Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The real reason

You may have noticed a slight hiatus from posting. While I would like to blame this on a very productive spurt of Christmas knitting, I have to be frankly honest. It's not the knitting. It's the gaming.

The game, specifically. Mass Effect. It's so cool. If you don't have it, go buy it. If you don't have a 360, go get one and the game. I swear, it's worth it. I haven't played a game this much fun since, well, KotOR.

I am knitting, too, of course. I may be the only person knitting the Icarus shawl while taking the elevator in the Normandy, but I'm comfortable with that level of geekdom.

Of course, if any of you have, I expect a comment right away so I can know I'm not alone.

The First Lace


There she us, unblocked and hot off the needles. Miriam Felton's Icarus Shawl. I was utterly enchanted while knitting this, though it took four months. Maybe slightly less enchanted the past few days, but I really.wanted.to.finish. So, I kept on keeping on.

Details:
Knit on size four needles using less than one skein of Knit Picks Bare in lace weight. For those of you doing the math, that means this whole project cost less than $15, pattern included. Time, of course, not included.

And we are moving to...

Philadelphia!

Surprised? I am, too!

Will has a great job offer, though, and I promised that the next move would be for his career (since the move here was for mine). I've never been to Philly (he was assured by a taxi driver that they do call it that) but am hoping to love it.

This means very little knitting will be getting done in the next couple of weeks. I do, of course, have some socks on the needles and I am to the brainless part of a sweater. But... time is short and empty coxes are plentiful!

Fair isle for me


See that over there? That's not Christmas knitting. That's a selfish sweater for me, all me. (Details here).

It's not that I'm not Christmas knitting. It's that I was insane/crazy/stupid/ignorant when I began laying out how much Christmas knitting I could get done this month. Or maybe I forgot about the infant and the faster-than-a-speeding-bullet two year old. But I have one pair of gloves and a pair of socks languishing on the needles, not to mention two planned pairs of socks that haven't even been cast on. Oh, yeah. And that sweater that still needs arms.

The only thing that seems to be going well is the Icarus shawl. I don't have pictures, but I started the binding off last night. So... hopefully the blocking will occur today and I'll have pretty pictures to show you all within the week.

In other news, we have a decorated tree, wrapped presents and the cutest gingerbread house I've ever seen. C'mon Christmas!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Great Pony Relay of Ought-seven

People spends hundreds and hundreds of dollars on exercise equipment every year, when all they really need is a box of My Little Ponies and a two year old. The game involves lining the ponies up on the edge of table then transferring them, one by one, to the rocking chair on the other side of the room. While running. When you run out of ponies, you take them from the chair and put them on the table. Rinse, lather and repeat. For an hour. While carrying a four month old. I'm beat and I didn't even have to put on my running shoes today.

Very little knitting occurred today. We braved the hordes at both Michael's and the grocery. We managed to have a good time, but I don't think I'll ever understand how so many people can be so unhappy while planning what is supposed to be a very happy time.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

First Skein(s)

There it is. Well, that's actually the third product of my drop spindle, but all three look pretty much like that. I may flatter myself that this one has less over-twisting and big, bulky parts, but I think it's just flattery.

The question is... What do I do with them? Three skeins. Not enough for a sweater. I'm at a loss.

I do have dye, too... All the tools, none of the inspiration.

Suggestions?

Big Gifts

Today I bring you pictures of what has only been hinted at previously. Big Christmas Gifts.

The first Big Gift is for my husband's grandmother (GIL? What's the netspeak on that one?). It's the Icarus Shawl in KP bare merino lace weight. It's actually a blast to knit. It's gone from my 'concentrating chart knitting' to my 'brainless, watching Disney knitting'. It's coming out smaller than I was hoping, probably because I'm a tight knitter and used the recommended needle size instead of automatically going up one. And, by tight, I mean I hold onto the needles like Kublai Khan is going to charge through with his hordes and rip them, and all my wool, from my clenching hands. That kind of tight.

The second Big Gift is for my mom. This one isn't a surprise, it's more of a commission, as she picked the pattern and bought the yarn. I finally have pictures of the Cinnabar Pullover from IK Fall 07. I have arrived at the split for the arms and am just waiting on her for a final measurement of how far she would like it. (We're kind of shortwaisted. Not stumpy. Short waisted). I'm using the recommended yarn, Karabella Margrite. I'm even using the recommended color, cinnabar (How'd you guess?)


I love this yarn. It's the yarn version of lazing on a velvet divan while cabana boys feed you peeled grapes. It also costs about as much as hiring said boys, which is why she bought the yarn.

I also have a small little project currently teetering on the edge of failure. I'm only going to show it if it works out.

In other news, Liam is working on crawling. It mostly involves flailing around on his belly while squeaking, but I find it incredibly endearing. And Brenna is in the throes of pony-craziness. It's my little pony everything. And I'm secretly enjoying every minute of it.


Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go cast on some Fetching. They look like they'll only take about a nanosecond to finish. And, with all these big projects, I'm looking for a little FO payoff.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Graduation, my Future and, of course, Christmas knitting

A week ago today I turned in my PhD dissertation as the last step towards graduation. It took hours to get all the pagination correct and everyone from the bindery to the graduate school to be happy with it, but now its done. Whew.

And, now that graduation is more of a certainty and less of a threat, our condo is on the market. The market isn't doing so well, but it's up there and we're waiting for the right person to come along and buy our adorable, well loved condo. I wish we could just pick it up and move it the 80 miles to my husband's job, but I guess condos don't work that way. At least, our neighbors would probably mind since it would leave a big, gaping hole in the building.

All this cleaning, scrubbing and typing called for some therapy knitting, but in knitting-time, Christmas is just around the corner. I've finished the interweave December Lights tam for my MIL: (I don't think Alison reads the blog, but if you are... Look away!!!!)





It's currently being modeled by my 2 yr old, who has the same size head as her grandmother. This counts as my first (successful), finished colorwork project. And I loved every minute of knitting it.

Some I-Cord gloves for a friend. If you've ever kind of wanted to knit gloves but been intimidated by them, then you must check out this pattern. They were totally easy, therapy knitting and took me even less time than a pair of socks.

Speaking of socks, none of those are on the needles right now. Well, except for the Austrian ones from Favorite Socks, but they're waiting until after Christmas. What I do have on the needles are the Cinnabar pullover and the Icarus shawl, both from Interweave (sorry for the ravelry links, but they're all I've got for those patterns right now). They're both coming along at a nice little clip, though I did stumble on the linen stitch at the beginning of the cinnabar pullover. I'm starting to itch to cast on a new gift, though. We'll see what that is.

So, other than caring for two babies, writing a dissertation, selling our first place and knitting all my Christmas gifts, what else has been occupying my time, you may ask. Well, I've written a book. It has nothing to do with knitting, graduate school or science and I love it. Desperately. So I got the Novel and Short Story writer's market from the library and am looking for an agent. More particularly, I'm writing something called a query letter. I know nothing about the publishing industry and I'm excited and terrified all at once. I'll let you know how it goes.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

I love this scarf

Why do you knit? I once saw something that asked knitters to classify themselves as 'production' or 'process' knitters and the question has plagued me since. Process knitters do it just for the activity - don't care about the end product. Product knitters... well, I won't sport with your intelligence. You can probably figure it out from there.

I knit to stay calm, focused, busy and productive. I knit in the car, when the kids are asleep, when visiting with friends or on the phone. So, that's a process knitter, right? I feel a little crazy if I'm not productive. And I like to wear (or see people wearing) things that I made. That's a product knitter, right? Meh. I couldn't decide.

In comes ravelry and all its inspiration. I've been casting on all kinds of beautiful, complicated things that I know will be beautiful. The product knitter in me was thrilled. Just thrilled.

But none of it could be knit in the dark, or during a conversation, or without a chart. Then, I'd just have to sit there with idle hands. My process knitter was crying inside (okay, that's a little overly dramatic, but you get the idea). So, while I was entering my stash into ravelry (there's that word again!) I found this yarn. I had bought it on a total whim to make a scarf for my daughter, who likes soft fuzzy things. I cast on, with no pattern, to just do in my spare time. You know, when there was no serious knitting.

Guess what? I love it. No patterns, no chart, no purling, no counting. Just mindless knitting.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Yarngasm

It came. The nice mailman came and brought that for which I've been waiting. This:



And, another box, which ahs remained unphotographed. If you can see the sticky little toddler hands in the top of that photo, you can see why the second one remains in its box (for now).

What's the occasion? My incipient graduation from grad school. As I have transitioned from the meager grad student salary to the nonexistent stay at home mom/aspiring writer salary, I'm on a strict yarn diet. Very strict, and very sad. (Did you just go look at my ravelry stash? Shame on you! I'm, um, just holding that yarn for a friend. Yeah... that's it). To help alleviate my woe and as an early graduation present, my mom bought my whole Knit Picks wishlist! What you can see in that picture is enough yarn for a baby sweater (already cast on), the last few skeins for a EZ fair isle yoke sweater (withe enough modifications to make EZ proud), the yarn for my super secret Christmas present and enough spare pairs of risata that I can keep making socks on the side. Whew! Oh, and...

I got the Harmony tips! I already have the metal ones, but the wooden ones are so pretty. And, now I can do two circulars in any size! Actually, sticking the wooden one on the right side and the metal on the left is pretty handy... helps the stitches slip off that side and yet stay where they're supposed to! (Is this rationalization? Probably. But try it :)

And that super secret box? The recommended yarn for the Cinnabar Pullover from Fall 07 IK. I let my mom pick whichever IK sweater she wanted for Christmas, and that was it. I pulled a skein out of the box long enough to pet it and, man, is it soft. I even made my husband pet it, though he didn't seem to have the same appreciation. I haven't cast on yet, but I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Kitty Limbo


In my first order from knit picks (there have been many, many more) I got two skeins of Memories sock yarn in fly fishing. When it came, I was so enchanted with the colors that I took about a dozen pictures of the yarn. It was the first thing that I put on both my swift and my ball winder. I knew it was destined to be my first pair of socks. I cast on. I knit and knit and knit. I knit while walking, while reading papers for my dissertation, while thinking about my dissertation, while collecting data for my dissertation. I came to hate those socks. Maybe it was the pooling, as evidenced by the picture, or maybe it was all the association with my dissertation. So, I tried the yarn on monkey socks. Still pooling. I rolled it into a ball and stuffed it back in the stash. disgruntled.

Yesterday I pulled it back out to sit in my knitting bax, awaiting inspiration. Maybe a hat. Maybe gloves. It sat there, looking at me, until today when my daughter found the perfect use for it.

Kitty limbo. She's strung it out around the house, wrapped around anything even remotely ankle level. I caught our bigger cat, Zoe, trying to maneuver her 20+ pounds out of the spare room, only to be foiled by the flyfishing yarn. If it weren't discontinued, I'd suggest that they should rename it catfishing.

In other, non-knitting news, Liam has discovered his tongue. See? There it is.

Now, I have to go rescue my cat and rewind my yarn.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Ravelry

No, I haven't gotten my invite yet. And no, I'm not too upset about it. I'm excited, and thrilled and looking forward to it, but I can wait patiently with the rest of the world. Like a good video game or book sequel, I tell myself that all the waiting means the payoff will be better because the programmers/writer/coders will have more time to perfect their project.

But... that didn't stop me from checking my place in line here. The numbers were astounding. With some basic math skills that I possess (but can't seem to use when I'm figuring out my gauge), I figured out that there are 31,823 people signed up, many of whom have yet to be invited. 31,823 knitters. That's more people than my entire hometown.

Which got me to thinking. An entire town of knitters. That would be one hell of a yarn store!

Monday, September 10, 2007

A Destined Winter Sweater


The weather has turned. I hate hot weather and I love this time of year. Time to bring in the plants, shut some of the windows and turn off some of those noisy, noisy fans. And, break out the sweaters. Little B has, as kids will, outgrown all her sweaters from last winter and thus given my the perfect excuse to knit another one. I had planned accordingly and ordered yarn for the Pinwheel sweater months ago. I loved Knit Picks swish superwash so much when I knit the Durrow, that I ordered four more colors of that (Wisteria, Coast Grey, Deep Ocean and Dublin). Great. I had a plan. As soon as the Durrow was finished, I cast on for the Pinwheel.

I was up that whole night, worrying about it (and other things... I'm a worrier). Did it look too girly? Would it be warm enough? I knit another few rows the next day because, dammit, it was what I planned. I felt like a bride who had invited all this yarn to a wedding then wanted to cancel.

The sweater sat. And sat. And I knit socks and missed having a sweater to work on. When I found a mistake in the increasing, I was thrilled. I frogged the whole thing immediately, and loved every minute of it. Only now I had four colors of yarn and needed a toddler sweater asap. It suggested colorwork, but I have a deep and abiding hatred of weaving in ends. Passionate. There's a story there, and it's why I quit knitting for years.

But, there's no point in having demons if you don't face them, so I cast on. Not for a sweater, but for a hat. It's a smaller commitment. I took the gauge from the Durrow (same yarn, same needles) did a little math and cast on. I picked some pretty patterns from the Vogue Stitchionary and started. I got this far before I realized that, gee, it seemed to be pretty big. I tried it on little B's head and it slipped right down. I tried it on Will, and it bagged. I didn't try it on myself because I have a huge head and it probably would have fit and mademe feel self conscious. So I took some measurements of my daughter and the actual size of the knitting.

Guess what? It's a sweater after all.

Friday, September 7, 2007

FO: Durrow Sweater, part II



It's the weekend! Which means photo time. I finally got Will into his sweater long enough to get a few pictures. You can attribute the expressions to his love of the camera or the silly two year old in the background.





The details can be fund here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

FO: Durrow Sweater

I have finished my first adult sized sweater! It's the Durrow from Magknits, with several adjustments. Instead of knitting it in pieces, for instance, I converted it to EZ's seamless saddle shoulder pattern and did the entire thing in the round. It's in Knit Picks swish superwash in Dublin. The only thing that I would change is to continue the cabling pattern further than the pattern called for. Doing the repeats called for, it ended before the shoulder turning. I could have gotten in maybe two more repeats (and I don't think my husband has excessively long arms - he's never looked like a gorilla to me!).

I finished the sweater this weekend and have been dying to blog it. Only, between his long commute and taking care of our newborn, my hubby hasn't had much chance to model it. So...

I took a turn:
Sweet Pea took a turn:


And Little Dude even took a turn.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

FO: Coupling


My September socks continue my love affair with toe-up construction. These are Coupling, from this issue of Knitty. But, I wasn't wild about the provisional cast on for the toe, so I actually just used the toe-up pattern from Ann Budd's article on toe up socks in Summer 07 Interweave Knits.

The lace pattern wasn't too bad. It got a little boring towards the end, but that's part of why the socks are so short. That, and I can't bear to knit tall socks in warm weather. The thought just makes my feet sweat.

The yarn is Knit Picks Risata, which is really soft. It's not too warm, either, meaning I get to wear these right away!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Essentially Upbraided


Another pair of finished socks! And I've fallen in love with Ann Budd's 'Better socks from the toe up' pattern in the summer 07 interweave knits. As soon as these came off the needles, I cast on two more pairs.

I apologize for the somewhat unclear pictures. My photographer's only around after 8 pm, so natural light is out of the question.

Details:
Essential superwash from knit picks in ash. Size 2 needles (again, knit picks - I'm an addict to their stuff). Pattern was, as mentioned, Ann Budd's toe-up socks from IK 07, plus some cabling that I added on my own. I love the way the braid travels upward, because of the toe up construction.

Friday, August 10, 2007

FO: Bathroom Bag

It might not be the most glamorous or complex project but, on a scale of usefulness, it's way up there:
There was no pattern. I just did purse stitch on my biggest circular needles until it was big enough to hold all the bathroom toys scattered across the floor. Five feet of I-cord for the strap and my bathroom is 10x tidier. Yarn is Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Sea Spray. Toys courtesy of Target and Grandma.

More exciting things to come!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Retconning

I have discovered a new verb (and, no, it's not Kinnearing, though I do enjoy that one, as well). Retconning. I was reading a wikipedia article (I won't tell you which one, because you'll laugh and it would definitely be of the laughing at me variety) and stumbled across it. It represents all that I love and hate about sci fi and TV. I love continuity. I love when the writers toss out a bone to loyal fans who have been watching forever, like the early reference to Vaughn's dad's watch in Alias (end of Season 3... I'll find a link). I like that writer's realize you can have fans who pay attention, care and remember crap like that. Then I hate that they think they can just change it all, so it looks like continuity, but isn't what went before (like Amidala dying in childbirth at the end of the travesties, though Leia says she can remember her mother during Return of the Jedi).

Just a minor rant!

Oh, and I have new sock yarn coming in the mail. See, there's some knitterly content.

P.S. For those of you who haven't read the He-Man article on wikipedia, retconning refers to retroactive continuity.

P.P.S. What? He was cool when I was 6.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Excuses and a bird's nest

My resolution to get more knitting done happened to coincide with having no time to knit. Between watching the kids, massively editing the last chapter of my thesis, my mom visiting from Alaska. restarting my workout regime and entirely repainting my kitchen cabinets in preparation for selling my condo, life seems pretty full. I get in a few stitches here and there, but nothing that can be called progress. I haven't even had a chance to cast on that green and brown yarn from a few posts ago.

So, instead, I have something else green and brown to show you. A bird's nest that I discovered on my deck! That I hadn't seen it before will give you an idea of how little time we've had to relax out there because of my thesis. But, as it's the only outside place that we have to paint, I was tidying it up the other day and found this...

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Too many plans

I've just spent the past 20 minutes looking at all the new photos for the fall Interweave knits. I've already decided I want to definitely knit half the things in it. The minimalist cardigan is cute, and the cinnabar pullover would be a perfect Christmas present. The leavened raglan goes perfectly with some stash cashmere blend that I have. And, of course, the free sock patterns all look great. And so are the snowflake socks. And...

Wait. I still haven't finished anything from the Spring 07 IK. Not to mention the summer 07 (though I'm making good headway on the toe-up socks from that one).

So, instead of blogging about how much progress I'm not making... I'm going to go make some!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

More fun with Kool Aid


I had an extra skein of undyed sock yarn just lying around. So, while the kids were kind enough to simultaneously nap on Thursday, what could I do but get it out and dye it?

I wanted something that I could use in a pair of Christmas socks for my mom. I initially thought purple and green would be best, but really wanted a third color. And, I wasn't terribly happy with the way the grape had turned out in my previous experiment. I wanted a good, throbbingly royal purple. So I decided to try for three types of green. Which is difficult when all you have is lemon lime and jars not really big enough to get all the yarn saturated with dye.

When it was all done and dried, I didn't like it. You couldn't tell the difference between the two darker shades. So, in a moment of weakness, I went back to purple. Only, overdying with the purple left and really unpleasant, almost-brown. So, I committed to the brown and am really happy!

Also, I hadn't yet posted these pictures...









Baby socks knit in the yarn from my last experiment with Kool Aid dying. Since the dye didn't penetrate all the yarn (bigger jars, anyone?) I decided to try overdying in blue. The result was... okay. I don't really like what it did to the strawberry color. But, they're already too small for little dude, so it's all academic.

More later... Now, I have to go pick up my new Harry Potter book and finish up some socks I started in Ann Budd's Toe up pattern from Summer 07 Interweave Knits (more on that later).

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Experiments with Kool Aid




I've finished my first project with self dyed yarn! Well, if you call one sock finished, that is. A Jaywalker in the neon stripes resulting from Strawberry, Lemon-Lime and Grape self striping sock yarn. There were two handy tutorials: Eunny Jang's and at Streets and YOs to which I made some modifications that made it about ten times more difficult. If you're going to try this at home, I highly recommend tying it off in a long skein before soaking it in dye. I made some initial attempts at this, but my house was crowded with family in town and a very interested 2 year old, so I decided to skip it because of the cramped space. Instead, I spent hours untangling it. I can say that the Knit Picks 70% Merino and 30% silk blend that I used stood up well to all the tugging and rolling involved in the untangling.


The colors have turned out to be very bright, brighter than I care for. I may try overdying the lot, once I get the pair finished









If you want to see more pictures, try my flicker site.









And, the second sock is already cast on, I promise. We're heading up to Estes Park today for the wool fest and hopefully I'll be able to finish it on the ride!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Forgetful procrastination

Today I managed to make it to work while forgetting my iPod, my keys, my phone, my wallet, and, worst of all... my knitting.

Well, not all of my knitting. It's not that bad. I just forgot to bring a new ball of yarn for the sweater I'm working on. I just finished the last ball moments ago. So, now I'm stuck cruising google for sock yarn. It's a good thing I forgot my wallet, too.

Other than the inspiring Durrow, I've been knitting socks. After frogging those destined to be my first pair out of sheer boredom, I finally finished a pair! I still haven't gotten good pictures of them (they barely fit over my poor, swollen feet), but will post as soon as I do. They're the embossed leaves socks from Interweave Knits Favorite Socks book.

I'm hooked. I've already dyed my own self striping sock yarn using Kool Aid and the handy tips from both Eunny Jang and streets and yos (more details to come). There were a few hiccups that resulted in me having to untangle the entire 440 yds of Knit Picks merino/silk blend by hand. Yeah... so, apparently, it's a really good idea to tie off your skein instead of just dumping in loose yarn. But, it's so soft and pretty that I didn't mind untangling it by hand. Interestingly, the single packet of strawberry Kool Aid that has been aging in the back of my pantry was much more vibrant than the three packets of grape mixed together.

I had fully intended to take a picture of the ball once it was all untangled, but I slipped and cast on a Jaywalker instead. It's gorgeous and enchanting - both the pattern and using my own dyed yarn. I've even turned the heel. Only...

Well, it doesn't fit. Maybe it's the pregnancy-swollen feet. Maybe it's the fact I hate gauge and, ahem, didn't check it all that closely. Now it's sitting at home (with my iPod, wallet, keys, etc), thinking about what it's done. Maybe I'll frog it tonight and start in on 2s instead of 1s.

Next up... pictures of everything I've talked about, plus... hand spun! Yes, I have two skeins of handspun. And, one of these days, a new baby.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Penelope

I may not have hordes of suitors lined up outside my door (probably discouraged by my husband, 2 year old daughter and 8 months of pregnancy), but I certainly felt like Penelope this weekend.

Stress was high this weekend. My dissertation has to be done in less than 4 weeks, I've been having Braxton Hicks contractions with increasing frequency, the water heater in our building is out for a week and my daughter was running a fever. When I looked for solace in my knitting bag, this is what I found:
1. 4 inches of baby surprise jacket in knit picks ShineSport Cloud, complete with two dropped stitches in the decrease rows. While I love the ShineSport, it was already beginning to feel heavy and I wasn't wild about cotton in garter stitch. So, I frogged it.
2. My husband's endless sock in knit picks Memories on size 1 needles. Plain stockinette in size 1. That's 2.25 mm. Not as small as a synapse, but still not big enough to make me feel like I was making progress on something in my life. But, it doesn't have any dropped stitches and I've successfully navigated the heel, so its life was spared.
3. My snowdrop shawl. I thought this would certainly help take my mind off of everything. I had 30+ rows done, and it was gorgeous. Until I started looking closely. Apparently, when I'm nearing the end of a row, I get so excited about almost being done that I forget the last yo. I managed to salvage the last 2 or so inches, and a bit of my pride.

All in all, I frogged more than I knit this weekend. Penelope would have been very proud, indeed (yes, I know she was a weaver, but the spirit is there).

I dug around in my stash and patterns as much as time and energy allowed, but couldn't find anything compelling. In the end? I spun more yarn and placed another yarn order. If I have more yarn, I'll definitely have something to knit next time this happens.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Shawls as Curtains


I am not a lace person. I don't like things that are fussy, frilly, or girly and, to me, lace falls in all of these categories. I like sporty, functional and even a little trendy.


That said... I wanted to knit something in lace. Really, I want to knit a little of everything, so I suppose this isn't a surprise. I keep seeing all these beautiful shawls in yarn stores, online patterns, blogs, etc, and I want one. Not for me, personally, but maybe for a dresser, or something...


Then it strikes me. Curtains! Shawls as curtains. Okay, I know Mason-Dixon knitting said that this was improbable, but I'm not looking for something that will give me complete privacy. I want to knit a lacy shawl to hang above my pretty, luminous white curtains.

But what pattern? The 'Here Be Dragons' pattern is gorgeous. Beautiful. But, is it a good first shawl pattern? It looks really, really complicated. The yarn harlot's snow drop shawl is pretty, and so it knit picks faroese peaks shawl and I love the way it looksin variegated wool. Suddenly, I'm dying to do one in variegated yarn, if I can find the right colors (you know, blue, green and grey. Like everything else in my house.) Leprechaun and blue jeans are nice. It would require for skeins, at 440 yds/$4 each. I also really like Memories (Yukon, Fly Fishing, even rocky mountain dusk) but it's fingering weight. Could I substitute?


Googling faroese shawls brings more problems. They all seem to have neck shaping, which makes for a more comfortable shawl, but silly looking on a window. And, I don't want to have to alter the pattern. I know, I say this everytime, but I mean it. No alterations (See, it's documented in writing now).


My Google travels led me to another sidetrack.


It's gorgeous. It's beautiful. It's from the Pacific NW. It looks really, really, really hard.


Maybe a practice shawl would be a good idea.


So, I bought that pattern, and downloaded the snow drops pattern. I've decided to do the Snow Drops in undyed Knit Picks merino lace weight as a Christmas present for my husband's grandmother (don't worry, she won't read this, she doesn't like blogs).




Then... the Pacific NW shawl.


I can't wait!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Inaugural Post

I have been saving the inaugural post of this blog for a major event. I have plenty of major events coming up in my life; my PhD dissertation defense, graduation, a new baby, an imminent move. All of them beautiful blog fodder. But, today, something happened that destroyed all of my patience and drove me to blog prematurely.

That's right, boys and girls. I knit while I walked to work. It's 3.5 miles that have been giving me a lot of trouble during the third trimester because my hands swell painfully while I walk. I feel silly just walking with them held in the air like a surgeon that's just scrubbed in, so I've been trying to think of something to do with them. Last night, a KnitPicks order arrived, bringing sock yarn!

Now, this sock yarn is destined to be my first (Fourth? Who told you fourth? Dirty liars) pair of socks. It's merino and terribly soft and I spent all night winding it into a ball, prompting my mom to threaten me, once again, with a ball winder. These socks, once I've helped them realize their glory, are for my husband. Apparently my ploy of turning the heat off all winter, while he wasn't looking, has worked as he's agreed that it might be nice to have some thick, hand knit socks after all.