Waving Lace Socks

Posted in Knitting, Socks, Misc, Blankets on June 23rd, 2007


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Well, I finished the Waving Lace Socks for my Sockapalooza sock pal. I think they turned out well, but I'm much more enamored with this:

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My first handspun! I bought the roving and a simple drop spindle at Lettuce Knits while we were in Toronto, and had been reluctant to spin it up because I was sure I would mess it all up. Yesterday I decided to just get over it and do it, and here it is! It's a bit overspun, but I think it will be okay once it has dried and the twist has set more completely. I'm a little disappointed by how little yardage I got out of it, though.only 45 yards or so. I think I might combine it with this wool/mohair blend I got at the street market last week to make a little pouch for socks-in-progress or a small purse, or maybe some gloves. I'll figure something out, I'm sure.

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I'm at a bit of an impasse for my next project. I have some lace yarn, but I'm doing the Mystery Stole soon and don't think I want to work on two lace projects at the same time. I'm also a little burned out on socks, so my stashed sock yarn will have to wait some more. I'd like to knit a sweater or a cardigan or some kind of top, I think.but I don't have enough yarn of any single type for that, and it would not be a good idea for me to spend the money on a sweater's worth of yarn right now. I guess I'll go back to the Log Cabin blanket until inspiration hits, then.




Proof of Life

Posted in Knitting, Socks, Sweaters and Shirts, Misc on June 15th, 2007


Yes, I am still alive! As proof, I give you a FO:

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The Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting. I had been pretty bored with the project until I saw someone talking about putting the ribbon through the yarn overs. I tried it (cursing at the newly-unearthed sewing machine as I sewed the ends on), and voila! Boring turns into cute!

I've also finished another project that I really loved, but I can't show it here because the recipient reads my blog. I will try very hard to remember to blog it when I give it to that person, but the gifting date is well out of my easy remembering range. I'll try!

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A few days ago, I started some Waving Lace Socks (scroll down) for my Sockapalooza 4 sock pal. I'm using Jawoll for the first time, and the included bobbin of reinforcing thread is semi-exotic. Should I knit it along with the yarn? Should I sew it in later? Should I toss it aside? Who knows what wonders the reinforcing thread might bring. ;)

I also signed up for Dish Rag Tag (Team Canada, woo!) and Mystery Stole 3 today. I'll definitely get into the Dish Rag Tag, but we'll see what happens with the Mystery Stole. There are tons of lace patterns calling my name and I have so little yarn with which to knit them.




It's been a very good day

Posted in Knitting, Bryan, Misc on May 31st, 2007


Today is our first anniversary, and I came home after a full day of running errands to find these:

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They're pretty, smell quite nice, and came with a very sweet note. To celebrate some more, we went out for some pretty tasty (but huge!!) sushi and watched The Lives of Others, which was a great film. This first year has been a great one, and I hope we have many more together. It is rare to find someone who loves you and understands you so completely, and I am so happy to have found such a person.

During the errand-running, I went on a bit of a yarn crawl through Edmonton and discovered River City Yarns, which I think will become my new LYS. They have a great selection of yarn, most of which I have used and liked or have heard about and want to try, the lady there was very friendly, and I found out that they have a weekly knitting night on Thursdays. I'm planning to bike over tomorrow evening to try it out! I've never been part of any sort of knitting social circle, so I'm both excited and nervous about it. I think it will probably be fun, though. Anyway, here is my haul for the day:

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I almost came home with a Della Q bag, but decided I should think about it for a while first. I might buy it tomorrow, though.




Settled

Posted in Bryan, Moving on May 16th, 2007


We arrived in Edmonton a week ago, and have become nicely settled in here. Bryan's mom is working on some bathroom renovations and getting ready for a season of gardening, so there has been plenty to do here. Bryan's birthday was yesterday, and I made him a black forest cake (mostly) from scratch-I did cheat a little and buy some pre-made icing because I didn't think I would have time to make it too. We had some really nice pizza for dinner, and then we went on a long bike ride. He's a long-time cyclist, so he has been whizzing up the hills while I puff along in the lowest possible gear. It does push me to get into shape, because I wouldn't mind passing him on a hill for once! And now, for a photo of my shiny new bike:

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It is nice, is it not? Also-please do me the favor of ignoring the dorkiness that is my borrowed helmet :)




Fun in Edmonton (and across Canada)

Posted in Knitting, Moving, Misc, Blankets on May 10th, 2007


We have finally arrived in Edmonton after 4 days of heavy driving, and I'm so very happy to finally be here. We got in pretty early-around 5:30 PM, I think-and unloaded the super-full car. Josie is extremely happy to have a new space to explore, and it's great for us to be able to stretch out too. We're going to shop around for a bike for me tomorrow and run a few errands, but we'll mostly just be taking these next few days pretty easy.

To make up for the lack of Toronto photos, behold Lettuce Knits:

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I thought it was sweet that they put out the yarn for birds to use in their nests. I also finished another round of strips in the Log Cabin blanket:

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I also bought so much yarn that it'll take months for me to knit it all up. I got roving and a drop spindle at Lettuce Knits since I've been wanting to learn how to spin. I also got some lace yarn there, as well as other yarn at Romni Wool and the Knit Cafe. I'll post photos of those later-they're all really pretty.




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