April 23, 2006

Podcasts and WIPs

Filed under:Crafty Sites,News!,Works In Progress — Aileen @ 19:32

There has been such an onslaught of knitting podcasts recently that it’s an effort to keep up with them all! However, here are a couple of new ones that I have come across – some of them are great. I’m going to update the Knitting Podcasts page over there —>

Time2Knit

Crochet Cast

Knitting Down Under

Weave Cast

Musings of a Peaceful Knitter

Did I ever mention how much I hate iTunes? It never let me do what I wanted to do. I copied some music from Alb’s computer onto my ipod, and when I hooked it up and opened itunes, it deleted what I had copied! It was the last straw. I deleted itunes and haven’t looked back since. Winamp now supports ipods, and is much more user friendly imho. I went looking about and found a free progamme called Juice. You can subscribe to podcasts and it will download them all automatically. It’s working really well for me. Unlike itunes, I can control where the podcasts are stored so it is really easy to add them to my ipod via Winamp. I love my ipod! It’s a good size and the capacity is perfect: 3.7 Gb. I can store more music than I could possibly need, as well as all my current podcasts. It’s just itunes really annoys me, it’s so controlling and doesn’t let you use your ipod for what it really is – a portable drive. /rant over

On to the WIPs! I have been working away on the ole purple jumper. I finally reached the part where I get to do a bit of neck shaping this evening – by neck shaping, I mean adding a little bit to the back so the front is a little bit lower in comparison. After that, all I have to do is some ribbing and graft my arm holes together. Piece of cake! … Except I only have about a meter of wool left! Should I finish it off in another colour? Or should I go out and buy another gigantic ball (it is a great colour, after all)? What should I do?

If you look really closely, you can see some purl rows I put in between the raglan decreases. I put them in for two reasons. One, to differentiate between the front and the back because I was getting lost (it doesn’t take much). Two, it looks pretty! I wanted to take a detailed shot of the purl rows, but my camera batteries screamed for mercy and gave up the ghost, so it will have to wait until another day.

Here is the back of Alouette, almost complete. It’s for my mother’s birthday next month.

I got really stuck at the armhole shaping. This was mostly due to my intense fatigue than anything else. Lace really boils my blood when I’m tired and I don’t understand why it goes wrong! The problem lay in the fact that I had to cut out some of the pattern to make room for the shaping, and obviously, I had to cut out the proper amount in order to maintain the lace pattern. I figured that out ok, but getting my pattern realigned correctly took about ten attempts. It was aggravating, but the good thing about it is that I feel like I understand how to go about aligning things a bit better now.

Something quick to finish. If you love buttons as much as I do, check out this Button of the Month Club. It’s $18 for a six-month US and international subscription, and you get three hand-made limited-edition buttons each month. Check it out, they look great!

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