March 2007


Argosy

Pattern: Argosy at Knitty!
Yarn: 3 and one half balls of Noro Kureyon, colorway 095
Needles: Size 5 metal straights

So I’ve been meaning to pop this beauty on the ol’ flickr page for some time now, but you know the saying, the best laid plans…

Argosy comes in at just about 6 and a half feet long and is constructed from Noro Kureyon, in the colorway that looks like a giant watermelon patch. I do not know a good way to photograph a scarf to best show its attributes but rest assured it is most certainly blocky, squarey, and as mod as the pattern promises.

It took most of 4 balls of Noro to get this length (hooray mindless tv knitting!) and the only reason it did not take all of the 4 is because there was a knot in the last ball that I cut out and then worked around, keeping the color scheme fluid from start to finish. It really is a testament to the beauty of the yarn that it is one giant melting pot of (much brighter than the photo dictates) color.

Things have been a bit busy around here for no less than two reasons, and probably more. The first and foremost being the lack of knitting related activities in light of the wonderful spring like weather around here lately and the massive project that is the home-and-yard-renovation. You see, the trouble with owning a home built in 1971 is that well, it was built in 1971. Aluminum wiring, bile green bathroom fixtures and ant colonies come with the territory, you know?

The others are more exciting than drywall, paint, and physical labor and they might just involve lots of knitting, but for now, I must keep things simple.

A Warshcloth

Don’t overlook the classics.

Gentlepersons, behold!

River Rapids Socks

Socks, natch!
Pattern: River Rapids by Sockbug
Yarn: 2 skeins Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, Devon colorway
Needles: Size 2 Addi’s, 2 circ style.

I lourrrrrrrve these socks. Their colors, the pattern, the whole shebang-they are on my feet now and they will stay there until I see fit to wash them. You know, about the time they start looking funky.
I don’t recall what heel was used on these socks. I went with the Eye of Partridge, same pattern as before. With these socks, I have learned. With them, I have discovered. All in the name of pursuing easy Sock Heels Without Holes techonology.

Do you know how hard it is to write tutorials? Basically, you have to explain something you do with your hands to people that have never met you and may come upon your blog by chance (and there are many that come here looking for heel hole help-no idea if I’m helping or making it worse-please feel free to say so, guys!). I have a tendancy (if you have been reading this for any length of time, and especially if you are the Stealmonster, then you are already quite familiar) to babble incoherently about things in a disorganized way. This is okay when I’m jotting things to myself. Probably not so much for you when you are looking for serious help. So, be aware that I understand. I’ll get back to such revisions.

Right after I finish watching Rome.

What? I’m only human.

It’s been some time since the last post, but there are reasons. None that are quite as good as being caught up hanging with the bestest of friends while enjoying concerts and other various activities on the way, so that’s where we’ll start today. The Argosy has blocked, I’m again two socks ahead of my posting self, and there’s another project of potential life sucking proportions on the needles. These things will come later. Today we celebrate. It’s my birthday, after all.

This makes me a pisces. According to some random wiki editors out there, fish people are “thought to be dreamy, romantic, humorous, generous, emotional, receptive, affectionate, and have an honest character, but are also prone to exaggeration, fickleness, passiveness, hypersensitivity, and paranoia”. All true, and + to the part about solitude to dream in.

March has always been my favorite month. Not just for the obvious. I love cloudy rainy weather, and this calendar time period is full of it. My birthday fits in a nice nest of warm memories for me, what with being part Irish and the whole thing that goes down on the 17th, as well as enjoying the Ides with my literate self, and the birthdays of other family members on the 18th and 22nd.

I was born in the USA, in the biggest little state of the union, although it is the one with the longest name, and is alternatively known (incorrectly) here in the South as “that island off New York”, or the state used as comparison to small natural disasters. Texas is usually used as the measurement for large natural disasters, if you aren’t from a locale that uses such terminology.

From what I understand, I am technically no longer from there as the majority of my life has been spent in the South now. When I go back North to visit family, however, I always get the feeling that I’m really home.

I have visited 31 of the 50 states, including Hawaii. I have permanently resided in 6 of them and have lived overseas and on U.S. Territories.

My hobbies range from old ingrained habits – reading, photography, journaling – to the ones you know of knitting, spinning, and even the occasional scrapbooking.

The best television show currently running is the reimagined Battlestar Galactica. There is nothing one could say to convince me otherwise.

If I could have any wish in the world granted it would be for everyone to accept who they are and love themselves. Of course, this would have some genie like twist to it that would cause the population to spontaneously explode in some form of sociopathic rage or another, because the lesson that should be learned is everything in the world has a purpose, even the hate and discrimination people are capable of. Some ascribe this to Chaos. I wonder at how it holds humanity back.

malapropism \mal-uh-PROP-iz-uhm\, noun:
The usually unintentionally humorous misuse of a word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound; also, an example of such misuse.

I’m so guilty of this sometimes, it humored me when it popped into my inbox as the Word of the Day. Thought I’d share. Moving on, then.

What Has Been Going On

There are many “if” statement floating around my side of the casa this day, some that could be helped, and some that could not. For example.

If (the heater had not decided to crap out last night and the house was not 57 degrees F this morning)

Then (the Argosy might have finished drying and I could be showing you the latest in completed rachface fashioned knitwear-but you get this picture instead of the scarf in its pre-block glory)

Argosy Scarf

And If (various factors both within my ill fated control and beyond the comprehension of any human had not kept me unusually busy from my knit time, including but not just limited to forcing me to forgo the SnB in the effort to keep my sanity while running errands and entertaining appointments)

Then (there would be a finished pair of socks to flash about-you can see I’m still in love with a certain colorway)

Sock Preview

And If (I had ESP)

Then (I would be writing this post from the beaches of Fiji after winning that crazy lottery jackpot-instead I’ll be on the somewhat frostier coast of NC for the weekend for concerts, food, family, and, of course, knitting)

And as I heart eye candy, below are some random images for your friday.

Purple IrisSunset in RILorna's Laces

It’s March, and I am up for some yarn exhibition (when are we not?)

First, the most recently acquired sock yarn.

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock.
From top to bottom, colors are: Bittersweet, Firefly, Devon, Envy.

I don’t know about you, but recently I have forsaken my usual background depot for some delicious yarny goodness on my desktop. Because I love you all, I uploaded some money shots (and in the event you are wondering, Devon is my current electronic love affair).

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn - Firefly Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn - Envy
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn - Devon Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn - Bittersweet
Click for embiggened sizes

But I did say there was five, didn’t I?

Roma's Sorbet
Roma’s Sorbet
Handspun Corridale roving

More shots in the Flickr pool.
Have yourself a fantastic weekend!

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