Saturday, April 28, 2007

Between Rain is Sun

...and between econometrics there is knitting! Doesn't the world make sense?

Here's a Glee Shot:

And here's a shot of my latest socks.

The pattern is from the IK book Favorite Socks, although, I can't remember the name of the pattern (wavey flame?? or something like that). The book is packed up ready for the move, so you may not get more info than that. These are a mother's day gift.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Winter Foliage Hits the Road!

...soon, very soon!

I don't have much to report knitting wise. I haven't even had a chance to brouse the crafty sites lately. So I thought I'd spruce up the site with a new header. That's right, this summer is going to be full of fun on the road.

First a month back in Philly! It's always great to spend time there. I love the layout of the city, the great restuarants, the new knitting stores popping up here and there, and the new paths for biking and running along the river. It'll be a perfect place to wind down after the crazy end of semester work.

Then, we're off! Heading west on a road trip to Berkeley where I'll spend July and August. I'm sure I'll find some great crafty stores while exploring the bay area.

And through all of this, I'm sure the blog will become a travel-log of crazy adventures!

Travel Quiz ~~ the header picture comes from one of the cities I'll be visiting. Which city? and can you name the artist?!~~

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Spring has Arrived!

It's been a lovely weekend in Boston, and it only gets better - they're calling for 80 degree temps tomorrow! Crazy.

I just added a few rows here and there to Glee. I think it's going to be the perfect light, spring sweater. Or, the perfect sweater for summer dining - you know, when restaurants decide that the ideal temperature is 65 degrees.

I do have this finished item to share:

It's Dashing from the spring issue of Knitty. I started these a few weeks ago. At that time I was making them in grey alpaca with a deep purple edging. They were nice enough, but they didn't have the pop I wanted. So, I went through my stash and pulled out some nice soft alpaca in deep blue and an earthy green. Perfect!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Red Sky at Night

I'm no sailor, but the sunshine sweater was a delight to knit!

I was attracted to this pattern because it was a top-down knit with very few seams. I also liked the panel design on the front with the off-center opening. I'm a big fan of the euro-style sweaters with a skewed opening. I assume that they have a european influence because I first saw these designs while traveling through Paris. I was in love with this fleece coat:

I borrowed it all week because the weather was much colder than I expected, but I was also in love with the funky design. After that coat, I've been on the hunt for sweaters, coats, and sweatshirts with this style.

~~Pattern Modifications~~
I followed Amanda's pattern just as it was written, I'm lucky that we seem to be about the same size!

Although, I realized that I have to keep my long-torso in mind because it may require me adding length as I see fit and I may have to start the was shaping a little lower. One that note, I also realized that my waist "shape" is basically to go in along my lower ribs and then to stay skinny for quite a few inches. As a result, I did modify the sunshine waist shaping slightly. The pattern calls for a few rounds of decreases (an inch apart), followed by a few rounds on increases (again an inch apart). After doing the decreases and then one increase I tried on the sweater and realized that I didn't have to do anymore increasing because of my skinny waist.

My one other change was unintentional - I think my collar is slightly shorter than Amanda's, but I like the sweater both ways!

~Yarn and Blocking~
I used KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in the Iron Ore Color. I wanted a deep red, but without hits of pink or purple. I choose the color by looking at the KnitPicks Catalog, and unfortunately either my eyes or the picture were off. This yarn definitely isn't as deep of a color as I wanted, but I'm still happy with it.

From my experiences with blocking a few other items, I sensed/hoped that the yarn would lengthen a bit when I blocked it. Assuming it would, I knit the sweater so that the ends of the arms and waist were a slight bit shorter than I wanted for the final item. I took a risk here, and really I didn't use a specific conversion to determine exactly where I should stop.

To block, I soaked the sweater in warm water with some Johnson's baby shampoo - I think I saw this tip on Eunny's blog. After soaking, I pulled the sweater out of the water and was happy to feel that it was really stretchy in my hands (so I knew the wool had the 'give' I wanted). I then pinned the sweater to some towels and left it on my table for a couple of days to dry. This worked perfectly! The length of the arms and torso dried to just the right size.

And viola!

~Now What?~
Well as I mentioned, I've started Glee. Again, I was drawn to the neck-down, seamless patterns. No seams for me! I figured before I start designing my own patterns, I should do another practice sweater. This pattern has no waist shaping, so I'll add some, and I'm going to knit some longer sleeves, probably down to the elbow. After Glee, it's on to some of my own euro-style patterns that have been floating around in my head!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

This and That

I've been busy over here, but there's always time for some browsing.

Check out this sock elephant! Nik, doesn't your pea need one?!

I'm going to start Glee tonight!

Last night during a marathon knitting session, I finished a pair of these for a friend of friend.

Lately I've been eating some tasty treats which came from this debacle. thanks, thanks, and yum!

Posts with pictures to come soon. And I need a spring/summer blog header...

Monday, April 16, 2007

Bundle of Joy!

I can FINALLY share some of the many surprises that I've been working on over the past few months. I was putting together some presents for Nikki and her pea (you'll notice a theme throughout this post). Knitting for this baby was really a lot of fun, and to present the gifts, I used a clementine box!

The packaged included my first knitted sweater! ~Sunshine is my first knitted adult sweater~

Pattern: Sweet Pea Baby Sweater (can be found on the IK site)
Yarn: KnitPicks Merino Style, asparagus color
Needles: Size 5 straight
Pattern Modifications: The only changes I made were in an attempt to avoid sewing seams. You knit the front panels first and you are supposed to bind-off at the top. Instead, I held those shoulder stitches from the front panel and when I was done with the back, I attached the shoulders with a three-needle bind-off. As well, for the sleeve seams, instead of sewing them together a did a three-needle job.

This present also included my first, designed piece of art ~slash~ baby toy that will be slobbered all over!

Pattern: My Own Peapod and Peas (THE PEAS FIT IN THE POD!)
Yarn: Infinity Harmony (I think I have to check the label when I get back to Beantown)
Details: It involved knitting a large "heal" and some little peas. Once felted, I stuffed the peas with fun, baby stuff, including: jingle bells, lavender, and a vibrating unit (you pull the string and the toy goes crazy). Shaping the pod was fun - it just took a combination of stuffing the pod and tying with with string in the right places to get the shape I wanted.

~This was a really FUN project and I think I'll be making more in the future!~

Now. I can't wait until May to see the little pea!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Off to the library!

These can be made here, which I found while doing some late night reading.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

To wet your appetite~

Here's a quick snapshot of the sunshine sweater:

I sewed the buttons on last night and am excitedly
wearing it to school today. Hopefully it will give me some good, sunny
vibes for my meetings. Once I have a couple of better pictures, I'll
dedicate a longer post to the sweater.

Thanks for the great pattern Amanda!

Tonight's knitting night with my pals, and I'm planning on finishing the surprise
project that I've been working on. Look for pics of that over the
weekend (while I'm hanging out in Philly!)!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Remember that post at the end of March?

This one.

Well all I have to say is: check, check, and CHECK!

The sunshine sweater is done and blocking!

Pictures to come in the next day or two. And what's getting me through these hectic weeks of research? (besides the knitting of course):

I LOVE the Ginger Soother. Such a delicious combination of ginger, lemon, and honey. A perfect treat for a tired body.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter

~Felted Bunny~
-Completed 1 year ago.
-Pattern found online.
-Stuffed with cotton before felting.
-Very flexible little guy.
-Good at yoga.

Friday, April 06, 2007

The Bunny Came Early!

As I mentioned, I received a few great surprises yesterday. My parents came to the city for the start of Easter weekend and I received:
-a BIG box of wool. The colors are shades of peach/pink, shades of brown/tan, and then some bright (neon some would say) orange and yellows:
~This picture is not even half of the full box!~

I thought I might make one of Brooklyn Tweed's Red Light Special hats. Maybe some cosmetic bags with skinny stripes of these colors (peaches and browns)? What else?

I also received a great antique glass jar for storing my buttons ~ now that I have a button collection!

And finally, we spent the day on a "driving tour" of Boston. Which, if you know Boston involves a lot of getting lost and running into different streets with the SAME NAMES! Needless to say we had a great time, particularly during our stop at Haymarket Square. I highly recommend Haymarket to anyone in or near the Boston area that wants to do some serious cooking or just pick up some fresh veggies!

***Viewer Beware:: if you don't find butcher shops appealing, a picture below may disturb you***

I hope you all have a great holiday weekend!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I wish I had my camera.

~It's snowing in Boston. What started as a cold, hard rain has turned to fluffy snow. It's April people.~

I also had to share this "how to" of the day. It's as if my google home page reads my blog. Scary.

~The snow's now coming down faster than when I started to type this post.~

Have you been keeping up with Brooklyn Twead's sweater project? He's inspiring me to try an aran cardigan. Maybe as a baby knit for one of my prof's babies. Or maybe something with leather elbow pads is more appropriate?

~still. snowing.~

If only I were enjoying this spring day and beautifully sewn lunch bag today.

~I've heard that eskimos have many words for snow. Is whatthef*#k one of them?~

hehe, I'm joking around. I love snow, but sometimes it's just time for spring!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Surprises, Excuses, and Welcomes!

Wow, with a title like that, this blog is almost as dramatic as some of the others out there, poke, poke.

First the welcomes - I noticed an increase in blog activity over the past couple weeks and I wanted to say hi! I'm a fond browser of all crafty blogs and am always looking for something new, so if any of you have blogs send me a comment and I'll visit! I humbly understand if you haven't found my crafting to be crafty enough to deserve their own comments;-).
Excuses* - there are none! BUT I was reading through some of my own posts and started to frown at my use of punctuation. Someone might read my posts and think that I don't know the difference between a sentence and a fragment of smushed together words without a verb. I do understand the difference, but sometimes it's fun to use punctuation to express the words and pauses the way they would come out of my mouth. So, I may never not apologize for this again (catch the double negative?), but I'm counting this post as my get out of jail free card.

On the other hand, I take full responsibility for every spelling mistake.
Finally, I am busy with the crafts. I'm working on my most creative piece yet. Hammering(knitting) along, piece by piece, and without any patterns. As a result, I don't want to tell you what it is before it's complete. Instead, I'll show you pictures along the way (such as the one in this post)and let your mind wonder. The pictures throughout this post are all components of the project.

*Edit - I will ask you to excuse the picture quality. Foggy Boston in spring.