Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stash Dash 2014 update

Shipwreck is finished! I need to take a weekend to block it and get good pictures.
Lightning on Quaker Ridge is now 2/3 done.
I am working on the last square of my Mock Cornerstone blanket (Rothko blanket? that's what I think of it as...), but I will have to attach them all and then pick up to do the border.

Those are probably the only major things I'll finish for StashDash14. My class starts tomorrow and I've got a lot of work left to do. freaking out a bit. ngh. let me make a list.

1) draft the first lecture or two/edit H's lectures into mine (1st one: modern, modern way of thinking, scientific method, testability, etc; 2nd one: chinese, greek, roman, medieval way of thinking, understanding the universe)
2) come up with actual in class assignments for students to do for 1 hour out of the 2 hours.
3) figure out point distribution and intended assignments throughout class
4) finish polishing syllabus: set office hours and online-help hours, lay out the intended class work for each day/week, lay out the intended assignments and duedates
5) figure out what final project will really be??? or at least write it up so it sounds reasonable.
6) figure out first week of readings: from book, from articles, from other sources. make copies
7) panic

must absolutely do 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 today. great.


Thursday, June 5, 2014

of course of course

now that I did all that thinking and convincing, I went on Ravelry and read a lot of peoples' notes. EVERYBODY seems to have done the increase row, even when they cut a few rounds off.

I bet it helps the bindoff be nice and drapey and not tight.

of course

I've spent 2 years knitting a very large shawl. It's taken a lot of patience because it involves beading. I am not patient, and more often than not the project was stuffed in a bag and ignored. But I am determined to finish it this summer for Stash Dash, and so I have been working on it with a vengeance this past spring.

And of course, I am now ~13 rounds from the end of it, and I really, really, reallyreallyreally don't think I'm going to have enough yarn.

So, a shawl like this, a circular or pi-shawl, is created by doubling the number of stitches every time the radius doubles. Because the circumference of a circle = 2pir. The pattern, Shipwreck Shawl from Knitty, requires me to knit 12 rows, do an increase round where the number of stitches is doubled (yo, k1, essentially, all the way around), and then bind off loosely. My question is--if I trim the number of rows I do (down to say, three, because that might be all the yarn I've got), do I still need to increase before I bind off? or because I haven't hit the important radius yet, will it not matter?

Part of me says "if the number of rows has doubled (the radius), then increase. since I won't be quite doubled the number of rows, then I shouldn't increase."

The other part of me says that the radius has certainly increased a great deal since the last time I doubled the stitches, and that it's really *close* to having been doubled, so I should increase.

....
now that I type it out, though, I begin to think of it a bit more. when you do this type of shawl, there's a sort of jog or jump on the increase rows. If you spread it out in a half circle, you'll see that jog. that comes from adding a whole bunch of fabric at once to your garment/object/whatever you wanna call it. Adding those stitches *prepares* the project for the knitting that comes *after* it. It doesn't have an influence on the knitting that came before it. In that case, since I'm not prepping for anything to come after the doubled radius, but am instead just working on the stuff that came after the last doubling, still, even if I end it early--then I shouldn't increase.

and I don't think I will. thanks blog. Now I just need to figure out how many more rounds I can get through before I need to save the rest of the yarn for binding off.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Stash Dash 2014 Begins!

Not with a bang, as it were--an entire day of knitting. Quite the opposite; I don't think I got so much as a stitch done on Friday. Too busy with work (but much work progress! glee!)

Still, Saturday is my day off, so I spent the morning knitting on the Shipwreck Shawl that is my first major goal for the stash dash. I finally broke into the third ball and got started on the size 10 needles at about the same time. So I've... 20 or so rows to go. Of course there are some odd 400 stitches per row... so it's not quick going. But I am enjoying it again. The next question is, of course, whether I should endeavor to use up the whole third ball or if I should end the pattern where it tells me to end it.

We'll see how it looks when I get to the bindoff. I think I want to add beads to the bind off so I'll have to look into it.

Other than that, not much knitting has happened. I've had a few great evenings with friends that have taken up my non-work time.

Instead, I'm finishing up (nnnghaflkjakljfl) the First Paper and doing data reduction and programming and writing for the Second Paper and working on a fellowship application, wee. so, as always, work is keeping me busy.

Oh! but, a pretty yarn (or yarn-to-be) picture for ya'll. When I went to Maryland Sheep and Wool I got some crazy batts as a gift from a friend. These are Hobbledehoy Compost Batts, which are amazing and textured and crazy and beautiful. I can't wait to spin some art yarn out of these suckers. They're 2.5 ounces so I don't expect a lot of yardage but the texture and color are gonna make them POP.

I'll try to post some more MDSW pics at another time

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Three days later and I already want to throw everything out the window

and cast on something completely new.

I recently went through my ravelry stash and sorted it into "will not part with" and "would part with, given sufficient or ample monetary incentive". I've sold $100 of yarn and traded at least as much for new, more exciting things. However, I still have 35 things left in my "trade or sale" tab, and I want them to go. since no one is interested in purchasing them I want to knit them all up. Of course that's 30 odd projects that'd be taking time away from the other things I want to knit... so I'm not doing it. but the urge to throw down these fingering weight, lacy shawls and pick up the neon worsted to make a Fuck Cancer hat is really high.

Still, I am gonna remain committed to the Stash Dash. It starts in 5 days, so that gives me that much time to cast on anything I want before it begins--afterwards, strict monogamy.

I do owe someone a knitted bunny, though, so I suppose I should make sure to cast that on first.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Stash Dash 2014 prep

The Knit Girllls are having their annual Stash Dash. It starts, this year, on May 23rd--a week from today! I'm always excited about this event because I love plotting and planning my own knitting--as you probably know by now.

This year they're doing the marathon style again, which means one joins with a goal of knitting 5000 meters (~5500 yards) from stash. Stash is stash as soon as it enters your home (so new purchases during the event also count). Spinning counts. Crocheting counts. Weaving counts. They usually count sewing as well but I always consider that a bit cheating since cloth yardage is not as directly related to effort put in. On the other hand, it's a cheating-friendly event so who cares? That is, it's open to as many people with as many passions as possible.

I am setting myself a couple of important rules.

First and foremost, I will only work on WIPs during the entire Stash Dash. There is no miracle on earth that will let me finish 12 WIPs in 3 months so I'm not precisely worried about it.

Secondly, I must finish Silver Sea. My sea silk WIP has been in progress for 2 years now. I am, it looks like, just about done with the beading (unless I add some to a further skein) so it's just k2tog YO on different needle sizes forever. I am almost done with my second skein. I have an entire third skein. I need to figure out if a) I want to add the third skein, [aii) if I do, do I want to use the Peridot or get another silver] b) if I do, how much of the third I want to add, c) if I do, whether or not I should add more beads, d) if I do, how I wish to add them. So it's got a bit of thinking going into it.

Thirdly, I must use current stash yarn. The only exception being my Trial Blanket and that's only because it's a test knit so I can't abandon it. I have so many possible projects--I do not need more stash. This includes halting my swapping on the Karma Yarn Swap board.

Fourthly, I will ply before spinning something new. I have been saving my single plys for almost a year, and I can't wait to see how they look when they're finished. I have my first 3 ply waiting! and another navajo ply, and several 2 plys... they're going to be lovely.

Now, I have a plan. Silver Sea will be 1300 yards when I'm done. If I finish my ~2/5 done Lightning on Quaker Ridge shawl, that'll be an additional 1700 yards (holding laceweight double was a really smart move). That's 3000 yards already! My goal is then to finish one of the other big projects--the trial blanket, the mock cornerstone blanket, the takoma sweater--and to ply my singles. That should be enough to hit the goal, and will also be personally quite satisfying.

Of course I have some cheater things lurking around. A hat that only needs ends woven in. Some slippers that just need to be sewn up. A colorwork cowl in bulky. If it begins to look like I will not make it, I may cast on something bulky just to power through it for the satisfaction.

Finally, I have to teach in July. sooooo that may take up a great deal of time :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Whew

Presentation is over, and it went (decently) well. An entire day on pedagogy is also over, and it was also (fairly) useful.

It feels like Saturday, even though it's Wednesday. I'm having a hard time not tossing aside the day's work for playing with yarn, doing some planting, spinning up my new fiber haul, and reading. But these are joys that must be set aside for another day. I have a passel of bills to pay, new feedback on The Old Paper to work on, and a thousand and one ideas for The New Paper which is still in the frenetically researching stage. Next week I'm spending 4 hours a day prepping my class, so this is the big week to get things done.

Let me set a few goals today:

household: charge phone! call/text victoria/heather! pay all bills. Prep packages to be mailed, and mail them whilst picking up another package. order new tags for car. pick up more cat food and a trowel for planting (plus, maybe more dirt? yeah. more dirt. and a tomato support system). if time and desire, sweep kitchen and put away last batch of laundry. and clean cat litter. (sigh). do not purchase food but eat the food left in the house (plenty!). take out trash.

work: go through Aaron's edits for the paper. Calculate SFR surface density and include it in one of the tables. get more info on internal mechanisms/fueling of smbh, make sure the connection between lirgs-are-cool and here-are-fueling-mechs is clear (if it is). update references. clean up desktop.

work 2.0: re to differentiate between statistical analysis work for clustering and alternate clustering mechanisms. focus on one or the other, not both simultaneously. finish close-pairs program. create a better background estimator program or at least get one started. look up KS test and the other one (???). email K.H. and at least thank her for her help.

self: try not to panic.