Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday Destash : any takers?

I've noticed I really like using a colon in my blog titles. Hmm. Interesting.

So, I would like to share with you all some of my stash. I don't know when I will use any of this, and I'm trying to save up some Christmas money. Hope you find something you like or need!

FSOT: Elann Sonata

11 skeins of Elann Sonata in Tarragon (it's a sage green color; a little richer than the picture shows)
$20 Paypal including US shipping

Fiesta Ballet

Fiesta Ballet, 1 skein (wound into a cake; ball band is missing) Iris colorway
$17 paypal including US shipping

FSOT: KnitPicks Merino Style

8 skeins of Merino Style in Storm
$20 paypal including US shipping

Stash-SWTC Karaoke

2 skeins Karaoke (variegated orange/yellow)
$11 paypal including US shipping

Stash-La Lana-Streakers!

La Lana Streakers, 1 skein of lovely fluffiness!
$15 paypal, including US shipping


Louisa Harding Jasmine, 8 skeins (2-3 balls were knit and re-wound; all yardage is present)
$45 paypal, including US shipping
This stuff is soft and sparkly DK weight.

Three Irish Girls Adorn

Three Irish Girls Adorn, 1 skein in Kelly (I partially knit and re-wound this into a cake)
$19 paypal including US shipping

I will combine shipping if you buy more than one item. Comment here and we can discuss.
I will not be available Friday, but I will answer your comments in the order received on Saturday


Monday, November 23, 2009

FO: Craving Cables Bag

This FO was a long time comin'.
Like, one year and four months. Yeah. Sixteen months of being on the needles.
Then, it sat in waiting to be revealed for another month.

Shame on me.

FO: Craving Cables Bag

Look how pretty!

Pattern: Ganiggle's Celtic Memories
Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Tidepool Heather, 1.5 skeins
Needles: KnitPicks Circular, Size 2
Time: Sixteen effin' months (a few rows here, a few rows there; you know how it goes)
Recipient: Not sure. I will save it for now, but maybe it will be a gift at some point.
Thoughts/mods/notes: I didn't make any mods, and the pattern is really straightforward. There was so much time in between sessions of knitting on this that I never really memorized the cabled section (but the lace portions on either side were easy to remember). I love this, and I'm proud to finish it, as the cabling is really gorgeous in the heathered yarn. I like the three buttons I had in my stash, and how they match the yarn so perfectly. I did my first i-cord for the strap (now I've even done applied i-cord on Pauline!).

The end. Whew. Glad to have this one complete.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

FO: Starry Night Shawl

It's been almost two months since my Boston trip. And that's how long I've had this shawl done. Seriously. Two months, and I haven't shared it yet.
This is the shawl I cast on while working on my Boston Marine Cardigan (I needed something to work on while I was waiting to start the button band-you know how those can go!). I finished it the morning I flew home.

Completion: Starry Night Shawl

My blog friend Peter recently wrote about vacationing and knitting, and the connections you can make while working on something in a certain place. I definitely think of Boston every time I see this shawl. The colors are perfect, too; they make me think of Boston Harbor, and our fun ferry ride.

Boston Harbor


Pattern: HelloKnitty's Multnomah Shawl
Yarn: The Unique Sheep Verve in Dusk Dark, 1 skein (I have just a couple of yards left!)
Needles: KnitPicks Circular, Size 3
Time: Just under a month. I could have finished it faster (see above to remember this was a procrastination WIP), but there was no rush.

Completion: Starry Night Shawl
Recipient: Not sure. I will save it for now, but maybe it will be a gift at some point.

FO: Nomah! Shawl
Thoughts/mods/notes: The pattern is well written, and easy to follow. I'm really a big fan of the sock yarn shawl. It's easy to see why they're so popular these days. I'm sure there will be more in my future. No mods to the pattern. The yarn is awesome; my Ishbel was knit in the same yarn. I'm a big fan of The Unique Sheep.

FO: Boston "Nomah" Shawl

As you can tell, there is some pooling, since the yarn is predominantly blue and yellow (although there is a lot more subtle variation than that). I like it, though. I dig it.

FO: Nomah! Shawl

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Last night

Jill and I went to see Glen Hansard. The Swell Season. If you don't know, now you know. Check it out if you are unfamiliar. It was one of the four best shows I've ever been to.

The best part was when he pulled this girl on stage to sing backup (she was singing out from the crowd, and it was obvious she had a voice), so she ended up belting out, and it was an amazing goosebump-inducing song moment.
Ah, I wish we were still there.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Food Friday-Boston #6 (and the last)

Quincy Market is an awesome place. Have you heard of it? It, along with Faneuil Hall, are old buildings just on the border of the North End and Downtown Boston, which have been converted into food and retail spaces. You walk through the crowds to pick your poison, and then you can eat it outside while you people watch.

Quincy Market

This will give you an idea of what I mean. It's a little overwhelming, trying to choose, and trying to wade through the crowds. I managed to find something yummy.

Portabello Panini from Quincy Market

It's a portabello panini, and it was delicious.

Jill and I actually went to Quincy twice.
The second time, I don't remember what I ate for lunch, but I do remember gelato I had for dessert. It was coconut, and it was yum. Sadly (and happily), it was eaten too fast for a picture.

That's all my Boston food pics!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sometimes, a little indulgence is necessary

Give yourself permission. Give in. Just a little.

Cast on for projects with disdain for those projects that have long been on the needles.

Use yarn that you've been hoarding and thinking about when you're knitting other things.

After finishing several items in the last few weeks (two of which I still need to share with you!), I cast on vigorously this weekend.
For two things. That's right, folks. I have two new WIPs to share.

First up, Pauline, a bonnet by Knitting Kninja (the link is for ravelry-it's a free pattern!).

Progress: Pauline in Green

I'm knitting this in Malabrigo Worsted. The color is Verde Esperanza and it is divine. I already knit my little i-cord flowers, using some Zen Yarn Garden sock yarn that I bought as part of a sample pack on Etsy several months back. It was only $5, and it had five sample skeins of their various sock yarns in a lovely berry shade. I think the color will go nicely with this green bonnet.

After a few hours of knitting, I'm ready to start the short row shaping. I'm curious to try the applied i-cord edging technique in this pattern. Sounds weird, but neat!

So, since that wasn't enough Malabrigo in my life (along with my Malabrigo Mitts that I need to finish!), I cast on with some Malabrigo Lace for a second Ishbel.
Lacy Blue Ishbel

This is my first time using Malabrigo Lace, and I'm using size 5 needles. The fabric is super soft, and I love the slight variations in this shade of blue (Stone Blue).

I've knit far past this picture. I'm knitting the large stockinette portion, and I'm about two-thirds through that section. This will probably be a gift.

I hope you'll find something new to cast on for soon! Live a little; you won't regret it.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Contest winner: Calling Crooked Knits

So, I haven't heard a response from Crooked Knits.
If you'd like the Malabrigo and pattern prize, please comment here with your email address or email me at parandroid7 at gmail dot com by Friday of this week.

If Crooked Knits does not appear, I'll pick a new winner from the original comments.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Stop the presses! Milestone FO

Socks. I made them. Let me show you.

FO: Cherry Blossom Socks

I finished the first one on July 18th, and now, only four months later, the second one is done!
You're not impressed by my speediness??
In all fairness, I didn't cast on for the second one right away, so I'm sure I can improve on my project duration on the next pair.

Yeah, I said it. I'm going to make another pair.

Interestingly enough, as I was nearing the end of the second sock, I couldn't put it down. In fact, from the heel on, I felt like I couldn't knit fast enough.
Second heel is better than the first

The heel really does feel like the beginning of the end, or the light at the end of the tunnel, or some other cliche. Speaking of heels, the above photo is my second one, and I think there is a vast improvement from the first one.

There's not much more to say about this pair, but here's the skinny:


Pattern: Really, I didn't use a pattern, but I've listed it under Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Sock on Ravelry.
I cast on 16 stitches using the Turkish cast-on, increased to 40 stitches, and then added a few increases at the widest part of the foot, and decreased by a few as the foot got more narrow.
Not very technical, am I?
Yarn: Rock Creek Super Soft Sock Yarn in Cherry Blossom, less than one skein. I don't know exactly how much I have left, but it's enough to make some booties or some other cuteness, and I'm thinking of pairing it with my Ishbel leftovers (lime-green; perfect!)
Needles:KP Harmony circular, US size 1 1/2
Time: Eh, about four months. Each sock took about a week or a week and a half to actually complete, so not as long as I thought.
Hopefully, the next pair will be faster, now that I've got the hang of it.
Recipient: me me me me!!
Thoughts/mods/notes: I really kind of winged it, but it was a good experience.

These aren't perfect, by any means. Just from the pictures, you can see that my knitting is irregular in places, and the bind off is sort of messy.

FO: Cherry Blossom Socks

I don't care. I will wear them. With pride. And I will love them so.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Food Friday-Boston #5

Enjoying a beer at Flann's

Planning the next day at Flann's in Boston, just a half-mile or so from our place. That's a Harpoon IPA, the beer I loved dearly while in Boston.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

And the winner is....

is #7 (omitting my comment), Crooked Knits!
Email your address to parandroid7 at gmail dot com and I'll send you the two skeins of Malabrigo and some extra goodies! Thanks to everyone who participated.

*randomly selected (I asked my bf to pick a number between 1 and 10)
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