If it weren’t me it might be funny…

So, in my last post I told you how I broke my size 7 harmony straight needles for the second time while working on my Climbing Vines pullover. Well, I set that project aside and waited (impatiently) for my order from Knit Picks with my new needles (and some yarn… Damn you free shipping, Damn you!) So it came, but in the meantime I had begun another project… you know, just until the needles came… and got totally distracted by it.


It’s the Traveling Woman Shawl by Liz Abinante. The yarn is Blue Sky Alpacas 100% Alpaca Sport Weight. I know the bright pink of my blocking mats tends to distort colors but that’s pretty close to what the blue actually looks like. The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn but I wanted to make a bigger shawl so I chose a bigger yarn and needles rather than adding more repeats. I ended up using about 2.5 hanks of yarn but I wouldn’t have had enough to do another repeat.


This was my first time working with 100% Alpaca yarn and I love the way it drapes–perfect for a lace shawl. It really didn’t bother my hands to work with at all, but when I wrap the finished project around my neck it feels so itchy. I washed it in Soak before I blocked it so I think it’s just that Alpaca and I don’t get along.


Now here’s where the would-be-funny part comes in. I started this project on my size 6 Harmony straights (sometimes I like working on straights) and two days after my Knit Picks package arrived with my new size 7s, I step on one of the sixes and break it. Grrrr… I’m a disaster when it comes to Harmony needles, but I love them so much! I finished the project on my circular 6s but I have a new shopping cart going at Knit Picks as I debate whether or not to place another order.

I have no idea what I’m going to do with the other project that I recently finished. I made it on a whim to use up some half balls of yarn I had lying around. It’s a baby sweater.


The pattern is Helena from a back issue of Knitty.com. Again, the pattern called for smaller yarn that I used. The pattern calls for DK weight but I used worsted because that what I wanted to use up some leftovers. I followed the instructions for the 3 mo. size but it came out more like 12 mo. because of my gauge. It doesn’t really matter since I don’t have a recipient in mind.


This is what it looked like in progress. I worked the body and both sleeves at the same time to make sure the stripes were even. The yarn is what was left over from my Knit Picks Montavilla Market Tote. I only made one of the bags… Not a bad pattern, I just don’t have an inclination to knit it again… I had about half a ball of each of the colors of Simply Cotton Worsted left so I jumped into this hoping that there would be enough to finish. It’s technically been done for a while but I just bought the button and attached it today.

I’ve been adding a few stitches here and there to other projects but these have had most of my attention for the past few days.

Sorry the photos are so bad this time. This semester my brother is taking a digital design class and he needs a digital camera, which he doesn’t have, so he borrowed mine. These pictures are all from my cell phone.

Dead Dead Dead

is how I have felt for the past three weeks. I’ve been meaning to blog, really I have, no really… On the other hand I’ve been feeling so exhausted from school that when I do have free time all I can handle is sitting and staring at the apartment. Seriously! I spent two hours one day after my classes feeling like I wanted to watch something on TV but ended up just sitting because I couldn’t make myself move. I never thought that hard school work could make your body physically exhausted but, turns out, it sure can. I have done a depressingly small amount of knitting since my energy has been drained. I tried a few times but it really felt like the knitting was WORK instead of the wonderful relaxing calming fantastic activity that it actually is. I think the workload change from my summer of doing nothing (well moving across the country, but that wasn’t draining and I could work at my own pace) to the jump-in-head-first atmosphere of law school was a major shock to the system. Now that I’ve been at it for 3+ weeks I’m adjusting a lot more to the energy expenditure needed to get though day and I’m even starting to have a bit of left over energy… a bit.

Look what I finally managed to finish:


The market bag kit I got from Knit Picks–Montavilla Market Tote. They released the bag pattern plus one ball of each of the colors of their worsted weight undyed organic cotton yarn called Simply Cotton as a kit. It’s a very soft yarn but it does shed while you work with it. I followed the pattern as it’s written but I think if I made it again I would knit the body in blocks of the color from dark to light instead of striping the yarns. The stripes take away from the lace pattern. I don’t really care that much though since it’s just a market bag. I took it to the grocery store the other day and it held up fine to a pretty heavy load of groceries. There is enough yarn to make a second one but I’m not sure if I’ll make another bag or maybe something else… Like all cotton yarn there’s little give, so I think I’ll do a few projects with wool before I pick up cotton again–my hands were pretty cramped by the time I finished casting off 200 stitches.

I also am about half way done with one Mojo sock.


I’m making these for Andrew so that he has some good-luck-teaching-mojo since he’s working on his student teaching this semester. (Side note: it’s so weird that he’ll have a career in 4ish months… jobs are way too grown-up.) The yarn is Regia Silk which is the softest sock yarn I’ve ever touched but the ball is already looking pretty ragged just from being carried around in my purse for the past few weeks. If it’s pilling in the ball it’s probably not going to hold up that well to man-type wear and tear… but for now it’s soft and pretty. I had to change it from 64 stitches to 72 stitches to accommodate Andrew’s giant feet, and I did a short row heel instead of an afterthought heel because for this pattern they have the same effect and I don’t have to go back later or weave in extra ends. That’s really all I’ve accomplished since my last post but hopefully now that I’m feeling like I have more energy I’ll get more done.
Hopefully I have more to post in a week or two.

Yikes, look at the time!

Holy crap, it’s June 5th! Graduation is a week from Sunday and I have to be totally packed and ready to move by then. Just to let you see what that will entail…

So I’ve been a bit busy with school and working on my honors project and different dinners and activities and send-offs and I’ve kind of neglected to, um, clean… Not all the crap in those photos belongs to me, but a fair bit of it sure does.

I’ve recently finished two super quick, less than one skein projects. The first is from the book Creepy Cute Crochet and Andrew really did practically beg for it.



It’s a tiny wool Cthulhu. It will eat your soul, but in such an adorable way that you won’t even mind. The yarn is Nature Spun by Brown Sheep in the color Limestone. It took one evening but I don’t really crochet so I had to stop at every new direction and find a youtube video showing me how to do each step. If I knew how to crochet it would probably have gone super fast. I’m not generally a fan of crochet (that’s why I don’t know how to do it) but I love amigurumi so I think I’ll adapt my skills just enough to make more.

The other quick project I finished at 2:00 am today because I couldn’t put it down once I cast on. It’s from the Victorian yarn sampler that Knit Picks released about a year ago. The kit contained one skein each of all of their yarns that contained cotton along with a few one-skein type patterns so you could try out all the yarns without too much time or money invested and see if you liked them. This is a cozy for paper coffee cups like you would get a Starbucks so you don’t have to use the cardboard ones. Yeah for cheap easy ways to be green.



These are the two different rose motifs that are stranded on the cozy, and here’s what it looks like on an actual cup:


The pattern is called Modern Tea Cozy and it’s now a free download from Knit Picks. The yarn used is Knit Picks Main Line in Harbor which I haven’t used even though I’ve had the kit for over a year. Of course, since Knit Picks has decided to discontinue the yarn line, I loved working with it and want to make a bunch more things with it. The wool totally balances out the cotton in a perfect way and it’s soft and has stretch and the Harbor color is gorgeous. The color in the first picture is much truer to real life. The red/pink/orange yarn is KnitPicks Shine Worsted in Terra Cotta. I’ve used this yarn before and it is super soft and (go figure) shiny. I know from when I made my spring sweater that the yarn does lose some of its shine and softness after some wear and several washings, but it’s still nice.

The last think that I’ve really been working on this week is the Montavilla Market Tote from (guess what) Knit Picks… can you see where a great deal of my money goes? This also came as a kit and is a way to try out the four shades of Simply Cotton – KnitPicks new organic cotton line. The bottom of the bag is the perfect pattern for a market bag because it’s super sturdy. It’s a slip stitch pattern so it’s basically double the thickness.


I love the way the colors flow from white to taupe and then drastically go back to white. The body of the bag is a simple 8-stitch lace pattern but I think the color change still obscures the pattern.


I think when I make the second one I’ll do the bottom the same, then do blocks of color instead of alternating every row. Carrying four strands along the side has been very tedious.

I know it seems like I’ve gotten a lot done this week from all the photos but really two of the projects took me less than five hours total. Here’s hoping I can magically knit down a bunch more of my stash before it’s time to move.