Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bittersweet Shawl Starts

I was so excited to find an awesome yarn (Cascade Heritage Silk Paints in Vino, YAY love it) to make this shawl I've been wanting to make forevah (the gorgeous Haruni [Rav], by Emily Ross)!!!  So thirty minutes after I finally got the needles I needed (32" size US4 addi Turbo Lace), I cast on: so didn't work.  :(  The color changes interfered with the pattern and everything got muddled together.  It's a little hard to see in the above photo, but I gave it 30 rows before frogging.  Sigh.

So this is happening instead:

Not as fancy and fun--  HOWEVER, it definitely shows off the yarn to its full advantage without being super boring to knit.  I'm going to keep this one.  And I'm going to keep my future Haruni, whenever it happens.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

On Friday night, I had the brilliant idea to cast on a cardigan in my busiest knitting month of the year so far:
It's for a knitalong, but I'm less interested in the -along-ness of it and more concerned with just trying to gitterdun.  The miles of stockinette are broken up a little bit by the stripes; I hope it flippin fits.

In other news: birthday yarn!  These arrived in today's mail and I just couldn't wait for better lighting:
100% baby alpaca laceweight, courtesy of my brother B --
w00t w00t, thank you, kind sir!

Shawls > sweaters.  Officially.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

It's Official: I Win at Life

I would just like to say Happy Birthday Week to me and, as Martin Freeman would say...
never you mind how old I am.
Nah, just kiddin.  I'm 30.  :)
30?   30??

Yes.  And I'm super excited about it, as you can tell.  I've been waiting for 30 my whole life, and I actually never thought I'd make it this far, so this week, this month, this whole flippin year in fact...
Senor Moriarty says FIESTA

As always, I would like to thank my parents, without whom this personal party would not be happening.  I would also like to thank my husband and my daughter, for reasons.  Now everybody eat cake!
Purple roses are for love, love, love

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New GLEE Tonight!

Sorry, guys, I'm a Gleek, so you have to deal with this right now.

The new season starts tonight!  And there's at least one hat!
Fox image Entertainment Weekly
They're making a big huge deal about Rachel's "edgier" style, but I'm not seeing how this sweater-short skirt combo is much different from every other similar combo we've seen from her for years.  Maybe that's just me.

Anyhoo: free! hat patterns!  Just add a pom-pom and adjust for maximum slouchability.
Cabled Beret [Rav] by Darlene Dale
Moss Cable Stitch Beret [Rav] by PolarKnit
Quick Cable Slouch Hat [Rav] by Azure

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

FOs: Bobbles for Baby B

Baby shower for my friend at work today, yay yay yay!

Bobbly Flaps, "designed" by me; knit with 1/4 skein of Lion Brand LB Collection Superwash Merino in colorway 174 Spring Leaf

Leo [Rav] by Martin Storey; knit with over a skein of Lion Brand LB Collection Superwash Merino in colorway 174 Spring Leaf

Fan Lace Hat from Two Lace Baby Hats [Rav] by Heather Tucker; knit with 1/5 skein of Lion Brand LB Collection Superwash Merino in colorway 174 Spring Leaf

Puerperium Cardigan [Rav] by Kelly Brooker; knit with 150yds of Lion Brand LB Collection Superwash Merino in colorways 
107 Sky, 141 Wild Berry, 170 Dijon, and 174 Spring Leaf

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Dark and Stormy

It got really gross here, all of a sudden:

So since we've been warned not to travel, there is leftover pizza for lunch and cheery baby knitting on the needles:
Neat and tidy -- little did you know...
The ends are coming for your soul!

I'd also like to keep working on this bright blue lobster thing...

...but I cannot find the sandwich baggie of fiber fill to save my life.  Seriously.  It's not where it was last time I saw it, back in the beginning of June (effectively a hundred years ago in my stash-and-dash organizational system).  Sooooo no lobster yet.