Archive | 12sweaters2012 RSS feed for this section

Vlog!

15 May

Here it is! Enjoy!

Advertisements

FO: Billie!! At last!!!!

11 May

But first, let me introduce you to Lindsay David:

He is a Worrible and I got him for my birthday. He’s the most squishable, cuddly, anti-anxiety guy out there, and he’s my new best friend. I thought you should know.

Anyways, Billie is finally done! I’m wearing it right now and it is warm and cosy (except for the cuffs that are still slightly damp, but poo on those). I took oodles of pictures for your entertainment and amusement:

Billie is A Lot Of Sweater, especially in the bright orange I picked. I am quite okay with this, I just expect to get a lot of Looks when I wear it out and about. Also you can hardly see the bit of wrong orange on the one shoulder, which is excellent. All’s well that ends well! Plus I learned from my LYS how to sew seams together the Right Way, which is pretty exciting.

Pattern: Billie by Kim Hargreaves
Time Span: 16 May 2011 to 10 May 2012.
Materials: 25~ skeins of Valley Yarns Sugarloaf and a little bit of Fibranatura Sensational
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/billie

Other stuff’s been going on too! I got the last of the Dawn I’ll need for my Rumble, so now I just need to decide on the second color and slowly stock up on that, too. It only takes four skeins, which isn’t too bad, but they’re still $20 each.

I also got a skein of Cascade 220 Superwash to make worsted weight socks because, y’know, worsted weight socks. It’s a lovely marigold that doesn’t really show up here:

A few days ago I did a Bad Thing and cast on Anisette with my Ella Rae Latte. It’s super soft and silky and shiny and wonderful, and the pattern is a good amount of interesting-but-not-too-boring-and-not-too-complicated. Here’s a really shitty picture of my progress so far (please note the donut stitch markers):

And that, my friends, is it! I know it’s Friday and this isn’t a vlog, but this post lended itself better to being written out. Expect a vlog update sometime this weekend.

A Real Photoshoot

28 Mar

It’s been grey and rainy all day, except for the five minutes I took to go outside and do a photoshoot! How’s that for God’s love, eh? I may have completely thrown my already-injured back out doing it but hey, one must suffer for excellent knitting photos.

And there you have it! Buttony Sweater it all its gloriousness. So happy ❤

Sneak Peeks!

26 Mar

I finished Buttony Sweater! It’s dark out so there won’t be a real photoshoot until tomorrow, but here’s a sneak peek:

Love. It. I decided to go with short sleeves for spring, and it’s surprisingly toasty as it is. The buttons are great, even if they took forever to sew on, and the yarn is fantabulously gorgeous. A resounding success.

Pattern: Buttony Sweater by Katie Marcus
Time Span: 19 March to 26 March 2012.
Materials: 3 and a half skeins of Noro Kogarashi
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/buttony-sweater

Vacationing at Webs

19 Mar

 

Due to a rather long and complicated story, my dad and I took a vacation at Webs today (and the mall tomorrow)! I got a lot of yummies that I need to show off to y’all (plus some cute pictures of my kitties at the end, because cute kitties are cute).

Juniper Moon Farm Sabine

Actually, I guess we’ll start with cute pictures of kitties! That’s Susie, hanging out with my Juniper Moon Farm Sabine. It’s going to be a ShilShole, also known as my first colorwork sweater! Very exciting. I’m not exactly sure when I’ll have time to cast on, but since it’s in a nice, summer-y yarn, hopefully pretty soon.

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK Single-ply

This is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK Single-ply in the wonderfully named Betty Draper’s Blue’s, and it’s gonna be a Frankie. Robin knit one a while ago that turned out just so incredibly cute, and I’ve been jealous ever since. She wears hers all the time, so I’m sure mine will be a big hit. Here’s a picture of her wearing hers (not taken by me or modeled by me or having anything to do with me other than me stealing it from her Ravelry):

See? So cute. Must have.

Noro Kogarashi

This is some sale Noro I picked up to make a Buttony Sweater, hopefully by Friday. I know that sounds a little delusional, but it’s only 500 yards, and I’m a pretty fast knitter when I set my mind to it. Cross your fingers for me, ‘kay?

Cascade Soft Spun

Cascade on sale is always a good thing, no? This is going to be a Weasley Sweater, and will be cast on as soon as I’m done with Buttony Sweater, and maybe one other, if I’m feeling productive. I’ve wanted one for ages, and this yarn was right on gauge and really cheap and came in ALL THE COLORS so I could pick the perfect Nicole colors–bright orange and bright blue. I am very, very excited.

I also got an undyed skein of Valley Yarns Berkshire for a dyeing class I’m taking later this month. Photos on that to be posted post-dye!

And here are the promised pictures of my kitties:

Walnut

Susie

These are from the first day it was warm enough to have the windows open. The kitties were very happy 🙂

Frog O’Clock

14 Mar

So y’know the Owls? They are no more.

The thing is that I was knitting super bulky yarn on size 11s. I knew that I didn’t like the fabric, I swear I did, but I kept going anyways because I’m an idiot. So now it’s Frog O’Clock, but–and I’m trying to think of it this way–it’s also Finding A Pattern O’Clock, and that’s pretty exciting.

But still.

Frogging.

Blaaaaaaaaah.

Socks, An Interlude.

11 Mar

It’s not that I’m bored of sweaters, because I’m not. It’s just that sometimes it’s nice to start a project that one might reasonably finish within, say, a week. And also, I have many sweaters but I have only two pairs of socks I’ve knit. This needs to be rectified.

I also bought a copy of Sock Innovation by Cookie A. a while ago but never cast anything on from it, and it was making me feel guilty and also like a crazy person. A whole book filled with incredible sock patterns, and I couldn’t find the time to cast on even one? The real problem was that my sock yarn stash, while absolutely excellent, is filled largely with brightly colored things that stripe, pool, and otherwise interrupt patterns.

Shibui Sock to the rescue! I’m a huge, huge fan of this yarn, even though this is the first time I’ve actually knit anything with it. It was a brilliant decision to stock up a bit, and I finally cast on a pair of socks a few days ago. It took me for-freaking-ever to decide on a pattern, and eventually I just went with doing it alphabetically because I am a nerd like that. Thus, I now have Angee on my needles!

They’re a lighter purple than the picture would have you believe, but I was having a ton of trouble getting an in-focus picture, so darker purple won. If you look really closely, you can see that the first 30 rounds or so of the pattern are knit incorrectly; that’s because, in a bout of incredible stupidity, I forgot that charts are read right to left and not left to right and so my whole sock is backwards. That in and of itself isn’t a problem, but since I didn’t realize I was doing it backwards until a significant way in, I didn’t switch the k2togs and ssks until then. It looks a little bit messy, but not bad enough to frog, and I’m happy with it.

In other news, I pulled out an old WIP that had been set aside due to decrease panic. I kept not liking how it looked, but upon closer inspection, I was being really silly and it looks fine. See?

It’s a Tortoise and the Hare sweater, and while I wouldn’t expect to see too much of it up here, it does in fact exist. And sometimes I even work on it. Sometimes.

Also, you guys, I got a really pretty dress yesterday and it makes me feel like a fairy princess.