American Wool Series

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

What a day will bring...

Today brought 11 hours of work, stinky people on the bus, finishing a baby sweater, and some ridiculous commentary from a new, 19 year old co-worker. Bad, bad, good, bad. I can't share the baby sweater since it's for a fellow knitting group attendee and expectant mom but it's super cute and got many accolades by the ladies at my LYS knit night group. I feel a little befuddled with days of the week and times of the day since I'm working so much right now. Do you know that time quickens and slows depending on what you're doing and how you feel about it? Day job lasts a billionty hours but free time at home? About 2 seconds. Yep.

The picture is bad - do you know that reds and purples are pretty much impossible to photograph accurately? They are to me. Anywho, it's another Cecily pattern that I've had in the queue for ages but finally knit up a couple of weeks ago and blocked some time last week.

Pattern: Catherine by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Yarn: Tosh DK in Tart
Needles: US #4 & US #6 Addi Turbo
Mods: None. I think I have enough yarn left for some short and sweet fingerless mitts. This pattern was absolutely perfect for watching foreign films and Mad Men. There's a good portion of stockinette for really juicy bits of films and the occasional purling and cable crossing for brief boring interludes.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tea Time For Edgar

After a rough almost week I feel like things are back on track. Still haven't found a Tues/Thurs solution to the childcare problem but I've got my optimist hat on today so I know it'll work out just fine. I finally took some pics of finished projects before Little A got dropped off from her day-long trip over to Bainbridge with her grandparents.

I finished these socks while at Sock Summit and I have no idea why they took so long to knit up. I feel like I've got knitting scatterbrain lately. Could it be the 7 day work week? Perhaps.

Pattern: Tea Time by Das Bollwerk & Frau Mascha
Yarn: Kitchen Sink Dyeworks Merino Fine in "Edgar"
Needles: US #1 (2.25 mm)
Mods: I modified the cuff ribbing to flow seamlessly into the cable panels and continued the heel cable down into the heel flap with a reinforced heel on the remainder of the flap stitches. Regular old wedge toe. I could have knit these on a #1.5 needle as they're very dense but I went with the #1 since there's no nylon in this particular yarn base. They're handsome socks that I think would be well suited for a man's sock.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Erase Today

I had the worst day today. I mean bad. I mean really really bad. My Tuesday/Thursday daycare person is divorcing her husband and moving back East at the end of the month and Little A's last day there is Thursday of next week. I've got that much time to find someone new and then go through the whole adjustment period with A again. Blar. The scanner at work was not working properly. I forgot my iPod at home. N has a cold. Little A had a screaming fit in the backseat while I was trying to drive home and proceeded to have a complete meltdown once at home. I bit the side of my tongue really hard while eating dinner. Whine. Whimper. Sigh.

But now the house is quiet and I've got some pistachio gelato melting to scoopableness and time to watch a movie and knit while I regroup for tomorrow. Whine over. Thanks for listening.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Yr mom goes to college

She does, too. UW in fact. I got accepted to UW last Monday and will be starting Fall Quarter as long as my financial aid comes through (there were some hiccups). Hellllllooooo education. I can't wait to start making some actual headway toward my goals even though I'll be dang busy. 'Cause you know that two jobs just was not adequately filling my time. Har.

Here's some actual knitting just to get your knitting motors running.

Pattern: Rondeur by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
Yarn: Ella Rae Bamboo Silk
Needles: US #3 & US #6 Addi Turbo
Mods: My yarn was a true worsted weight so I knit it at a tighter gauge to help keep the yarn from growing with wear and washing. I knit a flat hem rather than the rounded hem and moved the waist shaping to the sides.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Sock Summit

A small portion of my...ahem...hoard from Sock Summit. I didn't intend to purchase as much as I did but lots of people had deals on the last day and I'm a sucker for a good deal. Plus, you know, it's pretty. Last SS I ended up with lots of muted colors on the gray and violet end of the spectrum so I went in with a mind to expand my color palette. I think I did a pretty dang good job. Besides shopping I met a lot of podcast listeners and blog readers (hi Sarah!) and hung out with my friends and ate a ton of great food. All in all it was a great weekend with a good mix of relaxation and social stuff going on.

Top to bottom: StrickenSmitten Shimmer Glimmer DK in Blackberry Diamond, Becoming Art Agave Fingering in Perfect Mango, Plucky Knitter 4-ply cashmere in Roasted Pumpkin, Sincere Sheep Agleam in Neblina, Fiber Optic Foot Notes in Ripple.