Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Year = more knitting

Ok so now that I've taken a good year break on blogging I think it's high time I start up again. I've always wanted to maintain a knitting blog, I just never realized that it would be this impossible. So for this years new year resolutions, maintaining my blog will be #1.

My other resolutions are too:
- finish all of my UFO's, and there is a lot of them
- try knitting at least one pair of socks, one piece of lace, and one cardigan
- try spinning some yarn
- got to hot yoga at least twice a week
- get my drivers license.
Lately I've been knitting Lady Eleanor for my mother. I started it half way through December and I finished the knitting last weekend. I'm going to finish with the fringe tonight and then block it. These pictures are from a few weeks ago and they don't exactly show the colours properly.

I've also just started on Heroine a felted jacket. It's my first felting project and I'm a little worried about how it's going to turn out. It's currently hibernating until I finish Lady Eleanor, but hopefully I'll have pictures up in a few weeks.

Lastly, I've signed up for a Vampire knitting swap on Ravelry and I'm excited to see what I'll be getting. I've been doing some research on my swappee and I think I'll be knitting a pair of fingerless mitts for them, sending off some luxury yarn, and possibly sending them the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, which in now on HBO as True Blood.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Cherie Amour and Pomatous Update!!

I have no time whatsoever to knit with midterms this week, but I have managed to get some pictures together of my knitting progress. Fist up I'm loving my Cherie Amour even though it doesn't look that great on, I'm hoping that it hangs nicely with the shoulders sewn together. I still have to finish the back though, but I can't figure out where in the chart or lace pattern I left off, I've tried a few times, but it keeps messing up half way through the row. I think I must have made a mistake before I started the left front. I'm not really into frogging so I'm just going to start lace pattern #2 again and hope that nobody notices a thing. But on the good side the yarn is a beautiful colour, soft, and warm, so I think I'll love the end result!

Then there is my Pomatous, which slowly but surely should be finished by Christmas. I know that this is a sad progress since I started it in May, but I had no idea, untill about August, how to do short rows. And since I'm knitting about 3 or 4 things and taking courses and attempting to have a social life, these poor socks have been left behind. The one I finished is way to tight, but I figure that first socks can't be perfect.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I'm in WOOT!!

YAY, I'm in!!!!!!!!! Ravelry sent me my invite today, so I guess the invite process goes pretty fast. Unfortunately I don't have a camera at the moment to document all my stash and get it up on there. On the other hand I don't think it would be wise for me to waste anymore *cough* hours *cough* on Ravelry today. Since I still have to write a few or more essays for next week.
Anyways I just wanted to shout it out to the world how happy I am, and if you haven't been invited yet, I'm sorry for bragging but you should get you're invite soon.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

what kind of knitter are you?

What Kind of Knitter Are You?

You appear to be a Knitting Adventurer. You are through those knitting growing pains and feeling more adventurous. You can follow a standard pattern if it's not too complicated and know where to go to get help. Maybe you've started to experiment with different fibers and you might be eyeing a book with a cool technique you've never tried. Perhaps you prefer to stick to other people's patterns but you are trying to challenge yourself more. Regardless of your preference, you are continually trying to grow as a knitter, and as well you should since your non-knitting friends are probably dropping some serious hints, these days.
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Saturday, October 06, 2007

To knit or to study

I wish that I had more time to knit and more money to buy yarn with. I started Cherie Amour a couple of weeks ago and it is knitting up pretty quickly, unfortunately I haven't had the time to finish it. Midterms are around the corner and since it's still 25 degrees outside.... that's not fair. Midterms should only be given when it's too cold to go outside and play. So instead of knitting I spend my evenings reading (or staring at) textbooks on philosophy, psychology, Greek culture, and English literature... ok it's not that bad. It's more just the fact that I HAVE to read it. It's not like I'm just this brilliantly cultured girl who spends her evenings indulging in interesting and classical works. It's that I'm this girl who is enslaved by her overbearing workload and has no time to knit... hmph!

Anyways, enough of that rant, in knitting news... besides Cherie Amour coming along I'm also now a member of The Sexy Knitters Club YAY!! I've ordered my yarn for the Zepher girls' Tree Jacket from Knit Picks and will be expecting beautiful cranberry red merino, silk, alpaca any day now. It's the same yarn used in the picture. I couldn't really afford the yarn but my boss was a total *cough cough* to me the other day and I had to cheer myself up somehow.

Also I checked my Ravelry status and I'm not really sure what #25946 on the list means, it seems like there is a lot of people in line ahead of me, so I will continue to wait as patently as I can.

Found you!
You signed up on August 15, 2007
You are #25946 on the list.
1603 people are ahead of you in line.
14307 people are behind you in line.
59% of the list has been invited so far

Anyways, that's all for now. I'll try and borrow my boyfriend's camera and get some progress pics up soon.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sock, scarves, hats, and sweaters

I know that I haven't posted anything in a little while but that does not mean that I haven't been knitting. I also know that this will matter more when I actually have readers. On the bright side however, I'm almost finished my fishy socks, as well as my sister's lace scarf. Also I've stared Shedir and it's coming along well despite the numerous modifications I'm making too it, including mystery tweedish green yarn and much smaller needles.

In sweater news, gah to all the sweaters I said that I'm going to knit. Knitty Fall came out and with it Cherie Amour and I automatically when to the yarn distributer and ordered the last 4 balls of Noche Lunar bm, a beautiful grayish, purplish, blueish yarn because although the patterns colours are nice, I want it to look a little more toned down.

School started last week though and I'm already swamped in journal articles, ancient greek texts, philosophical works, and whatever else they can throw at me. I plan to take some of my knitting on the road though, as long as I don't get too many funny looks in class.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Trying to Knit Socks

I want to knit socks. I love socks! I think that new socks are the greatest more wonderful thing in the world. Sometimes I think about what I would do if I was very rich, maybe travel around the world, give lots of money to charity and buy designer cloths, things like that. But the one sort of little extravagance that I would allow myself would be a new pair of socks every day of the year (except, of course, for the days that I don't wear any socks at all). So know that you understand my sock rant it's a little more clear on why I would, so badly, want to learn how to knit socks. What's better then new socks??? Hand knit new socks of course.
ut here we come to my problem, I can't be act like a normal beginner knitter and find a basic, learn-how-to-knit-a-sock-pattern, noooo I have to find the hardest sock pattern I can find, and on top of that I'm going to try and modify it to fit my foot, the product...
Socks that have cut-off-the-circulation-to-my-feet-cuffs and I'm not so sure about the heel flap, it may be giant it may be perfect, I really don't know enough about socks to know. Now for the hard part. Do I frog them completely and start new? (the practical, logical answer) or do I learn how to knit short rows and finish them to admire purely for their first-pair-of-socks-knit- status? I don't know usually anything I have to frog I put in my knitting shoe box (which is really a boot box) and leave it there until the day that I'm no longer lazy and want to reknit them. But this is beautiful Jitter Bug hand dyed yarn and it would be just plain cruel to shoe box it. Ok I will frog it, but just one last look at the pretty Pomatous fishy scales.

I don't know if the picture is clear enough, but it's ok. I feel like I spent ages working on this cuff, or maybe it's just because the last time I worked on it was ages ago.