Sunday, July 30, 2006

Clapotis, c'est fini!

I have finished Clapotis!

Oooohhh….

This is for Elizabeth, my best friend from college. Her birthday is in September, so I finished it well before the deadline. We actually became friends because of knitting. She moved into my house at the beginning of sophomore year, and I knew that she knit. I had learned as a child, but forgot how, so I asked her for a tutorial and we hit it off. I am very pleased with the way this turned out. The earthy, rustic nature of the yarn is perfect for her, and she definitely wears these colors.

This is my husband/photographer, making fun of my FO pose.

I have another FO to show you, a sweater made out of Lopi that I started in the winter of 2005. I was working on my senior thesis, so I wanted to do something easy. Unfortunately, easy sweaters in Lopi make me look like the Michelin Man. So much so that there will be no FO picture. Lesson learned.

I got my Fall 2006 Interweave Knits yesterday, and I am SUPER excited. Coral Crossing is definitely on my list, but it will probably be magenta instead.

I'm also going to try to totally revamp Glasgow Lace so that it isn't incredibly expensive and unflattering. I have lovely dark red, heathery Jo Sharp DK wool that I have been meaning to use. I like the idea of a transitional weather piece in dark red lace. It'll be very... autumnal. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Oooh, mysterious!


I have joined the mystery sock KAL. My pattern is here.

If any of you other folks are interested in still more mysterious sock patterns, this is a good resource.

Monday, July 24, 2006

N is for New Leaf


This is my favorite house plant. It is a Christmas Cactus that I bought at Target three and a half years ago. It was about a week after Christmas, and Target had stopped watering the "Christmas" plants that hadn't sold. It broke my heart to see all of those poor little plants being neglected, so I bought one that looked like it had some hope for survival. It was the size of one of my spread hands, and because of its poor condition, it cost $1.50. As it turns out, it blooms around Valentine's Day and puts out new leaves every summer. I love watching this plant thrive, because it reminds me that you can turn around a bad situation and recover.

The bad news today is that I have an awful cold and didn't go to work. The good news is that I made a ton of progress on Clapotis, Straight-laced, and Zora. I'll take photos when I have the energy!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

WEBS!!

This weekend I went to Webs with my mom, and indulged in some serious stash enhancement. I bought two bags of Debbie Bliss Merino DK in a yummy aubergine color. The Interweave Knits fall preview has some really interesting patterns, and I have a hunch that this would make a lovely Coral Crossing. The color is dark, but the yarn is glossy enough that I think a subtle cable pattern would be very nice, and it would be something that I can actually wear to the office. I can't wait to get my hands on that magazine!

I also got a bunch of sock yarn.


I am making back-to-school socks for my mom in the red and grey, and for my sister in the pink and orange. Mine will be in blues. My mom is a high school teacher, and the end of the summer is always disappointing, so maybe this will cheer her up.
When I was at my parents’ house I organized the stash I had there and brought back some awesome stuff. I won't need to by yarn for a really long time. (I probably will, though)

I have 2 bags of Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky in teal. This was originally purchased for Simply Marilyn. After all the negative feedback I wasn't sure, but I've seen some really nice ones in Blogland

I have no idea what to do with this Filatura DiCrosa 501. I have a TON of it, two bags of magenta and one bag of rose. I had been thinking Tubey, but I’m not sure. I would like to do something a bit more challenging.


I also have some Jo Sharp DK wool, which I was thinking of making into Tempting 2 for the Sexy Knitters KAL. I chose weird yarn for my current version of Tempting 2, and red wool would be nice for a sweater to wear to holiday parties.



In other news, I’m making some progress on my WIPs. This had been standing in the way of any progress on Zora:



But tonight I wove in all the ends, and now I just need to do button bands. I am about to turn the heels on Straight-Laced, and I am almost to my fifth dropped stitch in Clapotis.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Straight-Laced

It had been hot here. Incredibly, ludicrously hot. I simply cannot work on any of my thick wool WIPs under these conditions. And besides, I have a new love in my life right now.



These are Straight-Laced from Knitty, in Knitpicks Sock Memories, Rocky Mountain Dusk. Despite their extraspicy rating, I cast on for them last night, never having completed a pair of socks in my life. It is so... freeing to begin a project ready and willing to learn, and to make mistakes in the process. The yarn cost under $10, and they're SOCKS fer crying out loud! They can have mistakes in them, no one will look closely. In fact, there is already a pretty major mistake in there, but I don't care. ONWARD!

I've been fighting a bit with the yarnovers on either side of the two knit stitches in the lace pattern. As you can see, the loops on the right are smaller than the loops on the left.


I'm pretty sure it's because the instructions are to knit two together on both the left and the right side. In the picture below, don't the stitches to the right of the smaller hole look twisted? I think the K2Ts on the right are constricting the yarnovers. I'll try doing SSK for a few rounds to see if that helps at all.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Leftovers is done!


I cast on for Leftovers as soon as I saw the pattern, a year and a half ago. I had several barely touched balls of Lite Lopi, and I had been meaning to do something with them, because they came from a project that has a special place in my heart. In the fall of 2003, I made a sweater from that season's issue of Interweave Knits. It was a bohus-inspired pullover designed by Norah Gaughan, and it is the first knitted garment that I ever felt truly proud of. I was a junior in college at the time, and my friends saw me knitting this sweater for the better part of the fall semester. When I put it on for the first time in November, my friend Lida exclaimed "That's the sweater that you made! It looks like a real sweater!" So, here is Leftovers next to the sweater that yeilded the extra yarn.


The good thing about Leftovers is that it uses up your odds and ends. The bad thing about Leftovers is that it used every... last... inch. To the extent that I ran out of green and there was some drama finding more. But that's all in the past! Leftovers is finished!

Friday, July 14, 2006

What kind of knitting needles are you?

I took that "What kind of yarn are you?" quiz that everyone takes, and I seem to be halfway between Shetland Wool and Mohair. I can't say that bamboo is my favorite, bur the result speaks to me. I've been meaning to break out of my raglan, size 8 circular rut for awhile now. It is warm and cozy, but there is more to life that stockinette! There is lace, there are cables! I need to explore!








What kind of knitting needles are you?




You are bamboo.Warm, cozy, and thoughtful, you take your time and enjoy how things feel, smell, and taste. You love the craft and beauty of traditional things, and you value the comfort and experience of knitting as much as the results. But while you are reveling in your warm cozies, don't get stuck. Warm is wonderful, but so is the whole wide world!
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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Rosedale U is done!

Yaay! Rosedale U is done! Only 11 months in the making!


A detail shot for color...

OK, so it's a "bumming around the house" sweater. I live in a cold climate. I need them.


This post was brought to you by the letter M.

M stands for Moss.

And for Mountain Laurel.

I took these pictures while home in Connecticut. I miss being able to go out in the woods and see moss and mountain laurel. Mountain laurel is the state flower of Connecticut, you know. I really like the look of their twisty stems, but above all they remind me of home.

Monday, July 10, 2006

More UFOs

I went home to Connecticut this weekend, where I uncovered still more UFOs.




This is my first and only sock, knit from the pattern that came with the yarn. I knit it while studying abroad in Australia. I brought sock yarn because I wanted something portable, but it was an environmental science program, so we were always camping. When it was light out there were other things to do, and I was normally too dirty to want to knit anyway. I abandoned this project thinking "umm... why knit socks?" But, as nelltje of the knittyboard pointed out, they're a really good way to experiment without investing a ton of yarn and time into a sweater. I'll finish these to recover my sock needles, and then try jaywalkers, with this.



I also found the Zora sweater from the Best of Lopi. I was literally inches from completion when I realized that spring (2005) was coming, and I wouldn't have a chance to wear it before it was too warm. It shouldn't take too long to finish.



This is Tempting 2. This is an incredibly boring knit. I started it right before my wedding because I needed something mindless, but I'm not sure if I can ever subject myself to that much k1, p1.


In the meantime, I've made progress on Rosedale U,




and Clapotis.

As I was slogging through Clapotis, I realized that I have so many UFOs because the patterns I pick are so boring. I mean, really, I've been knitting seriously for four years. My skills are just not progressing. I need to challenge myself, I need to experiment. I brought back my Lopi odds and ends so I can play around a little bit.


As soon as July is over, I turn over a new leaf. Each new project practices a new technique!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

In which I get past a minor setback, and finally finish Rosedale U sleeves

I'm making some progress on my WIPs. I added a few more rows to Clapotis, but then put it aside so I have an easy, portable project to take to Connecticut this weekend. As soon as I picked up Rosedale U I remembered why I put it down in the first place. I've been really fussy about the color placement on the sleeves, and I monitored their progress to be sure that all of the stripes were lining up. Back in January, when I was three quarters of the way through the second sleeve, I discovered that their was a break in the yarn, tied with a simple square knot. And at the other side of the knot it was the wrong color! GAH!

At the time I was working on a huge case at work, and I didn't have time to work out my (minor) knitting setback. But, yesterday, I was able to finagle the stripes and come up with matching sleeves. Yay! On the inside of the second sleeve there are some ends to weave in.


But from the outside you'd never know.


My knitpicks interchangeable needles came today! I love them. I was able to make some progress on the yoke, and it was SO much faster than the bamboo I was using. I highly recommend them. I'm excited that one of the first yoke stripes was the turquoise, to highlight the smaller stripes.

I think I should be done in a week. Then what should I pick up next?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Mesilla

Mesilla is done!

Please excuse the shiny face, it was very humid today. As you can see, I removed the stripes from the bottom section because I don't want to draw any more attention to my midsection.

Here is a detail shot:



It wasn’t really fair of me to include Mesilla on my list for the WIP roundup, because I never lost momentum on it. I got married in April, so wedding planning encroached on my knitting time, which I think is why I lost so much momentum on my other projects. Now that I’ve moved on from Mesilla I can attack some of the true UFOs!

Before I move on though, I need to jump on another blogging bandwagon.

L is for Lily

I usually don't like the color orange. I have only one orange top, none of my household items are orange. I only like the color orange when it is found in nature, ideally in a pumpkin, and autumn leaf, or a day lily. The fact that this one was right against a concrete wall made it all the more becautiful to me.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

I was also inspired to spruce my blog up a little bit. I've had four comments! People have actually seen this! I need to send a huge thank you to our friend at Knitticisms, her tutorial here was incredibly helpful.