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summertiiiiiiime, and the livin’ is easy

Do you guys know that song? It is pretty catchy. Also, I haven’t posted in forever! Sorry! I would feel worse, but no one reads this.

Also on the list of things to feel bad about: I have totally not finished the other Endpaper Mitt. To be perfectly frank, I haven’t even started the other Endpaper Mitt. Whatever! It’s summer, and I probably wouldn’t wear them anyways! Instead, let’s talk about some stuff I did knit.

I got invited to a baby shower on Sunday, which prompted my first foray into baby knitting. I used the DK weight Lion’s Brand that my mother got me for Easter, remember that?

Featured is a run-of-the-mill crocheted beanie, and a pair of Saartje’s Booties. Or, as I was referring to it at 2 am Sunday morning, “stupid fucking baby stuff.” Guys, I don’t really like babies. Knitting for them is not that satisfying. Although, as everyone knows, the bootie construction is pretty sweet; if I hadn’t been under the wire I might have enjoyed them more. As it is, I have already received a thank-you card from the mom-to-be (so punctual! I’m envious) that assures me she is both impressed and delighted. Mission accomplished.

More interestingly, and less baby-focused, is the shrug I finished last night:

Cute, right? It’s my own design, knit in one piece with worsted-weight mercerized cotton. (I wish I knew the brand – it was all in Greek, of all things, and I’ve lost the ball band.) You may recognize the lace pattern from ohmystars’ Razor Cami. There’s crochet edging on the sleeves, and plenty of lace mistakes in the body. The lower picture captures that very well. If I could do it over, I would do it a little less on the fly, and plan out a way to make the body of the thing wider. Right now, it’s more or less a pair of sleeves with a flap for my upper back. Next time!

In real-life news, I am gallivanting off to Montreal for the weekend. Que magnifique! I think it is a pretty good city to wear handknits in; I will let you know how it goes.

love forever,

rachel

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happy bunny day

oh hey. how was easter? do you do easter? we do, kind of. i went home for Easter Dinner, and it was pretty nice. i know i usually reserve my knitting blog for, you know, knitting, but we so rarely cook or eat classy food that I just want to brag a little.

ready? that, my friends, is a platter of coq-au-vin served with braised pearl onions, a real honest-to-goodness Julia Child recipe. there’s cognac in it. we set it on fire during the cooking process. note also the buttered parsley potatoes, and the not-from-Costco wine on the table. of course, you can also see the undeniable evidence of our true culinary characters: the all-purpose blue-collar Green Bean Casserole with Campbell’s Mushroom Soup. we make it classy by sauteeing actual mushrooms and putting them in there too. “Everyone thinks it’s all made from scratch,” says my mom. Cough, cough.

back to the yarn, though. this is what that same table looked like a couple hours before:

pictured here are the shopping-tunic-in-progress, and two Lion Brand “Pound Of Love” skeins. (sounds like the title to a bad 70’s porno.) they are a gift from the Easter Bunny/my mother; she says that “You and I never agree on what color yarn you should wear; I thought white was a safe choice.” In actuality, instead of making this universally useful, i have no idea what to make with it. two pounds of DK white acrylic? i wish i were into doilies. i was inspired to plan an Anne Elliot Spencer after this tunic is finished, but there is a lot more than one shrug to be made out of that yarn. thoughts or suggestions would be WELCOME. what’s in your ravelry queue right now?

you would think that schoolwork would be getting in the way of heavy knitting right now, and in a technical sense i suppose you’d be right. in that there is a lot of schoolwork i should probably be doing. but in actuality, it is beautiful out and i am totally incapable of doing anything i am supposed to do. i am about at waist length on the tunic, and am leaning towards the pockets. also, i have a lot of time spent in hospital waiting rooms and at bedsides coming up; nothing serious, but it will be a lot of time spent sitting down. i’m thinking i might be bored and stationary enough to return to my mitts. wish me luck!

love forever and ever,

rachel

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bubble bubble toil & trouble

hey there. how’s it going? today is november 3rd, but like three days ago was halloween. that was pretty sweet, huh? staying true to myself and to my stitches back in the ‘hood, i dressed up as an old lady. it was awesome.

 

 

not a whole lot else is going on; i’m just plugging away on this Irish Hiking Scarf thing. I’m moving faster than I thought I would; I can probably get this finished by Thanksgiving, which will hopefully give me enough time to get that gosh-darn sweater vest taken care of. I’m having some inconsistencies in cable length, mostly because I can’t/am too lazy to count. I don’t think The Roommate will notice. Here’s how it’s looking as of fifteen minutes ago:

 

 

as I mentioned, I’m doing this in Patons Shetland Chunky. can we just talk about this yarn for a minute? you know how sometimes, like maybe while you’re on a eurorail from Madrid to Vienna or something, you find yourself talking to someone and you feel suddenly as if you’ve known them your whole lives and the thought of never seeing them again when you step off that train makes you feel as if you’ve been punched in the gut and short of breath and dizzy? that is how i feel about this yarn. I have found my soulmate in Shetland Chunky; the only competitor for my affections at this point is Plymouth Encore. I realize that this is not a very hip position to take; I think I am probably supposed to be enamored of Moda Dea or Debbie Bliss or something that costs a lot more and feels a lot more like a baby bunny. but you know, i take a lot of things into account when making yarn decisions, and i can’t help but feel like these two are the most well-rounded and all-around pleasant to work with. they’re appropriate for any project, in that they are not full of glitter or can be washed only in the tears of a mountain goat; they’re affordable, they’re warm, and they make a beautiful finished product. Encore has these beautiful little hints of other colors in there; if you look at the top bar of this blog, you’ll see part of the first sweater I ever made, out of Encore Chunky. I’m not sure if you can make it out in the photo, but it’s a deep brown with tiny hints of orange and blue that make it warm and appealing to the eye and gorgeous. And Shetland Chunky, of course, has this beautiful hint of a sheen to it; you can see it here, a little.

 

 

if I were pretentious, I would say that the individual stitches look kind of like tiny, precious freshwater pearls. Good thing I’m not pretentious, huh?

 

peace out, yo.

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just FYI

a word to the wise: trying to knit cables while watching your team sweep the World Series? not as good an idea as it sounds. spending every commercial break ripping back six rows is stressful.

 

in related news: YEAH SOX. love that dirty water.

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so close…

man, i am so close to finishing this sweater. i am going to do it tonight if it kills me, and hopefully have it in the mail tomorrow. it’s a good thing too, because i am feeling just about sick of it. what do you think?

also, who’s heard about Dumbledore? everyone? that’s what I thought. I, for one, am entirely supportive. You go, Albus. I’d say I knew it all along, but you’d never believe me.

and ohmigosh i have to tell you all about rhinebeck! just kidding. i didn’t go. but everyone else on the internet apparently did, and i feel so left out… that’s okay. i’m going home this coming weekend, which of course means a chance to stop by my LYS and chat with my best friend in the whole world, the 80-year-old grandmother who owns the place. it will be like a tiny rhinebeck. just the two of us, some fiber, and the love in our hearts. that’s nice, right?

speaking of nice, i don’t usually like to talk about Real Life in this thing, but i thought i’d share. my family back home raises chickens, and i finally got to see the newest batch of chicks. they are alarmingly adorable. if you’d like to look at pictures of them/my family, and then gush over baby animals with me, head over to Flickr.

until next time!

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because the only thing better than knitting is knitting-themed apparel?

don’t tell me that you don’t think this is incredibly sexy. because it’s not nice to lie.

this, along with many other sexy and wonderful things, can be found on threadless.com.

as far as actual knitting goes: have finished brother’s birthday hat. have finished a birthday yarmulke. am in the middle of a totally self-indulgent and ill-advised shrug. am going to start that swap sweater this weekend, for realz. shanah tovah, everyone.

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a triumphant return


hello, internet. i have been gone for a very long time. but i don’t think you missed me much, so it’s okay.

here is what i have been doing in the intervening time: going on vacation to colorado, working full-time, and moving back to university. fun stuff, but very little time for knitting/blogging about knitting. ohmigod for about three days ALL of my yarn was packed; i almost lost it.

anyhow, let’s being. first, check out this yarn haul! turns out that laramie, wyoming is like the yarn capital of the west? who knew. so let’s talk about yarn. the two small skeins on the left: crimson sock yarn, and some brown fingering-weight stuff. they are meant to be used for Eunny Jang’s Endpaper Mitts. Yes, I realize that they are different weights. I was buying under pressure, okay? i’m sure it will be fine.

now, the yarns on the right. i’ll get to them in a second; first i need to tell you about the guy i bought them from. so he’s not even a knitter; he’s a photographer, and his wife is a professional weaver. they run a combination photography equipment/fiber shop. (of course; what else?) they specialize in novelty fibers; not Fun Fur, but musk ox, yak, and BUFFALO. and did i tell you about their daughter? their daughter is a grad student, doing her thesis on micro-geology and the movement of tectonic plates. also she is an award-winning Celtic fiddler. these people are INTENSE. oh, and did i mention their colorways? they don’t dye them themselves, but they do design the dyes personally, using colors from Mr. Yarn’s landscape shots. also he gave me his home phone number, in case i needed to talk about yarn in a crisis, i guess?

on to the yarn. the huge hunk of handpainted in the upper right corner: a pretty reddish/greenish/brown slub wool. called “prairie homestead.” my aunt bought it for herself as a sort of birthday present; she wants a hat and scarf made out of it. we’ll talk about that later. the brown yarn in the center? guess what that is. guess. it’s BUFFALO YARN. made out of BUFFALO WOOL. it’s pretty soft; feels like regular wool to me. it’s going to be a beanie for the brother, who was tickled by the concept of wearing buffalo. last but not least, the beautiful stuff at the very bottom. angora blend, gorgeous colorway. it’s for me, going into a Florence Scarf for the fall. hooray!

not pictured: my tiny, wonderful friend Megan somehow obtained and gave to me a skein of sari-silk yarn. i am so excited! it is very beautiful. i’m thinking maybe an airy, lacy scarf; i think the garter-stitch ones are just too much when done in sari silk. i’ll show you sometime soon.

the knitting projects are really piling up, actually. let’s count:

Sept. 1 – hat for my aunt
Sept. 17 – beanie for brother
Oct. 31 – sweater for a Craftster swap
Dec. 25 – sweater vest for Dad, armwarmers for Brother, scarf&gloves for Aunt (scarf for roommate?)

doesn’t leave much time to start my armwarmers or scarf, or to finish my Evening Shell. (finally got my last skein of yarn off eBay!)

but that is neither here nor there; i shall just have to march along, like the soldier of fiber art that i am. to finish off, i would like to share some FOs with you. how nice!

Some wristwarmers that my mother requested. Yarn is Berrocco Glacé, in some sort of lavender color. The lace pattern is Pointelle Lace; I found it on the Lion Brand website. (my actual mother is pictured. say hi, Mom.)

The hat that my aunt requested, in aforementioned Prairie Homestead yarn. If it looks kind of weird,that’s because it is. She told me she wanted “a fedora. Or, like, a hat with a brim.” I did the best I could; it’s a top-down pattern, found here. I increased a bunch at the bottom, and finished off with some single crochet, so it does have a tiny brim. Blocking worked wonders, as well. (sorry for my massive face.)

Lastly:

This is obviously not knitted. But it is my birthday cake, made by my adoring mother, and it is made to be a ball of yarn. I helped with the pattern on top; I don’t know if you can see, but it also has real-life knitting needles stuck out the sides. So great! My mother is wonderful.

until next time, internet.

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