Friday, March 16, 2007

A Lot of Catch Up

This post is basically an update on the many various things that I have been meaning to post about. I am hoping I can clear my mind and start to get back to blogging regularly by posting this back stuff.

First, I am working on a secret project that I most likely won't post anymore about for quite a while, until it is finished probably. Any knitters might be able to see my progress on this project over at a KAL dedicated to a couple Interweave books. Hopefully at least (and only) the knitters out there can decode what I just said. These are some of my swatching for the project, which is being knit in Frog Tree Alpaca. I had the day off today and actually began the project and worked on it most of the day.

Next, some socks. A basic sock pattern that I have knit a couple times now, and the pattern that I learned to knit socks from. It's from an issue of Martha Stewart's Living Magazine from several years ago. The yarn is Lorna's Laces and a colorway that is being sold exclusively at Purl Soho. This sock has since been frogged... yes, even though I was close to the end... I can't even remember why.

This is my current "travel project". Since this picture was taken, I have begun the heel. I spent much of last Sunday wandering around mostly the Soho area and visiting The Point, where I sat for a while knitting with Ravi and Amy (a new knitter and sadly, blogless). The yarn is Regia Stripe and the pattern is Anastasia's socks.

I began (and then frogged) this cami that I have been wanting to knit for a while. I have had the yarn for quite a while (Plymouth Yarn Suri Merino). It's actually a very beautiful dark purple color that is not well-reproduced in this picture. I have basically been practicing the relatively basic lace pattern so that when my knitting group next meets I can actually talk to them while beginning again.

The yarn diet has been going relatively well. My two mishaps so far are not actually breaking the official rules. I guess, even though I feel like I am cheating, I am successful in spending far less on yarn so far than last year. My three cheats are the Frog Tree Alpaca (see rule 2b), this cute little kit below, and the Claudia Handpainted below that. I bought the kit from Purl Soho. This one really is sort of a cheat, but I figured since it was a very tiny amount of yarn in this relatively cheap little kit, it wasn't like I was actually buying yarn. The Claudia Handpainted lace weight yarn is 1100 yards of silk for only $42! Now, technically, I am breaking the yarn diet here since it isn't sock yarn, but it could be my "get out of jail" yarn (rule 2d)... I have a feeling this card might be used once more if I go to a fiber event in the summer.

Isn't it beautiful?

One of our knitting group members, who moved to DC last year sent this 'zine to our group: Slave to the Needles. I was the first to recieve it and since I haven't seen the group, have yet to pass it on. It is so cute and has lots of interviews and a couple cute patterns. Thanks Cheryl!

A while back I made this cute little pouch using Anna's Zipper Tutorial. I love this little tutorial and my pouch doesn't do it justice. The problem probably has to do with the fact that I am using a $10 sewing machine (one of those tiny ones you can find in the craft store) without a zipper foot (which I believe she warns us about). Well, even though it's wrinkly (not matter how much I ironed) and the stitches aren't straight, it's probably not bad for my first try. When I get a larger apartment, hopefully I can get a "real" sewing machine.

Cath Kidston was recommended to me by the girls over at Purl Patchwork when I couldn't find what I was looking for in their store. Well, unfortunately, the prices at Cath Kidston's were somewhat riduculous for fabrics, but I did find this cute little clothes pin holder on sale there.

Last week (the day I spent at The Point), I hopped on the subway to go up to Kinokuniya Bookstore, also recommended by Purl (by Joelle herself!). I love these japanese craft books that I have been seeing all over the craft blogs. I have seen a few in stores, but they either weren't for sale or they weren't quite what I was looking for. I found three on this trip because the store's craft section is relatively large. A crochet book (there weren't many knitting ones) which had an adorable little mult-colored wrap in it, and a couple sewing/general craft books. One of these had a crocheted bag that struck me, as well as a patchwork/crochet bag, reminiscent of the Zakka-Style Pouch in The Crafter's Companion. The other had a bunch of different sewn pouches and bags that I loved.

I also bought a couple cardboard file holders there that I thought were were so cute. Here's the pattern on them... cute, right?

Last weekend at The Point, Ravi was working on some beautiful fair isle swatches, one of which she cut (*gasp*) right in front of me. Everytime I see this kind of knitting I keep thinking I have to actually get to one of the color projects I want to try. I definately need work on my stranded knitting. The Red Light Special hat over at Brooklyn Tweed is a definate must. I also love some of the stitch patterns in Stitchionary 3, especially montana, ooh las vegas, and our town. I also bought this while I was there:

I had meant to mention Cogknition's Ombre Blanket ever since she posted about it. It is from Last Minute Knitted Gifts and I love love love the colors she chose.

I am also loving the Diamond in the Square Quilt at KnitWhits.

Another thing I should have mentioned weeks ago was that I went to the Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting exhibit at the Museum of Art & Design in NYC. Fave piece: "It Sucks" in beautiful, very intricate, fine white lace.

Another random thought: I love Bella's Grand Unified Field Theory of Stash. Read it - it's great.

Walking back to my car from The Point last weekend, I saw this cool doorway... on Bleeker... I think.


cristina said...

wow!! you've been quite the bizzy the socks.

Ginny said...

Thanks for the comment on my socks (on my blog craftycocktail). I have got to frog the toe and lengthen the foot by about an inch, unfortunately, then start the next one!

Loving the lace swatching, by the way - what a lovely icey colour. Mmmm!

del said...

You've been busy, haven't you? Wow. I love those red & white socks--that yarn is awesome (why was it frogged?). And that silk yarn is to die for!