Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Weavers Wear Holiday Handknits

Here it is... the fruit of much secretive labor over the past two months:

A two-tone ribbed shrug for Beth from Fitted Knits, Neiman for my mom (it came out perfectly when I followed my own directions for size C, which is encouraging!) and a Cobblestone Pullover for the Dud made from Aracunia Nature Wool.

I'm still in Michigan, but am shipping up to Boston later this afternoon so I can return to work tomorrow. Details and closeups of the projects to come when I get back. Hope everyone is relaxed and knitting things for personal use!

Beth is so photogenic.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I See Copyright Infringement.

And I miss my subway station Dunkin' Donuts and the really pretty, sweet, Russian women who worked there and had my coffee ready for me as soon as I got through the turnstile. They lost their lease on December 1. The other day, the sign above appeared. Here's a closeup.

Seriously, have you ever seen such a thing?

Not much else is going on. Must knit a lot over the next four days. Many, many photos to come later. Oh, and here's my winter look... so, so warm. I saw it in a window on Newbury Street after getting back a security deposit from an apartment I just left. Five minutes later...

Happy holidays and great knitting success to all!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Some daylight; thus, a photo

I finished my Spitcurl Scarf, pattern available at Red Lipstick! It's a Christmas gift, but I'm fairly certain the recipient isn't reading right now. And I have new hair to brighten the winter days. I'm on my way to platinum; this is just a pit stop along the way.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Impressed, humbled, and cold

First of all, it's been so much fun to read everyone's comments about knitting; I found a bit of myself and my own motivations in each voice. I'm constantly impressed by knitters, in general.

The photo to the right is the "Scarf with Striped Border" from Victorian Lace Today. Yes, it is Christmas knitting, but the recipient does not do the interwebs, so it's safe. I started off with the notion of doing a more complex project from the book, began said project twice, seriously fouled it up twice, got cross and snappy with Chris for about an hour, had a beer, and realized that I should just start something easier, something that will be fast and enjoyable. Aside from the big round "Janet" shawl (a Knitpicks pattern) I haven't knit lace. And that one was round and knit with two strands on big, big needles.

Humility. Let me learn to knit lace and enjoy the learning. This is make with Misti Alpaca laceweight (cheap! soft!) on #6 Addi Turbo Lace Needles (hey, if I'm going to learn to knit lace, I'm not going to put myself through the added torture that comes with not having the best tools!). So far, so good.

And I've been WEAVING! It's almost done... Finnish Bird's Eye pattern! Habu! I look forward to much, much more in the new year.

Oh, and I've been cold for days on end. Drafty apartment and classic ectomorph body type. I just ordered one of these. Photos to come? You bet.