November 2006


From soft, kiddie approved egg cartoney goodness
to cat approved size
to peaked, colorful softness
the shetland triangle does not disappoint.
Pattern: Evelyn Clark’s Shetland Triangle from Interweave Knit’s Wrap Style.
Yarn: Less than 1 skein KnitPicks Gossamer (100% Merino, 440yds/50g) in Caribbean.
Needles: US 6 Addi Turbo circular

This thing practically fell off the needles. And it amuses, yet does not surprise me that it’s almost the same size as the Swallow Tail Shawl.

The varigated yarn might have been a little too much, but I chose this yarn for the colors it had, reminiscent of sea glass. This is a gift to a special friend who loves the beach and its colors.
Now it’s done, ready to be wrapped for christmas. And I’m just sort of floating in the myriad of project choices.

-The Super Duper Serially Top Secret Project (SDSTSP) is already halfway done. Yep! It’s crazy awesome so far.
-Victorian Lace Today. It’s here. It’s fabulously full of pretty, pretty pictures. I can’t decide. It’s like taking a kid into a penny candy store and telling them to pick out one item. Overwhelming.
-I could finish starsky. I should finish starsky. I don’t know. I keep looking at the sleeves as they are, looking at the arm holes, looking at the half constructed sweater, then back to the sleeves. Frog? Forge ahead? It requires thought, which my brain has no ability for today. Technical writing can suck the will to live out of you through your sinuses.
-I can’t believe tomorrow is December. I can believe it’s taken me this long to realize that spinning wheel + spinning wheel oil = easier spinning. I can be so. damn. slow. sometimes. I have half a hunk of brown corridale waiting next to it, and some blue mill ends from the most amazing roving source evarz. It looks inviting. Did I mention it’s a dream to treadle now?
-There’s some Cascade 220 wound in a ball with DPN’s hanging out of it. Hubs requested some felted slippers. Who am I to deny mr. rachface the one knitted item he’s actually asked me for so far?

Uncertain. But I do know whatever it is I end up doing there will be two small attention seeking creatures all up ons.

Remember how I said before I don’t buy yarn unless I have a project in mind? I promise that is still the case. No, really.
Be assured that no innocent bystanders were maimed in the process of this acquisition.

On Knitting, And Things Relating To It
Wherein we learn that the Swallow Tail Shawl has been knit, weaved, blocked, and hidden for three days so that it might not be discovered inopportunely.

Pattern: Evelyn Clark’s Swallow Tail Shawl pattern from Fall 2006 Interweave Knits.
Yarn: Less than 1 Skein KnitPicks Shadow (100% Merino, 440yds/50g) in Sunset.
Needles: US 4 Addi Turbo circular

It’s a quick knit; mostly simple; lovely to play with. I look forward to knitting it a second time, as soon as I figure out what I want for myself.

Also completed:
Pattern: Grumperina’s Jaywalker for Magknits.
Yarn: 2 skeins Claudia’s Handpainted Yarn (100% Merino, 175 yds/50g) in Black Walnut.
Needles: US 1 Addi Turbo circulars

You may recall the first was done some time ago. I may not have finished with others for Socktoberfest, but I did discover along the way I heart knitting socks. And through some twist of nature (and alcohol), my father-in-law determined that not only is his foot the exact same size as mine, but wearing handknit socks could be described as “sex for your feet”. (Also, these socks do not feel like they have mistakes in them. He’s quite upset I wouldn’t let him have the screwed up pair.)

On Turkeys

This year I am very thankful that I did not have to wake up at the crack of dawn to be at work for the mall rush at 4 a.m.

Now that “mall employee” is behind me (and a four letter word), it is my turn to exact revenge on retail workers… by sleeping in until noon and then scoring a yarn swift for 60% off.

Also learned this holiday: chugging a glass of milk after several cocktails is not conducive to a good time.

On Things That Are Leafy
Rescheduled or not, this (indoor) Carbon Leaf show was astronomically overwhelming. I don’t think I could have asked for a better spot than front and center.
If you were there, I apologize for the excited chattering before/during/after the show (and to the stealmonster, who was forced to deal-at least the strangers had a headstart). If you were wondering, the glazed over expression and the drool were not anything to be concerned about. I was within reach of Barry, as he proved twice. An invading army could have pulled a Red Dawn on downtown and I wouldn’t have budged. It was worth having my car milkshak’d.
In summation, the show was crazy awesome. As are the (surprisingly sweet) band members.

Lest you think this had nothing to do with knitting, you can get it on good authority that the only music I have listened to since September the 12 has been such levels of awesome as seen here. They are inspiring my knitting/spinning/dyeing (oh, there is so much to discuss).

Leafy, tambien:
The “Backyard Leaves” scarf that I’m going to knit when I get to Richmond and get me some Debbie Bliss. Because I met a ball of cashmerino this weekend. And it will be mine.

Hurray, huzzah, huttah… it is the small things in life that brings us the most joy.

The Swallow Tail Shawl by Evelyn Clark is complete. If you live on the eastern seaboard then you understand that the weather is very much not good at the moment, what with a coastal storm spinning off shore and all. Thus, pictures aren’t really optimal at the moment.

Coming Soon: Yarn for a Super Duper Serially Top Secret Project (SDSTSP). Apparently, said yarn is coming from England. I had not expected this. But it does not deter me. (Any hope that the end result will have a penchant for crumpets or an accent are also not swayed, despite the whole inanimateness of it all).

I am motivated and excited about what the knitting future holds for me, past the completion of the Jaywalker socks (turning a heel) and two last Christmas gifts (mmm lace). I checked out the Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitting Workshop videos from the library and finally watched them. I was completely blown away by how motivational and simple her outlook on knitting was and loved the homemade feel of the show. And her books carry on the same voice. It’s encouraging. It’s inspriational. It’s great! She got me thinking. And I think I have a plan.

But for now, there are preparations to be accomplished for a day of Turkey. I’m off for the weekend-hope all will be well for you and yours.

Me, with idears.

I’ve made it through the second “budding lace” chart on the shawl and am prepared to start the lilies. I am overly excited about this shawl for very good reason that will be discussed later. There’s not much to say/show now besides more wadded up wool. Really, it’s not that interested to anyone but me. My husband has made that pretty clear.
Yet I’ve been accepted to the Swallow Tail Shawl Knitalong. Perhaps they might understand the gushing.

I knit this shawl all last night and since I broke up with Lost recently we tried out Bones (Yes uhm hi? David Boreanaz is male lead in said show? Where the hell have I been?). Anyway, knit I did, all through this and into the questionably repulsive episode of South Park last night, when we encountered some numbness in the elbow area. Thus, progress is halted, at least until much later this evening. I’ve been thinking about other projekts.

Meet my crappy backyard.

To make a long story short, summer in VA this year was like, 9 thousand degrees. Hubs and I only have a threshold of maybe 2-3 thousand. Thus, we ignored yardwork in favor of fall and cooler weather. This spot of land needs to be either taken out or transformed into something a bit more… manageable. In summation, it’s all mine.
I got a book at the library yesterday. A Dyer’s Garden is delightful, concise, and urges me to grow a garden. I can see this happening for two reasons.
1. A 2007 intention is destined to be spending more time outside beyond the walking/running that’s already going on.
2. I love roving and spinning and fleece and making yarn and am totally into the idea of making crazy colors, carding things together, and otherwise discovering the mechanics of the things that currently hold a grip over my squishy brainmeat. Dyeing is currently second on the list of things needing to be discovered.
Hell, we could make it December. It’s still ’06 right?

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