March 8th, 2010
This is a bad start to a month of blogging daily again! Oh well. I was in Boston last week remounting Becky Shaw, which we originally did in NYC at the end of 2008. (Side note: if you’re 35 or younger you get an amazing discount to all shows at the Huntington Theatre - I think the program is called ‘35 Below‘). But I’m home now and it feels so good to be back in my apartment even though I stayed in a lovely hotel up there!
Despite my best intentions during the Ravelympics, the only project I managed to finish in February was a pair of socks I knit for a friend as a (late) holiday present…
With about half the second foot done, I realized I would not have enough yarn to finish…! I seached ravelry to see if anyone had leftovers that I could buy instead of an entire second ball as I didn’t love the yarn and didn’t want a bunch left to have to use up…
ravelry user GreenGrassCarol came to my rescue with nearly half a ball in the same dyelot - and she refused payment for either the yarn or postage - thanks again Carol! Someone recently messaged me about the price of a different ball in my stash and it felt great to be able to pay the kindness forward and send it to her no charge!
yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock, color S8
needles: 2mm dpns
started: 15 September 2009
completed: 11 February 2010
notes: I should have knit these with bigger needles as the fabric was quite stiff. And that would have made the yardage go further and I probably wouldn’t have run out of yarn… oh well.
ravelry project page link
January 29th, 2010
Today was a good day.
I blocked the sleeves and knit most of the button band of my Grace Cardi, which is my own design and will probably turn into a pattern at some point, and watched the final two episodes of Big Love Season 3. I don’t know why I love that show so much, but I do. I hope Netflix sends me Weeds Season Five next!
I also did some work - real work; far less exciting than knitting work - and brainstormed a little regarding my portfolio for applying to Masters programs in Architecture. I have eleven months before applications are due, but I’m trying to stay ahead of the game as I know myself and I have a serious tendency to procrastiate… and I should really pick up drawing again sometime soon. (See? Procrastination!)
January 27th, 2010
While I am mostly trying to finish up a few works in progress this month (I finished seaming my Notre Dame de Grace tonight!) - I have also been doing a little spinning! I am currently working on a braid of Into the Whirled’s Falkland Inferno. After two afternoons I am about halfway finished with the singles…
BQ and I didn’t get around to taking photos of my recently finished sweaters on Tuesday, but we will be together again Sunday morning and he is pulling out his cameras - let’s hope for some nice weather and light for some finished object shots as there are two (nearly four!) sweaters ready to be debuted.
January 24th, 2010
This year I am doing a photography 365 project - usually taking multiple shots during the day and choosing the one I like most or that best represents my day. I don’t use Flickr so I’m just saving them locally, but I’m enjoying it even without the community sharing aspect and this is my favorite image so far:
The camera I am using for this project lives in a little case I knit in August 2008 and travels everywhere with me. It’s amazing to me how clean the case is in this shot taken right after I finished! With daily use, the cream color has definitely become a little grimy…
pattern: none, but toadstool design is from Hello Yarn’s Mushroom Pulse Warmers pattern
yarn: Dale Garn Baby Ull
needles: steel 2mm dpns
completed: around 12 August 2008
I never bothered to weave in the ends - I figure they’re just extra padding for my camera and they haven’t annoyed me yet.
(ravelry project page)
January 23rd, 2010
Yesterday afternoon I blocked the pieces of my Notre Dame de Grace pullover (ravelry link) and it’s still drying this evening. That’s what I get for knitting the body and sleeves in the round and wet blocking! But it gave me a couple extra inches in length in both the body and arms, so it’s worth it.
I knit all but half of one sleeve in November 2008 and finished that second sleeve last week. I’ve been in love with the pattern since it came out in Interweave Summer 2007 and especially after seeing AStitchInThyme’s orange version shortly thereafter and I cannot wait to wear this! It’s nice and cold here so this would be a perfect layer and get lots of use right away.
I need to find time at home during the day with BQ so I can get some shots of recently finished sweaters while actually wearing them - I still haven’t posted pictures of Demi (ravelry link), which I finished December 26 (also started in the fall of 2008!). I think we might both be home Tuesday morning…
January 20th, 2010
A while ago I went through old works-in-progress that had been laying around for a while. I found the front of this Rebecca dress that I started the week after 11 September 2001.
I don’t know what I was thinking combining baby pink and baby blue like that. This was also before I really knew about all of the benefits of a gauge swatch and it would have been too big if I had completed it.
I think it was my oldest WIP; I’m glad to have it gone.
I already used some of the rescued yarn for a friend’s baby’s sweater even!
January 19th, 2010
This Mal Lace isn’t the yarn that’s been in my stash the longest, but it has been calling my name the loudest the past few months, begging me to make it into some sort of a rectangular wrap or scarf. But I’m having a hard time deciding which pattern to use. These are the forerunning options:
Baltic Sea Stole
Lace Ribbon Scarf
Despite having knit loads of socks in fingering weight yarn and even some lacy socks, I’ve never knit with a laceweight yarn. I’m ready to branch out - help me decide! Oh, and since I have at least four more skeins of laceweight yarn hiding in my apartment I am sure I will be knitting up most of these patterns in the not too distant future; maybe this is the year of lace for me!
January 17th, 2010
These socks were never entered into as a project on ravelry, so I’m not quite sure when I started them… sometime in October or November of 2008, I think. And I took these photos on 22 May 2009, so I probably finished them either that day or the night before - I’m usually pretty good about getting photos of socks right away (not so much with sweaters). As usual, there’s no pattern - I just made them to fit.
The blue is leftover Louet Gems from my first Henry Scarf. And the grey is leftover Classic Elite Alpaca Sox from yet another long-finished but never blogged or raveled project - mitts I made in February/March of 2008 right before I was hit by a car and couldn’t knit for weeks!
I love using up all my leftover bits of yarn - it makes me feel quite thrifty. I suppose I could knit up a sock yarn blanket or some frankensocks like most people who are into saving their bits… but I’m saving them for Elizabeth Zimmermann Nether Garments (rav links). I promise I won’t wear them in public!
January 16th, 2010
This July I met Nancy, the mother-in-law of my friend Janie. Janie’s wedding was in Maine this summer, so I stayed up there with her and her fiance Charlie for two weeks beforehand, playing and helping them prepare for the wedding. We stayed at Nancy’s one night - I stayed in the room they call “the Weavery” - and I felt like I was in fiber-addict heaven. The room has two twin beds and a chair at one end… and three looms, two spinning wheels, a drum carder, and bookshelves with weaving yarn occupying the rest of it!
Apparently Nancy at one point owned a fiber studio in their town, but had closed it some years prior and moved all her supplies to this room upstairs in her house. Shortly after we arrived she and I got to talking about knitting and spinning and she offered to teach me on a wheel, which I immediately accepted! We didn’t get to sit down with it until a week later after the wedding and cleanup were over, but she pulled out her Louet S-10 and taught me the basics one evening. And I was hooked on spinning once again.
Returning home to NYC with samples of some different fibers from Nancy, I started watching the ravelry.com boards looking for a simple used spinning wheel to puchase. BQ hinted that if I figured out what kind I liked that I might receive a wheel for Christmas. But in September I got lucky and found a used S-10 for a very reasonable price and pounced. It arrived a week later and was quite simple to put together. I quickly finished on my new wheel the Welsh wool that I had purchased to learn spinning on my spindle!
(more to come…)