I tried on Scotch Mary and took a good look in the mirror... I like the sweater! Very cool. And the even cooler part? I realized that I have a mere two inches left to knit on the body. Knowing this, I'm figuring (and hoping) that I can have Mary wrapped up by Wednesday. Unfortunately there's no sun in the forecast, so I'll be waiting a bit to… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 22, 2010 at 2:30pm —
Today was good. The end.
Seriously, you know how the other day I was lamenting how Chris and I hadn't been able to have an actual daytime day together to just hang? (And have it not be super late and me falling over my knitting drooling...) Well, today Chris had the day off until around 5pm, so… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 21, 2010 at 5:38pm —
To be perfectly honest today was kinda rough for me. I'm not so good at dealing with the cold weather. I've pretty much suffered from the winter blues every February since I was about 14 years old. It bugs me when I can't get outside as much as I like. It's really amazing how your body, or at least mine, does so much better at functioning when supplied with regular bouts of fresh air and sunshine. I also find it… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 20, 2010 at 11:00pm —
After yesterdays break from my sweater project I woke up this morning determined to make some solid progress. I dragged my butt out of bed, made a cup of tea, ate breakfast, and then sat down to work on my super secret project.... What? Yup. Only barely 30 minutes into my day and already I was going off in another direction. It actually wasn't really that bad. I was so close to finishing yesterday's super… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 19, 2010 at 9:00pm —
I've been a very bad girl today...
You see, I got this big box full of yarn delivered... It was way to much for me to resist. A pile of extrafine merino, which is my all time favorite hands down fiber ever to work with. All different colors... How could I not cast something on? Huh? All the yarns that were delivered today are to be used in my Musical Minds collection… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 18, 2010 at 7:51pm —
Keep on knittin'!
can happily report once again that I am still making steady progress
with Scotch Mary. The longer the knitting goes on, the more excited to
see the end result I get. Luckily I haven't lost interest in the
pattern. (Big thing for me. Everyone that knows me jokes about how
easily bored I am, but luckily I'm also easily amused, so it tends to
balance out rather nicely.) The lace… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 17, 2010 at 2:20pm —
Oh dearest Scotch Mary how I love thee... No, really, I mean it. You're a very lovely lady....
you've probably guessed, knitting has been good. At this point
everything seems to be proceeding pretty much as planned with Scotch
Mary. I'm a little worried I may not actually be completely done by the
end of the month, but hey, I'm gonna give it a try. The lace rib rows
go by fast when I'm awake. I go very slow on them if I start to get
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 15, 2010 at 7:13pm —
Happy Valentines Day!
I have heard back from some of my [absolutely wonderful, generous, and
awesome] test knitters on sizing notes. It has been mentioned that
sometimes the raglan shaping in the larger sizes may not fit the best
due to the increases in the armhole shaping and how deep of an armhole
that creates. Since I'm in the early stages of my sweater design career
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 14, 2010 at 5:30pm —
Scotch Mary and I went on a knitting trip today to Starbucks. I am
delighted to report that both of us were very well behaved and had a
nice time. No stitches were lost, no other projects were cast on. It
was just me, Mary, coffee, and knitting friends for the afternoon.
Scotch Mary's Progress
The longer the lace rib section gets, the more I like the texture of
it. It's so very nice and… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 13, 2010 at 11:00pm —
was all over the place today with my knitting. Looking back on the day
I can barely even remember what knitting I got done... except the
stripes, but I'll get to that in a minute.
I started the day off
with all the right intentions. While I sat sipping my morning cup of
tea I knit away on the lace rib of Scotch Mary. This is going to be one
of those projects that… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 12, 2010 at 11:00pm —
Keep it Simple
love clean lines and little details. As I sat working on Scotch Mary
today I found myself wondering if it had "enough," whatever "enough"
might be. Well, I know how I was defining it. It's what the pattern
consists of. Is there enough detail? Enough interest? I tried thinking
of details and accents that I could add here and there. What if I did
this....? Or that...?… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 11, 2010 at 5:36pm —
did end up getting snowed in today and everything was canceled as
predicted. Ahhh.... a whole day to sit back and knit! I worked on
Scotch Mary quite a bit (sorry I didn't think of photos until it was
getting a bit too dark out). Besides actually knitting I took some time
to work on writing out more of the pattern and working on sizing. Right
now the sizes stand as… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 10, 2010 at 6:01pm —
Sometimes I wish my brain would just give me a break already! The
problem today is that with my teaching schedule I didn't get very much
time to knit. When that happens I start scheming up new designs. And
then, of course, I want to drop everything I'm doing and start
something new, because I may suffer a little bit from knitting ADD....
But I am going to be good. I promise. No new projects were started
today. I am still right on track with Scotch… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 9, 2010 at 9:07pm —
I’ve spent a good deal of today working on swatches for the bottom half of Scotch Mary. The one that I’m liking the best turns out to be just about the most simple lace “rib” that I could have possibly picked. You have to work… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 8, 2010 at 7:20pm —
Today's blog is going to be relatively short, which reflects the amount
of time I had to knit on Scotch Mary... Practically nothing. During the
morning I did work a few of the increase rows.
(With some luck, and probably the help of a movie, I'm hoping to be
with those pesky raglan increases sometime tomorrow.) After these few
rows I decided to be very greedy and took today as a day off. Really I
was being very responsible. I had made plans… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 7, 2010 at 11:00pm —
Button Hole Blues
I really didn’t get a whole lot of knitting done today. I wanted to, as always, but there was other work that needed to get done. So I spent the day mostly working on things that I had been putting off doing for my Website and laying out patterns. I figured I should probably put the finishing touches on the… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 5, 2010 at 8:00pm —
I am so easily distracted. I went out this morning for my acupuncture session and decided I’d stop on the way back at the knitting shop to pick up a new row counter. I really needed a new one because of the two I had, one was in use by a pair of languishing socks, and the other apparently got up and walked away. I had a half hour drive to get there and during that half hour I changed my mind about stopping… Continue
Added by Erica Jackofsky on February 4, 2010 at 11:30pm —