Monday, January 31, 2005  

No Knitting Since Thursday


Let the evil paper that is consuming my life die. Now.

Hopefully, regularly scheduled knitting will resume soon. (As will sleeping.)



Wednesday, January 26, 2005  

Scoring Big at Knit Happens!

I came home from late night tonight MUCH richer than when I arrived. First, I got a killer deal on some Jaeger Matchmaker Merino -

I'm not sure if I like the color - it's a light silver-grey. But I definitely could see dyeing it... but for now, I think it'll stay in my stash until I decide what it wants to be when it grows up.

As if that wasn't enough, the lovely Kristine and Phyl-Phyl brought me something yummy from the Long Beach yarn show...

I think the color is a little lighter in person, but this yarn is fabulous. It's merino wool, cashmere, and microfiber. :) I think it wants to grow up to be a lacy scarf, but I'm not sure yet, so into the stash it'll go. :)

And no, it doesn't end there. Apparently, I'm not as "boobalicious" as Kristine, so I scored this ultra cute Gedifra shop sample. I just wish it was going to be warm enough to wear this - it's fabulous!

Oh, and to make the evening complete, I stopped by Restoration Hardware and finally picked up my foot duvets. :) They were only 60% off, but it's supposed to be freezing tomorrow, so it was time. Plus, for $7, not a bad deal!


Tuesday, January 25, 2005  

Fingerless Success!

I love these. Love love love them. I'm actually wearing them right now - I pretty much wear them all day, except when I go outside and put on my mittens. :) You can basically follow Wendy's pattern since she was nice enough to write it up, but if anyone would like, I'd be happy to let you know what I did.

I wish I had something else knitting-related to write about, but, well, I don't. Perhaps after late night tomorrow I'll have made some significant progress on Mariah's second sleeve... so instead of meaningful knitting content, I'll try and distract you with a picture of Cricket contemplating the snow. But don't let her fool you - the second I left the room, she curled up on the bed and snuggled into the down comforter.


Friday, January 21, 2005  

i am not an idiot!!!

Today was judgment day here in law-school land... the day we get (in my case) some of our grades. I'm still waiting on 2 classes, but I can safely say that I am NOT an idiot, and I haven't just wasted $50,000 of loan money. :)

Speaking of law school, they have apparently decided that actually HEATING the classrooms when the temperatures dip below 20 is optional, so I spend each day in class freezing. My solution (besides wearing an insane amount of clothing, including 2 pairs of socks?)

Fingerless mitts, a la Wendy... although truthfully I didn't wait for her to post her pattern, I just made it up. I still have to knit mitt number 2, but I'm loving the first one! I'm using the leftover Artyarns supermerino from my ipod cover - I'll probably have to dip into a second skein for the second mitt, but not by much. (cough cough - did I say 'second skein?' Why yes... I couldn't just leave those last 2 skeins of that colorway on the shelves, now could I?)

The mitts, knit in soft, squishy wool, are a nice change from Mariah - that Calmer may look and feel great, but I have to pull it so tight in the transitions between k's and p's that I give my hand quite a beating. But I'll keep chugging along, confident that once I make it to the body, there will be miles of well-behaved stockinette.

And perhaps, if it snows as much as they're predicting, I can hide under the covers all weekend and knit. :)


Sunday, January 16, 2005  


Today is dedicated to football, knitting, and laundry. (2 out of 3 isn't bad!) ;)

On the knitting front, I'm almost done with the first sleeve of Mariah:

I'm making it out of Rowan Calmer from my stash. It's not entirely an enjoyable experience to knit cables with the Calmer on such large needles (10.5's!) because Calmer has an unfortunate tendency to gap between purls and knits unless you tighten everything up with great determination. But I like the way it's looking, and most of the body of the sweater is done in stockinette, so it should be fine.

Speaking of yarn, though, I did just tremendously enhance my stash from Elann - lots of sock yarn in 21 different colors!

I'm definitely looking forward to making some fabulous patterned socks. I also need to get thinking about my socks for the Sockapaloza exchange... but first, instead of playing with my fun new yarn, I need to finish the first sleeve of Mariah. And maybe the second sleeve too. Oh, and make a couple of extra-late Christmas presents! :)

Cricket, however, points out that the game is about to start (go Minnesota!), and she already warmed up the bed for me:


Wednesday, January 12, 2005  

Back to School

{Sigh} Classes have started up again with a vengeance - so knitting is basically on hold again. Who knew that a 3 week vacation could seem so short?

I will, however, be making it to Late Night tonight, so hopefully I'll get a few rows in. I'm currently working on the first sleeve of Mariah in Calmer from my stash, and I'm making decent progress. Hopefully since the sleeves are the most complicated part of this pattern, the fact that I'm doing them first will result in a finished sweater sometime before the summer. :) Of course, I may stall on the neckline as I very much doubt that I'll have enough yarn to do the hood, so modifications will be in order.


Thursday, January 06, 2005  

Some FO's

My first finished objects of 2005 (I'm not counting the Knit Happens socks since I finished them New Year's morning...)

First, there's George's fabulous new home:

I think he likes it - nice and warm and soft. I used Artyarns supermerino - I think I may have to pick up a few more skeins of this tomorrow and make some fabulous socks. I'm totally in love with the colors!

And there's even a pocket on the back for the headphones:

And I also finished the Leila socks last night! They still desperately need to be blocked, but the knitting is finished.

Speaking of finished, we finished inventory-ing the shop a day early - so on this extra gloomy, foggy, chilly day, I'm going to stay inside and knit. If only vacation could last forever... :)


Monday, January 03, 2005  

The Last Blissful Week of Vacation

And what better way to celebrate than with a Redskins win (finally!) and a properly attired beer?

Oh, and buying a new cell phone. Apparently, after about 3 years of constant use (and a few trips across the occasional wet parking lot), cell phones tend to have battery-life issues. Since I would occasionally like to be able to have more than 20 minutes of talking-time, I decided it was time to upgrade. My new phone even has a camera - although the only way I could upload photos from it would be to pay something like $10/month for the privilege, so I think I'll pass. But I will be able to set it up so that when a friend calls, their face will show up in my caller ID! Ah, the pleasures of technology... ;)

Tomorrow I'll be heading to the shop to help out with inventory - hopefully we'll have a good time in spite of the necessity of counting each and every ball of yarn! But before I go, I'll make some more progress on the Leila socks... these are turning into quite a fast knit! :)


Saturday, January 01, 2005  

Happy New Year!

I began my New Year's celebrations early by making an insane amount of chicken stock. There's nothing better than homemade chicken stock... as long as you have enough containers! I just about ran out of bowls as I was straining the stock, but now it's all safely stowed away in the fridge, waiting for transfer to the freezer. :)

I also took advantage of the simmering time of the stock to teach a certain someone to knit... someone who is really quite good, and who is stubborn enough to not give up until the skill is mastered. :)

I also finished the Knit Happens socks - just in time for the new year, and also in time for me to help out with inventory duty at the shop next week! I used 1 skein of the Lorna's Laces in the "Knit Happens" colorway (available at the shop!), and a simple slip stitch pattern. They come just above my ankles, and I love them! :)

I've cast on for my next pair - "Leila's Socks" from Nancy Bush's "Folk Knitting in Estonia" book. I think I'm in love!

On this unseasonably warm (65 degree!) January 1st, Cricket reminds you of the importance of carefully inspecting your shower head. You never know what dangers may lurk in the plumbing! :)

Happy 2005!


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