I have lots of FOs coming up, but since this one is the only one uploaded, here we go!

So now that I’m on my way towards owning lots of black, white and grey clothing items, I decided that I need lots of fun accessories to lighten up my outfits. First on the list was a black scarf. But why make a scarf when you can make a shawl that is also a scarf, pray tell? So behold: Lacy Black Shawlette

Okay, so having pictures taken of me is not my strong suit.

But it’s cute and versatile!

Used as a shawl on our 2nd anniversary. Also featuring Rowan, Camera Hog Extraordinaire.

Used as a shawl on our 2nd anniversary. Also featuring Rowan, Camera Hog Extraordinaire.

This is a pretty standard summer outfit (it doesnt get terribly hot here). Classy with the black shawl, but made more fun with coloured cowls and necklaces and stuff.

Summatime!

I know I should take more pictures of the stitch on the FO itself, and I’ll get around to that when I do my massive FO post. Spoiler: Look forward to LOTS of neckwarmers and cowls.

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Two FOs and a WIP!

May 22, 2009

For the last two days, I’ve been out in the sunshine, knitting up a storm…and very nearly forgetting to go  to work. Two days in a row, I realized ten minutes before I had to leave that I needed to get dressed, pack food, etc… and for each of those two days I forgot something ridiculously important. The first day, I hopped on my bike to discover that I didn’t have shoes or socks on. This  made me giggle a bit and was hardly a big deal/uncommon thing. Yesterday, however, I left  the house fully prepared – in my helmet and everything, to realize when I got to the street that I had -ahem- forgotten my bike.  I think it’s time for a good long break, no?

Anyway, the fruits of my labor are as follows!

Two (2) Sleeves for a Mermaid!

That is my garden behind me! It’s beautiful, even if it is filled with old yellow-book pages (mulch + stamping down of unwanted twixt-rows-grass).

I love these sleeves, and I LOVE the colourways…but…I don’t have anything with which to wear  them. They look ridiculous with all of my outfits.  So they’ll just be set aside until I can rock ’em right.

Next up: One (1) River Tam

Okay, so it’s not a good picture of the hat. But I like it nonetheless, so deal.

I just adore this yarn! The wrinkles that you see are really just because of my hair being funky, and not a thing with the hat, because the hat is just lovely. I have to stress this since I usually badly screw up at least some part of the pattern.

What’s that I’m knitting? Yes! It’s my final WIP of spring term, and it’s Rose Red…or rather, Rose Orange.

I was a little worried about casting on in a yarn that I no one else used in the 500 or so projects on Ravelry. Also, Kidsilk Haze is TINY. It looks like you’re knitting with dental floss that’s been pulled apart. How is it that it still fit the gauge almost as perfectly as something like Cascade 220? I don’t know, but it does, and I will agree with so many other makers of this project: It’s unbelievably addicting.  I also love Ysolda’s pattern – I’ve never paid for a Rav pattern before, but I am glad that I did. It makes sense! I love knitting it top down, so that I can see the pattern unfolding, too. Up until round 26, I didn’t even make a single mistake or have to tink back even a stitch. However, I got too overzealous and picked it up late last night after work. Bad Ani, BAD! I just have to work my way back through one row, though, I think and it should be an issue. I was at least smart enough to not try to fix it last night too. As  soon as I’m done with this post, I’m going back to the exact same spot in which you see me in the above photo and I will rock my way through another 26 rounds.  Mmm.

It’s hard to get a decent picture  of the pattern at this stage, but isn’t she lovely?

For some reason when it’s late, I have been getting Billy Joel’s “Zanzibar” stuck in my head. Weird!

I have FOs! But no pictures. I finished my Ondine, finally, and I also whipped out the rest of my River Tam. I freakin’ LOVE my River Tam. I think it’s my favorite thing I’ve ever made so far. I adore the drape of the yarn – it doesn’t even need to be blocked. I still have a whole ball of it left, so I think I’m going to make a matching River scarf or some such thing. I am going to get some more of the Canapa in another colour so that I can remake Simon in it…I think the yarn is just superb for a tam, I really do.

My IT band started acting up something fierce today, so I skipped a class to come home and relax in the sun before going to work. I used that time wisely to finish up my knitting, but I got so engrossed that I nearly forgot to go to work. I was setting up to get some good pictures when I realized that  I needed to leave in 10 minutes and I was still in my bikini top and yoga pants. Unfortunately, this doesn’t count as appropriate Starbucks attire, and guess who forgot to do her laundry? Yeah. So I had to pull out the polo that’s already covered in ancient milk and mocha and pretend that I didn’t care. And once you get inside the store and everything smells like ancient milk and mocha, it’s not such a big deal anyway.

Tonight before bed, I am going to cast on for my Rose Red, and I promise that tomorrow there will be pictures, as long as it’s still sunny.

My discussion on Friday has been cancelled and Monday is a holiday here, so I don’t have another class until Wednesday. And two weeks from now, I won’t have another class for 4 whole, amazing months. I can’t wait.

…and this is primarily why I can’t get any work done:

They won’t stop being furry and cute. Lily (in black) keeps saying “Hey mama! Hey! I am sooo much better than syntax! You can’t pet syntax, can you? And I bet it doesn’t purr like this…see? Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr”.  Look at how demure she looks.  Croissant on the other hand has been keeping me distracted by turning into a twenty-pound hurricane and wreaking absolute havoc in every room of the house. We are currently down one collectable Lord of the Rings goblet. How will we ever be classy without Frodo? And how will Gandalf survive without his little hobbit friend? We’ll see.

When the cats aren’t distracting me, I’ve been distracting myself by pretending that I really need to bake more bread:

…yum. I can never manage to take a picture before it mysteriously loses chunks of itself. It is somewhat perplexing. I may have to go do another loaf just to investigate.

Now, it’s one thing to tell myself that I need to bake bread, because in this house bread is always a necessity. However, it went a bit too far when I convinced myself that more important than a final paper were these bad boys:

…who were delicious, incidentally. The glasses are filled with oat-milk which I decided to try since it was on sale at Sundance for cheaper than soy. I can’t stand rice milk, and I don’t really like soy milk all that much, but it’s usually the most economical option. The oatmilk was…acceptable. Not any better than soy though, especially not for the  loss of protein per cup of it. It served its purpose quite well for these cookies. I think I used the Classic Chocolate Chip recipe from How it All Vegan. I usually am set in my ways and always make the recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance, so I don’t know why I switched it up. They were utterly delicious though. The second batch was better because I refrigerated the dough and they were firm and plump. I just didn’t want to take the time for these ones so they were a bit spreadier.

Also on my distractions list: ZIGGY!

So far I think it’s coming along pretty well. I’ve never really worked with a lace pattern before. It’s kind of ridiculous how long I’ve been knitting and all of the things I’ve never tried. Anyway, it’s knitting up just fine, but really awkward to photgraph at this stage. I still don’t fully understand how it’s put together in the end, but that’s okay. I’m also worried about the quantity of yarn I have left. I’m only halfway through and it seems to me that my skein is running a little small…but the skein was a good deal longer than called for by the pattern so I hope that I am just being paranoid. It’s a lot of fun to knit, but it does put a crimp in my knitting-while-doing-things style. Which is probably why I’ve never done lace before. It’s not really movie-material. But it’s kind of nice to wake up in the morning, make my tea and knit a repeat. And then scream because I still have a week and a half left of pure torture.

Final distraction, and last desperate attempt to keep myself from starting my socioling paper? Blog. So I think I’ve run out things by now. I will leave you with a good dose of cute and a favorite haiku of mine:

I sleep with one paw

protecting my nose from harm;

one can’t be too safe

omgnorokureyonomg!

February 26, 2009

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Check out my new baby.  While you’re at it, can you say impulse buy?

My syntax professor dropped a bomb today. A bomb of flowers and kittens and shiny things. Our second midterm? Cancelled. A replacement assignment? Cancelled.   I was so unbelievably excited, and I had just picked up my tips from work, so I popped on over to Soft Horizons for a celebration. I’m knitting my mother some thank-you socks, and they are just so hard to put down. I can’t wait to see what colour they’ll be next!

It’s my first time knitting with Noro, and I must say that I am hooked. It’s lovely. I also have learned to knit toe-up socks, and  I actually enjoy knitting socks now! I never understood people who were sock-knitters, but I really quite like it. Unfortunately I destroy socks, so I  don’t ever really want to make any for myself, but they do make lovely gifts.

I have to get back to the socks, they’re singing that siren song…

ani-009Apologies for the lack of daylight.