Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Completely and Utterly Sidelined

I sprained my right thumb. It's been a couple weeks. At first I was in denial, but then the swelling and pain got so bad today that I gave up. So, for today and at least tomorrow, I'm not going to knit. And this is making me stir-crazy. It's especially crappy since I've been working on A Little Something and I'm nearly (7 rows away from being) ready to do the yoke. Ugh.

But hey, at least I've gotten a few projects done [before and] after Bob!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Bob.



This is Bob. He is my knitting minion. He is a camera whore. Bob likes pennies.



He would prefer dimes for their size, but the silver clashes with his eye color. So he saves up extra pennies.



He earns those extra pennies by modeling and doing acrobatics at the circus.



Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Scatterbrained

Scatterbrained... yup, that's me! I've not been updating my blog enough lately.

Right now, I'm currently working on: A pair of socks for myself, a pair of socks for Brit, Brit's Christmas gift (which is almost finished) and I still need to embroider some eyes and a mouth on a turtle I crocheted. I love this turtle pattern. (psst, it's near the bottom) So much so that I've made three in as many weeks. Here are the two I've finished:




Saturday, December 5, 2009

GRAND OPENING of White Iris Yarns

After several months of hard work, I've finally opened up my own store. Here's a preview of a few things you'll find there:









From today until 12-12-09, I'm offering a 10% discount to my blog readers. Just mention my blog in the comment process during the checkout. It's that simple!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

New and improved pictures







Ahhh, much better!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tempest No More

I am finally finished! I think eventually I'm going to replace the buttons since these ones are a bit small and lightweight for my taste. But over all, I'm pleased with the results. Please forgive my crappy picture.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Milkweed Complete




Love. Total, complete, and utter love.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The End of My Rope (Yarn)

With just 8 more rows of a sleeve plus the button bands and seaming left on my Tempest, I ran out of black! Luckily, my awesome friend Erica of Bigmouth Yarns has generously offered to send me her partial skein of it.

Until then, I've got other projects to work on. My husband's Christmas present, for one. On Wednesday night, I started on a Milkweed Shawl. This was my progress as of yesterday evening:



Ignore the orange lifeline. The yarn I'm using is Malabrigo Sock in the colorway Indiecita. This yarn makes me so happy. The colors remind me of summertime by a lake. Which is a great mental image when we're coming up on Winter!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Paying it Forward

Just wanted to let you all know about the awesome giveaway over at Knittin Brit in WI. A skein of Wollmeise 100% in the Kurbis colorway. All you have to do is tell her why you're thankful for yarn.

For me, I'm most thankful for the ability to express my creativity, to be able to meditate with the rhythm of the needles, to create gifts for my family, and that yarn has brought me close to people I now count as good friends.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Progress

A couple days after I finished my Ishbel, I started back to work on my Tempest. So far, I've finished the back and a sleeve. I think within the next couple hours I'll be finishing up the Left Front and then it'll be time to start on the Right Front. It seems to be going faster this time for some reason.

Things I've changed:
  • Using size US9 needles.
  • Worked hem fabric at CO by working 7 rows St st plus one k row on the WS as opposed to picking up the stitches later. Will sew down at the end.
  • Reduced the sleeve stripes by 2 since I'm short and have stubby arms.
I'm thrilled with the way it's turning out this time. SO much better!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Ishbel

I decided to give my Tempest a few days respite last week. In that time, I knit up my very first Ishbel. This is a VERY easy pattern to do, and it took me just 5 1/2 days to do it. I used Dream in Color Starry in the In Vino Veritas colorway. Absolutely breathtaking.






Friday, October 23, 2009

Back to the Drawing Board

I had some concerns about the fit of the sleeves of my Tempest... and they were well-founded. I basted a few pieces together, tried them on... too small. So I'm frogging it and starting over. This sucks.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fingerless Gloves: Completed

I can't even tell you how much I love these gloves. I'm so pleased with them, I want to cry! They are really, really awesome. And I know my friend Erica is gonna love them, which is the most important thing.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Tempest Update

As of this morning, I've finished three of the five pieces to my Tempest; the back and both front pieces. I've also finished 4.5 of the 11 stripes on the first sleeve. I'm considering possibly reknitting the back piece, though, because I'm not entirely happy with the fabric. Haven't made a decision yet, still contemplating.

A few days ago, I finished a hat for my friend Erica. I'm also working on some fingerless gloves for her. Here are some pics:



I did the same hat for myself back in September, but the colors didn't really do much for me. I might try making it in a different color eventually, but I dunno. Since I didn't really like the way it looked on me, I swapped it to my friend Liberty. I must say, she looks especially good in it! Her picture is also much better and has true-to-life coloring. I love it.



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In other news, I am on a yarn diet. I'm not allowing myself to buy any yarn until after Thanksgiving at least. I'm gonna see if I can last til the end of the year. It's not like I don't have enough yarn to keep me busy for a while. I think when last I checked, I had something like 65 skeins; about 1/3 of that is sock yarn. Some projects I'd like to get done in the meantime (in addition, of course, to the projects already OTN):

An Ishbel in Dream in Color Starry, colorway In Vino Veritas
A Tiger Eye Lace Scarf in Malabrigo Yarn Sock, colorway Archangel
A pair of Hat Heel Socks in... well, I'm not sure yet. Maybe Malabrigo Sock, colorway Indiecita.

2 sweaters, a pair of socks, a pair of fingerless gloves, a scarf and a shawlette in 2 1/2 months. I think I can do it.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The knee socks are done!

Finally finished my knee socks on Monday. It's great to finally have them done. They were definitely worth the effort!


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Win A Box Bag and Spinning Fiber!

A great contest over at Into The Whirled where you can win a lovely box bag and a 4oz Falkland Wool batt. Go check it out!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Back" it up


Yesterday, I finished the back to my Tempest. I really, really love the way Wollmeise knits up. For real.

I'm now working on the left front. It'll probably only take me a day or two if I don't procrastinate. I can't wait til I can wear this thing!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Let's get to work!

I've had a fun few days; with a party on Saturday, shopping on Friday, and plenty of quality time with my husband the last two days, today I'm trying to get back into my stride.

First up! I finished some socks that I lovingly dub "Leftovers". Made from leftover Mal sock (Velvet Grapes) and CTH Supersock Select Semi-solids (Blossom), just a simple toe-up st st with a fold-over cuff. Scraps be gone!

Right now, I'm working on a super secret project for my husband. So secret that I cannot tell you what it is, since it's possible that he could read this. Just know that I'll post pictures after I've given it to him.

My Lavendel arrived last Thursday, but I didn't start swatching til Saturday because I was working on the super secret stuff. On Monday night, I started knitting the back and got half-way through the second stripe before I decided to concentrate on knitting the socks. With those out of the way, I'm all clear!

I'm also working hard on getting my act together to start my own business. Things are coming along slowly but surely. I finally have something to be excited about, now that I've actually settled on a name. Supa secert, though. Will divulge more later.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Feeling kind of "blah"

All my most exciting projects are just waiting for an opportunity to do them at this point. I wanted to start a Trellis and Vine Pullover, but I'm using the needles I need for my Moderne Log Cabin blanket. I got the black WM for my Tempest but the Lavendel won't get here until later this week so I don't want to start that yet. I finished the scarf for my husband, but realized it was entirely too short for him (and I don't like the yarn). I knit a hat for myself (no pics yet), but it was just okay. I want a project to get excited about, like my Pioneer! Ho hum.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

After much deliberation...

...I decided that I actually want to do my Tempest in Lavendel (purple) and Schwarz (black). To achieve this, I ended up selling my Skandal um Rosi (I decided it had too much of the lightest color to go well with my skin tone) and trading my Lavendel for Lavendel in 100% (mine was Twin). I also traded my Pfefferminz Prinz for a Schwarz. I think it's gonna be an awesome sweater!

Right now OTN are my knee socks that I'm waiting for the cuff yarn to get here. Also, I'm working on a scarf for my husband.

Additionally, I've started a Moderne Log Cabin Blanket. I'm doing it in Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in colorways Cashew, Ivory, Black, and Jalapeno. I found out a couple days ago that Cashew was being (gasp) DISCONTINUED! So I went ahead and bought all that I hope I'll need for the project. I was wanting to just buy a few balls here and there as I went but that was not meant to be. I'm working on the first block right now and I love it for it being so simple!

Friday, September 4, 2009

I ♥ Wollmeise

The colors. THE COLORS!!!! I got my order early yesterday afternoon. Oh. my. goodness.







I'm in love. Especially with Lavendel (the last one).

Monday, August 31, 2009

I think I've lost my mind.

I ordered 3 skeins of Wollmeise from The Loopy Ewe again today. I must be out of my mind. But! But! Pfefferminz Prinz, Lavendel, and Pesto were sirens calling to me. Oh lawdy lawdy.

Better pics + rambling

Finally got out yesterday and had my husband take pics of a few of my recently FOs.

Pioneer:



Yogini Bolero and my first sewn skirt:




Ooo, I just remembered something completely unrelated! Last week, I won a Knit Picks contest! My prize? Enough of the new Gloss DK in Jade to make a Trellis and Vine Pullover. Oh my gosh, I can't wait to knit it!

Somewhat related, I really love my ball winder and swift that I bought from KP. They work perfectly and have saved me so many hours of time already. If you're looking for an inexpensive set, just head over to Knit Picks and for $70 you get both, shipped! Totally worth the money.

You know, I've forgotten to post about a LOT of things lately. Last week, I got some more Wollmeise! The Loopy Ewe had an awesome update, so I snagged some Skandal um Rosi. Gorgeous stuff. I think I'm going to make a Tempest out of it, using Schwarz (black) WM as the contrast color. Here's a pic of this beautiful color:



That's all for now!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Knee socks!

Right now, I'm working on some very cool knee socks. I'm making them out of this yarn:



I think they're knitting up nicely!



Also, pics of my Pioneer. Sorry they're kind of crappy, but hubby was sick this weekend so I haven't had a chance to have him take good pics.








Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It's done!

I finally finished my Pioneer. It has been a really fun project. I haven't taken any pictures yet, but I will soon.

I also finished the Diagonal Rib socks that I started for the wwm09. They ended up being WAY too long in the feet, so I'm gonna have to do something about them. I'm gonna see if I can come up with a way of removing the toes (and thereby the extra length) and sew them shut. Also, I wasn't digging the color, so I overdyed them. I used royal blue Wilton food color and just let the color soak in where it may. Because of the way ribbing scrunches up when not worn, most of the inner parts of the ribbing didn't get dyed, so there are cool vertical stripes of lighter color throughout the socks. It's pretty awesome. Haven't taken pictures of those either. D'oh!

Friday, August 14, 2009

OTN: 08-14-09

My purple Pioneer is still in the works. I ended up having to restart it after knitting 4" because my gauge was waaaaaay off. I went up a size and the gauge is a lot better. I'm about 8" in now. Having a little problem with pooling, but otherwise it's looking great.

I'm also still working on my husband's socks. I turned the heel and have knit a couple inches of the leg so far. I hate the color, so I'm having trouble finding motivation to finish them. Crazy, right?

Additionally, I've been adding on to a charity blanket that a few people and I are passing around. I've still got a few more inches to go til I pass it on. I better get to work!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Purple Pioneer

For the next two months, I'm going to be participating in a KAL for Pioneer by kBomb. The KAL is over on Ravelry in the Lorna's Laces Knit-along group, if you want to check it out.

I'm doing mine with LL Shepherd Sport in the colorway Vera.



I knit my swatch today and I must say... this is gonna be awesome. The colors look SO great knitted up. I can't wait to REALLY get started!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The end of wwm09

Tomorrow marks the end of wwm09.

SWAPPED, completely defeating the purpose of entering it into wwm09!
- Afghan that I started back when I first started knitting that I know I will never finish.

TO FINISH FROM 5-10% PROGRESS:
- Black hat for Marchell Sr. (sister #2's fiance).
- Horizontal Rib Socks for Brit (hubby).

FINISHED:
- Yellow Washcloth. Finished 7/1/09.
- A green cotton/acrylic hat. Finished 7/1/09.
- A white cotton hat for my friend Damon's baby-in-progress. Finished 7/2/09.
- Ribbed socks for baby-in-progress. Finished 7/3/09.
- Striped pullover for my niece that was more than half-way finished before I realized it would be way too big. Finished frogging 7/4/09.
- Jaywalker socks for baby-in-progress. Finished 7/5/09.
- Black hat for Jordan (nephew). Finished 7/6/09.
- Black hat for Marchell Jr. (sister #2's fiance's son). Finished 7/7/09.
- Beige hat for Mason (nephew). Finished 7/16/09
- White Yogini Bolero for me! Finished 7/15/09.
- Scarf for sister #2 for Christmas. Needs to be blocked. Finished 7/20/09
- Striped pullover for my niece in the correct size. Needs some trim around the neckline. Finished 7/28/09.

I'll be finishing up the last hat today. Not a bad run, if I do say so myself! Although I didn't finish those pesky socks (mostly due to Ella's absence taking up my time), I'm proud of the work I did.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ella is home!

A neighbor one street over said their dog was sniffing around and they saw her. It happened to be someone my mom had talked to on one of the first days, and she had her husband call us while she kept an eye on Ella. She was extremely scared. When we got to where she was, we slowly tried to approach her, but she ran off. We followed her, my mom finally got about 20 feet away from her, sat down and just willed her to come, and she came.

She lost a whole freaking pound (she was only 8.5 to begin with!) and has a cut below her eye, her hair’s ratty, but she is SO happy to be home. And Leo and Chico (our Chihuahua) are so freaking happy, too!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A sad, discouraging week

On Saturday, my indoor cat Ella got out of the house and we haven't been able to find her. We've basically exhausted all our resources, from fliers, to talking to people on the street, alerting local vets and shelters, etc. She hasn't been seen since Sunday. I love this cat, so it's really taken a toll on my motivation. I just haven't felt much like knitting. I've spent so many hours just trying to find her. I'm so sad.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Happy stash week!

I'm having an absolutely fabulous stash week. I'm getting not one, but TWO skeins of Wollmeise PLUS a skein of Malabrigo sock! One skein of Wol is in exchange for a pair of knit socks, one is an early Anniversary present from my hubby. The Mal is just for me from my yarn fund :) Here are pics of what will be coming in the mail...


(one of the two on the right)







Yarngasm. I haz it.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Progress Report for wwm09

I've been busy. Here's what I've gotten done!

TO FROG:
- Afghan that I started back when I first started knitting that I know I will never finish.

TO APPLY FINISHING TOUCHES:
- Scarf for sister #2 for Christmas. Needs to be blocked.
- Striped pullover for my niece in the correct size. Needs some trim around the neckline.

TO FINISH FROM 5-10% PROGRESS:
- Black hat for Marchell Sr. (sister #2's fiance).
- Horizontal Rib Socks for Brit (hubby).
- Beige hat for Mason (nephew).
- White Yogini Bolero for me! About 30% finished as of 7/9/09.

FINISHED:
Yellow Washcloth. Finished 7/1/09.
- A green cotton/acrylic hat. Finished 7/1/09.
- A white cotton hat for my friend Damon's baby-in-progress. Finished 7/2/09.
- Ribbed socks for baby-in-progress. Finished 7/3/09.
- Striped pullover for my niece that was more than half-way finished before I realized it would be way too big. Finished frogging 7/4/09.
- Jaywalker socks for baby-in-progress. Finished 7/5/09.
- Black hat for Jordan (nephew). Finished 7/6/09.
- Black hat for Marchell Jr. (sister #2's fiance's son). Finished 7/7/09.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

WIP Wrestlemania 2009

This is a thing that's going on in the Ravelry world for the month of July. A few hundred people and I are gonna do our damndest to whip our WIPs into shape! My WIPs are as follows:

TO FROG:
- Striped pullover for my niece that was more than half-way finished before I realized it would be way too big.
- Afghan that I started back when I first started knitting that I know I will never finish.

TO APPLY FINISHING TOUCHES:
- Scarf for sister #2 for Christmas. Needs to be blocked.
- Striped pullover for my niece in the correct size. Needs some trim around the neckline.

TO FINISH FROM 5-10% PROGRESS:
- A white cotton hat for my friend Damon's baby-in-progress.
- A green cotton/acrylic hat for same baby-in-progress. 60% complete as of 7/1/09
- Jaywalker socks for baby-in-progress.
- Ribbed socks for baby-in-progress.
- Black hat for Marchell Jr. (sister #2's fiance's son).
- Black hat for Marchell Sr. (sister #2's fiance).
- Black hat for Jordan (nephew).
- Horizontal Rib Socks for Brit (hubby).
- Beige hat for Mason (nephew).
- White Yogini Bolero for me!

FINISHED:
Yellow Washcloth. Finished 7/01/09.

I'm currently working on frogging the pullover and knitting the green cotton/acrylic hat. Not too shabby!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Migration, The Finished Product

I finally finished test knitting and proofreading my Migration pattern, so here it is in all its glory!