Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Here it Goes Again

So despite finishing my thesis, Spree Day, a 5-page paper, and a journal for class in the past few weeks I still managed to find time to work on the Clementine Shawlette. This is going to be a mother's day gift. It's actually about half way done right now, which means I now have to cast on for the other end of it. The yarn is Frog Tree Pima Silk which has been really nice to work with. My guage is loose, as always, but I like the way its coming out and I should have enough yarn to finish it.

On a completely different note, OK GO is amazing live. Of course, I love the CDs too, but I saw them Friday night at WPI and they put on the best show I've been to in a while. At one point they came into the middle of the crowd and performed a couple songs (A Million Ways and Maybe this Time) accoustic, how cool is that!? I highly recommend going to see them if you ever have the choice.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Oh Lately It's So Quiet

I know its been awhile since I updated. I've been crazy busy with finishing up my thesis and other school work. I actually don't even have time to do a decent update right now since I'm going to see one of my friends in 'Romeo & Juliet' in just a few minutes.

But here is a recent addition to my statsh Nashua Creative Focus worseted. Mmmm, pretty. Not exactly sure what I'm going to do with it yet. It will most likely become a sweater, possibly the cable dowan raglan, or the bluebell boatneck in Fitted Knits.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

You're So Damn Hot

Oh yea, you know its hot. Its Artyarns Royal Silk in color 126. I ordered it during the massive sale that was at knithappens.com a couple weeks ago. It seems to take forever for them to send it out, but I heard they had over 5,000 orders so that's understandable. This little bit of goodness and joy arrived on Friday and I did the swatch this afternoon. It dried pretty quickly after I blocked it, and this is the result. The gauge is 4 1/2 stitches per inch (18 over 4ins) on 4.5 mm bamboo needles.

It arrived in a very pretty skein that with a bit of time and patience I was able to turn into a cute little ball. The picture of the ball probably represents the color the best, though the swatch shows off the variations in the color very nicely. Its wonderfully soft and delicate. I'm planning on making a shrug for my graduation with it. possibly the one skein wonder, though I would have to adjust the pattern for my gauge. I feel that the fabric would be too loose if I do the recommended gauge of 16sts/4ins. Though I might look around a bit more to see if I find something a bit more gauge apporiabte before I purschase the pattern just to make sure I can't find something else.

In other news I'm almost done with the body of my SKB. Painfully almost done, like just one more purl ridge almost done. Pictures of that some other time though since I'm feeling a wee bit lazy. I also tired it on. It was a bit tighter than what I was expecting, but I think with blocking I can stretch it out a bit and it'll be fine.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

No Sign of Life

Sometimes things just get neglected and forgotten. This poor sweater here looks done, doesn't it? But, alas, no. It's been put by the wayside for the past few weeks. Mostly because I got bored with it and I was uncertain about the sleeve decrease. Did I do enough? Are they too spaced out? I just don't know. And so the sweater waits and waits, until I'm interested again.

However, that won't be a for a while because I have projects with deadlines. Yep. As soon as the yarn gets here I will be casting on the Clementine Shawlette for my mother, it's going to be her mother's day gift. Also I'll be making a shrug of some nature for my graduation and to wear to my cousin's wedding this summer. If I had more time I would have loved to make the butterfly dress from Romantic Style, but alas again. I also don't have the money to buy the book. (but I do have I don't have the yarn for this one yet either, but it needs to be done in a month in order to be ready for graduation. So some of my poor knits are going to put aside for awhile for other things. *sadface*

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Tiny Little Fractures

What do you get when you buy really cheap needles off of ebay? Needles that break in the middle of the project, like this...Fortunately I won't be needing them much longer. The lace section of my SKB is complete. I've managed to salvage the needles by using packing tape to connect the severed needle and tube, but this is kind of annoying since the yarn keeps getting caught on the tape. I blame the tight gauge on this one, it makes the knitting rougher on me, the yarn, and the needles. I bent the needle a little bit too while doing this.

And well of course I'm going to include a little more UConn goodness. I might just start doing this for every post. This is the goody folder that I got at admitted students day.