Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Poncho fever.

I'll be jumping into the pool now and starting a poncho, I've decided. I saw this pattern for Stefanie Japel's Paris Loop on the MagKnits site. I love the pattern, and I have all of the recommended needles plus some old Lion Brand Woolspun that's just hanging out in my stash that I think will substitute nicely for the Gedifra. This looks like a good mindless knit that would be very wearable come fall. Woo.

Sunday, July 25, 2004


My local yarn store is having a massive sale. This was my score from yesterday:

Berroco Uxbridge!

I also picked up some Lion Brand Cotton-Ease from Pat Catan's for another tiny baby sweater:
For a baby girl!

And I recieved these in the mail:

These are woven cotton labels from namemaker.com, and they are the cutest. When I was very small, my mom sewed a lot and had labels like this for her sewing, so when I saw the website, I just had to have them.

I am listening to last week's "This American Life"- Someone to Watch Over Me. Act one is one of the most heartbreaking stories I think I've ever heard- it keeps distracting me from my typing, so I am going to sign off and devote my full attention to it. I'll leave you with the following image of me playing with a goat at the Pittsburgh Zoo this afternoon. This was shot just before the goat bit my hat:


Thursday, July 22, 2004

Ha! A dozen a month? I wish!

turbo charged
You are "turbo" charged.
Fast moving and classy, you get things done with
power and grace. Your expensive tastes can be
deceiving, since what you really value is
quality and efficiency. As you're careening
around those corners in life, finishing a dozen
knitted objects each month, stop and smell the
roses. Don't miss the beauty of process!

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Monday, July 19, 2004

Progress on the baby sweater- finally

After many days of non-knitting, I finally picked up the baby sweater again yesterday (see the progress here).  I love this pattern, and knitting in one piece for that matter.  It kind of magical, seeing the sleeves emerge from the body, and the knowledge that I won't have to seam anything makes me really, really happy. 

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Yet another frivolous yarn purchase

Buying yarn has absolutely become a disease for me. I visited a brand-new Pat Catan's (a huge, inexpensive chain of crafts stores) last night and came home with this:

Bernat Galaxy in Venus

A swatch of it knitted up on size 13US needles

It is very bumpy and I am wondering if I should switch to a larger needle to maximize the "drapiness" of the knitted fabric. Anyway, this is destined to be a scarf, as well as something to keep me busy on my 2 hour a day commute to and from work.

I seamed the Summer in the City tank this weekend after blocking it, and I have to say that I am a little disappointed with the sweater so far. I tried it on without the straps and it is definitely baggy on me, and I'm not sure if I will be able to shrink it. I really liked the Rowan Summer Tweed yarn in the hanks, but I am not too crazy about it when knitted up. I'm hoping it looks better once I have crocheted the straps on, though I still have to figure out how to crochet.

The baby cardigan is also making some slow progress, but I am at the point where I am afraid to carry it around with me on the bus and in the city (hence the new scarf referenced above). But, I recently got the good news that my fiance's cousin had a baby girl, so now I can knit pink baby things!