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Rip-Off!

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I am seriously pissed off at the moment.

I really feel ripped off at this moment in time.

I have been wanting to knit this ‘Baby Surprise Jacket’ for ages, ever since I saw the pattern. It is knit in one whole piece and sewn along two seams and viola! Jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See, it’s so pretty and really quite unusal. The pattern is over forty years old and was designed by knitting guru Elizabeth Zimmerman.

I found out you could buy a pattern over the web and what with postage cause it had to be sent from USA (why they couldn’t have downloadable pdf’s) it cost me £5.00. Pretty expensive for a frickin’ pattern.

Then I open it and it’s not so much a pattern but a spattering of loose instructions. ARGHHHH! Just general comments, like ‘AT 5 ridges, inc 9 stitches (K3, M1) across end sections,’. WTF? What so is that (K3, M1) all on the same row 4 on one side, five on the other or is that (K3, M1) across the end over the next 4 rows?

I’m totally fucking bamboozled already and I’m not even past the fourth row.

When I pay money for a pattern I excpect a pattern, not just the scribbles that the designer wrote down when she originally designed it. And because it’s 40 years old, I have no doubt I’m not the first person to have this problem. So I have to ask, does she excpect everyone to dechiper her scribblings. Is it knitting snobbery? Only designing for people who have the knitting chops to decode the secret expert knitters language she has used. Why, oh why hasn’t a comprehensive pattern been done. A revision of the original so us ordinary peons can use it without being made to feel like a fucking idiot!

Perhaps I should be flattered that it is expected that I can decipher this but I feel I have just paid money for something I can’t use. Not without going to Ravelry and trawling through many of the posts there about this very subject, or finding a podcast kint-a-long and take pointers from someone who has already had to decipher this fucking mess of instructions.

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Quandry

So now I have the Eternal Cardigan knitted, I’m sort of in a knitting funk. I’m not sure what I want to knit next. I have loads of yarn but not enough to make a large project like a jumper/cardigan but I am a little bored of small projects at the moment. Hats, scarfs and the such. I mean there are only so many accessories a girl can have. Two hats for every day of the week is perhaps excessive.

I don’t want to make toys or baby’s clothes so what….

Perhaps I’ll just catch up on my reading. I have more than enough to keep me going. I think I may have to read Lilith Saintcrow‘s  ‘Working For The Devil’ next. I came across her novels from a link on Jennifer Rardin’s website. It looks great. It’s been sitting next to my pillow for over a week now, unloved, unnoticed, unread.

I think now is the time.

Nubbin

There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

The eternal cardigan is knitted and blocked and currently being painstakingly sewn together. I am anal when it comes to invisible seams etc when constructing a project and this can take the most time but it is worth it. This is going to be really nice when it’s finished.

I cannot wait to get some pictures up.

In other unrelated news, I was at the hospital during the week to have a couple of moles removed, one from my neck the other on the left side of my nose. Yes, I had what looked like the typical witch wart on my nose. It had changed colour and size (read – gotten friggin’ enormous) so I went and had them both lopped of. I am now obsessed with my nose as it looks really strange without it’s little amigo. I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to it not being there. Kinda like Chandler’s nubbin. Ah bye-bye dear friend.

I have finished my Lost marathon and moved onto Las Vegas. It has been showing on Sky and I kept catching the last half hour of an episode which is always really annoying. I found myself laughing quite a bit, it really is much more of a comedy than anything else. So, now I am enjoying life at the Montecito. The cast all have great chemistry and the cracks from Danny and Mike are timed to perfection. They make a great double act. I could do without the whole Danny/Mary saga though, she is such a wet friggin’ hen. Get over yourself doll.

Supernatural had a fantastic episode this week, although it wasn’t about zombies like it was advertised. I do not know where that comparison came from. Great reveal at the end and did deliver as a kind of mini-finale just in case they don’t get to produce anymore this season. Ahhh Jensen Ackles how I love thee.

 

 

 

 

Hotpotch

So I received my Ravelry invite and I have spent a large proportion of my time on there in the last two days. So much, in fact, I haven’t lifted a knitting needle in two days. Irony, huh?

I do love it though. I can see it costing me a fortune in patterns and yarn though. So much for a cheap hobby. I have started on my Striped Noro Scarf. I couldn’t help it. I have been drooling over this since I saw it in BrooklynTweed‘s blog. I had to have one. I have no impulse control.

Other tidbits that have been happening.

After the sterling performance (read – amazing french) from James Marsters in Torchwood, I had to go back and give the series another go. I tried to watch it when it first came out (along with the new Doctor Who) but it just didn’t take. I hated the Welsh accents. They always sound so fake to me. (Sorry all the Welsh peeps.) I also couldn’t see past John Barrowman. I remember him as a children’s presenter and his absolute white teeth used to distract me no end. However, after persevering, watching the first season, I do have to re-evaluate Mr. Barrowman. He does actually have this weird sexual chemistry with almost everyone. His acting can still be a bit broad, a little to theatre for me, but he has managed to eke a compelling character from what could have easily descended into sillyness and screaming campness. I never thought I would say this but Torchwood has just made my ‘must watch’ TV.

If you want to have huge hits on your blog, just give your entry the tags of Wentworth Miller and watch them flood in. Seriously.

FO: Loop Scarf

So I finished the scarf I was making to distract myself from the Eternal Cardigan. My sister has been on my case about it so although I want to, I am NOT going to start on something with my fantastic Noro yarn that I bought the other day.

I’m thinking a hat, scarf and gloves set for me, this time. But I think I’d like to crochet the hat. Anybody point me in the direction of a nice hat pattern? I should just wait until I get into Ravelry. Only 2900 people to go in front of me. *sigh*

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It did turn into a bit of a sausage which annoyed me, but it worked out quite well as you couldn’t see the wrong side then. My sister also said it made the scarf much cosier so a win all round.

If anyone wants the pattern, give me a holler in the comments. It’s really quite easy.

Finished Object: Loop Scarf

Yarn: Wendy Fusion in Juniper Berries (158)

Needles: 5.5mm

Noro-tastic

So one of my favourite yarns stores here in Edinburgh is closing. I was gutted when I found out because really that only leaves ONE proper yarn shop in the whole of Edinburgh (that I know of) that has a decent range.

It’s closing for personal reasons not because there is no business to support it. I suppose that makes it a little easier to bear, but still. (Idle thought – Dream Job, my own yarn store……Hmm.)

Silver lining time. They are having a closing down sale. Oh yes, you saw it. Yarn and sale in the same sentence.

I went up there today and went wild. I got myself some Rowan scottish tweed in a deep purple that I have had my eye on for a while, at £2.50 a ball I just couldn’t help myself. And I went a little bit mental in the Noro corner. I bought a shedload of Noro Iro at the reduced price of…..£5.50. Oh yes, nearly half price.

£45 later I emerged from the shop drunk on Noro and all the ideas swirling in my head on what I am going to make. I feel like Homer in the Simpsons when he drools over food. Noooorrrrrooooooo………

The Eternal Cardigan

So I had a meltdown the other day when I ripped down the side panel and back of my sister’s cardigan. So today I am was determined to sit and make it back up. So I have been sitting knitting like a machine. It’s really boring doing a full adult cardigan in simple stocking stitch. Really boring.

So to help pass the time and stop me from falling asleep, I have been watching the last season of Will & Grace, which I have been meaning to watch for an age. It was a patchy season but it was topped off by a great last episode. I cried. Like a baby.

Anyway, in between episodes, I took some pictures of what I am now calling ‘the eternal cardigan’, in hopes of spurring me on.

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Project: The Eternal Cardigan

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