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Busy Busy

October 4, 2007

Man. I’ve been doing a LOT of knitting.

Work has been pretty stressful lately, so when I get home at the end of the day, all I really want to do is make a cup of tea, watch my dumb TV shows, and knit till my fingers ache (that’s what the glucosamine tablets are for). For some reason I find police chase shows and Mythbusters to be very conducive to covering distance on full garment projects.

The thing is I love all of the projects I’m working on right now, so it’s making it really hard to stick with one long enough to get real progress made. The Baby Surprise Jacket is doing just fine (it’s a *really* simple pattern and nowhere near as pink as it looks in the photo), but now I’m in a bit of a jam. I just got my Amazon shipment and now I’ve got too many new ideas in my head. The mother of the Baby Surprise’s future owner *actually* has some idea of what goes in to knitting and how tricky certain patterns can be, so I know she can appreciate a more complex gift. That said, I really really really want to make the February Baby Sweater from Knitter’s Almanac for the little girl. It’s *so* cute…Maybe I can justify it because (a) the BSJ is *sooooo* much less complicated than Trellis, (b) I can make it as a size up from what the BSJ would cover and (c) I’m gonna have a ton of the Pure Merino left over.

Speaking of Baby Knitting, Trellis went off to it’s intended recipient this past weekend when my mother went to a small family get together. I couldn’t give it to the boy in person since I was sick and therefore skipped the family event, but I hear it was a big hit along the lines of “Oh my God, she *made* this!?” That feels good to hear.I’m also happy to say that  I’m finally over my sizing bitterness and have some good feelings about that little sweater. I think putting buttons on it helped.

And I’m already up to the bust darts on the U-Neck Vest. It’s been awhile since I just did something in plain ‘ol worsted weight wool. And it’s such a pleasing purple! I really really really want a sweater vest for some reason, too. I guess it’s my inner preppie trying to get out. I’m also starting to mock up plans for a sorta self-made sweater vest in this lovely red Rowan Felted Tweed that I’ve got to get a picture of one of these days. Also in that Amazon shipment were the first two Barbara Walker Treasuries and there is a certain cable in the first one that I think will look great in this yarn.

Lastly, there are my babies: The Owl’s Flight socks.

 

I’ve got ZERO second sock syndrome on these. On the contrary, now all I want to do is make socks. Specifically these socks but since I’m nearing the end it looks like I’ll have to keep the little DPNs occupied with some of my other sock yarn. Since I’m on such a sock kick, I’m just gonna go ahead and throw myself in to the full Socktoberfest line of project planning. After the Owl’s Flight socks I think I’m gonna try some toe-ups. No time like the present to learn, right. Plus I think I’ll fancy up the cuff with something simple from one of the new stitch dictionaries. That’s right. I’ve got a Walker Treasury and I’m not afraid to use it!

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Hawt Socks

August 29, 2007

Woo hoo! Finished a pair of socks in under a month! Bellatrix is done!

Still have all praise for the Knit Picks Gloss. I wore these for a little bit before I went to sleep last night and they were nice and cozy and cushy. Not machine washable, but I’ll get over it. I still have quite a bit left over, which made my grind my teeth a bit over my continued inability to use up yarn.

Moving on from the yarn, these socks are hot. Like, super hot. I felt hot just wearing them. I’m definitely seeing them worn with a skirt, but maybe not with the heels I wore in the picture. Too much? I dunno. I just really really like them and would hate to only ever hide them under jeans. and sneakers.

I also gave in to a bit of that starter madness I talked about last time. I’m justifying it as some “color therapy” after working with so much black yarn. I’m now working on a My So Called Scarf in this lovely Malabrigo to my right (the colorway is Curacao, which, when left to my own devices, I try to put in to every alcoholic bverage I make. everything is better in blue).

The project that threatens to take time away from it, though, is a hat that is basically everything that I want from a hat. Texture. Warmth. Uniqueness. Ability to use blue yarn. The Sea Urchin Hat from Craftster. It looks *amazing* on the original maker, and I’m hoping for even a bit of that sucess. It’s a great looking hat, but I hadn’t reaslized what that cool stitch pattern was until I started making it. It’s seed stitch ribbing. Seed Stitch. Ribbing. Ribbing that is also seed stitch. I don’t know what it is about this that is blowing my mind, but consider it blown. I’m using old bright blue Cascade 220 double stranded, even going so far as to frog a really ugly project to get the yarn. I know it ought to be in green for the whole “sea urchin” theme…but I want an enormous blue beret. Is that so wrong?

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Bitten

July 5, 2007

Sock madness has hit.

I’ve already turned the heel on the Jaywalkers I started a couple days ago and I’m already wondering which socks to make next. I think I get the appeal of sock knitting now: It’s fast, it’s creative, it’s functional, and it’s a whole lot easier to haul around than a sweater in progress.

                                                       

 I also took a little break from the sock making to make yet another project in the round. This one used stash, though, so it only kinda counts. Harry Potter day is coming up (day before my birthday) and I noticed that I have some leftover yellow yarn sitting around in my stash. Dug around for a bit of black, and a few hours of solid work later I have half a set of Hufflepuff mitts: 

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Just a little something to wear to pick up my books and show my pride in being part of the official “Red Shirt Squad” of the Harry Potter Universe. I also like that it makes my hand look like the back end of a bee…BUT! I could even wear these things around outside of a Harry Potter context since no one would be able to guess they were a little fandom thingy. Non-fans probably don’t think about the good-natured Badgers all that much.