Tuesday, May 30, 2006

What I did on Memorial Day

I made a warping board with the help of Dave!



I've dyed a skein of yarn with it, it's drying now, I only hope I can remember how to get it back on the posts so I can re-skein it back up! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Pictureless Post

A few knitterly catch-ups...

Knitting Nurse got the yarn I made for her, I can't wait to see it swatched up!

My Mom loves her Mariah, and declared it a perfect fit, except that the sleeves are too long. Since Seattle's weather has been cool and rainy, she's been able to wear it!

I woke up from a dream around 4 am this morning... I was dreaming that I was spinning on my Lendrum.

I've been working on my father's professor vest. I'm on the back, and have shaped the armholes.

I've also started a Tubey for me, in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in a deep green, sans stripes. I'm on the shrug portion.

Abi and I are talking about going to the Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon. I have to see if I have those days off of work before I can say yes.

Pictures of progress to come!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

For the few men that read my blog...

I'm a Mazda RX-8!



You're sporty, yet practical, and you have a style of your own. You like to have fun, and you like to bring friends along for the ride, but when it comes time for everyday chores, you're willing to do your part.


Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Spinning Progress

Today was my drop spindle spinning class! I was so excited to go. The class ended up being ok, and I learned how to ply, but not much else. Here's my little mini Coopworth skein.


And the yarn unhanked. I need to improve on my yarn thickness consistency.

I was so inspired by learning how to ply, that as soon as I got home, I finished spinning some prepared and pre-dyed Merino. The colorway is called denim.


My very own yarn! :)



I got to sew in the zipper of my Mom's cardigan using my friend Dave's sewing machine. So, modeling pics will have to wait until Wednesday when I give my mom the FINISHED cardigan.

Oh, yeah, I also ordered this from the Weaving Works. Resistance is futile.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Mariah!

Is THISCLOSE to being finished! All ends are woven in, she's blocked, and all she needs now is a zipper.

But, damn, she BLED like nothing I've ever seen before!


No wonder my fingers were getting pink when I knitted with the yarn! Please don't turn my blocking board pink!


I'll get a modeling shot or two tomorrow when I bring it over to my Mom. I'm going to go out and look for a zipper now.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

New Skein #1 Debut!

So Abi and I had a little dye day on Monday. I ended up making two skeins before the sauna I call an apartment got the better of me.

I've wanted to make this skein for awhile for someone who has supported me a lot throughout my short experience as a blogger. I call this skein Knitting Nurse, or Go 'Canes!


It's Knit Picks dye your own, with my Jacquard Acid dyes in Emerald and Bright Orange. This yarn will be self striping with thick green and orange stripes. :) So, Knitting Nurse, send me an email at EksRN2002 at aol dot com with your address, and I'll get this out in the mail!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

We have Hoodage!

I'm on the beginning of the hood of Mariah--you know what that means, a FO in the not too distant future!

On tap after Mariah--finish my Dad's Professor Vest.


NOW I know who's been playing in the yarn:

Such a naughty kitty! :)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day!

To the most wonderful woman I know,

Thank you for giving me life, thank you for giving me an older brother:


Thank you for traveling across the country with me when I moved out to Seattle and for taking me to Victoria, Canada (and Buchart Gardens, where this picture was taken)


Thank you for tolerating my crazyness at the Mariners game (dissolved blue cotton candy on my front teeth made her crack up!)



Thank you for taking me whale watching:



To my Mother, I love you!

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 12, 2006

I made yarn!


A mini skein of my practice red corridale. It's so overspun in places. But I'm proud of it. :)

Another reason I love living near Canada

Other reasons:

Victoria Clipper, and easy access to Victoria, BC
Three hour drive to Vancouver
Feeling "out of the country" and not needing to pack a backpack
and the best reason:
Super fast shipping from Sweet Georgia.

I wasn't expecting this for a few days, but when I saw the box, I knew EXACTLY what it was...


I carefully opened the box with a knife, and got even more excited. I love how Felicia packages everything!



I ended up scoring two superwash skeins of Angel and Blue Fig:

A skein of handpainted sock yarn in Versailles:

And my main reason for ordering: ROVING!

Now, you know you're a big blog fan when you recognize that Felicia tied the bags of roving shut with her second attempt at spinning boucle, as seen in this post. Check out the picture of the open box above.

Oh my goodness, this BFL is sooooo soft and yummy! I hope she dyes more, as I want to start spinning this TODAY.

Hilltop:

Pacific:


Now just to find the perfect patterns for the new yarns. :)

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Almost done...

With my work week!

Sorry to blog about my lack of relationships, Monday was pretty hard for me, and I needed to get some things off of my chest. I promise, no more depressing blogging unless it's a knitting problem!

I'm going to be picking up my Kim Hargreaves kit from the PO tomorrow. My Sweet Georgia yarns and fibers was shipped. I can't wait until it arrives! :)

On tap for the weekend, knitting on Mariah!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Reflections

Life in the romance department has been non-exsistant lately. Which makes me feel like my life is empty, after being in a long term relationship for so long.

There's been a lot of engagements lately from co-workers to knitbloggers. I really want to get excited and happy for these couples, but I just find myself getting sad.

Being alone is really hard. I really thought that things would have turned out different for Terence and me. Two years ago today was my first date with him. We went to Dim Sum (my first time!) and he was over a half hour late. I get these sudden overwhelming and opressive feelings of missing him. We're trying to be friends, but it's just so hard, because I'm just not over it. Part of me still loves him. But my brain is like WTF!? I deserve so much better than what he could give me. He finally gave me a copy of all the pictures that we had during the relationship. Pictures of our trip to San Francisco and LA, our trip to Japan and Hong Kong, our trip to Vancouver. I have some good memories of the relationship, but looking at those pictures makes me deeply sad.

I figured I'd be in a different place at this point in my life. I never thought I'd have to be re-learning how to be me. I was so used to be thinking in the context of "we."

I'm so thankful to have my Mom so close, she's given me so much support though this difficult time. I'm also thankful for my friends Abi (NW Knitter) and Dave. Both have been very supportive, and have given me a shoulder to cry on. Without Terence, I never would have met those two! They are both friends of his from college.

I need to start putting myself out there. I'm very good at sitting back in the background and avoiding getting hurt.

So in celebration of having no boyfriend, I spent some money on Sweet Georgia's yarn. I happened to stop by her yarn website at midnight last night and found that it was live. I think I was one of the first to get a chance to buy her yarns. :) I can't wait until it gets here, and I can show you all the goodies.

Spinning Progress

Here's my latest attempts at spinning. With Mariah hurting my wrist so much, I've had to take several breaks to rest my wrist. I think I'm actually getting the hang of this spinning thing!



I do need to work on getting my yarn a consistent width. And I need to learn how to ply. I'm just excited that I'm getting it! I'm still spinning and parking now. This Cascade Spindle is so nice to work with. Yay! I'm spinning!! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, May 07, 2006

The Moment in Which I Realize I Have a Slight Problem


So I've been knitting away on my Mom's Mariah, and my wrist is aching from all the cabling acrobatics, I decide to take a break from knitting for a bit to let it rest. Since I'm catching up on all my podcasts, I've been knitting in bed. I glance up at my yarn cupboard, and decide it's time to rearrange my sock yarn collection. And out of curiosity I decide to count how many pairs of socks I can knit out of the yarn.

I could knit 48 pairs of socks out of all my yarn.

This makes me freak out.

Then I feel like I need to go to the yarn store in order to have enough yarn for 50 pairs. Fifty is a nice round number, right? ;)

I just realized that I have socks on the needles--the pink/yellow ones for me, some blue/yellow ones for a co-worker, and the superman stripe ones.

51 pairs.

Damn.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Sockapaloooza

I got my Sockapaloooza package from the apartment office as soon as it opened this morning! So Exciting! I could barely keep myself from ripping the box open in the car, but I knew I should do it in my apartment in order to 1.) not look crazy, and 2.) Document it for the blog.

I documented everything! :)

Blue (my favorite color!) tissue paper. I slowly peeled away a few layers, and found this:


EEEEE!!!!! (That's me squeeling in delight!) Warshcloths AND socks! I'm such a lucky girl!

Underneath the socks:


A sheepy zipper pocket. WITH goodies inside:


The BEAUTIFUL washcloths from Mason Dixon Knitting:


Of course, while I was opening the package, the kitties had to investigate the new smells:


You can see I've put on the socks--see the empty sock sleeve? :)

See the yummy Koigu socks I got? They're based on this pattern.


Now who was the AWESOME person who spoiled me so? It was Erin from My Best Friend's a Dork. I got such a chuckle when I saw that Erin had knit socks for Erin! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ERIN!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Anticipation

I've got a package waiting in the office of my apartment complex... I think it's my Sockapaloooza socks... I can't wait to get it! I'm also expecting a package from Kim Hargreaves. I got Fay, and am knitting in the color Victoria. I'm hoping to knit this for the fall, wouldn't it be CUTE with a crisp white button down shirt underneath and a black skirt?

Since tomorrow is Saturday, I'll have to wait until the office opens at 10. That'll be hard, since I'll be fresh off my three night shifts.

I can't wait until Monday to try and get more Sweet Georgia roving and yarn. Since I was working when she planned to update on the 4th, I had to set my alarm to get out of bed for the shop update. I REALLY want some of her roving! :) Looks like I'm going to have to do the same on Monday. Can you believe all the knitters that brought down the server her site is on?! How cool is that?? Yarn = Power?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

You Spin Me Right Round Baby, Right Round...

I've been feeling like I've been doing nothing but knitting this sleeve! Then it's probably a good thing that I've gotten sleeve #1 done up to the yoke! I wanted to start sleeve #2 right away, but my right wrist was aching, and I figured I'd better rest it. All those cable crossings was hard on my wrist! I did finish sleeve #1 in 2 days!


Here it is on a stitch holder waiting with the rest of the pieces.

Since I'm working tonight, I needed to stay up late, so I wanted to find something else to work on. The BMFA Socks That Rock tempted me, but I thought "if working with US 8s is hurting my hands, How are US 1s going to feel??

So I thought I'd pull out my drop spindle and try that out. I've signed up for the Weaving Works class "Beginner Drop Spindling" that happens on May 21st. If I'm so tempted to get a spinning wheel, I better learn how to use my drop spindle first. :)

So armed with some prepared red coopworth, my Mt. Shuksan Cascade Spindle, and my Tivo'd episode of Knitty Gritty "You Spin Me Right Round," I started to spin.

I had a few hiccoughs, like the fiber separating and the spindle dropping, and I think at some point I started to spin in the opposite direction... :) Ah, to be a beginner.



The kitties left me alone last night while I was spinning, but Scout got REALLY interested this morning when I pulled out my progress to show you.

My pretty spindle with crappy yarn. I'd like to take it off the spindle to see how it looks after I set the twist. I can't wait to try out my pretty new fibers, but I'll wait until after I take the class. I can't wait until Sweet Georgia posts her dyed fibers tomorrow. :)


And so Einstein doesn't feel left out, here she is checking out one of my recent purchases. :) What is it about bags that cats like?

I've also been on a book buying binge, with Knitting Rules, Mason Dixon Knitting, and several "learning to spin" books. I've also been drooling after beginning wheels such as the Ashford Joy, and the Lendrum Original Spinning Wheel. I'm leaning towards the Lendrum at this point in time. If I'm going to be spending $400-500, I want to get something that's made out of wood, and not MDF. Any other recommendations?

Monday, May 01, 2006

Sockapaloooza Package


Here's my package to my sock pal. The Koigu socks I made with the leftover yarn for emergency repairs, my Seattle Postcard, and two pretty skeins of Koigu. I'll be shipping it off today. Posted by Picasa

I've finally GOTTEN IT!

I can't tell you how excited I am right now!

After I finished my Sockapaloooza socks, I decided I wanted to work on something with needles bigger than US1's. Since I still haven't finished the sweaters I wanted to give to my Mom and Dad, I decided to pull out my Mom's Mariah to finish in time for Mother's Day.

Before I put Mariah down, I had worked both fronts and the back up to the point where you join to the yoke. I had tried to start the sleeves, and I think I ripped out the damn thing 5 or six times, due to me losing count, miscrossing a cable, and other silly mistakes. I even had to rip out my first attempt TONIGHT TOO! But I was determined, my MOM WILL HAVE A MARIAH BY MOTHERS DAY! (Hi Mom, I know you're reading the blog, sorry to spoil the surprise.)

Look at my progress all done during my HBO Sunday TV time. :)



I'm totally kicking the sleeve's ass! w00t! :)

Sorry such a crappy dark picture, but it's 2:30, and I was so excited to post this. :)