Wednesday, July 24, 2013

{WIP} Hey, Hey, Hey

I'm a sucker for test knitting and I'm working on another pattern by Megan.  This time it's the Blurred Lines socks which should be released in late August.

This pattern uses self-striping yarn, so after digging through my stash I undug my Quaere Fibers self striping in the Tokyo Underground colorway and got to work. Since my yarn does  not have 4 rows or more between stripes, I'm testing the method of doing it every other color change. may notice I am knitting these toe-up TWO AT A TIME. BOOYAH. I'm getting to my sock knitter's goal of learning. (and this way I won't have second sock syndrome)

And since the sock pattern is called Blurred Lines....I've had the song stuck in my head non-stop since casting on. Hey, hey, hey.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

{WIP} It Fits!

It has been too hot and too muggy to do much of anything lately.  Very little knitting, spinning, or stitching has happened in the last week.  But, I finally knit the few easy peasy stockinette rows after separating the sleeves from the body and with trepidation I finally tried it on. And it fits! Hallelujah, hallelujah! Now if I can survive the oncoming onslaught of short rows I will hopefully have a wearable garment :D I feel like half the battle is won. 

One thing that it has not been too hot for is reading! This week, for Ginny's Yarn Along, I am currently reading Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor.  This book is amazing.  Simply amazing.  It is YA, as I am a self confessed YA junkie, but please do not let that scare you away...this book is gripping in its storytelling and features a strong female protagonist.  It is a fresh twist on the age old battle between angels and demons with such very unique twists.  It also takes place in a part of the world that doesn't really appear much in YA, or any American, fiction.  From the streets of Prague to Paris, adventure happens on every page.  I am almost done with it and cannot wait to start the sequel.


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

{WIP} Great Moogly, Oogly! I've got some sleeves!

Better late than never! I kind of completely forgot today was Wednesday what with having tomorrow off for the 4th of July.  And accounting.  The accounting (work related) is eating my brain cells.  For those of you curious, I am the FSA Specialist for my company and I am currently in the midst of the year end forfeiture accounting.  Which is hysterical because one of the reasons why I was a European History major back in my BA days was so I could AVOID using maths. Lets just say this: there is a slew of former Amy math teachers who have been wandering around in a panic and not knowing why the last two weeks. As long as I keep telling myself that accounting isn't really real math I don't freak out too bad!

So, I didn't finish my Vitamin D in time for Must Stash Podcast's sweater KAL. But, I am proud of myself for trying to get it done in time.  Last weekend I finally took the plunge and separated the sleeves from the body.  As I figured I totally over thought it.  Piece of cake.  However, I do have the scary short rows coming up.  

It actually looks like a sweater (kind of)

I have also been working on the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's Springtime Sampler and I'm really enjoying this! Since each picture is small and contained I feel a great sense of accomplishment each time I finish a square.  As you can see I have just started the outline for the third square.  

Square one is a pint of strawberries, square 2 is a bunny, and square 3...well, we will have to wait and see!

I took a trip to the library yesterday evening and picked up a bunch of books that had come in (I like to "order" them online and pick them up on my way home).  With my usual slew of YA books, I did pick up The Lady Most Willing by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway.  I am such a sucker for regency romance novels.