Monday, September 26, 2005

Baby's First Socks

I finished my first pair of socks! The pattern is from Knitty Gritty, and they were easy to make. I'd recommend the pattern to anyone who wants to learn how to knit socks. I think the socks look like giant baby booties, and the pastel pink doesn't help. The pink yarn is some mystery yarn I inherited from my mom, and when I ran out I switched to some red Lamb's Pride. They aren't really the prettiest socks, but hey, it's not like I'll ever wear them out of the house. And the socks are very warm and snuggly. I've also started knitting "adult" socks out of Knit Pick's Simple Strips. I'm just so enthralled with how fine and soft the yarn knits up.

top view, the color is more accurate in this view.

side view

I also finished Going Out with a Bag for my cousin Katrina, and shipped it off to her today. The wedding is this Saturday, and I'll post pictures of the finished purse after I take some of her holding it. On Saturday Lynne hosted a wonderful yarn tasting party, which hopefully she will blog about soon . We all brought a skein of yarn to share and something to eat. Denise has a swatch posted on her blog. Her swatch came out nicer than mine somehow, perhaps because she was more conscious of the order she knit the yarns. But anyway, the yarn and the food was yummy.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

SP 6 Questionaire

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I do prefer higher quality and natural fibers, so I guess that makes me a yarn snob. Acrylic yarn just doesn't feel was wonderful as wool, mohair, cotton and angora, and as my knitting time is limited, I figure, why bother?

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
no, no

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
Smoke and cats

4. How long have you been knitting?
4 years, but I took about a 1 1/2 year break at the beginning of grad school.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
vanilla, fruits, flowers, nothing too heavy

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
yes! chocolate and hazelnut is one of my favorite combinations

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
Only knitting at this point, there's no time for other crafts.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like a wide-variety, but mostly folk-rock. Check out my blog profile for a list of my favorite musicians. Yes, my computer and walkman can play MP3s.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
blue is my absolute favorite, but I like other colors too. I tend to gravitate towards rich jewel tones no matter what the color, but also like some medium shades and pastels.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Single with a boyfriend living in Salt Lake City, UT. I personally don't own any pets, but my parents have two dogs that I like to think of as mine (I did help raise them).

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
To marry said boyfriend, and have 2-3 children and 2-3 dogs. I want to live in a rambling old house with a big porch and a big garden. My dream job would be to teach chemistry at a small college, but as I also want a family there maybe some compromises of that dream. So I want a fulfilling job in chemistry that doesn't suck the life out of me.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Peace Fleece, Debbie Bliss yarns, Madil kid seta, merino, mohair, alpaca

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Novelty yarns. Eyelash yarns look like a headache waiting to happen.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
I want to learn felting, and am currently working on a pair of slipper socks. I can't wait to go on and make real socks soon. I also want to learn more complicated cable patterns and fair isle.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I don't really have any favorites, I've liked everything I've knitted.

17. What are you knitting right now?
a) Isis wrap from Interweave Knits Summer '05
b) Beginner socks from Knitty Gritty tv show
c) A tank top of my own design with Debbie Bliss Cotton Silk Aran
d) Newsboy cap from SnB Nation
e) Accordian sweater from Knitty

18. What do you think about ponchos?
I've never worn one, and am too scared I'd look like a lampshade.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
both, and double point needles

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

21. Are you a sock knitter?
I'm currently knitting my first pair.

22. How did you learn to knit?
I took a knitting class at college.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
From spring of 2002, a sweater for myself that I knitted, but never seamed up.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Lady from Lady and the Tramp. Dogs in general.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
My birthday is on Christmas, so I have a love/hate relationship with it. It's great that I get to be with my family and don't have to work, but my birthday often gets forgotten in the shuffle of the holidays.

26. Is there anything that you collect?

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I usually pick up Interweave Knits at a grocery store. So I read it, but don't have a subscription.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
I would like the books on my Amazon wishlist

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??
No, most of the patterns I'm interested in making are in the books on my amazon wishlist

Friday, September 09, 2005

Buy a Kick-Ass Pattern for the Katrina Relief

The designer of this awesome sweater is donating all proceeds from the sale of the pattern to the Katrina relief effort, hence the name Katrina Rib. I just love the ribbing pattern, and can't wait to knit it (along with the half-dozen other projects fermenting in my mind). Check out Knitters Anonymous for more details.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Sulfoxated Mothballs

Today I synthesized sulfoxated mothballs, or in other words I took the chemical in mothballs, naphthalene, and attached a sulfoxide to it. I keep getting this overwhelming whiff of mothballs as I work with the compound. It makes me wonder how any right-minded knitter could store her/his yarn and knitted items with such a stinky chemical. Thank goodness for cedar, lavender, rosemary and other nice-smelling insect-repellents.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

I will believe, I will believe

I recently finished reading At Knit's End by Stephanine Pearl-McPhee, and just loved it. As I knit or listen to other women's knitting stories, quotes from the book keep coming into my head, including this one:

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Marie Curie

"This is surely the motto of designers who work in knitted lace. It can only be faith alone that drives them, because, before it is stretched and blocked, lace in progress often resembles Chinese noodles.

I will reserve judgement on my lace in progress until the magic of blocking has worked its charms."

-Stephanine Pearl-McPhee The Yarn Harlot

This quote of course relates to the Isis wrap that I'm working on. I keep cursing it as I knit it, but when I spread it out to take this picture it actually looks okay. Again, I will reserve judgement. I will believe in the future beauty of this wrap.

Last week I was distracted from knitting Isis by a quarterly report that I needed to write, but then I got distracted from writing by attempting to find yarn to make the thick beginnner socks from Knitty Gritty. The brown yarn is heavenly, but too thick. I got the paper finished, and can keep plugging away at Isis.

hmmm ... writing or knitting? Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Donate your Yarn Money to Katrina Victims

Two knitters, Susan and Margene, have begun a campaign to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina similar to Yarn Harlot's Knitters without Borders. Check out their blogs for more details.

I can now drink whole milk

I thought this was too cute to not share. Thanks to Denise for the link.

You are Deb and you could drink whole milk if you wanted.

Which Napoleon Dynamite character are you?
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