That’s a duh, I suppose.

Things have been hectic, and then during the move I sprained my hand, which is still recovering. So my knitting has been a row here, a row there, and not a lot of progress. I’ve kept to mostly knitting dishcloths – we need them and they’re small enough that a couple rows is both progress and not so much I hurt myself.

After the holidays I really want to get all my WIPs off the needles so I can start something new and cool. And maybe actually get holiday gifts done by the holidays they are meant to be done for. I am taking a semester or two off school to save up for the next batch of classes, so I should have plenty(ish) of time.

One of these years I will actually knit a sweater.



August 20, 2008

I think I’m skipping trying for another pair or two for SOS. It’s a bit disappointing that I only got three pairs done when I was hoping for six, but I’m kinda sick of just knitting socks, and I seem to get more done when I have a variety of projects going on. Plus I’d like to get some of the things on the needles off of them before we move.

Busy, busy.

June 26, 2008

Things here have been busy lately. First, Stitch n’ Pitch:

The game was okay. Most of the people I recognized from Ravelry were on the far end of the section from me, so no real socializing. Just ooing and trying to peek at what everyone was working on without appearing obnoxiously nosy. And the goody bags. Free loot! Mostly Shawn watched the game and I got the cuff done on my first Nutkin (anklet sized), which is now done:

My goal for Summer of Socks is one sock a week, so I’m ahead of schedule. Yay!

Then there was Convergence. There were three knitting-focused booths, and even if one of those was a little under half weaving yarn. But still, for fiber addicts, a mecca. For those who like taking pictures of fiber, not so much. I was asked to turn off my camera shortly after being there — I guess there was something in the packet of information for non-day goers that specified no photography. But I did get a few pictures, including one this lovely fiber:

I was alone and not feeling well, so that made it less fun, but I did pick up goodies.

Some Soak:

And this neat Kumihimo (Japanese braiding) loom/kit:

And my best deal of the day, 6,300 yards of a light fingering weight cotton (6/2 in weaving terms) — a mill end from Webs, and under $20, in my favorite green:

I also got some J-Knits sock yarn and some Araucania Ulmo (cotton) Multy from Knit ‘n Knibble’s booth, and some gorgeous superwash/bamboo sock yarn from FiberLady. I really, really wanted to get something from Knitting Notions — they had some amazing stuff, but I was so overwhelmed by all the gorgeousness I couldn’t pick anything (well, other than really wanting a swift that I couldn’t afford and have no where to store). I came back three times, and still… overwhelmed, so since I knew they had an online store, I figured I’d put them on the top of my mental list (and knitting store bookmarks) for when I am ready to buy a swift, and the next time I have a yarn need they can fill.

Other than that, my Ribs and Lace tank is hibernating until the end of SoS, but it’s getting close to done. All that’s left is lots and lots of ribbing (and shaping). Shawn’s socks are very close to halfway done, but those are hibernating, too.

As a side note on Foody Friday, I haven’t been baking. First when the summer semester started I was just overwhelmed, and then I found out that I’m likely gluten intolerant (plus lactose intolerant and fructose malaborbant until my body heals from the gluten/autoimmune damage), so I’ve been eating gluten free since the 7th. Which means I’m going to have to learn a whole new way of baking (and buy all new supplies), which is probably a ways off (GF crap is expensive). For a silver lining I am seeing improvement already (hair not coming out by the literal fistful = very, very good), so I’m not minding it so much. Less time baking = more time knitting, and for now, that works for me.

One of these days I’ll have a real, live FO to share. Really.

There’s been a dozen posts I’ve meant to make. But first I had the killer cold a doom for two weeks. And now I’m having blindingly painful jaw/face/headaches every afternoon/evening. I’m not sure if it’s jaw-related (my right jaw has been popping when I yawn for about a year now, and that’s the same jaw that’s aching), sinus related from leftover cold issues, or hormonal (I should be PMSing, though my cycles have been wacky for forever now).

Yesterday I was thinking maybe it was chocolate because I had a piece of easter candy in the morning and a headache developed, then diminished for a bit, but returned after a piece of pie at desert time. I’m going to stay away from the stuff a few more days, but I’m thinking it was just coincidence.

I really haven’t been doing much baking or knitting, but I will eventually write about what I have done as soon as my brain can string the words and pictures together.


January 4, 2008

I got the api approval for the Rav bar widget! And then spent all night configuring it. There’s a reason I’m using WordPress for a knitting blog — I’m so far removed from design these days that I can’t remember how to do it. Anyway, you can’t use it here (yet), so I put it on that other blog for now, mostly using ESC’s code to mod it so far. I may steal other parts from other people later.

Oh, you can hear the cackling all the way from here, can you?

Sorry ’bout that.

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Okie, so. In the last entry, waaay down at the bottom, I talked a bit about podcasts. And how I was listening to Cast On and catching up there right now. Well, I’d listened to Episode 1.5 yesterday and was thrilled at hearing Allison Crowe‘s In the Bleak Midwinter, but not particularly surprised, as she’s one of the best indie artists out there (along with Andrea Florian and Jenny Dalton). But just now I was listening to Episode 4, where Brenda Dayne again plays Allison Crowe, but in fact, talks about her this time. And talks about the website. The website I painstakingly rebuilt from scratch a few months before the podcast was recorded.

I am so blushing right now.

The site is a bit different now than then. I’ve not been the one maintaining it, other than changing the header image maybe a year ago, but the fact that it lives and grows without a major redesign is a testament to Allison’s career.

Anyway, it was a really nice surprise to hear. And even better to hear Ally’s music whilst I tink knit.

I caved.

October 21, 2007

I just can’t seem to spam either my livejournal or main blog with knitting posts, no matter how much or how often I want to ramble about some new yarn or whatnot. But with getting my Ravelry invite, I decided a space to do so was definitely needed.

One downside of things right now is that my camera battery is beyond dead. Meaning I can only use the camera when it’s plugged in. Add that to our apartment being a dark cave most of the time and I don’t snap much anymore. Sometime in the next few days I’ll get my tripod out and see if I can snap all my wips and stash and everything I’ve made to put up for sale on etsy.

Mostly right now I’m just working on getting etsy stuff done, actually. A pair of sleeve-mitts, dishcloths, kitty toys, and two scarves this week. Next week I’ll be working on gifts for a few days before NaKniSweMo if I can find time during vacation/birthday stuff. Hopefully I’ll be able to get both the sweater done, AND start my Cozy before the end of the month, otherwise it’ll have to wait until January. Knitting things for myself, omg! the concept.

Anyway, at some later time I’ll think of a decent title, some categories, add links and so on. For now, I has knitting blog – YAY!