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15 May

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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.

And the things, they happen, sometimes.

28 Aug

So it’s been a crazy few days here, with some more even crazier days to come! Hurricane Irene is on her way, and we’ve been doing things like Preparing and Buying Food and Setting Up The Water Pump In Case Of Flooding, plus Boy has come to stay with us for the weekend, which is excellent. He’s asleep right now, but here’s a picture of our shoes next to each other:

Boy is very tall.

So, y’know how sometimes knitting happens? Well, it’s been sort of happening. In between bouts of hurricane prep, there has also been bouts of preparing to go to college, and also a whole lot of swapping (more on that soon). But, I also have been knitting some, like the hopsalots, which are slowly but surely being completed. I was gifted the pattern in a swap (yayayay!! :D), and since it would cost a bajillion dollars to felt at college because hand felting doesn’t exist, they need to be finished before I leave. Here’s the first one being modeled by me with Andrew Zimmern in the background (aka my natural habitat):

But, I’ve also finished the second slipper, and I’m halfway through the first ear:

I may try to felt them tomorrow, but if the power went out mid-felt, that would be bad, so I also might wait. But it would be excellent to have them Monday night when I’m going to visit my friend in Maine overnight, but we’ll have to see. (disjointed thought is disjointed >.<) I’ve also been doing some work on my Outside In socks, but not much:

I keep having other things come in between me and these socks, and it’s starting to make me sad, because somehow I went from OH NO NOT THE SIZE ONES O.o to socks being my comfort thing to knit, and I have been in need of some comfort (or stress relief at any rate). Still, bunny slippers first, then some socks, then knitting a monster for a swap (oh no, not a monster, that’s the worst thing ever to knit :P), then finishing socks. I think.

On a Happy-Swapping-Note, this wonderful bag came for me in the mail today from the fantastic Melanie (hi Melanie!!):

I had wished for a notions case and was given a choice between blue/grey and turquoise and lime, and I just had to go with the bright and cheerful colors. Little did I know I’d be getting a Vera Bradley case!! It’s so beautiful and bright and cheery and is actually big enough to hold my things, rather than the glasses case I had been using. Plus, I get to reclaim my glasses case and actually use it for my glasses. But not only did Melanie send me the one I had decided on, she also sent the blue/grey one because she is an absolute sweetheart. It was gorgeous and felted, but I only needed one, so I sent it along to someone else in need of cheering up, along with some Tension Tamer tea.

See see see?? Bright and cheery! And it holds everything, with room to spare!! It’s absolutely what I needed, down to a T. I love it 🙂

But, alas, swapping is not all fun and games. Well, it is, but sometimes it can be a stressful game instead of an entirely fun one. There’s one swap in particular I’ve been holding up for quite some time now; I keep offering things that nobody wants and switching it out and offering something else that nobody wants and switching it out…I know it’s just a matter of the right yarn at the right time (which is possibly not in the middle of a hurricane), but it’s still a little stressful. I will keep y’all updated as it progresses, because I just know that someday soon somebody will want some yarn I have.

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And here comes to an end perhaps the most disjointed, poorly written, whine-y blog post yet! Note to self: no more blogging at one-thirty in the morning.

Rainbow Sock-y Goodness!

19 Aug

I have two whole pairs of knitted socks now!! I finished these guys last night not even at four-thirty in the morning. It may have been three in the morning and there may have been a Bizarre Foods marathon taking place.

I love love love them. The tiny bit of green at the very end of the toe on the second sock just about made my night, and the stripes were so much fun to watch come to life. One day I’ll need to figure out how to combat the stripes continuing on the heel and then having a lack of fading when it joins back with the instep, but according to pictures on Ravelry I am not the only one who has this problem, so I’m not too concerned.

In the mean time, I have a new pair of (nearly excruciatingly so in this heat) warm socks, and I am super looking forward to wearing them in Wisconsin winters. When everybody else has freezing feet, I’ll just casually pull up the bottom of my pant legs and be like, “Oh, you mean you don’t have a pair of handknit socks you can throw on when it gets below zero out and the wind sounds like an Evil Force trying to break in through your windows? That’s too bad.” I am really, really looking forward to this, although it may result in me needing to knit everyone I know socks for Christmas, but worse things have happened. I already have one request, which I actually found pretty flattering, seeing as I’ve only knit two pairs so far.

My eventual Sock Goal is to be able to bring only handknit socks to college for at least one term before I graduate. This gives me about three and a half years, and at this pace, I’ll have no problem with that, but of course actually being at college will slow me down. A lot of my professors don’t mind if I knit in class though, which is productive, but also may result in a lot of pairs of fairly simple ribbed socks. Still, nothing wrong with those! Cozy socks are cozy socks 🙂

These socks also happen to go perfectly with my stiletto pink polka dot padded puffy sneakers, and I’m just going to let you think I wear these every day and definitely not only one time the day after I bought them because that would be not only a waste of money but a pitiful homage to such excellent shoes.

Pattern: Spiral Eyelet Socks by Sandi Rosner
Time Span: 13 to 18 August 2011
Materials: 321.2 yards of Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/spiral-eyelet-socks

Oh, also, I forgot to include this in my last post, but in the midst of my everything-is-terrible couple weeks, I bought this:

Two balls of bright red (not orange at all) 100% angora, and at 49 yards and six dollars each, it was quite a good deal! I’m going to make fingerless gloves one day, but I think I’ll save it for when I am having an attack of College Stress and need to knit with something like bright red angora. Also, turns out angora is impossible to photograph.

Today Is A Good Day

15 Aug

After a succession of truly awful days, today was a good day. No, wait. Today was a great day. ACTUALLY. Today was an absolutely fantastic day that’s just going to keep on getting better and better. Have some photographic evidence:

Completed Socks

To be fair, these are actually from a few days ago. But still! I finished my first pair of socks. I am even wearing them right now, because it’s cold and grey and rainy out which means it is the perfect time to wear hand knit wool socks. I have every intention of knitting more of these because they are deliciously easy without being mind-numbingly boring, but I think next time I’ll take out a pattern repeat or two; apparently I have skinny ankles. They are absolutely wearable and I will never, ever take them off, but they are a little loose.

The heels are stripey and it makes my life.

The yarn, Fleece Artist Trail Socks, is so incredibly comfy and cosy and soft, and the colors are spectacular. I have since washed (but not dryer-dried yet) them, and they are still as beautiful as always. I love the variation from one sock to the other; the first is much more straight up purple and grey, but the second has some bluer sections, and just more light-and-dark than the first. Stunning. This might be my favorite yarn ever which would never ever mean I went out and bought a ton more today. *ahem*

Obligatory artsy sock picture.

Pattern: A Nice Ribbed Sock by Glenna C. (best blog ever, btw)
Time Span: 11 July to 12 August 2011 (all but the first two and a half inches of the first sock were knit in about four days)
Materials: 230.8 yards of Fleece Artist Trail Socks
Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/annanlove19/a-nice-ribbed-sock

And then, two days ago, I cast on these beauties:

Rainbow socks!!

I stayed up until four-thirty in the morning last night finishing it went to bed at a reasonable time last night and the sock magically finished itself. I really, really love the pattern (see below for the one exception) and the yarn (which is nowhere near as splitty as people like to say it is) is absolutely lovely. And, since it only took me two days to knit the first, I’m hoping to have these done by the end of the week. I should have plenty of knitting time tomorrow if not sooner, so hopefully I’ll get to have a FO post soon. And in the mean time, strpiey goodness! I really have to say, during the worst part of the drudgery of the foot that goes on foreverrrrrr, the stripes definitely help to make it less awful.

Pattern loveliness exception: for the leg of the sock, after each repeat of the spiral pattern, you move the beginning of the row one stitch over, which you accomplish by slipping the last stitch on each needle one needle over. There’s no problem with this, until you get to the foot, where you have 16 sts on the first and last needles for the bottom of the foot (stockinette) and 32 sts on the second needle, which you continue to work in the spiral pattern. However. It just says to continue with the pattern, and doesn’t mention the fact that you can’t move the beginning of the row anymore. I kind of fudged it, and I think it looks fine, but I have no idea if I did it “correctly”, and it would have been nice for the pattern to clarify.

But other than that, these guys have been smooth sailing, and are a good mix of not-so-hard-I-want-to-rip-my-eyes-out and not-so-easy-I-want-to-rip-my-eyes-out. Plus, the pattern compliments the yarn perfectly. A good decision.

So remember how I said up there that I would never, ever go out and stock up on Trail Socks? Well…

Fleece Artist Trail Socks in Berry

Fleece Artist Trail Socks in Nova Scotia

I’m aware that two skeins isn’t exactly stocking up, and I already know what I’m going to knit with the blue-grey one (Kalajoki), but I also got this guy:

Iron Horse Farm Hand Dyed Fingering/Sock Yarn in Black

This is a superwash merino, cashmere and nylon blend from Iron Horse in Natick (also where I got the Trail Socks). It’s from their very own farm, and kettle-dyed by the owner (I think?) of the shop, who is one of the nicest ladies ever, and explained the entirety of the kettle-dying process to me today. The yarn is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo incredibly soft (more “oo”s necessary but restrained), it feels like butter, and the black isn’t solid at all, but more like soot. I’m thinking maybe Cinderella-inspired socks, or perhaps Spirited Away soot spirits will be my muse? I’ll have to see.

Then my mom and I went to the delicious bakery across the street for lunch (get the raspberry truffle and egg salad on croissant, trust me) while my yarn got wound, which they delivered to me in the cafe because they are absolutely ridiculous. So already a pretty good day, yeah? Then I got home and this was in the mail for me:

No stalking for you!

My package from the tiny owl knits Summer Swap! I had nearly forgotten about it was absolutely on the ball about it, but since packages aren’t due until the end of September and I have had such a rough couple weeks, I still haven’t gotten mine together yet (sometime in the next few days, I swear). But lo, here was mine, all the way from Vancouver! As you can see it has tons of goodies, plus a lovely letter from Paula (hi Paula! thank you!!!!). Here are the delicious (sometimes literally) details:

Another Coco to join my monster family! She’ll fit right in, I’m sure, as soon as I let go of her long enough to introduce her to the other monsters. This one’s a guy, and he always seems to be waving at me! He’s also much smaller than my other monsters, so this gives him an advantage in the cute department. Between the big smile and the wave, he is just about the sweetest monster ever. I’ll be sure to get a picture of him with his brothers and sisters soon.

Geocaching coins! I haven’t talked about it much here because I haven’t been in a while, but I’m actually quite the cache-r. I can’t wait to get it all registered and drop it off, I’m thinking in Concord. Coco just informed me that he’s invited himself on this trip, so I’m sure plenty of cute photo opportunities will arise. As soon as the weather clears up we’ll head out; as much as I love rain, I think my woolen friend is less fond of it 😛

This morning, as I was getting dressed, I thought to myself, “Man, I don’t have enough necklaces. And none of them go with this yellow-and-blue-and-turquoise outfit I’m wearing. *sigh*” And then! And then I got this super cute owl necklace. It’s on the back of a domino, and I cannot stress how absolutely adorable it is. And how well it goes with Jen, which I happen to be wearing today! Fate, I tell ya.

A picture frame for my cats, which I will fill and bring to college with me and keep nearby at all times. It’s hand-painted by a local artisan in Vancouver, which makes it extra special. Made in Vancouver, photograph from Massachusetts, and kept in Wisconsin. I’ve got myself quite the travelling frame!

Green tea KitKats from Japan. Need I say anything else? I haven’t tried them yet, but I will keep you updated.

And lastly, handspun, corespun yarn from Etsy. It’s so bright and colorful, I’m going to have to do something absolutely spectacular with it. I’m thinking maybe a hat, or maybe a monster? It might be a little thick-thin for the latter and I’m not sure I have enough for the former, but it will become something epic, I’m sure. How could it not?

And that, my friends, is how to stop a multiweek bout of terrible anxiety in its tracks!

Things I’ve Been Doing

7 Aug

It’s been a Busy While! I spent two weekends in the Berkshires with my extended family (and brought Boy for show and tell), saw The Decemberists live, and have been writing a bunch. There wasn’t a lot of knitting at all, until yesterday and today when I finished my first sock! Have some pictures of everything:

Baldwin posing as we drive into New York, almost at our family's place.

Baldwin and the beautiful view from the porch.

Boy taking a picture of me taking a picture of him.

Baldwin at the Decemberists show while I was too excited to take a decent picture.

One of the better pictures of Colin Meloy I took at the show (still amazed they let me bring my camera in! :D).

It's a sock!

More detailed post to follow; I’m still getting over my concussion, and awakeness and energy have been hard to come by. But I have not forgotten you, Blogging World, and one day soon I shall return with a vengeance.

It’s an addiction to torsos and feet…*

13 Jul

So knitting, it happens!

Well, pretty sure.

I know she looks kind of like a pile of flop right now, but I swear she's a sweater.

This is Devon. I cast on two days ago, and am almost done a sizeable chunk of the way through with the first frontback (a term coined by my sister to describe when a pattern’s front and backs are the same). Since I’m using the Berroco Ultra Alpaca, I went up two needle sizes and am knitting a small. It’s a little hard to tell if I should be doing the small or extra-small, since it’s such a baggy sweater, but I think I made the right call.

I’m really loving the sweater, and the colors I picked. something about it says southern France to me, like I should be wearing it while lounging on a beach, eating a baguette, drinking a bottle of champagne, and generally being cooler than everyone else.

aiufhiweuhfiewufh WHY WON'T YOU BE THE RIGHT COLOR D:

Artsy photo of socks is artsy and also obnoxious.

I also cast on my first pair of socks ever omg. I am very, very excited about them. They got put on hold when one of the needles I was using was eaten by gremlins  disappeared from where I had put it down in the space of the 30 seconds it took me to go to the bathroom, but new needles were purchased, and I have since knit a whole row. Progress might be slow because I’m realizing this is not a good knitting-at-Boy’s project, because his apartment is often dim, and I can’t see the stitches well enough. But, I am super excited to have them done, and even have extra incentive to finish.

Before I tell you that extra incentive, though, I need to state that the color of the yarn in the photograph is nothing at all like the actual yarn. It’s a mix of purples and grey, yes, but there is a lot more purple, and it’s very bright and beautiful and variegated. Hopefully one day I’ll get it in the right light, even if that day isn’t until I finish the socks.

Anyways! Incentive.

It appears to be waving?

Candy magic 😀

This is a skein of Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic that I picked up, along with a copy of Thrown Together, at Ewe’ll Love It! in Nashua, NH. I found out yesterday that they’re going out of business, and I have to say I am devastated. They were a truly incredible yarn shop, and greater Boston knitters won’t be the same without them. They were having a 40% off sale, so I got quite a good deal, and I plan to head back up on Monday, but it’s still heartbreaking. The 31st is their last day, and I fully encourage you to go say goodbye, and maybe pick up a good deal or two.

But anyways. The yarn is gorgeous, and I’ve been coveting it for quite some time. It doesn’t have the best reviews ever on Ravelry, but the colors are just so gorgeous I couldn’t help myself. I haven’t decided on a pattern yet, but I do know for suresies that I won’t be casting on with it until I finish my first pair of socks, hence the incentive. I am contemplating Jaywalkers, but we’ll have to see.

Rainbows of sunshine magical unicorns candy!

Also not the right color exactly; it's a lot brighter than this.

So remember, Friends, never take your LYS for granted because you never know when it’s going to close </3

*This is a bastardization of a line from a Regina Spektor song that’s been stuck in my head for ages. The original reads “It’s an addiction to hands and feet”.