year of scarves update #5

The first Lacy Karius was finished a week or so ago, but it’s been a busy week (last full week of the school year at work and my summer class – Web Multimedia – started).

  • Travelling Karius
  • Pattern: Lacy Karius by Stephanie Rodger
  • Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints, #9222 David’s Eyes, 1 skein, 437 yds
  • Needles: US 6

I’ve started another which may be a gift for a friend:

I’m also doing a KAL with a friend and knitting my second 198 Yards of Heaven.  The first one came out so beautifully, so I’m happy to be doing another.  I’m using Dream in Color Classy again, but this time in the Cloud Jungle colourway.  It’s just beautiful.  This time I’m very glad to know that the rather clumpy looking fabric will block out into something gorgeous.  It’s really interesting to see it knitted in a different yarn – my friend is using something slightly lighter in weight and with a slight halo.  Not sure exactly what it is.  Hers is already much more open than mine so it’ll be interesting to see what happens when it’s finished and blocked.

In non-scarf news, I’ve started Kiama for myself using Plymouth Royal Bamboo Multi.  I had some gauge issues, so I have my fingers crossed that it will work out.  Because of the construction of the cardigan, I probably won’t know if it’s going to work or not until it’s at least halfway done.  I hate that, but it doesn’t seem to stop me.

year of scarves update #3

Well, hello lace, indeed!  Count me in as having come over to the dark side.  ;)

This one’s for me:

  • Pattern:  198 yds. of Heaven, by Christy Verity (Verity Knits)
  • Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, 0.75 skeins, In Vino Veritas
  • Needles: US8
  • Pre-blocking: 34 x 14 inches
  • Post-blocking: 49 x 21.5 inches

One week.  Start to finish.  Not bad on top of two jobs and grad school.  This one will be made again (for me and for gifts!).


Do they ever grow out of this?

zach's ninja mask hat thing

The request was made (after a bout of snow-shoveling in pretty cold temps) for a ski mask.  Oh, and “it needs to look like a ninja mask.”  Not the best picture of the boy, but I had to bribe him to get him out of his room to take it so I wasn’t going to press for a retake.

Pattern is Antifreeze by Jenna Adorno with some mods (available on my Ravelry project page).  Yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (frogged from an unfortunate dalliance with Tubey) and Malabrigo Worsted (which knits up like butter. Really).

a quick update

And I’m determined to post this right away. ;)

The handknit librarian site is live, but only partially.  There’s much more work to do on that this week, but I’m looking forward to really getting some solid content uploaded and to getting started on the portfolio section.  Transferring this blog over there might be last on my list as I’m really not sure about that process.  Oh well, that’s what the Help and FAQ files are for, right?

Christmas has come and gone and was fairly low-key with no drama (just the way we like it!).  Knitting that did get finished included 4 hats, 4 pairs of mitts, and a market bag:

Still to finish, one more pair of fetchings and a wimple for Drake.  I’ll be seeing her for lunch later in the week (and for a tour of the partially renovated Steel Yard site) so I’m hoping to get them done.

Also finished to send before Christmas were the flower power booties and hat for Mandy in my Bama MLIS cohort.  Aren’t they too cute for words?

I’ve queued up a number of projects for 2010.  Wonder how many I’ll actually get done?

javascript zombie

So, I apparently wrote that last post, saved it, but never published it.  I’m definitely blaming javascript for having eaten most of my brain in the last few weeks.

Fortunately, the section of my brain that deals with the actual knitting (as opposed to writing about knitting) has survived the semester intact so far.

Vivian is underway, thanks mostly to my innate need to create order out of chaos translated into a nifty spreadsheet:

One hat, Felicity, is done:

One pair of mitts, in left over Dream in Color Classy, Fetching for Monica/Mum (haven’t decided who yet) is underway:

And the yarn for one thing that wasn’t on the list, a Wavy Feathers Wimple, has been ordered from LotusYarns on etsy, was dyed this weekend, and has been shipped.  It’s going to be beautiful.  Photo of yarn to follow when it gets here.

Somehow, in spite of the extensive Christmas knitting list, I have to knit a pair of French flag booties for a friend at work, a pair of tuxedo booties, so that I can rewrite the pattern to put up on Ravelry, and a pair, or two, of pretty, girly booties for a member of my MLIS cohort whose baby is due around New Years.  I’m thinking of trying to do an applique knitted flower on a pale pink or white pair for a “cherry blossom” effect.  Updates to follow.

all work and no play

makes the handknit librarian a very dull girl indeed.

I’m on day six of what is scheduled to be thirteen straight days of work and in combination with a lot to do for both classes it really isn’t very good for my mental health.  Oh, and factor in the architect ripping up half the kitchen floor with the consequent dirt and chaos and I’m really crazy in the head.  Stepping in wet concrete while wearing suede shoes yesterday was almost the final straw.

Sanity may be saved by sneaking a day off work next week and going into NYC with the architect.  While he goes to some boring IT thingy at the Hilton mid-town, I’ll be hanging out at the NYPL, getting fish & chips for lunch at A Salt & Battery, then walking down to Purl in SoHo to drool over yarn.  I have to buy some sock yarn for a swap for the blankie, but I know it’s going to be hard to restrain myself …

Progress is slow on In Vino Wisteria.  I’m finally down to the cabled section at the bottom of the body, but it’s just going to get slower and slower as I go along because there are more and more cables.  Still, it does look great, and hopefully the sleeves will move along more quickly when I get to them.

I did manage to finish’s Grant’s (giant) CMU toe-up socks and he likes them (shown here with a “normal” sized sock for comparison):

I also made a nice hat for Alexandra (A Slouch for All Seasons) in Moda Dea Bamboo Wool which was really nice to knit with:

What is most likely only the first Meret I’ll make is finished (and I don’t think Phoebe has taken it off yet):

I’ve managed to start a little bit more holiday knitting too.  A Calorimetry for the girl in some luscious Malabrigo Dos (it really feels like butter) supplemented with some Woolen Rabbit laceweight.  The colour combination looks great:

In which knitting progress is made

Finally finished (it only took over a year, during most of which it hibernated):

blankiepillow1It does look good and the architect is in love with it ;)

In Vino Wisteria is progressing nicely and I’m liking the fit.  I seem to be adding a considerable amount of length to the pattern for the body, but I’m trying it on as I go,  and so far so good.  It’s certainly going to be on the negative ease side for fit, but that’s what I was aiming for.  Wish I could capture the colour more accurately though.


I need to get a move on on G’s socks now, and then get started on the first of the Merets.  I’m determined to only have 3 projects on the needles at any one time during the semester.  I think it will help me feel less scattered, and I’m sure I’ll feel a better sense of accomplishment as I get things done.  One big project, one small project, and the girl’s blankie.  One for mindless tv and movie watching, one for portability and/or during class, and one for class/mindless knitting.