Archive for January, 2008

B is for…

(my stress brain)

People who know me would say that I’m moderately obsessed with zombies, and zombie-related paraphernalia.  Someone gave this to me, and I just love it!  It’s way better than one of those lame-ass stress balls.  I’m not sure how I became interested in them in the first place, though I do remember wanting to be an archaeologist when I was little (I also am fond of mummies).  The first book I can remember reading was a book about how mummies were made, and it had a great impact on me.  I was just very impressed.

We currently own a zombie apocalypse survival kit (as detailed in The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks) that was given to my husband and I for Christmas one year.  I think I just find the idea of walking dead intriguing, from both a philosophical and psychological standpoint. I also play way, way too many games, and just love killing zombies. So sue me. 🙂

FO: Fair Isle Cthulhu Dicebag

(AKA: Dicebag of awesome)

Stats: Some pattern I found on the internet.  I have no idea where I got it.  Fair isle Cthulhu pattern also found on the internet (a few years ago), no idea where I got that.  I’m so helpful.
Yarn: 1.5 skeins Louet Gems Pearl in Linen Gray, .2 skein of green.  The orangy/pink/brown stripe is Cherry Tree Hill supersock potluck, and I use a tiny amount of that.  I used size 1.5 US needle for the whole thing.

This was an awesome, quick project with great results.  My husband was so impressed that he wants one for himself.  I’m just happy that I was able to pick up fair isle with basically no problem, and make a kick-ass dicebag for myself.

Now I just need more dice to fill it up.  🙂

Obsession, thy name is fair isle.

I started a fair isle dice bag yesterday, mostly because I really wanted to work on something involving colorwork (dammit!).  I don’t have enough personal money left to buy the yarn for the sweater until next month, so I was looking around for some other similar project.  I have had a cthulhu fair isle chart on the fridge for months, and from there the leap was easy!  I have no idea where I got said chart from, nor where I got the original dice bag pattern.  I know I got both of them from the internet, and that’s about it.

(the yarn is more green than blue)

I just could not stop knitting.  It’s mesmerizing to see the pattern emerge.

Leading by example.

My knitting fervor has apparently rubbed off on others.  About a week ago, one of my friends send me an instant message, confessing that she was teaching herself how to knit.  Apparently they have “learn to knit” kits at Michaels, and she bought one there, mostly because it was heavily discounted.  I informed her that I was more than happy to supply her with crack yarn, because she’s allergic to most wool and other fibers, and I have shitloads of bamboo yarn I want to get rid of.  Her fiance was dismayed.  Pleased with my forwarding of the knitting cause, I went over to another friend’s house on Saturday and she informed me that she wanted to re-learn knitting (she already crochets).  I was pleased!  I spent some time discussing fiber arts with her, much to the chagrin of her roommates.  Then, one of my old friends from high school told me yesterday that she’s taken up spinning, and is in love with it, and wants to work on her knitting skills as well (she also crochets).  It’s been a very productive few weeks.  I feel almost like some benevolent knitting goddess, leading by example and bestowing gifts of crack yarn upon my followers.  (I’m crazy).

I’m 2/3 of the way done with the Loopy Ewe Swap socks.  I’ve started my search for goodies, which is always the area in which I have the most trouble.  Fortunately, I have some good ideas already.

A is for Albus

Albus Dumbledore, of course!  I have to say that the last 10 years with Harry Potter have just flown by.  No matter how many times I read the books or listen to the audiobooks, I never grow tired of the stories, the writing, and the characters.  I put the Half-Blood Prince on top, but you can see Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows (slightly) below it.

I did have a hard time coming up with something for A, but I think this fits pretty well.  I already know what I’m doing for B and C, though…

Oblique – redux

After looking at everyone else’s Obliques, I decided to change the buttons to match the actual pattern.  It made it look better, and fit better, so it’s good times.  I’ve been wearing it to work most of the week (and to NYC), though recently it’s been too warm (!!!) to wear it much.   Not much posting this week, due to massive workload, but I did get one sock for my Loopy Ewe sock pal done, and I’ve been working on Gibson Girl some.

I’ve become obsessed with one of my 2008 goals, colorwork.  I’ve been planning and planning for the Venezia sweater, and I’ve decided that I want to use Dream in Color Smooshy instead of normal fair isle yarn.  I can do machine steeks.  I’ve never done steeks before, but it seems fairly straightforward, and my sewing machine and I have a pretty good relationship, I think.  So, we’ll see.  Of course, I have to wait until next month to buy the yarn, and I’d like to try to get Gibson Girl mostly done (or done) before I start Venezia.

Best of 2007

In the spirit of the season (?), I’ve decided to take a look back at my 2007 posts and reminisce. List courtesy of Knitlit.

1. your best FO of the year:

There are a number of FOs that I’ve really liked. I have to say, though, that the one I wear the most and think the most happy thoughts about is the Gothic Leaf Stole I made in June. It was nice to wear at the wedding, but it rocks as a scarf. It’s long, wide, and cashmere. Also, it’s just that color blue that goes with everything, though I certainly didn’t plan it that way. I wear it almost every day, and spend my boring meetings playing with it.

Second would be Oblique, because it’s so wearable.

2. best FO of the year made by a blog you link to:

Seriously, do I have to choose? January One’s mitered square blanket (which I think is a FO, but not sure). Emilee’s foliage. Wendyknit’s….socks! Blogs are my inspiration, so it’s really hard to choose just one FO.

3. best yarn you tried:

Definitely Shibui sock yarn: the colors are exactly right for me, and it creates a beautiful fabric. A close second is koigu (duh).

4. best new book/mag/pattern of 2007:

I received lots of books/magazines in 2007, so it’s hard to choose. I’d have to say that the fall Interweave Knits was a good one for me, but there aren’t really any standouts as far as I remember.

5. best new knitting technique or gadget you tried in 2007:

This came at the tail end of the year, but my swift wins this hands down. It is awesome.

6. top 5 inspirations–what five things inspired you the most over the past year?

Inspiration is hard. It’s hard to say what inspires me, and, based on my blog entries, I’m very flaky about what inspires me. Generally it’s a picture, or a color, but no one thing in particular. So I guess I’d say that the knitting community/knitblogs inspired me, because seeing all the finished projects spurred me to create/copy. This answer is a cop-out, I know, but tough. 🙂

7. designer who most amazed & inspired you throughout the year:

There were many designers who inspired me this year, but the big two were Eunny Jang and Veronik Avery. After going through my Ravelry queue and old FOs, I realized that many of the patterns were designed by one of these two.

8. knitting resolutions for 2008–what’s next for you and your blog?

There’s been a lot of talk around the blogosphere about being a “fearless knitter.” It’s a very interesting and inspiring concept, but when I thought about it, I’m already a fearless knitter (in my opinion). I knit what I want, when I want to, and pay no mind to difficulty ratings, complexity, or techniques involved. If it contains a technique I don’t know, I’ll learn it. The only reason I haven’t done colorwork yet is because, well, I’m too lazy. Also, all the colorwork projects got bumped for other, more motivating projects. I’m very product-based, as I’ve mentioned before. If I like what the end result looks like, or could look like, I must make it. So, my goals for 2008:
1. Colorwork: Including, but not limited to Eunny’s Venezia Pullover from Winter 2006 IK. My inspiration is this, two color version of the sweater, made by someone on ravelry. It’s just stunning.
2. Post more often. I don’t neglect the blog too much, but I’d like to post more about my knitting-in-progress, and other stuff. I joined the 2008 ABC-along, so that should help.
3. Take pictures of, organize, and potentially sell part of my stash.

There you have it! I think these goals will keep me busy during 2008, and I’m sure I’ll find more as the year goes on.

There isn’t much going on.

Except some knitting, of course.  I discovered that the socks I’m working on for The Loopy Ewe swap has a very similar pattern to one of the sweaters I’m currently working on, which is a little odd, yet thrilling.  It’s been cold enough here that I’ve worn 3 different knit items today and yesterday (scarf, gloves, and oblique!), something that also thrilled me.

I’m not the type that makes New Year’s resolutions, but I have decided to start exercising on a regular basis again.  We bought an elliptical trainer last week, so working out has become much easier.    I’m not fat, but I have begun to become uncomfortable with the new bulges that I have, nor do I particularly want to buy new clothes in the next few years.  So, I will change my habits slightly so I can continue to eat what I want, and potentially get more in shape at the same time.

I’m going to NYC to a museum exhibit this weekend, and my goal is to get a weird picture with my knitting.  So, there’s that.

FO: Oblique

This was actually finished on 12/31, so I’m counting this as the final finished project for 2007.

(I am against velociraptors, as stated by my shirt)

Pattern: Oblique, by Veronik Avery
Yarn: Beaverslide worsted weight, 4.5 skeins, color Mountain Twilight, size 8 needle.
Mods:  None, really.

(squishy detail)

This was another one of those patterns that I wasn’t sure I would like on, but really liked the way it looked on the model.  I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, with one exception: the button band (it’s always the button band).  I need to re-sew on the buttons, because this button band will not gap when the buttons are in the correct place.  Other than that, the sweater looks good, fits comfortably, and is at that almost-but-not-actually-itchy place.  It’s good.

On other fronts, I received the yarn for my Loopy Ewe Swap pal, and have started the socks.  I love this yarn to death, and can’t wait to post pictures and go on and on about how awesome it is.  But, I have to wait until I send them.

January 2008

Am I a joiner?

In the maw

Venezia Sweater
Seeded Cables Cardigan

Flickr Photos