Monday, November 23, 2009

This is what I will probably be knitting this weekend...

Edit: This hat is what I knit this weekend. Now I am on to a pair of socks.....

They were both contained in this new bag Michael got my for my birthday. I love it, the only thing I wished it had that it does not is a zipper for the closure.

Otherwise, it is awesome and pretty cute.

Happy Knitting and Turkey!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A very late Rhinebeck recap!!

I went to Rhinebeck again this year with Heather, and we had a lot of fun.

Alanna of Tactile Travel organizes a really great and stress free trip.

This year there was no hotel mix-up and the place we were staying was great, a real step up from last year and conveniently located. Not having to do the driving was great and the mix of people was fun. I learned a lot from them and they were all really nice. You should come along next year. You want to see the purchases? Ok, here it goes.

This is two gigantic skeins from Brian Rose Fibers of Pilgrim in a beautiful dark colorway with red, green and blue.

This is a really soft skein of angora and wool that I will use for a hat for the husband.

This is a really soft skein of Brooks Farm Solo in Greens and Creams. It was on sale and was a totally great purchase I do not regret.

This is 6 skeins of Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester Aran for a sweater. It is a beautiful grey. I think it is for the Owls Sweater.

You can't tell from this picture but this is a dark green larger skein of angora and one small skein of purple angora. It is really soft and for a hat for my niece.

This is three skeins of beautiful purple and lilac Brooks Farm Sport weight Solo.

This is the swag bag from the ravelry party.

What's this?

Oh yeah, Guido of It's a Purl Man taught me how to drop spindle on the car ride down and I left Rhinebeck with a spindle and some fiber.

Happy KNitting and Spinning!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Long Awaited? Chuppah Photos

Yay Over Two Months Married!

My wonderful brother Eli (also a witness for the marriage contract signing) took these pictures.

Thanks E!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Yup, it's snowing

It's October 16, 2009 in Andover, Massachusetts and it is snowing.

Time to break out the winter jackets and the gloves.

A little early, don't you think?

Kitty surely thinks so....

He's all curled up on the couch like this, staying warm....

I'm off to Rhinebeck tomorrow (no, Michael is not coming).

Stay warm and Happy Knitting!

Be warned, my stash is well guarded and shall increase in size!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Clapotis Progress

This is pretty slow going....but it is going to be worth it.

There is officially no way I will finish this before Rhinebeck (5 days). I would have 4.5 days to knit and 1 to block. There is no way. I am saying this to convince the crazy voice in my head that says maybe you could do it. Then I realize I am still on the first of 13 repeats of the twelve row repeat straight section. 36 rows per day? Maybe if I didn't have a jury trial on Wednesday. Maybe if I didn't have a bench trial on Tuesday. Maybe if I didn't sleep.

Maybe, maybe, maybe.

Here it is now.

I just dropped the first stitch to create the first line of dropped stitches.

See? It's a fuzzy drop stitch section.

Kitty says, don't expect me to help.

I am busy sleeping. Stop bothering me with your flash lady!

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Old and the New

Here is the old project, soaking...This yarn (Cascade Eco Wool Plus) ran like crazy. I spent 30+ minutes rinsing it and it still was running a little. I just couldn't rinse any more.
This is 15-20 minutes in...
The water never ran clear. Here it is blocking.
Here is the new project: A clapotis (Knitty, Fall 2004) in Brooks Farm Ellie: Color: E8?
Finally, another new thing: proof that we actually use the new Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.
Happy Knitting/Baking/Cooking, whatever your hobby!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Binding off....interminably.....

I'm in the process of binding off the Hemlock Ring blanket.

It's taking forever, I'm about 2/3 done, and like everyone else says, it takes a lot of yarn.

Want proof?

This is closer to the true color, but really blurry, but proof that the needles were still in until tonight.
When I am done with this I am casting on a clapotis that I hope to have done in time for Rhinebeck.

That's right, Heather and I are going again! Besides wanting something to keep me warm (show off) at Rhinebeck and the need to knit at least some of the yarn I bought last year before going again, I was inspired by the scarves the Spanish and Parisian women wore, as the designer says she was in the pattern notes on knitty. I also do not have the time to knit a sweater. I know me, and even though I knit pretty fast, it's not that fast.

I'm using this yarn:
Happy Knitting!

Update since I wrote the post originally.

It's done (well, off the needles!)Yay, I have a blob!

It should become a blocked blanket (bingo???) this weekend....

Until then, Happy Knitting!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I'm back...

from my wedding and honeymoon!!

I wore the wedding shawl to great acclaim and people loved the chuppah.....It is always nice when people appreciate your handknits.

I am taking it as a compliment that someone at the wedding thought I machine knit the chuppah.

I can't find the one picture I know I saw that someone took but I will find it and post it here.

Honeymoon stories to follow in another post.

For now, happy knitting!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Wedding Shawl

I finished my wedding shawl last week and it blocked out wonderfully I think.

I really love blocking wires but using them takes a long time.

I think it was worth it however.
The stitches really opened up and it about doubled in width.
I also finally blocked my fingerless gloves.

Pretty, and warm.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sock Summit Stashed Skeins

Hello and welcome to the land of huge purchases. They aren't huge individually, but it adds up quickly.

I did my best to support the economy.

1. This is from Knitted Wit. So is the next entry. They are the same base yarn. This is their Superwash merino. It is 410 yards, knit on a 2-3 and is 4 oz. This is the colorway Lion.2. This is the colorway I also bought. I have the ball band around here somewhere.
3. This is from DyeDreams and is their Dream Sox. It is 75% superwash Merino and 25% nylon. It is 464 yards and 3.5 oz. This is their Cranberry colorway. Oh the red. Be still my beating heart. 4. This is from Dicentra Designs. It is 100% superwash BFL wool in the colorway Charlene.
5. This is from a Verb for Keeping Warm. This is colorway Vermillion, it is 100% superwash merino and is 100g with 385 yards. 6. This is from Kitchen Sink Dyeworks, their Luxe Merino Fine. It is 80& washable merino wool, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon. This is the Scout colorway, she is one of my favorite literary characters of all time. I suppose they could have meant a Boy Scout or Girl Scout or someone who scouts in the military or tracking sense. I prefer my interpretation. 7. This is from Purl Up & Dye. This is 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon.
8. This is from Abstract Fiber-their Supersock. It is hand-dyed in Portland, Oregon and I had to support the home-town dyers. I went to high school there and middle school. This is the Burnside Bridge colorway. 9. This is from hazel knits. This is their Artisan Sock, it's 90% superwash merino and 10% nylon. It's really soft and squishy. This is 500-Rogue and it is one of a kind according to the label.10. This is from Abundant Yarn and Dyeworks. It is their Naturally Dyed Sock Yarn. It is 100% superwash merino wool. It is called Danny Smanni's Garden and is #36.11. This is from Yarn Love. It is 100% Tussah Silk and is their Cleopatra yarn. It is 665 yards and 5.2 oz. It is the colorway Sparkling Pool and it is the most incredible mix of blues and barely tinted almost white-blue.
12. This is from Yarn Love. It is the Joan of Arc yarn, which is 50% merino and 50%. It is the colorway Maiden. It is deeper than what you see here.13. This is from Abstract Fibers. It is their Mighty Sock. It is 50% superwash merino and 50% tencel. It is their Andromeda colorway. I never thought Andromeda would be so light and full of spring. I had a rat named Andromeda as a child.

15. This is from Black Trillium fibre studios. They are on etsy. This is BFL sock, 100% superwash BFL wool. It is 100 grams and 509 yards. This is the Coraline colorway.
16. This is from Chestnut Bay Fibers. It is a Superwash Merino Wool, 400 yards. I think it is called Galloping Colors.
Happy Knitting!!!! I have wedding knitting to show you, but I figure this is more than enough for one post.