15 January 2006

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...


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