Archive for July, 2007

Break time.

Sort of signing off for the next few weeks, because I’m getting married, then going on vacation. I’ll post the socks made by my (awesome) sockapalooza pal, of course, but don’t expect too much more from me. Just saying.

Tick, tick, tick…

The clock is ticking. It’s almost time.

Well, I’m waiting for two things, really: Harry Potter, and my first Booty Club package. It seems like everyone has gotten theirs but me, which isn’t cool.

Oh, and I’m getting married in 2ish weeks.

Look, a soothing WIP! Ahhh…

Apricot jacket

Glorious organizational tool.

Monday, this came in the mail.

It is the most awesome, functional, and cool looking double pointed needle organizer I have ever seen. Seriously.

It has acres of space for all my DPNs, and there is still plenty of space left for the milions of needles that I have yet to purchase.

Organizer - inside

Looking at all the empty spaces motivates me to buy more, certainly, but that’s okay, because they’ll be organized!

In other news, I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of my first Booty Club package, and I’ve finished gathering things for my Sockapalooza pal (I think). Now all I need to do is print off one of those cool labels.

FO – Charade Socks

Ooo, look, another FO! I’m on a roll this weekend.

Pattern: Charade Socks, by Sandra Park
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM, 2 skeins (no idea what color)
Mods: None

These socks are super way awesome. This is my first pair made from Koigu, and I’m quite impressed.  It’s very soft and squishy, and the colorway didn’t do any flashing at all, which makes me happy. The pattern was very easy, and has a damn fine toe! I think it’s a square toe, but I’d have to look it up.   Now, on to the next unfinshed project!  None will stand in my path.  All in all, I’m pleased.

FO – Razor Camisole!


As penance for a post-free week, here is a FO. This was an extremely quick knit: I finished it in 4 days (including straps and fiddly ends-weaving).

Stats: Razor Cami, by Katie Marcus
Yarn: Knit Picks Elegance, 2 skeins, Barn Red
Mods: I made the 3×1 rib into twisted rib, because I like that better. Also, I crossed the straps in the back (picture forthcoming, I can’t take a picture of my back by myself.) I also made I-cord for the straps instead of the ribbing, because I felt like it.

I’m very pleased with this project, and it’s done a good job of snapping me out of my knitting funk. It was really easy, looks great, and gave me the satisfaction of having something that I’ve actually finished this month. I’m sure I will be able to make good progress on the Charade socks tonight, while I’m waiting in line to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the IMAX.

<freak out>
AH! One week from today, the last Harry Potter book will be out! The world will change! We will all finally know what happens!!
</freak out>

Next week will be exciting. 🙂

The Cleaning – Stage 2: Categorization/picture-taking

Another major reason I am motivated to organize my yarn and yarn supplies is so I can put it all on Ravelry, especially my stash and needles. I can never remember what exactly I have (even though I don’t have that much), and I have a bad, bad habit of losing double pointed needles and forgetting to mark what size my circular needles are, meaning that I have lots of everything. I bought this yesterday, and I’m hoping it will help keep me more organized. Also, it’s pretty. Once I’m finished taking pictures/categorizing/putting away needles, it will be time for Stage 3: sell!

I’m also unsure about what to do with the leftover yarn from my sockapalooza pal’s socks: should I send it to her with the socks, or keep it for myself? Should I make something else out of the remainder to give her? Should I horde it for myself and make anklets for myself? Thoughts? And, I’m still trying to track down extras to give her, but I’m not sure what else would fit.

Midday Yarn

I just received some Sweet Georgia via the Destash blog, and I am so pleased! I’ve tried to get this colorway 2 different times, and both times the various websites crashed before I could buy them. Now I have it! There will be much fondling before I decide what to do with it.

The Cleaning – Stage 1a: Distraction

Last night I went through all my magazines and books that were lying under the coffee table, and made some interesting discoveries.  Apparently I have more knitting magazines than I realized, for one.  I reacquainted myself with some of my knitting books that I hadn’t looked at in some time, too, specifically Mason-Dixon Knitting.

Well, I should also mention that I decided to do this cleaning because I’m feeling unsatified with my knitting.  I completed the two things I set out to complete (wedding shawl and sockapalooza socks), but the remaining WIPs I have aren’t thrilling me.  I have a mostly completed Juno, with only half of the cabled collar to finish, but I don’t feel like cabling now, and wool +  summer = bad.  I have 2/3 of a Conwy sock for my sister, but I discovered that it may be too small for her.  Some creative blocking will be necessary.  So, that is in time out.  Then, the apricot jacket decided to taunt me, because of my previous comments about the pattern: “I’m a pretty experienced knitter, so this pattern shouldn’t give me any problems, even if it is poorly translated German.”  The apricot jacket said, “HA!  I heard that!  You’re screwed.”  So, it too is in time out.  Then, with these two sort-of-failures under my belt, I started some Charade socks for me in Koigu.  They are going quite well, but aren’t satisfying me like I’d hoped.

This story has a point.  So, I was looking through my pile of knitting books and magazines, and I read through Mason-Dixon Knitting until I got to the part about log cabin blankets.  Angels sang, a ray of sunlight descended down from the sky, and I immediately cast on for a blanket.  I have 15 million balls of leftover sock yarn to use up.  It is going splendidly so far, and already I can tell that log cabin blankets are like crack.  You just can’t stop doing it.

The Cleaning – Stage 1.

This weekend The Cleaning begun. I took out my two small bins that holds 1/10th most of my stash and did some purging. Most of the yarn that I bought during the past year has gone in the coffee table, which is not a valid or safe storage system, especially considering our kitten.   It’s interesting to actually see how small my stash really is compared to many, and I’m not sure what I think about that.  Stash = good, so more stash = more good.  I did find some Knit Picks elegance in red (4 skeins!) that I’ll probably use for something or other, and a few other things that I completely forgot that I had.  I have quite a bit of yarn to put on the Destash blog, but I have to take pictures of all of it first.

Then, I moved on to needles. Currently, my straight and circular needles are being held in a bag, all jumbled and unorganized. This must change. I’m in the process of saving up for this and this. Soon I will become super-organized woman and no cat will be able to mess with my yarn. Until then, I have to resort to bags and bins and a squirt gun.

Tomorrow, Stage 2: the books and magazines will begin.

July 2007

Am I a joiner?

In the maw

Venezia Sweater
Seeded Cables Cardigan

Flickr Photos