Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Still plugging away

In the midst of all the destashing I've been doing, I've still been doing some knitting. I apologize for the lack of pictures, I'll update those later.

There are still a number of WIPs on the needles, some of which I've actually worked on. And in the long-awaited department, I finally know people who are pregnant and can get some of those cute baby patterns I've been eyeing on the needles.

Tell me I didn't just say that....

Anyways - still a multitude of socks. I finished my Trekking socks using the "You're putting me on" pattern, only to decide the foot was too long and frog back. I've been plugging away at my knee socks (using this and this tutorial) while in the lab (which led to finally getting a chance to meet the other knitters at work!) and am quite pleased so far. The hiking and Jaywalker socks have sadly been neglected, but the lace knee highs from Interweave can be resurrected, now that I finally found the pattern (it was in the shawl section of my pattern files. Go figure).

Sweaters still abound as well. Wicker has been horribly neglected in favor of the Hourglass Sweater. However, after having to rip back 24 rows, Hourglass may have lost her privileged place. The yarn for Rapunzel came in, and I plan to be swatching for that soon to add to the list of planned sweaters (Ariann, Wicked, Loop-d-Loop Lace Leaf Pullover, Thermal, and many more)

And finally, I gave in to the mitre (thanks to january one) and ordered some cotton for Elann to make my own blanket. I'm still recovering from the large order :)

Oh - watch this. I'm really intrigued to see the final version now. And check out this. Finally, a whole book :) I can't wait. (If you haven't seen her blog, I command you to stop reading now and head over there).

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


So I want to make this sweater:
Rapunzel, from Rowan. It calls for Rowan Kid Classic and Lurex (which is discontinued), with the Lurex being used for an intarsia pattern at the top of the jacket. I don't want to buy Kid Classic (b/c I'm cheap), but I really want to get Kidlin Pixie to substitute for the Lurex....the problem is picking colors...

After some suggestions, I'm still narrowing it down :) And I'm sure you all love following through the thought (or lack thereof) process!

There's Cascade Bollicine Etoile, to be used for the body (Valley Yarn Florence is pricier when you consider yardage). And there's the Kidlin Pixie, to be used instead of Lurex (at the top of the sweater):

So many yarns, so little cash :)

Friday, April 06, 2007

And the winner is....

Kami - who guessed 728. Only 5 away from the actual number of 723. Can I say how eerie that is? Have you been watching all the movies I've been watching? That's just crazy.

Honorable mentions:

Most creative guess - textual bulldog, who included a fraction. I have a thing about finishing movies I start and not including movies I didn't finish on my list, but there are certainly more and more movies I don't finish.

Guess highlighting my ideal life of knitting and watching movies: elspeth, who guess 889. I'm so close...

Guess generously downplaying the number of movies I've seen: gradschool knitter, with only 250. I feel like I'm approaching that number in a year at the rate I'm going :)

So, winners and honorable mentions, send me your snail mail addresses and something will be arriving shortly :)

Thursday, April 05, 2007

A hat, a little late

I started this hat in hopes of having it ready for last weekend's trip to Sequoia (which was fun, and not as cold as I was concerned it would be. It also inspired a little shopping spree - I'm now the owner of my own snow pants, in a modest black. You've got to love those sales!), but just now finished it off.

Pattern: My own
Yarn: Malabrigo, something about grapes...crushed grapes? Velvet grapes. Whatever it is, I really love Malabrigo!

Still working on a few pairs of socks - I think this month is going to be my month to focus on finishing things up.

Contest ends at noon tomorrow, PST. I'm hoping to post the winner (and maybe some honorable mentions too!) tomorrow afternoon. :)