Posts Tagged ‘Stariel’

So I’ve been sort of missing for a while…

June 15, 2008

I haven’t been knitting, or doing much for oh almost a month and counting by now. But I thought I’d drop by and say few things.

First of all, I’m super excited about my dear friend Ariel‘s sock designs. There are two designs of hers featured on How to Knit in the Woods, the new book by Shannon Okey. In fact, one of the pairs that I was test knitting for Ariel ended up being photographed in the book as well. How exciting!

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Now, if I can only find the book. I haven’t been able to find them locally, maybe I need to get it ordered online.

Next in agenda – I’ve been watching awful a lot of The Office lately (yes, the NBC version with Steve Carell). While visiting her in DC, Chris’s sister sort of got me started watching them, and now I can’t stop.

Let see, what else…. OH, the next project I’m *thinking* about doing is maybe Sahara. And maybe using Cotton Silk Aran from the most fabulous Jen. I think I may have just enough to make one in short sleeve. Unfortunately the yarn is discontinued so either I have to make it work or not. But I think I should have enough to get by.

So far by my to-knit list for this upcoming Christmas: Lucy in the Sky cardigan for Lauren, Slipped Hours pullover (Ravelry Link) for Cyndi. I have no idea what else quite yet.

Time for bed now.

This one may be a long one.

March 26, 2008

I may have been procrastinating but not terribly lost. I’ve been actually working on few things here and there, just not too much to talk about, hence the silence.

In reference to previous post, about my possible plot for world domination: sample socks are finished, and I’m finally getting myself around trying to write out the pattern and finalizing the chart so they seem somewhat coherent. The original goal was to have the pattern ready by end of March, but we’ll see. And look, sneak preview!

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The name is still undecided, but the better pictures and pattern (and the name of course) are coming soon-ish.

And now for my other in-progress projects.

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Waving Lace socks are still in progress. I only happen to have one set of needles in size 1.5 (2.5mm) and I had to “borrow” it for the yet-to-be-named sample socks. So sadly, it had to be in back burner until those were done. And now that I started it back up, I’m hoping to get it done by end of the month.

And I just cast on for Lucy in the Sky last night, and got few rows done before bed. I really meant to have it started earlier but.. well, here it goes now. I think if I hurry enough I should be able to wear it at least once or so before it gets too warm outside. My first attempt at swatching was in fact last week sometime – started with size 6 (4mm) as recommended. And it turned out painfully too tight. Yes, I knit tight. I was about half a stitch over for every inch! That’s quite a difference! So I had to make a quick run over to the yarn store and had to buy size 7 (4.5mm) needles. I’m still about a bit less half a stitch over every 2 inches, but that’s a lot more forgivable. At least I can “rely” on stitches being relaxed, plus, with my lack of boobs I think it will fit just fine. I think if I were to go up another needle size, say size 8 (5mm) I probably would’ve been right on gauge, but the fabric would’ve been too loose and would probably stretch more and probably will become less than desirable fitting – or at least that’s my excuse anyway.

And… now for the yarny news.

First, I would like to thank Ariel for all these insane amount of sock yarn!

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With those, now we will (eventually) have 8 pairs of twin socks. Insane! I know, we really have to get them cranking now.

And last week, I received lovely hand dyed yarn from Sanguine Gryphon. I got these with an intention of making a sweater for Chris’s mom for this upcoming Christmas.

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Ok, I think that pretty much sums up everything that happened throughout March. There isn’t much plan for this weekend other than trying to work on Lucy cardi, and maybe finishing up the socks. It will be kinda lonely this week – Chris will be in Memphis this weekend, leaving at the crack of dawn tomorrow morning. I’ll have to survive without him and my laptop for few days. I’d say, well, I’ll miss the laptop but I have couple other computers to go to, I just have to “relocate” myself over to the computer room… but I don’t think I can find a temporary substitute for Chris. Now, who else am I going to have to annoy and bug?

… bah.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine’s day!

And I would love to proudly announce Ariel‘s brand new sock pattern called (Black)hearted! And here’s my test/sample knit contribution.

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish a pair in time for release of the pattern, however, I did manage to at least finish one sock for the picture.

Please visit her and tell her how fabulous her new sock pattern is! And while at it, make some socks!

What a piece of toast…

January 30, 2008

I’d say today was pretty satisfactory – despite the lack of accomplishments. But then again, we all need one of those days – you know, just lazy and do absolutely nothing kind of day without feeling super guilty about it.

Okay, so I did manage to finish a pair of sock that’s been sitting on back burner since fall: I present you, crazy salmon and lime Dublin Bay socks.

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It’s made with J-Knits Superwash-Me yarn in AC-143. Yes, it is super neony.

And I strolled myself over to Needleworks, with intention of buying a skein of worsted wool for a hat. While there, I was very tempted to buy more sock yarns – they had Kureyon sock, Dreams In Color Smooshy, Araucania Ranco solids and all these insane amount of cool sock yarns and I resisted. I resisted and only bought a skein of 220 which was what I was there for to begin with. I know. I was being good.

And I headed home, and soon after I heard this loud knock at the door – and it was the mailman. He handed me this gigantic blue padded envelope, and all this was inside!

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All these are from Ariel for my birthday! I was thinking about waiting couple more days to open it, but well, I gave in (okay, without a second thought) and opened it (right away). Between her and I, now we have 4 (phantom) matching pairs of socks. Yes, now we really have to work on them.

… and that toast-shaped pin cushion is hillarious! I love it! I mean, come on, who wouldn’t love a piece of toast?!

Thank you Ariel!

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