Friday, November 15, 2013

Fantastic things are afoot

Once again, I find myself having allowed months to pass without writing to you few who click over to read my words here. Here's an update:

When we last read, our intrepid heroine was working on a number of sweaters and taking up boxing gloves. Of the three sweaters planned, one is complete and bringing much warm coziness to life. As for the boxing gloves, they are sadly riding around in the trunk due to a scheduling snafu that is resulting in few opportunities to be of use.

The boy is taking violin lessons because he is OBSESSED with the violin. Alternates between wanting to watch Bob the Builder and violins for tv time obsessed. Requesting, by name, Mr. David Garrett in the car and knowing whether the specific violin he's hearing is, in fact, being played by Mr. David Garrett obsessed. Being Mr. David Garrett for Halloween this year instead of a vacuum cleaner obsessed. Not. Messing. Around. Sadly for my waistline, his group lessons are on Saturday mornings, at the same time as the boxing class I wanted to take.
He looked impossibly cool.
I also have a new job, which may prove interesting fodder for the blog, maybe. I get to make things, and this makes me happy. I feel that I'm finally getting to where I belong. Stay tuned.

See that? I totally did that.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

So here I am...

I'm still here. I'm still trying to get used to the new laptop. Still not entirely certain I like Win8. But I haven't gone away, just been a little bit more busy with things I don't think make good blog fodder.

I'm on a sweater binge right now. A couple of weeks ago, I made some sweater swatches. Because it's sweater knitting season around here.

The one on the left is for the Beaubourg sweater, which I made* in Manos del Uruguay Maxima (it's so delicious, I can't even tell you). The colorway, if you want to know, is Eucalyptus. The center one is going to be the Iced sweater, the yarn is Berroco Campus. It's a very cool blend of purple, pale blue, and orange. Not my normal thing, but hey, why not. And I figured if the pattern was pretty simple, the end product would be a nice balance between funky and classic.

The third is the beginning of a very ambitious plan for a Chocolate Stout cardigan, my second Baby Cocktails sweater and not my last, in Cascade 220. Ambitious because I'm going to try to change the color. I haven't decided if I'm going to try to dye the yarn or the end project - I will keep you posted.

I'm also working on the annual installment of sweaters for N. He loves his yearly sweater, and I very much want to encourage that, so I allowed him to select this year's sweater. He picked one with a technique I had managed to avoid thus far, one that only his little face staring at me, combined with his little voice saying, "Momma, please can I have that one?" would make me agree to try. Intarsia. Tragically, I did not take any pictures of this process, but google it if you don't know (Mom), and you'll understand. Happily, that part of the sweater only lasted a little while, and I'm now on the simple straight stockinette (read boring) portion of the project. Pictures maybe later, if I remember. Getting pictures off my phone to the computer so I can upload them here is annoying. There must be a better way...

I'm also doing this new thing. It involves this package I got in the mail last week.

Yes, those are boxing gloves. Yes, I am using them to punch bags. Very hard, very heavy bags. It's hard, sweaty, the gloves smell bad, my hands hurt, and I'm having the most fun.

That's really all I've got for now. Again, I say I'll update more often, but I just can't make promises until I figure out how to make this computer not annoying. Technology sometimes gets in the way.

*Yes, I already finished it. I needed it done!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Playing Catch-Up

Since we last spoke, I got a new computer. I am currently writing this post on my old computer, so you can see how my relationship with Windows 8 is going... I'm sure I'll figure it out, but I prefer knitting to doing so, and so my shiny new tech is pretty much just a glorified web browser for the time being.

The holidays came and went. There was a tree and many gifts and cookie baking and decorating.
That's right - I handed the toddler tubes of gel icing.
And he made art.
His father made horror cookies.
My mom and I made matching W&M cookies, without even consulting each other.

There's been a lot of knitting. I can't be certain to show it all to you because I can't really remember and I don't have great pictures of all of it, but here are some highlights. I made yet another Turn A Square hat for the boy. This time, I made it in Encore, so I can wash the damn thing in the washing machine. Good thing, too, since he rarely takes it off. He picked those colors out. It is currently in the queue to be washed, and he is wearing the green one I made him earlier this fall. The Ichigo Tam (Rav link) from the Dream in Color Dream Club for January fell off my needles in a day. I just wanted it to be mine that much. Then I made Wanderlust from, with more Dream in Color Dream Club yarn that I had kicking about (I'm a sucker for DiC yarns...). I fully intend to make another pair, as those went to live with the lovely model wearing them here (I have yet another skein of DiC yarn to use). Turns out I'm also a sucker for because, as soon as I finished the Wanderlust mitts, I started the Political Process mitts, in Unisono yarn. I also made a garter stitch shawl kit, and cast on Loxley (Rav link) with some alpaca I had in stash (no great pictures of those, sorry).

My model is a beautiful lady with nice ear lobes... :-)
And a stunning manicure.
Ignore the old man hands and look at the colors and pretty cables!!!
February blew chunks healthwise, but also resulted in a sweater, so I can't complain too much. More on that in another post, as it has its own story to tell.

And now it's March and I'm still knitting (duh). Currently, I'm working to clear out the pile of UFOs I've had making faces at me from a giant bag next to my side of the bed. At the top of the pile is a baby blanket that I started almost a year ago. I made the Moderne Baby Blanket (Rav link) that I cast on for my god son and then never finished. I just...left it in a bag, wallowing in its personal garter stitch sea, for almost a year. Finally, I couldn't ignore the muttering from the bag anymore and pulled the damn thing out to finish it.

I feel much better now - thanks for finishing me.
There are a few other things kicking around that I'm working on, but several are stealthy secret projects that I can't show you (sorry). I guess that's me, for now. Maybe the next time we meet (and for the very few of you who actually read this, I really DO intend to make more regular installments), I'll be posting from my shiny new computer that I hardly ever touch. Maybe. We'll see. Stupid Windows 8.