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Friday, April 28, 2006

Nautie the Nautiloid, aka Max


Yay! I finally have a finished object to post here! Granted, it is only a tiny mollusk, but soon I should be posting images of a feathery lace stole and a lovely honeymoon cami!

Anyway, back to Nautie, or Max, as mine is called. I knit max on size 4 dpns with some unnamed acrilyic scraps from a friend's stash. I am quite pleased with the little guy and i am sure he will become good friends with Kate (the kitten in britches from knitty).

Monday, April 24, 2006

Time Flies!

Wow, I haven't created a single post since January, and now it is nearly May. I can tell you exactly what happend: Graduate School. All of a sudden I decided I wanted an MBA, so i dutifully studied for and took the GMAT, applied to several schools, and just recieved a letter notifying me of my admission to one of my top choices. And, they offered me a scholarship! So, now I get to rest easy for a while... until mid-august, at least.

I'm hoping to knit quite a lot between now and then, because once classes begin I don't expect to have much free time.

I am still working on my feathery lace stole... I ignored it for all of February and March. I also just started Nautie the Nautiloid from the most recent issue of knitty. I knit her body and most of her face this weekend. Hopefully I'll be posting pictures of a complete Nautie by this Tuesday or Wednesday.

I hope to begin knitting the honey moon cami (also from Knitty) sometime this week, being that I'm getting married and going on a honeymoon this summer!

The only other knitting I've done recently was to create a small knit hamster for a friend's birthday. Unfortunately, I never got a picture of it.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Feathery Lace Stole

Here is a link to the only picture of the feathery lace stole that I could find on the web. This one is knit in Rowan's Kidsilk Haze. http://www.yarnmarket.com/projects/Shawls,_Stoles_Wraps-Feathery_Lace_Stole-327.html

New Yarn!


Mmm... new yarn. My absolutely wonderful mother sent me 2.5 skeins (leftovers) of this lovely yarn the other day. She also sent a pattern along with it, the "Feathery Lace Stole" from Exquisite Little Knits. I loved the pattern and I thought it seemed simple enough... but I've already frogged it three times! I'm going to give it one more shot today. I bought myself new stitch markers as encouragement. I've contemplated other patterns... kiri, birch, etc... but I'm not in the mood for a triagnle. I'm going for more of a stole than a shawl. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Kate: A kitten in britches (only mine is naked)


Kate! Or, an unripe eggplant, depending how you look at her. Yes, this is my version of the lovely Kate (the Kitten in Britches) from Knitty. It was a really fun, easy knit... I didn't spend enough time shaping the stuffing, so I think she is a bit lopsided. Also, I used some scrap yarn that would have knit up much better on size 5 or 6 needles, but since I only had size 7 dpns I used those. I really just knit her as an experiment... my next knit critter will look much more professional. But I'm happy to have Ms. Eggplant... she's my new pet since I don't have a cat or dog, or even as much as a fish! Posted by Picasa

Leg Warmers


These are my new legwarmers. When I visited my family for Christmas my sister was knitting a pair for herself and I just had to have my own. I simply knit two 14" long tubes in the round. I used Artful Yarns' Posted by Picasa

Whew!

Well, I haven't posted here in well over two months. I have been knitting, however, and I have some lovely FO's laying around to show for it. I had some Christmas knitting, as well. Unfortunately, I failed to photograph it. I made four hats and a capelet with matching gloves for my sister in law. They were lovely... and they will forever live on in my memory since I don't have any pictures of them!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Arizona


I have to confess, I did not take this picture. I spent a long weekend in Arizona with my Aunt and my cousin, and it was my aunt that took this picture while she and my cousing were waiting for me to arrive. Posted by Picasa


Well, here is the only image I have of my Clapotis right now. I looked so horrid in the picture that I had to crop my head out... I was in a store trying on a funny cowboy hat when my Aunt snapped this photo. I am very happy with the way my Clapotis turned out... It is small, but I knit it to wear it as a scarf, anyway. Since it isn't scarf weather, yet, I had to wear it as a shawl the day I finished it. Clapotis is very soft... I used a delicious wool/cashmere blend that was reduced from 16.75 a skein to only 2 dollars apiece!!! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 16, 2005


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This is a shot of just a few of the many hot air balloons I saw while visiting Albuquerque's International Balloon Fiesta last week. Seeing so many balloons inflate and take flight was magical-- especially because it took place in the early hours of the morning as the sun was rising.  Posted by Picasa

Clapotis!

Ahh... Clapotis. I've wanted to make one since I don't know how long, and last week while I was visiting Phoenix I stumbled upon a wonderful yarn store that was having a wonderful sale. I bought three balls of the most beautiful wool/cashmere blend. It is a rich brown color and it is so soft to touch. Yes, I know, I'm not using a variegated yarn-- but I just prefer the look of a monochromatic shawl. And yes, I only have three balls... so my Clapotis will be a bit smaller than average-- I'm okay with that, I already have a number of larger scarves/shawls/wraps (as most knitters probably do!)

I will post pictures in a couple of days, once I've dropped a few more stitches-- I just dropped the first stitch before writing this post.

And now, travel news. I am fortunate enough to be able to go back to Arizona next weekend to visit with some family-- I'm so excited. My DH has been away training for about 4 weeks now, and I'm pretty lonely here. The weekend in Arizona is perfect, because I will return on Sunday, just in time to prepare for the hubby's Monday arrival.

Sunday, October 09, 2005


Meet Libby. I knit this sweater over the past winter and I finally wore it while visiting Albuquerque this past week. The pattern is from the Rowan Cork Collection and I used the yarn by the same name: Rowan Cork. Unfortunately, I misplaced the rest of my information on this sweater when I moved, so I cannot say what size I knit, what my guage was, or even what needle size I used!  Posted by Picasa


Here are two full images of my finished Tivoli. Wearing it was a pleasure while in sunny Phoenix!  Posted by Picasa


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Thursday, September 29, 2005


Here is my finished Tivoli T-shirt! I just bound off, wove in the ends and blocked it! I finished it just on time to wear on the vacation I'm leaving for at 1 pm today. This top will be perfect while I'm visiting Phoenix and Scottsdale-- the temperatures there are still around 100 degrees but my top will keep me feeling nice and cool. And hopefully I'll get a nice shot of myself actually wearing the top while I'm away. (I'm sick of taking pictures of myself in the mirror.) I had just enough yarn to finish this project-- literally I only had about 24 inches of yarn left after the BO. This was such a fun, quick project! Posted by Picasa

Auf Wiedersehen

Well, its official. I've spent 2 full weeks without the hubby and I did not accomplish the 'serious' knitting I dreamt of on the eve of his departure. Granted, I finished a pair of socks and I'm down to the last 5 or so rounds on my Tivoli T, but that is the only knitting I did! Looking back, I know where my time went. I read a number of books, watched even more movies, and had 3 intense nights of playing scrabble with the one person I am friends with in El Paso. I feel pathetic admitting I have only one friend, but, this friend has lived here twice as long as me and he hasn't made any friends besides me yet, either. Moving to a new place is kinda tough, I've realized.

Tomorrow I'm going on the trip with my parents that I've been looking forward to so much. We are going to the annual hot air balloon fest in Albuquerque. I can't wait to see all the balloons! I love traveling with my parents, but I'm looking forward to coming back because the day after I return I get to go pick up my DH at the airport. His birthday is this sunday, but obviously we're waiting to celebrate it until we're actually together. I'm going to bake him a carrot cake from scratch. I think I cook and bake more than the average urban twenty-something, but the idea of baking a carrot cake from scratch seems like a huge deal to me, for some reason.