Sunday, September 19, 2010

It is Saturday and I should be cleaning. I really should be cleaning. And I will clean. I really will clean... after this update. Due to general slothiness and an ass-kicking cold the week before last, my place is even shamblier than usual...and I plan to address this. I really do. There is a problem however, as I think my cold has come back. I wonder if it is not a cold, but in fact an allergy to house work. My theory may have some flaws though, as I usually start feeling plague-y at work. Perhaps I actually have an allergy to work or an allergy to the people I work with.

In any case, due to this recurring plague I may bail on Nuit Blanche tonight. Even though I promised some workmates I would go and one of the "zones" is literally outside my apartment door...well truthfully it is literally across the street and one block east from my apartment door, which I guess means that one of the "zones" is figuratively outside my apartment door. But I digress. I think I will bail as I can't afford to stay out all night and become even sicker.

In the meantime.

I have been a non-enthusiastic manner. Perhaps this is because I am unhappy in my life or maybe my problem is that I have too many long term projects on the go- and not enough instant gratification.

In theory this

should be a "Wheeeee! This is so much fun, I can't wait to finish it and wear it" project. The pattern is the Gothic Revival shawl and I am enjoying knitting it, however the yarn: Dream in Color Starry- is dyeing my hands black as I knit, which eliminates this as a "Knit in public" project. I am also worried about wearing it for the same reason but hopefully I'll be able to rinse all the dye out. I know dark coloured yarns have a tendency to bleed a bit, but after working with this yarn for a few minutes I look more like a mechanic than a knitter. I'll be honest, I'm not too impressed considering how much this yarn costs.

I have also been working on the Fountainhead Shawl

for several months however this is also a knit at home project as the yarn is so fine that I need full concentration. A dropped stitch could cause the project to explode...figuratively.

I am also still working on the sweater from the last post, and another sweater that I am too lazy to take pictures of and an ugly sock. Perhaps I could finish the sock, but then I would have to make another. Maybe I'll just take a nap.

Saturday, September 04, 2010


I'm rather embarrassed that I haven't updated this since May! Although truth be told that last post was created right before the "yarn" hit the fan at work. Everything went explode-y for a while and things have sort of finally calmed down.... sort of. I got promoted and a few months later, actually got a raise for my troubles which will enable me to either pay off my debt a little sooner or buy more yarn. I am leaning toward the 2nd option.

I have been using my time wisely but be warned - this video contains violence towards knitting. It also contains a song by the *Yeah Yeah Yeahs

*please don't sue me, I give credit where credit is due. Plus I am cute.

In other news have been knitting. Oh how I have been knitting. I finally finished this sweater

I have been knitting this sweater for over a year. I was trying to get rid of some Wool of the Andes that had been languishing in my stash for far to long and for some reason, decided on this sweater. It was a fairly interesting knit and has some interesting construction details in the sleeve area. I wasn't crazy about the gaping neckline though so I extended the ribbing at the neckline. Actually I am not sure why I initially decided on this sweater in the first place... I may have been drunk at the time. But I digress.

I sewed a big button and a snap at the neck and wore the sweater to work on Friday but it just wasn't falling right. Problem solved as I am now <3ing this Annie Adams shawl pin. It's pewter and completely awesome.

I have a couple more sweaters and shawls on the go but am too lazy to take "in progess" photos of everything.

One of the current sweaters is the Marigold sweater from the late summer/early fall edition of Interweave Knits. I am worried it may end up being a bit big for me, but I seem to have lost all sense of size. I don't know. I can say with absolute certainty that it is too big for the cat.