Sunday, April 29, 2012

Feather and Fan Until the Cows Come Home

My multnomah shawl is almost done! I just started repeat 9....only one more to go! I am looking forward to finishing this so I can start something new. I feel like I've been knitting this f.o.r.e.v.e.r.  Granted...I did get into a car accident and put it up for awhile. But still. F.O.R.E.V.E.R. 

Right now it is looking a little scrawny, but I'm fairly confident that it will grow when I block it.  Besides the pattern being pretty easy and memorable, I am bored knitting this.  There are just so many stitches per row - it takes a good 30+ minutes per row! So even though a repeat is only 4 takes forever. 

I am trying to think of what I want to knit after this.  I'm thinking a purple ruffle scarf for my friend Sadie for sure (read: I already bought the yarn).  I joined another swap with the Danger Crafts group on Rav so there will be whatever pattern I decide on.  And then....I'm thinking of tackling my first sweater.  Rachel gave me three skeins of pretty green Mirasol yarn and I'm thinking maybe I might try Tiny Tea Leaves for my niece Anna.  We shall see.  

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Forever and a Day

It feels like forever and a day since I last updated my blog.  In my defense the projects I was working on were secret ones.  We also moved to a new apartment.  And I've been enjoying my new found "life" these past few weeks.  

Nate and I moved to a cool, converted old mill (we think it's haunted!) on the Rhode Island/Massahusetts border.  And my commute has shortened drastically.  Now, instead of leaving at 5:30 every morning for work and coming home at 8, I am leaving at 6:30 every morning and coming home at about 6:45.  I feel like I have a life again :) I can do stuff after work and not immediately want to go to bed.  It's amazing!!
View of our new living/dining room and kitchen. 
Hoo Hoo
 On the knitting front, I've been working on a few things.  I finished up a swap gift for a new found Ravelry friend.  I made her an owl from the Owls Two Ways pattern which I was not absolutely in love with.  My owl did not really come out too owl-y I don't think.  Maybe I didn't stuff it enough, or I didn't seam it up right...but to me it looks a lot like a purple blob.  Not my best project, that's for sure.

I also made a super cute little hair bow from the Mini Sunbow pattern which was super easy and super cute.  Really. Perfect for beginner knitters and perfect for using up scrap yarn.  While I made this one for my swap partner, I am definitely going to be making up a bunch more - for me!! There is also a larger bow pattern by the designer which looks fun too.

And I finished up and gave my friend Jackie her Christmas present!  I used the Twist and Flounce pattern and it was a lot of fun.  I started the flounce part when my wrist was still mending from it's shattered state.  I did a Purl Front and Back in this pattern for the first time which was interesting.  And the pseudo-cable was ridiculously easy.  This was a relatively quick knit, and one I would probably do again.  It is a key hole style scarf which is the first one I have ever knit.  I used Berocco Vintage Chunky yarn and it was so vibrant and squishy and pretty.  And Jackie seemed to really enjoy it too -- Granted, she should have had it at the end of January.....but y'know.  We do live in New England, maybe we will get one last cold spell?