Saturday, December 31, 2005

Happy New Year!

I'm heading out the door, so here's a progress shot on my Jaywalkers:

Friday, December 30, 2005

New Years Knit-olutions

Can you believe it's almost 2006? Here is a recap of 2005, thanks to my blogging buddy Dr. Charles and Yahoo News.

What are your resolutions for 2006?

Mine are simple:
1. Get back on track (pun intended) with diet and exercise
2. Make a valiant effort to get into the office on time. Really, I mean it.
3. Try harder to see and stay in touch with friends who live far away.
4. Knit smaller, simpler things, ie socks.

Exhibit A:

I am doing it! FINALLY. Getting over the fear of socks. And small needles. I received size 0 and 1 DPNs from my in-laws for Christmas, and I'm gonna use them! I'm starting a pair of Jaywalkers (so I can be as cool as everyone else who has completed them!) with my Vesper in the Knit and Tonic Colorway. AND using my new ball winder and swift - Christmas presents from my hubby!

I've also decided to get back in knitting sweaters - the Phildar sweaters are on the back seat to Angelica. A while back Yahaira twisted my arm to join, so here I am! I bought Plymouth Suri Merino (an alpaca merino blend) for this, but my gauge isn't quite on yet...

Ah, it's good to be knitting for myself again!. I know that sounds selfish, but after 9 holiday gifts - 2 of which are still not complete - I need to keep myself sane by looking forward to wearing something I knit. Anyone else feel that way?

Anyway, HAPPY NEW YEAR! More blogging in 2006!

A little game of holiday catch-up!

Wow, I haven't posted since before Christmas! It was such a busy week! I am happy to say that I have completed many projects in the past week, and have a whole lot more on the way. Here's my photographic account of the holiday - mostly knitting (so as not to bore anyone with too much plot, we'll get straight to the action scenes):

FOs - hats: Black cashmere Irish Walking Hat For Furry's cousin, made from old poncho.
And this one - Hothead from SNB made with Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande for Uncle Nick (I made the same one in green for my dad, but didn't have time to photograph it!)

FOs: Scarves

This is the finished (pre-blocked) snowflake illusion scarf in DB Alpaca Silk for my MIL. She is so excited to wear it so she can ask everyone she knows if they can see the snowflakes...hee hee!

You've all seen the pics of the Noro Crapotee for my SIL, so I'm not reposting them now :)

Here's the finished lace leaf scarf from VK for mom with Brooks Farm Harmony. I worked on it until 3am Christmas Eve (and STILL didn't finish in time!) - here's proof...

I'm knitting at Christmas Eve dinner at Furry's aunt's house while opening presents with my MIL **and, no I'm not flipping off the to blow up photo**

BTW - if you noticed, they do have WAYYYY too many teddy bears:

One even attacked my FIL!

Christmas day, I cooked for 8 people, and well, didn't have time to take any pics except this one: DESSERT. Click to see the details of all the yummy desserts. I'm so proud! More later!
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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Just a little HELLO!

I have been so busy with knitting holiday things and house hunting (Oh - have I forgotten to mention that?) that I have not gotten around to saying HELLO to the spiders! I have been accepted to the circle - and wanted to acknowledge! I added you all to my blogroll, so I can keep up. I haven't made it into NYC in a while, so as soon as I do, after the holidays, I'll introduce myself :)

6 more knitting days till Christmas...and another open house at 1pm!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

My Camera's Going on Vacation for the Holidays

This will be my last post with digital photos taken of my holiday knitting, or anything else for that matter until after the new year. My camera is going to Cambodia! Unfortunately, I'm not going to Cambodia...but my wonderful husband is lending our digi to a friend. So if you lucky readers are, well, may get to see the beautiful Asian countryside in '06.

Now, onto the knitting content.

I'm still considerably overwhelmed by the pile of still unfinished holiday knitting, but here's a start. I have succeeded in turning this hat:

Into THIS hat:See the difference? Whadda ya mean no? I added a flip-up brim (like a flip-top head!) for my MIL. I like it better this way, I think I may make all my hats with a flip-up brim!

I'm also just beginning the Snowflake Illusion Scarf to go with the hat - or a version of it in Debbie Bliss alpaca silk. Yum.

Here we have the mini clapo-twins. The one on the left is the one I made for myself with Diaketo Diamusee. The one on the right in Noro Kureyon is blocking, and will be packaged up tomorrow for my SIL. The Diaketo is a lighter, slightly softer yarn than the Kureyon, but the colors in the Noro are a bit more predictable, and the stripes are wider. Like em both, though I do.

For all you Vesper junkies, I still have not attempted the illustrious art of knitting socks, but instead decided to use one of my skeins to tackle a pair of gloves for my fiend Jess (hi Jess!) Not mittens, or wrist warmers, or fingerless gloves, but GLOVES! Here's some progress. 6.5 fingers left to go...Although Vesper is self striping, if left to its own devices, the fingers would be solid orange. So I needed to do a bit of cut-and-paste to equalize the stripes on the fingers...Ok it's not perfect, but I'm proud, since I loathed DPNs before I started this, and now I feel quite adept at juggling 4 needles at once. Progress takes practice.

Well, that's the show and tell part of this program. I'll be here, but in words alone until the 1st of the year!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Finally, a Holiday FO...

I finished the Irish Hiking Scarf for Furry today. I'm happy to have one Christmas knitting project finished...but so many more to go!

Irish Hiking Scarf
Started: 11/19
Finished: 12/8
Yarn: Classic Elite Inca Alpaca in Kentucky Teal
Needles: Susan Bates size 7 circs
Dimensions: 58" long by 4.5" wide (unstretched)

So, in addition to the pile o' stuff I'm working on, I've decided to turn this:

into this:
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Going into 2006, who needs a poncho? Ponchos are icky. These balls of merino/cashmere blend belong as Glampyre's Bulky Cabled Cardi, or some hats for gifts. The yarn is really black, the pics are deceiving. I liked the poncho last year, but I just can't bring myself to wear one (well I really can't now that it's frogged!)

Aahh the sweet release of Baaaad knitting projects....
Up next:
Remainder of the clap for SIL
Most of the Lace Lead Scarf for Mom
Hats a plenty for the boys
and a scarf (I can't seem to load the pics) for my time I guess.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Must. Make. This. NOW!

I know you all know the new knitty is up. I'm always the last one on the bandwagon. But, I viewed this issue differently than the way I normally view knitty. Typically I like a few patterns at first glance, think about which one to make first, since they're free think to myself that I can't pass up a FREE pattern... NOT this time. This time, I am DROOLING over a pattern. It's this one.

Remember the good old Secret Pal quiz question, "are you a yarn snob?" I think I need to change my answer to a resounding YES!!!!! The Joseph Galler Pashmina this pattern calls for is $55 a ball! OUCH!

Luckily, I have a friend in Portland, who is willing to pick me up one from her LYS. Like the pattern's namesake, she automatically becomes my best friend.

When to find time for this knit? Between the Clap and the lace leaf scarf and the IHS and the 50 million hats. But before New Years. That's when.

Oh - and for those of you who commented about my Christmas tree falling over, calm is exactly what I wasn't on Saturday! Here's the scene. DH, MIL, SIL and I are ready to go out to dinner after a long day of shopping and errands around 9pm.

Julsey runs around looking for shoes, purse, glasses, keys, etc, SIL sits calmly on couch, DH, MIA

MIL (frozen in tracks) OH MY GOD!!!!

(tree falls towards the glass dining room table)

Julsey (also frozen in tracks) AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

(finally realizes she should be catching it runs across the living room)

MIL, SIL, Julsey run for paper towels to catch water that is running in every direction, DH emerges from (where?)

Gang furiously cleans the floor, fixes the lights, dumps the tree skirt in the bathtub and heads out for sushi.

Sushi...mmmm....gotta eat now.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Holiday Knitting and our Tree!

Can you believe it? We have a Christmas tree already! Here's a tutorial on how to make one of your own:

Take one green tree (species unknown),
Tree Before

add some cartoon characters who wanna party,
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and you get one big happy Christmas tree!
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Then it fell over. Oh well onto knitting content!

So, 21 days left till Christmas and no FO's yet to speak of! Here's the progress on the mini Noro Crapotee for my SIL:
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And a closeup. Noro CrapoteeI can't wait to finish MANY of you know, this pattern isn't very enthralling. Add that it's my second one, and the ho-hum factor is doubled. At least the yarn keeps me on my toes - the variegations are so unpredictable that it's keeping me from wrapping this one in a pretty gold box while it's still on the needles!

I'm going to borrow a technique from blogger Fig and Plum. STASH BOXES!!! Click and ye shall find more details on the yarn allotted for Christmas knitting and other unidentified projects.
Stash Box #1 Stash Box #2
Oh well, back to knitting or I'll never finish anything!