December 31, 2005

Jaywalkers and Jewelry

I started a pair of Jaywalkers on Christmas, two at a time on two circs.

Side A:

Jaywalkers side A

Side B:

Jaywalkers side B

The pooling is pretty awful, but the fit is perfect and they are so soft, so I'm going to let it slide. Trying not to sweat the small stuff these days.

I also finished knitting Mary Ella yesterday. I thought I had snaps, but they seem to have disappeared, so I need to swing by Michaels or JoAnns before the party tonight.

MaryElla - complete

I actually really enjoyed knitting this and it went fairly quickly. Stats:
Yarn: Kit from Earthfaire. It came with DMC Cotton Pearle and beads. I was really pleased with the kit, the beads were very high quality, only about 3 bad beads in the whole tube, there was more than enough of both thread and beads. Miyon gave me the kit (Thanks again!) but it's definitely worth the $5.
Needles: size 0000 DPNs, two of them. Sharp and slippery, but I still have both my eyes.
Modifications: I knit the smallest size, because my wrist circumference was on the low end of the second smallest size. I know cotton stretches over time and I didn't want it to get too big. It's a bit snug now, but will hopefully fit perfectly after a wear or two. I knit a total of 19 pattern repeats. Instead of knitting two together for the decrease I did slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over, because it was easier for me with the small yarn and needles.
Started: Dec 19th 2005
Finished: Dec 30th 2005
Overall impressions: I would make more of these, maybe as gifts. It's pretty and didn't take all that long after bead stringing.

December 22, 2005

Impossibly small knitting

I got a Mary Ella kit from Miyon this weekend. Sunday night I spent a few hours stringing beads onto DMC Cotton Perle with a dental floss threader. It's knit on size 0000 needles, which Kris was nice enough to loan me. I don't think I need to own a set of them just yet. When I work on it I get the feeling I'm about to either put my eye out or accidentally jam the needle through my hand, but I'm sure that's just paranoia and a long history of clumsiness speaking. So far I've completed the garter stitch edging, increase section and 3 repeats, for a grand total of 1.5". My wrist is 6.25" around, so I have a ways to go. Kris mentioned hers stretched, so I'm shooting for a little short. If I can finish one repeat a day, I'll probably get it done before school starts again.

Mary Ella

It is pretty. But oof, the tiny. That's a US 4 needle in there for scale.

December 21, 2005

Socks!

This morning I grafted the final toe on the Thuja socks.

Pictures:

Thuja socks

The pooling is kind of funky, but I think I like it.

Thuja Socks

Pattern: Thuja by Bobby Ziegler
Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino in color 108
Needles: US 4 Brittany 5" DPNs
Modifications: I picked up more stitches from the heel flap to do the gusset. Other than that, exactly as written.
Time: Each sock took me about 2 days to knit.
Misc: I would totally knit these again. They fit my feet really well and the pattern had just enough going on to keep me interested.

In other news, I discovered yesterday I'd knit my Rogue sleeves on 8s instead of 7s. Note to self, after swatching, put needles you decide against using away. I'm not too excited about starting those over, but it'll be ok. I should be able to save the twisted hem, which is good as I hated knitting that part.

I still need to decide what knitting to take with me up to Fresno. So far I'm thinking Peacock Feathers and the Norwegian Stockings for sure, and possibly Rogue if I can get it back on track. I was going to drive up tomorrow, but I really don't think I'm well enough to drive 6 hours right now, so I'm putting it off until Friday.

December 20, 2005

Weekend Round-Up

The LA meet up was super fun, even with our group being somewhat locationally challanged. I've come down with some sort of death plague, so that's my excuse for any names or blogs I've forgotten. All pictures can be clicked to make bigger.

I rode up with Wendy and Heidi. We met up with Nancy and Hilari. We had great traffic on the ride up, which was obviously a function of neither me nor Heidi commenting on the traffic at all. Soon we were at the wrong Coffee Bean. (really, why do there need to be 2 Coffee Beans within 4 blocks on W 3rd?)

Wendy

Wendy shows off her hat, and digital skills.

We met up with another Wendy, Jillian and another woman who's name I can't recall right now. Eventually, we decided to head over to Knitcafe, where we found the rest of the bloggers.

Lauren and Wendy

Lauren and Wendy.

MJ's Hat

MJ wearing her Norwegian hat. She's the host of the Norwegian Knit Along and is also a spinner. I think Lauren has a picture of her spinning.

I really didn't take enough pictures. Here's one more of part of the group.

Group of Knitters

Miyon, Laurie, Hilari, and another name I'm blanking on. Sorry!

Not pictured, but also representing San Diego, was Kris. I had a great time, knit most of a sock, and spent an entire afternoon in a knit shop spending only $25. Here's the main purchase.

Sand Ridge

Lorna's Laces Shephard Sock in Sand Ridge. I opened up one of the hanks to check out the color distribution and I'm hopeful for striping rather than pooling. Maybe these will become Jaywalkers? I really love the colors. My other small purchase was the Ann Budd Knitter's Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements. It looks really great for deciding how much yarn I need for self designed sweaters.

On the way home, our car stopped at a very strange shop, Nick Metropolis, to look at weird furniture. I had to get a picture of this gem.

Harry Potter Entertainment Center

For just $1,200 this Harry Potter entertainment center can be yours. Corona neon not included.

I snapped a picture of my weekend knitting progress as well.

WIPs

The sock is Thuja, by Bobby Ziegler. It's the second of the pair. I'm really loving the socks. The Artyarns Supermerino makes a nice thick squishy fabric and the seed stitch ribbing is just interesting enough to make the socks zip by. If my wrists hadn't gotten tired I probably could have finished the sock in one day. I'll probably finish it up tonight. I'm finally making progress on Peacock Feathers again too. Only 6 rows to go on chart 6, then I'm practically halfway done. It's still very fun to knit.

I also got another fun toy to play with.

Louet Wheel

It's a Louet S17 that I'm renting from Wendy. Check out her shop if you're a spinner or knitter in search of Louet products. I also bought half a pound each of South African Fine wool and Blue Faced Leicester wool to practice with. Maybe I'm trying to pack too much fun into my short break, but I'm going to do as much as possible. On that note, I'm getting back to the knitting and spinning.

December 17, 2005

I'm Back!

Finals are over and I now have 17 days of glorious freedom! Tomorrow I'm heading up to LA for a knitbloggers meetup. I just spent some time getting car knitting put together - some worsted weight socks - so I'll be all set for the morning. I'll make sure and take my camera so I can get some pictures of everyone.

I also have a few projects to show over the coming week. There's substantial progress on Peacock Feathers and major surgery on the finished Rogue sleeve to report.

On a more personal level, thanks for all the well wishes. It's still hard, but I'm doing much better.

December 02, 2005

Goals from November:

1. Finish Cork sweater - DONE
2. Cast on for Rogue and finish one sleeve. - DONE
3. Finish a pair of socks - not done
4. Not cast on a ton of new projects - DONE, I only started 3 projects.
5. Use up more yarn then I buy - DONE, I bought yarn for the Norwegian Stockings and I think that's it (5 balls, one of which I can probably return) and knit up 10 balls.

December:

I'd like to finish the second Rogue sleeve. I'm not really in a goal making mood right now. Andrew broke up with me Wednesday night. I'm completely heart broken. Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm still going out with my friends to try and have some fun. Then I need to put everything aside to prepare for finals. I don't really feel like knitting and will probably take a break from this blog for a week or two.

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