Archive for March, 2008

Birthdays are for awesome.

My birthday was actually last week, but I haven’t had time to properly enjoy it until now. This week is annual state inspection at my workplace, and everyone has been consumed with it. This means way, way less time for knitting and blogging. Now that my books have been successfully audited, I can discuss knitting things again.

I got various gift certificates for yarn places (pictures forthcoming), but the some of the best things I got were gadgets/books. Check this out:

This is a set of super-cool blocking…blocks. They are made out of some cool foam sort of stuff covered with carpet, and they interlock to form pretty much whatever shape you need. It’s really cool, and has the added benefit of being water-resistant which makes stuff dry faster. Here’s an action shot.

This is the second Venezia sleeve blocking on two of the blocks.   I’m really pleased.  I also got a number of books, namely Favorite Socks (Interweave Knits compliation), and Sensual Knits.  Let me just say up front that while both books are cool, Sensual Knits is spectacular.  I think there are 3 or 4 patterns in the book that I do not want to make.  It’s ridiculous.  I have already ordered some yarn to make one of the tank top patterns, and have been looking for yarn for one of the dresses.  I’m stoked.  There’s been good progress on the Venezia Sweater (as evidenced by picture), and I’ve started the body of the sweater.  Once I get it done, my master plan is to work on one of the dresses.  Yay knit dresses!

E is for elliptical

We got this in December 2007, and I’ve been exercising (regularly) every since.  Well, except for the 3 week period when it was broken.  I’m really pleased to finally have an elliptical trainer in the house, because it greatly increases the odds that I will exercise, and exercise is good.

More color!

These came in the mail today:

It took me time to decide if I wanted to order these, or the nickel plated interchangeable, but I decided on these.  I heard a lot of good things about them, and they’re way prettier than the nickel ones.  My initial concerns were the slickness of the surface, strength, and pointyness, all of which were covered during my extensive research on ravelry.  I also ordered a size 2.5 (3mm) circular to knit the body of Venezia, so that should be a good test of strength.

I have high hopes.


It’s been awfully gray and brown around here lately, so I’ve been craving some color.

This should do the trick! It helps that it’s a very easy pattern, so I can knit while stalking Wollmeise at The Loopy Ewe. I must have some.

FO: Woolen Gloves

Pattern: Woolen Gloves from Knitting Classic Style by Veronik Avery
Yarn: Sundara sock yarn, color burnt cranberry; size 3 needles
Mods: Made cuff 4 inches shorter, and made middle finger and thumb smaller (circumference-wise)

I wasn’t sure what to do with this yarn, but I knew I wanted to show it off.  So, I made gloves.  Generally they’re good gloves, though the pattern is a little weird: the thumbs appear to have tumors on the sides.  I altered that somewhat, to good effect.

(thumb tumor)They are warm and soft and red, which is really what I require of gloves.  They aren’t as tight as my mermaid gloves, either.


I’m not always an insomniac, but when I am, interesting ideas fill my head. My birthday is in a few weeks, and I’ve already received a gift certificate to the Loopy Ewe from my parents. I’m really excited, but also at a bit of a loss: I generally buy yarn when I have a specific project in mind, and I feel like I have enough going on at the moment (venezia sweater and stripy birthday socks). Still, I can’t pass up sock yarn. So what do I make? Somehow I’ve decided that I should design a shrug that I can make using sock yarn, because none of the ones I’ve seen are what I want. My head is filled with hazy images of “what I want to make,” despite the fact that I’ve never designed anything before, and that my math skills are nonexistent. I’m not sure why it’s been so hard to find what I want. It should be snug-fitting, cropped, light enough to wear in the summer, and have some sort of interest to it. No cables. Probably not lace. I spent hours this morning looking on Ravelry for any sort of sweater that I could cannibalize into a shrug, to no avail. The only ones that were close were in a completely different gauge (see my above no math skills comment). I still have all my books to look through this afternoon, so I may have an idea later.

Still, I think I should sleep on it. 🙂

D is for Dice

I use dice a lot.  I game with them, lust after them (I have a horrible dice-collecting habit), hate them, and love them.  I don’t have as many dice as my husband, but I do have a fair amount.  I am one of those superstitious  gamers who will not use a die if it continues to roll poorly for me, so I need to have a good variety to choose from.  I like my dice so much that I knit a dice bag for them (as I mentioned a few weeks ago)

Yes, it is good.  I need my dice to be happy.

FO: Modern Lace Henley

This was actually finished Feb. 12th, but I haven’t been able to get a good picture of it until very recently.

Pattern: Modern Lace Henley, by Pam Allen
Yarn: Lisa Souza Super sport, 2.5 skeins, color deep periwinkle
Needles: US size 4 and 6 (Addis)
Mods: I made the sleeves slightly longer by lengthening the ribbing, and I also made the collar about 1.5 inches shorter (I am not John Travolta from the 70s).

This really was a pretty quick knit, though the next all-lace sweater I make will be in the round. Sewing up lace sucks. I really like the way this fits: it fits me perfectly at the shoulders and around the arms, and I like that it’s a little less fitted, but still sort of fitted. I probably should have made it slightly longer, but it still works fine. This is my second purple/bluish sweater in a row, so I have decided that I won’t be making any more purple/blue sweaters for awhile. Well, except Venezia, of course. 🙂

March 2008

Am I a joiner?

In the maw

Venezia Sweater
Seeded Cables Cardigan

Flickr Photos