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|"And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen." - Ex. 35.25
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|A few weeks back I won a contest on Leah's blog, and the prize was a skein of her handspun!
Isn't it beautiful? I love the colors, and I've picked out the pattern I'm going to make: the Flame Chevron Scarf. I'm so excited, but I'm trying to wait a little bit because right now I have too many projects on the needles!
Leah was also a participant (with A and S) in a little knitting photoshoot on the LSU Campus last week. The three of them had FOs that needed pictures for their Ravelry pages, and we all have the same lunch hour free, so we decided to meet in the quad and take pictures. It was so much fun, and some of the pictures turned out really cute. Some of my favorites:
And S's Hat/Beret.
So why did I call this post a teaser? Because I have lots more pictures of their beautiful FOs to share, and I'll be posting them soon on the new location of this blog:
For various reasons, I'm switching away from Xanga to Blogger, and I hope you'll follow me over there. (The new RSS feed is here if you want to update your aggregator/reader of choice.) I'll still keep this site, of course, and all my entries will remain here, but there are a lot more options at Blogger, especially since Xanga has discontinued support for some Java codes I really like, like Ravelry Progress Bars, which are important so that I have some semblance of accountability for all those WIPs! ;)
I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend and getting lots of knitting time! =)
|In my last post, I mentioned a plan to put together a 2008 Knitting Year-in-Review type post, and when I started to do that, I realized there was another FO that didn't have any pictures - oops! I finished my Mmmalabrigo House Mittens back in November, but...wait...as I am composing this, I am realizing that the mittens have been finished since November of 2007 - holy crow! And they still never got any FO pictures, because mittens are a pain to photograph! (Does anyone know if there are mitten blockers, like sock blockers? I've never seen any, but I think they would come in handy.) But another fun Christmas present I got was a remote for my camera, so instead of fancy mitten pictures, I present pictures of me goofing off wearing the mittens instead!|
Imagine the scene on my patio: focus camera, go stand in approximately the right spot, click remote, frantically shove remote in pocket and come up with some strange pose, rinse and repeat. I'm glad there is a fence so that most of my neighbors probably couldn't see me.
This is supposed to be something you'd do if it was cold and you were clutching your arms to your chest to keep warm...only, as you can see, I'm wearing a short sleeve shirt. Now, in all fairness, if I hadn't been protected from the wind and had been out there for more than a few minutes, I would have gotten cold really quickly...but still. It's supposed to be a bit chillier tomorrow, perfect sweater weather, so that will be lovely.
And on that note, I'm out! Much to do to finish preparing for tomorrow. And I guess one of these days I'll do a 2008 Knits post...hmm... =)
|...because I am about to sound like a huge snob. Why? Because I totally cleaned up knitting-wise for Christmas! Family has learned that buying me yarn is not a great idea because I'm picky, but they feed the knitting addiction in other ways. Let me demonstrate.|
The greatest sock blockers ever. I've been wanting some sock blockers for a long time just 'cause they are nifty, and found these shooting star ones sold by an eBay seller used by a lady I knit with. Love at first sight! And what's peeking out from the bottom of the picture? Oh that's right, I finally have FO pictures of my Pacific Sunrise Socks. They've been done for weeks (months?) but I never got around to taking pictures. Now, they are officially photographed!
This is the last FO from 2008 (dude, I swear it was just 2007, and now it's 2009?) and so I'm hoping to do a collage of all my projects from last year. Thank you Ravelry for making that possible!
I love what the colors of Dez's yarn do, especially on the foot.
What else did I get for Christmas? Knit Picks Options Needles!!!
I've wanted a set of these for a long time now, and finally asked for (and got!) them - hooray! Unfortunately, the zipper on the case has already broken, but I'm going to email them tomorrow and see if I can get a replacement - it should last longer than a few weeks! On those needles is the beginning of a new scarf (swoon...I love scarfs...)
It's a replica of the scarf Rosalie Hale/Cullen wears in the first cafeteria scene of the Twilight movie. (Ravel it. * See the original.) The story is set in cold, rainy Forks, WA, so there is knitwear galore in the movie, and some really talented knitters and crocheters have been reverse engineering the knits and sharing their patterns, and for that I'm grateful, because it means I don't have to do it. (Although, if I can get a good picture of the blue scarf Alice wears in the field trip scene, I'm all over that. If you've seen one, please let me know!) I've been wanting a neutral-colored scarf for a while now ("How long have you been seventeen?" "A while.") and this one came along. Excellent. I think I'll be able to get the yarn for Bella's Mittens soon (tomorrow, hopefully!) so I can make those, too. Double excellent.
And with that, I think I'm out. It's bedtime! I hope you got some wonderful knitting stuff over the holidays as well. =)
ETA: Bummer! I finished this after midnight, otherwise it would have been posted on my 5-year Xanga Blogiversary! Close but no cigar. ;)
ETA2: After edit #8 (#9?) I think this post is finally good to go. I should not blog at night.
|So is everyone having a lovely holiday season? Good! I am - Santa was generous, I get a few weeks off* to hang with the family, and get some knitting done! Woo! I've been better about updating my Rav than my Xanga; in fact, I've been on Ravelry a whole, whole lot lately. Partly because of the free time, partly because of my latest obsession: the Twilight Saga! Even though I'm about ten years older than the target audience, I saw the movie on a whim with some friends and was instantly hooked! I got the books asap and locked myself away to enter the sparkleverse. If you haven't heard of Twilight, it's basically a series of four books (there may be a fifth someday) about vampires and werewolves and teen angst. Here's one of my fave descriptions:|
Emo teenage girl moves to new town, meets mysterious boy, realizes he's
a sparkling vampire; Greatest Love of All Time Omg ensues. In later
books, a love triangle forms with the addition of a werewolf. Babies
are of tantamount importance; going to college is not. Some readers
rank the series up there with Pride and Prejudice and the works of Shakespeare; some readers... beg to differ. Severely.
Love it. Neither the books nor the movie are great literature/cinema, but they are fun and engaging, and the books are full of suspense, leading to some seriously late nights of "just one more chapter" until I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. So anyways, point of the story is that there are a lot of great knitted and crocheted pieces in the movie, and as soon as I can get the yarn, I will be making Bella's Mittens (Rav Link) and the Rosalie Hale Scarf (Rav Link). Yay!
Some other stuff I've been working on:
One BBR Sock is done! Hoping to cast on for the second sock within the next few days...I just need to sit down and do it.
The first of the Oak Ribbed Socks is coming along well. Heel is turned (woo!), working on the gusset decreases.
I made a Bainbridge Scarf in Mmmmalabrigo Silky Merino for the Boston trip. It is utterly delightful. So soft, and my very favorite color!
A Sinful Ribbed Scarf in Dez's amazing hand-spun, hand-dyed wool.
I'm on the home stretch of my Clapotis, and am really hoping to finish it for New Year's Eve. Since it's purple, I can wear it as I root for my Tigers in the Peach Bowl! =)
On that note, I'm going to call it a night. Hope y'all have had a great weekend, and Happy Early New Year! =)
*And by "off" I mean I still have to work on research and some homework assignments from my advisor, but all of them can be done in my PJs at home, yay!
|Well, I've been politely requested to come out of hiding, so here I am! I got tagged for a fun meme by Karen, but I'm going to change it a bit. You're supposed to find the sixth photo in the sixth picture folder on your computer, but I thought I'd give it a knitting spin! Here's the sixth photo from the sixth folder in my WIPs picture folder. Hoo, does that make sense? My Documents -> My Pictures -> Digital Camera Pics -> WIPs -> Ian's Scarf (the sixth folder in there, alphabetically, natch) -> This picture!|
It's a WIP shot of a scarf I made for a guy who worked for me a few summers ago. It's 2x2 rib, Lamb's Pride in black and forest green (not necessarily the actual color names, but I don't have time to go find the ball bands), and it's actually not even a WIP anymore, haha. It was finished and mailed months ago! But it's still in that folder because the FO pics need to be uploaded to Rav. =)
(Also, I think my MacBook, on which I'm writing this post, just died a little inside when I typed that obviously-Windows file path! The MacBook is for work and, as a brand-new computer, is way faster than my three-year-old Dell, which is where I keep all my personal stuff. Someday I'd love to do a Windows v. Mac post, but suffice it to say I really like them both. There are strengths and weaknesses to each OS, and I'm having fun going back and forth. I'm also thinking of converting an old laptop to Linux, in which case I would be a super-nerd with three computers and three different operating systems! Woo!)
And now, back into hiding, for at least another week. Here's what's on the list:
Finish up some data analysis (~2 days)
Write 30ish page paper (~4 days)
Finish final stat mech homework and stat mech take-home final (~5 days)
Do two different astro take-home finals (~3 days)
You'll notice that 2 + 4 + 5 + 3 = 14 > 8, which is the number of days I have to do all this. Should be interesting! =)
Oh, and I tag anyone who wants to do this! It was kind of fun. =)