Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things in Your Refrigerator Right Now

Not much!  Our refrigerator seems really bare for some reason.  Oh yeah, it could be that we actually cleaned it out :P
  1. Dole Caesar Salad Kit
  2. Stop & Shop Cottage Cheese and Pineapple
  3. Chocolate Fruit Dip
  4. Apple pie
  5. Lots of onions...
  6. Butter
  7. Sour cream
  8. Leftover kielbasa from last night
  9. Mayo (leftover from epic pasta salad making last week) 
  10. Condiments galore!  And I mean everything you could ever think of too.  We adore condiments in my family and my mom always seems to have some neat new mustard or sauce every time she sees us.

Monday, September 27, 2010

New Project Happiness!

So, I've been kind of in the knitting doldrums lately.  Not a lot about what I have been working on has really done it for me.  Dont' get me wrong, I have plenty of projects to work on already, just none of them have been speaking to me, so I've been neglecting them.  

Today I got an email with a free shawl pattern in it and finally I became excited about a project again.  The free pattern is called Schooner and it is a lovely shawl knitted in worsted weight yarn.  Now I don't really have enough of any yarn in that weight, but I do have this beautiful aran weight yarn I bought online at WEBS back in the spring.  It is called Monterey by Valley Yarns and is a two ply of wool and cotton.  To me it really looks handspun rather than a commercially made yarn because it goes both thick and thin throughout the skein. 

Luckily, I have a ton of it in natural and three more skeins in teal, green and pink, so I decided to knit the main body in the natural, add a repeat to make the shawl a bit bigger and therefor fit me better.  Then for the edging, which I assume will take up a lot of yarn, I will switch to one of the other three colors.  I think it will work and will end up being a generously sized shawl since I'm using a slightly bigger yarn and needles than the pattern calls for.  What's even better is that I only paid $5 per skein of this stuff and I have been holding on to it for months specifically waiting for that perfect shawl pattern.  There is no way I will use more than 900 yards of the yarn and for those three skeins I will have only paid $15!  Talk about a bargain :D

Right now I'm trying to convince myself to stop typing and go to bed, but my the first few repeats of my Schooner are temping me from across the apartment.  I wish I could knit while I sleep.  Or knit instead of sleeping for that matter.  I would be way more productive that way!

Monday, September 20, 2010

I certainly have some catching up to do...

So apparently I've been MIA waaay longer than I thought.  Oops!  So, I guess I have to do a montage post of all the things I've been up to lately.  I figure this is the easiest way because I have a ton to share!

"Hurricane" Earl Cape TripLabor Day Weekend 2010

Despite the threat of Earl, we went to the Cape anyway.  The first thing we did was go to the beach and I checked into the hurricane via Facebook  I have to say, Earl was pathetic.  The only things we got was a bit of wind on the coast, a few feet of storm surge and a night full of rain.  We did however, benefit from the storm with some nice wind a waves while we were sailing a couple days afterward.

A church in Hyannis that was still boarded up to protect the stained glass.
It was a tad bit windy at Craigville Beach
A stalwart seagull
Still windy...
Sailing after a pseudo hurricane is always exciting.  We were heeling pretty heavily once we left the bay, so no pics were taken in the Sound.  I didn't want to lose my camera in the drink!

Amy's Bachelorette PartySeptember 12th, 2010

White Sangria - Yum!
Enjoying our dinner or arancini, calamari and sushi!

Amuse Card Class @ Ink About ItSeptember 16th, 2010

I took another of of Jenn S's awesome Amuse classes this past week.  We made wicked cute Halloween cards!  Jenn is so talented and fun.  I'm really lucky to be able to take classes with her!  I can't wait for the one in October and the Advent Calendar one in a couple weeks :)

Leicester Harvest Fair and World Wide Spin in Public DaySeptember 18th, 2010

This past Saturday my fiber group, Fiber Knot Just for Knitting, demonstrated knitting, crochet, weaving and spinning at the Leicester Harvest Fair.  We had such a blast!  This is the first tome we have ever done demonstration as a group and t was really cool that so many people came over to look at all our projects and what we were working on.  It was really fun.  I'll share just a  few pictures now, since this post is getting pretty long.  I'll post some other neat stuff tomorrow.

Camera addicts, Sheepish1 and I both have a problem.
 CaitCreates weaving on her loom.
DDKA, our intrepid leader at her wheel.
Sheepish1 spins too!
TaraLyn with her papoose!
Tokafur drop spindling
LadySpendcer crocheting away.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Large Project-itis... but I finished SOMETHING!

Ladies and gentlemen, I have large project-itis.  This means that I have way to many big projects going on right now and I don't want to work on any one of them.  So, in typical Jo fashion, I just cast on another project :)
Sherwood Forest colorway in Polworth Wool
This time however, it's a small one.  I just bought a new book, Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman, and had wanted to make the seamless yoke sweater (yet another large project) contained in its wisdom filled pages.  I wanted to make this sweater out of handspun too (because buying the yarn is just too easy, right?).  I had an idea of the color I thought might work out so I spun up a skein of FatCatKnits Polworth in Sherwood Forest and ended up really liking how it came out.  

My handspun in its single phase.  Looks pretty already!

Now, for something like a sweater, you really need to make a swatch.  Now, I didn't do a swatch for my first sweater and lets just say I was incredibly fortunate it fit me at all.  It is a bit big in places, but I'm ok with that especially given I could have faced disaster.  So, I decided I would be a good kid and knit up a swatch for once so I wouldn't tempt fate twice.  In her book, Elizabeth Zimmerman suggested that instead of just making a swatch, why not make a hat.  If you make a plain stockinette hat, you can both check your gauge AND have a nifty little gift done and ready to go.  I liked this plan and it fit in nicely with my large project-itis symptoms, so I churned out my swatch/hat in just three days.

My handy little sweater swatch all knit into something actually useful!
So, for today's post I give you the first item that I have both spun and knitted and am actually proud to admit to making.  There were a couple things a month or so ago that did not quite earn that distinction...  So, bolstered on by this small success, I am trying to figure out what do do for the colorwork section.  I'm thinking I want to do some leaves or a vine, but haven't found a whole lot that I love as of yet.  I have two options right now and they both are nice, but neither scream KNIT ME!  

So, I'm still trying to figure a few things out.   I don't think I'll be knitting the sweater for quite awhile though, since it's been in the 90's lately and I don't care to wearing a knitting blanket in that kind of heat.  I'm thinking I'll get started maybe in October or early November and then hopefully I'll be able to wear it around Christmas and in the cold of January.  

You know, I need to find more models for my finished projects,  While I like this hat and Brian did a fine job taking a picture of me wearing it, I hate not having photographic control... I just need to clone myself I guess.

So you can see what the back looks like.  I love decreasing using K2tog because it makes this neat swirl at the top of the hat but doesn't draw to much attention to the fact that the hat is getting smaller rather quickly.