Thursday, September 20, 2007

More catching up

So right now I'm at Panera killing time until someone comes to pick me up. I just went for a job at Michaels as a part-time cashier because I need some money, and I'm going to spend it on yarn anyway. Its not the best yarn, but its still yarn. I picked up some SWS, which is probably going to end up as yet another SWS Danica. I'm undecided though, I just want a fun project that takes good advantage of the colors.


I also just picked up the Fall Interweave Knits. I don't usually buy the knitting mags, I usually just ogle. But not this time. I picked it up just to browse and just some lovely patterns. Also, it was the last copy, and I felt like if I didn't get it now I never would....not that that really makes sense because I will be in NYC tomorrow where there are about 947 Barnes & Nobles that all probably have it in stock... oh well. I'm really digging the Tilted Duster and the Luna Dress. Right now I'm a sucker for sweater dresses, but just thinking about the yarn eating uppage makes me fear for my already empty wallet.

The Sweetheart Vest looks like a project I would like too (no seaming) and I've been looking for a vest pattern. The only thing is that it makes the model look boxy, probably due to the chunky knit and the lack of shaping. If I make it I'll probably decrease some around the waist. Also, it looks like just enough fair isle for me to give it a try without pulling my hair out. Who knows, if it goes well maybe I'll even try the Mirepoix Bodice...

I've completed my Everlasting Bagstopper finally! It was languishing waiting for straps for a few weeks, but no longer! Here she is, modeled by my bathroom door and George Orwell's 1984 to give it weight.

The Rundown:
Pattern: Knitty's Everlasting Bagstopper
Yarn: Lily Sugar N Cream
Needles: 5, 10.5
Mods: Knit straps instead of ribbon

I'm eager to see how many Trader Joe's groceries I can cram into it. It will be a relief being able to lug my groceries over my shoulder instead of having those bags cut into my skin on my hands because they are ridiculously overloaded.

My Liesel is coming along nicely.

...please disregard the robot pillowcase...

Its almost finished so I'll have to decide what to knit next.

I do have a pair of Fetchings that are missing one thumb...

How silly is that? They are missing thumb which = 4 rows of stockinette and binding off. I started picking up the stitches and I got a phone call, and ever since I just haven't gone back to it. Absurd.

What a long entry. I guess that's what happens when you sit in Panera all day. But now its time for my soup in a bread bowl. Genius! Its a bowl, filled with tasty food, but you can eat it as well.

Monday, September 17, 2007


I've been looking for sweater patterns and sweaters that I can copycat after I saw a woman on the subway with a gorgeous sideways knit pullover. I loved the shape and the drape of it, and its in line with some of this fall's fashion trends. In searching the interwebs for such an item I found this: Catherine Malandrino's Knit Butterfly Dress.


The closest thing to a close-up of the stitch pattern:

First of all, even if I didn't knit I wouldn't even consider buying this dress because it is $525, and I am flat broke(but even if I did have the money I wouldn't really consider it an option to spend that much). There's also that strange pouch in the front that makes it bulky in the tummy area which, for those of us who are not rail thin like this model, could foreseeably create an issue. Other than that though, I love the shape and drape.

I've never really designed anything before, but I would love to be able to knit up something that emulated this. The construction seems fairly simple. Perhaps along the lines of poncho with the sides sewn up and stitches picked up around the bottom or a band sewn on. That part might be tricky, I don't really know how the gathering would work. I would probably knit it longer though, because I am not so daring as to wear such a short skirt.

Alright, so that's all for now. Just a little eye candy until I post on things I'm actually working on :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Oops, I haven't been updating. It isn't for lack of content, but my own sheer laziness. Therefore, I apologize. I wish I could say that it was because I've been too busy, but I really haven't. Well, not busy enough to have to not be knitting anyway. Looking at my Ravelry page it actually kind of astounds me how much I have done since my last post.

I've actually knit quite a bit in the past month. The Pinwheel is off the needles, but I am quite dissatisfied with it. I underestimated the amount of yarn I would need to create a proper non-curling border. I may just give it away as it is, but I'm so annoyed with it that I really think I am going to have to frog those last few inches. This is no small feat due to the fact that there are, oh about 500 stitches in those rounds. I really need to just suck it up and do it.

Pasha is done as well. I somehow coerced my sister into doing to last of the sewing of appendages on for me. He's so cute, and such a ham!

I just need to actually remember to give him to his intended recipient instead of him sitting drolly on my desk. I will miss him though.

Also, after many months of toiling on 2x2 rib I have finished my first actual sweater, the Tempting. It was a great, super easy sweater with no seaming. A huge plus for me. Anyhoo, here it is along with my full pajama pants glory. I promise I'm not harboring a crab-shaped baby, its just the bunching of the pants. ...not that there would be anything wrong with that. Sorry for the dark picture, but its way too hot outside to do a photoshoot in a wool sweater.

Pattern: Tempting by Jenna Adorno
Needles: Size 8 circ
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Rose Heather
Mods: extra length to body and sleeves, no eyelets or ribbon.

I'm very pleased with the results and can't wait til its cold enough to wear wool. The pattern was perfect for my tastes: done in the round, no seaming, mindless knitting. Also, the 3 needles bind off for joining the sleeve underarms to the body is ingenious!

That's going to be all for now, even though there are plenty more projects to talk about. Hopefully you'll hear about them soon!