Thursday, December 7, 2006

holy crap, it's been busy

The thesis and everything else have made life insane... I've managed to finish one of my mom's Christmas socks (no pic yet, though), and a scarf out of eyelash yarn that I started 2 years ago, for my Nana for Christmas.

I also started a second pair of socks for hubby (a Knitty pattern), and bought some Trekking XXL for myself.

AND, I got a stitch dictionary, which is making me want to quit school and knit full time ;-) I've written a pattern for some lacy socks with the Trekking so far, and have baby blankets planned out.

I'm going to have to do thesis work over the holidays, but I don't work efficiently when I'm driving (actually, I don't work efficiently when I'm being driven; when I'm driving, I don't work at all - I drive! har dee har har). So, that's 6 to 8 hours of guilt-free knitting time (depending on whether I get a ride with my Dad, or have to take the bus).

I promise I'll post more pictures soon; I'm far enough along on some things to warrant it, and it'll help motivate me to get more done.

Friday, November 3, 2006

Sockies!















Woo-hoo!

(Please ignore the mess on my table; cleaning up anything but the dishes is not my forté lately)


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Speedy

I was emailing a friend this morning, trying to set up a trip to the LYS tomorrow morning, and I recounted to her my sock exploits since beginning this May.

My first pair (magic loop, vanilla pattern) took me about 4 months (interspersed with the baby blanket and occasional hat).

My second pair (4 dpns, stranded pattern, with patterned heel) took me about two months, with the first sock taking about 6 weeks and the second one taking 10 days.

My third pair (dpns again - I've been converted back, stockinette with lace insert and patterned heel) were started 2 days ago, and the first sock is half-finished.

It's pretty insane. And, I have to admit, I have two calluses - one on my left middle finger and one on my right index finger - from shifting tiny US1 needles, but they're battle scars that I'm proud of.

So, of course I'm going to the LYS to pick up some more sock yarn. I figure if I aim to make one pair for hub, one for me, and one for a gift for someone else, then that's pretty good balance. I also need to darn a (store-bought) sweater for said friend, so I'm hoping to pick up material for that, something that can be used for, oh, I don't know. . . Socks, perhaps?

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Socks finished just in time!

I actually finished something "on time", if you consider socks that were started in August valid entries into Socktoberfest. I kitchenered the toe in the evening after my last post, and cast on my Mom's sock - Dublin Bay Socks from Mossy Cottage.

It's really hilarious - the first sock took nearly 2 months, and the second one took 10 days. I just might get Mom's completed for her in time for Christmas, especially because they're pretty much entirely stockinette.

I promise I'll post pics when the sun starts co-operating.

Monday, October 30, 2006

No pics to post, but a lot of progress.

Never get your wisdom teeth taken out during flu season.

Oh, and make sure you don't have hidden adverse reactions to the pain killers they give you.

I was knocked on my ass for the better part of three weeks, and my brain is still trying to catch up. No progress on the thesis, but there's been a teensy bit of movement on two of the projects therein.

Fortunately, I can knit when my brain shuts down. Hub's socks are done, and he's been wearing then for good luck while he writes his own thesis. I also finished Sock #1 of my beautiful Crusoes, and I'm about, say, 65% finished the second one. I even went out and bought some yarn to make socks for my mom.

So, it hasn't been a totally wasted month.

Once hubby passes his thesis in, then I have to write. Write like there's no tomorrow, because I want the bulk of it done before I go home for the holidays. Maybe I'll let myself knit during mealtimes . . .

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Ehhhnnnn.

Ow.

Minus four teeth.

Conscious sedation - didn't really sedate me.

And, those painkillers - not so good.

Although, this could just be the fog that comes with "the pain and discomfort may peak 2 or 3 days after your surgery".

Ow.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

My picot edge (sort of)

Well, here it is, and it looks... well... okay, I guess. I have more pictures, and I think they're better pictures. Of course, they're still on the camera.

But, I'm still posting this one, because I want to feel productive :-)


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Monday, September 25, 2006

Knitting and stressing, stressing and knitting.

I started a post about my loverly picot edge, but I wanted to include some pictures with captions, and I just don't feel like working with the photo/illustration programs right now . . .

. . . because I should really be using them to create thesis figures.

I did take more pics of the socks, though. The Crusoe is coming along nicely, and hub's second sock is knit to the heel flap, which makes be smiley and content - I know he'll have them before it gets cold.

I'm trying to be productive, both work-wise and knitting-wise, but I keep on thinking about my dental surgery next week, and that makes the smiley disappear.

Sigh.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Hubby's finished sock, and my new sock primordium . . .

A-ha! Pictures!

Firstly, hub's finished sock, and its partner, now almost 2":














Here's an extreme close-up of my first attempt at kitchener... not too bad, if I say so myself!














And, my beautiful STR... I decided to go for the picot edge for sure, and it went relatively smoothly. Here are two close-ups of the first 13 or so rows, before folding it down (the first one is fuzzy, but you can see the k2tog/yo's more clearly than in the second one.




























I was also adventurous and knit the edge up, rather than sew it afterward, because Claudia's blog inspired me. It took me a bloody half hour to do one stinking round, but it was worth it. The result is really sharp, particularly so while sitting on my digital camera waiting to be uploaded.

I will say that the colors are much more true in these shots. I can't wait to show my mom when she visits to help me get over my dental surgery in 2 weeks. Waaaah. Dental surgery. *sniff*


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Friday, September 15, 2006

Two socks cast on this week . . .

I cast on hub's second sock, finished the ribbing, and nearly an inch of the leg.

I also cast on my Socks that Rock... I decided to augment the Crusoe pattern with a picot edge on the leg, rather than the rolled stockinette cuff that it calls for.

I'm at home today, working on some graphs and nursing a toothache (well, they're all aching, to tell you the truth). Since it's Friday, I'm going to quit working at 4:00pm or so, and I promise I'll take some pictures before the sun goes down.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Second Sock Syndrome?

Remember the sock? Perhaps not... but, it's finished nonetheless! Hubby insists it fits perfectly, and isn't too tall, because hey, he likes socks that are a bit on the short side.

(I think he's humouring me, but I'll take whatever I can get.)

Unfortunately no pictures yet; I won't let myself take any until the second one is cast on, and the ribbing is done.

Friday, September 8, 2006

The blankie is on the way to its new home!

Details:
LION BRAND® JIFFY®
Child's Knitted Blanket (pattern is free with registration)
7 skeins Lion Brand® Jiffy® in "Salem" (I used 6.5 skeins and quit for fear of running out, and I just hate to frog)
US11 (8mm) aluminum needles
Started: April 15th, 2006
Completed: September 2nd, 2006
Finished size (approx) 36" x 42" unblocked
Misc: Basic long-tailed cast-on; crochet cast-off

Here are a couple of pics:


Blankie on the floor, with a 12" papercutter for scale.


Close-up of the seedstitch border and the hourglass pattern.


My mother knit a lot when we were younger, but never really gave anything away to people outside the family (she still has all of the sweaters and socks and hats she knit for us tucked away in giant ziploc bags). She's been knitting/sewing/embroidering/needleworking since she was a child and kept it up through her adulthood, and is so proud that I'm following in her footsteps with real, useful, beautiful projects.

She knows this is my first large, major project, and asked me last night how I could bear to part with it. She's totally in love with the colorway, and how soft it is (I'm pretty sure it awoke the granny-lust in her, and she wants me to a) keep it and b) have a kid to wrap it in).

I was surprised that it was actually really easy to part with, in a way. I've worked on this project on and off for about 4 months, and it was never boring. I loved the yarn (even though it's *gasp* acrylic, it's really soft, and totally washable) and I loved the pattern so much that I can easily see myself making it again (I'm coveting something in soft yellow yarn right know).

I just know in my heart it was meant for my Goddaughter.

:-) Happy Friday!


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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Baby blankie is FINISHED!!!

The blanket that I started a couple of months ago is finally done.

I'm hoping the light will cooperate with me, so I can take pictures after some good ol' thesis work gets done.

:-)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Why I haven't been knitting at all...

There's been a lot going on around here lately, so I haven't picked up the needles, save 10 minutes last night.

But, a road trip to the M-I-L's, and 4 days on the ground, should make progress easy to achieve.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Snug as a bug.


Awww. The teeniest hat for the teeniest baby. Isn't she sweet?








(Credit where credit is due - I got this crop from the proud Papa's Flickr page :-) )

My leetle swatch.

So, the colors aren't as true as I would like, and the focus is off, but heck, it was early morning...

The blues, aquas, and purples are really rich, and that didn't translate. The stranded stitch pattern looks great, though; I was toying with the idea of doing a lace pattern instead, but this sealed the decision.

I'm also proud of myself for swatching - turns out I don't knit nearly as tight a gauge as I thought, and I saw how the pattern works with the yarn. Yay for me!



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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Canada Post is my friend.

My two little baby hats have made their ways to two little baby heads... and I have photographic evidence for one of them :-)


Although I have to say that she looks like she's flipping us off, doesn't she?

She's beautiful, regardless. She has attitude, just like her mom and Godmom :-)






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Monday, August 14, 2006

Socks that will, indeed, rock.

When I should be studying and writing, I instead daydream about all the lovely things I'd like to buy to expand my stash, and plan out what I'll make with them.

One of them arrived the other day - Blue Moon Socks that Rock in Sealrock. They hung out on my deck in the sun for a short time:

I've been coveting this stuff for months, and three weeks ago (after having a particularly good day) I went ahead and ordered these two lovelies. They arrived early (yay!) and actually fit into my tiny apartment-building mailbox, which was a nice surprise.

Now, I don't have one of those fancy umbrella swifts or ball winders, although I covet them too. I do have my own hands to wind, and hubby's arms as a swift ;-) so I did wind one skein up last night and knit a swatch. I'll take pics later, but I'm thinking it'll be a modified sock using Marilyn Roberts' Crusoe stitch pattern - it looks great with these colors!

(And, no, I haven't gotten any more done on my thesis. Shaddup.)

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Baby hats...

Here are those babyhats I mentioned over there... two of them have already been sent out to their respective babies, and the last one is waiting for its baby to be born.

This was my first one; it's on its way across the country to a tiny baby girl named Olivia, and her mom who I shared an office with. It's white with little pink and purple flecks, and a matching pink ribbon since Olivia decided to be a girl.





This one is going in a different direction across the country, to my Godchild, N., and my best friend, who happens to be her mom. It's the most delicious baby wool blend with little fluffs of pink, blue, yellow, and purple, and was a joy to knit.





This one is waiting for its owner... our lab tech is waiting for its owner too ;-) The purple ribbon may be changed to pink or blue, or I might just leave it (the bonnet itself is rainbow variegated).

(ETA: Baby decided to be a lovely, big girl {10lbs!}, and her hame is Adrienne)



Here's a shot of the top spiral decreases... it also shows off those cute little fluffs.


And, for the astute among you, they are indeed being blocked on a pilates ball. Yes, I have no shame.


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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

I think this may make more sense...

Knitting projects here. Thesis stuff there. Equitable division of the assets.

Ha.