i know i've been mia for a bit, but with good reason.
i'm actually finishing projects!
what has gotten into me??????
the spilt milk jacket is all sewn up and ready for edging. i'm kind of not happy about the kitchnering. I am really tempted to pull it all back out and do it again. i want to knit one more row and then kitchner it. right now there is an extra purl side and i'm just not happy. perhaps i'll weave in all the other ends and wait to show the girls at knit night.
in the mean time, I used my dye pot luck to very quickly knit up 1 coriolis sock. love it! did it in 4 days.
Me, a sock in 4 days.......
now i'm trying to decide if I want to knit the second one up this week, or start my fairytale sock from Gryphon's sock club.......
summer's here. still only the two part time jobs for now. that means a negative yarn budget (knitting from stash only! and perhaps i'll swap/sell a bit of it on rav, too), but plenty of time to knit!!!!
somehow i have a feeling that i'm going to become a permanent fixture at my fave yarn shops and starbucks too.
Please don't faint! Yes, I know it is totally out of character for me, but, yes, I did accomplish several things today, including some knitting stuff!
I finished the toes on both of my Ocean Toes Socks. Me! I finished a pair of socks in under a year!!!!!!!!!! They are very pretty, however, i hate the star toe. hate it. pulled out the first finished sock with its very stupid modifications (i really need to think things through once in a while!) and did it as Cat directed. Really though, it just doesn't fit my wide flat fat toes very well.
my mother on the other hand (modeling them in my photos) LOVES how they fit. she may just get them and i'll make a pair for myself with the standard toe. don't tell her that though!
i'm thinking they may go in her teacup for mothers day. she'll be ecstatic.
I love them! SO PRETTY!
Well, I finally took a picture of my EZ bog jacket now that it is 65% finished.
I love how this yarn pooled!
I tried alternating balls but i really just liked this better. I can't wait to finish it. I bought some darker blue Heirloom Easy Care 8-ply to edge it with.
so as i was finishing up the heel on the sock, i realized i messed the chart up somewhere in the middle . i tried laddering down.... not happening. so i frogged it a bit, went too far, couldn't pick the stitches up again, and ended up pulling out the whole heel and a bit above it. ah, oh well, i should have a bit of time tonight to work on it, and then there is always knit night!!!!
but then again, there is baby jacket!
the colors made an agreeable pattern on the bottom. i like it. it reminds me of the book spilt milk. a fave book, definitely.
but now as i continue up into the top part, i added stitches for longer sleeves (i think maybe too many, but i can always cuff it, right?) and the color pattern completely changed. it has now started a layering of colors. as long as this pattern keeps up, there is going to be a gradual color change striping up the sleeve. I'm very excited about that!!!!!!!
i'm taking pictures tonight, and i'll post them soooooon.
I'm still loving the Gareloch socks. And last weekend I took them on an outing to the Missouri Tartan Festival in St. Charles. After I finished my amazing bangers and mash from the Oz Highland Farm, the sock came out to warm in the sun (and get a heel). As I was pulling it out, a wonderous thing happened. The band, Highland Reign, finished their set with the pipes and High Road to Gareloch. Fate? Perhaps I should be calling Jan and planning a trip back to stay with her for a bit. i'm terribly homesick again.
Well, seeing as I'm never very good at finishing things, and this sock is chart after chart after chart, and I'd been drinking a bit, oh yeah, and the fact that i'd forgotten to grab my socks from my desk at work..... I cast on a new project at knit night last thursday. A bog jacket.
It is a very pretty light blue and white that I swapped with bartons15 from Ravelry.
I took it with me to the midnight brew n view showing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Friday night (you have to appreciate mindless knitting!), and I knit it (when not napping) most of Saturday as I recovered from the oh-so-long week on Amanda's couch. I'm 1/3 of the way through it. sort of.
today, i'm procrastinating (its cleaning day) by reading through the rest of the pattern and embellishments. trying to decide on what i want to do with it. longer sleeves and collar are a must. i'd do the i-cord edging too if i could find the right complimenting yarn. It is bigger than I originally thought I would make it (i re-cast-on several times because I couldn't decide). It is more toddler sized than the original baby that I thought i'd make.
pictures soon. i hope.
a well, i should do something now. laundry, at least.
Sticks n Stitches went really really well. The Blues are already looking at next year for another (hopefully bigger) event. We sent over 50 squares to Warm-Up America. YAY!
I'm working too much and knitting/spinning far too little.
It is definitely spring. There are babies being announced EVERYWHERE! Friends, cousins, co-workers.... it is a never ending list. I've finished a few bibs I had knit up but never followed through with buttons and things. I've got booties started (little sky practice sock from Cat Bordhi's Pathways), but it seems that it takes me forever to finish them.... how sad is it that i get second sock syndrome on 2 hour baby booties!!!! heaven help me, especially with 4 more pairs to go... not to mention the matching hats??????
I started on socks for myself. Also from Cat's book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters, Ocean Toes. I'm doing them in the Little Traveller - Scotland from The Sanguine Gryphon
I've got the beginnings of them up on ravelry... they are listed as Gareloch.... named for the lake/inlet the my former Scottish boss/family now live on.
Anything else going on? I don't think so, not that I can remember right now...... perhaps later, then.
The StL Blues' Sticks N Stitches is next Sunday evening, Feb 17th at 5pm! I'll be there at 330 to sit and knit with all of you!
The goody bags are really shaping up.
They've had some really AWESOME donations from some of the local yarn shops. The bag itself is worth the price of the ticket! Not to mention that you get a great seat, hotdog, soda, and hours of knitting fun!
My mom bought me the New Pathways for Sock Knitters book by Cat Bordhi. I had looked through it a few times, but was waiting to buy it. I can't wait to start the Coreolis socks. However, even more pressing, are the Ocean-Toes. I liked them well enough, but really, OMG I have a wondrous yarn in mind... In my b-day card, mom left me $20 for yarn to go with my book. You all know the extent of my sock yarn stash. (It has recently called to be moved to yet a larger bin!) But I could not resist.
I clicked an ad on Ravelry because I was intrigued by the name - Sanguine Gryphon. Well, up pops this beautifully dyed yarn and roving. I figured, what better way to spend my bday money! and then I saw it!!! It was, well, exactly what I wanted, yes, the Little Traveller Superwash Merino Sock Yarn that I mentioned the other day. IT'S HERE ALREADY! AND SOOOOO SOFT! and SQUISHY! and the colors match my scarf and wooly exactly!!!! When I opened the box, I was (almost) without words. there was a little note inside as well. "it was inspired by a beautiful photo of dusk over a Scottish lake."
i'd put up new pics, but they won't transfer from my new camera.... have i said yet how much i'm NOT liking this camera...
its pretty. and it's for socks and it's named SCOTLAND. (and i'm a bit homesick after a couple of rounds of birthday text messaging) it is PERFECT. i already have a pattern picked out.
now i am stuck waiting for it to show up on my doorstep. i am soooooo not a patient person.
as far as the rest of my knitting goes... during a movie, i did a few rounds of the aweful big yellow mass that may someday be a sweater. i finished my woolbamboo/tofutsie newsboy cap just in time for a winter storm. i started the gusset on my bellatrix socks.
and i almost fixed my spinning wheel.
off to finish my day exactly as i desire.... and no one can argue with me! YAY! ooooooooh yay for CUPCAKES!
I've been working with my friend Kari for a few months on this. I'm so excited I can't stand it!
These are excellent seats (i sat there a couple of times) on the plaza level behind the goal (blues defend twice). Normally the seat alone would cost $42, but because they love us fiber artists, they made the whole package deal $30, hotdog, soda and goodies included!
Newsboy cap.... CUTE! love it! and it is going sooooo fast. i was at the half way point Sunday night..... i realized i had cabled the wrong way on the 2nd cable on one of the front cables... that's right time to ladder down.... or not... it is a biiiiiiiiiiig mess. i think i'm going to have to pull it out. ah well. i'll knit it back up during the next movie.
turned the heel on the first bellatrix sock....
finished the back on my sweater.... it looks a little funny. i may pull out the last few rows and try it again.
can you tell i'm a bit less stressed? and happier? and much much more productive this week! i accepted the keyholder position at job 3 so i can cut my hours back at job 2. and 2 very very very cute boys delivered the new fridge, range and dishwasher this morning. new cabinets tomorrow..... that means full working kitchen before Burns Night Dinner! YAY!
Anyone else hate the feeling of time passing? 26 is looming just around the corner. no major mile stones to mark this year. just the passing of time. though leap years are usually pretty good...? yay for leap years!
I hope everyone had a happy new years! I spent it frogging. 2 1/2 rows of big yellow and the whole back panel of the shawl sweater (goodness she needs a name!!!). Really, I need to pay more attention to my knitting during movies so I can fix fewer messes.
I made the sweater back a hint bigger. And I knit it back up to the second decrease. I hope to finish the back before KnitNight.... We'll see if that happens............