Monday, June 21, 2010

Fripp Trip

What's on the Needles...

Well, I've finally been knitting long enough that I can join the ranks of knitters saying, "I finally figured out what to do with that gorgeous skein I bought a few years ago..." Two years ago, on a trip to visit my family in Massachusetts, I visited Webs - the fantastic, huge, warehouse of gorgeous yarn, most of which is discounted in some way. I bought a beautiful skein of Sheep Shop Yarn. I bought a skein of Berkshire, one of Web's own yarn lines, in a light, icy blue to compliment the variegated blues and browns of the Sheep Shop Yarn.

I intended to make a hat as I only had one skein of the Sheep Shop, but now it's being turned into a lovely little cowl.

I've also been working on my second lace project. I promised one of my sister-in-laws lacey scarf and couldn't settle on a pattern. After months, I saw the Campanula Scarf on one of my favorite blogs and couldn't wait to buy the pattern. I knew it was the one!

I made a trip to the yarn store and they led me around to all their lace-weight yarns. I ended up choosing Malabrigo Lace in a Taupe (although it looks pinky to me, but not as pink as the photos seem to show) and another skein of in a cream color for a second attempt later.

I can't remember if I ever put up a photo of my Owl Sweater for my niece - here she is! A few problems, but overall not too bad, although by no means a professional job!

Stay tuned, at long last, some photos from our trip to SC to visit my Oma and Opa!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Cooking, Knitting, and Racing

Last night I made homemade macaroni and cheese (thanks to Oma's tutelage during your Fripp Trip) and this Mushroom Soup - c/o The Pioneer Woman's cooking site The Tasty Kitchen. It's like Ravelry for cooking.

I am adding this to my binder of recipes "That Even Megan Can Cook". This means that they turned out pretty much as advertised the first time I made it. Also, they have to taste good.

I don't have all that many recipes in my binder.

Knitting Update: Only another couple of hours and my first true sweater should be finished! The cool weather should be mostly through for the year, but I made it big enough that, fingers crossed, my niece can wear it next winter. Once I finish the sweater, I am giving myself permission to start a new project because...

I also finished my second Koolhaas Hat in a green heathered, buttery-soft, Stonehenge Fiber Shepherd's Wool for myself. It knitted up so much faster than the first one, and this time, no grief when the decreases started!

Currently Reading: Friday Night Knitting Club and The Pillars of the Earth from Oma (I alreayd read World Without End a couple of years ago). And just started one called The Calling. I've got to get my fantasy fix in too, I guess. Actually, I also read Dear Mr Henshaw for the In2Books program I'm participating in.

Lastly, I'm really interested in biking the STP Seattle to Portland Bike Race this year. I just haven't made my final decision yet. I'd like to do Lotoja sometime, but this one seems a better starter for me. It can be raced in one or two days and only has 30 uphill miles for 206 miles of course. Now if that isn't incentive, I don't know what is.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Aprons, Bags, and Burpies...and Teenage Millionaires

I had two ladies from work ask me to make them some "Ribbon Burpies" as I'm calling them. The top three are for a little boy and I went out and picked the fabric. The two towards the back were for a little girl, and the woman who bought them chose the fabrics. They're all backed with terry cloth. I was pretty happy with them. Especially the little boy ones...

I'm calling this the "Corset Apron". The days are finally getting lighter and longer, andthe other day I had the bug to just make something. Anything. And finish it. So I started cutting witbout measuring, sewing seams with abandon, and viola! A thoroughly unsatisfactory apron. But it does have a bit of fifties-ish charm, no?

Here is a different photo of the Christmas Scarf. The lighting is terrible, but you can see the pattern better.

Zipper Bags! Apparently I do not know how to properly box/square the corners as it came out a bit lopsided, but I am proud of my first zipper.

They don't require much fabric or time, and I intend to make more (and hopefully better ones) in the future.

Maybe I can get J to switch out his very "loved" toiletry bag

And finally...this awesome thrift store find was sent to me by one of my good friends in Florida. It says "teenage millionaire" down in the corner and that also appeared to be the clothing's brand name. I wish I were a teenage millionaire.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Selbuvotter by Terri Shea

I bought this book a couple of weeks ago from KnitPicks and really enjoyed reading it. The author took original vintage Selbu style mittens and gloves, re-created them, and wrote up patterns which have been compiled into this book.

Each patterns has a photo of the original and a short bit about them. One mitten has a patch right through where a ski pole would be. One set made my a mother, is a set of two left handed mittens and the child just twisted it around for the right hand. These little anecdotes made it an enjoyable read as well as a great knitting resource.

What I love about this is that while there are patterns in here - they are only written for one size such as "Child's Medium" or "Men's Small". It will give me a chance to work with new yarns and experiment with modifying patterns to knit the desired size I need. You can also mix and match any of the charted motifs/patterns. You like the bird in the middle of the glove but not the snowflake? Don't use the snowflake...just repeat the bird? You really love the Selbu rose variation on one of the mittens? Use it on a hat next time you're making one! \\
At first I was a little disappointed that the book is in black and white, but now I think it keeps from being distracted and feeling like I need to choose THOSE colors. I'll have to get inspired on my own

I have started a pair of mittens that is a Child's Medium and am using slightly larger needles and a yarn with a slightly different gauge. I hope they will come out more of an adult medium, but we'll see. It'll be the first time I've really knit a pattern without using a matching guage and although I could sit down and do a gauge swatch and run the math out for how big it will turn out...I'm WAY too lazy for that. I'd rather just see how it turns out and then gift them to whomever they'd fit.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My current play list purchased with a Christmas itunes giftcard. New Eels off Hombre Lobo, Built to Spill, The Avett Brothers, Fleet Foxes, and a song from Phoenix. Not sure why it's so small? If i try to make it larger it gets blurry. can click on it for a larger view if you are interested in the details...

And...At long last, final updates on my Christmas knitting projects.

Pattern: Koolhaas Hat
For: My Sister
Yarn: Stonehenge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool - Granite
Needles: US Size 6, 16" circular Bamboo
Mods: I did not change to US Size 8's as called for in the pattern. As per instructions from the class took to learn how to make this hat, I didn' swatch. (Gasp!) And after seeing the sample hat she'd made entirely on size 6's, I decided to follow suit. I typically find BrooklynTweed's hats to run a bit large when I knit them up. It was perfect after I knitted it and grew a little after blocking (blocking seems to make everything bigger. Is it just me?!). In the end I was very glad I didn't move to the bigger needles.

Pattern: Checkerboard Lace Scarf
For: My Sister-in-Law
Yarn: Sleeping Dragon Yarns Laceweight - Petrol (a locally produced yarn)
Needles: US Size 7, 24" circular bamboo
Mods: Only cast on 48 inches and just knitted until the skein was gone. After blocking, I was only slightly short of the length indicated in the pattern and it seemed like the length worked out alright even thought she is a tall girl. Lots of fun to make and my first lace project!!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Whatcha Readin'?

Well, thanks for asking.

Thanks to mom for sending me the following two books which I finished off in 4 days. And that included working 10 hour days, attending family holiday events, and knitting furiously at night to finish off a few Christmas gifts.

The Hunger Games - a thoroughly engrossing, fast-paced and entertaining read. I've been describing it to people as a "your typical battle royale-ish, post-apocolyptic society where the man keeps you down my forcing people to sacrifice their children in a televised battle to the death". People seem to be getting the gist of it.

Catching Fire - not quite as action packed due to a lot of obvious attempts to recap information from the first book (which was unnecessary in my case since I read them consecutively) and as it is the second book in a trilogy, a.k.a the set up book, but threw me a little curve ball towards the middle. While I did see the ending coming, it didn't make it any less satisfying and I can't wait until the final books comes out next year.

Odd and The Frost Giants - If you click on the link it will take you to a little "trailer" for it on amazon narrated by Neil Gaiman.

I have only read about 2 pages, but I have the utmost confidence that I will love it as much as I love every book by him. Neil Gaiman is my favorite author and I highly recommend his stuff.

Buy it. Do it. Start with Stardust or Coraline, or The Graveyard book if you're not too into the supernatural as his stories always have plenty, but typically have the "real world" as well as the supernatural in there. Neverwhere was also fantastic - He has fantastic stories, great narrative, and really good characters. I can't say enough good things.


Happy New Year's.