Tuesday, June 26, 2007

socks and swaps

I know I haven't been updating tons lately - I want to, but in between working non-stop and moving, I'm hardly ever online.

I'm still trucking on my Monkey's for Summer of Socks. I love the way the Miss Babs yarn looks - it is perfect for this pattern. I'm having a hard time getting a good picture of it though. The Rusted Root is flying - I only have a few more inches to go. It's been a fun knit.


So, I recently did a sock kit swap through livejournal - It was so much fun! I packed up a kit for Marianne, but I'm not sure if it's gotten to her yet, so I won't spoil what I put in it. I got my kit from Becca on Friday. She hand-dyed me some super cool yarn, AND got me some Jitterbug, which I've been dying to try - as well as some of the Knitpicks dnps, which I've been wanting to try. I love my bamboo needles, but after a while they tend to get splintery at the ends - I'm looking forward to trying the metal ones with my new sock yarn! I also got a book, a travel journal, some tea, awesome handmade soap, a rose applique and some Mary Kay samples. It was so fun to get home from a long day at work and get a fun package. Becca also made me my ravelry button, in the links section of my blog.
Speaking of, I am loving ravelry! It's so much fun to see what other people are knitting, and finding other people making the same things as me. I've been digging through my photo's adn trying to get updated - what a great way to keep up with my things.

Alright, time to get packing - my brother is coming to help me move some boxes...so I guess I should pack them up :)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Summertime :)

I kicked off the first day of Summer with some knitting, reading and a sunburn. I took the kids to the pool today, and spent some time reading the lastest Stephanie Plum novel. I didn't put on quite enough sunscreen, but I think I'll recover.As you can see above, I have also started on my Summer of Socks venture! I cast on for the Monkey Socks with my Miss Bab's handdyed in Chocolate Roses - yum. I've made it through the ribbing and the first pattern repeat.

I've also made a good deal of progress on my Rusted Root. I haven't worked on it today, but I have done lots the last few days. I think I'm really going to like it - It took me a few tries to get a hang of the lace pattern, but with the help of some sticky notes I've figured it out.

Happy Summer everyone!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

slow down

Whew - I didn't realize how long it had been since I posted! Life has been incredibly crazy, but good. My best friend Mickenzie has moved here from Florida, and we spent last weekend at a wedding. In between work, weddings and moving, I've been neglecting my little blog - but I did knit whenever I had the chance. My dad and brothers came over last night to move my big furniture, and under my bed was my missing camera cord - now we have pictures, too! Our cable/internet is off during the move, so my updates may not be quite as frequent.

Here is a pic of Mickenzie and I all dressed up in our bridesmaids dresses - it was soo much fun. The night before we left I whipped up a garter for the bride. I ended up crocheting it, because I couldn't find a pattern I loved, and it's a little easier for me to just make something up with crochet. It's done with a G6 hook and Cascade fixation yarn, and thin white ribbon. The "pattern" is my own, and it took about 30-45 minutes.

I've also finished my ChickAmi, but will save the pics of that for
later - I don't look very good in them ;). I have broken down and started the Rusted Root. I had to start it twice, but it's finally making progress. I am about 1/2way down the sleeves, and 3 lace repeats in. I am using Cascade Sierra, and it feels so good. I can't wait to wear it!






I missed the Charity Knit Night last night, since it was the only time my Dad had available for moving. I hope it went well! I will be at Knit Night tomorrow night, though - I can't wait.

Well, I'm off - I just checked my email, and I got my RAVELRY invite! Woo hoo - I'm off to play!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

KIP

Mickenzie is due to arrive to my house in the next 30 minutes, so I thought I'd do a quick update to keep me busy while I wait for her. (I'm sooo excited!)

My camera cord is MIA again, so no pictures today - hopefully soon.

Yesterday was WorldWide Knit in Public Day! Kristen, Gena and I celebrated by knitting, well, all day. Kristen and I met for lunch at Panera, where we did a little knitting - and also ran into my roomates! After that, we headed to Angelina's Teas, where we met Gena for even more knitting. Angelina's is a very cute local tea shop, with tons of different teas. We knit for a few hours there on our respective projects. That was all of our public knitting, but since we each had totally free evenings(!), we headed over to Gena's apartment for movies and more knitting. It was such a wonderful day, and so fun to get to hang out with friends and just relax.

I worked on my ChicKami top, and got a LOT done, several inches. I made it right to where I need to split for the armholes. I had hoped to get more done today, but I've been working on a little packing and cleaning up, mostly. I think it'll just take me a few more hours to be done - hopefully ready to wear by Wednesday.

While I worked on some packing, I did get caught up on my podcasts. I'm all caught up on Stash and Burn, and listened to the most recent Lime and Violets. I've also come across a newer postcast called Socks in the City and listened to the first two of those. I think there are seven so far.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

2 days...

Tonight my little sister graduated from high school. Congratulations Em! I gave her some bath stuff, and the green cabled Schulana socks - she loved them, and they fit her perfectly! I'm so glad. Below is a picture of me and my siblings - we tried to get a good one, and well - this is as good as it gets. (My brothers are usually making faces like that anyway.)
I finished my second pair of Schulana socks today-the Rainy Day socks! The ends still need weaving in, but I tucked them under for pictures. I really enjoyed knitting this pattern - it was easy to memorize, went quickly and the lace has good stretch to it. They feel soo good on my feet! I did 5 pattern repeats for the leg, and 17 total for the sock. I love knitting socks with clearly defined pattern repeats, because it's so much easier to make sure the socks will turn out exactly the same length - I'm always a little off with just a rib or stockinette pattern, it seems. Pattern: Magknit's Rainy Day Socks
Yarn: Schulana merino cotton (1.2 balls)
Needles: size 3 & 4 bamboo dpns 6 inch
Time: 6 days (some days being multiple hour knitting)
Mods: I did a ribbing instead of the picot edging, and shortened the cuff, as usual. I also did a slip stitch heel, rather than the plain stockinette heel - I like the added texture.

In other FO news, the Booga bag is done. I put it in the wash to felt on Tuesday night, and I put the handles on last night. I am pretty pleased with it. It is smaller than I envisioned - although the measurements are pretty on. I think I may do another one with Patons SWS and make it a little bigger. I took some before and after shots, with a Kleenex box for scale.
Pattern: Black Sheep Bags (Julie Anderson) Booga Bag
Yarn: Noro Kureyon - almost 3 skeins
Needles: 10.5 clover circular - 16 inch, clover 10.5 dpns
Time: about a week and a half
Mods: None!
And last, I am finally making progress on the Chickami! I got it restarted, and then I put it aside in favor of the Rainy Day socks. Then when I picked it up again, I realized to avoid pooling/flashing, I needed to be alternating skeins every few rows. I knew I would be unhappy with it otherwise. But the thought of actually having to DO it was unsettling. So, on Wednesday I left my socks at home, and took the Chickami with me - I would HAVE to work on it. And now it's flying along. Switching skeins isn't that big of a deal - I'm just carrying up the side "seam." I imagine this tank will get the bulk of my attention the next few days, with nothing else big on the needles. I will probably start another pair of socks soon - I am thinking of trying toe-up next!
*the color in the picture is off - It's much more subdued and pretty than this! 2 more days until my new roomie gets here :) hope the packing is going well, Mick!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

still raining

So, the rain continues, on and off - and I am flying along with my socks. I'm with the kids all day this week, and so far, I've had lots of time to knit. As they get older, they play together better. Today they did a "ballet" for me to the Nutcracker soundtrack - they danced for almost 40 minutes, and I was able to sit on the couch and knit away. I think I can get the pair finished tomorrow, if we have another good day!I have finished my Booga bag, and it is felting as I type. It's in for the second wash right now - it was definitely smaller, and fuzzy, when I pulled it out the first time, but there was still a lot of sitch definition. I hope this wash does it, because I'm tired - but I want to block it out and leave it to dry overnight/tomorrow. Hopefully I'll have pictures to show off soon!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

and the rain, rain, rain came down, down, down

Heaven knows we need the rain, but it's making for a rather gloomy Sunday. It's been alternating between downpours and misty rain all day. Appropriately enough, I'm currently knitting the Rainy Day Socks from Magknits. I'm knitting them in purple Schulana - so far, so good. I did a 2x1 rib rather than the picot edge - I didn't have a hook when I started, and I think the ribbing will help them stay up better. The pattern is easily memorized, and goes pretty quick.On Saturday, I met Kristen for a delicious lunch of veggie quesadillas, then some hangout time at KnitPicky. We chatted and knit with Juli, Susan and Frann for a few hours - it was nice to just relax for a while! I re-started the Chickami, and am back up to where I was when I ripped - sorry, no pictures yet.

Well, I guess I'll make the best of the rainy Sunday evening, and veg out with a movie and my sock...maybe later on I'll do some packing - yuck!

Friday, June 1, 2007

bag lady

So, Laurie of Crazy Aunt Purl is one of my favorite knitbloggers. Her most recent post discusses women and the need for a large purse. While I have some very cute small purses, I usually carry a Vera tote or my Namaste bag - both capable of holding lots of stuff. A quick look into my "purse" today shows my wallet, sunglasses, a ponytail holder, my camera, half a Mr. Goodbar, 3 types of chapstick/lipgloss, tissues, scissors, a crochet hook, nail clippers, keys, cellphone, mini Moleskine notebook, a half done baby hat, spare dpns, tic tacs, pink ipod, lotion, measuring tape, library book and a movie to return to Blockbuster. And well, lets just say this is a good week - it's been much worse. Also, the family I nanny for is on vacation this week - if they were here I'd probaby also have wet wipes, a security blanket and a juice cup.

In the comments on the post, many women left stories of odd things they keep in their purse. One day, a few years ago, I was having lunch at a Chinese restaurant with my old boss, Rhonda. Rhonda had ordered hot tea, and was lamenting that there was no spoon - obviously they thought she wouldn't need to add sugar. Well, as luck would have it, I had a spoon in my purse. I don't know how, or why, but there it was. Sometimes, being a bag lady comes in handy.

I haven't any knitting related progress to share since last night. I got about 15 rounds in on my chickami, and realized my guage has changed since the swatch. So, I need to rip back and go up a needle size so I can actually wear the top.

I joined a sock kit swap over on livejournal, and I am so excited. We get matched with our sock partners soon! I've never done a swap/secret pal thing before. I have some very fun ideas for little goodies to send with my kit.

I saw today that KnitPicks has some new needles in - the expanded their line of the 16 in. classic circs. I'm hoping they get a 16 in. cable for the options set - I'd love to have that. I've been thinking about picking up some of their dpns. I like that they have them in a 6 inch size - I'd like to try metal needles for my socks, but the Susan Bates ones are the only ones readily available here and they are just too long for me - I like 5 or 6 inch sock needles. I usually use bamboo, since I won a lot of them on ebay a while back. Has anyone used the KnitPicks dpns?

Well, this bag lady is going to get to the ripping - hopefully I can make up for the progress on my Chickami tonight while babysitting.