Saturday, June 24, 2006

Wedding Colors? Look to Yarn Colors!

I've been thinking recently about wedding colors: what color the invitations should be, what color the decorations should be, and in particular what color the bridesmaids' dresses should be? One evening as I was thinking about this I looked over at my yarn stash and realized why I'm leaning towards blues, greens and pinks. Isn't it obvious those are the colors I gravitate towards?

Clockwise from the 12 o'clock position, Trekking XXL sock, Hourglass Sweater in Noro Cash Iroha, Knit Picks socks, Grace sweater in Kid Seta, hat and mittens in a Plymouth wool yarn, my first hat in Peace fleece, sleeveless sweater in Debbie Bliss Cotton Silk Aran, second hat I made in Peace Fleece, Bad Penny in Tahki New Tweed (dark and light pink), sock in Jaeger Wool Stretch, more Tahki New Tweed for the Honeymoon Cami (it's more green than yellow in real life), Tahki Kelly in turquoise and dark blue destined for a sweater and Accordian sweater in Peace Fleece. Ahhh ... colors.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

So Long Isis Wrap

I finished the back of the Isis wrap that I started last summer, and blocked it. Here are pictures from before blocking:

And here are the after-blocking pictures:

And I think it looks like crap. The lace is supposed to make a nice even pattern, but mine looks nothing like it. I'm not sure what happened, but this is a good example of lace gone bad. Even though it may be considered pretty it its own right, I know that I will always look at it and go ugh. I think that my problem was that this was my first lace project, and I bit off more than I could chew. In the future I will try much simpler lace patterns before working up to something like this.

So as Isis wrap goes to the frog pile, I found a really awesome pattern on Knitty to use with the Tahki New Tweed yarn instead - Bad Penny. I am so in love with this pattern right now for the simplicity of it. I really like zoning out while knitting it and getting into that knitting/meditation trance. I have decided that I am more of a production knitter right now, because I have only a handful of knitted items to wear. And I want a fabulous, knitted wardrobe, dammit! My goal then is to finish the sweater this summer, so that I can wear it. The New Tweed is knitting up well in the simple stockinette stitch, and I enjoy it so much that I ordered more online in celery to make the Honeymoon Cami.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Picasso's Life Lesson #1

In this post Picasso is going to show us how to get the last drop out of a beer bottle. First, take an almost empty bottle on to the carpet. Grab the bottom with your mouth and lift up.
This will allow the beer to run down to the mouth of the bottle. Then hold the bottle in place with your paw. Now lick the last drops of beer out. Repeat and enjoy!

Not bad for having no opposable thumbs!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Wonderful Weekends

I have had a great couple of past weekends. Two weekends ago I went up to Lansing for the
book signing of Big Girl Knits at Threadbear. It was great to cheer on Jillian and meet Amy, plus I got a free t-shirt and my picture on the Big Girl Knits blog. I was amazed by the selection of yarn at Threadbear. By the end of the afternoon I had a headache from trying to decide what I wanted to purchase and what my budget could handle. I ended up with yarn for three pairs of socks. The stripy yarn on the left is trekking xxl, and I'm going to participate in Trek Along With Me, a new knit-a-long where you knit socks with trekking xxl and take pictures of the sock as you are hiking.

This past Memorial Day weekend I was home in Duluth to see my parents and my two favorite doggies. My mom and I got a lot of wedding planning done, and I even bought a dress! I will leave you with a picture of the dogs and my current sock-in-progress. Obviously the sock wasn't that interesting.