Friday, December 21, 2007
I ordered _Knitting Full- Fashioned Hosiery_ in the UL yesterday and it turned out to be about machine knitting: total disappointment. Therefore, as a pick-me-up, a trip to Sew Creative was necessary. Two balls of RY Classic Cashsoft 4ply later, the cotton sock had been told it was taking a vacation and this appeared on my needles. Tomorrow: London. Monday: home.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The monkeys have been finished:
I'll get a picture of them on their recipient sometime in the next couple of weeks.
New basic socks in elann.com esprit have somehow been started:
And, this morning, I ran into someone I knew as an undergraduate in the UL. This would be less surprising had my undergraduate degree not been done on another continent...
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The first monkey is finished (and not blocked) and the second one has been started. I've just finished the second cuff repeat... Maybe I'll have a heel by mid afternoon.
And what's this? The knitting for my sister's Christmas present has been finished. It still has some seams that I've not sewn...but they'll get there. I've been to John Lewis this morning for pins and if I don't spend the afternoon knitting the second monkey, I'll seam and block.
I got a surprising amount of reading done on the train yesterday. I had forgotten how nice that can be -- when one isn't in a car full of screaming infants. I'm ahead of schedule for the self-inflicted-winter-break-reading-list and I think I'd like to stay that way.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
First off, perhaps, I owe an apology to the weather. Since the snarkiness of my last post, I've seen a lot of blue sky and even some sun! (I reserve the right to snark about the angle of the sun later... and to resume weather related snarking should I ever have to go more than 2 days without seeing the sun again.)
My monkey is progressing quite well. I've turned the heel, worked the gusset and am well into the foot. I can see how many knitters have become so addicted to this pattern and am already contemplating a second pair.
Plans for winter break knitting are taking shape -- provided that I finish my sister's Christmas sweater before Christmas... If not, I think I may have to force myself into some fibre related penance. Like de-stashing. Nothining like an incentive to finish...
1. Work on Kunegunde. I left her in the US and thus absolutely no progress has been made.
2. Attempt to dye self striping yarn.
3. Knit recently designed socks with said yarn.
4. Avoid starting the Tangled Yoke Cardigan from the Fall 07 Interweave Knits.
(Feel free to remind me that I hate knitting sweaters...)
5. Try to convince self that, since said cardi is knit with spot weight yarn, it won't be much different from knitting a few pairs of socks, order yarn, and cast on anyway.
Monday, December 10, 2007
The rain has let up enough for me to go outside and photograph my latest socks. I'm certain that this is just some sort of ruse on the part of the weather -- something to lure me in to thinking that I can get to the library without getting wet. It'll start to rain again as soon as I forget my umbrella and walk out the door.
First up: finished Charade socks in knitpicks essential plum. I'm not sure why we have a laundry rack in our back yard, but it could be that I've misunderstood something and that one hangs one's laundry there to wash it rather than to dry it...
Up next, a close up shot of the same:
I got to be quite fond of this pattern and my only modifications resulted from misreading the instructions for the toe -- my toe is a bit longer than the pattern intended...
I have caved and cast on for a pair of Monkeys.
The wool is Lorna's Laces in Amethyst Stripe, that I had been hoarding since a trip to Knitch (Delafield, WI) with E. some months ago... The pattern is quite enjoyable but not really one I can work on whilst reading.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tomorrow is the feast of St. Nicholas, which, in my candy and coffee worshiping family, means that my mother has sent me a care package. I know that there is yarn in this package because mum refused to tell me about Loop's new shop, instead telling me that I'd find out on the 6th. It's taking all of my self control to not open the package.
Term ended last Friday; I hope to never see critical theory again. I finished a pair of black socks this evening that are too boring to photograph, so I'll leave you with a picture of the purple socks I began a couple of days ago.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Socks are comfortable, easily slipped in my backpack, and (most importantly) not my sister's Christmas present. So, I present the sock of the week:
Fortissima Colori Socka Color, colourway 9069, purchased a long time ago from Susan's in Columbus, WI. I brought only 2 balls of this to Cambridge with me and the LYS here doesn't appear to have it. However, I'm planning a research trip to Germany that will bring me in close (dangerous) proximity to many yarn stores... That said, I'm quite fond of the LYS that I've found. They have the Regia Crazy Colour (previous socks) colourway that I had been looking for for more than a year in Wisconsin as well as an all around good selection of yarns.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
I moved to England in September to start my PhD. It's now November and I haven't managed to update this blog since August. How thoughtless of me. Gone (or rather, remaining in the States) is my parents' camera, so I'm afraid that the mobile phone camera will have to suffice for a while. Here are the latest socks --
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
ps. My camera is in Ireland. Pictures will return when it does.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Knitting content will return as soon as my parents (who are actually responsible for the econ/stats books) unpack from their trip to Washington.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The new yarn is Sisu, which is machine washable... I like the colours I picked individually, but in this pattern I'm having trouble distinguishing between blue and purple (nothing new there...) I'll knit another repeat before I decide whether or not I should rearrange things.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I've been back in Kalamazoo, this time for the Kalamazoo Klassic, where I placed respectably in the 5k competitive walk. Yes, I can walk faster than some people can jog. I'm not ashamed of this.
I finished a pair of children's socks from the left over Shelridge Farm yarn. I really enjoyed knitting with that yarn; I don't always love a yarn enough to make something out of the leftovers.
This is a new project -- illegal, because I haven't finished the sweater yet -- the yarn comes from the recent indiscretion...
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
Amys is looking at the sock, wonder why I've moved it from between couch cushions (where it was happily wedged) to the floor in front of him. Really, I just think he's cute and want to post more pictures of him.
Kunegunde has been charted and yarn has been ordered. However: I have resolved that there will be no knitting of on this project until I finish my mother's birthday sweater and the 230 pages of reading left over from my May list. Which I should be doing instead of blogging...
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
I returned from Kalamazoo last night after a drive lasting more than an hour longer than it should have; I can't wait until the construction on the Dan Ryan is done, but I have a feeling I'll have started, finished my PhD and have tenure before that happens... I stopped briefly at Stitching Memories to peruse their sock yarn selection and came home with some Shelridge Farm 3-ply in a pink-orange colour way. Unfortunately, the price tag is covering any further information.
Here's sock 27 of the year; the mate of the sock in my previous post. It's resting on the windowsill of my dorm room at Western Michigan. My mother yelled at me because the first picture I took was of my knitting; not of my friends, not of the campus.
I didn't get as much knitting done as normal; the trade off, though was that I heard some interesting papers, made good contacts, and saw many non-knitter friends. I also received a scarf in a wool-soja blend from a Canadian knitter--also a friend. It's lovely and will match my winter coat quite well.
Monday, May 7, 2007
I had about 64 grams of Dream in Color left over from the previous pair of pink socks and since I love this yarn so much, I'm not going to let it sit in my stash. The skein was about 128 grams when I first got it, so I used half for the first pair, which were a larger size than I usually knit. I've been keeping track yarn usage by weighing the ball on my kitchen scale (which, admittedly, gets more use as a yarn scale than as a kitchen scale...). The stitch pattern comes from a German sock book --Das Geniale Sockenbuch-- I got a few years ago. It was published by Topp, but doesn't seem to have a publication year.
I'm off to Kalamazoo on Wednesday! I don't think there are any sessions on medieval knitting though -- neumes, to be sure!
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Here's a picture of my cats. I should have introduced them earlier, as their knitting help is invaluable. The cat in the foreground, Patch, is 13 and the one in the back, Amys, is about 6.
I've got just a bit of toe work to do on another stockinette sock, which I'd like to have done by the time the national news is on, giving me roughly half an hour.