Saturday, April 28

My new set-up

Finally, I got my own computer: such a gratifying thing. Before, I had to share with the rest of my family and sometimes they had more time-consuming important things to do than my blogging- they're Muggles, they wouldn't understand.

Last night, I caught up on the last two episodes of Lost. While I watched Lost on my beautiful new Mac, I decided I needed some mindless knitting. The Multi-Yarn Shawl is perfect: row after row of plain old stockinette.
I'm really hoping having my own computer will make blogging so much simpler, and already I think it does. Still learning the Mac, since I'm an ex-PC user. Wish me luck! Everyone have a great weekend of knitting!!

Tuesday, April 24

April Update

I haven't posted in a few weeks and I really have no excuse-- just business combined with laziness. I've been taking plenty of pictures, but then I can't find the time to post. So, with graduation coming up in 3 weeks, I think, I will have much more time to knit and post. Also, this weekend I will finally be getting my own computer which will make blogging a lot less of a hassle. Now here's a comprehensive list of what I've been buying, knitting, crocheting, and thinking about kniting.

New Treats

I read Stephanie's new book in 2 days-- I couldn't put it down. I also picked up the new Rebecca mag, my favorite. I've found a project in my new mag that would be perfect for some ArtYarns Regal Silk I've had in my stash for about a year:

The shrug on the front is absolutely adorable as well-- I'm planning on making it with either Louet Euroflax or KnitPicks new CotLin.

While I was out buying books, I picked up some yarn to celebrate Lent's ending. I gave up buying yarn for Lent and it was fairly difficult, I'm happy I made it through alive. Anyway, the yarn is also in keeping with Project Spectrum's colors.

The soak is for blocking my Cabled Footies. The MIssion Falls 1824 Cotton is in a great bubblegum pink with which I plan to make a crochet cap from last summer's Rebecca:

Blushing Grannies
I loved this pattern the first time I saw it:

Blushing Grannies is from the Feb/Mar 07 issue of Crochet Today.

This is a close-up of the squares-- I'm really enjoying the crocheting. So far, I've completed 8. Blushing Grannies is destined to be my dorm bedspread next year, but I've got quite a few months to finish.

This week my LYS is having an anniversary sale and I've limited myself to purchasing enough Tahki Cotton Classic for one summer top. Here are the two I am trying to decide between. Any input would be great and color suggestions would also be helpful.

Tank from Knitting Nature

Tank from KnitSimple's Spring/Summer 2007 issue, I think.

Monday, April 2

PS for Spring

Pink, Yellow, and Green

My Favorite Tree and a close-up of the blossoms:

Here are some more shots of flowers in my yard:

Sunday, April 1

Fixation Gauge Drives Me Crazy

Knitting with Fixation is a lesson in patience for me. I love the way it looks and stretches, but the tension is a pain in the neck.

I sat and finished the first sock while reading The Blind Assassin. The second sock I cast on at work, knit the ribbing, turned the heel and decreased the foot and knit it around for a few inches. That night I finished the toe, but didn't graft the toe together until this week. They still need the ends woven in and to be washed, but I will have a great pair of summer socks shortly!

Once I finished the Fixation socks, I've been working pretty much exclusively on my Somewhat Cowl, but I had a row or two of tension issues due to being used to knitting with Fixation. The rows aren't very obvious and I'm nearly done with the bottom ribbing. Once I have the body finished I will try it on and make sure everything is as it should or I may be ripping back a few inches to correct the gauge and/or waist increases.

I've not sewn another project but I've been doing lots of research and trying to organize a space for sewing. My family also went out of town this weekend to visit an aunt who is a master quilter and I have plans to "study" with her this summer. I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully I'll have some more time to sew this coming week!

More pictures will be coming soon and I am combing my stash for projects to work on for the April/May Project Spectrum Colors. Some might even include sewing projcts, I hope.