Wednesday, June 25, 2008


So here's what I'm doing with our Koigu scraps. My first crochet project.
Interweave's Babette Blanket. These are all I brought in to work to photograph, but I have about 25 2 round squares done (half of what I need) and varying amounts of the other size squares. I'm terribly proud of them, remembering back to some of my first relearning to knit projects. Red heart and wonky stitches, oh my!
This is my favorite square.
Well. My work day is over. So I shall run.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Dream of a Rowenta

Dear Caro,
I had to get a new iron--mine must be older than you are--and of course all I could think about was getting a Rowenta, having just read Mason-Dixon Knitting again, in which this question is posed: Is it possible to love a steam iron?
Answer: Absolultely, if it's a Rowenta.
Wait till you try it.
love mom

Thank you Dale!

Originally uploaded by srheylman
This is the OTT craft lamp I got with my birthday gift certificate from Dale. I love it, the light really makes a difference in seeing stitches while knitting and it truly makes reading lace charts easier. Thank you so much!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Stitch and Bitch in a Bar

Last night was the first night of Stitch and Bitch at Avenue Pub (the bar that I play kickball with). It was great fun (especially after everyone had had a beer or two). There are two amazing crocheters, me, and a few knit and crochet beginners. I'm bringing extra needles and yarn next week to teach lessons.
I finished my first Jaywalker

And then realized that grafting toes together without a tapestry needle is best done while sober.
I was grafting inside out. Lame.

Next up:
Adventures in Seasilk. (Most defiantly another Montego Bay Scarf, only this time, wider)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Fathers day

Dear Caro--

Went with dad to a classic car show today. We both had a great time. Here are two of my favorite signs:

And for knitting content, here's the latest pic of the baby blanket:

love, mom

Monday, June 9, 2008

First log cabin

I'm so happy with the colors of Manos cotton:

which so far, looks like this:

But I've got lots more to go and I'm already soooo bored with garter stitch.

I forgot to take a picture of the outside of my new office building, but here's what my new space looks like:

Yes, that's Chinese on the sign outside, and no, I don't know what it means.
Come visit!
love, mom

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Finally a Quarter Rat

So I've finally moved into my apartment, and I'm sorry I haven't posted any pictures, but my camera died. I'm sure I packed my camera cord somewhere completely reasonable, but I haven't been able to find it.

Anyways, I went to the Mid-City Stitch and Bitch on Tuesday, where i knit on my Leyburn Socks. I had gotten about an inch and a half up the calf when i tried them on, and they were nearly impossible to get over my heel. I'm thinking I may need to knit them top down, and then graft them at the ball of the foot.... which sounds like a pain in the ass. I'm just not sure WHAT to do...

So, I started a pair of Jaywalkers in Yarntini's Blue Hawaiian variegated sock yarn. I thought I was buying the self-stripping, but beggars can't be choosers, as her stock usually sells out in minutes. I ended up really, really liking them.

The colors in the skein are actually more accurate than they are in the sock.

Also, my koigu log cabin squares are actually a Babette Blanket, and they are coming along well. It's just that it's not a very good travel project, as it required many many skeins of yarn, and since I've been traveling a lot recently (you know, from house to house) It has been set aside in a Tupperware bin. I'm VERY excited about the use of the Cotton Stria, I think it's going to look amazing.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Currently OTN

Since my office moved last week, I've been taking the metro to work. Sometimes it's so crowded knitting is impossible, but when I get a seat, this is the wrap that I'm working on:

The yarn is Sanguine Gryphon silk that I got at the Takoma Park homespun yarn party last March. It's really yummy soft, and the shades in the colorway actually are just like the colors of the Aegean Sea (I started this in Greece but lost a lot due to a Denise needle crisis--again). The pattern is mindless & perfect for subway knitting:

Row 1: K2, YO, *to end.

Row 2: K2, drop YO, *to end.

What I want to knit all the time, but which takes attention, is my Hanging Garden Stole. I love the pattern (Sivia's), the beads, and the yarn (Neighborhood silk). I've finished about a third of it, and I don't care how long it takes me to finish. I think it's already the most beautiful thing I've ever knitted.

Plus I'm still working on the Be Sweet bamboo scarf and a market bag. And I'm going to cast on a Borders Log Cabin baby blanket or [rav link] with the Manos Cotton Stria I've had stashed for forever. My first attempt at log cabining. I'm going to use hot pink, orange, turquoise, purple, and green. Cool, no? Pictures soon. Whatever happened to your koigu log cabin squares?

love, mom