Sunday, May 07, 2006

My Feet are Getting all the Love

First I got a pedicure (thanks, Mom!)

Then, I finished my jaywalkers
And finally(!) got new running sneakers.

My feet are loving life.

Some notes on the Jaywalkers...

Jaywalkers by Grumperina (duh, like I'm not the last person to knit these)
Sundara Yarn in Trompe L'oeil (Super soft yarn, with excellent stitch definition and luscious colors)
Needles: Size 1, 40" Addis
Dates Knitted: March 26 to May 2, 2006
Techniques: Magic Loop
Mods: Followed pattern pretty much exactly. Only change was knitting 6 inches (instead of 7) before starting the heel.
Comments: Loved the pattern. Great for T knitting. Will definitely make another pair. Highlights striping yarns like no other pattern.

Here are some more photos of the finished socks.....

close up of the stitches.
the toe... I don't know, I just thought it looked cute!
I also bought some yarn for a not yet started project, Prairie Tunic from Interweave Spring '06.

Bobble Blue is coming along slowly. I've been picking up the running now that spring has finally hit Boston, but knitting has slowed. Here's a picture of quintessential springtime Boston with magnolia trees in full bloom in Back Bay.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Some small FOs

I've been working on some small projects along with my Jaywalkers and Bobble Blue. Here is the cableknit purse I first mentioned in my last post:


Pattern: none

Yarn: Lamb's Pride Bulky in Oatmeal

Needles: 11 Clover Bamboo Straights

Comments: It's dangerous for me to post this here as I have yet to sew in a lining and I'm not exactly diligent when it comes to finishing. I have a five hour car ride to Jersey this weekend, though, where mundane crafts will be key. (It's hard to concentrate or read a chart with a ornery tabby cat yowling in your ear and climbing all over the dashboard). I like the bag, but don't think it's the most useful thing I've ever knit. You really can't fit much. I'll still probably knit it again with the following mods... use worsted weigh yarn, splurge on real wood handles instead of acrylic (Ijust snagged these at Michael's and didn't search for higher quality handles), make the bag portion larger. I would also think about going for a rectangular shape with dowel handles and use it as a clutch.

YELLOW & PURPLE NECKLACE On a night of knitting burnout and after a little inspiration, I went for some beads hibernating in the stash since Christmastime. My mom, sister and I paced the wholesale bead store (while my Dad and brother patiently waited) to find something to match (yet still provide some "pop") the purple and rose colored beads when my mom found these yellow beauties. After finishing the neclace, I wasn't sure how much I loved the it---it's definitely loud---but that's not something I always mind. I wore it today and by noon, I loved it. I think you picked a winner, Mom!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

A Finished Backyard Leaves and Some Updates

Despite my lack of posts, I swear I have been knitting. I finished Backyard Leaves just in time for some balmy weather. Like any knitter with a new FO, I wore it anyway (it matches perfectly with my Norwegian Stockings!). Unfortunately (or fortunately for the scarf), temperatures dropped as quick as they warmed. Here's a few shots of it basking in blocking glory....

Look! Leaves!
And here's a shot of it's current state after exposure to about 10 drops of rain. So much for blocking. I'm going to try a second time and steam block rather than just spritz and dry. I still like it, I just wish you could see the leaves more.

The specs:
Pattern: Backyard Leaves from Scarf Style
Yarn: 4 Balls Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Pea Green
Needles: Size 7 Addi Circs
Knitting Duration: January to March 31st.
Mods: Subbed yarn.
Comments: This pattern was a blast to knit; consistently entertaining. The yarn was a great match for the pattern and so soft! It feels brilliant against my neck. I can understand the complaints I read about Cashmerino Aran, I can already see some pilling and have to be so careful when I wear it with my jacket with velcro. As I mentioned earlier, I'm having some issues with the blocking and think another blocking is necessary for BY to reach its full potential. All that said, I would definitely knit this scarf again.


(the looming shadow is Zoe)

As soon as Backyard Leaves was off the needles, I cast on for Bobble Blue. I've been eyeing this sweater since IK released the preview. I ordered the yarn from
Discount Yarn Sale where I found it ridiculously cheap. Something like $42 a bag. The downside is waiting 2-3 weeks, but I think was worth it. When I first dove into the bag, I wasn't 100% psyched about the yarn, it wasn't as soft as I expected and the color was a bit different than I thought. Once knitted, the yarn has a completed different personality. The fabric is *so* soft and seems more durable than the last alpaca sweater I made. Obviously the color didn't change, but I've come to terms with it and like it now. I've barely made any progress, but I'm already loving the pattern and think I'll get a lot of use out of this during the spring and cool summer nights. My original grand plan was for this to be ready to wear on Easter. Definitely not going to happen.

An upclose shot:


I also knit the panel for my cable purse. I'm going to try and finish this up today.


A daily user of the T system, knitting keeps me sane during my commute. My current portable project is a pair of Jaywalkers in Sundara Yarn. Take a look... (ignore my winter feet)

an upclose shot of the yarn and striping:

and another just so you can see Zoe.

The yarn is delicious and I'm finally getting the pattern. I started these before with different yarn and kept messing up (how embarrassing considering everyone's knit these and I've yet to hear of anyone who had trouble). I think it all finally clicked this time.

Sorry for the super long, picture-heavy post. I'm just lazy and wait for the projects to build up before I whip out the camera.