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Still Rusted Root-ing and stuff

November 17, 2007

I thought I’d share my work in progress in Rusted Root.

I went through 2 skeins so far, and just moved on 3rd skein.

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I took loads of in-progress pictures too, in case anyone’s interested.

I think I can totally finish this this weekend and get it washed/blocked. Yeah, I’ve been knitting like a fiend.

And… for something exciting, I got some yarn. I went to Michael’s yesterday, hoping to get some yarn for a throw/blanket for Chris’s uncle for Christmas (yes I know, I’m nuts) but really not much luck. They were pretty much wiped out of few things that I really liked, pricewise and colorwise. Though I think I may have found a contender – I’m very much leaning toward Vanna’s Choice in Taupe (yeah, Vanna White!). My original plan was to do Totally Autumn from Knitty, but I scrapped the idea and decided to go for simple cable throw, close to the style of this Ralph Lauren cable blanket. If I had more time I’d love to do it in finer gauge, but to compensate for my insane last-minute frenzy, it will be knitted in bigger gauge (in relative term), and probably instead of reverse stockinette, it will be garter in between the stockinette and cable columns. I don’t know why I talk myself into doing all these insane last minute thing, but I guess that’s my style. At this point, I’m still pretty indecisive on this, so we’ll see if I’ll actually get to it or not (and whether I finish).

Anyway, so I didn’t have much luck with afghan yarn shopping, but I did get couple skeins of yarn. I got a skein of Patons SWS just to try it out (probably gonna end up being a hat), and a skein of Blue Sky Cotton from yarn store in Urbana – that was Chris’s pick, he really liked the yarn (and its color) so I thought I’d make a hat out of that for him (ok, I take it back, he passive-aggressively talked about how I never made him a hat and maybe I should make him one now – which is actually not true, but whatever). I was just tickled that he actually said he liked yarn. :D …. oh and I got my order from The Loopy Ewe.

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From The Loopy Ewe, I got some Louet Gems Fingering, J-Knits Superwash-Me, and Dreams In Color Smooshy yarn. And I must give big hugs, kisses, and thanks to Jen for gift certificate and for convincing me that I need more fun sock yarn :)

Okay, time for me to go and pass out…

Rusted Root and stuff

November 14, 2007

It was gorgeous outside yesterday. But I came home early from work, feeling little under the weather so all I did was looking outside through the window like a sad sad puppy.

I think it was really nice outside today too, but I really don’t know for sure because I was at work. Well… it happens.

I did manage to start on a new project (way to change the subject totally randomly). Once again, Dublin Bay socks are on hold, but I started on Rusted Root.

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I used Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Candy Apple, which was a super sweet birthday gift from Tania earlier this year. And I got to try out Suzanne’s brand ebony circular needles that I’ve had for a while. The yarn I love – it’s kinda weird. It’s like cotton (duh) so it’s a bit splitty but it’s really soft and “warm” and light unlike 100% cotton, if that makes any sense. The needles, on the other hand, I’m kinda undecided on it. The needle portion I really like. For being wood it’s pretty slick and sturdy, not like bamboo. However, I’m not so keen on the join – where the cable joins the needle, the yarn would catch, and that’s been driving me pretty nuts. Overall, it’s a-okay of needle, not my favorite, but I don’t despise it either.

And… now time to go back to knitting. I intend to finish this sweater, and block, wash, and have it ready to wear for Thanksgiving (that gives me about a week). I think I can manage it, or I’m hoping. I’m having my fingers crossed. Oh and watch TV. New season of Project Runway starts tonight. I’m not that excited about it, but hey, it’s something to watch. Oh yes, it’s sew time. :P

Almost MIA but not quite

October 12, 2007

Oh October, won’t you please end already…

My grand plan of trying to work on one pair of stockinette socks has failed. Actually, that’s a good thing, because I’ve finished them!

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Yes, once again, stripes are matchy matchy. For unimportant specs, the yarn used is Cascade Sassy Stripes in Amanda colorway. Seriously, I’ve made gazillion pairs of socks in these. Generally speaking, the dye job on these sucks (I mean Sassy Stripes in general, not just this particular skeins I used), but the yarn knits up a-okay and they’re fantastic to wash and wear.

And just last night, I started on another pair of socks. Well, a sock. Again, this is another pair of striped socks, but this time I’m using cut and reattach method by using leftover J-Knits Superwash Me – Sock and Knitpicks Essential. Cut and reattach is such a pain in the ass (I mean, who likes to weave in millions of loose ends?) but I really like the crisp stripes it creates. We’ll see how it goes.

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Time to go, time to go. Back to craziness that is October.

So it has begun, once again

October 3, 2007

It has begun once again, that time of the year when I give up my personal life (which by the way is almost non existent to begin with) in favor of my job.

Yes, I mean Halloween season.

For those of you (by which I mean, almost everyone) who may not know, I work at a costume store. Because of said reason, Halloween no longer is just one day thing, rather the entire month of October, in fact, like the fall season in its entirety. I mean, it’s fun and all time to time – you get to meet interesting people, ideas, etc, but after all, with long hours, it gets tiring. My October pretty much consists of work, home, sleep, back to work. Not that I ever cook all that much, but I pretty much give up cooking altogether in every October – it’s simply not happening. Pretty much same thing goes toward knitting too. I don’t, and can’t get much done. So, I cast on a pair of stockinette socks the other night, as something for me to do to keep my sanity, like 5 minutes here, 5 minutes there.

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I’d be pretty pleased if I can finish that before the end of the month.

And not that I ever really update this blog all that often, but it’s very much likely that I may not post anything new until sometime November, who knows. And I think this year, I’m skipping on knitted gifts. Blah. And I can’t quite keep my thoughts in logical matter anymore. Thoughts pop in my head, then pops out – everything is just pretty frantic right now. (But then again, if you ask anyone who knows me pretty well, they’d call that pretty “normal” for me)

… and I bought few Phildar booklets the other day. Or, more like, I placed an order for it, so it should be here sometime next week, I hope. I don’t know if I’d ever make anything out of it (I think I want to, but for whatever the reason, I never seem to make anything out of actual pattern ever), but there were few very pretty patterns that I just want to have. Lately, I’ve been dying to make sweaters/cardigan type things – actual garments, but I can’t seem to make up my mind… that, and October to me, is never the greatest time of the year on starting anything major, so we’ll see how I feel about it after I get the pattern, and after things slow down a bit in November…

And last thing before I go away – I finished that red pair of Pomatomus.

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Hooray on that.

September mid-month update

September 17, 2007

I really haven’t been doing much lately.

Seems like September is here then almost gone in flash. I can’t believe it’s already over half way through the month!

I’d say, probably the best thing that happened in September was visiting Chris’s parents in Rockford and spending time with Nikki. What can I say – she’s (even though technically not true) my puppy!

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I love her! I mean, come on, who wouldn’t love her!

And I finished 2 pairs of socks since the last post. That Embossed Leaves socks were finished on August 31st, with only few minutes to spare til midnight. That was quite a .. well, crunch time! (okay, so I haven’t really used that expression since college, for those all nighters before exams). And the other one is kinda unmentionable. And now I have another pair of Pomatomus in the works.

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Oh and I almost forgot… I finally met a fellow knitter in town! Last week, I got to meet Amy and her most adorable wee boy (and he’s like super smart too!). She was so fun and funny.. and she gave me this big bag full of yarny goodies which I have yet to take a picture of. (Yes, that was super amazingly sweet of her) Getting to meet her was amazing, and I guess I should thank Ravelry for that.

Moving on….

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