Friday, November 23, 2007

Still Knitting....

As most of you know, a big part of blogging about your handmade objects is not just creating and finishing the objects, but also taking proper photos of them. People want to see the sweater on a human, not draped over your bed, so this requires 2 people, and some sunlight. Not always an easy thing to come by in NYC, especially after stupid daylight savings time.
Thus I give you, a whopping 8 months after they were knit, my Anemoi Mittens:

I've had PLENTY of time to wear these babies, and can now tell you with confidence that these are one of my favorite handknits ever. They are snuggly and warm and soft and pretty to stare at on bleak winter days. The yarn (Habu cashmere) has held up really well. The pattern was so clearly and cleverly written, and I love-love-love the design. What more can I say?
Pattern: Anemoi Mittens by Eunny Jang
Yarn: Habu cashmere, 2-strands--pretty minimal amounts of each, but I no longer remember exactly how much, I'm sorry.
Needles: Addi 0's for the cuff (magic loop), bamboo #1 dpns for the main part
Started January '07, finished February '07
Mods--none!!! I knit the smallest size.

And yes, I have knit since last February. I whipped out a little Le Slouch recently:
Pattern: Le Slouch by Wendy of Knit and Tonic
Yarn: Morehouse Merino 3-strand, just over 1 skein
Needles... whatever she recommended, I believe.
Quick, easy, fun pattern, and I can both fit all of my hair into the hat, while putting my headphones on over it. Perfect.

And another hat:
Pattern: Basic tam from Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns
Yarn: RYC Soft Lux
Sorry, that's about all the details I remember.
I have this problem with hats--I never think I look right in them, so I just keep knitting more and more of them, in hopes that one day, I will create the perfect one. It will fulfill the aforementioned requirements of containing the hair (without smushing it) and allowing headphone use, and will transform me into the chic Parisian girl I always envision myself as whilst knitting the hat, but fail to see in the mirror once it is done. I hear other people have this same issue, so I'm not alone. Is there a support group for us?

And this post would not be complete without a HUGE thank you to Lisa, who took all of these photos for me on the gorgeous roof of her building yesterday--can you believe those views?!? What's more, she did this in the middle of preparing a scrumptious Thanksgiving Day spread for me and BK. I don't think I'll ever need to eat (or drink!) again, I am still so full.
Thank you Lisa and BK!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Wanna Make Some Mittens?

OK, so I know that a lot of the people who read this blog are well-acquainted with how to make a pair of fair-isle mittens, but for those of you who are not, and would like to be:
I'm teaching a beginning fair-isle mitten class at Brooklyn General in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn this month. The class is on four consecutive Monday nights (11/19, 11/25, 12/3, 12/10) from 7:30-9. Come enjoy the wonderful world of double-pointed needles and stranded colorwork! Get more info here, and call the store if you'd like to sign up.
In addition, if you're looking for some instruction but not necessarily on your mittens, I'm teaching a pattern help class at Purl as well. You can sign up for single sessions if you're just looking for a little assistance with your project. These classes are various Tuesday or Thursday evenings, 7:15-9:15. Call Purl for more info or to sign up.
OK, that's about enough self-promotion! Yikes....

Friday, November 02, 2007

The Last Last Rhinebeck Post

I know Rhinebeck is, like, SO old news, so I'll make it short and sweet, I promise.I went up with a few of my darling Spiders: Katy, Jess F&P, me, Carrie.
A Spider pumpkin!
And sweet it was; we ate ourselves sick. After fried artichokes and cider and apple crisps and kettle corn, both Jess and I were moaning from excruciating stomach pain. But hey, what's a day at a festival without overindulging yourself to the point of illness?It was a gorgeous day--a little warmer than usual for this time of year, but who's complaining? I know it will be cold soon enough. Fortunately, the leaves had started to change, and we city girls were in awe at their brilliance:I bought lots of lovely things, but the loveliest of all was some beautiful Springtide Cashmere:2 ounces each of off-white and charcoal gray. I've started swatching the gray, which is going to be some uber-soft fingerless gloves. And then I found these:Some teeny tiny metal dpns! I loved them so much, I bought them in sizes 0, 1, 1 1/2, and 2. They're a brand called Hiya Hiya, which I know nothing about, but they're nice and sharp. What's not to love?
And last but not least, I was lucky enough to have another round of visitors from afar:
Diarmaid, Johnny, Lindsay, and Emily, who came all the way from Ireland! I had such a good time with these kids, who are, incidentally, phenomenal musicians, and who I just don't get to see enough of. Come back soon, my Irish pals!