Sunday, March 28, 2010


First Harry Potter-inspired yarns, then this? I'm in heaven! My favorite is the Smoke Monster colorway...I have always been a sucker for charcoal. Too bad I'm on a yarn fast.

Also interesting: she also designed my favorite pattern from the newest Knitty: Summit

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Long crafty weekend

On my 3-day birthday weekend I was amazed how much I got done. I got about 9" of my Aramis top:

And on impulse I started a new project. I was helping my BFF Alison, the novice sock knitter, on her second ever sock and I felt compelled to be knitting a simple sock. I bought this yarn from ShelbyB at a fiber festival a few weeks ago. She has all kinds of colorways related to the Harry Potter series. I happened to fall in love with the namesake one because of its combination of many colors. And Shelby was able to name why she included each. Here is what happened with the cuff so far, knit in stockinette stitch. So neat!

I also just finished a rad yoga bag with a pocket.

Friday, March 12, 2010

It's my birthday and I can start a new knitting project if I want to...

I took the day off today since it is my big day, and did one of my favorite day-off activities: going to lunch with my boyfriend, since he works a few blocks from my apartment. We went to eat in Bethesda at Baja Fresh and he brought me to the LYS there to pick out my birthday present. I decided to finally knit something from Norah Gaughan's Porthos/Athos/Aramis trio of patterns since I have bought all 6 of her Berroco books and haven't knit one thing from them yet. The way this trio works is there is a base with optional elements to add. I will be adding the pretty neckline and the elbow-length sleeves.I figure of all the days to let myself splurge on starting another new knitting project, it'd be on my birthday.

I got 9 hanks of Berroco Touche which might become a new favorite. It is soft like Caron simply soft but not acrylic (it is cotton/rayon).

So now with my pico de gaillo breath I am off to stick Coraline in my laptop and knit away.
Oh, and p.s.: This is not technically breaking my yarn fast because I wasn't the purchaser. p.p.s.: the number of stitches to cast-on for my size is the same as my 2-digit year! weird....

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Resolution Weekend

This weekend, I just realized, I worked on two things I resolved to do this year which by definition have been difficult for me. First, I exercised. It helped that I had two incentives to do so. First, I got a new bike for my birthday. Yippee. Second, I rode along this bike path called the Capital Crescent Trail, which happens to have one of my LYS's at the halfway point. It was the nicest day in the DC area so far in 2010, as you can see from this beauty of a photo:(Isn't it backwards that my cellphone takes better pictures than my camera?)

So then God rewarded me for my efforts when I found out that all bamboo circular needles at said yarn shop were 50% off because they are not selling bamboo needles anymore (they will sell only addi's...I love those too but don't get me started on optimal yarn and needle combinations...)

I also knitted a lot and made markable progress on several different projects.

I am a toe away from the first sock of this project:
Can't wait to block.... these are a little snug.

Finished the transition gloves:
I must've been tense when knitting the first one (on the left) because it is way tighter. Luckily I have tiny wrists.

Made progress on my petal halter, which was my Olympics Knitting project:
I give myself an honorable mention for this. If knitting was really in the olympics, SPM would have gold with her fair isle sweater made of sock yarn and I'd be that athlete in 26th place who just barely qualified for the olympics and went just for the experience, knowing that I wouldn't actually win. See how that hanging string is a little wavy? That's because I seamed and unseamed the blasted sides a few times, ending with an unseam. Grr. At least I've made progress though.

I love the progress I've made on the February Lady sweater:
I also made progress on my After Dark Robe. A picture of it would be way too boring to post though.

And I end with something I've been pondering. I have added in the column to the right a countdown to the MD Sheep and Wool Festival. Like many others, I will be making the vow to not buy any yarn until then. Most people call this a "yarn diet" but I propose calling it a "yarn fast" because you are ridding yourself of all yarn intake... using only what you have stored up (stashed), much like a hibernating bear. Just a thought. Feel free to share your opinion.