Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memories of Memorial Day

Three day weekends, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!

1) Finished objects galore!

Here we have Picovoli in Knit Picks Shine Worsted, Mallard Colorway. I added a 2x1 ribbed hem at the bottom to help it stay put and prevent any curling since I didn't do a picot edge.

Here we have the Child's First Shell Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks in Sundara Sock Yarn, Mossy colorway from the Seasons Yarn Club Autumn.

2) Baked goods!

Rhubarb and Orange Pie

I had never tasted rhubarb until last summer and I was intrigued by the idea of using a less traditional pairing of rhubarb and fruit (in this case, citrus) than strawberry. This happened to be in my much beloved Martha Stewart cook book. I used her Pate brisee crust recipe and it's deliciously buttery. Yum! I used valencia orange for the zest and juice and it tastes absolutely delightful!

3) Spring cleaning!

You may have noticed in those FO pictures above that I have a new background for my finished objects instead of my solid blue duvet cover. I kind of went nuts at Ikea a few weeks ago and got a new summery duvet cover, curtains, and rugs for my bedroom along with some organizational stuff and kitchen paraphernalia.

4) New projects!

What better excuse to stay in bed knitting than a long lazy weekend? (plenty of time left to get all that other stuff done, right? ha!) I started on the Roped Shell from IK Summer '08 and it's flying along. I'm really digging it so far and hope it turns out nicely.

5) Walks in the park

It wasn't all sitting on my butt knitting and eating pie. I actually forced myself to get out and enjoy the nice weather. I strolled through Ft. Tryon before heading downtown on Sunday and was handsomely rewarded for shlepping my camera around all day with some glorious shots.

These reminded me of Georgia O'Keeffe's Black Iris III which I discussed in my senior Art History thesis lo those many years ago. I got another shot that was very reminiscent of a different O'Keeffe flower painting, this one of two poppies:

I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers. -Georgia O'Keeffe

Then on Monday I took a walk down to the George Washington Bridge. The Gay Recluse likes to photograph the GWB too, but I liked being able to view it from some different angles.

This one makes me strangely excited for the new X-files movie:
I want to believe...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Don't call me converted just yet...

I know that Clapotis has developed a rabid following, and while I think it's a good pattern, I'm not exactly wild about it. Truth be told, it's a bit boring, which is fine when mindless knitting is called for, but it was a bit of a let down when dropping those stitches was not as much fun as I had envisioned due to the stickier yarn I used.

I finished my mini-Clapotis a while ago but have been wavering over whether to block it or not. It's actually a decent scarf length as is, though I am curious how big it might get after a soak. As of now, I've decided I like it just fine. I ran out of yarn during the decreases (that'll teach me to eyeball it). But unblocked the ends curl under a bit so you never really notice. I'll just call it a design feature and have done with it because the yarn is lovely and I'm looking forward to having it shed all over my winter coat come fall. :)

Clapotis sets the mood... Hey, look! Doesn't my desk look neater?

Pattern: the ubiquitous Clapotis
Yarn: Brooks Farm Riata (Wool, Mohair and Silk) in unknown pale green "orphan" colorway
Yardage: Every bit of 375 yards
Bought at Rhinebeck.

I'm now starting to make some good progress through my Rhinebeck acquisitions. The Touch of Twist Alpaca was almost completely used for Enid. This takes care of the Brooks Farm (which I shall certainly be re-purchasing this year). The Briar Rose Celebrations is quickly being eaten up by the Brompton Cardigan (which I'm LOVING despite only being able to work on it at home since it's gotten large and I'm knitting from the hank). I've also spun up singles of the Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm wool roving and think I'll try Andean plying this weekend.

This leaves me with the Baby Alpaca lace from Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm (above), and the sale Araucania Nature Wool as well as a considerable amount of fiber. I'm actually quite pleased with myself in that accomplishment but I have absolutely no clue what to do with the remaining yarn. I had considered Buttony for the nature wool, but it's quickly losing its appeal and I'd like a different sweater. As for the lace, I'm more than content to just pet it for the time being.

I also have quite a few projects waiting in the wings. As soon as I finish up Brompton and Picovoli, I'm planning on starting a summer Interweave Knits project. I've got the yarn ready for the Roped Shell, the Apres Surf Hoodie, and the Wallis Cardigan. But can't decide which I'm more excited by. As of now, I think it'll be the Roped Shell so I can get a colorwork fix, but who knows what mood will strike when the time comes to cast on.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

It must be stopped!

I told you the stash was taking over:

(Click for notes)

It's now made it's way almost 200 blocks south to my office.
There may or may not be a cone of Harrisville Shetland under there.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

On Moms and Making Things

I'm going home this weekend, which is good for several reasons but mainly for the travel knitting. Hopefully my father will respect my wishes about not being ready to meet his new ladyfriend and there will be minimal awkwardness on this weekend of all weekends.

Because this weekend's all about moms. And there have been a bunch of things that have caught my eye recently as wonderful things to make for Mother's Day. My mom's not around, but I know that if she was and I made these for her, she would totally love them and brag about them at work or take pictures and post them on her cube at work or on the fridge or on her blog (good lord, my mom would totally have a blog). Because that's what moms do, right? Maybe your mom would like them too!

Wouldn't your mom like some flowers for Mother's Day?

Perhaps you could make her a lovely pound cake? yum!

Or some adorable mug cozies for when you're sipping tea whilst eating tasty cake?

Moms love crazy stuff like that!