Monday, August 28, 2006

Blackout Sleep Mask

I have an FO!
So it's a little one, but I'm excited about it. It's Steph's Blackout Sleep Mask, and it is keeping the sunny rays out of my sleepy eyes in the morning. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Cathay, which is nica and smooth against my face, and then the edging is some fluffy stuff I found in the stash.
BTW, I put a few skeins in the shop. The next update will probably be in mid-late September, as the Yarnmonsters have a bit of travel coming up!
Next post will (hopefully, Internet services allowing) be from Ireland... wish me luck, I'm off in search of some Irish yarn!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Too much going on

Surprise!
No, I didn't knit that, silly! It's from the VK trunk show. Every time I visit the Point, this sweater stares at me, calling, "Knit me! Knit me!" But I'm just not ready for alpaca yet, though the temperatures in New York have been much more pleasant lately.
The other part of the issue is that I've got too much on my plate, craft-wise. I took a break from the Caban, which I finished the back of:
To knit, yes, another cami:
Is it the Summer of the Cami, people? We should have done a knitalong. Or maybe someone did. I guess we were all knitting along with our camis anyway. And yesterday I saw Jess's fabulous bamboo razor cami on the needles, and I'm thinkin' I need a bamboo cami now, too. Argh, when will it stop!?!
On the non-knitting front, I still haven't hemmed or sewn the buttons on my sundress from Heather Ross's class at Purl Patchwork. That's all that needs doing, and I'd have a new sundress! And one that matches my blog, no less.
We won't even mention my little quilt top, which I finished, and the actual quilting of it, which I haven't even started.
Oh, and did I mention that I dyed some yarn?All of this is waiting to be wound from giant 30 ft skeins into normal ones. It looks like a lot, but there's really only 7 skeins there. It's still a workout that my whiny arms are already trembling at the thought of.
Whew! I think I need a nap.... Good thing it's Saturday.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Back in the City

Jamie, Peru and I arrived back in the city around noon on Wednesday, and though the farm was a wonderful getaway from the city heat, we were still glad to be home.
But before we left, there was still some fun to be had. We went cruising in the El Dorado:
(Yes, Matthias has a lot of cars. He uses them for photo shoots.)
I love the black Caddy, but I wouldn't turn this baby down, either:
And Peru and I took some time off relaxing in the Caddy during a photo shoot:
But now we're back, and I imagine everyone's had about enough of my vacation photos, so it's time to get back to what's really important--knitting!
I'm working away at the back of the Caban Menthe:
Which rolls along pretty quickly, as it's size 7 needles. Also got some Rowan All Seasons Cotton to make that other Phildar cardi. Much thanks to Carol of Australia who was happy to scoop up my Pistache Phildar Aviso, which was not quite the autumn color I'd imagined, but was quite perfect for her spring and summer. Hooray for opposite seasons!
I also went through the stash today, hoping to find some yarn for the projects I am dying to make--and I did! I tried on this sweater from VK at the Point on Friday:
But was a little bummed to see that the pattern calls for 14 balls of Blue Sky Alpaca Sport. Hmm, not quite the $600 I'd need to make the new Rowan ball gown, but still not exactly cheap. Fortunately, after diving into the Closet, I found a ton of Prime Alpaca in ecru (farewell, Family Tunic! I'd probably never have finished you anyway...) that is the perfect weight for the job. Hooray!
Also soon to come: yet another cami. In silk, too. I just can't seem to stop myself. I'll tell you all about it when I get the pattern from Veronique.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Silk Cami at the County Fair

So I finished the Phildar Silk Cami:
And wore it to the County Fair!
Pattern: #13 Cami from Phildar "Tendances" #443
Yarn: Phil Soie in Brousse, 6 balls
Needles: Addi Turbos, size 2 US
Mods: Nothing really, except that I knitted it in the round, and I picked up the stitches for the edge instead of knitting a band separately and sewing it on. Both of these modifications were made for no reason other than pure laziness. Come on, people, I'm at the farm, I don't feel like doing all that seaming!
So the cami had her debut today at the County Fair (our 3rd day in attendance). Ina and I sat by these alpacas:
And I knitted:
While we watched the guys take lots and lots of photos of great things like this:
When do you get to see something like that in NYC?
My favorite part of the fair, though, is playing with the sheep:
They are so cute and curious and fun to touch, I just can't get enough. And these guys are all spiffed up and clean for their big weekend at the fair, so they're not even stinky and muddy, as sheep can sometimes be.
But today was the last day of the fair, so no more playing with sheeps for me. For the next few days, the guys will be doing a shoot in Matthias's barn, so I'll be on my own. Maybe I'll take my big ol' Caddy out for a spin.... And spend some time working on my newest project, a Caban Menthe!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

My Sweet Ride

This is the car I get to drive while I'm here--a '65 Caddy. I took it to Walmart and the County Fair yesterday. I don't think I've ever driven a car quite as cool as this one.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

I Heart the Farm

This week, Jamie's boss decided that they needed to spend some time at his farm in Middleburgh, NY, and since I was kind of itching for a chance to get out of the hot city, they brought me along too! Some of you may remember a few posts back when I attended a farm wedding? This is the same place.
This is the guest house, where we're staying:
And this is the view we see from our bed upstairs when we wake up in the morning:
A sunny spot to knit:
I've made some progress on the silk cami:
It's been slow going though, both b/c of the #2 needles and the extra care I'm taking to not experience any more rowing out. I found a great video on knitting backwards instead of purling, and while it seems to have resolved the issue, I'm definitely not very fast at it yet. But I will be.
A shadier spot to knit, with my doggie:
And this weekend we're going to the County Fair! I'll take some photos of the sheep.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Just in from France!

My Phildar finally arrived!
I was SO happy on Thursday evening when the DHL man rang my doorbell and handed me this big box from France. What was in it?

Some chartreuse Phil Soie, which is 100% silk, and two different colors of Aviso, a thick cotton blend.
I was very happy with the Menthe color, which will be used to make this:
But the Pistache color was, well, not the color of any pistachios I've ever seen. Perhaps they're brighter in France?
Who knows, but it was meant to make this pattern:
and now I'm not quite sure if I should follow through with it or not. I was picturing a nice light green for a new fall cardigan, but this color is much more summery to me. We'll see what happens; this yarn may be making an appearance on Ebay.
The silk, however, is a gorgeous color, very true to what it looked like on the website, and I am already chugging along----20 cm into my 22 cm of 2x2 ribbing. It's on its way to becoming this:
which will *hopefully* be the last cami project of this summer, as it is August and I'm really hoping things cool off, just a little at least.
Speaking of cooling off, I attepted to do so this weekend with my fellow Fort Greenies, Lisa and Veronique, as we indulged in some AC while watching Little Miss Sunshine at BAM, and then in some mojitos at June.
There is really nothing quite like a mojito at the end of a hot summer day. All that mint and sugary sweetness.... Veronique has big plans to try Sarah's ginger mojito recipe soon, and I'd like to figure out how to make June's tasty cilantro mojito--pretty soon we'll have a different one for every day of the week! That would have to be a week of vacation of course, but it's nice to imagine.
PS--All of the patterns above are Phildar patterns, which can be found on their website. And don't even bother hitting that little button in the corner that says "English." They just put that there to tease you.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Humble Beginnings

Since I obviously didn't already have enough hobbies, and have SO much free time I just don't know what to do with myself (that's sarcasm, in case it gets lost in translation), I decided to take a quilting class at Purl Patchwork. I bought the Denyse Schmidt book quite a while back and have been obsessing over it for months, so I figured it was time to get some instruction from the professionals.
After my first class, I was sent home with instructions to cut, and begin to sew together my block pieces:
And finish one, the log cabin block:
And by the end of the second class, I had all 4 of my quilt blocks finished! Hooray!
It's going to be a mini-quilt, people. It's a 3-week class, you didn't expect me to make a king-size, did you?
My big plan is to make a summertime quilt for our bed after this. Lots of greens, not as girly as what you see above. I think it can be done. But I'll wait and see how class #3 goes--you never know, things could get much more complicated before it's over ;)