Monday, August 22, 2005

Boston Knit Out

For those of you that are in the area, the Boston Knit Out is going to be October 2nd this year. The button is over thataway -> if you'd like to take a look at their site.

I went last year shortly after moving to Boston - my move-iversary is August 25th, but it was earlier last year. It was great fun even though I knew basically no one. This year I'll be volunteering.

Now the real reason to talk about it is that they're having a table for us bloggers (meaning people who blog, not just from Blogger) to say hi and meet other area bloggers and the like.

I was actually talking about this with a fellow True Grounds SnBer yesterday. I don't really consider myself that much of a blogger. I mean, I have a blog true. And I post on it fairly regularly. But really this blog is just to talk about my knitting, and I don't think it's particularly interesting for anyone that doesn't know me or care about knitting in general.

I guess it's because I have no online personality. I have a personality in real life, it just doesn't translate well to the web-world. Not like my buddy grumperina...

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

A little bit about me, for my future SP or anyone else that cares

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high-end/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?

I wouldn't say I'm a yarn snob. I like using really nice yarns - especially Noro - and I love the Hipknits silk my SP sent. I do use cheaper yarns too, because I knit for others that won't/don't handwash (babies, boys, my teenage sister).

2. Do you spin? Crochet?

Yes and yes!

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

Nope. And I hope to have a cat very soon, so she/he can get her/his hair all over my yarn. ;)

4. How long have you been knitting?

I learned when I was 6 and have been knitting on and off, but I've been knitting pretty much constantly for a year.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I have a Knitpicks one that can only be emailed and not linked to...

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

Citrus, with grapefruit being especially high up there, and coconut.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?

Yup. Marzipan is my favorite.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?

Spinning and crochet, recently getting into dyeing pretty heavily. I also used to do some beading, although I don't much anymore. I'd like to learn to sew.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I listen to most music as MP3s on my iPod. I like more of the metal/alternative/industrial genres, but I also like Fiona Apple and a few 'different' ones. I'm open to pretty much anything except rap/R&B.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer?

Blue blue blue! I love blue. I also like silver and purple.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I live alone and am looking to add a cat or kitten to my family. (But please don't send one, SP, I don't know how it would hold up in the mail.) I have 4 fish.

12. What are your life dreams?

I always said I wanted to win the Nobel Prize before I die. I'd also like to travel Europe some more and swim at the Great Barrier Reef.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

I love Malabrigo, Manos, and some of the Noro colorways. I'm also lovin' this Hipknits silk from my SP4.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I'm not a big fan of most novelty yarns, but if it was silver and blue I might change my mind.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

Socks! Also tanks/tees, although during the winter that will change.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

I knit a lot of different items, from scarves to socks to sweaters. I just knit things that I think or pretty, or if I want to learn a technique.

17. What are you knitting right now?

Check the progress icons on the sidebar.

But as I'm writing, I currently have on the needles: Brian's Hufflepuff scarf, Rogue, Zebra shell (which I'm designing), and I'm going to start my mini-Clapotis tonight cuz I can't resist.

18. What do you think about ponchos?

Ack! I won't say any more because I'm trying to be nice.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

All circular, all the time.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

I love Addi turbos (and have them in my most-used sizes), and I use a Denise set or any of my random bamboos for other sizes.

21. Are you a sock knitter?


22. How did you learn to knit?

My mom taught me when I was 6. Then I re-taught myself when I was in high school.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

My Rogue, since last October or so, but I am currently working on it so I don't know if it counts. I'll finish it soon, but it's so hard to knit with a big wool sweater in your lap in 90 degree weather!

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

My favorite animals are cats and fish.

25. What is your favorite holiday?


26. Is there anything that you collect?

Nope. Um, yarn kind of. ;)

27. Any projects you want to make but haven't gotten there yet?

The lacy lavendar sweater in Natasha from Adrienne Vittadini Fall '04. With the cowl neck, not on the cover. I want to make it in light blue.

Monday, August 08, 2005

I got a package from my SP!!!!!

Yay! First off, I just have to say my SP is great. This is package #2 because I keep going away and moving and stuff. Let's just say I give her a lot of time to think about what to put in since I keep telling her to postpone delivery.

So this time I resisted the urge to rip the thing apart, and actually took blow-by-blow pics.

The box:

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My lovely SP sends me packages wrapped in brown paper. It makes me think of The Sound of Music every time.

After a bit of cutting with the scissors:

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I have the box open and took the picture before I started pulling things out. You can see the side of a bar of chocolate in there!

The contents follow.

First off, paper goods:

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Two! packages of star stickers. I love stars. Some really cute kitty stationary. I love kitties too. I love stationary. My SP has really got this stuff down! Now I've put them on my blog I can't use them on any SP correspondence in the next round.

The food:

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Some lovely mango green tea. (The vanilla black tea from last time was great!) And a chocolate bar with almonds. I love almonds, but I told her that. ;)

The yarny-goodness:

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On the left is some Hipknits silk, which I've been meaning to try. And SP, if you read this, don't worry - I do like green. :) On the right is some Rowan Magpie which my SP has suggested that I dye. The color is actually OK, but it would be very hard to find another color to go with it. I think it shall become blue or purple.

The note:

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You can't read it because it's for me, but I just wanted to show the adorable panda stationary.

Thanks so much SP!

Sunday, August 07, 2005

I'm mohair?

You are Mohair
You are Mohair.
You are a warm and fuzzy type who works well with
others, doing your share without being too
weighty. You can be stubborn and absolutely
refuse to change your position once it is set,
but that's okay since you are good at covering
up your mistakes.

What kind of yarn are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

I've never made anything with mohair. I don't even own any. (OK, I guess Lamb's Pride has a little blended in...)

Oh well.

In knitting news, the Hufflepuff scarf is progressing well, and I've started a little shell of my own design. I'll have to see how it turns out.

Sock Yarn

    A quest to use sock yarns:

    Yarns I've had:
    * means I really liked it

    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
    Claudia's Handpaints
    Conjoined Creations Flat Feet
    Crystal Palace Maizy
    CTH Supersock
    Dicentra Designs
    Dorchester Farms
    Fearless Fibers
    Gloss (KP)
    Interlacements Beibi Seda
    Interlacements Tiny Toes
    Interlacements Toasty Toes
    Jarbo Raggi
    Jojoland Melody
    Kona Superwash
    KP Essential
    KP Merino
    KP Palette
    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
    Magic Stripes
    Mega Boots Stretch
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
    Panda Cotton
    Paton's Kroy*
    Peru DK
    Peruvian Quechua
    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Socks That Rock*
    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
    Yarns in the stash:

    All Things Heather
    Ancient Threads
    Apple Laine
    Araucania Ranco
    Artyarns Ultramerino
    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
    Baywood Yarns
    Bearfoot (Mountain Colors)
    Briar Rose Fibers
    Brooklyn Handspun
    Cavyshops Handpaint
    C*eye*ber Fiber
    Cervinia Calzetteria
    CTH Superglitz
    Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks
    Chewy Spaghetti
    Classic Elite Alpaca Sox
    Colinette Cadenza
    Colinette Jitterbug
    Country Classic Yarn for Sox
    Crash Into Ewe
    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
    Curious Yarns
    Done Roving
    Dream in Color
    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
    The Fiber Denn
    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
    Meilenweit Trend
    Mind's Eye Merino/Tencel
    Mirasol Hacho
    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
    Pigeon Roof Studios
    Pine Woods
    Posh Yarn Lucia
    Prism Saki
    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
    Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
    Rio De La Plata
    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
    Sheep Shop Wensleydale
    Shelridge Farm
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Tess Designer Yarns
    The Unique Sheep
    Universal Ditto
    Valley Yarns Franklin
    vanCalcar Acres
    White Oak Studio tvyarn
    Wisdom Yarns Marathon
    Wool in the Woods
    The Woolen Rabbit
    Yarn Botanika Radiance
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden

    To check out:

    Sophie's Toes
    The Spinning Bunny Yarns BFL

WIPs and FOs