Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Knitting

Well, I have once again proved that I shall never be anything other than a ridiculously bad blogger...

And true to form I have no pictures...

But I have been knitting A LOT!!

Things off my needles since the last post:

3 more 198-yardses
a pair of around the bend socks (from the incredible think outside the sox book!)
the after hours shawl from knitters' brewing (and it's GORGEOUS!)
the other fiber trends slipper (and they're felted, and I'm wearing them right now)
a second fiber trends huggable hedgehog
a fiber trends felted squirrel (adorable!)
a whole whack of dishcloths and potholders
a felted fish shaped cat toy

Things that need to be knitted for christmas:

another pair of fiber trends slippers
a hermione hat (casted on, but I HATE the yarn)

and the most embarrassing...the list of WIPs (this is including everything I can think of that I've started...the ones with stars are things that I'm actively carrying around working on):

KBC drinking gloves
after hours shawl number two
baby bib*
hadia scarf
sheldon the turtle
fancy fishnets
vega$ sock the second
breast cancer awareness socks (pair 2)*
cookie a's lindsey socks
square cake purse
beaded scarf
modified queen of hearts socks*
mittens to be felted
pecan pie hat

aannndddd....the most active project of them all:

Stephanie van der Linden's advent calendar socks, Gaudete!!! (these are my christmas present to myself)

I want to start the new KBC KALs (there are two, soon to be three), but I'd like to get the kits, and I don't want to spend the money right now...hopefully soon :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

i've got a fever...

and the only prescription is more 198 yards shawls!  I made one out of cascade eco wool on size 11 needles for David's mom (it took more than 198 yds and is considerably larger than my first one, but who's counting?), and I'm almost through another one in 220 for my mom...only three rows left.  I already have yarn for at least two more lined up...what is wrong with me?  and what is so mesmerizing about this pattern?  I don't know...but I do know that I'm loving it...and David is strangely loving helping me block (I'm not complaining!).

Speaking of blocking, I know I promised pictures, and I know there have been none...I accidentally left the shawl at my dad's house last weekend, but I'll be there again tomorrow, so I promise beyond promise that there will be pictures then!  And maybe if you guys are really lucky there will be finished pictures of the eco wool version and blocking pictures of the new 220 one.

Also, I have made one fiber trends felted clog...the other to be forthcoming when I'm over whatever this sickness is that makes me want to knit nothing but one skein shawls ;)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Weaving!

I've always been fascinated by weaving, and backstrap looms seemed
like an approachable way to try it out. I finally got around to
making one, and while both my setup and skill leave a lot to be
desired, I'm finally weaving!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

24 hours in heaven and blocking...

The knitters' brewing group over on ravelry is gearing up for a shawl KAL...having finished my wedding shawl, I found myself itching for a bit of triangle to work on and no wip in sight...this was quickly rectified with the lovely 198 Yards of Heaven (rav link) and a skein of Cascade 200 heathers.

Less than 24 hours later, here is the result:


I know...it's tiny and can barely be called a shawlette, much less a shawl...let me assure you that it looks equally silly worn as a neckerchief, and even if it didn't the ends aren't long enough to tuck in so it stays wrapped properly.

I present you with the magic of blocking!  There has been some chatter on the boards about blocking and its relative painfulness/difficulty.  It does take a couple minutes and delays the instant gratification of casting off and calling something finished, but look at the results!

Before:


After!!!


Much better, no?  For the record, that's David's hand in both those pictures...I'm not that hairy ;)

It's not a huge shawl, and we could have blocked it a little more aggressively, but for a one-skein, one-day project, I'm just thrilled!  I'm thinking of making a whole mess of them as Christmas gifts since they go so fast, the pattern is really easy...

Update tomorrow or the next day on what it looks like once it's unpinned and worn in a non-ridiculous fashion.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fiber Emergency!

Somewhere around Albany I went a kittle crazy and decided that there
was nothing in the world I needed to do more than spin Right Now.

Fortunately there was fiver nearby and David is nice/used to me being weird ;)

May I present my new drop spindle and four ounces of the loveliest BFL
I've seen in a long time:

Sunday, July 18, 2010

married!

the wedding went off without a hitch!  (well, one hitch...we got hitched...sorry, couldn't help myself)  the weather cooperated better than we could have hoped for, there was an excellent turn out, and everyone enjoyed themselves greatly :)  my shawl got a lot of comments, and my mom crocheted on my veil.  we are hanging out here for one more day, then hitting the road for parts north...first niagara, then maine to visit the family that couldn't come down.  there has been no knitting, but that's not unexpected.

for those of you looking for pictures, try here.

for those of you looking for the song that's been stuck in my head all day, try here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

a list

because that's how my mind has been working with the wedding right around the corner...sorry for the lack of pictures

1)  finished the hidden lace socks...not a great fit, but the heel is a cool idea...i'll mess with it later
2)  won a prize from sockamania!  waiting for it to get here
3)  cast on more breast cancer socks...have been making sickeningly slow progress
4)  cut out an entire dress, mastered fusible interfacing, broke the sewing machine :(  don't have the patience to deal with it as
5)  getting married on saturday!
6)  had bachelorette party last saturday...went to shadowbox...wore a crown...had fun
7)  translated a sock pattern from german to english...link here if you're interested (no pictures there either...get the original download from rav to see what they should look like)
8)  family getting in from out of town tomorrow...i may lose my mind

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hidden Lace Socks

You can barely see the start of the very unique heel on these socks
(between the stitch markers). It's part of the six sox kal :)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summertime...

and the living is easy :)

I've been knitting up a storm the past few weeks!  Unfortunately I haven't been taking pictures, so that will have to wait.  I finished the pink ribbon socks with knitters' brewing, and they're fabulous!

Unfortunately this is quite possibly their least flattering angle.  I plan to do two more pairs before I'm done...one more pink and one silver.

I also finished the orange alpaca shawl and it's WONDERFUL...I can't wait for it to be cooler so I can wear it more often.

I spun up some lovely grey stuff for my mommy

I purposefully made one ply super thick and the other one super thin so it would have a lot of texture.  It's still not as even as I'd like, but I'm making progress.  I've already spun up another bobbin full, so maybe I'll have some more new yarn to show off soon :)

And I started a pair of Hidden Lace socks for the Six Sox KAL.  The legs are almost done, but I don't have a photo :(  They're working up pretty fast.  I'm hoping to have them done before the wedding.

And in preparation for the wedding I'm folding a million (numbers are approximate) origami lilies for bouquets and corsages.  I've been doing origami since I was very little, and I thought it'd be nice to have a bouquet that would last.  I'll have pictures of those for next time too...they're pretty :)

Lastly but definitely not leastly, there's been an addition to our family :)  Meet Gretchen!


She's an absolute sweetheart, and she's very much a mama's girl...she follows me everywhere :)  The cats are adjusting nicely, too.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

FO: Sockamania Spring Fling

Remember those super cute little socks I started forever ago?  Well I finally finished them!  And they're still adorable...and I will be making another pair at some point b/c i love them that much...and they use so very little yarn :D


In other news, finals went well.  Pulled straight A's for the first time in grad school!  Wedding plans are mostly on track.  I got my dress, and it's wonderful!  The super talented Elizabeth Normand made it :)  Go look at her etsy store and see what great work she does!  My mom is furiously crocheting beads onto my veil.  I'll post pictures when there's enough to show...should be pretty!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

burning out

i need to write nine more pages before i can be done with finals.  i am unfortunately officially out of things to say on any of my topics...two papers aren't finished...

i'm finding myself compulsively looking at spinning fibers on etsy even though i have several pounds of unspun wool and no time to spin

i promise sanity next time i post

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Paper Topics

So I know this is supposed to be a knitting blog, but there's been no visible progress on the knitting...the orange alpaca is larger lovelier and orangeier than it was yesterday, but it's not photo-worthy yet.

In the spirit of developing better blogging habits, however, I've decided to share my final paper topics for the quarter with you since they are what will be dominating my mentality for the next week and a half.

1)  Imagining Paris through the films Code Inconnu, Chats Perch├ęs, and Entre les Murs; discussing particularly the problems of immigrants, miscommunication, and attempting to create change.  I am really excited about this paper.  It's for my film class on European cinema of the past ten years, so everything is very fresh and current.

2)  Analyzing Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha through the lens of the performative and spatial turns.  In this case I'm arguing that the use of space in the novella reflects the stages of ritual present in performative analysis.  This is for my class on cultural turns taught by the inimitable Doris Bachmann-Medick who literally wrote the book on "turns".

3)  Establishing Thomas Mann's Tod in Venedig as world literature, especially considering its incarnations as film (Visconti) and operetta (Britten) by arguing that in each version it portrays intercultural interaction, there are universal themes, and there is exoticism.  This is for a class on defining world literature also taught by Dr. Bachmann-Medick.

Overall I'm really excited to write about and proud of all my topics, but I'm a little worried that I won't have time to do them all justice.  In an ideal world I'd go back and revisit them and rewrite them into articles perhaps for publication, but in the real world if I don't produce something semi-decent before next Thursday I will never pick up any of these ideas again.

So...think of me furiously writing...and if anyone would like to discuss any of the above further/wants more info/clarification let me know and I'd be thrilled to elaborate :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

image overload!

So last time I talked about the square cake purse.  It's still on the needles.  I got halfway through a handle and decided that the design was too brain intensive for the end of the quarter (one week of classes, one week of finals...eek!) so I started something new.

May I present the lovely Alpaca Shoulder Shawl!  (magazine for scale)


it's made of misti alpaca something super bulky (don't have a label handy) in the most fabulous fall orange.  The whole thing is two giant rectangles of moss stitch (easy on the brain), and it'll be ridiculously warm and lovely when it's done.  I got the alpaca on massive sale during the lambikin's incident.  I love it.  I want it to be not-summer so I can wear it ALL THE TIME.

For your visual enjoyment, here's a picture of the partial square cake.  It'll get finished up as soon as exams are over.


Yes, I did pose it on the orange alpaca...I think it makes everything in its vicinity lovelier :)

And this is unfortunately what my second vegas sock still looks like:


I'm carrying it in my purse everywhere as if I'll magically whip it out (without directions) and cast it on in a rare moment of mental clarity.  Oh well...it'll get done one of these days...

As may already be painfully obvious, I'm a grad student (in German Studies, to be precise), and we had a bake sale not long ago.  This is what happens when you leave your phone with other grad students who really really do not want to pretend to care about cupcakes anymore:



As if this post weren't rambling enough, check out this super cute little dude who was sitting outside one of the buildings on campus!  Adorable!


Enough pictures yet?  After the quarter ends I plan to start blogging with a vengeance, so look out world!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Finished Objects :)

I've been doing a bit of finishing and a bit of casting on...so allow me to share...

Finish #1:  Left Foot Vega$ Sock


This was a really fun (and challenging!) KAL with Knitters' Brewing which I thoroughly enjoyed both knitting and the finished product...I can't wait to get the right foot underway...but I put it on hold so I could produce.....

Finish #2:  Wedding Shawl!


This is the Falling Leaves shawl from Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia, which is just a beautiful book.  I really can't recommend it enough.  It's full of lovely patterns, great tips, and I'm just fascinated by knitting culture, which is mentioned quite a bit.  The yarn is Malabrigo lace weight in jewel blue.  I used just barely over a skein.  (Literally the second skein was only for the second strand on the cast off.) I cannot express how excited I am to a)be done with the almost year-long project (yes, it is not a year's worth of knitting, but I cast on just before my birthday last year and now it's almost my birthday again...I have knitting ADD) and b)that it turned out so nicely.  I was very worried when I was casting off because I wasn't right on gauge the whole time (which I know I should have rectified as soon as I noticed, but I'm either stubborn or stupid or both) and it looked tiny until I blocked it.

And I've cast on a Square Cake from knitty for my sister.  It's in Malabrigo worsted weight in jewel blue so that theoretically she could carry it at the wedding and we could match.  Next to cast on is the other vega$ sock...then maybe my first real stab at an original sock design...how exciting would that be?

Friday, May 7, 2010

Alea iacta est!

I'm done with the dice pattern on my vega$ socks! Just the rest of
the foot/toe to do, which will be a breeze compared to the rest of it
since I have the swirly pattern memorized now! Go me!

Monday, May 3, 2010

A pair of twos!

During a long car ride I quickly knocked out the twos. Maybe on the
way home tomorrow I'll get the threes done!

I rolled a one!

The anniversary kal for knitters' brewing is a doozy! Every row is
different, but the end result is magnificent. I'm way behind because
of school, but someday I will have a lovely pair of vega$ socks.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Lambikins had a Sale!

Lambikins Hideaway is my favorite LYS in the area.  They had a "spring cleaning sale" over the weekend where everything was at least 25% off!  Needless to say, I had a bit of an accident.  I got six skeins of this fabulous rusty orange bulky alpaca for $30, and I've already decided to make myself a lovely shawl/cape thing (as soon as the wedding shawl is done!).  (Ravelry link to the fabulous shawl/cape)  I got some worsted weight Malabrigo to match the laceweight I'm making the wedding shawl out of, and I'm planning to make a purse for my sister to carry at the wedding.  If there's enough left over, I may make one for me too!  I got some Cascade 220 (because you can never have enough of that!) and some linen string that I'm going to make another shopping bag out of and some Regia sockyarn and some blocking wires (because I really am getting close-ish on the wedding shawl!).  And apparently I have not outgrown run-on sentences :)

I knitted a lot on the wedding shawl this weekend while watching movies for my film class and while at a rockband party (I don't like to play, so I watch and keep myself occupied).  I also got David's huggable hedgehog out of hibernation (it was bad, so it got put into time-out and forgotten about), and now the knitting is only about nine rows away from done!  Then he'll still need felted and finished and stuffed and whatnot, but at least the endless short rows will be done.  Don't get me wrong, this is a brilliant pattern that produces the cutest hedgies in the world, but working all those short rows on their backs without really knowing if you made a mistake until you're practically done, torture.   I seriously need to sit in a room alone with the door closed when I'm working on them because the counting is intense, and David does not understand how not to distract me.

So...in parting, I will leave you with a picture of the wedding shawl-in-progress.  It needs one more set of leaves and the border...here's hoping that a twelve row border won't be too painful.


PS...it'll look nicer when it's a) blocked and b) doesn't have two cats trying to eat it while I take a picture.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

progress (and lack thereof)

Well my dears, as of last Sunday I was trucking merrily along on my spring fling sock, finished the toe, picked up for the heel, and was nearing the end.

Then life got busy (WARNING...the rest of this post isn't really about knitting).

And now, nearly a week later I haven't knit a single stitch, and I think my sanity is suffering...(and I really, really want to finish this sock!  It's taunting me!)

To make matters worse, everyone on the Knitters' Brewing boards over at Ravelry started the Vega$ socks on Friday.  I have my yarn wound and needles set aside, but I haven't even made bobbins of blending filament yet.

And I'm not going to get to knit this week either.  For those of you who hate long, whiny lists that do not strictly pertain to you, you may stop now.  For those of you who wish to commiserate, here's the situation:

School this quarter is out of control.  I'm taking two classes with a visiting professor who is driving me crazy.  The classes are in German and she nit-picks every grammar error instead of listening to the idea being expressed.  Because one of the classes is very small (four people) and two of those are undergrads who don't contribute anything (literally, they sit in silence and take notes the whole time), she has decided that in addition to doing 2(!) presentations (which I also have to do 2 more for the other class I have with her), we'll be writing response papers every week.  Now I wouldn't be complaining if I were genuinely unprepared for class, but I'm spending upwards of four hours a week reading the (admittedly short) passages for her class, parsing them, bouncing ideas off other, more advanced people in the department, thinking up discussion questions, etc.  Basically I'm preparing as if I were presenting every week, even though I haven't presented anything yet.  So doing the paper is just more time required, and I don't foresee it helping me nail down more ideas than I have been.  I'm convinced that she assigned it to try to get the undergrads to participate, but I know their personalities and it won't work.  Also, it's completely legit (and is done in other dual-level classes all the time) to give different assignments to the different levels to either make it harder for the grad students or help the undergrads along so they can keep up.  So why not just have the two undergrads write papers?  I don't know!

The other class I'm taking is a film class, which is fabulously interesting, but it requires obtaining and viewing two obscure, foreign films a week (and competing with the other 20 people in the class to get library copies/check out the one copy on campus etc.).  So I pretty much spend as much time planning when and how to watch the movies as I do actually watching them.

AND...our department puts on an event known as "German Day" every year for area high schools.  This year has about double the number of kids coming as usual, and we have two or three grad students fewer than usual.  Couple that with the fact that one of my good friends is the coordinator, and her co-coordinator is utterly worthless at everything, and you have one very stressed out Sasha who's doing tons of extra work and not getting any of the extra money.  Literally in the past week I've:  designed a t-shirt, stickers, and pen logo to be printed, scheduled almost 600 students to complete five events in only three hours, drawn up volunteer sign-up sheets to staff the million rooms we're going to have to run simultaneously to process said 600 students, written half a grammar quiz (writing the other half + one more this weekend), fielded more phone calls than I care to admit from the co-coordinator asking me what he's supposed to be doing and then how to do it and then whether he did it right, etc.

All of that's in addition to worrying about whether or not we'll be able to get the loan for our house to go through before our contract expires (the seller says he won't extend it)...right now we're waiting on a second (yes, second) appraisal (even though the first one said that the house was worth more than we're offering), and trying to get the IRS to admit that we do actually pay taxes.  It's imperative that we get a house (not even necessarily this one, although we have put a LOT of money into inspections, earnest money, etc.) because the baby has arrived at the current home of the dog we're adopting (dog bites children, so dog is coming to live with us and our non-existant children).

URRRRRG...I'm so overwhelmed...I just need to knit...but instead I wrote this blog post...now off to finish the grammar quizzes.  Thanks for listening.  Real post next time...I promise.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

New Beginnings

As much as I've been enjoying having empty needles (and all the possibilities that go along with empty needles!), I couldn't stop myself from casting on a new project.  I've been trying to work exclusively on the wedding shawl, but when I woke up to find that the kittens had a) fished both knitting projects out of my purse (yes, I carry a back up for when the shawl gets to me) and b) artfully decorated the living room with tangled, laceweight yarn, I decided that enough was enough and that I needed new socks on the needles to ease the pain.

May I present the lovely, scrap-busting "Spring Fling" socks courtesy of Sockamania!


I'm about an inch and a half past the mark for the heel (it's an afterthought heel, so I'll unravel some stitches and make the heel last).  It's also the first sock I'm doing entirely magic loop.  I tend to mix and match techniques as the whimsy hits me, so most socks are started magic loop then two circulared (is that even a word?) most of the rest of the way to the toe where I prefer DPNs...yes...it is inconvenient to carry all those tools...but I like the results :)

The yarn is of course from Knitters' Brewing.  It's scraps of lemon drop and blue hawaiian from the butterfly socks and the leaf garden socks respectively.  I like the combination; it's very loud!

In utterly non-knitting news, I managed to make a not only edible, but actually tasty dinner in about 20 mins tonight!  That is unheard of.  I'm terrible in the kitchen, and things always take me ages longer than they should.  We had cajun pork chops and pan toasted bread.  I would have liked a vegetable, but I couldn't think of anything and had my hands full enough as it was.  Oh well...it can only get better :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Socks!

While waiting for the last clue on the butterfly socks, I finished up a pair that has been haunting me for almost a year.  While both the pattern and the yarn are lovely, the combination was a poor choice.  You can't tell, but those are little tiny leaves on my feet!


The knitting was a bit tedious as I never managed to memorize the pattern.  Still, they are lovely, and I'm glad to have new socks and free needles!  (Unoccupied size 2 circulars are very hard to come by around here)

And just for the gratuitous cute factor, here are the socks with two kitties.  The blonde is Mr. Goopy, and the tushy is his brother, Mr. Snarky.  I also have a baby girl named Steve, but she's a little shyer than the others :)


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Butterfly Sock Progress

I'm so close to finishing these socks! I'm just waiting for the last
clue to come out. Hopefully I'll be able to get them done quickly
even though school will be back in session. It's amazing how much
knitting I've done over break!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Lots of Pictures!

So I've been working on a lot lately (it's spring break...yaaaaay).  Of course the butterfly socks are coming along.  I'm actually working on the same clue as everyone else now, so that's great!  We're on clue 6 out of 7, so it won't be long until I have wonderful new socks to wear!


Never mind the gapping around the ankles.  That's just a byproduct of them still being on the needles.  They're fitting fabulously and it reminds me how very much I love to make socks toe up :)

Next we have some baby gifts for a good friend who is due quite literally any day now.




A lovely newborn sized sweater (I don't know why the picture's upside down, and I can't fix it) made in kitchen cotton.  The pattern is from the first Mason-Dixon book, and it's fabulous!




And the baby owl vest!  How adorable is this?!?  It's bigger, but hopefully it will fit the little fellow this winter.  She showed me the cutest onesie with a polo collar that this would go great with!

And last but not least, I posted this in the KBC forum on Ravlery as solidarity with poor Wendy who is going to have to frog a piece of a gorgeous shawl.  The story behind this is that I started this shawl in high school, then got bored and set it aside.  A couple years ago I picked it back up and started working on it with a vengeance, only to get to a spot in the pattern that didn't seem right.  So I went onto Ravelry to see if there was errata.  I never did find any mention of problems with the line I was worried about, but I did discover that the pattern, which had originally called for two balls of yarn, was now calling for four or five balls of yarn depending on your gauge/daring knitter quotient.

I jumped online to see if I could order some more, but of course that whole line of yarn has been discontinued, and it's variegated, so it's not like I could magically match the color (as if that would have happened, but in my head it's possible).  So I did the only thing I could think of to do.  I photographed it, then I frogged it.



I go back to school on Monday, so I don't expect that I'll continue being this productive, but I do plan on finishing those butterflies right quick.  I can't wait to get them on my feet!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

New Butterflies and Old Butterflies

Here's my (admittedly slow) progress on the new butterfly socks. I
happened to be wearing my first pair today and thought a comparison
shot was in order :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

a little inter-craft experimentation

So the butterfly socks are progressing. And I have a super cute baby vest and sweater to show you as soon as a get the ends hidden. But.....

I've been reading this new blog thanks to a link that Margi posted to a super tutorial, and it's inspired me to give sewing one more shot...and since my sister has rendered my sewing table inaccessible, it's been handsewing...which usually I hate...a lot...

But I made an adorable little change purse just this afternoon and all it needs is a snap to be perfect.

And I've cut out the pieces for a book cover...

And I'm hoping that this doesn't seriously affect my performance on my finals (this coming week is finals week...what a great time to get caught up in something new...right?)

Look at how cute I sew! (apologies for the cell-phone-tastic pictures...I am this close to knowing where my camera, the charger, and the cable are...all at the same time!)


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Butterfly KAL Socks Round 2!

I'm doing the reprise of knitters' brewing's very first ever
KAL...Social Butterfl. The colorway is sock-aholic lemon drop and
it's of course gorgeous!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Planning for the Olympics

I'll be participating in the Ravelympics this year with the marvy Knitters' Brewing Co. team! My plan is to knit the drinking gloves in the sixteen days between the opening and closing ceremonies. Because this is right during midterms, this plan might be a tad bit foolish. I calculated the number of stitches and determined that I should be doing about 1200 a day to keep up. However, that's counting all colorwork stitches twice since this will be my first time using three yarns at once instead of just two. I anticipate difficulties ;)

Wedding shawl is at 22/28 repeats done...when I'm through what the pattern thinks is the main part I'm going to slip it onto some waste yarn, stretch it out, and see if there's any way it could be large enough. If not, there's someone on Ravelry who seems to have made some alterations, so maybe I'll message her and see if she has any words of wisdom. It shouldn't be too hard, but any way to avoid catastrophe would be just great.

So that brings my WIPs down to: wedding shawl, sock yarn shawl (on hold until wedding shawl is done), leafy socks, lindsey socks (but I might frog them...they're not very far along, and I'm not crazy about them yet), and a tussie mussie in a delicious purple. Plus the gloves for the Olympics.

That's a normal amount, right?

Friday, February 5, 2010

Finished Socks!

Sorry for the bad picture...self-foot photography is not my forté.
But the yarn and the pattern and (if I may say so) the socks
themselves are quite lovely :)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Finding Time to Knit

Life has been busy lately. Grad school is involving more reading than I can explain, and to add insult to injury, it seems like we're assigning every essay in the book this quarter. That means a lot of grading.

So knitting time feels scarce.

But I'm still getting a ton done. How is that possible? The Girls' Night Out KAL is going great. I've turned the heel and am mostly done with the foot (pictures maybe tomorrow when it's at a more beautiful stopping point)...and I'll have finished these socks in less than a month. What is it about KALs that make you magically knit faster than you do otherwise? And where's the "I'm making a ridiculous shawl for my wedding" KAL?

*sigh*...the wedding shawl is not progressing. And every time I look at it I get the sinking feeling that it's not going to be big enough as written...and I really don't want to have to alter the pattern :( The rows are so long, and yet it seems that no amount of blocking will make it a reasonable size. Maybe this was a foolish project.

Regardless...just checking in. Really trying to break my bad blogging habits :)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mystery KAL Clue 2!


Here are my latest socks post-clue 2...can't wait to see what the next part will be!

The girls do have feet, but the bottom edge rolled up a little, so you can't see them...they're super cute, though!


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A new KAL!

Here's the latest from the ever fab Knitters' Brewing Co.!

Another mystery KAL entitled "Girls' Night Out"...this is clue 1, but
I already have clue 2 started. Isn't Wendy awesome?!?