Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Bobble Blue!

Thanks for listening to my weather rant last post. I think it worked, though. It stopped raining:) It was a crafty weekend at la casa de Dragoknitfly. I finished up Bobble Blue and K brewed some fine homecraft delights. Scroll down for some pics in all it's casked glory. More importantly (sorry, honey!) ...

Bobble Blue Pattern: Bobble Blue by Mari Lynn Patrick
Source: Interweave Knits, Spring 2006

Size: 38
Yarn: Plymuth Suri Merino, 8.5 balls in French Blue (recommended yarn, color used in magazine - how creative am I?)
Needles: US Size 6 and 7 Addi Turbos
Buttons: From my stash. I think they might be my mom's even. She gave me a prescription bottle filled with buttons a few years back, but I've thrown in many of my own thrown in since.
Modifications: Three stitch bobbles rather than five. I also added a half inch of ribbing.
Comments: Fun pattern, although I'm not convinced the yarn is a good match. With the short sleeves and the alpaca blend yarn, something seems amiss. I thought this from the very beginning, but found the yarn so cheap I had to use it. I'm hoping it will be a nice work and summer evening sweater. Overall, the sweater is soft and warm with a delicate halo of fuzz and only a smidge itchy (but a lot more than a smidge the second you break a sweat). If I went back and reknit this, I would make the smaller size and add another couple inches of ribbing. I'll have to reblock this puppy and see if I can create the same results with this sweater.

And, here are a billion more pictures...

Some back detail
All ladylike on a hangar.


Dude, I never noticed how many power lines ran in front of my house. That can't be normal.

BEER And, as promised a little American Pale Ale Homebrew! Mmmmm... beer.

RECENT CASTON You didn't think I would finish a project and not cast on for a new one, did you? Here's Prairie Tunic 4 row in. STASH Oh, and last but certainly not least. A little stash enhancement. That's STR Fairgrounds from the Blue Moon Sock Club on your left and Vesper Sock Yarn in Antigone on your right. Yum and yum.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A Break from the Rain

I think I forgot what the sun looks like. It's been raining here in Boston for days. And days. And days. I feel like we're being punished because we only had four months of winter instead of our usual 6. What's worse is that the rain is nowhere near stopping. You'll imagine my wonder when around 7 tonight light started shining into my apartment. Was it the street lights? No. It was my old friend, the sun!! After my eyes snapped out of their shock, I snagged a chance to snap a few shots of the back of Bobble Blue, which has been waiting patiently for a photo opportunity.

Please excuse the wrinkly appearance, it's been hibernating in my knitting bag the past week while I work on the left front. This little sweater is coming along after a brief lull. As much fun as the cables are, I have a serious mental block with the bobbles... and adding the second line of cabling. I keep forgetting all about it, even with the chart a foot away. I've ripped this quite a few times. That's the other news. I've finally lost my fear of frogging. I would normally tink back row after row because I was convinced I would drop stitches frogging and have to rip out the entire sweater. I think I'm good, though. Baby steps, right?

So far I have finished the back, one sleeve and am almost finished with the left front. I'm hoping the rest flies by. And to think I was hoping this would be ready for Easter. I'll be lucky if I make Memorial Day. And we all know Memorial Day is about alpaca sweaters and sweating.

Now that my jaywalkers (aka T knitting) are complete, I started a fresh project. Plain ole' toe up socks in (drumroll) Vesper sock yarn(!!!). When I first bought this stuff, I thought of my parents lining up for hours to score me a Cabbage Patch Kid way back in the 80s. It's cut throat getting your hands on this stuff! I was starting to worry I would have to give up my first born just to hold a skein of this stuff. I was maniacal hitting that refresh button and even...stayed late at work because I wouldn't get home in time for the sale. Was it worth it? You bet. These socks make my feet drool. And the colors! I want to make them into knee highs... I'm thinking I can add matching blue yarn for the ribbing and it might work? yeah? Maybe?

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.