Saturday, September 30, 2006

Hedera Socks!

They're finally done!
Pattern: Hedera from Knitty
Yarn: Tess Supersock (purchased at MDSW), I think the colorway is Frog Kisses
Needles: US #1 Addi Turbos, 32"
Mods: None!!!
I started these on the plane on the way to Ireland, and finished them this Wednesday night. So they took a while, but they were a great travel knit, with a fun/interesting pattern, but not too complicated for my poor jet-lagged brain. And I cannot say enough good things about the Tess sock yarn! This stuff is fantastic--it has a little nylon, a nice bit of stretch, and I love the almost-solid, almost-variegated nature of this particular colorway. Yay for Tess!
Photos courtesy of my darling little brother David, who politely agreed to take some pics of my socks before we began our Big Day O' Sightseeing yesterday. He's visiting me from Atlanta--his first solo visit to come and see me, ever!--and I was determined that he see Everything Cool in NYC. He's still got all of the Tour of NYC photos on his camera, but here's one of us in Ireland:
I heart my little brother!

Monday, September 25, 2006

The (Official) Last Cami of the Summer

So I know summer's over and everything, but here you go:
Better photos to come, I promise. My photographer's been SO busy lately!
Pattern: Phildar #30, D├ębardeur, from Spring Tendances 2004
Yarn: Royal Silk by Artyarns, color 115
Needles: US 3 Addi Turbos
Mods: I knit it in the round, for my usual reason (laziness) and changed some of the right-slanting and left slanting increases around b/c I liked the way they looked this way.
I didn't bring this project with me on any of my recent trips because I wanted to pack light and just knit on my ever-portable socks, so it took me way longer to finish than it should have. But no worries, it's still warm enough for a tank here in New York, so it will still get some use this season. Check out Lisa's and Veronique's beautiful versions! And what's really cool is what we all live in the same 'hood, and can now go out in matching knitted tank tops together--whoo-hoo!
Speaking of the socks, here's a sneak peek:
Love this pattern! It's Hedera from Knitty, and I'm almost done. I managed to overcome my fear of that scary leg thing in the photo and make the pretty socks.
The weekend involved two thrilling days of yarn shopping for me and some Spiders. I forgot to bring my camera (sniff, sniff) but I do have a photo of this lovely laceweight wool:
that I got at Habu. We also visited School Products, where I managed to put back the pound and a quarter cone of cashmere/merino I was about to run away with. Sunday involved a trip to the new and improved Brooklyn General with Veronique, where she finally found some Elizabeth Zimmerman books, and I bought some more of this:
Rowanspun DK, which I hadn't bought wnough of the first time around.
And as for Zimmermania, I have cast on for the Bog Jacket from Knitting Around.
I seem to be the only person interested in knitting an adult size bog jacket, but I am SO fascinated by the construction of the thing, I just have to try it. And I think it is the perfect thing for my soft Irish wool.

Monday, September 18, 2006

96 Rocks

Well, the Marist Class of '96 Reunion has come and gone. And I gotta tell you, it's a good thing it only rolls around every 10 years, because I think we're all going to need that long to recover. Everyone was in fine form that night.
I went with my two bestest pals, Katharine and Anoushka:

So I was totally shocked by how much fun it was. I thought it would be sort of fun, in a weird, surreal sort of way, but what surprised me was the ease with which everyone slipped back into high-school friendliness. I mean, we went to a pretty small school, and spent every day with each other for 4 long years. We know a lot about each other.
Lots of people have kids now. Three girls were pregnant, 2 of them with baby #2! I was impressed with how motivated my class has been to reproduce. I still can't get used to the fact that we crossed that invisible line when the reply to, "I'm pregnant!" changed from, "Oh, $&^#, what are you going to do?" to "Congratulations!" When did that happen???
But we are older now, and one of the best things about being older was seeing everyone hanging out having fun together, even people that weren't maybe all that tight 10 years ago. It made me actually miss high school!!! All in all, it was a total success. I'm very glad I went. '96 Rocks!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Going to see the ATLiens

So, last weekend when I returned from my Irish travels, this
was waiting for me! Yep, that's a big ol' skein of Socks That Rock, my first ever! My friend Michelle picked this up for me while attending a Michigan Sheep and Wool festival. Apparently the crazy lady who rushed the STR booth and bought it all up in Maryland decided to miss the MI festival. Thank you Michelle, for braving the throngs of desperate sock knitters!
And I also forgot to show you my Irish loot! This was my single yarn purchase:
some wonderfully soft Irish aran weight wool. I bought enough for a simple sweater, but am now kicking myself for not having bought more--it would have been the perfect thing for my entry into Zimmermania. Despite being the origin of the Aran sweater, Ireland is not as enthusiastic about knitting as the US. I was told a few different times that only women over 80 knit. Well, the Irish are enthusiastic about other things (like music and Guinness), so we'll try to forgive them.
There were also these:Little smiley sheep buttons that were too cute to resist.
So now, if you can believe it, I am leaving AGAIN tonight. I'm off to the ATL, my homeland, for a few days. It's my 10 year high school reunion, y'all! I feel old. No doubt I'll feel even older after I go. But I can never pass up a chance to relax in suburbia--listen to the soothing Southern accents, swim in the pool, take long walks going nowhere, and of course, roll to the grocery store in my [mom's] SUV. I get such a thrill out of suburban grocery stores after 2 years in the city.
Next time you see me, I'll be blogging under the Georgia sunshine (I hope)!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

I Heart Ireland

Well, needless to say, my internet access was restricted/non-existant in Ireland, so I was sadly unable to post daily updates of my activities. Crushing, I know. But no worries, I am safely back in the States, and I think I can pretty much remember what I did while I was there.
First of all, here is the reason we were there in the first place:
This wonderful group of musicians performs in a production called Music at the Crossroads during the summer in Galway. They are so unbelievably talented, in addition to being really cool people! We had so much fun hanging out with them--and now I'm ready for them to come and visit me in NYC so that I can show them as good a time as they showed me!
While there, I got to hang out with my little brother, David:
who has been working behind the scenes in the show all summer. I don't get to see him much, so it was very cool to get to hang out with him and his friends:
I drank some Guinness with Mom:
but no Guinness for her! It has wheat in it. My dad was there too, but he was moving too fast to take a photo of him.
After a few days in Galway, we said our goodbyes and left to trek around the countryside a bit and for the guys to take photos. The weather was absolutely beautiful--in fact, it was often too sunny for photos--and everything was green and gorgeous.
There were sheep:

I took about a million pictures, way too many for a blog post, so there are more of Ireland here, and more of our time in Galway's pubs here.
As for my knitting, don't even ask. I was looking forward to many hours of uninterrupted knitting time in the car during our drive through the countryside, but the roads were far too twisty and turny, so I spent the time gazing out the window and concentrating on not being sick. So I knit part of a sock. In the whole ten days. But hey, if you're having too much fun to knit, then that's a pretty successful vacation, right? I promise to get back on track now--I've got to finish my Second Last Cami of the Summer before coat-weather sets in!