Monday, August 18, 2008

lazy days of summer

well, i'm officially bored with my summer vacation. luckily, august has not been so hot that i want to die, so i've been able to continue knitting.

and so i have a few FOs to show!!!

BSG socks! well, sock. Made with the "Eye of Jupiter" yarn from Sereknity

but the best part is the heel! Eye of Jupiter, indeed!

I used the RPM pattern from to do the swirls on the foot and leg and then just inserted an afterthought heel and basically knit a toe with a decrease pattern that resembles a star. love it!! but i had a case of Second Sock Syndrome, so right now its only one sock. I probably should do the other before Rhinebeck ;)

Speaking about Rhinebeck, i finished a perfect fall sweater. I did the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts in Malabrigo Worsted in Cabernet and its as rich and comforting as a glass of red wine.

And one more summer knit. This one was thrown together from 2 separate patterns from Knitting Lingerie Style. I might even wear it to dinner or drinks this week!! The yarn was the Hana silk yarn I purchased at Artfibers in SF. It has the most incredible drape and sheen to it, it almost glows. And I look really good in navy, so this color was an excellent choice for me.

And finally, from my Socks that Rock club membership, a cute pair of socks. While I tend to love pastels, I don't love them all jumbled into one skein like a tub of sherbert, but I loved the pattern used and have actually enjoyed the way the yarn looked once it was knit up. So another happy FO!

Now I'm working on a quick pair of wrist warmers with cables, the Espresso sweater from "A Fine Fleece" (easily one of my favorite knitting books although it intimidates me horribly), and thinking of doing Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Sweater on 2 Needles. Pictures of those will come soon.

But now I leave you on this August day with a picture of the other resident of the house, being his usual lazy self. Precious little thing, isn't he?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

less than a month later!!!

woot! i managed to post less than a month after my last post!!!

well, the job search has commenced, mostly b/c i've mostly finished working on the apartment and am starting to get bored. and when i get bored, i get mopey. and then downright morose. ergo, job search.

but in the meantime, i've been doing some knitting. now, if you were expecting photographic evidence of said activity, you are doomed to disappointment.

mostly b/c i was too busy taking pictures of my stash!

actually, more like pictures of stash management. previously, all my yarn was shoved willy-nilly into plastic bins and while it was all nice and safe from evil moths and such, it was not the best way to have an idea of what i possessed. which led to a massive amount of yarn shopping when i felt i had NOTHING to knit with.

Before: Neat, but unorganized

During: Uncontrolled Chaos

After: Order restored

categories include- 1 skein, Remainders, Fair Isle, Bulky, Cotton, etc. And Sock Yarn. There is A LOT of sock yarn.

sadly, i had a massive allergy attack during the cleaning. i've been tested for dust mites, etc, but i'm starting to become a wee bit nervous that i may be allergic to fibers given off by the myriad variations of yarn i have in my collection.

so how do you explain to your NYC allergist when you have to call and ask "can we check and see if i'm allergic to sheep?" that could get me some funny looks, i'm thinking