Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Not The Knit Socks...

..but the Red Sox! Can't stand the irony?! Yeah, I am a dork. But no, Scott and I had an amazing time last night at MY first ever Sox game! They played the Mets which is Scott's favorite team. I really believe that if you live in Boston, you have to go to a game at least once. It really is a magical event even if you aren't into baseball, like me! Talk to me about hockey, football, soccer, swimming or cycling, and I'm game.. but baseball, hell no. People here must think I am crazy, but I grew up in a state where we didn't even have a major league team until I was 14 or so. Yeah, the excuses...

A crappy ass picture of me under the lights... We actually had great seats beneath the score board, and had a chance to talk to (crap, can't remember her name) this 81 year old woman who is the longest standing season ticket holder. She hasn't missed a home game in about 50 years.. crazy huh?!

And, look, there is knitting! I've knit alot last week and managed to get most of the front done on my Cap Sleeve Top out of DB Pure Silk. Isn't it looking fab?! I highly recommend this yarn and think it is a delight to knit with.

I also started another project last Friday. Its the Creatures of the Reef Shawl from Fiddlesticks Knitting! Man, this thing was hard to start and the first 10 rows are fairly difficult (you have to purl 13 together), but I think it will be worth it. At one point I had over 650 sts on the needles and each row was taking over a half hour. Nevertheless, I still made it to row 30 by Monday night!

Monday, June 26, 2006

My Sock Savior

Crazy sockness Batman! First, I learned I was ditched by the person who had me... then, I realized that my pal (whom I knit the Raspberry Limeade socks for) never even acknowledged that she received them or that she liked or disliked them (are you out there??).. and lastly, I get the most amazing and thoughtful package from Janine in the mail today. Go sock saviors!! Janine, you made me cry.. really.

Look at all the goodies! I received some gorgeous cards from Oklahoma (and a handmade one from her 5 year old daughter...awesome!), an amazing bar of lavender soap (one of my favorite scents), a small bag filled with stitch markers, a larger zip bag that will be holding lots of my knitting accessories and some pretty frick'in cool socks.

Look at how perfect these bad boys fit?! Perfect. I couldn't have made them fit any better Janine! And they are even in my favorite color... blue :)

Sorry I've been MIA the last couple of weeks. I've been a bit under the weather and have lots of new knitting projects to update you all on. So, maybe tomorrow, I'll get around to posting some pictures! There is also a Sunshine Yarns update tomorrow as well, so go check that out for some new colorways!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Yarn, Yarn Everywhere

After working at the yarn store for 9 hours yesterday, I come home to this:

Yep, its around 90 pounds of yarn (and gulp) already skeined off into the 450 yard skeins I'll now be using! How exciting! This should hopefully last me the next 2 months or so.

And here are some majorly delayed pictures of yesterdays update on etsy. These are the new superwash colorways: Dragonfly, Emerald Isle, Aran Islands, Wildflowers, Girls Night Out, and my favorite, Beach Day (though Dragonfly is a close second). There is still plenty of stuff up there right now, so go check it out :)

Monday, June 12, 2006

Fly Away

Since I've been back from Ireland my main focus has been finishing old projects. Once I get into the "must finish or you can't start anything new mode" I'm one big modivation machine. I give myself alot of credit for doing this, because as most of you know, its SO EASY to let projects slide (especially if you become less than thrilled with the progress).

So, here we have it.... the little Airplane sweater I started in March. I picked it up last week with having most of the back done, half the front to do and one sleeve to knit (plus all the finishing). The finishing was the most fun part since, comm'on, you have the cutest little airplane to duplicate stitch on there!

A close up of the airplane:

A nice-nice folded picture:

So, are you all wondering who this is for?! The answer is no, its not for me (don't worry mom). Its actually for no one in particular as of now. I just really loved it and wanted to knit it up and put it away for someday. Someday.

Project specs:
Pattern: Airplane sweater from Mandarin Betit book 407
Yarn: Mandarin Petit in color #5930, #4218, #6073, #1002 and other leftovers
Measurements: I made this in a 2 year old size, because a 2 year old would be psyched to have an airplane on their sweater.
Started: March 7, 2006
Finished: June 12, 2006
Other Details: Loved the yarn, though it shows EVERYTHING! I don't think I did the best finishing job ever, but I am happy with it overall :)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Kinky Kiko

Finally. Finally. Its done. It wasn't too painful of an experience, except for the tie piece at the end. The yarn is different and a bit more challenging to knit with, but it has a nice texture. The pattern is okay, I would say about a 5 on a scale of 1-10. Flattering? Well, depends on who you put it on. I tried it on and it was way too small around the chest, and way to big around the stomach. There is shaping in there, but not enough for most women I think. If this were for me, I would have done the medium or large size on the top half, and the smallest size for the waist shaping.

Either way, its off to the store tomorrow and off of my needles. Phew!

Pattern: Kiko Top with Tie by Karabella Yarns
Yarn: Kiko in color #36913
Measurements: Women's medium with a 35" finished chest measurement
Started: April 14, 2006
Finished: June 7, 2006
Other Details: This yarn was probably the hardest thing I've knit with, but it has a nice texture and feel overall. Would I have made this for myself? Not in a million years. Too much texture for too large a chest.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

The Emerald Isle

I miss Ireland terribly already. What an amazing country... full of beautiful mountains, hillsides, shorelines, cliffs, rich green landscapes and the home to some pretty amazing people. I won't bore you with all the details, but I will show you some pictures for today.

We have over 800 pictures to go through, so I'll probably keep on posting more over the next week or so :) I promise I'll have some knitting content soon... See, I even bought some yarn (though this was the one and only time I saw wool off the sheep the entire trip).