Wednesday, January 31, 2007

rub-a-dub-dub

I was SO excited to take a night off and do some knitting tonight, but my bathroom had other plans for me. The drain in the tub just decided to not do it's job anymore and I've spent the last 2 hours trying to scoop out all the water and figure out what was blocking it. Now, both my roommate and I have long, dark hair, so you can just imagine the beautiful result of that investigation.

Ew. Ewwwwwwww.

In better (and much more appetizing) news, it's restaurant week, so some close friends and I went to Mercer Kitchen for dinner last night. We had a late reservation, but the meal was amazing. I had some fish, an amazing molten chocolate cake, and a delicious blood orange mojito. It was a nice treat, and something I don't get the chance to do very often. I really do love a fancy dinner, and I feel quite posh and fabulous when out with my lovely ladyfriends.

So although there is no knitting progress tonight, sadly, I'll share pick of my second Cottage Sock in progress from a few days ago. I'm just starting the heel now, so a few hours of knitting time should knock this baby out.

I'm really looking forward to these cozy socks. They are so quick (well, as long as you are actually knitting them--doesn't count for when they sit in your knitting bag for a couple of months...). I think they are calling for some sort of embellishment on the calves--some embroidery, perhaps?

Saturday, January 27, 2007

As promised

As promised, here are a few photos of Glee in progress. I am getting ready to join it into the round, and then it will be rounds and rounds of knitting for another 7 inches or so.


I'm still enjoying knitting this very much, and am managing at least a few rows almost every day, even taking it along to the laundromat.

I tried it on, and it may actually be a tad big once the "button bands" are added on (no buttons on this - it calls for hook and eyes, but requires a band to be picked up and knitted).

I hope everyone is having a GREAT weekend!

ps - I am actually GETTING OUT OF THE CITY next weekend. Atlantic City - hooray!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Internet Explorer Users - please help

Hi everyone. Please forgive me for the non-knitting-related post.

I'd love to have some feedback about how this site is appearing to people, especially to anyone using Internet Explorer. Since IE is not updated for Mac anymore I'm working with an old version, and using it makes my blog look completely wacky. I don't know if this happens for PC users too. It should have three normal-looking columns, not two skinny ones.

I'd appreciate any feedback - thanks!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

progress shot

Stealing moments here and there all week to work on some rows. See how pretty the stitches are? Allright, well, it's ok if you don't. I have a broken camera that doesn't allow me to change settings for close ups. But trust me, this is the best looking knitting I have ever put out. I am rather impressed with myself right now!

This is about halfway through the first set of increases, and the portion you are looking at in the photo is part of the back, and the faux shoulder seams (where the increases are done).

I should also mention that the pretty stitch markers you see were a gift during (I believe) SP3, back when I had a different blog (that I can't even remember the name of anymore). I do, however, know that the person I was gifting sent ME these pretty things. How sweet, right?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Glee-ful

This crazy work-week with the addition of a massive head cold is leaving little time for knitting. I'm really enjoying feeling productive and creative and extremely happy, but that could also be due to a Tylenol Cold Daytime high I've been sporting for the past 8 days.

After getting to a good stopping point last night at about 1am, snuck a couple of rows in on Glee. I must stay, knitting with Andean Treasure is SO enjoyable, and even using the relatively small (US 5) needles is relaxing and not as tedious as I was assuming it would be. Mind you, this is only about 5 rows in, so it's a bit early to start getting bored with a project anyways. But I can tell this will be a really fun sweater to work on. I LOVE that this sweater is constructed in once piece, and I can't wait to see how it works out.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

cheesylove

cheesylove1

Here is Cheesylove, finally finished. I picked this pattern because of the techniques used, which I haven't done before. Both the sweater and the sleeves were knit in the round, so only the sleeves had to be sewn to body of the sweater. This was also my first time doing any colorwork. I'm doubt I will become a big colorwork maven or anything, but at least I now know the basics and find it less intimidating.

I ran out of yarn before the second sleeve and had to order more. All the way through knitting the second sleeve I alternated between the old and new dye lots, and it all looked fine, but under certain light it does indeed look a bit stripey. It actually doesn't bother me that much, though.

cheesylove2

This sweater is SO comfortable. I made a good decision by adding extra stitches to the wrist to make them less tapered, especially since I omitted the ruffles (not much of a ruffle girl). This is definitely the first sweater I see myself getting a lot of wear out of.

Project Details
Pattern: Cheesylove from Knitty.com, Winter 2002
Yarn: Knitpicks Merino Style in Coal, Elan Peruvian Highland Wool in Cedar
Needles: US 7 circulars

Finishing this sweater also brings me to my first knitting resolution of 2007. I need to learn to finish better, and to be more aware of how I am constructing and how the pieces will fit together as I go along. I also would like to work on knitting more consistently, and try not to let weeks go by without doing at least a couple rows. And also to select knitting projects that I am truly excited by, and that I know I will be excited to wear, not just to be challenged by the techniques for the sake of adding to my knitting repertoire.

What's next? I do believe I will cast on for Glee next (I've already swatched for it). I think I will also pick out another winter sweater. Maybe something cable-y and cozy.

Happy 2007!!

The New Year was rung in our standard, imbibed fashion, with many signs pointing to a great year ahead. I hope everyone is doing well and is happy and hopeful for the new year.

Here is another hint of Cheesylove, finally blocking. By New Years Eve I had all but half of an arm seam finished. So in all fairness, this will be the first finished object of 2007. With a rather meager list of FOs from 2006, this will help to make a more impressive list for the upcoming year.

More photos to come tomorrow once it is dried, plus some knitting resolutions for 2007.