Friday, June 30, 2006

I was inspired to free the fug the other day.

The yarn is so much happier now...

The beautiful yarn that was in a stupid vest is free... FREE! I even decided what I'll do with it. One of my favorite FOs is a Rosedale that I made in Charisma from Valley yarns. The simple pattern shows off handpainted yarn beautifully, because it gets to take center stage. I decided that another Manos yarn in a complementary colorway would do nicely for the corrugated rib. (I also decided that I'm only about 90% sure I have enough of the red for a whole Rosedale. If I run out, I'll just make parts of the sweater not red.) So, here is what I'll go with.

I really like it. Now, I just need to finish the other Rosedale I'm working on, so I can recover my supply of size 8 needles.

Unfortunately, I was a bad girl at the yarn store (Woolcott in Harvard Square). See, they were having a sale on Artful Yarns. 40% off. And this yummy Circus called my name and begged to be made into Cathode someday. And maybe I cast on, but I swear, it was just to test it. I promise, I will not really get started until at least August, because July is for finishing stuff up!

I also made some progress on Mesilla, and I'm almost ready to begin the stripes at the bottom.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

So, I've started a blog. This is not an ambitious blog. I just want to be able to chat about knitting, and post pictures of my project. My inaugural post highlights my UFOs, in honor of the Knitty Coffeeshop's July WIP along. They are listed in the order that I hope to finish them. Sadly, this is not the complete collection, as some UFOs still reside at my parents' house in Connecticut.

#1: Mesilla, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece

This yarn was originally a skirt in a Feather and Fan pattern from an issue of Interweave knits. The skirt wasn't doing it for me, so I frogged it right around the time that Spring Knitty came out. I think that this yarn will be much happer as Mesilla, and I want to finish it soon so I'll be able to wear it before it gets too cold for short sleeves again.

#2: Clapotis, Noro Silver Thaw
This is going to be a birthday present for my friend Elizabeth. Her birthday isn't until September, so I have time, but I should get going. As you can see, I get distracted...

#3. Rosedale U, Noro Kureyon
I started this sweater about a year ago. I lost momentum at some point because I wasn't thrilled about the color scheme. I'm diggin' it now though, as a fall, wear with jeans kind of sweater. I hope to finish it by October.

#4. Leftovers, Light Lopi
I started this project AGES ago, using leftovers from my favorite FO. Sadly, right towards the end I ran out of green, and there was drama finding more. I have finally found some, and I’m ready to get back into this project. The bulk of the work will be weaving in all those ends, which I HATE to do.

#5. Modified Bloom Wrap, Noro Kureyon
This was supposed to be a birthday present for my sister. Her birthday is in December. Oops. Maybe this year…

#6. Something for Mom, Manos del Uruguay
This colorway screams my mom’s name, and the fugly vest I made doesn’t do it justsice. Must be frogged and reborn.

So, apparently I like Noro and LOVE Knitty. I hadn’t thought about all that my projects have in common. I also apparently have a fear of commitment, at least in terms of project. In real life, not so much, as I am 23 and married.