VDay Yarn Follow Up!

20 02 2010

My yarn from Colleen came a few days ago!

The yarn on the right is Misti Alpaca Hand Panted Sock, in colorway Birds of Paradise.  It’s a very soft blend of Alpaca and Merino, with a touch of silk and a touch of nylon, and this pretty variegated is mostly reds, purples, pinks, and some greens.    I love yarns that look like they have been picked from a garden, Colleen knows this.  I also love Misti Alpaca and have been meaning to get more ever since my wild infatuation with my Chevvy socks.

On the left are two skeins of Yarn Love’s Elizabeth Bennett in color Twinkling Pink.  This is a Merino/Bamboo/Silk blend.  I can’t wait to try it out.

I’ve also realized that my knitting progress has been significantly slower lately due to my extraordinarily crazy schedule.  I for the most part have weekends off to knit, but I also use the weekends to catch up on all of the school work I don’t have time for during the week.  Because of this I frogged a few things I wasn’t much working on, but I still have plenty of WiP’s.  I just start feeling guilty if I ignore something so I reclaim the yarn and promise myself it will become something fabulous.

Even when my knitting progress is painfully slow, I still find it a great comfort to knit a few rows at the end of a long work day, it becomes more like a meditation for me.  I’m not sure where I was going with that except to say, “Knitting, I still love you, I promise.”

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A Very Yarny Vday

14 02 2010

Well it is not much of a secret that I have a Long Distance Boyfriend, one who I might add is in the Caribbean right now with his family so I could not even call him for Valentine’s Day (I did receive a very lovely email though!)

Another not very secret fact about me is that my best friend in life lives in Baltimore.  Her name is Colleen and we have been friends since we were 18, longer ago than I might care to admit.  I met her in the hallway of my ex boyfriend’s college dorm, they were next door neighbors.  I asked her if she would like to come watch me get my nipple pierced and she said yes.  I’ve long since retired the piercing but would never dream of retiring Colleen.

Well one of my favorite parts of me and Colleen’s friendship is our joint obsession with all things yarny and crafty.  We go to a yarn shop everytime we are together no matter where we are and make excuses why we need “souvenir” yarn.  If one of us is broke the other will pay for both person’s stash additions.  That’s just what friends do for friends.
We have also recently adopted a tradition of surprise yarn.  This is when one will go online and pick out a skein of sock yarn and have it sent to the other.  We always tell each other after purchasing the surprise yarn because really we are ladies of the instant gratification generation and we don’t want to have to wait three whole business days for the other to find their surprise.  It’s pretty beneficial to have a friend like this who knows your yarn preferences inside and out.  Set me loose in a yarn shop overflowing with color and I bet I can find Colleen’s top five choices.  I bet she could find mine.

Today for Valentine’s day Colleen told me she sent me a skein of sock yarn.  I in turn hopped online and sent a skein to her.  I don’t really care if my boyfriend brings me back a single thing from the Caribbean.  I have Valentine’s sock yarn from my best friend for life.





More More More

2 02 2010

(objects in photo are less impressive than they appear)

Meaning:  This is my first Milo sock from Cookie A.‘s book Sock Innovation, knit in Shalimar Yarns Zoe Sock (a very lovely yarn to work with! Can’t wait to buy more)  The pretty yarn and deceptively simple pattern really did all of the work for me!

(Okay maybe not all of the work, that is still a whole lot of traveling stitches!  I’m going to start the second sock right now, I really need to keep the FO train rolling)





Graupel!

1 02 2010


Another Hunter Hammerson test knit and another Finished Object.  These are Graupel, fast and rewarding I finished my pair in two weeks.

Made with Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 yarn, I’m a big Fleece Artist fan, great colors and great staple sock yarn.  This is colorway “Golden.”

I’m really trying to plow through all of my lonely socks club, so expect some more finished socks soon!  Then it’s on to all of the sweater stash I’ve been accumulating…





At Last

27 01 2010

I feel like my knitting progress has slowed significantly since the summer.  I just have much less time.  That does not mean I’m not trucking along on my numerous UFO’s.

Enough of the belly aching however, here is an actual FINISHED OBJECT!!  And not just any finished object, it’s a whole entire sweater.  One that I am very happy with and I think I’ll be wearing often, starting tomorrow.

This is Audrey In Unst by designer Gudrun Johnston.  The pattern can be purchased from the Twist Collective Fall 2009 (side note:  Twist Collective is a veritable treasure trove of patterns I am dying to knit!), and finally I used the yarn called for in the pattern, BFL Sport from Blue Moon Fiber Arts in colorway Spinel.  I made the 34″ version and had enough left over yarn to knit a tall pair of socks!

I found these buttons on etsy, they were shipped all the way from Israel and took an agonizing 3 weeks to get here after being shipped!  They finally arrived on Monday and I finished this baby up yesterday.  I am still lacking a camera deserving of such pretty knitting, but I plan to remedy that soon 🙂

And now for the photos!





Elfrida!

19 01 2010

I finally have something to show you, unfortunately it’s something old, and not something new.  But to you it’s new because until today this was a secret test knit I was doing for my favorite, Hunter Hammersen.

May I present, the Elfrida sock.

I knit mine in Claudia Handpainted Sock in color Raspberry Ice.  This pattern is for the Penny Rose Yarns’ Wicked Women Sock Club, however it is available for sale to anyone through Hunter’s blog as well as through Ravelry.

It’s much less complicated than it looks and thus very rewarding!  As for any other knitting going on, I’m working on it.





Not Sure I Can Say Why

8 01 2010

Sometimes being a yoga teacher really gets in the way of all of my fun knitting time.  Like this week.  I was awake everyday this week at 6 am or earlier.  By the time I get back home all I want to do is get back in bed and sleep.  Not even knit.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t knit, I have.  But not enough to have anything fun or interesting to show you.

My Audrey in Unst is entirely done save for one sleeve.

Adam’s Boyfriend Blanket is almost in the trim stage.  (and needs to be finished by the end of this month so I’ve been trying to work on it a bit more.)

I’ve just started a sock that includes beads!  My first attempt at beading and so far so good 🙂

I’m hoping to get a lot done tonight in terms of fun sock stuff so I can take some pictures this weekend and show you all.

I guess that means I should get back to knitting!