Archive | February, 2012

Handspun O’Clock!

28 Feb

Hey guys guess what!! I finished my second skein of handspun yarn today! It had been sitting in a centre pull ball for months and I finally, finally got around to plying it today. I’m so proud of the little bugger 😀

It’s one and a half ounces and about 28 yards. It’s very, very cute. There was a little more than ended up getting plied, but just before the end it knotted itself in a huge knot and the centre bull pall fell apart, so I decided to just call it a day. I couldn’t have lost more than a yard, tops, and I’m okay with that.

Now just to find something I can knit with 28 yards! Or maybe even 40 yards, since my first skein is roughly the same fibers and 12 yards! Hmmm…… 😛

Yarn!

28 Feb

I have been remiss in posting new yarny additions to my house! Let’s remedy that.

This is a skein of Debbie Bliss Andes that my daddy bought for me at Iron Horse in Natick. It was 30% off, and they had a whole basket full, only being broke sucks, and my dad had just bought me a bunch of yarn (see below), so I just got the one skein. But that’s totally cool, since this is one of my favoritest yarns ever, and I’m sure something spectacular will come out of it. I have two more in two different colorways, so I’m thinking fair isle fingerless gloves or a hat or cowl or something? No immediate plans, other than constantly petting it.

This, my friends, oh this–this is Power Girl Worsted by KnittinK, a local indie dyer. My dad got this for me at Gather Here’s first birthday, where they had a bunch of indie sellers selling wonderful things. It’s just as bright as it seems, and the yellow parts even glow under blacklight (!!!). I haven’t decided what to do with it yet because it’s so awesome, to the point of casting on two separate times and then frogging because it wasn’t perfect. But someday the perfect pattern will appear, and then I will have the coolest yarny thing ever!

This is an orphaned skein of Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky. It also came from Gather Here, and it was going to be my Owls sweater, only once I got it home, wound up a skein and did a gauge swatch, I was coming out a little short on the numbers, plus then the pattern said (after I bought it, which I’m a little bitter about) that it wants a yarn with a tighter-than-usual gauge. So the rest of the Baby Alpaca got returned, and I kept the one I had to keep (oh no, not baby alpaca D:), and now it’s sitting in my stash looking beautiful and teasing me about what I’m going to make out of it (I have no idea).

I got this skein of Anzula Cloud at Webs yesterday with my mommy to make, um, something really nerdy. And that’s all you need to know.

The rest of the story: I am really obsessed with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Like, really, really obsessed. It is my comfort show and I’ve watched at least one episode a day since I had to come home from college in November. And by one a day, I mean probably an average of three a day. Thankfully Netflix has all twelve seasons on demand (I’m mid seasons eight). Part of the reason for the obsession is one Olivia Benson, who I am utterly and completely head over heels in love with. And, because I am a huge nerd and a huge knitter, I feel the need to knit something that she would wear, so I can wear it. I have a long history of doing this. It’s kind of embarrassing. Anyways, this yarn is destined to become a shawl for her fancy, theater-type dates. I think I’m going to do Citron, but I haven’t completely decided yet. And no casting on until I finish either Owls or Valentine’s Day Cardi, which you guys haven’t seen yet, but is super cute and needs to be finished.

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Cascade Lana Grande, how I love thee. This is what I’m knitting Owls out of, and it’s really excellent. I wanted an oversized sweater so I went from bulky to super bulky and up a needle size or two, and it’s coming out perfectly. The fabric is a little dense, but that just means it’ll be extra warm, and also something I’m pretty sure I can block out. I’m a little nervous about yardage, but my dad (who bought the yarn for me again, thank you dad <3) said I can get another skein or two if I really need it, and while I bought out Gather Here, I’m pretty sure Mind’s Eye Yarn has a bunch in the same colorway. But I’ll be fine. I think.

I’ve been wanting some Rowan Felted Tweed for ages, and I finally saved up and bought a bunch at Another Yarn. I am really, really excited about this; I’m thinking it’s going to become a Mandel, but I haven’t completely decided yet. Whatever it’s going to be, it will be Awesome. Also, sorry about the awkward picture; it was windy and the yarn kept trying to blow away and I had to take the picture really fast so I wouldn’t lose a skein.

And those, friends and neighbours, are the newest additions to my stash. Exciting, non?


Progress.

25 Feb

Progress.

I am excited. Sleeves, then it’s Owls-O’Clock!

Also, I promise I have boobs and am not just all ginormous belly; getting a decent picture was proving impossible >.<

Could it be?

22 Feb

I have a new sweater project (yes, yes, another one, I know) to get my Knitting Mojo back. It was picked for its ease and speed and adorableness, and while I can’t wait to show you real action shots, right now it’s dark and my camera is far away. But I will give you some hints!

It is this color:

And has 19 of these on it:

Could…could it really be?

Yes! Yes it is!

In roughly no time at all, I will have myself my very own one of these:

I am really, really excited.

p.s. For those of you who don’t know, that right there is Kate Davies’ Owls. And it is awesome.

FO: New England Fog; WIPs: Mysteries!

17 Feb

So first, this happened:

That’s what happens when you forget the palm-side of a glove is supposed to be stockinette instead of rib and you don’t want to rip the whole thing out because you’ve already completed two and a half repeats of the cable pattern (14 rows each) and you’re at the thumb gusset, so you decide to drop back each of the purl stitches and bring them back up knitwise. To be fair, it only took an hour, which isn’t nearly as bad as I was expecting, but still. Added a day to a project that was already taking too long.

But lo! Then they were complete.

Me and my glove ❤

That lovely photo was actually taken with my phone, because my camera’s battery died. I’m obscenely happy with it.

Showing off our cable-y goodness at the piano...

Letting our love for Adele be known...

Playing a bit of Someone Like You...

Having a morning cup of lemonade...

And bringing peace to the world through crappy webcam photos because my camera apparently doesn't believe in peace. Ignore the crazy eyes.

Pattern: Vancouver Fog by Jen Balfour
Time Span: 3 February to 12 February 2012
Materials: Classic Elite Lush that I got on sale from Butterfly Yarns in Wakefield for only eleven dollars for two skeins!
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/vancouver-fog

Also, other knitterly things have been going on! But they’re not really in a state to be shown off, so have some Mystery Photos:

Mystery #1

Mystery #2

And as for February Photos…I’ve been busy having a CFS flareup and also a cold, and so I’ve kind of given up on them. Alas, ’twas fun while it lasted.

FO: Unicorn Tides (2/12)

9 Feb

Unicorn Tides, it is complete!

I couldn’t be happier. The sleeves are much puffier than I was expecting, which is a huge plus. The buttons are perfect. It looks great on me. Wearing it makes me feel like a pixie. A resounding success 😀

Pattern: Tidal by Cecily Glowick Macdonald
Time Span: 22 January to 8 February
Materials: 2.55 skeins of Lorna’s Laces Honor in Unicorn Parade
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/tidal

I am not a good daily blogger.

8 Feb

06. Color

These are the buttons I bought today to go with my Unicorn Tides cardigan! They’re a lovely teal color, and really bring out the zazz of the sweater without overpowering it.

 

07. Materials

Yarn! More specifically, Valley Yarns Lenox to knit my next sweater out of. Details on that coming up soon!

 

08. Challenging

This is a challenging self-portrait of me sewing in challenging set in seams for the second time, challenging my patience.

That’s all for tonight folks, but tomorrow you’ll get a Unicorn Tides FO post!