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!