Hankering for the Hook

Friday, May 28, 2010

I have been lazy lately on posting. I started the semester this week and I am really liking online classes. In knitting news, I finished my entrelac tee and I need to stretch it out just a wee bit. I knit it tighter since its Summer Tweed with the expectation of s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g.

I started the Aran Necklace Camisole from the same IK issue. I just picked up stitches for the back tonight. The construction is great---you knit the cabled necklace first then pick up stitches in the front and back. Ingenious short rows. I really should practice more with short rows as I want to make shawl patterns that utilize them. I do think this tank is going to go fast. I will probably need another skein.

I am going to start looking for yarns this week to start the Mister's fair isle sweater. I am going to post a picture of it later this week. Its a true fair isle with patterning from collar to cuff. Lucky me but I will acquire the esteemed art of steeking with this project. Oh and the sweater is in goddamn fingering weight. Well at least I can use sock yarn:)

I really have a itch to crochet lately. I am loving the Julie cuff, Boteh scarf (Miss Babs),and Wavelength(Noro K sock). I am too lazy to link tonight. Oh and I am going to start the Chain Maille scarf tonight which is just chain st and slip stitch. I have some ugly yarn that will most likely pool in any other project.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Why can't people measure their projects on Ravelry? UGH. Sometimes I just want to scream while browsing the site. I like to make projects in different weights and I would like to view others projects that do the same. How long does it take to measure?
Also, go weigh your yarn at the post office if you have some left over. Well that's what I do--I have no intention of buying a scale. Why not utilize the tools that we have?

Enough for now. Off to finish my entrelac tee!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Here is a picture of my brother's class while they were taking formal pictures. Don't ask just marvel at my picture taking skills ha!

Here we are:) If you know me, there are more candids on my facebook.

In other news, I decided to take only online classes this semester since its summer. I forgot Marcy's Citron on our trip and am bummed about that. Dad and Marcy took us to Hunting Beach in SC on Saturday with Lawrence. Its a natural beach and gorgeous. If you are in SC close to Beaufort, go see it. I probably should have taken pictures but sand and electronics do not mix well.

Running on Empty

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Its been a hell of a time getting back into a routine. My last exams were Tuesday:) and I have been scrambling to finish Citron for Marcy. So a quick recap...

I got some more babysitting gigs. Hopefully they will use me a lot. One family will probably be very sporadic which is okay. Weird family dynamic. The other gig is 3 neighbors so I hope to get a lot of jobs from them.

I bought some books for summer reading at B&N. I know I bought Thunderstruck by Eric Larson. I read Devil in the White City and I liked it even though I did skip over some of the fair chapters since they were super boring! I bought 2 more but I really cannot think of what they are and they are in my car.

I will BO my Citron in I-cord at some point tomorrow. I guestimate I will need around 2 hours. Whew. I don't think it will take long to block so if I pin in out before I hit the bars it definitely will be dry by lunch on Saturday.

I am headed down to Savannah tonight and we might be going to A Taste of Alpharetta tonight. I vote for a nap since I am so tired. I will be buying a 5 hour energy shot soon. My brother is graduating on Sunday and I think its going to be very emotional. I will post pictures of some sort when I get back and hopefully I will be tanned.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

I am horrible at consistently posting. So here is an all-in-one post for the Knit & Crochet blog week!

Is there a skill related to your hobby that you hope to learn one day? maybe you’re a crocheter who’d also like to knit? Maybe you’d like to learn to knit continental, knit backwards, try cables or attempt stranded colorwork.

I am going to steek this year. At some point at least! I gave Drew the gift of two sweaters for Christmas and I have to churn out a cabled one and a fair isle re-creation and mesh with an old sweater of his and an Alice Starmore pattern. The cabled sweater is featured in the last post. I really am terrified to cut my knitting up especially a fair isle. So I will practice LOTS with swatch tubes until I feel comfortable.

Where do you like to indulge in your craft? Is your favorite arm chair your little knitting cubby area, or do you prefer to ‘knit in public’? Do you like to crochet in the gr.eat outdoors, perhaps, or knit in the bath, or at the pub?

I like to knit and crochet every place I can whether in public or at my house. I have a little corner in my bedroom with these fantastic tufted vintage chairs, a lamp and a wicker basket overflowing with projects. I will post a picture later when I am home. I sometimes knit in bed especially when I am at the Mister's. We have a policy of only knitting while he is on the computer. I don't like the policy but he is on the computer most of the time.

Do you have a particular knitting/crochet tool or piece of equipment that you love to use? Maybe it is an old bent pair of needles that used to belong to someone special, or a gorgeous rosewood hand-turned crochet hook that you just love the feel of? Write about what you love it.

I love using my interchangable needle set just because I am not limited to how many projects with a certain needle size.

There’s one love that we all share: yarn. Blog about a particular yarn you have used in the past or own in your stash, or perhaps one that you covet from afar. If it is a yarn you have used you could show the project that you used it for, perhaps writing a mini ‘review’. Perhaps, instead, you pine for the feel of the almost mythical qiviut? You could explore and research the raw material and manufacturing process if you were feeling investigative.

Oh the yarn I love. I am a hoarder of Cascade 220, Cascade Eco, and Noro. I have just found Berroco Vintage and I cannot wait to knit with that. I also bought some Miss Babs and Lisa Souza yarn that seem to be a nice extra to have in your stash. I love Cascade 220 and Eco for their workhorse capabilities. Noro is a beautiful yarn to create something unique and special with.

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