Archive for April, 2007

Know one thing: Packages are the best thing in life for college students.

I got this on Tuesday from my Secret Pal, but I haven’t had time to blog it yet…. so viola!

First stuff from my secret pal!

There’s some Fortissima Sock yarn in a really fun green/blue color – with a metallic thread running through it so it looks like it’s been sparkled with glitter. As soon as I saw it, I knew the perfect pattern that would do just the simplest amount of work and show off the glitteriness best… Uptown Boot Socks from the Favorite Socks book. Check it out:
Most of a sock

I got this package on Tuesday (it’s finals/moveout time, I hadn’t had time to blog it yet, I know I’m bad!) and started these socks on Wednesday – and look how far I am! It’s an awesome pattern – and I forced myself to learn how to cable without a cable needle – and now that I know how to do that, they’re flying! I’m having a lot of fun knitting these!

Next up in the package was a cotton washcloth.
A face cloth from my Secret Pal!

It’s really soft and it’s so nice because I hadn’t spent the time to knit myself one lately. So this was wrapped around a box that had some oh so yummy stuff inside:
This is hand-made all natural soap from the Gudonya etsy shop (which I’ve marked as a favorite- and bought a few more things from…) which I just absolutelyLOVE!

Thank you secret pal! You did a great job!!


Dishcloth Gifts. A Photo Essay.

Dishcloth Mosaic
A Dishcloth Rainbow
Dishcloth Rainbow, up close and personal

Click the photos for details.

Re-inventing the Stash

Ugly yarn from a swap (Before)

So I swapped some heavy cotton for this (and some other) sock yarn…. This stuff is Lorna’s Laces (not something I usually afford) -but the color… oh, the color. Soooo not my cup of tea!

So I decided to overdye it!

A good 2 glugs of vinegar, some hot water, a good bit of “Fire Red” Jaquard Acid dye and a few hours later, I have some much, much more attractive yarn (see below). I’m thinking of using it for this pattern. Because we all know how much I love Evelyn A Clark patterns!
dishcloths and new dye job 035

Wool stockings in April

And, according to the weather forecast, it’s not to late!

So… remember those gorgeous stockings I started a few months ago?

I finally finished them! Check them out!
Norwegian Stockings!

I lurve them so much. They are wicked warm, but that’s a good thing. Now, I just need to find the perfect shoes and the perfect skirt to show them off…

Some details:

Pattern: Norwegian Stockings from Folk Socks
Designer: Nancy Bush
Yarn: Knitpicks Telemark 100% Peruvian Wool.
Needles: US 3 dpn (Brittany Birch)
Time to knit: Only 2 months. A long time, but not compared to how long my socks usually take.
Mods: I guess I’m pretty short. I had to cut some of the repeats out of the pattern.
Notes: At first, I did the heel turn with the yarn held doubled – that was NOT a good idea. After I finished the pair, I cut the heel turn, unraveled it and re-knit it with only one strand.

Also, if I were to knit this again (a possibility, it’s definitely a good pattern), I would NOT slip the edge stitches. The pulled pretty badly and there are holes along the flap. I may duplicate stitch them to close it, but I’m not sure yet.

Note to self: My mom likes these socks and this (or a version of these) may be a good gift for her someday…

Extras: I feel pretty dang confident in my fair isle skills now. Another photo, just for fun…
Norwegian Stockings 2

What I’ve Been Up To

Well first off, I did this awesome button swap

I’ve also got 2 swaps pending on the knitty swap board – it’s nice because I’m exchanging some yarn which I shouldn’t have bought with quite a bit of sock yarn (some quite good) to bring with me to NYC (I have an “I’m only packing sock yarn” rule!).

Next, I got a little something for myself for graduation. It was definitely a splurge, but it’s been awhile since I’ve done that… here’s a photo….

I love it! First, it’s very much in my “style” (If I have one – that’s debatable) and, it’s not something that I’ve ever seen (or seen anything like) here in Bloomington – as a diehard Target girl, I don’t get to say that very often. If you’re interested, her website is here and her etsy shop is here. And her customer service is excellent. This necklace came wrapped in a nice box with a bow. It made me feel special!

Next up. Things are a little boring on the knitting front.
Green and White Dishcloth

I’m trying to knit as many of these as I can in the next 22 days to give to some of my friends/coworkers.  We’ll be in apartments (after spending 2 years in the dorms!) and I thought this would be a cute idea.  Basically, I’m going to make a bunch and let them pick a few that “speak to them.”  I bought a cone of the white and I’m keeping it any solid color (no ombres) and the white as the background.  I’ll post some more photos in the later days…

Also, I joined a new knitting/designing groupblog/community.  It’s been pretty great because I can get feedback about my designs-in-the-works from actual knitters.  Also, we’ve been challenging each other (in a good way) and that’s been pretty neat.  It’s a secret blog though, so you can’t see (na, na, na, na, na).

Non-knitting related content:

There’s been a ton of talk in the blogosphere about blogs and the purpose of them and whatnot.  Things like “why blog if no one comments” and things like “lets all just get along.”  And in the meantime, I’m starting to feel more and more a part of the blogging community.  I get angry when my journalism professors dismiss blogs (granted, they’re talking about political blogs which may indeed be the downfall of objective newspaper reporting as we know it, but that’s another soapbox) – how dare they insult my community – they know nothing about the power of good that can be spread by the blogs – check out the Harlot‘s collection for Doctor’s Without Border’s if you don’t believe me!

Anyway, I’ve always refrained from non-knitting related content as much as possible.  But as I’ve grown into this community, I feel like sharing more and more of it.  So here’s some updates, if you’re interested…

  1. I finished a 25 page senior thesis (71 pages with appendices) and next Friday is my senior review.  I’m not real worried about it, I think I should be alright.  Basically, I’ll get some sort of a final stamp of approval to my major (which I created) and then I’ll be good to go in early May.
  2. I’ll be attending IU again next year, in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s program.  Oh, and I’ve gotten an assistantship that will be essentially paying me to go to school.  But that means that I may be up at 3 in the morning with drunk and belligerent college freshmen more often than I want to admit right now.  I think it’ll be fun.  Yea, stay positive right? (Actually, I am really excited about my assistantship.)
  3.  Generally, life is good.  Knit.  Study.  Laugh.  Reminisce.


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