Sunday, March 26, 2006

Three broken needles and 17 callouses later...

This thing gave my hands a heck of a workout, I must say...but I'm really happy with it and will make it again, but I've now got cast-on-itis for the Debbie Bliss sweater...or a Clapotis if that yarn comes first...

Now back to our regular programming...

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Look Mom, No Socks!

Ok...I've broken out of the mold...this is not a sock...

It's an Unbiased Hobo Bag from from recycled silk sari yarn which is um, interesting to work with...for one, it's all over the place in terms of thickness, especially between skeins since each skein is totally unique and it's kinda dirty...having to wash hands frequently and created quite a dust storm on the swift...but thankfully it's quite washable in finished object form...have broken 2 needles on it so far...guess I really don't like bamboo needles...

Monday, March 20, 2006

Stepping beyond the world of socks

Ok brace yourself...I have 3 projects lined up now that are NOT SOCKS. Incredible, eh? I do prefer socks...I like the smallness/portability, the relative quickness...they're just good for my natural tendencies of having trouble finishing projects as by the time I'm bored with it, they're already done.


There's a sweater I must make...It's Anne Marie's fault I got "Weekend Knitting" (wanted the Petticoat Socks pattern she did for the Knitting Olympics)...there's a really great Debbie Bliss denim-aran sweater in the back. And it's going to kill me, I'm quite certain as it's 95% in seed stitch which is basically just 1x1 ribbing which is about the most tedious thing one can knit en masse...but I need this sweater (not in child's sizing of course, but this pattern has a full range of sizes)...

I gotta say, it's rather intimidating to order 28 skeins of yarn for a sweater (they're teeny skeins...can't believe they're $7 state-side...thank goodness for ebay and lovely UK sellers with free it for $4.31/skein wheeee)

Then...Clapotis...must make one...maybe of my co-workers (yes, Kathy, it's your fault!) made one out of this lovely soy silk stuff and gotta make it...just the idea of purposely dropping stitches/unravelling seems like major fun factor...So joined the Clapotis yahoogroup to find yarn alternatives/yardage to the Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb (which I would like to eventually work with but damn, it's $28/skein and you need 4 of them gak! that's a lot for a shawl/scarfy thing)

It will be very strange working on needles larger than US2...maybe I'll even foray into bamboo/wooden needles...hmm

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Oy, tagged by MKMonahan (I'll get you, my pretty! and your fat cat too!)

Four jobs in your life:
1. Opera singer (still the dream job...hard to make a living though unless you're very very lucky)
2. Legal word processor/helpdesk thingymabob - Excellent McJob...great bennies, very Euro-style...
3. Editorial Assistant (first job out of college - fell into it by accident...NY Times...not too shabby)
4. Retail (High school/college breaks)

Four movies you could watch over and over:
1. Lord of the Rings, the whole damned thing
2. Strictly Ballroom (NO NEW STEPS! NO NEW STEPS! ARMS, CLARI!)
3. Ever After (yes I know...but I still love it)
4. The Princess Bride

Four TV shows you love to watch:
1. House MD
2. South Park
3. Grey's Anatomy
4. Project Runway

Four places you have lived:
1. New York, NY
2. Miami, FL
3. Wooster, OH
4. Valhalla, NY

Four places you have been on vacation:
1. Lake George, NY
2. Kansas City, MO
3. Quebec, Canada
4. Buffalo, NY

Four websites you visit daily:
1. Prego (Doll board)
2. Socknitters (yahoogroup)
3. Go Fug Yourself
4. Television Without Pity

Four of your favorite foods:
1. Bait (oh...I mean sushi)
2. Chocolate
3. Zucchini (preferably home-grown in dad's garden)
4. Cosmopolitans! (grey goose of course)

Four places you'd rather be right now:
1. Paris
2. New Zealand
3. Alaska
4. Bed

Four favorite types of yarn:
1. Koigu KPPPM
2. Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock
3. Opal sock yarns
4. Mountain Colors Bearfoot

Four bloggers I'm tagging:
1. Annie's Knits
2. Yarn Harlot
3. Grumperina
4. ...

Voila! Donesies!