I…don’t work on this project very often. Partly because it’s really big, partly because it’s knitting and I don’t do a lot of that, and partly because I just forget about it sometimes. But, recently I’ve been working at the local Farmer’s Market, which entails sitting behind a table for hours on end and occasionally engaging with people who want to buy stuff. Last year I passed the time by making more tiny animals to replace the ones I was selling, but more often than not I would forget some of the things I needed to work on those. So this year I instead decided to work on larger personal projects while I was at the market I would work on larger projects that I didn’t need anything for other than yarn and maybe scissors. Which brings me to the Youngjae scarf.
I made more progress on this last week than I have in the past six months. I finally got through the third section and made it to the fourth. Out of eight. I’m almost halfway done! Progress!
So yeah. This next section is basically a series of short black and white rows done in one by one ribbing. Which I will hopefully get through quicker than the previous sections. Wish me luck!
Okay, I’m gonna go back to replenishing my stock of tiny animals for next Saturday. See you guys next week!
Here we have the first five numbers in the Fibonacci sequence modeled by the rows in a baby blanket I’m making.
(In case the captions aren’t working out for you, the first five numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are 1, 1, 2, 3, and 5 in that order.)
So yeah. This was based off an idea I had while brainstorming for a commission that didn’t pan out. But I thought, whatever. I want to make it anyway. So that’s what I’m doing.
The pattern I’m using for everything except color changes is the Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket, which happens to be, like, the single most popular star shaped blanket on Ravelry I think. That could have changed by the time you’re reading this (Hello, the future). Either way, it’s a solid pattern and I really like the way it’s turning out so far.
Last year, my mom pointed me to a pattern sale being held by Holly’s Hobbies, and told me to pick out a pattern she didn’t already have. Naturally, I chose the unicorn. It looks like a really good pattern, and I’m excited for when I finally finish it, but I clearly haven’t made it very far. Right now, it kinda looks like a white gourd.
So yeah. This week also marks the culmination (basically) of one of my major academic projects, so hopefully I’ll have more time to crochet soon. Especially since I’m kinda running out of works in progress to talk about. I think I have, like, one or two more.
But seriously, though. Holly’s Hobbies designs are really good, and I encourage you to check them out if you like amigurumi. I’m gonna go back to studying now.
Spring Break just started. Yay! As such, I have spent the past two days napping and basically nothing else. So we’re going to do another work in progress feature.
So I really like those Caron Cake type yarns that create long stripes. Except Caron Cakes are make with wool, so I can’t use those specifically. So instead I picked up a few skeins of Premier Yarns’ Sweet Roll (color: Gelato Pop). And had to figure out something to do with it.
Fast forward a few months, and I was flipping through some of my mom’s crochet and knitting books and I came across a fun sock pattern in a book called Geek Chic Crochet. And I thought it would be a good match for the Gelato Pop yarn. Only problem was it called for significantly lighter weight yarn. But I’m not about to let a little thing like that stop me, so I just sized down the hook. A lot.
So far, I’ve made it through one sock, and the toe of the other.
Sizing down the hook had the unintended consequence of making the socks really stiff because the stitches are so tight. However, that’s made it so the socks actually stay up for hours on end without help, which is something I can’t really say about most knee socks.
I think they’ll turn out pretty cool when they’re done.
All right! A work in progress I actually worked on this week. Woo!
So this is another one from Pretty in Punk because sometimes I get excited and start working on multiple projects of the same theme at the same time. I’ve made significantly less progress on this than the vampire scarf, so it kind of looks like nothing right now, but eventually it’ll be a shirt.
This is the first project I’ve ever attempted that’s knit in the round, and if you look closely, you can tell the mesh is uneven. But that’s okay, because it’s supposed to look ratty. It’ll look really cool when it’s done. I just need, like, ten more inches before I can make the arms. Of course, now that I’m deciding what to work on via random number generator, who knows when that’ll happen, but I’m staying hopeful.
So I did nothing, craftwise, this week (insert typical grumbing about being a college student here) so I’m going to do another quick work-in-progress feature.
Near the end of summer vacation, 2017, I was bored and scrolling through Ravelry when I came across a bunch of neat knitting patterns from this book called “Pretty in Punk” and because I’ve always secretly wanted to be goth, I set about acquiring it. It wasn’t too hard. You can buy it on Amazon.
The first pattern I decided to make from it was this long, thin scarf (made with giant, size 15 knitting needles) with a crochet edging that has this really cool, vampire aesthetic. I made the knit part really quickly, within a day. Got it blocked and everything. And it’s been sitting like that, waiting for it’s edging, for about six months now.
Yeah…..I’ll get back to it eventually. But not today. Today I need to do homework.
Someday, vampire scarf. Someday you will be complete.
So I haven’t finished anything this week, and with school predictably taking up most of my time, I haven’t really worked on anything, with the exception of the one project I carry around in my backpack. So I’m going to talk about that.
So BAP came back in December, during finals week, with this uplifting song called “Hands Up”. It’s good, and you should definitely go listen to it if you haven’t already. Here’s a link. One thing you might also notice, watching that video, is that the styling for this particular comeback contains a lot of knits. Like
It’s exciting! (Also, all of those images were promotional images for Ego, which is the album Hands Up is on, and as such are copyright of TS Entertainment. I try to make sure I mention that for every picture I use that I did not take myself. Anyway.)
I am quite probably the only BAP fan who got excited specifically because of the knits, but I did. And while Jongup’s sweater (the green and black one) is relatively boring and Zelo’s sweater just screams hahaha no (it has an actual face on it), but Youngjae’s scarf immediately drew me in and made me want to make it.
The Youngjae scarf, as I have dubbed it is, helpfully, the only scarf in the entire MV. It appears to be eight smaller scarflettes sewn together to create a super scarf, and I love it. I started working on it a couple days after the MV first came out, and I have completed the first two sections (and started on the third).
The sections in my scarf are a little bit shorter than Youngjae’s, mainly because I’m sizing it so it’s proportionally the same length on me as Youngjae’s is on him (more or less), and he is a few inches taller than me. When it’s finished, I plan on blocking it to try and smooth out some of the width problems With luck, that should also iron out any problems with length.
The first section (white and yellow) was relatively easy. It’s just 1×1 ribbing with a color change every few rows. Even for a novice knitter such as myself, it was pretty quick and painless. I finished it on the train home for Christmas.
The second section was significantly harder. After hours of staring at promotional images and select portions of the MV (and eventually giving up and asking my mother for help) I determined that the original scarf used a honeycomb stitch for this section. After a few frustrating attempts at a honeycomb stitch, that ultimately ended in failure, I gave up and used a waffle stitch instead, because it’s way easier and produces a similar texture. It still took me a lot longer than the first section, in part because I got distracted by school and other projects, but at least it was, you know, fun. Fortunately, that should be the hardest part. Everything else is ribbing or stockinette stitch, and I’m good at those.
So, yeah. I’m probably going to have a series of work in progress showcases like this, for when I have nothing else to talk about because I have a lot of things like this. Eventually, when I’m done with the Youngjae scarf, I’ll probably post a pattern just for the heck of it.