Wednesday, March 25, 2015

wordless wednesday: into giants

winter shadows

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

new treasury: 1990s

since i'm in vintage mode lately, i put together a monochromatic 90s treasury on etsy. i forgot these were fun, dude.

1990s vintage


maybe next something spring-y? it would be nice to see some color around here, but it seems like it'll never stop snowing...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

neon lace

so i realized i have never photographed one of my favorite FOs, my neon lace socks. these started out a thrifted white merino and cashmere sweater. i unraveled the body, and was left with the sleeves.

recycled yarn


i'd heard of using sweater sleeves as sock blanks before, so i figured i'd give that a try. it turned out pretty awesome, i think. i used some of my hoard of easter egg dyes to make a super neon rainbow. one sleeve turned out to be enough for both socks. the dye didn't penetrate the knit fabric fully, which actually gave the yarn a cool sort of mottled look. so, something to be aware of if that's not what you're going for.

hand dyed rainbow yarn


i knit the socks pretty much directly from the sleeve, without winding it into a ball first.. seemed unnecessary. okay, fine, i guess i could have, but who needs an extra step between them and knitting? i did discover that the yarn is a bit delicate for socks. like a lot of store-bought sweaters, this one was made from multiple strands of loosely-plied thin yarn. it's not exactly the sturdiest construction, and certainly not machine washable (which is something i usually avoid when sock knitting).. sigh. but so rainbowy!

rainbow socks in progress


i did also have to take sections of color out here and there in the second sock, so that the color repeats would more or less match up. this did lead to more end-weaving than i like to do (what am i saying? i like to do zero.) for the pattern, i wanted something fairly simple but more interesting than just plain stockinette. i went with diagonal lace socks. just right! these really deserve a better fo portrait, but for now, enjoy some color. (:

rainbow knitting

Friday, February 13, 2015

endless winter

snow drift

round here it has been all snow, all the time. currently seeking location for hibernation. please stand by.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2014: twitter edition

some of my favorites of this past year. wtf, 2014?



(i guess i thought there'd be more food...)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2014

sunset, september

so this past year i met my friend's new baby, got engaged, worked with some awesome people, met my sister's new baby, spent time with some cats, saw some friends get married, ate some good food, saw some great concerts. etc.

increases

there has been altogether not enough knitting, amongst other things. have been slowly adding some of this year's photos to my flickr stream. working on some changes in 2015. (:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

spinzilla results

so i succeeded in spinning only 725.25 yards of yarn for spinzilla week. but, that is still more yarn than i have spun in months and certainly more than i've ever done in one week. so i think i can still declare spinzilla 2014 somewhat of a success.

handspun spunky eclectic

first off was spunky eclectic's panda top in road trip. was lovely to spin, and her colorways are always tasty. (it looks a bit warmer in the photo here than in real life.) i got this braid at the massachusetts sheep & woolcraft festival in 2010, and it had been sadly languishing until now. soon to be socks!

random handspun yarn

second was another random yarn generator thing, which i always have fun with. i was not too excited about the colors it came up with (black, white, and purple), but when it was done it reminded me of a dress that's been on my modcloth wishlist...

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lastly (and unfinished-ly), is some traveling rhinos merino top. so soft and squishy. only got about 177 yards of it in before the time ran out. it's a sort-of light fingering weight single that will probably be a real actual shawl. i am not a shawl-wearer typically, but i've been won over by some patterns i've seen lately. this has also been hanging out since my birthday, 2010. it's like there's a four-year waiting list for my fiber stash.

so i guess i did not realize how much purple i had. purple knitting in 2015!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

spinzilla!

so, i did it.. i signed up for spinzilla this year. i've been away from the wheel for far too long, and this is a pretty good impetus. i figure i should have some spin goals to aim for.

* definitely planning on another random yarn generator-type project.

as for possible project goals...

* 11oz bulky for the body of cathode
* 7oz dk/sport weight for tappan zee
* 3.5oz sport weight for arlen

i think this, however, may be destined to be yet another pair of socks. why do i get keep getting sucked in to handspun sock yarn?

handspun for spinzilla
pre- and post-drafting, and a single on the bobbin

go team happy fuzzy yarn!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

sweater weather

so it looks like i need to admit that it's going to be fall pretty damn soon. (i don't have to like it..) i am need of a cozy sweater. not a pullover, but something with buttons. maybe i can start doing that knitting thing again, remember that? i do have a ravelry queue a mile and a half long, after all...

levenwick
i do like the levenwick (and have been wanting to make something with shelter for ages!), but it's not quite the warm & cozy thing i'm looking for.. especially with the three-quarter sleeves.

funky grandpa
a funky grandpacardigan is definitely something i need in my life. not so sure about the big open v-neck at this point though. a coordinating scarf would be in order...

simultane
but a simultane! would have to lengthen the sleeves, probably the body too, for my purposes. getting warmer though (har).

sesame
i think the one i have finally decided on is sesame, which has been in my queue since it was published in magknits in 2005. yay for stripes! now the real question is, can i finish a dk-weight sweater before spring?