Sunday, December 24, 2006

Yarnmonster on Vacation

This blog is officially on vacay:
I am in Tucson, AZ. After three hours of sitting on the runway at Newark airport on Thursday, I (drum roll)... FINISHED all my Christmas knitting! Woo hoo!
So now I have time for leisurely pursuits again. Yesterday, we took a drive out to Gates Pass, a mountainous area covered with cacti, for some knitwear photography. Birch and the Hourglass Sweater are old FOs, but they never had very nice pictures taken of them, and I felt that they deserved better.
More photos here.
I also brought 3 small projects along to keep me busy during the trip, as the holidays can often involve much sitting around, both on runways and off.
The stockings have progressed a little:
And I started some of Eunny's Endpaper Mitts in 2 colors of Koigu: And, after much swatching and planning and debating, I decided to go with the Kimono-Shawl-turned-scarf pattern for the Christmas cashmere:It's been nice getting a chance to frolic in the sunshine a little bit--the weather here in Arizona is very pleasant during the day, tho' it gets a little chilly at night.
I hope everyone out there is having a Merry Christmas Eve, or what ever holiday you may be celebrating! See you all soon--next stop on this blog is Cancun, where I'll be meeting up with my family!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Holidays are for Happiness

This weekend, I took a little break from the gift-knitting to attend a most lovely holiday party Chez Carrie:
It's the Spiders!
The food was delicious, the conversation delightful, and Carrie and Marie outdid themselves as co-hostesses of the event. I ate lots of cookies, drank a good deal of rum cider, and after the gift exchange, somehow managed to walk away with this: Yup, that's cashmere, baby! Somewhere between 500-600 yards, courtesy of Miss Jess Fig & Plum. I was up late last night looking for the perfect pattern for it--I want a soft, somewhat lacy scarf to wrap around my neck, all of my scarves are either too wide or long and heavy. I'm thinking about a scarf-sized version of the Kimono Shawl from Folk Shawls (here's a lovely example of this pattern). That'll keep me busy during the holidays.
And because a girl can't just make stuff for other people ALL the time, I took a time out to do a little sewing the other day:
And a little more time out:
Both are reversible drawstring pouched to hold the myriad of small knitting projects I have on the needles. The ribbons, apple corduroy, and skull fabric are from Brooklyn General, the pink inside fabric is from Purl Patchwork, and the tropical inside fabric is from Mood.
Back to knitting! You're all just going to laugh at me when I tell you I've had yet another one of my gift recipients request something different from what I had started making him. But it's not too big a deal--I can still use some of what I was knitting.
And much thanks to Veronique for all of her hard work on my dad's present! My friends need to forget their knitting projects more often. ;)

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Holiday Mania

I have been knitting away on my Christmas gifts over here, and despite this, am making NO progress on the Christmas Self-Torture in my sidebar because I KEEP ADDING MORE!!! People, loved ones, if you're reading this, we are officially closed to any further requests over here! No more! My fingers are raw and my elbows ache. Why, oh why, did I do this to myself?
Occasionally, however, I have to put all of these gifts aside and work a couple of rows on these:
Mmm, Norwegian Stockings, I love you! And I have to say, I'm *loving* the Baby Ull! The analogy that comes to mind is milk chocolate-y softness, but this may be inspired by the color as well.
But I know a post all about Top Secret Christmas Knitting is less than thrilling, so I included some snippets of what I have been working on. Family, read on only if you WANT to see the snippets, otherwise, catch ya later!
Hand-dyed Kona Superwash:
Knitpicks Telemark:
RYC Cashsoft DK:
And then sometimes I just lose all self control. I read this post and was consumed by the need to make a dishrag:
It's crumpled 'cause I use it!
And then the writer of said post informs me of this:Wow, a Mason-Dixon sampler for just $15.99? Who could resist? Not this Yarnmonster, obviously.
But now it's time to buckle down. Make some tea, stick a pillow behind my back (maybe a heating pad too), queue up some Law & Order on the DVR, and get knitting!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Stranded in Norway

It seems that this blog has, inexplicably, succumbed to the seductions of Norway. Not sure why--I have no Norwegian heritage that I'm aware of, though my Grandma is Finnish--but there's no denying it. It was only after I joined "Stranded: The Colorwork Challenge" that I became aware of my new love of all things knitted and Norwegian. We were asked 2 questions:
What are your projects for this knitalong?
Is this your first colorwork project? If it isn't, what was your first, and has it survived the test of time?
My projects? Well, I'll be starting with some Norwegian Stockings from Nancy Bush's Folk Socks.
Who wouldn't want to knit these? I hope all of you folks form the Norwegian Knits KAL aren't too tired of seeing these stockings, because I've got to have a pair.
Also thinking of, as I mentioned before, this Knitpicks ski sweater. Also "inspired by" Norwegian knits. But I think I'll see how I do on the stockings first.
And no, this will not be my first colorwork project, but close. More like somewhere between my 3rd and 5th, depending on which of the 3 projects I have on the needles get done first. My first and second colorwork projects, however, are also of Norwegian descent:
EZ's mittens (all about those here) and Ufserud. Both using Knitpicks Telemark in Northern Green and Bayberry. The hat used one ball of each and was knit on US #4 dpns.
Neither has had much of a chance to withstand the test of time, esp. since as of 2 days ago it was still 72 degrees F here in NYC. But I think I'm pretty safe with these--could they ever go out of style?
Anyone have any more fabulous Norwegian knits for me? I'm always ready to add to my already-long list of Projects to Knit.