Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I'm a nice daughter (or) Bunny!

I finally finished the bunny I was making for my mom, so here it is in all it's finished glory!

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Cute, huh?

Pattern: Bunny from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Andean Treasure from Knitpicks, random pink stuff for ears
Started: 2/2?/06
Finished: 4/25/06 (boy, that seaming took forever!)

I sent the bunny off to my mom this afternoon. This is FO #3 for April. I made a goal to finish 5 of my 9 WIPs shown on WIP It Out, so we'll see if I succeed.

I is for...

Ice Cream!

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Today was free scoop day at Ben & Jerry's, so I took advantage and got a scoop of Cherry Garcia before knitting group. Since my camera battery died, this picture is brought to you by my cell phone, sorry for the poor quality.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Monday night knitting group

It was an eventful night at my Monday knitting group. Cassandra was back from her MCAT-induced break and finished her scarf:

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And Catherine and I were working on socks. Catherine is holding her 2nd Sockapaloooza Jaywalker and I'm holding my Sixth Sense Socks, which are not much further along than when I posted the Yarn Harlot picture.

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Alexis came close to finishing her baby blanket too.

So my knitting life has mostly been socks recently. I've even started yet another pair (Don't tell!) out of the extra Opal ladybug yarn that I swapped for. And I've joined yet another sock exchange, this one for the SYAC. No worries, I'll be starting those as soon as I get the Sixth Sense Socks off the needles. They're currently ready to turn the heel, so that shouldn't take too much longer.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

A meeting of socks... oh, and knitters too

Today I went to see the Yarn Harlot. While there I met up with Joanna and we took this adorable picture:

Look at all those socks! Joanna is holding her first Fair Isle sock, and I have my current socks-in-progress the Sixth Sense socks. (See, it's also a WIP picture!)

It was fun, she was funny, and afterwards I ate sushi with Joanna and two other grad students. While I was there I also got the chance to see a bunch of local knitters who I haven't seen in a while.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Knitting in public

On Kat's blog there's a contest about the 5 strangest places you've knit. I thought this was an interesting idea since I do much of my knitting in public.

So in no particular order:

1. Public transportation (subway, bus, light rail, and airplanes): I knit almost constantly on public transportation, and often get comments about it. I had an old Chinese woman feel my yarn while her younger daughter translated to me that she liked the color. I started a conversation on the subway late one night when a guy in his 20s asked what I was knitting...

2. Restaurants/bars: I used to attend a knitting group in a bar, I knitted with my friend Brian on New Year's Eve at a restaurant, and the other morning I knit with my friend Rachel while having breakfast.

3. In lab: I work in a lab. When I have time between setting up assays I sometimes knit. Usually in my office, but occasionally in the open lab.

4. At the platelet donation center: I donate platlets regularly (about every 2 weeks) so I often end up knitting in the waiting room or the donation area. Not while donating, though, as you can't move one arm.

5. At rock/punk/indie concerts: Most recently Death Cab For Cutie/Franz Ferdinand and H.I.M. The Death Cab show I was in a seat, but for H.I.M. I knit standing!

Another SP package!

Well, good thing I got this package, otherwise I wouldn't be able to keep up with my posting trend. ;)

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The package was packed up on my birthday, and it arrived today. Well, yesterday, but I wasn't home to get it yesterday. ;)

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It contained all sorts of goodies!

A dragonfly hook with a clip on the end, meant to hold keys in your purse, but I might find another use for it.

A pin for my SP's local fiber artist collective, but it's a yarn making an S and knitting needles so it works for me, S for Stariel, ya know.

A pair of size 3 needles with little felt balls on the ends. Made by a friend of my SP, and perfect for lace!

Lindt chocolate lambs. :D

A knitted rose pin! Did you make it SP?

And last but certainly not least, Cool Socks Warm Feet by Lucy Neatby - she's Canadian! It has lots of patterns for printed yarns, which is awesome because I have a lot of variagated yarn.

Thanks so much SP!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

And yet another FO

So, I actually finished Tubey yesterday. But then I had an eventful evening away from home (*ahem* Buffy sleepover) and didn't post it. Then today I finished Elfine's Socks, and just had to post those too...

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Pattern: Elfine's Socks PDF here
Yarn: Knitpicks Essential in Grass
Started: 3/17/06
Finished: 4/18/06

Tubey is done!

Pattern: Tubey
Started: 1/?/06
Finished: 4/17/06

I tried to photograph myself wearing Tubey, but apparently taking a full length picture of your sweater while framing the shot in the mirror and standing on tiptoe in the bathroom doesn't work well. Who would have thought?

I modified the pattern to have 3/4 length sleeves, which I really like. And of course the colors are different, but I did follow the stripe sequence of the original.

Also, this sweater was knit entirely on my couch while watching Netflix! It took a couple of months since I didn't work on it other than that.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

H is for...


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My very favorite Passover food. (Haroset is the spread, it's on matzo.) :) It's made of fruit and nuts - the type varies, but my dad's family usually made it with dates and walnuts.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me!

It's been a good birthday. First off, the birthday loot:

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I have such lovely friends!

What do we have here? Well the sock yarn is from Jenn, along with the lovely needle cases (a big one and a smaller "travel" one, and a little zipper bag for notions. The handpainted stars and moon are from Catherine, and the adorable Orlando Bloom READ keychain is from Alexis.

I got the 2nd two gifts at knitting group yesterday, where I took a picture of one of my fellow knitters Karla. Did you know there is more than one Green Monster in Boston?

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

New haircut!

Most recent photo of that hair on my head is here.

I like it. We'll see how it stands up to the test of rolling out of bed, showering, and walking out the front door. ;)

Hmm... I knitted on some socks today.

ETA: Oh, the story of the hair? I've been growing out my hair for a long time saying I'll donate it to Locks of Love when it gets long enough. Well finally that day has come and I now have my new shorter (and more attractive, IMO) haircut. :)

Monday, April 03, 2006

Look what came in the mail today!

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My first SP package!

"First?", you ask. Why yes. The one I posted earlier was the second, because the first was lost. Lost in the mail. But today it showed up at my door, nearly 2 months after being mailed, all nonchalant and not explaining where it had been all that time.

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You can imagine I was excited to see all these nicely wrapped goodies pouring out. :) I made quick work of unwrapping them and discovered this:

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From left:

Maple fudge above an adorable card, two skeins of beautiful blue Atacama Alpaca, Masala Chai (yummy, my favorite!), knitting notecards with a little sheep magnet on top, and "groovy" rubber stamps. One of the stamps says "Fab!" :)

Thank you so much SP, I love all my goodies and I'm so glad the package was not missing forever!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Ahhh, sock yarn

So I joined the Sock Yarn Addicts Club for obvious reasons. Let's just say that my sock yarn obsession is not half as bad as some people. ;)

My pic is down in the stash flash post, or you can click here.

Current status:

3 pairs of socks on the needles

sock yarn for 25 more pairs

Better get knitting! :)

G is for...


I was going to do F is for Fruit, but then I forgot. And I had to mention my awesome fruit and veggie box that I get from Boston Organics! It's great, every other Thursday fresh fruits and veggies show up at my door - and I have to eat them. It has definitely helped me up my fruit and veggie intake, and it makes it so I don't have to go shopping as often. ;)

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