Monday, September 25, 2006

My UFOs

I could have sworn I had more UFOs than this, but these were all that I could find... :)

First off, my oldest UFO (since I've gotten back into knitting)

Pattern: Ribby Cardi in Grey, and the sleeves were going to be in a hunter green.
Started: About 2 years ago
Reason it remains unfinished: I got bored with the grey and the ribbing. The short straight bamboo needle had something to do with it, I believe.



Pattern: Joy from Kim Hargreaves
Started: About a year and a half ago
Reason it remains unfinished: I ran out of yarn, bought a new ball (unmatching dyelot) and RAN OUT OF YARN AGAIN! I believe something is also wrong with the sleeve cap shaping. (Ummm, it's only 4 inches long! YES SOMETHING IS WRONG!)

Pattern: Raspy from Rowan Denim People
Started: About a year ago
Reason it remains unfinished: All that stockinette! ::snooze:: I do have a back, and 1.75 sleeves completed.


Pattern: Turtleneck Shrug from Scarf Style
Started: About a year ago.
Reason it remains unfinished: During the move from Redmond, I've lost my Scarf Style book, so I have no idea how to do the second sleeves cap shaping. I'm too cheap to buy a new one because I know that I'll find it as soon as I buy a new one. Plus I had no circular needles when I started, so the sleeves are knit flat. All that's left is the sleeve cap for one sleeve and the turtleneck part.


Pattern: Drop Stitch Hoodie from the Spring Interweave Knits
Started: In April or May this year
Reason it remains unfinished: I got bored, plain and simple.


Pattern: Farrow Rib Gauntlets
Started: May 2006
Reason it remains unfinished: I needed the size 3 circular needle for something else I wanted to start! :)

Pattern: Etheral from Kim Hargreaves
Started: July
Reason it languishes: Ugh, an entire sweater knitted on US3s? What was I thinking?!



Pattern: Orangina
Started: August
Reason it remains unfinished: I messed up the lace, and need to rip back or rip it out. :-(


Superman Stripe Socks
Started: March, I think.
Reason it remains unfinished: I got bored with it.


Socks knitted on Ebony DPNs
Started: May or June
Reason it remains unfinished: I got tempted by other projects


Pattern: Mom Hug Sweater
Started: August
Reason it remains unfinished: My mom's weight. She's lost so much, that I think I'm going to have to rip out the sweater and restart.


Knee High Socks made out of Silk Garden Light!
Started: August
Reason it remains unfinished: I went on vacation.



Pattern: Kitty Cat Hat from Stitch and Bitch
Started: On the flight from Seattle to Philadelphia
Reason it remains unfinished: I'm not sure my gauge is right. The hat is for a co-worker, and I think it might be too small. I'm also planning on overdying this, as the Weaving Works didn't have the right colored yarn. My co-worker wants a pumpkin orange or an eggplant. I'm on the never ending Icord right now.


Pattern: Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Started: September
Reason it remains unfinished: Because a girl has to work and sleep! :) I've been knitting on this pretty much exclusively. I've joined the body and sleeves to make the yoke.


I didn't have stitch markers when I started, so I used my rings! :)

I have one more sweater started, Fay, from Kim Hargreaves, but I wasn't able to take a picture of it. And I know of four pairs of socks that remained unfinished. (Kill Bill, Dragonfly, Firefly, and my first pair of socks ever!)

That brings my total up to...

19!

So, the winner of the contest is MIM! She guessed 18.

Mim, Blogger ate your email address, so if you could please email me at EksRN2002 at aol dot com, we can arrange for your prize! Congrats!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival

I'm still digging through all my stuff, trying to find old UFOs. Winner of the contest should be announced tomorrow evening. (I'm working tonight, Sunday.)

Just returned from the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. This was my first time to this festival. I must admit, I LOVED this one, and plan on going for years to come! :)

I actually have real pictures this time! My mom ended up coming with me, and we took a little road trip for the girls. :) First, a finished picture of Tubey!



Knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. Used 11 balls. On size 8 needles (I think.) I'm standing in front of a fall in Oregon City, where the end of the Oregon Trail is.

First stop at OFFF was at the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Booth

I got these:


STR Lightweight in Country Claire and Blue Brick Wall. I'm surprised I only found two skeins to buy.

Next up, Crown Mountain Farms.


Here's their entire selection of Superwash Merino. I ended up with these two lovelies:


An unnamed colorway on the L (unnamed because they considered it a mistake--too close to Blue Suede Shoes, so they'll never make it again) and American Pie.

Next after that, was Dicentra Designs.


This is where my Mom went CRAZY with the camera. :) I warned her of all the lovely colors at this booth, and BMFA. I knew that the artist in her would appreciate that.


From here, I ended up with some BFL top:


One in a new colorway, Spring Rain:


And some Merino and Mohair:


Since Dicentra Designs was in the same room as the Fiber Sale, my mom and I went to check that out. I was DETERMINED to buy a fleece. Here I am scoping out the goods. :)


So many beautiful textures of natural fleeces!



They kicked us out at 11:50, and I ended up scoring a great place in line. So much so, I got my first choice of the fleece I fell in love with!

Can you guess what it is?


Cat for scale--look how big that bag is!

How about a closer look?


Give up? That's FIRST PRIZE winning Merino! It's from Hub Corridales. It's GORGEOUS!

Look what it turns into when I wash it:


White fluffiness...cloud like... I'm nearly peeing my pants with how excited I am to get this wonderful fleece. :)

Now I just have to wash all 9.5 lbs of it!

I thought about getting a Romney or Corriedale or other "easy" fleece, but when I saw this, I fell in love with it. Once I fall in love, it's all over... It's so beautiful. :)

After I got the fleece, we took it out to the car (it was HEAVY!)



and I ended up changing in the parking lot. A Merino sweater is HOT! Too early in the fall for a sweater like that.

I ended up liking OFFF better than the Black Sheep Gathering. More vendors is the main reason. Plus it's closer.

My Mom ended up enjoying herself as well. I'm glad she came along. :)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Pair of Socks

Too bad they don't match.


Dragonfly Jaywalker, completed before my vacation, just had to graft the toe together last night

Kill Bill Jaywalker, completed last night. This was my vacation knitting.

Next up, a finished Tubey when I can get someone to take the pictures of me in it. All the timer ones are crap. :)

Remember, you have until midnight on the 20th to enter into the contest. I'm including these two pairs of socks as a WIP, since there is no mate to the sock. Weird, I know. :) Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Mmmmm.... Fall....

Today was the first day of fall. Overcast, rainy, cool. Good sleeping weather. Today was the first day in MONTHS I didn't have to open the window in my apartment while sleeping for work.

My mom is getting ready to sell the house. She's going through all the stuff collected in the past 33 years, and getting rid of stuff. She's having a garage sale on September 30. I'm inspired as well to clean house and get rid of stuff.

I have a large rubber stamp collection that I never use (tossed aside for knitting!) old books, etc. I'm desparate to clean house, I know I have too much crap.

This fall, I'm vowing to do lots of things to clean house, to improve myself.

Sunday I'm meeting the girl Terence wants to date. I've never had to do this before. I'm over him, but it still hurts to think about meeting a girl he's interested in. I hope I don't behave like the crazy ex. Please tell me this is normal to worry about stuff like this. I'm just thankful it's a group thing, and several of my good friends will be there to help me through it.

So, a few goals for fall:

1. Clean and get rid of things I don't use. (Garbage, garage sale, Ebay)
2. Clean apartment, host some fall/winter parties.
3. Get more active, lose breakup weight!
4. Inventory all knitting projects and finish at least half (this is the scary part--I know I have LOTS!)
5. Help Mom move. (This one will be hard...)
6. Post more frequently! With pictures!

Anyhoo, that's the list up to this point. I'll be staying with my Mom for the next few days. So pictures will happen this weekend. Oooo! Maybe I'll have a contest or two!!

Contest #1

How many WIP does Erin have? Includes socks, sweaters, scarves, etc. ALL KNITTING PROJECTS!

Deadline for entry: September 20th
Prize: TBD (thinking about some of my handspun or sock yarn... We'll see what the winner wants.)
Will accept entries from all over the world!

Good Luck!


Contest #2
Will be how many garbage bags of stuff will I get rid of? I'll hold off accepting entries on this one for now--will wait until the first contest is done.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Re-entry Syndrome!

I'm back, trying to get over jetlag. I hate re-entry syndrome, where home isn't as cool as the place you've been. It is nice sleeping in my own bed though. :) Anyhoo, pictures as promised!

I didn't take that many. I ended up joining my friend Dave, who has been travelling around Europe for 3 weeks before I got there (he's on a 5-week vacation, lucky bastard!). Mostly Germany, Prague, Amsterdam, then he met me in Paris. He's now gone on to Ireland.

My mom was nervous about me leaving. She insisted that I ask Dave to meet me at the airport. He did, but was late meeting me. So late in fact, that I was just about to find my own way to the hostel!

I don't sleep on planes. At all. It's not like I don't try. So upon my arrival, we check into the hostel, and I need to take a nap. After about an hour and a half, we wake up, and head to the Musee D'Orsay, check out the impressionist paintings, and then went to the Louvre.


We spent the rest of the afternoon there, looking at the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, and the rest of the treasures of the Louvre.

The next day, we decided to go to Versailles. Here's the Hall of Mirrors:


How come everywhere I've always wanted to go, the place that I'm REALLY excited to see, there's restoration going on?! That happened in Rome, and now at Versailles! What you can see in the picture above is the amount that was open. Here's a view of the garden from the Hall of Mirrors.


It ended up pouring rain after we got there, so we didn't get a chance to see the gardens. But my socks got to see Versailles. :)


The next day we looked at Notre Dame:
I had a 4 fromage pannini:


Checked out the Arc de Triomphe:



And walked from the Arc to the Eiffel Tower:


And, of course took pictures from the top:


The next day, we took the chunnel over to London, having to get first class tickets, since the rest of the train was sold out. We got fed, and got lots of wine though. Dave got a bit tipsy on the way to London. I decided to stay with water, so one of us would be able to navigate to the hotel. :)

Upon arriving to London, we went to the Notting Hill Carnival, and afterwards Dave wanted to check out the rest of London. Since evening was fast approaching and most of the sites were closed due to the Bank Holiday, I thought of taking him to the most "London" place I could think of... The place where he KNEW he was in London. So, I took him to Westminster! Saw Big Ben, Parliment, rode the London Eye. (Dave took all the pictures that night, and most of the vacation. I think he's up to 18,000 for his trip when I left to come home).

The next day, we took a bus tour to see Winchester, Stonehenge, and Bath.

Was a bit disappointed with Stonehenge. Just a bunch of rocks... :)

But I did get to see (and smell) these:
Stonehenge Sheepies! :)

Here's Bath Abbey:


That's Dave in the vest with the BIG camera.

And the Roman Baths:


And look! Spinning and Weaving supplies found in the Roman ruins!


Sorry for the crappy photos... No flash + unsteady hands = bluriness! :)

The rest of the vacation included the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace:


Visiting Westminster Abbey:


Going to the top of St. Paul's Cathedral, and walking through the Tate Modern.


Here's Dave and I at the top of St. Paul's Cathedral. After all 500+ steps!


Dave looked like such a tourist!

So now I'm off until Sunday, when I go back to work. In my next post, I'll show the knitting I completed. It's not that much. :)

And I didn't get to visit any yarn stores while I was in Paris or London.

I ::heart:: Paris and London. When can I go back again?