Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloweenie!


***These adorable sausage dogs belong, not to me, unfortunately, but to my Mom, who is also the mastermind behind their clever costumes.
Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 28, 2006

A Tribute to Project Perseverance

I have some FO's to share!
Pattern: Norwegian Mittens from Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Yarn: Knitpicks Telemark in Northern and Bayberry
Needles: US #3 Addi Turbos, 32"I am thrilled with these mittens--I love how they look, and they were fun to knit. Who knew I liked colorwork? The only problem I had was same one Fig and Plum has complained of: my first mitten was a WAY looser gauge than the second, so now I kind of want to knit the first one over. We'll see if that ever happens, though.
Also, I finally have my ONE contribution to Socktoberfest:
My corded rib socks are finally done! Don't ask me any details, I no longer remember them. They were on size 4's, I got the yarn at MDSW, and I used a stitch pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch.
Also finished my first Project Purchased at Rhinebeck:
And a mere week after the day itself!
Pattern: Stuffed Mittens Kit from Greenwood Hill Farms
Yarn: Worsted merino from Greenwood Hill Farms, plus some white merino roving
Needles: US #4 and #6 Addi Turbos
These mittens are SO warm and snuggly! The inside is full of super-soft merino roving, perfect to nestle my cold hands in on a wintery day.
Friday night was another lovely meeting of the Spiders at the Point, and we all got to meet Melissa, whose blog has much intrigued us with its many secret projects. I got to fondle one of these super-secrets, and I have to say, with secret projects like that, I think I would stay in my house and knit 24-7. It was great to finally meet you, Melissa!
And then, I came home to Brooklyn for a little pre-Halloween fun:
We really know how to party at my house.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Rhinebeck!

This weekend was one of my favorites of the whole year--it was Rhinebeck!
I went up on Saturday with a bevy of Spiders, and it was an absolutely perfect day. Temps in the 50's, bright sunshine, and once we got out of the city, trees full of fall colors. We had hot cider and apple crisps, played with sheep and watched sheepdog competitions, and of course, shopped for yarn!
Click above for the details of my haul. I was thrilled with my purchases--I think I did better than last year, when Michelle, Jenn and I were completely overwhelmed by the enormity of the Festival. Biggest splurge? The tiny bit of cashmere I purchased for a hat. Project I'm starting first? The thrummed mitten kit, because these mittens will be so warm and soft, and fast, and Jess and Veronique got them too, and it's still just as much fun to match your friends as it was in 7th grade.
There were a ton of people there! I ran into Jenn and Jill, and lots of other Tuesday night SnB girls. I definitely missed Michelle, who was my companion last year, and far away in Indiana this year. We ran into Debbie Stoller, who was as nice as ever, and we saw the Yarn Harlot from afar. And most exciting, my pal Carrie (otherwise known as Carrieoke) was here from Georgia!
We even convinced her and her friends to come to Morehouse Farm with us for the post-festival reception they were having--which was fun but VERY crowded. But I got to meet Melanie Falick there, which was exciting, as I had an Over-the-Knee Stocking from her book in my bag. We didn't last too long in the madness, though, and left for some much-needed dinner and then headed back to the city, exhausted and happy. Sigh.
I. Heart. Rhinebeck.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Norwegian Vacation

No, I'm not really going to Norway!
I'm taking a vacation from all of that garter stitch (yes, the Bog is still unfinished) and making a pair of Elizabeth Zimmerman's Norwegian mittens! I'm using her "Spruce" pattern, which she states is not authentically Norwegian, but I think it's still in the spirit of things. This is my first foray into fair isle, and though it's a little slow, I'm enjoying it. I can't quite get the hang of the two-handed method, but I'm working on it.
And tomorrow is Rhinebeck!!! I'm so excited. Steph, Lisa, Veronique, Abby and I will be traveling up from Brooklyn and we'll definitely be attending the blogger meet-up. Everyone has declared what fabulous handknit item they will be wearing already, but as usual, I can't possibly foresee what I'm going to end up walking out the door in, so hopefully, if you're looking for me, you'll be able to recognize me anyway. I can't wait for tomorrow--I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve.

Monday, October 16, 2006

The Dog Ate My Knitting: A Tale of Woe

But first:
A Snail Hat!
Pattern: Snail Hat (3-swirl version), aka Dairy Queen Hat, from The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Yarn: Rio de la Plata kettle dyed wool (this is a single-ply, thick and thin)
Needles: US #7 Addi Turbos, 16"
Mods: Just changed the stitch count due to a much smaller gauge. Note to all who would knit this: DO NOT use thick and thin yarn. I wouldn't have, but I ordered it online, and it wasn't what I was expecting, so it was just sitting on my desk, and I thought, why not? When I take it off my head, it is all lumpy like one of those egg-crate things. But whatever, it's still funny to look at, and isn't humour what you're going for when you embark on a project with the name "Dairy Queen"?
As for the Bog Jacket, well, it had a rough weekend. I was nearing completion, getting quite close to the home-stretch of knitting. And then I decided to go out for some brunch on Sunday, and I left the Bog, along with all of my knitting, in my knitting basket. Only I forgot that I left a vegan chocolate-chip cookie in my knitting bag, and came home to discover that not only had my Precious Pitbull, Peru, ransacked my bag and eaten my cookie, she had pulled out the Bog Jacket for some snarfling immediately afterward. So not only was it disturbingly damp with saliva and covered in dog hair, but it also had bits of moist, chewed cookie ground into it. Sigh. So I did my best to clean it up, but it won't be able to have a proper bath till it's done. No permanent damage though, I'm relieved to say. At least Peru was a gentle molester of my knitting.
After all this, of course I lost all self control and started yet another project, the Over-the-Knee Stockings from Melanie Falick's Handknit Holidays:
I love them. I'm using RYC Cashsoft 4-Ply, and I'm quite happily in love. But I have to get back to the Bog, I know.
Also, did everyone see that this came out today? The hands-down-favorite for me was this:
Eunny's Venezia Pullover. It is just too gorgeous for words, and I have thought so ever since I saw the snippets of it on her blog (she knitted this in 5 days! 5 days, people!) without even knowing what it was. Gorgeous. Will I knit this? Um, probably not. But we can all have dreams, right?

Monday, October 09, 2006

Babies Kinda Freak Me Out...

... but baby stuff sure is cute:From Last Minute Knitted Gifts, knit with Blue Sky Organic Cotton (my fave for baby knits, though that "machine washable" bit is debatable). Made for my neighbor Annee, whose baby boy is due in December and who has no idea that this blog exists. :)
It was a gorgeous weekend here in NYC, and what better day to celebrate Jess Fig & Plum's birthday than this sunny Sunday, when the temperature didn't go over 70 degrees and not one cloud crossed the sky all day. The birthday girl set up a fine spread on a picnic table:
Hmm, is she pouring herself some tasty hot cider over there?
And the knitters flocked to the sunny blankets:
and whipped out--of course--their knitting. We sipped cider, ate bread and cheese and cookies and doughnuts, and knitted till the sun went away and our fingers got chilly.
Perfect. Day.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

EZ's Phoney Seams

Still chugging faithfully away on my bog jacket--though I did reach the milestone of the underarms, and thus I give you:
Phoney Seams.
I wasn't sure if this technique was necessary, and discussed it with my knitting friends with only dubious results--is it an aesthetic technique, or does it help to hold shape? What is it really for? But I decided to go for it, in the spirit of trying out all of the modifications EZ has outlined in her instructions. And I like it! It runs from underarm to the bottom edge, neatly folding the garment (the photo shows the right side of the work) and it has a very cute, tailored look to it. Hooray for Phoney Seams! I'm glad I tried it.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Bogging Slowly Along

So, garter stitch goes really slooowly...
Especially when you have so many stitches on the needles! And it's only going to get worse when I add on all the extra stitches for the sleeves. Then my rows are going to be miles long... but sometimes, that's the way rows have to be.
The little smidge of green in the corner is going to be the contrasting i-cord border (thank you, John, for making my decision-making process that much quicker!). I was going to put a stripe in the sleeve, but now I'm thinking no.
Soon it will be time for that nifty trick where you knit in the waste yarn to separate the front panels from the sleeves, and then it's on to casting on all those sleeve stitches. It's really OK that I'm going so slowly on this, as it was 81 degrees today in NYC (!) and that is hardly wooly bog-jacket weather.
Today is also October 4th, which means that Socktoberfest kicked off 3 days ago! I think I am going to use this Celebration of Socks to work on some overdue gifts. When your 20-year old brother has asked you multiple times if you're still going to knit him some socks, it's safe to assume that he really wants them. Fortunately, my little brother will gladly wear any socks I make him, even if they're pink, so I won't have to stick to Manly [Non-] Colors for these. The boy used to go to high school in a purple Wonder-Woman t-shirt; I think I'm safe with pretty much anything.
Anyone tried these yet? They are tempting me... but not for my brother! These are not socks meant for any man. Me likes the idea of a toe-up with a heel flap....