Monday, November 13, 2006

WIP it good...

WARNING: I am a crappy photographer, and since there is no natural light in winter Chicago after 4:20 P.M., these unfortunately get the horriblest of indoor lighting treatments. Forgive me!

So I promised pictures, and lo here they be. This is most of one of a Baudelaire sock from knitty. It will be for my Mom, who asked for black socks. Given my mild knitting ADD, I was worried that they would never get finished, but they're moving along at a nice clip. I give all credit to Cookie A. for her wonderful pattern. I can't say nice enough things about it. Also, my Brown Sheep Wildfoote is being very cooperative. Good yarn, you get a biscuit.

Here is my precious, my pride and joy, my Turbulence U-neck pullover from Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature. I knew as soon as I heard the title that the little nerd that I am had to have it. And lo, it had a wonderful cable placket! I was sold. It is being knit in Knitpick's Andean Silk in cream. I love the yarn, it is soft as anything. However, I am not being as productive as possible due to little things like my B.A. and ribbing done on #4 needles. I still love it though.

This is my sad start to another Norah piece, the Pentagon Aran Pullover. I love it, and the yarn (Kamchatka Sea Moss worsted from Peace Fleece ) is fuzzy and lovely. It just requires the chart for most of it, and well, I am not always next to the chart. Still, it is for the boy's mother and so will be done as soon as possible! I also love the cables, which are fun and ymmily different.

Not very impressive, is it? Well, everyone needs a stockinette piece, and here is mine: Viveka from Knitty, in Knitpick's wool of the Andes Hollyberry with Brown Sheep's cotton fleece in Cavern for the trim. It may not look like much, but it is a nice quick knit, and hopefully will be stylish and warm (Warm!) which in Chicago equals a winner.

And the fuzzy beginning to a sock of my own design, toe-up, with crazy ribbing. I fell in love with the Handmaiden sock yarn in the Hercules colorway, from the Loopy Ewe and so when I submitted my NSF fellowship application I treated myself to a hank. I love it muchly. The Inoxes, not so much. They do their job though.

So as you can see, I'm kind of a knitpicks ho. Ah such is the life of an undergrad. As soon as I get some extra cash, there will be some Kool-aid dyeing and maybe the Gatsby girl pullover from the fall Interweave knits. Who knows! As is, I should probably get back to my work and my uncooperative bacteria. Peace!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Window Shopping, of Sorts

Well, I am in lab (shh) waiting for things to PCR, so I thought that I might as well glory over the upcoming issue of Interweave Knits. How excited am I about this?

Answer: Very excited. Especially about the Nantucket Jacket. First of all, it is a Norah Gaughan piece (lovely!) which means that the sizing won't be idiotic, and it is full of cables (cables!) which make my little biologist-in-training heart very happy. I even have yarn for it which I was going to use for another Norah project, but since this one is super-cabled it wins.

Kate Gilbert's Equestrian Blazer:
Simple, yes, but very pretty, and does nipped waist = small looking waist? We shall see. Maybe. I love it, and it would be wonderful in something pretty for grad school interviews, but do I have the attention span to complete something done entirely in stockinette? Probably not, but maybe I'll improve in time, and I should work on my waist shaping anyway.

Mari Lynn Patrick's Provinicial Waistcoat: I'm not usually one for vests, but this one looks fun (again, with the cables) and might look good over a more tailored shirt or something. I would love to use the reccommended Yak yarn, but can I afford $100+ for a vest? Most definitely not. Maybe I can find something just as weird but less expensive. I've been dying to try out SWTC's aMAIZing yarn, which is not only kind of weird, but also machine washable AND DRYABLE (gasp!). I'll think about it.

Of course, I should probably finish some of my other projects first. I'll post pictures of them once I get home.

And now, a gratuitous picture of E. scolopes, the cutest glowy animal in the world:

Is it not amazing?

the girl who should be working on her NSF grant application....