Sunday, December 30, 2007

the last FO's of '07

So, it's been a while! I hope you all had a delightful Christmas and time with families, etc.! Mine was very nice, a little chaotic - but when isn't it when you get together with everyone?
Since it's been so long since I posted, I have quite a bit of knitting to share :) I finished the first of my toe up socks, but the bind off is too tight - needs to be redone...I planned to do that tonight, but I can't find it! So hopefully it'll turn up - pictures soon!

I finished Aaron's penguin with plenty of time to spare. I think another Pasha is in my future though - this one came out sooo cute I didn't want to give it away. I wish I had started it earlier, so I could have shown it off in person. Aaron seemed to really like it. I made it with bulkier yarn than stated in the pattern - I used a bulky novelty yarn from JoAnn's - Angel Hair Sensations, but knit it at a tighter gauge to keep the stuffing from popping out. It's very soft. The yarn for the beak is some TLC Amore knit doubled - it was left over from a crochet pillow a few years ago - I don't even know if that yarn is made anymore. I think I got it at a Walmart, or AC Moore. Pasha took just 3 evenings to make, and then stitched her up the next morning.
I also made a hat over Christmas - Foliage, from the fall Knitty. This was a quick knit - just 2 days. I love the way it turned out. Excuse the photos - it is very difficult to photograph one's own head, but by the time I found a friend to help out, there was no natural light anywhere. I used Malabrigo worsted in Geranio. This was my first top down hat - the first 3 rows were a little fiddly, but once I made it past that there were no problems. I have quite a bit of the yarn left over, but I'm not sure if it's enough for another hat - maybe a child's hat? I did the top increases magic loop, then used a 16 inch circ for the body. And, last but not least, Lara is complete - well, she's been done for a while, but the only pictures I've managed to get are terrible. So here's one modeled by Marilyn. Soon I'll get one on me. I have worn it a few times - it is incredibly warm. Perfect for my office. This was a super fast knit - only 2 weeks! But it took me another week and a half before it was seamed....and now here we are.Now I'm off for some Ravelry browsing - I have some single skeins that I'm trying to use up!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

in which I have startitis

It seems like just 2 nights ago I was at the Knit Picky holiday party....yeah, it was actually a week and 2 nights ago! I'm not sure how that happened. The holidays have hit full swing, and I'm being dragged along.

Last weekend, I got to hang out with the coolest knitters and friends I know at a fun Christmas party. There was food, martini's and yarn - what could be better?! I got some beautful Tofutsies in the gift exchange from Christina, and I won some new sock yarn from Berocco as a door prize! It must be super new, because it doesn't have an entry on Ravelry yet - I'll add it when I get some pics.

The past week and a half have been a little crazy, so there hasn't been much progress. I wasn't feeling well for a good part of the week, the Christmas prep...I took Kristen to the airport on Saturday morning, and did most of my shopping after that. I still need one thing for one of the brothers.

So, knitwise...Lara is all seamed except for the collar, which will happen tonight - the curved shawl....we're not speaking of that at the moment. Don't have the focus - so I'm working on some super easy stuff...I'm still deciding how I feel about the red/white socks. The stripes are 3x wider than I thought, and I'm not sure if I love it. The blue socks are my first toe up - and the first I've done on 2 circs. So far, I love them! The black blob is Knitty's Pasha, a penguin for my little brother. I got him the movie Surf's Up for Christmas, and I think he'll love it.

Tomorrow is my Holiday Luncheon at work, so I'm off to the grocery store so I can pick up ingredients for my dish....Then back for seaming!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Rose Garden socks

I finished my Rose Garden socks last night, and they kept my feet nice and toasty today at work!The yarn is Miss Bab's Yummy Superwash Sport - and it really is yummy! I used size 2 dpns and cast on 56 stitches - they fit perfectly. I did my first short row heel on these. I used this workshop from Kathleen Taylor. It a no wrap, no yarn-over method....interesting, and with good results. It's a little lumpy on the outside of the sock, but that may be due partly to the thicker yarn. I'm not sure if I'm crazy about this fit, but I'd like to try this sort of heel again. I think I need to do just one or two less short rows to fit my heel - but overall, I'm very happy with them. The slipstitch heel flap is so thick with a sportweight yarn, and I really think it made a difference in the way the yarn spiraled - which I Love! If I'd done a heel flap it would have interrupted the flow of the color. As for my other knitting - Lara is nearly done. I'm down to just the right sleeve, and then it'll be ready to sew together. I can't wait!


I haven't made much progress on the Curved Shawl, but there will be much knitting on that this weekend - I hope!

Monday, December 3, 2007

This post...

... is brought to you by the color red.

In the name of holiday spirit, I hung up a wreath and put out a new welcome mat - I love decorating for Christmas and I'm trying to decorate outside too, where people will see it, other than just me. I also hung some lights outside - they are a really cute string of stars...However, I didn't realized that they flashed, and now I'm concerned they're going to give someone a seizure. If my blinds are open and the lights are off, it looks like a disco party in my living room - which rarely happens these days :)
I took a a long weekend from work, and anticipated much knitting time and some holiday shopping. And then I twisted my ankle getting into the car yesterday, not too badly, but enough that I don't want to stress it. Nothing's broken, but it's bruised and ugly and rather sore. So instead of shopping, I spent nearly all of yesterday and today propped on the couch in front of the television with my knitting. Much progress has been made!

The Lara sweater is zipping along. It has a rather interesting construction - I knit a lot of things that you can try on as you go, and there is none of that with this - so I'm hoping for the best as far as fit. But my guage is spot on, which makes me feel good! The left sleeve and front are done, and about 2/3 of the back. I've just finished the ribbing for the right front - regardless of the bore factor, stockinette goes fast!
I finally began my Curved Shawl, from Victorian Lace today. This is began in hopes of wearing it to a wedding at the end of the month...and while that would be lovely, I'm not quite sure I'll make it. I'm 12 rows in, and so far it requires every bit of my attention. This is not a shawl made for tv watching - which is when I make the most of my progress...But it is starting to show the pattern - the first few rows looked like what happens when thread gets caught in the vaccuum - hopefully soon it'll be better! The first few rows were difficult and loopy, but once I got going, it wasn't soo bad.And now that my eyes are clouded over from charts and tiny stitches, its back to Lara and the tv!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Leaf Lace!

The Leaf Lace Shawl is done! Ok, it's been done for a week, but it took me a while to get pictures of it (thanks Cassie!)
I absolutely love it. It blocked out amazingly, and it really is the perfect size. I wore it to Knit Picky yesterday, and to church today and got several compliments. The color is perfect for the leafy look, and it is delightful to wear. I was looking over the blog to see when I started it, and realized it didn't take me as much time as I thought - just about a month and a half. I thought at one point it would never end, but then the next thing I know, it was time for the edging.

I never thought I would be a lace knitter, or a shawl wearer, for that matter - but I have been converted! The pattern is Leaf Lace by Evelyn A Clark and the yarn is Sweet Georgia laceweight in Coffeebean. A perfect match, if I do say so myself :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

a sleeve and a sophie

A few weeks ago I mentioned at Knit Night that I was planning to, one day, knit the Lara sweater. In fact, I even had the yarn - it was my first big yarn ebay purchase. I've been sitting on this yarn for almost a year. Someone asked what color, and I said, oh - black cherry. And Melinda said..."What? YOU had something in your stash for a year named black cherry!?" And for those of you that know me - or have seen my stash page on Ravelry - know that this is pretty much my favorite color.Well, friends, the time has come. I'm getting ready to start a more complicated lace shawl, and I knew I'd want some mindless stockinette. And hey - stashburning! The Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk is amazing to work with, and will make a super cozy sweater - perfect for my nearly sub-zero office. I started it on Sunday night and have finished the left sleeve, so far.My Sophie bag is finished! The Patons SWS felted like crazy. It took only one trip thru the wash, and feels much more sturdy than my Booga Bag, which went around 3 times. I think the SWS would make great Fuzzy Feet, or Felted Clogs. The finished Sophie is the perfect size for running errands.

Coming up soon - finished Leaf Lace pics, and a sock update.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

A Finishing Frenzy!

Last weekend was for ripping out knits...this weekend is for finishing! (Ithought it was a little silly when I looked on my projects page and realized three of them were at 95%...)
The leaf lace shawl is pinned out and blocking...
Sophie is felting right this moment -you thought I forgot about her, huh? I've been adding a few rows whenever I have a chance at lunch, and yesterday I realized she just needed a bind off and handles. And the Bainbridge Scarf is done! I don't think I've blogged about this before. I started it about 2 weeks ago when I needed a mindless project. I was surfing Ravelry and came across this one - I had 2 skeins of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK that needed a project. This was just what I needed. It's knit in a 1x1 broken/garter rib. I like the "wrong" side so much that I'm using it for the outside - it has a great texture. It only took 3 days to do -it's just that there was a week in between the last two of those days :) It's the perfect neck scarf. Keeps the wind away from my neck, and doesn't have long ends to get all blown around when it's really windy. The pattern is by Minty, at PepperKnit. It's amazing what a girl can get done on a chilly Saturday with a tapestry needle and Father of the Bride (I and II) marathon. And hey - this means I can start something new!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all...I hope you were able to celebrate with friends and family today. I had a big meal with my family this afternoon, and now I'm quite thankful the peace and quiet of my apartment with a glass of wine and some knitting! All my siblings were home, and it was nice to spend time with my family. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for.
And now - finished socks! I finished these last week, but hadn't had a chance to post them yet. I wore them to work the other day, and I love them! They kept my feet nice and toasty in my chilly office. They're made out of ONLine Supersocke, with size 2 needles. The yarn was a birthday gift from Laurie earlier this year.

And of course, since one should not go long without socks on the needles, I started a new pair this afternoon out of my Miss Babs sportweight - a SAFF purchase. I'm in love already! I got the ribbing done this afternoon while watching my Dad and brothers play some version of baseball in the backyard. (Second base was a lawn chair...)


Last but not least.....the leaf lace shawl is off the needles, but as of yet unblocked. There will be pictures soon!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

adventures in knitting

It's been quite a weekend here! Yesterday Gena, Melinda and Kristen came over for brunch and some knitting time. There wasn't quite as much knitting as expected, but there was a different sort of progress....
Remember this? This was the first sweater I ever knit. I was so proud of it - it fit perfectly.
Well, this is what that sweater looked like yesterday morning.And this is what it looks like now.Clearly, a sweater should never fit two people at once..but this one did. (Gena and I had a hard time keeping the sad faces on - it was pretty hilarious to be stuffed in a sweater with another girl!)

So it was time to rip. This sweater was knit double stranded with Berocco Bonsai....a soft, lovely, drapey yarn - a yarn entirely unsuitable for a sweater. It took all four of us about an hour to get it undone and rewound. The yarn was held double, which right away makes it difficult, and due to the slippery nature of the yarn, I had weaved in my ends rather awkwardly to make them stay put....yeah, some of them did.


Yeah, the yoke of a sweater should never be this big...I wish I had put something in there for scale, but use your imagination.

So now I have 10 rewound balls of Bonsai needing a project. I'm considering a Clapotis (knit at a tight guage) - the yarn has a sheen to it that would look wonderful with the dropped stitches....But it's going to be awhile before I feel like working with this again.....But thanks to good friends and a chocolate fix (thanks Melinda!) we made it. I think that if I'd been on my own I would have been in tears and/or thrown it in the trash.

While not ripping out sweaters, we did actually do some knitting....I'm making progress on the Leaf Lace shawl. I counted my repeats, and I'm getting close to the end. I think if I knit exclusively on this for the week, I can get it done over Thanksgiving.And on another note, my youngest brother turned 12 today! Happy Birthday Aaron! I blew out a tire on the way to my parents house for a birthday lunch, but thankfully they were just about 2 minutes behind me on the road...they were coming from church, and I was coming from Target, where I had been for a last minute gift. While I am no longer asking - why me? - in regards to my terrible car luck...I am very glad to have a Dad and brothers who are skilled in tire changing. Thanks guys! (note the cute handknit hat Aaron is sporting - I made it for him last winter, but forgot to give it to him! It turned up just in time Instant birthday gift.)
Stay tuned - finished objects coming up soon!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

oh yeah...

Recipe for a great weekend:
1. Tattoos!
2. Mexican food and margaritas with my best friend from high school.
3. Chick flicks.
4. Sleepover with the little sister.
5. Sock knitting - I'm back, baby!
6. Mom's homemade mushroom soup.
7. Sleeping in.
8. Having Monday off :)

Now, this might not be everyone's idea of great weekend, but it's been pretty close to perfect for me.
What's that? Oh, this is a knitting blog....See that sock peeking out from behind my newly inked ankle? A finished sock! I have finally broken though my sock problem. My last 2 sock attempts have been too small, and I just burnt out a little bit over the summer. But last week I was heading to a movie with Kristen, and knew I needed some mindless stockinette...and I had just the yarn for it. I got this from Laurie on my birthday, and I love it. We all know how much I love pink, and these socks are just flying along. The second one is about halfway down the cuff. Now that it's cold out, I want to make socks again - not to mention my sock yarn stash is getting overwhelming.

I've made some progress on my leaf lace shawl....Hoping to get that done in the next few weeks. I'm debating on my next sweater project. I've got the yarn for the tangled yoke, but the color of yarn I picked out it more suited to fall/spring wear, so I think I'm going to hold off until after the new year to work on it. I've got a few sweaters worth of yarn in the stash, and I want to make the gathered pullover fromm the Winter IK too...I think I'm going to start Lara, from Debbie Bliss. I've got the yarn, and it would be the perfect cozy sweater for my freeeeezing office. I have some other ideas floating around, but I could use a fairly mindless project for a while.

Now, to continue on the perfect weekend track, I'll be making some popcorn and settling down with my knitting and Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters. ahhh....

Friday, November 9, 2007

Long weekend....

My last few weekends have been busy - with friends and knitting, especially. Could there be any better kind of busy? I think not.

2 weeks ago, Kristen, Melinda, Gena and I made the trek to Asheville for some fibery goodness. SAFF was happening - so there we were, decked out in handknits. Gena does a much better job of keeping up with her blog, so you can read about some of our adventures on her page. We had an amazing time, got to meet some new friends at the Ravelry/Blogger meetup, saw alpacas and llamas, and of course, bought yarn.....oh, the yarn. It was quite an overload to the senses. I'll have to post yarn pictures another day - the time change has left me with hardly any natural light during my at home time, and my photos are suffering greatly.

Last weekend, Kristen had us over for some food and hang out time - and we did a little impromptu photo shoot for Mr. Greenjeans. I finished him just in time to wear to SAFF, but with all the excitement, I forgot to get pictures. (Also - I'm a terrible photogropher.) Kristen, who has a cute picnic bench near her apartment, and much more photo taking skills than I, emailed me some great shots.

I think my favorite on is the one with the raglan detail - it looks so clean! I loved knitting this, and it will definitely be a staple in my wardrobe this fall.

In other fall news, I received my dischcloth swap
package from my super cool pal Anita just after
Halloween. I wish I had taken a picture before I ripped into it - everything was packaged in black and orange tissue paper. Anita sent me a great dishcloth - I had that same yarn, and had the hardest time finding a pattern that it looked right with, but she did it..I love it. There was also some of my favorite chocolate, some bamboo needles in my most used size, and all sorts of goodies. She sent some linen yarn, which I've been wanting to try, and a super soft soy blend. I can't wait to use them. Thanks so much!


There has been more knitting, but thats an update for another night. I'm going to catch up on last nights Grey's, do some swatching, and then get to bed....I'm spending the day tomorrow with my best friend from high school, and I'm so excited to have a girls day out. And since we have Monday off, there's an extra day to recover!

Friday, October 26, 2007

here we go again

Why, hello there! I was just reading back a few posts, and seems I start out every other one with "I can't believe it's been so long!" Well, here we are again. Life has been a little crazy, and I have been knitting like a madwoman in order to finish Mr. Greenjeans.

Last weekend, I dogsat for a good friend of mine. She and her husband were away for the weekend, so I spent mine curled up on her couch with her dog, my knitting and their nice widescreen tv. Since last Friday, I have watched 10 episodes of Brothers and Sisters (I'm totally caught up now!), eaten 6 bags of microwave popcorn, spent 2+ hours watching clips of The Office on YouTube, and knit 2 sleeves and a button band on Mr. Greenjeans. Not bad, I say.

Mr. Greenjeans is currently pinned out and blocking on my living room floor, so no pictures yet. I'll be wearing him this weekend, though, so there will be action shots soon!

Well, excuse the lack of pictures today - as of tonight, I'm picking up my abandoned projects....um, Cozy, anyone? Expect more posts in the not so distant future.

Bright and early tomorrow, Melinda, Gena, Kristen and I are headed to SAFF for the day! I am super excited - this is my first fiber festival. Several of the girls from our Knit Night at Knit Picky will be there, and I can't wait to see who else! I'll be sporting the new sweater, of course.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Finally Fall

Fall has finally arrived in Winston Salem! It's still pretty warm in the afternoons, but there have been a few quite chilly days. I spent part of the weekend near Pilot Mountain with some friends -the leaves haven't done much changing yet, but the fall air seems so much more crisp in the mountains. We spent much of Friday night wrapped in blankets on the porch, watching stars - we saw 3 shooting stars! It was the perfect start to fall.

I have been knitting away like a madwoman on my cardigan. I bound off on the body this afternoon, and I'll probably pick up on the sleeves tonight. It's coming along well. It's a teeny bit small, but I know it'll grow a little bit once it's washed and blocked. I've done a little more work on the leaf lace shawl, but it looks pretty much the same, so I'll spare you more rumply pictures. More updates soon!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Whoa...

So, it's been awhile - hi friends! I am still blogging, and knitting, but life has been a little crazy lately. But I hadn't realized quite how long it had been.

I have finally got the apartment looking like a home instead of a storage unit...which also means I can spend my evening with guilt free knitting. Although it was 92 degrees yesterday - thats right..NINETY TWO - in OCTOBER...I can feel fall coming. My favorite season. I love sweaters and leaves and fall tv. So, it is just right that I should combine the three.
I am working away on Mr. Greenjeans, but I caved in and started the Leaf Lace Shawl. My fingers were itching, and after watching Kristen, Gena and Melina and their beautiful lace, I couldn't wait. I am using Sweet Georigia's Handpainted Lace in Coffee Bean. It's a light, rusty brown that looks perfect for fall leaves. I'm really enjoying it so far. It's at the point now that it's moving pretty quickly, although that won't last long. I've had a hard time getting a good photo, but here's an idea of what it looks like.
After using that tiny little lace yarn, the worsted for my sweater feels huge! It's looking good - I am about halfway through the rib and cables. I am hoping to have it finished in time for SAFF...I'd like to able to wear it then. I am doing the cables without a cable needle, and it is going so much faster! I can't wait to wear it.Well, that's it for tonight - but I promise, the next post won't be so far away :)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

oh, deer

It's been a very busy few days. I had quite a weekend - knitting with friends at the Apple Festival, a cookout, babysitting....and then last night, Mickenzie and I were hit by a deer! It's true - I did not hit a deer...it hit me. We're fine - my poor little car has sustained a few more dents, but it's still driving.

So tonight, I'm just relaxing! I plan to spend most of this week finishing the unpacking...but I'm spending tonight with my 3 favorite men - Mr. Greenjeans, Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert. I am hoping to make it to the sleeve seperation on greenjeans tonight. I saw a finished one on ravelry, and now I cannot wait to be done! Now if only the weather would cooperate - it IS fall, right?
My Hedera socks are on the back burner...I think they're too small and I have temporarily lost my desire to work on them. I like them a lot, but now that my knitting time is so limited, I really want to work on the sweater. I may need to become a one project at a time knitter..we'll see.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

It's done!

The Not So Shrunken Cardigan made it's debut yesterday...I finished the ruffle and sewed in the ends on Tuesday night, and wore it to work and Knit Night yesterday. It was a great success! I think this is topping the list of my favorite things. It fits perfectly and was a fun, low maintenence knit. I am now hooked on Silky Wool...I will certainly be using it again. I got several comments on my sweater at work - it's so exciting to hear someone say that they like it. Jo took some pics at the shop last night....(there are a few more on Ravelry.) Stats:
Pattern: Marilyn's Not So Shrunken Cardigan, but Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, 4.10 skeins
Needles: KP options 6 and 4, size E crochet hook (for ruffle)
Time: month and a half?
Mods: I only did one row of the ruffle - one seemed just right to me. My ruffle seemed more pronounced than the others I've seen on ravelry or blogs.

So, since I'm done with the cardi, I can cast on for another one! I've ordered some more Silky Wool in parchment for the Tangled Yoke, but it's on backorder - so, tonight I'll be casting on for Mr. Greenjeans. I can't wait - this is the cardigan I've been waiting for. I spent many hours browsing blogs for the perfect cabled cardigan, and I think this one is it. It involves 3 of my favorite things - top down raglan, cables, cardigan....yeah, this is it.

I finally picked up the Hedera socks again! No pictures yet, but the first sock now has a heel flap - the heel has been turned and the guesset is ready to be picked up. I'm slowly making progress on Cozy. I worked on it during a yarn lunch with the girls last weekend, and will probably take it babysitting tomorrow.

And again - the Fall into Autumn Topic of the Week...

Whenyou knit or crochet dishclothes, washclothes or face clothes, what do you use? What size needle or hook? Wood? what type? Metal? Plastic? A specific Brand? Why do you love that needle or hook so much? Is there one you are dying to try? Is there a particular yarn you love and use all the time for clothes? What is so special about it?

When I knit dishcloths I usually use Peaches/Sugar and Cream yarn, and metal needles. The slickness of metal needles makes the cotton knit a little easier. I ususally use old Susan Bates straight needles - I like the shorter 9/10 in length needle. I rarely crochet anymore, but I always use Susan Bates hooks - they have the perfect hook. As far as yarns...I love a lot of yarns....
Alright...I'm leaving off here - time for some quality knitting time!

Friday, September 14, 2007

finally friday...

I am so ready for the weekend. It has been one long week. I'm looking forward to some lazy time.

So...the new Knitty is up - and again my queue gets longer. I am dying to make Mr. Greenjeans. I have some heathery green/teal Cascade 220 that would be perfect - I was originally going to use it for Wicked, but I think this'll be better. I tend to wear cardigans more than pullovers, although Wicked will stay on my queue - who knows when I'll get to either one of them. I also really like the Tussie Mussie cardi - but I don't really like reverse stockinette that much - if I decide to make it, I'd probably do it in stockinette, but with wide purl gutters around the floral pattern....we'll see. (How many cardigans does one girl need anyway?) There were some really cute hats too.

Speaking of cardigans....the Not So Shrunken one is nearly done! I've finished the body and sleeves, and sewed down the hems last night. All I have left is the button bands, neckline and ruffle. I have never knit anything that needed a button band before, so it will be somewhat of an adventure. I'm hoping to be done in time to wear it this Wednesday to Knit Night. I can't wait!
I've been working pretty exclusively on the cardi, so there's not much else to report knitwise. If only I had more time - there is so much I want to do!

And before I forget - the Fall into Autumn topic of the week....Do I change my knitting habits with the weather? Well, I've really only been knitting seriously for less than a year. But I did notice I did a lot of knitting with cotton and cotton blends this summer, and all the projects I have coming up are wool/wool blends - So I guess I tend to knit my garments seasonally. And speaking of seasons - Hallelujah....Fall is almost year. I was actually a little chilly on the way out the door this morning. Bring it on!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

magic sleeve!

I'm making progress on the Not So Shrunken Cardigan - I hope to have it done within the week. I finished the first sleeve last night - so far, it seems like it's going to fit really well. I used magic loop for the sleeve, and I think I like it. I don't think I'd want to do it for socks, but I liked using it for the sleeve - it seemed a little more sturdy - and, it's easier to try on as you go along. Mickenzie and I are watching the office: season 3 on dvd, so I'm taking advantage of that as knitting time!I'm still moving along on Cozy - I accidentally did one of the lace rows twice in a row, but didn't notice for a few rows later....so, there was some ripping, but I managed to get it back on the needles and I've made my way back to where I was. So, I can't quite decide what I want to do next. There are a ton of things I want to do...I think I've narrowed it down to the Minimalist Cardigan from the latest IK, or the Aspen Top Down Sweater from Knitting Classic Style. I have some stash yarn that will work for the Minimalist Cardi, so it will probably be that. But the Aspen sweater is soo beautiful.
What I really need to do is finish what I have going...including my poor neglected Hedera socks....

Friday, September 7, 2007

Fall into Autumn

So, I had so much fun with my last swap, that I thought I'd do another one! There's a fall dishcloth exchange, and I love fall. So, here is my questionnaire...

1. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been doing it?
I do both, though primarily knit.

2. Have you made dischloths before? Do you use them yourself, give them as gifts, or both?
Yes - I use dishcloths is my kitchen, and I think they make great gifts.

3. What's your favorite cotton to make cloths from? What cotton would you like to try that you haven't before?
I usually use Sugar/Peaches n Cream for dishcloths - I like Knitpicks shine for facecloths. I'd like to try Cotton Chenille or something with linen in it.

4. If you knit, do you prefer circular or straight needles? For all, do you prefer wooden, metal, or plastic needles?
Um, I use my knitpicks options for almost everything, but I usually use straight needles for dishcloths....I like metal or wood.

5. What are your favorite colors? Any colors you don't like much?
I love reds/pinks/burgandy/brown and blues/greens/purple. I don't like neon/really bright colors.

6. What do you like best about Autumn?
Wearing cozy sweaters, taking walks in the leaves.

7. Pies: Pumpkin? Apple? Pecan? All of em? or No Thanks
I love pumpkin and apple! yum!

!8. When you were a kid, were you the one who couldn't wait to get started with school , or the one who overslept on the 1st day?
Well, I was usually up early the first few days, but by the second week I had to be dragged out of bed.

9. Do you celebrate Halloween? (The real key here guys is especially knowing if you have an aversion to the holiday or little goodies/decorations associated with it, given the timeframe of the swap).
I LOVE Halloween.

10. If you had to choose just 3 edible 'goodies' to eat for a full year, what 3 would you choose?
ooh, tough. Popcorn, cheese and snickers ice cream bars.

11. Do you have any pets? Kids? Husbands who seem like kids? ;)
nope...

12. If you were to describe a particular yarn that shares traits of your personality, what would it be and why?
hmm - maybe a merino - I get a little pilly sometimes, but brush it off, and I'm back to normal!

13. Do you use your cloths mostly for dishcloths, or as facecloths?
mostly dishcloths

14. Favorite Fall Holiday: Halloween or Thanksgiving and why? (Feel free to share another fall memory if you do not celebrate either of these holidays)
Halloween is probably one of my favorite holidays. The past few years, my roomates and I carved pumpkins the night before and then dressed up to hand out candy - we lived in a great neighborhood.

15. Do you have any allergies or aversions your pal should know about?
um, cats - both an allergy and an aversion... :)

yay- I'm so excited!

coming soon - a post with knitting progress!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

laboring away

Happy Labor Day! I hope all of you are enjoying a 3 day weekend - I know I am!
Well, I have to confess - there has been very little knitting lately. I haven't picked up the cardi or my socks all week, which I hope to remedy on my day off tomorrow. But, I did get started on Knitty's Cozy wrap. I'm making it with Miss Bab's handyed in Chocolate Roses (the same yarn as my monkeys.) I emailed Miss Babs through her website to see if she could dye me the colorway in a worsted weight. She emailed me back right away, and I had the yarn within a week! She has fabulous customer service, and wonderful yarns. I highly recommend her.
I am loving this Cozy wrap. It's a simple lace pattern, and looks great in the yarn. I've made it through 5 repeats (it's an 8 row repeat, and I'll just go til it's long enough.) It's a little chilly in my office - and my cubicle is right under a vent - this wrap will be perfect!

As I said, there has been very little knitting lately - the apartment is still full of boxes, and if I focus on getting unpacked and settled, then hopefully soon I'll have my evenings back. Even though I haven't been knitting much, I've spent too much time browsing magazines and ravelry lately. There are so many things I want to knit! I'm in love with the Tangled Yoke and the Minimalist Cardigan from the Fall IK, and the latest Magknits has a pair of socks that will be perfect for some yarn in my stash. And this is just on top of all the things already in my queue.

The weather has been slightly cooler lately - not cool, really, but not sweltering. But it's bringing glimpses of fall - I need to get started so I have some sweaters ready!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

projects....

I finally had a chance to sit down with some knitting after a very long week. Boy, working a "real" job is exhuasting! The first week went well, and I think I'm going to enjoy it....but I miss the naptime I had with the kids! Not to mention the knitting time...

But, I did have some time with the needles this weekend. I finally finished off the Trekking socks. They fit really well, but I wish I had done a little more ribbing at the top. I love this colorway. Part of the reason it took me so long, is that I momentarily abandoned them to work on a new pair of socks. Last weekend I started the Hedera socks in some Foot Prints in Mornign Glory. They are soo pretty. I love the way they're working up. I'm almost ready to start the heel flap on the first one.
I haven't done any work on the cardigan this week, but I intend to pick it back up soon. I also wound up some yarn last night for Knitty's Cozy. I can't wait to get started on it. Details next time.
Well, I'm off to update my Ravelry notebook, and browse a bit. My queue is growing and growing, but my time is shrinking! Help!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

quick update and a meme

It's been a very busy week since I last posted, and this one will be quick, and rather unexciting since I have no fun photos to share.

On the life front: I started my new job yesterday, and so far, so good! I think I'll enjoy it, although I'm a touch overwhelmed right now. Life in the banking world is much different than life as a nanny....I am still working on getting settled in the new apartment. It's so hard to unpack - I wish I could just come home and everything would be put away, you know? It is nice to get a chance to reorganize though.

Knitwise: The Ogee Lace skirt is finished, just needs blocking. It's been done for almost a week, but life got in the way. Pictures coming soon! I've got a few more inches to do on the body of the pink cardigan, and am almost done with the Trekking socks. I've somewhat lost the will to work on those - maybe I'll take them to Knit night tomorrow - they're good mindless knitting.

And now, Gena tagged me for a meme - here goes!

Four jobs I have had:
1. Nanny - I spent the last year being a nanny to a great family. I love kids, and can't wait to have my own...although, most days I was glad to be able to go home to my quiet place!
2. Farm girl - When I was 16, I worked at the produce stand at the farm across the street for a summer. I appreciate fresh veggies much more now then I did then.
3. Preschool Teacher - I was the assisstant vocab. teacher at a preschool for deaf children for two years. It was one of the hardest and most rewarding things I've ever done - I miss those kids!
4. Jason's Deli - I was the delivery coordinator/order taker at Jason's Deli in high school and summers/holidays in college. My first "real" job. It was almost a year before I ate there again - I found one of my old hats while packing up and it still smells of corned beef!

Four places I have lived:
1. Charlotte, NC - only for the first 6 months of my life, so I have no real memories
2. East Bend, NC - I grew up in this tiny town, in the middle of a farm, lived there until I went away to college.
3. Cullowhee, NC - spent 2 years at Western Carolina University. Made some great friends, but school wasn't for me.
4. Winston Salem, NC - lived in Ardmore for the past 3 years, and just moved into a new apartment this week!

Four Favorite Foods:
1. pasta - pretty much any kind, any time!
2. omlets - I rarely eat breakfast, but I love a good omlet
3. potato - mashed, baked, french fries, hashbrowns.....bring it on!
4. blueberries - my parents have bushes, yum....

Four places I would rather be:
1. London...it's been so long since I've been there
2. relaxing on a beach somewhere
3. in New York - I missed the family trip this year.
4. sleeping - darn you, caffeine!

soo, I tag:
1. Laura
2. Laurie
3. Amy
4. Mickenzie

Sunday, August 12, 2007

lazy

Today is the last of my time off - the family I work for was out of town, so I had a pretty light week. So, I am spending my last day just hanging out before the crazyness starts.

I've been working almost exclusively on the pink cardigan. I am
really enjoying working with the silky wool. I made it through all
the raglan increases last night, and separated off the sleeves. I can't wait to wear it!

Since I have been so focused on the sweater, I have hardly done any work on the skirt or my socks. I plan to work on the skirt tonight...it's sooo close.

Yesterday I got my Dishcloth Exchange package in the mail - all the way from the UK! Thanks so much Melanie! First, I got a great notecard with a panda on the front - my favorite animal. :) She made to two beautiful washcloths - they are so soft, and I love the pattern. She included some fun patterns, and 2 skeins of Rowan handknit cotton; one in pink and one in orange. I can't wait to try it, I've never used this yarn before. She also sent some very neat candy - I've eaten almost all the "fruit salad gums" already, they are really good. I just realized I forgot to photograph the soap she sent - I'll have to get it next time. She sent two bars of very yummy soap - one in a coconut scent, and one called Rock Star. They both smell so good. I could smell them from outside the box, and I couldn't wait to open it up. Thanks again Melanie!

Well, it's off to the grocery store, then I'm sitting down with my knitting and Gilmore Girls. Sounds like a perfect Sunday afternoon to me!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

busy, busy

Once again, it's been a while.... Life has been a little crazy lately. I will probably not be posting too much this month - Mick and I found an apartment and are moving in next week, and then my job starts the following week, so I doubt I'll have much time to knit, let alone blog. However, I plan to spend the weekend with my yarn.

I'm almost done with the Ogee Lace Skirt. The skirt body is done, and just the finishing is left. I got distracted by Marilyn's Not So Shrunken Cardigan, from Knit and Tonic. This picture is just a swatch, but I'm about 5 inches down the raglan increases now. I'm using Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool and I love it! I can't wait to get this cardi done - I think it'll be perfect over a button down shirt or a tank.


My trekking socks are moving along. I finished the first one, and
have started the heel flap on the second. I'll probably take these
while I babysit tomorrow night.

This dishcloth is the Woozy Cloth from smarieknits. I made it for my Dog Days of Summer partner. I just finished packing her box and it'll be in the mail first thing tomorrow. The dishcloth was so fun and quick to make - I almost don't want to give it away! I can see myself making more of these. The stitch pattern is the same one used in Knitty's Breeze socks...I think I have some yarn in the stash that might work for those - hmmm.