Monday, June 18, 2012

I've got a stack of papers on my desk...

about 45 sheets tall (you'd be amazed at how high a stack of 50 - 20 lb weight sheets of paper can be, or how awkward that sentence was to write) of my latest writing project to review, and a million other things to do, and I shouldn't be on this computer now anyway due to my eyestrain issues, I am. Still kicking. And starting to think that maybe I'll never feel physically better than this, so I should just suck it up and learn to live with it instead of trying to wait for my eyestrain to go away.

I'm going to the optometrist later this week, so don't worry about me. I'll get my contacts rejiggered, and maybe that will help a bit. Although I am currently wearing my old lady-style reading glasses to see the monitor and it helps, so perhaps I should just wear my reading glasses all the time I'm on the computer and stfu about it already, yes?

Anyway, on to the business of this blog: knitting.

Under the heading of new knitting business:

I got the yarn for my new, Marvel's The Avengers Loki scarf, which is tentatively being called the "Pimp Swagger at the Opera" scarf for now. That's a bit wordy, so it will probably change eventually.

I'm also hard at work trying to find screencaps of the scarf from that scene. The problem with that being the only ones available are from images people took on their cell phones in dark theaters, so they aren't of the highest quality. Whatevs, I'll deal, even if it means I have to go see The Avengers every week for however long it runs.

I will make this sacrifice, and all for you. Heheheheheh. I called it a sacrifice, snort!

The yarn is KnitPicks Brava, sport weight. It's softer in the skein than I Love This Yarn!, the Hobby Lobby brand acrylic and my previous favorite. I did a swatch (which is going to one of the coven for some laundry abuse to see how it wears), and the swatch is softer than any other acrylic I've experienced in my limited time as a knitter. Considering the first yarn I actually made a finished project from was mohair and I haven't really gone downmarket in terms of yarn since, saying an acrylic is soft is actually saying something.

I'm not sure precisely what, but it's speaking.

Anywho, I've got a fairly good screencap of the center, patterned portion of the scarf which I need to print out and chart, and the yarn is nice and soft and fairly drapey in my choice of needle (size 9; I'm going for a fabric with miles and miles of drape here), so all I need to do is get that puppy started up. But...

I'm in a knit slump lately. Partially because the knitting aggravates my eyestrain (lots of stitches, moving that close to my nose = visual confusion) and partially because I just finished up my deadline knitting and that always kills whatever love I have of the sport. Deadline knitting, that is. I hate knitting to deadline. Knitting is a pleasure for me, something I do for fun. Giving it deadlines makes it work. Blech.

I have to put my newest acquisitions from the fiber fest into the stashtainer of yarny goodness (they're out of quarantine, thankfully), so maybe I'll dig around, find a yarn the years have made me unfamiliar with and make some plans. I like to plan and plot, I can see that being very enjoyable.

Oooh, now my fingers are itching. Excuse me while I go excavate some yarny goodness....


Anonymous said...
Does this halp?

Silver Phoenix said...

Oooh, yes it does! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

No problem! I'm still tweaking it a bit, but the differences will be minuscule :P