Friday, April 27, 2007

Another Cast On

Thanks everyone for the comments on the baby blanket beginnings. I wish I could email everyone individually - I realize this has become a common complaint around here - but blogger doesn't make it too easy. I think I might need to download haloscan or a similar application. Anyone have any luck with this type of program?

I cast on for another project, but it's socks so it doesn't count. And I actually cast on a while back, like in March. Oops, who knew I was such a secret keeper? They just haven't been on my mind too much because I've spent so little time on them - mostly during some t rides in Boston.

Here's where I was at this weekend:

I'm about halfway down the foot now, but this is my latest photo. The yarn is the important part now anyway, right?

Ooh la la! I'm such a sucker for bright, bold colors. I was once referred to as "the girl who always wears bright colors." This is Sundara Yarn in Cirque purchased about a year ago - before it was cut throat buying her yarn. I must say I understand why. This is my second pair of socks knitted with her yarn, and it truly is fabulous. The color saturation is unbeatable* and the finished product handles quite a bit of wear and tear. Not quite the sproing or softness of STR, but I dare say I think it wears a tad (just a tad!) better - and I machine wash. At least with the base yarn she was using last year.

I hope to finish these off, so I can cast on for the latest STR Rockin' Sock Club shipment.

*I actually cast on for a Chevron Scarf with this yarn and some leftover Fairgrounds from these socks, but decided the colors needed to be on their own to fully show off the rich, jewel-like colors.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Knitting for Babies

I started a new project with a deadline. I'm not finished with any of my other WIPs, but I have a deadline - a pretty good excuse, I'd say. Here's the start...

It's the Big Bad Baby Blanket from SNB Handbook. My friends are getting the baby bug (is it insensitive to call it a "bug?"), so I have to up my game on baby knits. My friend requested booties, but I wanted to supplement the booties with another gift. I chose Blue Sky Organic Cotton after scouring the internets for a baby blanket appropriate yarn and consulting moms from work (I know zero about babies- probably evident considering I likened having one with a bug). I was originally planning on some Cascade Superwash, but worried the baby might be allergic to wool. I did think what EZ would say about that, but I'm not sure all mothers would share her opinion about putting a baby in wool. And I didn't buy plastic yarn! I've never worked with BSOC, but chose it because it's all natural, contains no dyes and who wouldn't want their precious little baby's sensitive skin next to something this soft? The baby's room is sage and yellow, so I think "nut" will be a good match. The fabric is so drapey and soft - a perfect combination for a blanket. Now I want one (blanket, not baby)!!

There's another baby in our circle of friends to arrive in the fall, so I ordered some yarn for another blanket, but in the natural color...

what's that in the back there? could it be a weekender bag in progress? just waiting for a zipper to arrive in the mail...

Kind of weird how the natural color is in hank form and the nut in a skein, huh? Also, the nut can be machine washed and the natural can't. Have any idea why? Did BSA just change their packaging? They're both organic cotton.

Oh, and what's with the green yarn? Since I was already placing an order, I tacked on a kit for the Fitted Tank (I settled on Pickle - thanks for your input everyone!) I won't be casting on for a while, obviously. I'm just going to admire the beautiful green in the meantime - the same green I'm trying to convince J to paint the craft room / office in our new house. I have my work cut out for me on succeeding with that!

As a side note, I ordered from (which i highly recommend) where the discount policy is essentially the more you buy, the more you save. I ended up saving $30 with the discounts, covering the entire tank kit! How could I not buy it, right?

By the way, any of you other knitter / runner types, check out this article about a marathoner who knit the entire race!!

Enjoy the weekend! It's sure to be a nice one!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

My Bookshelf, Project Spectrum Style

I know I promised knitting pics last time, but it's just way too ucky outside for photography. Luckily, I took some photos on Friday. I saw this on Megan's, The Knitting Philistine and Lolly's blogs and am ripping off their idea. I just love looking at someone's book choices - it's like digging through someone's trash, butless gross.

Green Books.

I put this picture first because it makes me look the smartest. Look at all those thick scholarly anthologies! English majors, I'm sure you recognize the Nortons. Those two skinny books are my green knitting books - Fitted Knits is the bookshelf's most recent addition.

Yellow Books.

Sorry, these titles are a bit harder to read. This is probably the most accurate blend of the genres found on our bookshelf - some classics, knitting, chic lit, comtemporary fiction, eastern thought, and non fiction. All that's really missing are the tons of J's computer manuals. Wait till the white PS month.

Pink Books.

This section is a bit embarrassing. So I like Chic Lit, big deal!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, everyone! I'm going to spend the rest of the day hunkered down and studying.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I'm Gonna be So Clean

Look what arrived on my doorstep this week!

check out that beautiful packaging!

Some amazing soaps from Megan of Good SoapWorks of Athens aka The Knitting Philistine. We did a little swapping and I couldn't be happier. Even after just opening the envelope, I was enveloped in heavenly scents. This stuff truly is divine!

I could be mistaken, but it looks like Megan used leftovers from the fantabulous Lucy loves Schroeder Chevron scarf for the yarn bows! I feel like I'm in possession of something famous!

Thanks, Megan! Everyone else: go buy some soap!

Aside from me smelling really good, this week has brought lots of stockinette knitting and to do lists. I don't have pics of the st st because I'm a terrible (lazy) blogger, but will soon. Promise. And thanks for all the opinions and recommendations from my last post. I'm still not sure what I'm knitting next, I have way too many WIPs. After I finish up some stuff, I'll choose something!

(If you don't care about non-knitting content, now would be a good place to stop reading)

The to do lists stem from me occupying my free time with reality tv and knitting and then on a whim deciding to accomplish a myriad of lofty goals, make all kinds of lists, buy planners, add more things to the list, etc. All within strict time constraints, of course. remember my holiday list? Ha! Who knows why I do this, but that's just how I roll. In any case, here's a high level view of what I want to accomplish by mid-may. Feel free to laugh in my face.

1. Take GMATs and do well. You should know I haven't taken a math class since HS.
2. Apply to B-School.
3. Pack.
Did I mention we bought a house and close May 18? Luckily we never finished unpacking when we moved to this place. Who ever thought that would work out to our advantage? So far, I packed one box of books. I'd say that's a good start.
4. Finish my sister's overdue Weekender Bag. How many months ago was Christmas?
5. Make baby blanket & booties for shower first week of May. How long could a baby blanket take? Babies are small, right?
6. Design invites for husband's stepfather's birthday roast. As in your-closest-friends-and-family-stand-up-and-mock-you kind of roast.
7. Take Insurance Exam. An obvious barrel of laughs. I don't have a choice for this one; I'm already signed up and my company is paying for it.
Even I realize I'm out of my mind...still more...
8. Train for half marathon (for June 3. a little bit out)
9. Make cute amy butler knock off bag before my Mother's Day Florida Trip.
10. Teach Miles how to read and play the saxophone. I just wanted to see if you were still reading:)

Phew. It felt good to get that off my chest. I usually stick to knitting content round here, except for the sporadic 100 Things I started a while back, but that seems too blatant to actually tap into my personality. Every writing class I ever took engrained "Show, Don't Tell," and I'm doing the exact opposite with the 100 Things. Anyway, I'm struggling for a balance with the blog between being too narcisistic and being cold. I don't want to be some faceless (although I'm often headless in my FO photos) knitter behind the sweaters and socks (with ridiculously good-looking pets), you know? Just thinking "out loud" I guess. Thanks for reading (if you made it this far).

Back soon with real knitting content! There's actually been knitting!