Holy smokes! Am I really making a post about knitting?!?
Why, yes. Yes, I am!
Man, it's been a while though...hasn't it? But don't be fooled. Just because it's been eons since I've posted about a WIP, it doesn't mean I haven't been knitting. Or that I haven't attempted to knit (there's a difference, really!), cause trust me...I've made SO many attempts to try to take the time to knit during my crazy bag production for Fibrations and Knit City. I did learn something about myself though during that time - like, by not making the time to knit I drove myself crazy because I didn't have any other way to relax, either mentally or physically. It definitely proved to the Mister that I need to knit as a way to stay sane and to not get so...stabby...when I'm at high-stress levels (and when both eyes start to twitch!).
Anyhoo, back to the WIP. As you may or may not know by now, I've been obsessing over the Katniss cowl. Lucky for me someone else has already come up with a pattern for it and not even 24 hours after the pattern was released, some friends and I had gone into crazy fanatic mode and before we could utter out the word "mockingjay" a Katniss cowl knit-along began. We had met up earlier this week at a cafe to whip up the cowl - or so we thought we would - but we had all left with barely one side of the cowl half done. It's such an easy pattern too but mix together a fiddly stitch like the herringbone stitch and nunchuck-like needles and even the most experienced knitter can feel like a newbie. Or maybe it was just me? I don't know if I've lost a little bit of my knitting mojo or what from not knitting for so long, but I definitely felt a little odd and deer-in-the-headlights like. Mind you it also helps if you actually read the pattern before casting on too. Oops.
After a few inches into the stitch pattern (and a locking stitch marker to gently remind me which side I was decreasing on) I finally got into a rhythm. I went home that first initial night after the group meeting and cracked open a delicious winter holiday inspired beer, put on a few episodes of Sons of Anarchy, and got my knit on. Yes, I did stay up way past my bed time but I almost had my back piece done! I've never knit herringbone before, and while it's time consuming and quite the yardage eater, I have to admit that I love how it looks and would love to see it knit in a finer weight yarn. Hmm...
There are 3 main pieces to this pattern: the back, the front, and the cowl. Given that it's been 4 days since I started this you'd think I would be at least halfway finished. But no. I finished one side, which I had originally thought would be the front and then I had this so-called brilliant plan of making the other piece a little smaller - thinking that because I'm on the petite side on the cross back I wouldn't need to cast on that many stitches as I did for the first piece (which was going to be the front). Ooohh....yeah...I blame the chilly weather for the lack of thought process on this one. I whipped up the second side in no time just to find that it fit and looked all wrong in so many places. I realized that the drape was all whack on the first piece and that it will have to be the back, and the smaller piece that was suppose to be the back is now the front. It was total ugh-mo. So now I've got to rip that second piece and re-cast on. So much for having this bad boy cowl done in time to see Catching Fire in the theatre tonight!
Oh well. C'est la vie. My goal is to have this cowl finished by the end of the weekend because not only do I truly want to sport this bad-ass accessory all over town, but the part that involves rope, duct tape, and fire for the cowl part excites me. I should make a mental note that I should not consume any alcoholic beverages during that time!
So who else is planning on going to see Catching Fire in theatres this weekend? Anyone planning on dressing up? I want details!!