Long time, No See

Obviously.

I’ve been busy taking up a new/old hobby. I haven’t done any knitting since college, but I’ve taken it up as a hobby again. This means I’ve been spending my time learning about all the cool new places on the internet that I can order supplies from, and learning new skills as well. You can see some of my projects on my new blog for that at here. I will be getting back to my travels and photography in the coming months, so expect more posts.

Ciao

Blue Garter Stitch Scarf

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I made a quick gift for my mom. Her birthday is coming up at the end of February, and you can always use another scarf in DC. This project went through several incarnations before I ended up with this simple garter stitch pattern. And the great thing is that it works really well with this variegated yarn. I had just the right amount and length, too. I ended up with just about 6 inches left after binding off.

Socks

I don’t know why, but I’ve been procrastinating over posting lately. I think it’s just cause I love blog posts with pictures, and I didn’t have anything photographed. In any case, here I go.

Lately I’ve been working on socks and more socks. I have two different pairs going right now, and have turned this:Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

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That is Opal Handpainted sock yarn that I found in a local knitting store. It turned into a ginormous yarn cake of which I still have about a thousand yards of. Actually, it says its 420 yards, but it seems so huge. This sock didn’t even make a dent in it. I have a feeling I’m going to have a lot left over after I finish the second sock. BTW, the sock is the Monkey Sock from Knitty. To me they look like snake socks instead of Monkey socks, so that’s what I call them.

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My second pair is the simple sock pattern I’ve been working on. I started the second sock last night. These fit perfectly and I’m very happy with them. I’ve figured out that I must knit very loosely with sock yarn, because I can never use the needles suggested in the pattern. I always have to go down a size or two. If the yarn’s a little thicker, though, I’m spot on.

Next, we’ll take a look at some lace. Whenever it looks like more than just striny stuff on a cable needle.

What kind of knitter are you?

I don’t know if this is accurate, but it is kinda close. I will admit to having no fear of any technique or yarn, and to loving natural fibers for the most part.


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What I like about Blogs

I love looking at other people’s blogs. That’s why I started my own. I find it interesting to watch a project go from an idea in someones mind or a pattern found in a book to a finished object. Part of that is the photographs that people post. Even for lace projects, most people say that they don’t want to show too many pictures of ‘a bag of fabric’.

I love those photos. They look so neat to me, especially when you see the finished product at the end of the journey.

Wool Peddler’s Shawl Finished

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Started: Dec 30, 2006
Finished: January 11, 2007

I finally have some progress to show. I have not started on my Russian Faux Stole, as I decided to start with a simpler project and tackle that one later down the road. I did, however, finish the Wool Peddler’s Shawl from Folk Shawls. I’m going to have to build up the stamina to work on a project with several hundred stitches on the needles, I can see. Even with the about 350 that this project had, I was getting bored with the repetitive pattern of the knitting. I’m excited about the finished product, though, and can’t wait to cast on my next one.
(cross-posted on the Lace Shawl KAL)

Wool Peddler’s Shawl Progress

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I’ve been working steadily on the Wool Peddler’s Shawl in between casting on and frogging an undisclosed number of socks (actually maybe 4). I can’t decide what I want to work on in that venue, so the shawl has been getting a lot of time. I’m close to the finish line now. I have 2 more repeats and the border garter stitch to do and it will be done. Then I have to figure out how to block this thing. I have no blocking board, or access to one right now. I’m not sure if my bed will be big enough, and anyway, I have to sleep somewhere while it’s drying. I guess I’ll figure it out while I’m finishing up.

New Year’s Resolutions

I have three major goals for the new year.

1. Follow my exercise plan religiously. This one is a must. I want to get down to a reasonable weight this year. Not even be skinny, just be more comfortable in my clothes. I love to exercise, I just have to find the motivation to do so when the weather sucks. My plan that I get with the Cathy Savage SOS program is great, and I want to stick to it this year.

2. Finish as much of my quilting as possible. The plan is to work on some quilting project every Sunday afternoon for at least 4 hours. Eventually I should make a big dent in my UFO pile if I follow through.

3. The year of Socks. I want to make at least 1 pair of socks per week, preferably two, for the whole year. At least a few of these socks will be for me, and I’ll eventually get my own collection built up. This also allows me to buy more sock yarn. Lime & Violet give me a ridiculously long list of sites to check out, which is not good for my wallet. I love it, though.

Speaking of socks, I finished the garter rib socks on New Year’s Eve. I’m now working on the Hedera Socks in Knitty by Cookie A. I’m already trying to decide which yarn to use for the Monkey Socks she has in the Winter issue of the magazine.