Monthly Archives: July 2009

Mara’s Got the Blues

… and so do I! Before I talk about my beautiful Mara, I need to get you guys up to date on my yarn diet. That’s right, I’m on a yarn diet. Yes, I know that they seem to be the fad lately but I really DO need to go on one and not only because I’m running out of yarn space but also because I’m supposed to be saving money so we can buy a place next year. SO, that means no more yarn spending for a while. I’ve decided on 3 months to start with. Why? Because the last yarn purchase I made was on July 17 and on October 17th (exactly 3 months away) is the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. I intend on going and I most definitely intend on purchasing some yarn, so it’s important to save up for that moment, I think. I was very bad the last week before my yarn diet, though, and hit up *three* big updates and spent WAY too much money on them. But my husband is just happy that there will be no more yarn trickling in once a week (though he knows about my sock clubs and those are already paid for). My last big purchases included Fiberphile (oh my god if you STILL haven’t purchased from Georgia – and you know I’ve been raving about her since February – please do so! Especially before she gets way too big for you to be able to try out any of her amazing yarn without TOO much effort – some effort, but not a lot), The Sanguine Gryphon and Wollmeise. The Wollmeise and Fiberphile haven’t arrived yet but I did get my lovely shipment from Gryphon and that included my wonderful six skeins of Bugga! (rav link) that I managed to score:

Sanguine Gryphon Purchase

The six Bugga! are on the left and include Tomato Frog, Hogwood Bonking Beetle, Elegant Sheepmoth, Sharpshooter Leafhopper and Blowfly. I am in love with all of them but my two favorites are definitely Tomato Frog and Blowfly:

The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga!

Check out that red!!!

The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga!

The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga!

I love the little bit of blue running through the Blowfly!

I did get two skeins of Hogwood Bonking Beetle but I sold one of them to a Bugga! virgin who wasn’t able to get any in the last update. Trying to spread the Bugga! love around a bit. 😉

The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga!

The other skeins on the top picture are three of Dance in Foxtrot and two of Eidos one in Polimarchus and one in the to-die-for gorgeous Clio:

The Sanguine Gryphon Eidos

Honestly, that would probably be enough yarn for me to last the three months (okay MORE than enough) but since I was able to stay up for a Wollmeise update AND Fiberphile just happened to have one as well, I just had to buy those too. I will post up pictures of those lovelies when I get them so you can all ooh and aah over my last yarn purchases for three months… not that it really matters all that much to you, LOL!

In actual *knitting* news, I’ve finished the lovely Mara that I am completely in love with:

Mara's Got the Blues - FINISHED

The garter stitch is just SO yummy and I love the pleated edge and just the absolutely beautiful simplicity of it.

Mara's Got the Blues - FINISHED

Mara's Got the Blues - FINISHED

Mara's Got the Blues - FINISHED

It’s a great on-the-subway knitting project too as it’s mostly garter stitch and then all rib stitch for the border. Can’t get much simpler than that with such scrumptious results! A must-knit in my book. 🙂

Mara's Got the Blues - FINISHED

Pattern – Mara by Madelinetosh (rav link)
Yarn – Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted in Baltic (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US7 (4.5mm)
Cast on – June 1, 2009
Cast off – July 24, 2009
Modifications – Instead of the K2P2 called for at the edging I did K3P2 to make the difference between the inner and outer edging more obvious. I only knit the K3P2 section for 2.5″, not the called for 4″. Also, I made some changes at the increase row before the edging and during the transition to make my YO’s line up right. I’m not sure it was written correctly in the pattern but I couldn’t get it to work without some tweaking on my part.

I just loved how it came out and the pups have so much fun watching me do a photoshoot (they just don’t understand what I’m doing, LOL) that I had to include them in it! Kubrick didn’t enjoy it much but Hitchcock thought it was all great fun. 😀

Mara's Got the Blues - FINISHED

Mara's Got the Blues - FINISHED

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Cousin hat and Mother socks

It’s sad that even though I don’t have the excuse of moving keeping me from knitting anymore, I still can’t seem to find the time that I want to knit. Lately I’ve just been working non-stop ( I *really* want to graduate in less than 2 years) and coming home to two energetic dogs who just want to play-play-play, need to be fed or groomed, or just want to love on me – it’s actually quite hard to knit while being loved on by a dog, never mind two dogs! – dinner to be made, laundry to be done and other life-related things to take care of. Knitting, sadly, has gone to the back burner. But not to fear, I still am able to get in a minute or two here and there. My hour-long commute (please allow me a moment of nostalgia for my previous 15 minute commute to work) allows me at least 25 minutes non-stop knitting time (the rest of the hour is spent either waiting for a transfer or running to catch a transfer or walking to/from the subway stop), which is very helpful for these amazingly gorgeous pair of socks I’m test knitting. I really love how these are coming out but, sadly, I can’t show you them until September as they are going to be a mystery knit for August. I’m knitting them in the lovely Malabrigo sock in the most amazing Ochre (I love love love this color). I couldn’t just tease and tease without posting a tiny teaser pic, though, so here it is:

Mystery Sock Test Knit - WIP

The color is to die for, IMO, and I can’t wait to be able to show you these completed socks just as soon as I am able. 🙂 I do have a pair of socks I *can* show you, however:

Eunice Sock - WIP

These are the Eunice socks (rav link) that I’m knitting for the Makin’ Cookies group also on Ravelry. It’s SUCH a great pattern! I am seriously in love with these socks and can’t wait to present them to my mother (who I’m knitting them for). She’s a big fan of cables and not such a big fan of color (except blue and I didn’t want to knit blue as it seems that every single Eunice I’ve seen lately is blue and as much as I love the color, I felt a little variety was in order) so I went with the incredibly soft Handmaiden Casbah in Ivory, a perfect color choice for her, if I do say so myself:

Eunice Sock - WIP

The sock is a wee quite a bit small on me as my mom has beautiful 7.5 feet and I’ve got clunky 8.5-9 feet, but you can still see the prettiness of the sock AND of the yarn – LOVE the color variations in it.

Eunice Sock - WIP

My favorite part of the sock? Other than all of it, you mean? I guess I would have to say the heel. I love the construction of it and how it flows so well with the pattern:

Eunice Sock - WIP

I’m hoping to be done with sock #2 soon, but I do need to finish my test knit socks first so it might be closer to the end of the month before they are done.

The only other knit I’ve really been working on (and finished in just 2 days – really one as I didn’t start until late at night and finished the next day early) was a Stella hat for my little cousin who just turned 15.

Stella Hat - FINISHED!

I don’t have a picture of her wearing the hat, sadly, but she LOVED it! Apparently she put it on and wore it around all day long – and it’s summer, people! So I think it’s safe to say that the pattern was a big hit. In case you have any young friends/daughters/whatever to knit for, this is a great hat to make quickly and easily – and did I mention it’s FREE?

Stella Hat - FINISHED!

Oh and the true color is more of a dark green blue which was difficult impossible to capture.

Stella Hat - FINISHED!

Pattern – Stella Hat by Mary Kay Bishop (rav link
Yarn – Madelinetosh Tosh Worsted in Norway Spruce (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US6 and US8 (4.0 and 5.0mm)
Cast on – July 6, 2009
Cast off – July 7, 2009
Modifications – Very minor mod but at the purl decrease rows, I just did P2tog instead of K2tog

I have many many projects to be put on the needles, now I only have to find the time to cast them all on! Until then, my gorgeous dogs that I groom myself (neither have ever been to a groomer in their life) hope that you can find much more knitting time for your own projects but that you make sure to look beautiful while doing it… just because you’re knitting doesn’t mean you have to let yourself go! 😉

Post-grooming pretty

Post-grooming pretty

She’s BAAAAAAACK!

That’s right, I’ve risen from the land of the never-ending boxes into the land of the completely and 100% moved in (well, let’s not look at the corner stacked high with pictures to hang on the wall, shall we?) and am now free to blog and knit and watch movies and TV without feeling guilty. YEAH! Of course, this is when I get sick. BOO! But at least I can still blog even while sick… it’s not that hard to type, though please forgive me any fogginess while posting.

First item of business: CONGRATS to the winners of the Oh To Knit Again Giveaway!!! The winners (and their respective skeins) were:

Lilie – Mintheweaver’s Rocking Stockings in A Rose by Any Other Name
Clare – Malabrigo Sock in Solis
Lisa – Fiberphile 2-ply Squooshy in Saffron
Misha – Dream in Color Smooshy in Spring Tickle
Rachel – Pagewood Farms Yukon in Fabulous Fall

I did NOT neglect them and they have all received their prizes already so that’s a relief. It felt nice to give those skeins to people who were so happy to receive them… plus after setting up my sock non-stash, I felt like it was probably a good thing I’ve given up some sock skeins. Here’s a picture of my new set up for sock non-stash as well as some pretty lace, DK and wosted weight stash that I don’t have a specific project in mind for or that was just too pretty not to display (the rest are taking up 4 big baskets/plastic bins, and no, I’m not kidding):

My Yarn Stash

Yes, I do believe I have a yarn problem. The first step is to admit it right?

My Yarn Stash

My Yarn Stash

The two pictures above are all non-stash sock yarn. At the bottom right corner of the second picture are my leftover sock yarn balls that I think I’m going to display in an Apothecary jar in my living room just as soon as I buy said jar. 😉

My Yarn Stash

The picture above is the lace, DK and worsted weight stash. So really it only occupies two shelves… not too bad, no? Though I’m not showing you the uppermost shelf (there’s an extension unit with two doors above the ones I showed you in the picture) or the bottom-most shelf – which is just miscellaneous and not nearly as pretty. But really, who could help but fall in love with the pretty colors? huh? Not me! Oh and just one more picture:

My Yarn Stash

Oh yeah, a knitting sticker inside! This was given to me by the ever-talented Lindsey of Apocaknits who will most likely give you one if you ask for it! I think the flaming yarn goes quite well with my sock non-stash, don’t you? Thanks Lindsey!!!

And even with unpacking and having a hell of a time doing it, I was able to get some knitting in (mostly within the last week or so). I finished my pair of Oolong socks which I am just in LOVE with! The pictures are just okay but you can still see how wonderful they turned out. Well, at least I think they turned out wonderful!

Ooo my Oolong Socks - Finished!

Pattern – Oolong Socks by Mona Schmidt (rav link | twist collective)
Yarn – Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Iceburg (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US1.5 (2.5mm)
Cast on – June 1, 2009
Cast off – June 26, 2009

Ooo my Oolong Socks - Finished!

The thing I like most about these socks is the cool ribbing on the foot! It makes the sock SO comfortable to wear and fits lots of sizes due to the stretch (making it a good gift!). Plus, it just looks awesome!

Ooo my Oolong Socks - Finished!

I have more knitting to show you, but I’ll leave that to the next post, I think! Just wanted to leave you guys with some pictures from our 4th of July BBQ (which was awesome!) and of the NYC fireworks which we could see from our PRIVATE (that’s right, private) roof deck. We were probably about 10 miles away from where they were setting them off – they are just that big! We had a great time and I hope your 4th of July (if you celebrate it or not) was wonderful! 😀

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Mojito

Resting in the shade

Nighttime

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Fireworks over Manhattan

Fireworks over Manhattan

Fireworks over Manhattan

Fireworks over Manhattan

Oh and just wanted to add that the dogs are loving the new place! We got a new couch and it’s their favorite place to chill, as you can see:

Photoshoot on the couch

Photoshoot on the couch

I honestly don’t know how I can resist a face like that. 😉

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