i can not stop knitting on my blankie! it's been a week since i started it and i haven't even thought about my other projects. i'm completely obsessed with those sweet little mitered squares, choosing the next little ball of yarn, deciding where it's new home should be - obsessed i tell you!
so i've been sick. pretty darn sick. and basically confined to bed for over a week now. the doctor still says i'm not allowed out of quarantine until at least wednesday. ugh.
the good thing about being a knitter is that there are perks to being given such an edict. namely, endless knitting time. and thus, when we look back on times of sickness, we can equally associate those periods as times of projects x, y and z.
it started in rockport, where the beginning of the flu led me to hunker down and get to some sock knitting. this is ceylan gul's knitty twist socks pattern (rav link)
until either the flu-brain or the meds got me to a point where i couldn't for the life of me figure out something i did wrong in the pattern, so i switched to the lace ribbon scarf. (rav link) pattern by veronik avery from knitty, spring '08
it is a lovely pattern but it's my first foray into the land of lace knitting and it makes me feel a bit like an obese giant trying to knit with hair.
so then i need an instant-gratification quick fix project so i decided to knit up some lovely malabrigo i got from swapping my 000 circular needles (don't ask). this is the zigzag cowl pattern by mandy powers (rav link) but i'm about to run out of yarn and am not loving the way it's coming out, so there is a very good chance i'll end up frogging.
by friday i was magically feeling better! good enough to clean my closet and finally find the bag of batting i was needing to finish the long-neglected socktopus. (rav link ) pattern by laura edwards from knitty, winter '08
which, of course, lama promptly attacked
then, surprisingly, from saturday to monday i was too sick even to knit (yes, apparently it's possible).
and, when i finally felt up for knitting again, what better to soothe me than to have my beloved long-term companion in my lap
after claire started her beautiful blanket she has been, shall we say, kindly encouraging me to start a blankie of my own.
a start date of february 18th was set, and i diligently cast on.
since wednesday i have been completely obsessed! picking out the yarn for the next little square and knitting it up is very satisfying and far more fun than you would think it should be.
i can't stop making squares!
now lest you think that i just go around willy-nilly letting claire boss me into starting huge knitting projects, let me tell you this one has been in the works for a while (meaning i do let her boss me into starting projects, but there is nothing willy-nilly about it). i was plotting at both christmas and my birthday to get beautiful mini skein sets from sunshine yarns.
and lastly, and most importantly, lest you think that claire actually is bossy and a bad influence, know that, well, actually she is bossy (but i like it), and i have never been happier to be influenced to start a huge and seemingly never-ending project.
so, "thank you claire!" i am so glad that we're going to be blankieing together!
you know, lindsey, this means you're the only one in the sandwich not making a blankie..... think about it and let me know if you want me to sic claire on you!
i just got back from a wonderful trip to the sea.
we spent the weekend in rockport, ma.
had some amazing seafood (first time i've had clam chowder since i was a wee one.)
and wandered around in the delightful harbor town- home to the most painted and photographed building in the country. who knew? this is the infamous fish shack- technically (and affectionately) referred to as 'motif #1' wikipedia link .
unfortunately, i also got a bad case of the flu while i was there. on the plus side, that has ensured that i have had a lot of knitting time. i'll post pictures of progress as soon as a sunbeam arrives in nyc.
i used the rowan felted tweed that i had leftover from my legwarmers. i am in love this yarn, after just a little blocking it becomes oh-so-soft. the colors are subtle and lovely, little flecks of blue and white peeping through the canopy of lace leaves.
it was a fun project to knit - quick, and the lace pattern was easy enough to memorize but just complicated enough to keep me from getting bored.
last sunday was gloriously beautiful in nyc. almost 60 degrees and sunny- with those gorgeous long wintery shadows. perfect day for a trip to coney island.
i hadn't been there since last year at about this time, and man have things changed. coney island is in an incredible state of neglect and disrepair as the city and other private groups putz around in deciding what to do with it. in the meantime, the once vibrant, fun atmosphere-
has given way to a sort of ghost town vibe.
the bright, carnival-colors of yesteryear
are now found in decay and abandonment
amazing, despite it's decay, how beautiful it still is
it's definitely still a wonderful place to spend a sunday afternoon.
i set out to crochet this little guy for lindsey (pattern and rav link). i did the body, no problem. i got through the first (of eight!) legs and realized that i was not cutout to crochet octopus legs.
but an octopus is not an octopus without eight legs - so i made the executive decision to knit the legs instead. ta da! perhaps inventing what is quite possibly the world's first knit/crochet hybrid octopus.
but what's to become of that first and now abandoned crochet leg? all that was needed to solve that dilemma was a little catnip.
i have been struggling to come up with an idea for lily's valentines this year. but as always, inspiration comes when you least expect it. i was making the above flower to decorate a package i was sending to a friend when *bam!* it hit me!
i immediately went to the recycle bin and pulled out a pile of old catalogs and started cutting out everything i saw that was red and/or pink.
then lily and i got to work.
we got a brown grocery bag and just started started gluing.
we glued and glued.
and then we glued some more.
we glued until every last teeny-tiny peep of brown paper was covered in reds and pinks.
then we cut the big sheet down into valentined-sized pieces.
lily drew a heart onto cardboard to be our template and then we traced it onto each card.
now comes the time (claire you may want to look away)... for the glitter glue!!!
i took the red and traced out the hearts while lily came behind me with the pink and white making all sorts of lovely squiggly loopy designs.
the sandwich officially began our very first knit-a-long while we were together in houston over mlk weekend.
we're doing the infamous february lady sweater rav link.
melissa is using that lovely spiced pumpkin colored wool above- Farmhouse Yarns Andy's Merino (which is so straight-from-the-farm wonderful that it still has bits of hay in it) (melissa's rav link)
lindsey is using the wonderfully light and squishy berroco comfort in a bright blueish/purplish
and i am using malabrigo for the first time (and loving it) in a color melissa has (very appropriately) dubbed 'magic raisin'. not quite brown, not quite purple. (cmv's rav link)
we cast on together in houston...
has anyone been working on it since?
i've worked on it only a little since- got to the row with the yo s and got intimidated. luckily, the brilliant melissa and her equally brilliant math professor husband saved me by figuring out how to space the yarn overs on that crazy row. i feel guilty saying it after all the work they put in figuring it out for me, but in hopes of saving more such work- let me pass on this great link i found: yarn over spacing calculator