Thursday, November 19, 2009
I LOVED the Interweave Accessories magazine they came out with recently. My subscription was for only 4/year (8/2 years actually), so the accessories issue doesn't come with it. I was alright with that because I knew the winter issue was coming up soon, and how would I possibly keep up with all of the interweave patterns I wanted to make? (I'm a loon when it comes to buying yarn, I understand. I'm saving up for when I move to some crazy place without yarn stores. I'm not as much of a loon when it comes to buying patterns [not books]. I know [kind of] realistically what I can finish.)
Unfortunately, I think Interweave has failed me. :( They released their pattern pictures online. There isn't a single garment I like! I (semi) like one thing in the entire magazine (enough to contemplate making it, and then deciding against it)--the covers for the paper lanterns. And that was only because it was a pretty lace pattern. The light shined through the lace to get a really cool effect. Maybe I will make it. Still, I'm disappointed. :(
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
I was riding the T in the morning on the way to campus. I usually have my sock knitting in hand, but I opted to read a book for the Literary Society this morning instead. Voila, the lady in front of me was knitting the Circle Socks in Knit Picks Felici (the discontinued Gelato colorway--I remember thinking-that's the ice cream colorway! but I couldn't remember the exact name) on KnitPicks circs, of course. Is it sad that I knew all of that before trying to find the circle socks link on ravelry? I wanted to pull out my socks-on-needles, but I was slightly embarrassed switching hobbies in the middle of a short T-ride. A little Asian lady sat next to her and proceeded to ask her about what she was making. Their conversation turned into which good yarn shops were around the area. According to her, they were Woolcott, Mind's Eye, Stitch House, and Wild & Wooly--the best. The Asian lady even wrote down "Wild & Wooly in Lexington" on her newspaper. I was thinking 'You forgot Windsor Buttons,' but I didn't mention it. (I have yet to go to Stitch House.)
Then, today at the foodtrucks, I was waiting in line at Clover to get my chickpea fritter sandwich. There was a girl wearing a handknit shawl. I know I've seen the pattern before, but this time the yarn and the pattern were a bit more elusive. It was similar to the style of Ishbel, but the border lace was more like Evelyn Clark's Shetland Triangle. I also wanted to say it was knit in Malabrigo lace, but I could be wrong about that, too. She had a handknit hat stuffed in her pocket, as well. I wanted to ask her what pattern her shawl was (and proceed to ask her about the hat), but she was engrossed in a conversation with her friend. I decided not to further my stigma of being the crazy yarn lady.
Thirdly, it's finally cool enough (usually a bad thing) to wear the sweaters I made this summer! They're obviously handknits, but they're warrrmmmm and cash iroha is yummmy against the skinnnn :D One of my friends asked if I knit the sweater I was wearing and I got to reply, 'yes!' Now off to spend my Friday evening..... knitting in my room & watching episodes of Lost. :D Yippee!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
If I order 2 balls of knit picks essential in 2 different colors, for a specific project that I cant find the right color for :(, and I promise to finish both balls within a week of their arrival....can I get them?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I have been packing to move to our new apartment. McCormick has a really cute little sewing room that holds a bunch of sewing supplies along with sewing machines. It's so convenient (but the room is HOT because there are no windows or air-conditioning). Well, I decided I should take advantage of McCormick's button collection from the sewing room before leaving. I went through and sorted the buttons to find some buttons that will go with one of the next projects I have in mind. I decided to pull out my point-and-shoot camera and capture the sorted colors. I wonder how this picture would come out with a better lens.
To top it all off, the MIT Student Arts Association sent out an email yesterday inviting everyone to take some art classes. My roommate and I both decided that we were gonna take one of these classes, assuming we'll have more time as grad students (ha!) So now, i am signed up for "Street Photography" on Fridays 4:30-6pm. I hope it's good :D :D I hope I can use my DSLR a lot, too. I can't wait! :D
Monday, August 3, 2009
First, I decided to go back to my lace project, which I started in March....and oops....apparently last time I worked on it I messed up big time. I ended up ripping out the whole project, and stowing the yarn and pattern far far away.
Second, I blocked my prairie tunic and although I haven't seamed it up yet, I can already tell its massive. And by massive, I mean humongous. I think I should rename it "maternity dress."
Third, I got really motivated that I was down two projects, or the knitting of them at least...so I cast on a pair of simple lace socks. In a gorgeous Araucania sugar cane yarn of the wrong weight.
One word: frogged.
So currently I am proud to say that I only have two projects on the needles, and one of them (a noro scarf) I dont intend on revisiting til the winter.
At least I have an excuse to start a new project? Or 3? Hopefully today will be a better day...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
i suppose trades on ravelry would be okay, and we agree that the purchase of patterns may be necessary to maintain some level of sanity, but still NO YARN. it doesn't matter if it's a one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed, rare variety of silk and cashmere blend on clearance for $3 per 100 grams; the three of us will be knitting from our stash for the next six months.
i've already decided to tempt fate and made plans to go to the marketplace at Stitches East, which is in october. i can go to just look, right? still, i somehow feel that the knitting gods may strike and that i should be extra careful with gauge swatches for a while.
please wish us all luck.
*except for one skein that i have been looking for in order to make a gift. don't worry, this was part of the stated deal, despite the appearance of fine print.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
At least I don't have a sock yarn stash quite this big yet. I think I can finish what I have in a lifetime.
Friday, July 17, 2009
According to my ravelry, I have 10(!) projects hibernating. This means I was trying to be realistic(!) and weeding out the projects that I won't work on in the near future (again, I wonder how long the near future is). I have every intention of finishing them and showing off their beauty (to my mother), but it all depends on how soon I finish my WIPs.
According to my ravelry, I have 58 projects. Subtract the 14 WIP's, 10 hibernating projects, and 2 frogged projects--I really only have 32 completely projects. That's actually not that bad. It's been less than a year since I've joined ravelry, and clearly, I've gone nuts over knitting.
Now the goal is to do something about the other 24(/26 projects if you include the yarn from the 2 frogged projects) in the next year. Nevermind my (evergrowing) stash.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Well guys...its been a while since me (or anyone else) has posted on this thing...but I felt like I should say hello, since its officially been a year since I started knitting socks. When I completed my first pair of socks….all I could think was “Why would ANYONE in their right mind decide to knit socks???”
26 pairs of socks later….here is what I have realized....I have my own version of “you know you knit too much when ____” .... only for me, its "you know you knit too many socks when ____"
So here goes.
You know you have knit too many socks when:
- Every roommate you have ever had owns a pair of handmade socks by you.
- You have scanned through all 204 pages of sock patterns with fingering weight yarn on ravelry.
- You have about 19 balls or skeins of sock yarn in your stash.
- You start knitting a sweater with yarn designed specifically for socks.
- You have started making baby socks for unknown babies of various sizes.
- You have made more pairs of socks than you own.
I also had to steal this one from Penny’s Blog…it was too good to pass up.
“You judge your friends by whether or not they are ’sock-worthy’”
Currently, to mark the occasion, I am knitting my first pair of toe-up socks. The thoughts going through my head right now are something along the lines of “why on earth would anyone knit socks from the toe up??”
Hopefully my feelings will change…
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
6.334 Design Project: 3%
Lap Blanket: 33%
5.310 Lab Reports: 80%
Lace Shawl: 100%!!!
Need to weave in ends, block, add fringe and then ship off to my mother. Just in time for Mother's Day. Hopefully, just in time to give me enough time to finish the other tasks (minus lap blanket).
Monday, April 27, 2009
New Yorker: cold but sunny
Pakistani: hot and dry (but not sunny)
Louisianian: warm and semi-humid
The weather is gorgeous outside. Our dorm turned off the heating system. Therefore, the temperature inside the room cannot make up its mind! (We are all doing our best to change the room's climate to our favorite.) During the winter months, our room is always just hot/warm.
No need to worry, though--any time I get cold, I have a perfect excuse to wrap my legs with the lace shawl-in-progress-that-is-getting-huge. Perfect study break! Hehe--life's quirks are wonderful. :)
Saturday, April 25, 2009
As soon as the fun part of that project is over (the last knit stitch on the first sock; grafting is not fun), another project calls: socks knit from a sock flat inspired by a friend's (Dawn's) project. It's the first time I've knit socks from the toe-up and I try doing a short-row heel. Despite the holey heel, as soon as the heel of the first sock is done, the lace shawl I was originally working on looks kind of interesting again.
I've got a stockinette stitch boring sock leg to complete and I just want to veg out and watch some tv on a Friday night, so I decide to pick up the garter-stitch blanket I was working on. The second ball of yarn is ending, so I push through and add the third ball of yarn, but somewhere between the beginning and end of lion brand fun fur yarn, 145 stitches/row in garter gets boring. Meet lace shawl once again, and during tv-watching, this means dropped stitch.
So now, it's Saturday, and I went off campus to enjoy the weather by myself (i.e. shopping) and I needed subway knitting, so the sock flat returns to the scene. When I get back home, however, I realize that the lace shawl is really close to being done, and Mother's Day is conveniently close.
So my knitting progress in the past week (yes--the uptown boots sock began Saturday 11:30pm) has been scattered. I just wish I could have finished something instead of making little progress on everything. Hopefully, I'll be able to send my mom something nice for Mother's Day (never mind that I had made a swallowtail shawl earlier in the semester with the same idea in mind.)
P.S. I still don't have the courage to wear any of my own hand-knit shawls--they all go to my mom. Has anyone had any luck with successfully wearing a hand-knit shawl?
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Ravelry is sort of a facebook, but for knitters, and way better. instead of looking at the sordid details of your stalkee's latest romance in her status or on her wall, you get to see what projects she's working on, which projects she plans on working on, and whether or not she finished that aran sweater. those are the important things, anyway.
Ravelry allows you to talk the knitters you're jealous of, the knitters who you know you're better than, and your baby sister's progress on her lace. it allows you to post your WIPs (works in progress) and you can identify the kind of yarn you're using so that when someone falls in love with it, they can try to re-create it. you can look up patterns, both for free and for download, and laugh at the most ridiculous ideas (chapstick cosy, anyone?)
i called home this week to talk to my mum and i said, "what are you up to?"
she said, "oh i'm on the computer doing some work."
but a moment later she confessed, "well...actually i'm looking at your shawl on Ravelry."
and this is my dear mother who had never googled anything until she started buying yarn online.
i started creating my profile last week, but then i had to stop because the "dog ate my homework" excuse stopped working in the second grade. now it's the weekend, so go update your profile.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
oops. I felt guilty all day.
also, I have been sitting at the computer for about an hour, thinking about how Shreya is getting way ahead on her brickwork repeats. The worst part is, I had caught up with her by the 1st...and now I am back to being wayyy behind.
I swear, I'll catch up and maybe knit some socks tomorrow.
I better get crackin....