Tuesday, March 24, 2009

colour conundrum

I purchased some colour cards from knitpicks for a the WotA worsted weight wool, because at $1.99 a skein you can't go wrong! I plan on using it for the FLS, and probably for other projects as well since it is such a bargain for a basic worsted weight wool that comes in lots of great colours. I feel like I am writing an advertisement, I assure you, I don't work for knitpicks! 

Anyways, I want to order the yarn for the FLS, but I can't decide on a colour, so many choices! I generally go with black, brown, beige, etc. I'm a neutral girl ... but this time I want something a little more interesting. I've narrowed it down to a few, posted below. I know there are not many of you that read this blog but if you do let me know which one you think is best for a nice warm cardigan ...


Black Cherry
Claret
Firecracker
Forest

Sapphire


Monday, March 23, 2009

Out like a lion, apparently

The first day of march was half beautiful day, half windstorm, which left us wondering - did march come in like a lion or a lamb? This was of course to predict how the weather would be at the end of march, because as we all know, this saying is scientifically proven. Well, after spending the whole day saturday pumping flood water out of my backyard (luckily flooding only my yard and garage, and not the house, phew), we spend the whole day sunday sobbing - oh yeah, and shoveling the 2 feet of snow that suddenly fell saturday night! argh, my yard - and my garage - are going to be ruined.

In knitting news, I ran out of yarn for my frostbite socks with just a toe left! I need maybe 50 yards but of course cascade 220 only comes in 220 ... oh well, more leftover yarn for me. T suggested I make puppy a sweater with the leftovers - what a fun idea! Back to working on coraline, which is making me go stocking stitch crazy. I need a new lacy project! Maybe I should buy my FLS yarn ... Hmmm ...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring? Pfft.

I'll believe in this whole "spring" thing when there isn't 3 feet of snow in my backyard. Seriously. However, the impending warm weather means my garage will be flooded by about 2 feet of water soon. Good thing it's the garage and not the house. The weather this year has driven me nuts! I can't wait until the "real spring" arrives!!

I finished one frostbite sock and it's quite fun and warm. Since the pattern I'm using is for slouch socks, I made them about 5 inches shorter so that I can just wear them like regular socks. I mean, it's not 1989 anymore. About half done the second one, they are quick to knit because they are knit flat and seamed. A lot of Erica Knight's patterns are like that - the gloves in particular I am thinking of. Using a mattress stitch, the seam is perfectly invisible. Only problem is the bump on the inside of the sock. Not a big deal though.

Finally got my knit picks order in the mail - yay! The felici yarn is the softest yarn ever, they must make it out of babies or something. Or merino, whatever. I'm excited to start stripey socks but at the same time, I know they will take me a long time to do a) continental knitting b) size 1 needles. I really should get back to coraline but I was a little coralined out. I need another project when the frostbite socks are done - both the stripey socks and coraline are a whole lot of stocking stitch and I think I need something more interesting to work on on the side. Something lacey. I have been meaning to design a lace scarf so I suppose I should do that. Or maybe I'll start FLS or owls! Sweater overload! It's spring, remember!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Lemon Meringue Magic

Two and a half hours of labour produced the most delicious cupcakes I have ever made. Lemon cake filled with lemon cream topped with meringue. Deeeeelish! I just had to share. I can't stop eating them. Good thing there is only 12.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sore all over

I started a new training program. Oh man, 2 days in and every muscle in my body is sore. In a good way. I just don't know how I'm going to be able to keep doing this every day!! I took the "before" pictures, so there will be evidence if it actually works ...

In knitting news, I started some frostbite socks. I am calling them frostbite socks because they are big thick warm socks, as opposed to the fine gauge ones I usually knit. My doctor recently diagnosed me with Renaud's disease, and while I am convinced he is full of it, I still have the unfortunate problem of purple toes in the winter. So I decided to focus on making some nice warm socks to keep the frostbite off my toes. These ones come up to my knees so maybe I can wear them over my nylons on those cold winter days ...

Sigh. It's March and I'm still preparing for the winter. I need to go to Cuba or something.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hoot hoot

Although I already have a lengthy project on the go, and a number of small projects started, and a number of other projects brewing, I have the urge to knit Owls:

Found here: http://needled.wordpress.com/designs/ (As I'm writing research papers lately I feel the urge to cite)

It's so alluring. And intriguing. And fun. I love it and I may just have to knit it. The more WIPs the better, right?

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Sweet Monkey Love

Oh yeah, did I mention I finished my monkeys? Love them!!

At last

Well, it was inevitable, but I've finally done it. I've changed this blog into a good old fashioned knitting blog. I figure, why put it off any longer, this blog has slowly transitioned into a knitting blog without me admitting it. So, I've changed the title of this blog in order to finally admit it!

So I have been working on a couple things lately. The most notable would be my first pattern! Yup, I designed and wrote up a pattern. Granted, it is a dead easy pattern but it was good practice for the more intricate designs I have floating around in my head. I recently bought this book, and I'm extremely excited about it. I usually try to design lace in my head (which never quite works) or else try and find examples on the internet, but this is exactly what I need! I'm thinking that when I have a few more designs I will post them on ravelry. I may also try to figure out a good way to post here, we'll see.

I started the first sleeve of coraline, I'm so excited about this sweater, but really hoping that the yarn I've chosen will block to the proper gauge. I did get gauge with my swatch but I'm worried about the sweater as a whole because it needs to stretch a significant amount for it to fit. I think it will have to be a very agressive blocking. Keep your fingers crossed.

I bought some self striping sock yarn last week. I know I keep saying no to socks but I realized how much I love wearing them so I thought I'd try an easy one - self striping so all I have to do it knit. I'm actually going to use this opportunity to learn how to do continental style knitting, because that would definitely help with the whole "slowest knitter ever" thing.

Still working on my other project ... don't want to say anything yet. Hopefully it will come to fruition soon ...