It seems that I now blog only when I have a finished item to show you…but I guess that’s better than not blogging at all. Next Sunday is one of my bestest friend’s birthday. She will be 22. She and I became friends a few years ago at a summer conservatory, and have been nearly inseparable since. We graduated together, and now we rent an apartment together because we’re too poor to each rent alone. My friend is auditioning in New England in just about 2 weeks and is worried about the super cold weather there. And for good reason: I don’t think she has an ounce of fat on her! She asked me to knit her a hat for her birthday – we lose a huge percentage of body heat through our heads. So we went to the store and found a yummy yarn, and then I looked on Ravelry for the perfect hat. Let me tell you, that was a search! To find something the right gauge, not to frilly, but not too plain either, something that would keep my interest and that she would be able to wear on the most mundane of occasions. Well, we finally found the perfect hat: The Mochi Chunky Chevron Hat. This hat was a quick, fun knit in chunky yarn (in Lion Brand USA). It will keep her warm for a good long time and provide a pop of colour in her life. Happy birthday, dear.
What’s an obsessed knitter to do when she has a growing assortment of knitting needles and nowhere to store them? Make a knitting needle case, of course. I had a few small pieces of fabric sitting around that went together reasonably well. Anyway, how hard can it be. All you have to do is sew straight lines! Well, it turns out that sewing straight lines is a little harder than I thought, but I’m happy with the result. It seemed a little plain when I was done, so in keeping with my floral print, I added some colourful wildflowers swaying in the breeze and finished it off with a lovely green ribbon to tie it closed.
Pattern from “Bags: A Knitter’s Dozen”
Yarn: Sinfonia in Red
Needle: US 6 16″ circular
Notions: fabric for lining, zipper, dangly bobble
Well, I’m back. Happy Christmas and New Year and all that. I’ve been gone from the blog for a while, but I have been knitting! Here are first finished items of 2014: Socks, Yarn is Patons Kroy Socks FX, Pattern is from a ball band.
And a Hat, Yarn is Yarn Bee Alpaca, and Pattern is Brioche Hood Hat
What have you been working on this New Year?
Ok, you’re right. I’ll never say that again as long as I live. Forgive me.
Today was my first day of work, which means, o joy of joys, Orientation! Yay! I met some new (and very friendly) people, learned about my company, and they gave us free lunch. What’s not to like? *mumbles something about mind-numbing, life-sucking presentations about safety*
Well, anything is more interesting than Orientation, especially when that something is a wonderful handcraft like Knitting. Now some of you may remember a few months ago when I picked up some needles and knit myself a lovely grey scarf. This soon blossomed out to a pair of awesome wrist warmers, and a scarf I started for my roommate that I still need to finish. Over the summer I did not have the chance to practice my newly-acquired skill because I was traveling in Europe and suitcase space was prime real estate. I brought my tatting along instead. It’s rather smaller (yes, that was intentional). Now that I am back to the States, I am back to knitting. Be afraid. Be very afraid. My roommate is.
Washcloth with Basil, knitted with Peaches ‘n’ Cream in yellow on US 8 (?)
By Calvin Klein. Incidentally, I love this scent. However, that is not what I am here to blog about. No, no. My obsession is in a completely different area of life, namely, knitting. Yes, my dear friends, I am becoming a Knitter. Now don’t worry. I won’t spend quite all of my time knitting. I will include you in my life (you know, in all that extra free time that I have lying around).
A very dear friend of mine gave me new knitting needles and yarn for Christmas (Ok, ok, I asked her for them. But still. It was a good gift!). I am using said needles and yarn to make my roommate a scarf. Yes, Spring is coming. No, I am not crazy. Well, at least not in that sense. My roommate happens to be from a country south of the equator, so when she goes home it will be Winter and she will be able to use my scarf. See the logic?
In this project I am learning ribbing, cabling, and I availed myself of an unexpected opportunity to learn an increase. 🙂
Yarn: some kind of acrylic, I’m guessing
Guage: knitted on size US 8 (5mm) needles
Ah, the joys of being so busy you can’t see straight! Well, I can see straight, but if I get any busier I think I might just begin to pull my hair out!!
This evening was my last performance in a humorous play written and performed in English: Giancarlo Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief.” The plot is full of twists and turns, melodrama, and puns. I played the town gossip, who is quite an old woman! T’was an interesting experience for me.
You can see from the picture that I’m learning another skill. I was inspired by a friend of mine who was knitting the most beautiful scarf in one of my classes, and decided that I just had to have a go at it myself. Currently I’m a little less than half done. I usually play the young woman whose heart is breaking from unrequited love 😛