Monday, August 9, 2010


Good Things:
  • hanging pictures
  • in-unit laundry
  • finishing knitting projects (details will follow)
  • interviewing

Not-So-Good Things:
  • the aboxalpyse
  • not enough kitchen storage
  • or book storage
  • interviewing

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Second Socks: Profiles in Completion

Green Ribbed Socks:

Start date: January 17, 2009
Finish date: July 23, 2010
Time in progress: 1 year, 6 months, and 6 days
Reason for not finishing sooner: The needles I knit the first sock on were in use in my second Jaywalker. I like these a lot, and have been taking notes on the pattern. It's simple, but I may release it just for the heck of it.


Start date: January 12, 2009
Finish date: July 2, 2010
Time in progress: 1 year, 5 months, and 20 days
Reason for not finishing sooner: I got halfway through the second sock and totally stalled. I know this pattern is really popular, but I simply didn't enjoy knitting it.


Start date: 2007 (ish)
Finish date: July 3, 2010
Time in progress: Approximately 3 years
Reason for not finishing sooner: The first sock seemed a little too short in the foot, the yarn is a bit ugly, and the leg length makes my feet look stumpy. I wasn't inspired to finish, so I stashed them in the closet forever. Pulled them out and finished them to reclaim my needles, and to have one less second-sock-in-progress. Also, it only took about 3 hours to get from WIP to FO.

Conclusion: I don't like finishing pairs of socks, so this was a considerable effort. I still have 6 pairs in progress, (why do I do this?) but don't expect any more finished pairs any time soon. Additional first socks are much more likely.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Wrapping Up

We are moving again, and I have more unfinished knitting projects than you can shake a dpn at.
I have resolved not to start any more new projects until we are settled in the new place. Furthermore, I am resolving to finish a bunch of the ones that are already underway - some of which have sat untouched for years.

Exhibit A:

Jultomar and Teeny Tomte, the Yuletide Gnomes by Alan Dart. I started these last fall, thinking they'd be Christmas presents. I immediately realized I liked them too much to give away, and then I was cleaning up one day and set them (almost finished) on top of the television, where they've stoically sat ever since, awaiting noses, beards, and the sewing-on of hats. I took them down last night and finished them both in under an hour while watching Breaking Bad. I am still deciding whether they should have some sort of eyes. Opinions?

Exhibit B:

A patternless two-tone striped hat, in Berroco Ultra Alpaca and Fleece Artist BFL DK. It ended up pointy and a bit elflike because of my laissez-faire decrease math. Out of the wip basket and into my Etsy shop.

Next up (maybe): an array of second socks.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010


Mother's Day gifts!

For my mother: an Emily Shawl knit in Orkney Angora Incredible.

This yarn got up my nose a little while knitting, but it produced a beautiful (and very fluffy) fabric with more body than I expected. I love the finished product; it seems like it will be warm without being heavy.

This was my first time using blocking wires, and I'm definitely a convert. I can't believe I thought they'd be more hassle than they're worth - they made pinning so much easier than it normally is! I should have used more wires for the top edge of the shawl, but I was up way past my bedtime and wasn't thinking straight. Learning curve!

And a quilted table runner for Ilene, using the same block as this quilt I made (and did eventually finish) last year. I switched up the layout, which produced a cool laddery effect against the floral.

It ended up about 5' long and a little over 1' wide, which hopefully fits the table it was intended for. Rather than use bias tape I had (which didn't match at all) or make some myself (difficult!) I just left extra backing fabric all around the edges of the top and batting, then rolled it on over and used it for the binding. I'm sure there's a quiltery name for this, but I don't know what it is.

The floral fabrics are from Rowan and Heather Bailey, and the stripe is probably Rowan but I'm not positive.

If I had to pick a title for this, it would be The Gardener's Ladder. Not that you asked.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Stripes on Parade

The Pi Shawl, she is finished.

I used up almost all of my DK-weight partials in this project, yarns left over from a multitude of hats and other small projects from the last few years, which I finally sorted last winter - things like Felted Tweed, Silky Wool, Whiskey, Swish, and Matchmaker. I love how the colors are all mismatched, and yet the finished product ended up relatively harmonious and balanced (at least to my eye).

The border is Berroco Vintage Wool, the only yarn I purchased for this project. I almost got away with a single skein, but needed a second for the last foot or so of edging. I did the border on 7s, and the rest of the blanket on 5s.

After the blanket was done, I had a little bag full of much smaller scrap balls, so I set about to make a few hats. Two are finished, and a third is well under way. I've listed them in my Etsy shop, since I don't need any more hats, and since I need to start getting rid of things in preparation for our impending move west.

(clicking on the photos will take you to the Etsy listings)

Also new in the shop is this Trilobite hat, made from my Knitty pattern and a ball of Rowan Yorkshire Tweed.

Monday, April 12, 2010


While watching War of the Worlds this evening I paused to go to the bathroom a few times. Tyler was fed up and made a comment, after which we had the following conversation:

Me (yelling from the bathroom): "It's not my fault - Tom Cruise is a powerful diuretic!"

Tyler: "I think you mean Dianetic."

Monday, March 29, 2010


I threw my back out again yesterday, so today I had plenty of time (between Advil doses) to mess around on the internet. I noticed some of my pattern photo links were broken, so I updated the links (and images) in my sidebar and ended up messing around with my blog colors as well. What do you think - is the background too bright?

I also cast on for a Pi Shawl with all my DK weight scraps. This thing is going to be colorful.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Good Things:
  • Coatless weather
  • Salami, cheddar and apple sandwiches
  • Fat quarter sewing projects
  • Easter candy

Not-So-Good Things:
  • Possibly allergic to my lace project
  • Incredibly loud and semi-constant "WHAM-WHAM-WHAM" noise which has plagued my building of residence since January. Let's fix that shit, management company.