Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Virtual Knitting

Simulated on the left, hand-knit on the
right. The difference is astounding, isn't it?!
I found this article the other day about computer-generated knitting, which instantly appealed to me because, hey, I'm going to go into Computer Science, so this is two of my favorite things combined! The results are pretty amazing, especially for me, because computer graphics is not my strong suit at all.

One of my favorite things about knitting is that the process of knitting, of figuring out how to create a garment and make it fit someone perfectly, is the same sort of problem solving as programming. The act of creation, whether it be to create an object for someone to wear in knitting or a functional program, is in my opinion the best part of knitting and programming.

And of course, both result in some pretty yummy garments!

Monday, August 20, 2012

FO Fashion Show

The countdown to school is almost over! The end of my summer hasn't really been filled with much knitting, but I thought I'd post a compilation of my projects over the summer (or, rather, the pictures of FOs I've finished and talked about but haven't really gotten around to posting!)

My Capucine hat was very easy and quick to knit up.
The tassels and pompoms are my favorite part about it!
This Quick and Thick Ribbed Cowl is for one of my good friends.
The color is perfect for her, but alas, I only had one skein of it,
 not enough to make anything but a cowl. 
Thanks to this Bandana Cowl, I've mastered short rows
much better than my first attempt with my Bow Headband.
The only regret here is that my gauge seems to be a bit off,
and it came out a bit big. 
My Summer Flies shawl is hands down my favorite project
of the summer! It's my first shawl, and I can see why people
love to make these! I only wish I had the means necessary
to block acrylic--while I love this already, it does look like it
needs a bit of blocking. 

And, as a bonus, the results of my DIY day a couple of weeks ago, and a farewell summer fun picture!

My watermark tee! The shirt originally looked a dark
maroon color when I first took it out of the dye, but after
washing it's become more of a purplish-pink. I like the
color, but I wish it had stayed that dark red. I probably
should have soaked it longer. 
Mahjong is one of my favorite games to play. Summer means
bringing out the mahjong set and inviting friends over to play
a few games and hang out, but returning to school means I'll
have to wait until next summer to play once more.
I'm heading back to Williamsburg on Sunday or Monday and classes start on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean I'm going to stop knitting. My goal for the fall is to learn how to knit socks!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer Flies By

Happy August, everyone! Wow, the summer's almost over. It seems like just last week I was stuffing the last of my clothes into the car and heading home from my first year of college. In a few more weeks, I'll be starting my second year of college and heading back down to Williamsburg! I'm both excited and aprehensive. I'm really excited to see all my friends again, but leaving home again never seems to get any easier.

Well, at any rate, I've got a few more weeks! In the meantime, I'm continuing my quest to use up my stash in order to buy more yarn, and while I was digging through the increasingly meager pile, I discovered a camo-colored skein of Lion Brand Charisma. Um, I'm not sure exactly why I decided to choose this colorway. It's one of those things that is really baffling, especially because I can't think of a single person I'd use this color for anyways.

I did start making the Anthropologie Inspired Braided Headwrap with it, and while the pattern is lovely and I think it would look absolutely yummy in a solid, the headband in the camo colorway was kind of hideous, so I frogged it. Instead, I'm working on the Summer Flies shawl! This is my first shawl, but not my first experience with lacework. Still, I had to tink a few rows because my butterflies ended up with only half a wing, sadly, and my M1s looked strange. I'm making definite progress, however, and loving both the color and the pattern. My camera makes the color look brighter than it actually is, but the pattern seems to be photographing quite well!