Monday, November 02, 2009

Sylvi, Rhinebeck, and Autumn in NY

Pattern: Sylvi by Mari Muinonen for Twist Collective
Yarn: Briggs & Little Atlantic, Fern
Raveled here!
More photos here.
My 2009 Rhinebeck sweater just barely had made it to the festival--I literally sewed in the last end as we pulled into the motel parking lot. It was a lot of finishing, but totally worth it in the end--I love my big snuggly Sylvi.
Rhinebeck was awesome. Vitalay and I drove up for the whole weekend this year, which was a nice change, and so I was able to spend a lot more time seeing friends who travel from afar to be there. Especially my very oldest friend, Mary Heather.  How awesome is it to still have a friend who knew you when you were 9, playing in a muddy creek and capturing frogs and turtles? MH has only gotten cooler over the years, but she was still one pretty cool chick in the 4th grade....
There was also some serious marryin' going on around here. In the last year, no less than 5 Spiders (myself included) have got themselves hitched. Here are a few, waiting for Marie's nuptials to begin:More photos here.
My sweet husband, who has always thought the knitting obsession was actually pretty cool, recently discovered the wonder that is a pair of handknit socks, and so his enthusiasm for my hobby has increased substantially. Since I really didn't need all THREE of my skeins of STR from Rhinebeck to myself, I whipped him up a pair in his favorite colorway:
Pattern: improvised (pattern notes on Ravelry)
Yarn: Socks that Rock mediumweight, colorway: Puck's Mischief
Raveled here!
I'm all about how fast this mediumweight knits up! What better way to make man-socks, no?
So though it is now chilly November, and our leaf-viewing days are pretty much over, here's a bright bit of the glory that is autumn in New York:
I hope everyone is keeping warm and toasty in your handknits!

Monday, September 07, 2009

A little bit of whimsy....

Pattern: Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in "Paris Night" colorway
Needles: US #3 Clover bamboo circulars
Raveled here!
I've been making good use of my Whimsical Little Knits over here (books 1 and 2) with a few last minute summer knits. My favorite thus far is Ishbel.
I love this shawl. The Malabrigo is SOOOO soft and light, it's like a little cloud settling over my shoulders. I know it will probably pill a bit, but the yarn is just so dreamy, and so perfect for this pretty pattern. The color reminds me of really dark thunderclouds--did I ever mention that I am a great lover of thunderstorms?

Next up, Ripley:
Pattern: Ripley by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Angora
Raveled here!
It's not exactly hat weather yet, but a chill was definitely in the air today, so I thought I needed a new [green] hat to look forward to in the event that hat weather comes a little earlier this year. What better way to cheer oneself at summer's end than to knit up some fun winter woolens for cooler days to come?
And then there was this wee thing:You want to make one too? It will take you all of 5 minutes, with this great tutorial (yes, this is Ysolda's too--there's a theme to this post). I'm hoping this little owl imparts lots of wisdom to my brain come tomorrow, when the school year begins.
And in case you haven't seen Connie's awesome new pattern yet, stop by her blog and check it out! Seriously, her sweaters are even more gorgeous in person than they are in photos--and I'm not biased, I swear! All of her patterns are so classically beautiful.
Now it's officially time to start some fall knits. What will be next...? :)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

That time of year

Top: Pickled cucumbers in vodka, pickled garlic
Bottom: Tomatoes with oregano, peach butter, dilly beans

The last few days have been absolutely GORGEOUS in NYC--slightly cooler (enough to turn the A/C off), and bright blue sunny skies. Vitalay and I headed to the farmer's market on Saturday and stocked up on tasty things, and received an unexpected bounty of delicious peaches from guests Jess & Casey (thank you again!!!). Yesterday we hauled out the canning equipment, and set to work! We made five different things (listed above) so it was quite an ambitious day, but we got it all done. I love looking at all of the brightly colored jars afterward--I want to decorate my windowsills with them, but I know they must be stored in a darker spot....
And I finished V's socks!
Raveled here!
I'd say that he's been very patient, but that would be a lie. But now that he has them, the long months of waiting are forgotten, and he's pretty thrilled.I never get tired of knitting with Noro--the color changes are so beautiful. I do sometimes wish they made a softer version yarn with Kureyon's amazing colorways for close-to-the-skin garments, but mostly I don't mind the rustic feel of the wool. I could knit blankets to cover my whole house in the stuff.
There's more knitting to show, but it's a wee gift that must be given first, so that will have to wait for next time....

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hello, Summer!

My first semester at Columbia is [finally] over! Now I get one luxurious week to run every errand that I didn't have time for during the last 5 months--stock up on toilet paper, go to the DMV, start in on the mountain of laundry--all before summer school starts on Tuesday. Awesome.
And with that, let's move on to the knitting.Pattern: Textured Shawl Recipe by orlane
Yarn: Indecita alpaca, brought to me from Peru by one of our family friends, Randy Green--thanks Randy!!!
Needles: US 8 Addis, 32"
Raveled here!I saw Parikha's version of this shawl on Ravelry and was, of course, immediately inspired to make one myself. I had this ginormous bag of uber-soft alpaca from my little brother's best friend's dad (who regularly brings medicine and lots of good stuff to tribal peeps in South America, check it out), so voila, here it is! I held the yarn double to get gauge, and what resulted was a perfectly sized little something to throw over my shoulders on a chilly evening.
Next up? I'm feeling ambitious:Pattern: Paper Crane by Kirsten Johnstone of assemblage
Yarn: Habu Cotton Gima
OK, so, what with school and all, I have totally fallen off of the blog reading bandwagon, but when Kirsten announced that she'd put her pattern up, I had to go check it out--and of course, once I saw it, I had to tell her how pretty it was! And then... I won her contest for a free pattern!!! I was so psyched--perhaps this means I should read blogs more often....
Anyhoo, if you haven't seen her lovely blog, you should really check it out. And hopefully I will finish this pretty cardi before summer's end.
OK, off cook some soba noodles for my hubby, watch the downloaded pilot of Caprica, and knit! Vacation, you go by oh-so-quickly.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hexagon Love

There has been an awful lot of awesome hexagon action around the internets lately, and I am by no means immune to their appeal:

Yarn:Noro Kureyon, colors 124 and 88, about 1.2 balls each
Pattern: Hexagon How-to from Attic24 (which is awesome, BTW!)
Raveled here!I really love Noro. Some people find it scratchy; I just don't care. The colors make up for anything lacking in the way of texture, in my opinion.
And hexagons are great too. They're about all I can handle, mentally, during this pre-finals part of the semester. Keeping track of where I am in a sweater doesn't work so well when I have to put it down for weeks on end.
Which is why I also started a blanket, using stash yarn!Yarn: Knitpicks Swish Bare (white) and Fleece Artist BFL Aran (green)
Pattern: Hexagon How-to from Attic24
Maya's super-cool hexagons inspired me--plus, I can do these without thinking, planning, keeping track of anything.... Perfect for a study-break, and some "Real Housewives of New York City".... ;)

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Holy Cow, It's Spring!

Well, let's see, it's April 9th--how long has it been since I blogged? Argh, what can I say, it's been a crazy couple of months! But I have a few new handknits to share, so I'm briefly resurfacing....
But where have I been, you ask? I have only one word for you: Columbia. No, not the country. In January, Vitalay and I transferred from Brooklyn College to Columbia University, continuing our studies of all things biological. It has been, um, enlightening. I should have been worried when they kept using the word "rigorous" to describe the workload during all of our orientations, but somehow, it just doesn't sink in until it's 3AM and you're still hunched over your computer, pecking away at a paper that was due yesterday.... Perhaps I will plan myself a more balanced schedule next semester....
Anyhoo, the knitting! Not much time for it, these days, but I did finish a couple of things over the holidays:
Pattern: Harper
Yarn: Brooks Farm Four Play
Raveled here!
This lace is addictive! And it was actually a fairly quick knit--I just took for-EVAH to take photos.
I did some sewing too!
Pattern: Summer Blouse from Heather Ross's Weekend Sewing
Fabric: Liberty of London, purchsed at Brooklyn General
I got to model this blouse for Heather's book last year, and have been wanting one ever since. I even splurged for the fancy-schmancy Liberty fabric, which was truly as heavenly as everyone said it was.Ha! I didn't knit this--Carrie did!
Pattern: Flared Lace Smoke Ring Cowl
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Merino DK
This was my lovely gift from Carrie for our second annual Spiders swap, hosted by the gracious and fabulous-ziti-cookin' Marie. It is so pretty and delicate and SOFT! And I wear it all the time. Thank you Carrie!
Oops, I did it again!
Pattern:Star-Crossed Slouchy Beret
Yarn: Road to China, 2 skeins
What can I say, I needed another one.
Raveled here!Pattern: Felicity
Yarn: Jade Sapphire Cashmere
Raveled here!
I l-o-v-e this hat. It gives lots of snuggly head-and-hair-coverage.
That's all for now! Back to the books!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Star-Crossed Slouchy Beret

Well, I finally took photos of yet another 2008 hand-knit:
Pattern: Star-Crossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Larson
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay 100% Wool
Needles: US 8 & 9
Ravelry, I love you.
I knit this back in October. I think it took 2 days. It was a smaller yarn than called for, so it was not as slouchy as the original, but whatevs. Some days, I just can't think about gauge. ;)
It was a very quick, very fun, and very rewarding knit.
That's all!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Hello, 2009!

I'm a couple of days late to closing out 2008, but what can I say, it was a busy year! I did wrap it up with a couple of new FO's, though:
Pattern: February Lady Sweater
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, 3 skeins of the Happy Forest Colorway
Needles: Addi US 7 circs
Want deets? Ravelry
So, this has got to be the most popular knit since the Clapotis craze, and I chose one of the most popular yarns to knit it in. Gotta say, though, I'm glad I did. This sweater is classic and wearable, just the perfect thing to throw on with jeans to make your outfit a little more interesting. Though I purposefully made it short to account for blocking growth, it grew WAY more in length than I was expecting, and I had to take out several inches at the bottom and reknit the edging. As always, the bit of extra labor was worth it, as I am now completely satisfied with the sweater.
Next FO:
Pattern: Luna Moth Cowl, using the lace repeat from the Luna Moth Shawl
This cowl was knit with some gorgeous yarn that Maya actually spun with her own pretty little hands, and gave me for Christmas at the Spiders party. It was so pretty, I just had to knit it up into something right away.I'm not sure if the photos really show it, but there's little flecks of red and blue and green in there. So pretty! Thank you, Maya, I love it!
Speaking of the Spiders Christmas party:It was hosted by the lovely Virginia this year, who graciously let us throw all of our various baked goods (except the rum cake, which Carrie wisely put a stop to before disaster struck) into her new deep fryer. Virg, you're awesome, and so is your deep fryer.
Vitalay and I finished our exams and left the next day for a week in Atlanta with my family. It was his first Christmas, and my first Hanukkah, and we had a really lovely, relaxing week:
We arrived back in NYC just in time for the New Year:
And an evening of Prosecco and SingStar on the new PS3.
On the list for 2009? Better time management; more blogging; more blog reading; utilizing Columbia's lovely gym; and planning our wedding and all of the knitting that goes with it.
Happy New Year, everyone!!!