Monday, May 28, 2007

Summer goals

Skeins her way is having a great contest on her blog (thanks to Robyn for the heads up). We have to list our knitting goals for the summer. Here we go (summer=now until the end of August):

Main goals
-Knit three pairs of socks (or more)
-Finish Isabella
-Seam the damn blue cardigan!
-Pick the Kiri shawl (link to pdf) back up and hopefully finish it.

Ok so these were the goals I really really hope I can achieve. I also want to:

-Start another sweater (I have many projects in mind.)
-Make me a scarf (the woven scarf from a past issue of Vogue knitting would be nice) and a hat.

What are your summer goals? If you participate in the contest, make sure you mention you got the link from my blog. Thanks!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Weekly WIP report

I'm totally stealing this idea to do a weekly WIP report from Dim Sum Knitting. It should be a good way to make me update regularly. I tend to think that if I don't have FO pics to show, I don't have anything to blog about. But unfortunately, I don't finish things that often, so...

WIP report time!

I'm working on many projects, but these two are taking most of my free time. First, I don't know if you remember these knee socks:

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Well they are no more. I frogged them when I realized my legs would never look good in them. If I ever lose weight, I'll make knee socks to reward myself. In the meantime, regular socks will do. Therefore, my Fearless Fiber sock yarn is being turned into:

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Roza's socks, from the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. I was just flipping through my mags, trying to find the perfect pattern for the yarn and when I saw them, I just had to cast on. I'm only at the cuff, as you can see, but I plan on starting the brioche stitch part tonight.

I'm also working on Isabella. Now this is a boring project to show off because I'm making it in black, so all you see on the picture is a black blob, but you can kind of spot the beginning of the lace part (follow the green arrow!):

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This is a very simple project, even though I'm (finally!) at the more "complicated" part. But it's easy lace, really. I'm working with Katia Mississippi 3, which is a cotton/acrylic blend that I had in the stash.

So that's all for the WIP report.

Last Friday, my friend Dominique asked me if I wanted to go to Effiloché with her. I don't think I hesitated even for one second, especially since it's now so close to my appartment. Touching cashmere and silk is always a good way to spend a Friday afternoon, if you ask me. I did not buy these luxurious fibers, though. I have a little bit of self-control. I only got a few skeins of sock yarn.

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Two skeins of Regia in green that I plan to use either for the Cablenet or the Bayerische socks. And a skein of Austermann Step, just because I love it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


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Thank you Secret Pal! I got a great package yesterday. It had some incredibly soft alpaca that she spun herself! No one had ever spun yarn for me before. I have 174 yards of it and it's a pretty thin weight. If anyone has ideas for patterns, please share as I'm really looking forward to using it. I also got a cute little pouch with dragonflies on it as well as some delicious chocolate bars (I ate one of them already). :)

I also got in the mail a DVD with the Knitty Gritty episode featuring the Yarn Harlot from Robyn. Thanks again, I'll watch it tonight.

Monday, May 21, 2007

I'm back!

Oh how I've missed blogging! There were so many things I wanted to blog about these past few weeks. Like the time I ran into Deawn in Effiloché just as she was telling the owner she wished she could get naked and roll in the silk. Ah good times.

So I'm FINALLY at the new appartment and it's fabulous. I love love love love it! We have so much space (I need to take a pic of my yarn closet!) and the whole place is just beautiful and well located.

I haven't been knitting much these past few weeks though, but I did finish a pair of socks:

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The yarn is Regia Cotton and I really like it for summer socks. I didn't use a pattern.

I've also been working on Isabella. I finished the back and I have, maybe, a third of the front done. I'll post pics as soon as I figure out a way to NOT make it look like a big black blob.

I really plan to get back into regular blogging as soon as I'm all set up here. Right now, my computer is not Internet-ready so I'm using the boyfriend's.

Oh and someone got on my blog by Googling the phrase "Fat legs". Funny. (and I do hate my sausage-legs).

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Missing in Action

Just a little note to let you all know that I have not disappeared, but I have limited Internet access until I move on May 19 (actually, we'll have Internet on May 21).

But you should SEE the new appartment. It is so perfect I want to cry. We spent the whole day painting yesterday (yep, we spent that beautiful day inside). And today, I'll try to convince my body that it's not as sore as it feels so we can paint again.

I've been knitting a little less than usual. I finished knitting my April socks for the Sock-a-month knitalong at around 11pm on April 30, but I was at my boyfriend's and I didn't have a needle to graft the toe. So the socks aren't done yet (I keep forgetting to bring them back home). I guess my April sock will become my May sock. :) I'll post pics soon.