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Outside Times.

20 Apr

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts this week; I’ve been going through a really rough time and it just didn’t lend itself well to blogging. I was going to do Vlog Day early yesterday, only yesterday was the worst of all the bad days, so that didn’t happen. But things are looking up, it’s beautiful outside, and I’m actually posting! Hooray!

Also, I noticed while rewatching this video that I keep rubbing my nose a lot. Happy allergy season, friends! The perils of doing a vlog outside.

 

By the way, I remembered my other warm weather yarn from that grab bag! I got some Classic Elite Premiere, which is 50% cotton and 50% tencel, in a fabulous chartreuse color I can’t wait to show off. I’ve also got some Sublime Organic Cotton from a previous grab bag that I’ll hopefully get to use sometime this summer. It wants to be a Lauriel, but there are a lot of other things higher up on my queue, so I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get to it. And there you have it, just in case you were wondering about the innermost details of my stash and couldn’t sleep until I remembered absolutely everything 😛

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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 🙂

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.

FO: It’s Not Cheating If It’s This Cute! (3/12)

9 Mar

And now, a real FO post!

I had a lot of fun knitting this guy. For the longest time it was my in-my-purse, on-the-go knitting, but when I got home from the hospital on Tuesday, it jumped out and me and screamed, “Knit me! Pick me!” and so I did.

Once I actually picked it up and worked on it, the whole body and the sleeves took about two days. I had already done all of the yoke during long car rides and doctor’s appointments, so that was taken care of. Also, please pretend I’m smiling in this picture 🙂

I borrowed my neighbor’s tree to take good pictures, because it’s that super awkward time of year where there’s no picturesque snow and no picturesque grass and no picturesque flowers, so you gotta take what you can get. Also, the sun was kind of in my eyes.

I did a little bit of waist shaping even though I hadn’t originally planned on doing any thanks to an article in an old issue of Knitscene about how waist shaping always makes a garment look better, even if it’s oversized (not that mine is) or you’re not going for a super fitted look. I think it worked out really well, and the fit is pretty much perfect.

Even though the yarn is 100% merino, I decided to go for short sleeves so I can wear it in the spring and fall, if not the very middle of summer. Besides, they look super cute and, ahem, cut the knitting time down a whole bunch. But the number one reason I did short sleeves is aesthetics, so the timing was just an added bonus 😛

Also, that’s how much extra yarn I had at the end. Er, well, I have another ball of each, but I was so close to done and I really didn’t want to have to break into the new ones, and so I pushed the hell out of what I had an it worked. Apple logo included for perspective.

Pattern: My Favorite Sweater by Fancy Tiger Crafts
Time Span: 28 January to 8 March
Materials: 3 skeins each of Valley Yarns Amherst in Lake and Powder Pink
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/my-favorite-sweater-3

Sneak Peeks

8 Mar

I finished a sweater tonight!! But it’s dark and I can’t get decent pictures, but I do have some sneak peeks for y’all tonight.

Real FO post tomorrow!