Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Haunted by Fiber

You think I'm kidding.

I couldn't sleep last night because I kept dreaming of Bouton D'or Ksar - a yarn I had seen yesterday at my not-so-LYS. It was a clearance yarn, and I knew I had remarked the name in my head for some reason but couldn't remember why. Not having a particular lust for aran-weight yarns (I go for laceweight everytime), I resisted and left. After coming home, I looked it up and saw it was a camel fiber blend, which I wanted to try. And then it haunted me.

I had bought some Koigu in a rich orange-red color. Previously, I'd had a skein of KPPPM in similar shades, but I'd meant to trade it away after I'd found better matching skeins for my Charlotte's Web shawl. It was a shame I didn't still have it because it matched what I'd gotten so well. This morning I dug out the trade-yarn bag, and discovered I did still have it! And then I remembered that the not-so-LYS had had a couple more skeins in the same color yesterday.

I lasted half an hour until I jumped in car and went right back to the not-so-LYS.

I may be poorer, but I have five skeins of red-orange Koigu, and some really soft camel yarn to boot. Poor, but very satisfied.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

When Yarn Attacks... must do as it commands.

They're after me; they all want me to knit them!

(a.k.a.) I didn't want to work today, so I looked up new knitting books in between teaching classes.

The first - Clara Parke's yarn handbook. I had to buy this one today; mostly because it has great info about yarn. Although a couple of the projects are calling me - linen basket liners (and I have linen!) and a felted bag...I'm not interested in most. I had hoped that by not purchasing the other book I want (below) I could avoid the must. knit. now. delirium. (As I am desperately trying to make some FO's.)

So this book - Knitting New Scarves - is on my purchase ASAP list. These scarves are gorgeous, intriguing in construction, and just fun. There are three in there that I want to make right this minute.

And on top of all of it - I'm getting an urge to knit a sweater. Never mind all the sweater yarn I have on my bookcase waiting to become Starsky.

I want to make a Perfect Sweater. Can I handle the endless stockinette? I don't know. I do know that the cold rain we have here today probably has affected this desire. Now...what color of Cascade 220 do I want...

Monday, September 24, 2007

Socks socks socks

I have caught the sock-knitting fever! Don't ask me why, I don't know...

I'm hoping that my new entree into Ravelry will get me a few readers over here when I actually post things. (I'm rainwomanknits).

I have a question for sock knitters - what is a high instep, in sock terms? What's the measurement that means you have one? And what do you do to the sock if you have one? Does that mean high arches? That doesn't really make sense to me...because I don't think my high arches change the number of stitches I need for my foot.

Ok, next question. I have three skeins of Fleece Artist - two are Sea Wool, and the other is regular Merino 2/6. I have three sock patterns. Anyone want to help me mix and match a yarn to a pattern?

Yarns first:

Ok, Blogger is weird. I'm just going to pretend it's doing what I want. Ok, now for the three patterns - we have Coupling and Hedera from Knitty. And the Whitby Socks from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush. The pic below is of Grumperina's Whitbys. I can't really find any good pics of the Coupling or the Hedera off Google, so go check out the pattern pics or stuff on Ravelry. I kind of fancy the cream/grey Sea wool for the Whitby...but maybe the fall colored Sea wool would be better for it? Which sea wool for the coupling then? And does that leave the mermaid merino for the Hedera? Maybe I should just do a plain sock for the Merino? I can't decide...

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

What to Make, What to make...

I cannot decide what to make. Not that I don't have things I am making now, know...something I want to take with me to Fl to work on while I am at home.

I have gotten this yarn - it is Blue Heron Mercerized Cotton, Lace weight, about 1000 yds.

Which of the following projects from Victorian Lace Today should I make?

Should I make the Handsome Triangle? This is really simple, and takes the right amount of yarn, but it calls for a heavier yarn than the Blue Heron, which might mean the finished shawl would be a little small. I'd also want to add a different border, because all those fiddly crochet loop-bind-offs would drive me nuts.

Or should I make the Cherry Leaf shawl? Same concerns about yarn weight as above.

Or, the Myrtle leaf shawl? This I think is gorgeous, but it's rectangular, and would it look good in my garnet yarn? This does call for the right weight of yarn.

Does anyone have an opinion?

A knitting Meme...

...'cause I'm too busy to post my pics; on the way to some happy-fun graduate student meetings!
Mark with bold the things you have knit at least once, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting

Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars

Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool

Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards

Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Sunday, April 08, 2007

A Much Needed Update

Hi, internets!

I've been gone a while, so I'll post some photos I've taken of FO's, and maybe update my current projects list :)

Here's the blanket I made for Casey's baby, Megan.

These are the Kureyon squares I've made for my log cabin blanket.

This is the beginning of my Here and There Cables scarf from Scarf Style.

This is the beginning of my Lady Eleanor stole from Scarf Style.

And this is the beginning of my Color on Color Scarf, also from Scarf Style. I know, I know, I need to knit different kinds of things! I'm working on it. :)

Happy Easter!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

I'm Alive!

Yeah, so I know that no one probably ever reads this much anymore, given my two-month absence, but what can I say?

Moving and starting grad school is a time-consuming change.

But regardless of how I feel about all that, or whether I've blogged or not, I have been knitting!!

I've gone through some phases since we got here. I finished my Fetching gloves, made two Odessa hats, started my first two socks, started a baby blanket for Casey...started a shawl from Folk Shawls, and most recently, two scarves from Scarf style.

We have here Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole in Silk Garden #226; isn't she lovely?

I don't think the color is working out for me though, or I just got really boring skeins in the mail, so I am going to cast on today with #88 and see how I like that.

We also have the Misty Garden scarf, made of silk/mohair by Habu Textiles...this stuff is soo thin that it seems like knitting with the embodiment of evil! It is starting out really nice, though, so I hope I can get it done for my sister's birthday or Christmas, both of which are about the same time.

I intend to order some Cotton Comfort from Green Mountain Spinnery in the next few days for the Midwest Moonlight scarf. I just can't resist the color and they way the fabric appears to be. Although I also kind of want to make one in the silver color, as well as the featured blue.

The only reason I even bought the book was for the Vintage Velvet pattern, but I still haven't been able to contemplate shelling out that much money for Touch Me...especially as I want to use the pretty blue-gray variegated colorway of Touch Me Due. Otherwise, I can't decide between brown, gray, copper, and green...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Crunch Time

Since we will be moving soon...I refuse to realize just HOW soon...I think I need to set a goal for myself. I seriously need to get everything off the needles - whether I finish it or frog it. (Except for my Moderne blanket; it has no hope of finishing. I'd be happy with a finished section!)

Although it is a fairly short move, I feel like I need to narrow my focus down as I start packing - and after the move, I'll be starting classes and doing something for my fellowship, so I'll still need to keep my projects down in numbers. I just wish I had finished the HTS by now, because I think it might be too complicated to work on once I'm back to work...

The greatest challenge shall not be the finishing, but the ban on new projects...especially because I had wanted to complete a couple buttonhole bags before I see my mom and sister this weekend. Hmm...

Off to finish a ballband! And then to FedEx, and then to finish a Fetching!