30 May 2007

socks socks socks socks

Well, I have been a bit slow to post my progress. First with a progress report and explanation of some of the photos. The green striped socks were made back in December/January (yikes) out of Austermann Step (forgotten color). Aimee bought the same yarn and I can't wait to see how hers turned out. I was bummed that the striping is a bit off, but was not so bummed to fix the issue! The Anastasia socks by pepperknit were done in March out of Cherry Hills Sock Yarn (don't remember the colorway). The red ones are my treasured Embossed Leaves socks from Interwave Fall 05 that were partially destroyed by our puppy. I didn't photograph the remaining yarn, but ended up with less than 1 yard of Koigu yarn left after using the remnants from the first go round and the salvaged yarn that I got out of the dogs mouth! Yep, the dog ate my knitting.

The delicate pink socks (pattern: Snickett Socks from MagKnits) are for Sockapalooza 4. I am finally getting somewhere on these. I love how they look and really hope my sock pal loves them. She has a larger foot than I do so, I am going to have to have someone else try them on to make sure they fit around before finishing the toe. The only person with the same measurements around is Mr. Fireman, so I need to wrangle him into pretty pink socks! I am not sure he will be too agreeable. For now, you all get to see how much longer they are than socks made for me would be. My sock pals' foot is 1+ inch longer than mine. These socks are knitted out of Reynolds Sea Wool which is fantastic. I did not expect to enjoy knitting with the yarn as much as I have. It's sproingy and soft and luscious. I hope my pal, who likes natural fibers will enjoy them! (Can you tell this is the first sockapalooza I have participated in?).

29 May 2007

Lost camera

I've seen my camera since the move, but now I can't find it. Argh. Anyway, I've been knitting socks, my cashmere scarf, finished a baby hat, and need to felt a purse I made for my mom. I found the cutest pattern on the new Interweave Daily Knitting letter thing. I had randomly purchased two skeins of Manos for my mom's new purse without a pattern. Luckily, Amanda's pattern came along at the right time!

The baby hat is out of Crystal Palace Fjord. Its a cute pattern that I also found free on the internet. Photos soon.

I also purchased yarn to make one more for Kathleen in this great yarn:

Here's a great way to impress the neighbor (especially when he's the president of the Friends of the *******) at my work. I was wearing a t-shirt while doing yardwork when said neighbor appeared. He, Rich, and I all chatted about the yard, the fence, the neighborhood. After we wrapped it up, I headed inside only to look down and discover the t-shirt I was wearing had "Overworked and Underfucked" in giant letters on the front. When I pointed this out to Rich (giver of said t-shirt), he started laughing. Good times.

Update: Rich found the camera. I'll add images post-felting. Or write a new post.

06 May 2007

New house and sprained thumb

We are moved! I love our house. The location is great. I've managed to unpack our bedroom, the living room, and kitchen. Things have been going swimmingly until yesterday. I was in my car at work. I reached across to grab a stack of decorating books with my right hand and when I picked it up, I heard a loud pop and felt something go awry in my right hand. I ignored it and went to work as usual. Within two hours my fingers were numb and my hand was swollen and throbbing. After a visit to ZoomCare and a set of x-rays, it was determined that I had sprained my thumb joint and damaged the soft tissues in my hand. I'm allowed to do nothing with my right hand for at least a week and maybe longer. No unpacking, no knitting, no holding books. Work is going to suck! Mind you, I'm not in terrible pain unless I try to twist my wrist or use my thumb! Okay, typing one-handed sucks. And no matter how well I can use my left hand, there are certain things that I just can't left handed. I'll leave that up to your imagination.

01 May 2007

a disgruntled model and a favorite knit

Ahh...models. Sometimes they are good and sometimes not. Geoffery the Giraffe was less than compliant about wearing a pink baby sweater. After a few words, and him reminding me that he is a male giraffe (like one can tell when they are stuffed), he agreed and floppily laid there while I took the best photo I could. I don't know why the photo only shows up sideways. Oh I don't understand blogger at times. (Yes, I have lost what little mind I had and there are two weeks of the term left!)

I LOVE this sweater. It is the February Sweater from Knitters Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman. A zillion bloggers have knit this little number and now I can see why. It's fun, it's fast, it's fabulous! I want to knit a million more.

Started: Friday April 27, 2007
Completed: Tuesday May 1, 2007 (It would have been done on Monday but I had to study for a test).

Yarn: approx 100g Jaeger Aqua (pink) + small amount of left over Knitpicks shine (cream). That's right, this little beauty was made with about 2 1/4 balls of yarn. Considering that it was all I had in my stash of both, I was pleasantly surprised.

Needles: Clover Bamboo US4 circular

I have more knits to show you, but my picture taking skills suck right now. And they are socks that I have already worn a number of times and need to wash before I can show you. Hope all is well and the knitting is fantastic.

Love and Hugs,