February 2007


amy and i went to stitches west on sunday! this was my first time at any kind of event like this. i didn’t take any classes…i was just there to shop. also two months ago when i looked at the schedule nearly all the classes were full already. oh well. i got lots of amazing stuff, and all for under $80!

at one of our first stops we found these buttons. i was, of course, irresistably drawn to the tealy-ness of the ones on the top. the matching burnt orange one i got to go on my nearly-finished minisweater (picture to come later in the post…). the purple ones on the bottom amy got to go on the plain jane slippers i am knitting for her mom. they match the cascade quatro almost TOO perfectly. they’re amazing.

i got this awesome african fabric at this random booth that was selling handwoven baskets. amy got a basket, but since i really don’t need ANOTHER container to put “things” (anything!) in, i stuck to fabric. it’s half a yard of each. i have no idea what i will do with them, but for now i am content just to look at them. maybe i’ll cut them smaller and frame them. i also had a fleeting thought of ironing them into some origami.

i got this HUGE (700+ yard) skein of icelandic wool at interlacements. it was only $20! it’s called “reykjavik” (the icelandic capital) and the smell of lanolin on it is intoxicating. it’s a bit scratchy, but a soak in some hair conditioner will hopefully soften it up. right now i am thinking of turning it into a hot lava cardigan.

our last stop was the habu booth, which was AWESOME. i have only seen a few of their yarns at article pract. i got these two cones of ramie yarn (a natural fiber somewhat like linen). i might make some kind of simple lacy scarf or wrap from this, but we’ll see. the best part about it is the silky sheen it has, instead of the matte appearance of cotton and linen.

i also got some 5″ US3 brittany birch dpns and a US2 circular so i can do the lace panel on my simple knitted bodice, which has been on hold because i didn’t have the right needle that i needed. it was great to have virtually every needle size imaginable available all in one place.

i am nearly done with my glampyre minisweater! i started it exactly a week ago. i want to finish it before i get back to work on the simple knitted bodice or start any other of the various projects i have in mind. last night i cast off the bottom and started the sleeves, which are pretty short. though, with the amount of yarn i have they could be a little longer. i’m going to knit a bit and see what i like. with any luck (i.e. not too many distractions from J or K) i will finish knitting it tonight!

today i had one of the worst headaches of my life. we were at target and i started getting a caffeine headache. ok, that’s to be expected, i only had a few sips yesterday (yes, i am addicted). so after target on our way home we stopped in the emeryville sbux. at this point it is really starting to hurt. not pound, really, but something like waves of pain. i drink my coffee, and i wait for it to kick in. nothing changes. i somehow drive 20 more minutes to get home. i stumble up the stairs and collapse on the bed. the pain was so bad i wanted to puke. james rubbed my back a little and i took 3 aleves and i managed to fall asleep. when i woke up an hour later it was a little better, but it still hurt too much to do anything but sit on the couch. so i popped a 100mg caffeine pill and hopped in the shower. after that things finally started to improve. now i am functioning like normal, but DAMN. that was horrible.

in knitting news, i have been productive and completely ADD. i am very nearly done with victorian ruby. the other day i finished the main scarf section and just barely started the other lace panel. however, following a chart means that instead of mindless dropstitch knitting it is back to only knitting it when i can concentrate. it will be done soon, though. i have also reached the lace panel portion of my simple knitted bodice. i had to swatch some more to figure out what needle size i need. 4s (recommended) are way too big, so were 3s, and even 2s don’t quite get it right. however, i refuse to knit light worsted weight with 1s, so i have decreased a few repeats to do the lace panel so it won’t be huge. i just need to get some 24″ US2 circs. i was going to order them online, but instead i have decided to hunt for them at STITCHES WEST on sunday!

amy agreed to go with me so today i bought the tickets online. i was going to go even if it was alone, but i’m glad amy is coming because it will be way more fun. i am going to take out some cash, probably $50-60, and not spend more than that. i don’t really NEED yarn for anything, but i might like to buy one or two pretty skeins to ‘enhance’ my stash. plus those needles. we’ll see how it goes.

since victorian ruby requires concentration again, and i am at a temporary halt on the bodice, i started glampyre’s minisweater/boobholder with the teal wool my mom got me in ireland. i should have just barely enough for it. i’m really happy to be doing something with it. i still have 250g of the red that is unassigned. maybe i’ll felt something with it. i’m knitting this minisweater as fast as i can manage so i don’t have another random WIP sitting around.

i have a few other small things sitting around that maybe i’ll document later when i a) feel like taking pictures and b) want to feel ridiculous about how many i actually have.

more updates, and pictures, after sunday!

i certainly did not mean to go so long without posting, but i guess i’ve been busy. i had a friend staying on my couch for three weeks, my sister visited, i finally rewrote my resume, and i’ve been slowly cleaning and reorganizing my apartment. and, of course, knitting.i’m in the middle of several things, as usual. a red zissou hat for james, which is temporarily on hold, because it turns out that one skein of swish superwash is NOT enough, as i had hoped. then there’s the random dishcloths i would like to have done already. i am making slow but steady progress on the drop stitch portion of “victorian ruby”. during the superbowl i powered through over 10 repeats. i finally got my scale a few weeks ago, so i figured out that i used a little under 10 grams for the lacy end. at a total of 50 grams of yarn, that gives me a maximum of 30 gram to use for the body of the scarf. i don’t know if i’ll need that much, but maybe i’ll just make it extra long.

and then, there’s this. i’ve gone and started my first sweater! the pattern is stitch diva’s simple knitted bodice, and the yarn is classic elite classic silk. grumperina has been raving about and it looked great for this pattern so i decided to give it a try. i completed the yoke two nights ago, and i have a few more body rows before i start the lace paneling. however, before i am allowed to start the lace, i have to make another swatch to figure out what size needle i need for that section. the recommended needle sizes are not working out for me (i’m knitting the main part on 6s instead of 7s). whether i use 2s or 3s for the lace section, i’m going to need to buy some 24″ circs in that size, but i figured i could swatch on what i already have.

in other crafty news, i just redid our dining chairs. last month at the big IKEA sale we got these plain, light wood, white cushioned chairs for cheap. we really needed new chairs, and i knew i could spruce them up. so with some shiny chinese-inspired fabric (in my favourite color, of course), a staple gun, and some gold spraypaint, we have a huge improvement. i love them!

i have been on a big home improvement/redecorating stint. i bought some fabric to create some curtain/shade things for our living room windows. i’m going to base them on these simple blinds. after my very few adventures in sewing, i’m feeling like i can do anything. and anyway, all i have to do is sew some straight lines. really long straight lines.