Thursday, August 28, 2008
FO: Amber Hat
Mary Jane's Pithy Hat, cabled version, by Theresa Belville
Yarn: Wool of the Andes, Amber Heather, 1 skein
Needle: Knit Picks Size 7 circular
Time: 7 days
Thoughts/Mods: I only knit the hat to be about 7 inches, while the pattern called for 10-11". It's still looser than some of the hats I've made, which I like, but I didn't want to be as floppy as the pattern suggested. I also used a more subtle cable than suggested. I did C3B (sl1 back, k2). I like the way it turned out, and it fits nicely. I'm tempted to keep it for myself, but really, how many hats do I need in Houston? (Answer: as many as I want!!) I already have a couple of recipients in mind, so we'll see.
Artsy photo time:
Oooh, the effects of sunshine.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Big news about Jill
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
To do list for the week
-get to heel on sock
-undo bind off on Something Red (and yellow) and re-bind off more loosely
-drop off books to Half Price
-take bags of clothes/misc items to Goodwill
-organize fabric stash
-grocery shopping (regular items and for the grill this weekend!)
-pet store shopping
Who wants cheese?
And how GOOD does that look??
I'm already dreaming up variations. Instead of sweet ingradients, I'm thinking some red bell peppers, and maybe some garlic. Dean suggested a version with orange chunks and peel, for a less-jellied version of marmalade. The possibilities are endless, my friends.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Process vs. progress
This preface might explain my lack of direction in the past week. Not only have I worked a bit on two of my current projects, I've also cast on for three additional projects. I've realized this is my pattern in knitting. I churn out a few projects (like lately, and they were predominately for Jill), and then I return to searching for new stimuli. Two of the projects I started this week are gifts-a baby sweater (my first EZ February sweater) and a hat (destined to be a christmas present: for whom, I'm not sure).
The third project is one I cast on for today. I wound up a skein of sock yarn, Three Irish Girls' Adorn sock yarn, in the colorway Kelly this morning, and I instantly wanted to try my luck again at socks. I've had one sitting on the needles for months, and I've not been interested in finishing, as it felt like it was taking forever to finish an inch. After some ravelry searching, I found Sandra Park's Bloody Mary pattern.
I've already got a couple of inches done. I'm thoroughly enjoying the pattern. It's easy, but challenging enough to keep my focus. The colors of the yarn, different shades of green, yellow and tan, are lovely.
I'm also knitting them on wooden needles, which is a first for me. I think I like them better for socks and here's why:
1) They force me to relax my hands a bit (which is imperative, since I'm used to knitting with larger needles),
2) It's more difficult to split the yarn with blunt ends,
3) The ladders seem to be less noticeable (probably because my tension is more even).
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tina Fey is obviously funny, and I have to admit, I really like Alec Baldwin. Not only is he brilliant in 30 Rock, he was also really enjoyable in Running with Scissors, which I also recently saw and loved. Jane Krakowski is another great addition; I loved her on Ally McBeal back in the day.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
After lots of guilty thoughts about the shawl, I called her last night to tell her I had bitten off more than a mouthful. As expected, Angela was tremendously gracious, and said she understood. I know I'm being harder on myself than anyone else will be, and I did feel as if a weight had been lifted when I was able to remove it from my list of impending obligations.
So there you go: no lace for ravelympics, no deadline of November 3, and most importantly, a resolution to avoid overcommitting myself. Who knows if I can keep that self-imposed law, but I hope I can.
I would like to try lace again soon, because I feel as if I'd really take to it, but not with so many expectations, and perhaps on a smaller scale.
FO: Sunny Beaufort Hat
Beaufort Hat, by Angela Hahn
Yarn: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes, Daffodil, approximately 85 yards (I'm really not sure how much I used. I finished off the skein from my Something Red (and Yellow) and then used some of a second skein.)
Needle: Knitpicks, Size 7 circular
Time: 4 days
I will probably make a few of these for Christmas presents. The pattern is enjoyable, and I think the hat is impressive.
Yep, I like it. It gave me the sunshine I needed. Houston's forecast for the next seven days is rain, by the way.
Monday, August 18, 2008
In need of sunshine
I'm using this pattern (rav link) in Wool of the Andes, Daffodil. Wool of the Andes is certainly a go-to worsted wool for me. I've got drawerfuls of it.
Friday, August 15, 2008
On reaching limits
Sunday, August 10, 2008
FO: Peachy hat
Stella's Hat, by Knitting School Dropout
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted, Dusty Peach, .5 skein
Needles: Size 7 Knitpicks circular
Time: 2.5 weeks
This is the second time I've made Stella's hat, and I love it. The pattern is fun and interesting (and definitely more intuitive the second time around). It's definitely one of my go-to patterns for a ball of variegated Malabrigo.
And it looks cute on Jiller, too.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Since I am apparently really presumptuous about my knitting abilities, I signed up for two events: the Shawl Relay and WIPs Wrestling. For WIPs Wrestling (that's works in progress wrestling for you, mom and Jill) I'm hoping to finish two projects that have been sitting for months.
The majority of Something Red (and Yellow) was completed this spring, including on my New Mexico trip. All that's left is the collar. You knitters know that's a pretty intimidating portion, but I'm hoping I can knock it out. I'd really like to wear this in the fall.
The other WIP I'm hoping to wrestle is my Zig Zag Pillow. I started this last year (I think it's my oldest WIP). Since I'm only doing a pillow front (and then I'm going to use fabric for the back), it's possible that I could wrap it up during the Olympics.
And finally, to really prove my insanity, I'm hoping to start AND finish Angela's wedding shawl. Har. Considering I've never done a full lace project (unless you count Square Cake). The plan is Juno Regina in this yarn:
So, these are the things I'll be focusing on in the next few weeks. Hopefully, I can accomplish at least one of these three outlandish goals.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I knit so much in the time we were there, that I finished the back and left front of my Central Park Hoodie.
I'm knitting it in Cascade 220, which I bought in Austin earlier this summer. I love the color, and am feeling really accomplished as I zip through the rows.
I came back feeling refreshed, even after such a short time.