22 February 2006

It's just not going to happen.

So I joined the knitting olympics, and I was all excited, and I cast on and started working and everything.... and then what happened? Well, we decided to move the wedding from next July (2007) to July of THIS YEAR. There were a lot of reasons why we ended up making that decision, the two biggest reasons were that 1. planning a wedding from Greece? what?!?! that would be insane! and 2. because the wedding has to happen at a very specific time, our lives were completely planned out practically to the day until July 2007.

This decision was made on the Sunday after the big cast-on (as in 2 days). We immediately had to begin looking seriously for a location that we could book right away and used all of our free time to either research or visit. Also we had to find a photographer IMMEDIATELY and begin designing invitations and all kinds of things because instead of having 17 months, we now have 5!

Needless to say, my knitting was absolutely not my top priority, which is highly unfortunate. But the good news is that we booked a location AND a photographer AND i bought my wedding dress AND we designed our invitations all in the last week!

My new goal is to finish one sock - I am about halway done at this point, and it will honestly be quite the challenge for me to finish even one sock. I'm going to try my very very best to do that! I'm still sad I won't completely fulfill my goal, but what can you do? Weddings are a serious business people. And holy crap, I'm getting married in 5 months!!!

20 January 2006

I've gone and done it

I signed up for the Knitting Olympics (see nifty buttons in sidebar for link).

I'll be making these:

Jaywalkers! I plan on doing mine in overly bring colors, though. Possibly the red/orange/yellow knitpicks sock garden yarn i have hanging around here.

Fortunately Feb. is usually slow in terms of homework... 16 shouldn't be that bad... or am I just shooting myself in the foot?

18 January 2006

Belated pictures of Xmas FOs

First of all, these are my mother's Fuzzy Feet:

This was my first felting project, and they came out pretty well. Mom likes them, so they must be warm and comfortable. She picked out the yarn herself so she definitely likes the color. They were relatively quick to make, but it was a little weird estimateing someone else's foot size during the felting process. Fortunately, I estimated correctly and they now live on my mother's feet at all times.

Here is the hat I completed for Becca, using the Coronet pattern from Knitty.com:

I used hot pink Lamb's Pride Worsted and some fuzzy novelty yarn with hot pink and neon orange fuzzies. It came out a little large even though I did an adult small, and the Lamb's Pride is a litle bit itchy, but it's very warm.

Finally, here's the completed Clapotis on my sister Emily (whose friends are all jealous):

Worn as a scarf.

Unfurled and worn as a wrap.

A shot with flash to show off the colors - they're surprisingly accurate despite the fact that I used flash.

All three patterns from Knitty.com.....how I do love knitty.com. :)

I also completed a pretty cool hat for my dad using Donegal Tweed and my own pattern. But I didn't get any really good shots of it.... next time I head home I'll make another attempt. And I made dishclothes for my Grandma and great aunt, but didn't take pictures because, well, they're dishclothes. I did make a few for Jeremy though. Maybe I'll take pictures of those while they're still clean.

Oh, and very little thesis work got done yesterday. American Idol started up and you just can't read about Beethoven when there are bad auditions to watch.

17 January 2006

It's a sad day

Today I am not allowed to knit or crochet. Why? Because instead I have to work on this:


Oh, how I wish I didn't have to do this today... vacation has made me soooo lazy.

16 January 2006

When I don't get hours at work, I'm mighty productive.

So last night around 9, Jeremy and I decided to go out to dinner. Unlike the weather we've been experiencing for the last month or so, it was so cold last night that the wind chill was below zero. This is after a day of 60° weather. Anyway, he decided that he needed a new hat, and that I had to make it for him*. I said, "what kind of design do you want?" meaning cables, ribs, etc. He replied, "I want stars and snowflakes!". I attempted to explain that that requires multiple colors of yarns and techniques that I haven't yet mastered, but I guess that didn't make too much sense because soon we were discussing chart ideas and buying yarn. I found a snowflake chart online, adapted it to fit what I wanted, and with the help of Stitch 'n Bitch (which I have never actually used for it's tutorial section), managed to create this:

I used Caron Simply Soft and some random chart online. Turned out surprisingly well!

*I did, however, receive a copy of The Princess Bride: Special Edition in return for the awesome hat. :)

15 January 2006

Oh yeah

I forgot to mention that I've decided that my super ugly Lamb's Pride brown sweater is getting frogged. Like I said I would, I finished it completely, even sewed on the buttons, and it just does not look good at all. I did not block it, though I had planned on blocking.... the reason being that there is nothing that could help this sweater look better, blocking or no blocking. It's just an ugly pattern. The sleeves are HUGE! I had no idea - though after I made them, I looked at the picture again and could tell they positioned the model in such a way that the sleeves didn't look so awful. Also, it's nothing for me to be proud of - no cabling or interesting techniques used. Socks are more impressive than this sweater and if I'm going to invest the money in something large like this, I want it to be something I want to show off. So, unravelling fun awaits, and then I'm going to delve into Knitty's Mariah despite the scary cabling charts. It's a much better use of the yarn, and then I have a cute sweater! Yay!

I, uh, got distracted... for a month...

Okay, okay, it has been a long time since I updated this thing. And really, I don't have many excuses since I've been working on knitted and crocheted things a lot and just haven't gotten around to updating.

I got engaged about a month ago and that was in the middle of finals week, right before Christmas. Needless to say, I was pretty busy until post-Christmas, and even then things didn't let up. I got hit hard with a nasty cold while I was visiting my future in-laws up in Vermont over New Year's, and started the South Beach diet when we got back. It's been crazy! No bad carbs and no sugar! Ahh!

Blockbuster stopped giving me decent hours for break, though, so I've been sitting around a lot watching episodes of 'Lost' and knitting or crocheting. I don't know what's gotten into me - suddenly crocheting is entertaining me more than I ever thought it would. I totally sucked at it a few years ago but picked it back up right before Christmas when I had to make some last-minute dishcloths for older female relatives and realized that crocheting was a nice change of pace. Since then, I've crocheted a long, skinny scarf using Noro Kureyon #88 and I'm about 2/3 of the way through a cream-colored double crochet scarf using Lion Brand (yep, I went back to Lion Brand for a project...) Micro Spun, which is acrylic but sooooo soft. I hate to say it, but I'm making the exact same scarf that my sister had my mom crochet for her. But in my defense, they were out of the black yarn I'd been planning to use. I also completed another pair of fingerless gloves in Knit Pick's Andean Wool, but I can't for the life of me find them anywhere around here... Anyway, here's what I've been working on.

Creamy Vanilla scarf - I need something dressy/elegant. Just double crochet... this yarn is hard to work with. It comes apart very easily and it's way too easy to split stitches. But soooo soft - face-rubbing soft, even!

The fringe on the ends was copied from the fringe on Scarf Style's "Lady Eleanor Stole". The rest is just double crochet, nothing spectacularly hard since I'm really a beginning crochet-er.

Speaking of Scarf Style, for Christmas, my mother the knitter gave me this:

I've bookmarked 3 patterns that I'm planning on starting up as soon as my yarn order arrives. Actually, I haven't placed the order yet, but I've picked it all out and am waiting to call Knit Picks tomorrow - why am I calling? Because I got a $25 gift certificated for Christmas from my aunt the knitter, and Knit Picks hasn't figured out how to accept gift certificates online yet. So I have to call tomorrow when it's not Sunday and give them the certificate info or something. Anyway, the 3 patterns I'm hoping to make are:

Turkish Treasure - done in single crochet, but I think I can work it out. It's crocheted length-wise so the fringe on the ends is just unwoven-in ends. (yeah, that's some great English there, think I can cut it as an ESL teacher??)

Midwest Moonlight - lacey, but just a 16 row pattern. I feel like after Clapotis I can handle it.

Ene's Scarf - this is serious lace. It even uses lace-weight yarn, but with size 6 needles. I am ready to challenge myself to do scary things like lace!

Although the yarn they use in this book tends to be on the very expensive side, there's a few more projects I really want to try. One is the Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole, which I would like to do in a scarf-size in Noro Silk Garden. My mom said she'd take me to a yarn shop for Christmas present-buying, so there's a chance I'd be able to buy that then. But Noro is so expensive! The stole calls for FIFTEEN 50g skeins - at $11 a shot, that's a pretty expensive stole. I think not. We'll see, though... depends on how generous my mother is feeling that day... I also want to try out the Here and There Cables scarf, which uses reversible cables. It's just a 7 row pattern. I could see it being a great technique to know for future Christmas endeavors... Also, I have some sock yarn lying around from when I was choosing colors for Emily's Clapotis, and I'm determined to make a pair of socks before the winter's over. Not to mention, a Clapotis for me! I haven't found the yarn I want to use yet, so that's on the back burner for now...

Oh, and one more picture:

This is the bag my aunt-the-knitter made for me for Christmas! I don't know anything specific about it but I love it! I bring it everywhere. It's the perfect cute little size for just what I need when I'm out.

I did finish all of my Christmas gifts in time, but wasn't able to take pictures. Maybe when I'm at home later this week I'll ask everyone to bring them out and I'll have a photo shoot so I can document what I accomplished...

18 December 2005

From there...

...to here.

It's been a good day. :) I've never been happier!

13 December 2005

It was lost under my bed!

So this scarf has an embarassing story.

I started knitting it during my sophomore year of college (nearly two years ago) for my dad's 49th birthday. Shortly after I started working on it, I sliced my thumb open in a dramatic accident with a knife while working at Subway. So, on his birthday, I showed him the half-finished scarf and said I'd finish it when I got all of the bandages off of my thumb.

Well, that never happened. I've looked at this scarf with guilt a few times over the past year and a half, and I finally picked it back up for Thanksgiving. I needed something that I could knit that was not going to be a Christmas present for anyone present at Thanksgiving dinner. Remembering the cable pattern was worrysome at first, but it all worked out in the end.

But I still haven't gotten around to fringing it.... ooops.


Back in the day, I used to use Lion Brand yarn for EVERYTHING. I don't know why. I think many new knitters go through an acrylic phase. This was made using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted Weight in the color "wheat", I believe... I knit it in the round on size 8s which made the cable pattern VERY easy. While working on Becca's hat the other day, I was perplexed that I had to turn around and purl the back of the cable, and then I remembered that the last time I'd done a cable was overly simplified...

As far as Christmas knitting goes, I think I'm in okay shape:

Mom - half done
Emily - done
Becca - done, and blocking currently
Dad - still looking for a pattern
Grandma - haha, haven't even thought of what to make or what yarn to use!

At least I still have a week and a half....

06 December 2005

That was a snowstorm?

Jeremy bought a small tree and I contributed lights. It looks pretty :) I'm so festive this year!

Unfortunately, the snow didn't come last night. I was so sure that it would, especially since I watched the weather reports religiously last night and New London was supposed to get hit the hardest. And when I went for a walk around midnight, it was flurrying lightly. Oh well. No snow day.

I have escaped to Jeremy's for the night and, of course, have started a new project. I was eyeing this yummy yarn I bought for my 10-year-old sister's present. She specifically requested anything hot pink. So I bought some blindingly hot pink Lamb's Pride Worsted and a little ball of this fuzzy/feathery stuff to knit with it. I decided to make her Coronet from Knitty so that I could at least have fun making her a hat. The cabling is going very quickly though the fuzzy stuff is hard to keep track of. It should be the raddest hot pink hat ever when it's done.

I'm also dying to make something with this tweed I picked up. The red is for Jeremy (he picked it out himself - he wants a hat and fingerless gloves like the gray ones I made). The gray tweed is for my dad - unfortunately, it's just slightly heavier than the wool I used for the gloves I originally made, so I have to do pattern adjustments and I don't feel like it right now. That's why I'm making a hat.

But... I'm procrastinating by writing this post, so it's time for be to go analyze Beethoven before my thesis meeting tomorrow. I shall have to put the knitting aside... One of these days, I'll master reading and knitting. No, really. It will happen.