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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cam's Amazing Technicolor Dream Pants

 Folks, I've had it in my head for a while to knit a pair of pants.  I know it seems crazy, but the pattern and the associated project pages looked super cute and I get cold.  Recently I decided to bite the bullet.  I had just finished knitting a fingering-weight pullover (yep.  fingering.) that took about two years to finish and figured I should cast on another epic project.  Besides, I had a crap-ton of scraps left over from the fifty-eleven projects I've knit with Cascade 220.  So, I cast on.

The pattern provides an option for a draw string and I had one left over from a pair of flannel pants my mother sewed for me 14 years ago, so I went with that option.  When I first started, I thought I'd use my copious amounts of Noro Kureyon but the color just looked muddy and I wanted something more stripey.  That's when I ripped out all the work I'd done and decided to start over with my Cascade scraps.  Most of the yarns are 220 in either superwash or hand wash, but there are the odd amounts of other worsted weight yarns in there too. 

I alternated the colors with stripes of black (left over from a sweater I knit for Aaron), and knit the pants in as close to rainbow order as I could get.  One of the pale pinks, and the last two greens didn't make it in because I ran out of leg, lol.  I knit the legs with a 34" inseam, and I still couldn't get all the colors in there, but I did manage to finish the cuffs with a little green. 

I'm surprised at how quickly I knit these!  Especially given that when I started over, I worked the butt shaping on the wrong side and had to rip back again.  But once I got past that, the rest went really really fast.  It was probably the drive to get to the next color and see how it would look next to the old one that kept me motivated. 

Overall, this pattern is really simple and takes into account the need for some extra room in the bum.  It's worked from the top-down so you can knit the legs as long as you want.  The legs have subtle shaping through the thigh, and then again at mid-calf which gives them a nice feminine feel, and makes them sit nicely over a pair of sneakers.  If I were to knit them again, the only thing I'd change is to work some extra rows before starting the legs (as the pattern suggested I could) to make the rise a little higher.  The only reason I didn't on this pair was that I'm short-waisted and I thought they would fit high enough as written (and they do) but I'd like them to be an inch higher. 

These pants were a lot of fun to knit and they're amazing to wear.  Warm, comfortable, long enough, and shaped like a girl; something I can't ever find in a pair of pants.  My only regret came when it was time to do the finishing and I had all of these tails to weave in, lol.  So much finishing!!  Other than that, I'd definitely consider making another pair.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Post-surgery update

So about a month has passed since my surgery and I'm doing pretty well considering.  I'm off crutches and I only have to wear the brace when I sleep.  I'm much more mobile and physical therapy is going pretty well.  What's not going well is sleep.  I'm alternating between nights where I sleep and nights were I don't.  Thank goodness for Friends on Netflix! 

School has started up again and I'm struggling with class; not because it's difficult, but because I have a very hard time sustaining the mental energy required to finish the readings in time.  I thought it would be less of a problem now that I'm off almost all of the heavy meds (and only taking the last one I have left at night), but I'm still struggling.  I can't spend too much time at the computer before I have to go put my leg up on the couch, and my back is killing me because I'm out of alignment but I can't go see the chiropractor just yet.  Thankfully I'm out of work for at least another week and then we'll see if I'm ready to go back in for light duty.

It's strange.  Things are going better than I expected, and yet it's still taking longer than I thought.  I can do stuff, but only for so long before I'm exhausted.  I still need to take a nap most days.  And surprisingly, I'm getting bored with my knitting.  There's lots of stuff I want to make, but I don't have the energy to follow the pattern so I'm filling this time with Hexipuffs and this pair of socks for my old physical therapist...because I miss him.  He never tried to kill me during therapy like this new one does. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Ladies and gentleman...we have more snow

Cause if there's one thing that we really needed around here, its more snow.  At least I didn't have to leave the warmth of my apartment today.  I stayed home and have thus far spent my snow day equally between doing my final project and fooling around.  I've logged lots of hours on Ravelry and have made all of my visiting teaching phone calls, and it's only 4 o'clock.  But never fear.  I'll get that final project finished by tomorrow night and then I'll be ready to scrub my apartment in preparation for surgery.  I'm ready to go.  I've put all the things in order (as best I could) for the Primary to run while I'm out, and I had a blessing.  Funny how the topic of delegating responsibilities and asking for help when I need it keep coming up in my blessings lately.  And here I thought I'd gotten better at doing that :)

In other news, I finally finished the gloves for my husband's friend and he's really happy with them.  At the end of the day, I'm happy with them too.  I just don't like knitting fingers so I hated them while I was making them.  Now I hardly know what to do with myself since the constant nagging at the back of my mind to finish these is gone.  Maybe I can focus on getting my cousin's mittens in the mail, or knitting Dante's long overdue sweater.  One never knows which way the wind will blow.

I have managed to get quite a lot of work done on Aaron's Slade.  I finished the first of the sleeves last night and started the second before heading off to bed.  I think I can get the other finished and the body blocked out before I have surgery.  If not, the finishing and the button band/collar will have to wait.  And we all know that it's not exactly like I don't have other sweaters in various states of completion to work on while I'm waiting to be able to block this current work-in-progress.  At last count, I had 5 sweaters in progress.  FIVE.  Maybe I can get one done.  Or maybe I'll be too foggy with all the painkillers to get much of anything done.  If I post a finished sweater to Ravelry with three sleeves, you'll all know why.