Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Ok, so this is the third!!! time I have knit this sleeve. It's finally turned out right. It's simple K2P2 ribbing, just like the body of the sweater. I am only using 48 stitches however, because 60 was just way too big for my arm. I wanted skin hugging and apparently my arms call for 48 stitches around. Ribbing is stretchy after all.
This sleeve is finally turning out right but I still have another to knit after it. It also seems to have taken forever. Maybe part of that is that I have restarted it twice and pretty far into the sleeve (about halfway both times), but the body of the sweater (many more stitches around) seemed to go much quicker and much easier. Maybe Magic Loop is just slow. I'm not sure, but I am finally in a happy place with this almost completed sleeve. Maybe Gremlins will come and spirit it away into a pile of yarn in my sleep but I hope they don't. Hear that Gremlins? I'll get you if you hurt my sleeve.
I think the sleeve looks a whole lot better lyinh on my Ikea coverlet than on my arm pulled up to my Red Sox shirt, but I think it will look good with the sweater body. It's not easy taking a picture of your arm like that. Trust me. I'm not a contortionist but it would make life a whole lot easier. I could slide under my bed to get things I constantly misplace under there and slip through tiny openings in the crush of people on the T and take much better knitting in progress pictures. That would be awesome.
My summer vacation doing nothing is officially over. I started studying for the bar using the Barbri take home materials. Tomorrow I have my first Ipod lecture day. It's thrilling, let me tell you. I had to stop and take a nap today during the reading and I never take naps in the afternoon. Doesn't bode well. I think I might need to invest in a giant, takes three men to load it into the car pallet of soda before heading down to the Vineyard on Sunday.
Which brings me to the news for my maybe 3??? readers (I do get more visits than that but I'm not sure if they are the aforementioned sleeve gremlins checking up on when to do the most damage). I am heading down to my dad's house on Chappaquiddick (Chappy) on saturday with M for the duration of bar prep. Due to the folks at Verizon and probably the tides and the fact that about 500 feet of water is the difference between mainland Martha's Vineyard and Chappy (that's right, it's an island off an island off the coast of Massachusetts) the internet has never really worked at the house. I plan on spending about 16 gazillion hours on the phone with Verizon to be able to maybe check my email and maybe post once in a while, but I might be scarce this summer until I can get to a place where the internet doesn't either not work at all or get freaked out by the passing breeze.
Friday, May 25, 2007
I learned how to use one of these yesterday! It is a crochet hook. I had to learn how to single crochet to place a border around the neckline and armholes of my tanktop. I was taught by an old friend of the family who has known me since I was really, really little. Changing table, having people clean up my spit up little. She is a wonderful teacher and I picked it up quickly and did the area around the neckline yesterday. I just have to do the area around the two armholes now and I can weave in all the ends and wash it and it will be ready. Awesome. Especially since it is 92 degrees here in Boston.
Here is some of the crocheting I did!
I don't think I will be taking up crochet over knitting however, it hurt my wrist.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I can't figure out how to thank the person (Elan) who commented on my last post, so I am thanking you here! It does feel amazing to have that part done with and accomplished. I am much more proud of M who is the first lawyer in his immediate family.
Here is the sleeve I am working on for Tempting. (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTtempting.html)
This is the second time I have cast this sleeve on, both times in Magic Loop. (http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/) I had never done magic loop before, but it appealed to me more than using dpn's, less needles to keep track of and less spots between the needles to get loose stitches. I do like how this second time is working out. I frogged the first attempt because it was not as tight and nice as I wanted it. The sleeve also seemed too large. My size called for 60 stitches and trying it on around my arm it became apparent that it was too large even for my upper arm. Since I am modifying the sleeves to make them longer, they will hit the skinnier part of my arm as well, and I want the sleeves to be tight on my arms, not tight, but form fitting. 60 stitches was too many. I therefore cast on this time with 52. I think it will be just right. I can also get 1 more row for every 6.5 rows I would have otherwise gotten out of each one ball I have for the sleeves because there are 8 less stitches every row. I think this is going to turn out nicely. I have another long cord for the next sleeve, so I can just switch the needles to that cord with the Options when I am done with this one. Yay for the Options. (http://www.knitpicks.com/Options+Knitting+Needle+Cables_NDKPCables.html)
Speaking of KP needles, the good folks over at KP came out with more of their classic circular needles, those with more fixed cords and needles in all sorts of sizes and 16 inch cords! Tada! They answered the demand for them and I think I might get some in the sizes I use the most, i.e. 6-8.
Here is that link. http://www.knitpicks.com/Classic+Circular+Knitting+Needles_NDKPFixedCables.html
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Yay! Graduation is for real now!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Here's the picture of my progress. I finished the third ball (three balls have me 11 inches in the second size-I think 160 stitches in 2X2 rib all the way around) and started the 4th ball. I only need 3 more inches on it before I can start the challenge of the yoke.
I'm a knitter who plays poker. I pretty much only play Texas Hold'Em and mostly No-Limit. I play in small tournament style games with friends at their houses. I played last night at a friends house instead of going to do karaoke. It was sort of a last minute thing, and at the beginning I wasn't sure if I was really feeling it. I'm sort of competitive and I wasn't doing that well. Let's just say my 3 aces lost to a full house, aces full of 2's. Not a happy camper at that time. I was thinking to myself, "I could be knitting right now" instead of having my three freaking aces lose to a full house when I call my friends all in bet. I wanted to be working on my oh so soft tempting and there I was losing. The story has a happy ending for me as I came back and won the tournamenet style game we were playing. Was my perfectionist self happy however? Not that happy, I was still thinking about those trip aces. It would have been a gigantic/amazing lay down and I couldn't make it. I hate 2s.
I am also packing up my room in my apartment. I also have almost all of the kitchen stuff and want it packed too before I leave. I am therefore looking at buying boxes in bulk online, any suggestions on where to get free boxes? I am not officialy moving until the end of July, but since I am spending the summer studying for the bar at my family's house on Chappaquiddick (with my boyfriend), Martha's Vineyard, and the bar is the 23,24,25 (I think) of July I want to be mostly packed up before we move down there. My brother's high school graduation, a Red Sox game, and some other things mean we aren't moving down there right after graduation (Yes, this Sunday I graduate from Boston University School of Law).
Graduation hasn't really hit me yet. It kind of has though. People will be scattering and it turns out the number I care about it sort of limited. I'm sad to say goodbye to a decent number of them and I am definately sad that my criminal clinic friends for the most part will be scattering. I am also definately sad about the incredibly goofy hat we have to wear. It's a Shakespearean-Elizabethean floppy ridiculous thing that will make the rest of my curly hair poof out below it in a silly way. At least everyone will look silly.
Monday, May 14, 2007
It was a pretty nice day, sunny and high in the 60s even for the fairgrounds in Coontoocock?sp NH. We woke up pretty early for people attempting to recover from three years of law school related sleep deprivation thanks to my alarm and got ready and were on the road pretty quickly. We were a little rushed the entire day because the fairgrounds were 1.5 hours away and we wanted to be back by 2 or 3 for an event for upcoming grads of our law school going from 2-5 (Bowling at Jillian's-we like to bowl a lot). Therefore, we were a little conscious of time the entire day, but we ended up not rushing ourselves through the incredible amount of yarn and fleece and roving and animals to see!
We got there and entered through the gate with less stuff right by it, the blue gate (I think). The advantage of this gate was that it had you enter the fairgrounds through a beautiful little forested area with a babbling brook. It was picturesque.
The first building we went in was filled with goodies. There was natural honey, there was tea (what a good combination). M spent most of the time in the tea area and I could look around and pet the soft yarn. There was some seriously soft yarn. The softest alpaca I have ever touched. It was glorious and I wanted to just wrap it around me and rub it on my face because it was so soft. I got her color card so I could order from her when I have need of super soft alpaca and I am sure it will be soon. It's all in natural colors and it is heavenly.
Here is one of those color cards:This picture does not do justice to the gorgeousness of this woman's alpaca.
The tea was really interesting too and we tried about 6 varieties, inlcuding some very good green tea and some yucky spinachy green tea. I am all for eating spinach, I love it and it gives me (a lactose intolerant person-I know I shouldn't be so judgmental, but what can you do) much needed calcium but it does not do well in tea. The tea company was pretty fantastic and had these awesome infusers. I will have to get the info from M, who spent the most time there.
From there we spent the rest of the time wandering through the 5 or so other big barnlike buildings and the small individual tents for vendors that were all over the place. There was just so much to see! I wish we could have spent more time there.
The highlights of the day for me were many but these definately stand out: there was buffalo yarn and yarn made from sled dogs at the same booth! It was really soft and nice yarn! If it hadn't been way out of my price range I would have taken some home with me. Other than this none of the yarn really jumped out at me. There was nice yarn to be sure, but nothing I had to have except for the alpaca above I plan on ordering. (There will be a picture of this booth to come)
The real standouts were the rovings and spinning going on. There were some beautiful wheels and some beautiful things being made on them. So much so that it made me act on my desire to learn how to spin with a drop spindle (a full on spinning wheel is an investment I am not ready to make). I found a likely looking booth with some nice people towards the end of the day and got a lesson and purchased some gorgeous roving in a lovely very deep magenta/red/ purple color and a drop spindle. It has the remanants on it still from my lesson.
Here are those two things I got at this booth:
The roving is wool, and it is soft and so pretty. Such a gorgeous wine color.
From there on I was looking for rovings I wanted that I had admired earlier and I didn't want to go overboard (because what if spinning is just not for me?) so I headed to a place that had lots of it set up in a hammock for display and found a ball I wanted and liked and luckily for me the one woman had another ball of it! It was grey wool dyed to get this subtle effect. Yummy.
I also got some pretty soaps for a present for someone who I think will appreciate them.
That is the end of my haul for the day. We did have some yummy lamb sausages for lunch in the sun, but that was the extent of our indulging in the fair food. The vendors were busy throughout the day however.
M did buy a whole lot more than I did. He bought a garbage bag full of bulky wool yarn in Tufts colors to make a blanket for himself. He got an amazing half price deal from someone who wanted to clear out the yarn. Yay for him! Last night I showed him how to make a ball from the skein and do a guage swatch to determine how many stitches he would need for the blanket size he wants (this is going to be a one person for the couch blanket size) and we determined how many stitches he needs to cast on. He'll probably end up doing it today. I think it is great he is willing to learn to do this with me. He was sitting at a spinning wheel yesterday but I missed getting a picture of him learning how to spin because I was getting my own drop spindle lesson. I did get a picture of him with the bag full of yarn. He also bought a tie pattern and some yarn to make it with.
We came back and went bowling. On the way back from Jillian's, we stopped at Game On to watch the last half of the 9th inning when the Sox were down 5-0., It didn't look good. However, they came back to score 6 runs in the 9th to win! Take that Orioles fan at Jillian's who was going on how a three hitter against the Red Sox was soooo incredible. I think 6 runs in the 9th inning to win is pretty incredible.
Then M went to play poker and then he came over after to do all the swatching for his blanket.
That was our day on Sunday.
Our day on Saturday was filled with a long Red Sox game in which the Sox crushed the Orioles 13-4 (I think that was the final score) where we sat 6 rows behind home plate. Thanks Dad! I love going to games with M and my dad. They are just great baseball fans to watch a game with.
Our view from our seats.
It was pretty fun! Go Sox!
After that we went to our respective homes, ate and dressed like madmen (very quickly, not in insane combinations or jumpsuits) to go to a surprise birthday party for one of our closest friends in law school. It was worth the rush and tiredness and missing a nap after the game to see how happy he was the party surprise.
Here is the blanket! It's in the package, ready to be sealed and shipped!
This is how much yarn I had left from the second ball! I am so glad that I ordered two.
I did go to the Sheep and Wool festival in Coontoocock(that's a pretty funny naame for a place-no offense to anyone meant, just fun to say!), NH yesterday and there will be more posting about that in the next post and a few more to come.
Friday, May 11, 2007
It's coming along well, but the first ball of yarn I got was definately not enough. I am so glad I got two. I am sure I will use the second one completely up. It will be a little more than 3 inches, but I think that is ok. The KP Swish Superwash is soft and knits up nicely. The Dublin green color is very pretty. I wish it was more than 110 yards, but the price is still right for 110 yards.
Here is what I got out of one ball, 300 stitches in garter stitch.
Yesterday I went to turn in my Massachusetts bar exam application. It's so nice to have both my bar applications for the July MA and NH bars taken care of. My BF is done as well(finally) and is home relaxing until we can celebrate tonight.
I found this test on another blog and I think the card is perfect for me, a soon to be attorney and public defender.
You are Justice
Equity, rightness, probity, executive; triumph of the observing side in law.
Justice is about cold, objective balance through reason or natural force. You can't keep smoking and drinking without consequences to your health. It is the card that advises cutting out waste and insists that you make adjustments, do whatever is necessary to bring things back into balance, physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually. It is a card of balance and harmony; if there is imbalance, the correction may
require recourse to the law.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
I also got the yarn in for my stepbrother's kid's baby blanket in. They are not due until 5 months from now, so I should have plenty of time to finish a baby blanket. I also ordered some of the same yarn for some charity knitting on the odd-ball blanket. You can find information on it here. http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=30799
The green is for the oddball blanket and the yellow is for the baby blanket. I am going gender neutral because they are not planning on finding out the sex and the yelllow is just so sunny. It's KP's Swish Superwash.
Then there is this: It was acquired today and is likely meant for a wide felted tote bag in that order of colors. It was 40% off! The BF and I decided to enjoy this beautiful 80 degree weather we are having for two days in Massachusetts and took a day trip to Salem, MA, which is about 45 minutes away from Boston. In between wax museums focusing on the witch trials and strolling along pretty streets to visit the House of Seven Gables (Hawthorne) we discovered a yarn store. Almost all the store was 40% off, including this gorgeous hand dyed Cascade Pastaza. It was the one thing that I wanted and I got it. I have been pretty bad lately with this whole not stash increasing thing, but this will be the reward for my charity knitting. I love the colors, they are much richer than the picture shows.
Salem was so much fun. We also found a used bookstore liquidating their stock and so I got the Friday Night Knitting Club. I am excited to read it. We had lunch overlooking the water as well, and it was so nice out. I loved actually being able to spend time with him that wasn't regimented because of school.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Today I decided that I had to frog my sweater process because some of the ribbings were off by one stitch at times making an interesting pattern that was not perfect. It wasn't so bad to frog it as the ribbing goes so quickly and I give myself one complete do-over every project. It was only one ball as well. Here's hoping I don't have to do it again!
Friday, May 4, 2007
Here is that result.
It turned out to be the right guage! Stitch and pretty much row! Row doesn't matter for this because the pattern for this is written in inches, bu it was so nice to get it right!
Then, I cast on and knit like crazy for me:
I got all this done! It;s 2X2 ribbing in the round for about 14 inches. I have 2-3 done and am almost done with one ball. I think I will have plenty left over for the sleeves. I'll leave one ball for the area after the sleeves are joined at least. It's such a pretty color. It's Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran color 607 or is it 907? and is a more plum/wine color than my horrible at getting the right color photography shows. This one is too light and the next one is closer but is too dark.
All I know is that it is breautiful, I have time to knit and the yarn is very soft and pleasant to work with.
I should be getting an Oddball Blanket in the mail soon as well as some yarn for it. There will be knitting on that and pictures, I promise!