Tuesday, January 30, 2007

January Socks - Snowflake Lace

Just in time, my January Socktopia socks.


I achieved a (somewhat subjective) thematic trifecta with these socks:
- They are based on the Snowflake lace socks from MagKnits. I switched it around a little by using magic loop instead of DPNs, and doing more pattern repeats on smaller needles.
- I started them on my birthday (Woo, celebrate!)
- I finished them on Monday, January 29.

I used KnitPicks Essential in Dusk. I really can't say that I'm impressed with this yarn. It was extremely splitty, and not very soft. After wearing them around the house for a few days I can tell that they'll pill like crazy. Oh well, you get what you pay for.


This is only the second pair of socks I've ever completed. Note that I did not say second ever started.

I did my first short-row heel, and I found it easier to do than a heel flap heel.


The "cup" seems a bit shallow though, so I'm not sure how these socks will wear.

The lace pattern is very pretty and easy to memorize.

It is the same lace pattern used in Glasgow Lace, which is one of the reasons that I chose this pattern. I was happy to have the lace pattern down pat so I could focus on the sock construction.

I am happy enough with these socks, and looking forward to even better ones for February!

GAH!

I am so fricken frustrated.

I want to switch to the new blogger, but I can't. I tried, and it locked up my account for seven hours. When it was done, it told me that I could not switch, and pointed me to a totally worthless help article.

I looked around, and I heard that heavily customized templates were having trouble, so I switched to something really plain and tried again. No dice. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to save my latest template, so I lost the edits that I made the other day. (I had switched the background color to a lighter blue, and the text to gray and purple.)

I set up a test blog in the new system with the colors I want. It was so much easier to change the colors. (Do you like them, by the way?) I'm frustrated that I am cut off from my KALs, because they all switched. Gah. Any advice?

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Doomed from the beginning

Attentive and long-term readers may remember this fiasco.

After some soul-searching, blog-searching, and discussions with my guy, I have decided that Blackberry was doomed from the beginning.

This is not to say that it's a bad pattern. The pattern picture is really cute. Jen, aka Knitting Spaz, made one and it looks great. I took poor, forgotton Blackberry out of the closet, and tried to plan my next attempt. Then DH asked me why I would make "a sweater with big cabled sleeves and a little body" if I do not currently own such a sweater. How did I know that it would fit and that I would like it?

"Huh," I thought, "I don't."

Then it occured to me. The people who look cute in this sweater are somewhat petite. Now, I'm not getting all down on myself, I'm just trying to be realistic. I am 5ft 8in tall. In a bulky sweater I look rather.... bulky. I searched blogland for pictures of people with my body type wearing it, and it just doesn't seem like it would do me any favors.

The yarn I chose is a really pretty teal color with flecks of blue and green, and it doesn't deserve to be a shapeless blob that I would never wear.


So now it is waiting patiently for plan B.


I do have a plan though.


I had done a different cable up the arms, and I still really like it. I am thinking a vest in reverse stockinette, with this cable running up the center. What do you think?

Monday, January 22, 2007

Snow!

It is finally snowing!


This is the first time all year that I have been outside in measurable snowfall. I am a life-long New Englander, and this is BY FAR the latest "first snow" I've ever experienced.

That's ok though. Winter is finally here!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me!

It was my birthday earlier this week. Hubby gave me roses.


Awwww. I love hubby.


Wait, does it say "Classy" on the wrapper? That's hilarious. And oh so classy.

I've been working on Clapotis here and there. The yarn is such a dream to work with that I don't want to rush it.


I've done three drop stitch ladders so far.

Pretty.

I enjoy having Clapotis going in the background, because it is giving me a way to unwind after working on more challenging items. I haven't done much with Red Light Special lately, but I have been working on my January Socktopia socks.

Now with matching pillow!

Anyway, I'm doing a modified version of the Snowflake Socks from the September issue of MagKnits. I'd better keep cranking on them to make it before the end of the month!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Once upon a time...

I enjoyed, and I was decent at, stranded colorwork.





Lopi Sweater, completed circa December 2004.
I am frustrated with Red Light Special, but I will get my mojo back.

Calorimetry

I made Calorimetry for

my mom

and my sister. What a fun, easy, quick knit! Each was about half a skien of Malabrigo. I am especially proud of the one for my sister because of the adorable elephant button I found.

Caroline loves elephants.

As for "banging out" Red Light Special, I'm afraid it didn't work out.


At least, it didn't in time for Mom's birthday. That's fine, I had another gift for her. It is humbling though. I would ordinarily be able to whip up a hat in no time, but colorwork is HARD! I haven't done any in... gosh, I don't know how long. I feel bad giving my mom something uneven, but I'm hoping that a good blocking will fix it.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Six Weird Things

I saw this on MLE's blog and decided to join in. Be gentle with me, this is my first meme.

Six weird things about me:

1. I am (basically) named after a man. My mother’s middle name is Emilee, and it was given to her because her grandfather was named Emile. Emile was born in Quebec in 1886, and I think that it is neat that my name was inspired by his. It is a little thread of connection between two members of the same family with VERY different lives. I took French in high school to honor our French-Canadian heritage.

2. I have never had Chicken Pox. When I was in 3rd grade an outbreak went though my class, but I didn’t get sick. I have no idea how many times I was exposed to infected kids, but it should have stuck. When I was a teenager they invented the vaccine, so I got it. I hope I don’t get Chicken Pox now!

3. The only even moderately serious disease I’ve had (knock wood) is Lyme Disease. I got it in 1986 or thereabouts, less than 20 miles from the town for which it is named. I was a little kid at the time, and the illness was not yet well-known AT ALL, so I am really lucky that it was caught and treated early. My mother has a master’s degree in Public Health, so she had a sense of what was going on and got me the right care.

4. Since I was very young when I had Lyme Disease, I couldn’t take pills for it. They gave me absolutely vile purple medicine instead. It was so horrible that to this day I have a very strong aversion to artificial grape flavoring in skittles, grape soda, etc. I still like grapes and wine, because those are natural. I like the color purple, and I wear the color purple, but I do not eat the color purple. Ever! After that I swallowed candies and frozen peas whole to prove that I could handle pills if I needed more medicine.

5. The most famous person to grow up in my home town is Noah Webster, the person who wrote the first American English dictionary. Some of my paternal grandmother’s cousins are really interested in genealogy, and we are apparently descended directly from one of his sibling. That means that over the course of 200+ years, my ancestors left Connecticut and worked thier way west to Chicago, only to have my dad leave Chicago and randomly settle in the same town again.

6. I have a knack for trivia, but specifically geography. I won my school’s Geography Bee in 5th, 7th, and 8th grade.

Speaking of weird...


This picture was taken at approximately 3:15 pm on January 7, 2007 in Cambridge, MA, 42°22’ North Latitude. It is absolutely not supposed to be in the 60s in January. This is sort of scary, and I am relieved that it is getting chilly again.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

We bought a condo!

My husband and I closed on a condo last week, and I finally took some good pictures of it.

It is in Hartford, Connecticut, and is in a building that was built in the 1870s. The fireplace is original to the house, and I think it is absolutely gorgeous. I am from the area originally, and it makes me sad that Hartford is... the way it is now. I'm excited to be a taxpaying resident of the city, so now I can get involved in community groups and hopefully make a difference. The 1870s were some of the most prosperous and hopeful that Hartford has ever seen, and I think its really neat that we have a little slice of that history ourselves.

The woman who sold it to us had more... lively... taste than we do, so we're going to repaint a couple of rooms (and probably freshen up the paint in some others)

One room is currently orange, and I think we'll paint it the medium blue. You can't really tell, but those are navy blue velvety curtains that the seller left behind.

The bedroom is currently red, but we like the light green instead.


I am so excited to own my own place and decorate it how I please. Yay!

Hyacinth

This is my belated Eye Candy Friday post.



A potted hyacinth that I bought at the Star Market in Porter Square.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Finally

Way back in August I got myself some Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb in Tahoe. I set it aside to be used as a Clapotis, as a birthday present to myself. Much to my surprise, I WAS able to keep my hands off of it, and on Monday I cast on.



I am so excited, and so in love with this colorway. Blue is my absolute favorite color, but I have been working a lot with red, pink and purple in the last 6 or so months. I am so excited to be doing something blue, for me! The yarn so dreamy and soft, this will be a really fun knit. My birthday is in a couple of weeks, and now that the holiday/birthday rush is almost over, I can work on something for myself.

Speaking of red and birthdays, Saturday is my mother's birthday, and I finally decided what to make for her.

I'll do Brooklyntweed's Red Light Special in the colors you see there. Do you think I can bang it out in time?

Monday, January 01, 2007

2006 Wrap-up

2006 was an intense year. I got married, experienced the first scary health crisis in a parent, and the first passing of a grandparent. A few days ago, my husband and I joined the ranks of homeowners. I’m looking forward to another exciting year in 2007, which includes actually moving into to the new home, in my hometown, and (hopefully) beginning law school.

2006 has been a good year for knitting. I had a lot of WIPs build up during the wedding-planning process. I started to get bored with knitting, because all of my projects were the same: in the round, size 8 needles. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I felt like I wasn't challenging myself.


Glasgow Lace was my favorite FO of 2006. I added waist shaping in a lace garment for the first time, and it presented just enough of a challenge to be really interesting, but not enough to be frustrating.


I'm also proud of the Chevron Bag. Granted, the pattern got rejected from an online knitting magazine that shall remain nameless, but it was the first pattern that I ever wrote up. It got picked up by a few free pattern sites, and now generates the majority of hits to my blog.

In 2007, I want to do more designing. I have a couple of projects in the works, and I am excited about them. I love the way I have to think about knitting to do this. I recently scrapped a project that I had originally thought of as a spring garment, but now I am seeing it as a fall garment and I know that it will be better than the original version I had in mind.

In 2007, I want to do more socks, because I have a pretty spectacular sock-yarn stash built up. I want to relax about gift-giving deadlines, and start things earlier. I want to work through my stash before I move. I want to keep knitting, and to stay involved with the wonderful group of people that I have found in knitty-land.