Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Cozy

I finished Cozy!


Pattern: Cozy, Knitty, Fall 2004
October 27, 2006 to November 27, 2006
Yarn: Knit Picks Andean Silk, "Sangria" 8 balls
Needles: Knit Picks Options, #8
Modifications: I knit until I ran out of yarn. It is "long enough" but I didn't measure the length.
Comments: This isn't for me, so I felt a little strange modeling it. No harm done, the goofy saloon doors do the job quite nicely.

This is for a close friend of mine, who recently suffered dashed travel plans, a cross-country move, and the end of one of the most significant relationships of her life.


She was feeling pretty low for awhile, and feeling like no one cared about her. I knit every stitch thinking about her, and I hope it brings her comfort.

I used 8 balls of Knit Picks Andean Silk in "Sangria," because she likes sangria. This yarn is amazingly soft, and was a pleasure to work with. It has a beautiful but hard to capture color. I think that this picture comes the closest.


Everyone should knit this as a quick and easy project, or as an introduction to lace. I'll probably end up making a couple more.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Bittersweet

My Thanksgiving was intense. It was basically a long farewell for my grandfather, who is dying of lung cancer and congestive heart failure. He was still lucid and cheerful, and we can be very thankful for the time that we got to spend with him.

When I got home I didn't much feel like knitting. I felt like frogging.



I had five balls of Kureyon tied up in a wrap that just wasn't working out, because it wasn't drapey enough. The colorway screams my sister's name, so I will still make something for her. This time it will be a sweater. Of my own design.

I am very excited about this sweater, and I have high hopes that I can share it with you someday, in a somewhat public way. That means that I can't show it to you until well after it is done, which is annoying but worth it. The progress bar "sweater for Caroline" will indicate my progress so you know I'm not slacking. All I can say is that it involves Kureyon and my sister, and I really, really, really hope that you will all get to see it.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving




I have a nice life, and I am very thankful for it. I hope that everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

I love fall - Part 2

Seriously, I love fall...



While it has been quite warm recently, it obviously won't last. I haven' t made much progress on Lady Elenor, but I am very pleased with how nice it looks with my green coat.

I'm also working on a matching, Lady E inspired hat, and I'm very curious about how it'll turn out.

I'm about 3/4 of the way through Cozy, and I can't find the blasted yarn to finish it. Grrr. Hopefully I can get that all sorted out soon and begin the one for my mother-in-law.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Looks can be deceiving

Some of the tastiest food is actually sort of hideous.


I didn't feel like making myself a "real dinner" tonight, so I scrambled three eggs with some spinach and feta. It was absolutely delicious. It's one of my favorite comfort-food items. But it ain't pretty.

I've been making some progress on Cozy. I just attached the fifth ball of yarn, which means I'm halfway through what I have. I think it'll be long enough. I'd love to have it done in a week so I can send it to the recipient less than two months after her birthday.

Here is another shot of the lace pattern. At first the pattern reminded me of leaves, but I'm loving the subtle hexagons and diamonds that form.

I have at least two more of these on deck, one for me and one for my MIL. The Knitpicks Andean Silk, while very soft, does not seem to be the warmest yarn out there. The recipient of this one lives in Kentucky, so that's fine. I live up North though, and I'd like something warmer. Has anyone used Cascade 220 or Lamb's Pride Worsted? Does the Andean Silk end up being really warm after all?