Sunday, September 23, 2007

Mmmmmm socks...

So there hasn't been much knitting content here lately, and that is because I have been knitting these:

Pattern: Plain socks, top down, 68-64 stitches, short row heel, wedge toe
Yarn: Mountain Colors Bearfoot, Alpine, 1 skein
Needles: size U.S. 1.5

These are for Mother-of-the-Boy, who is having a crappy time right now, and these are the fastest socks I know how to pump out (school gets in the way though). Plain sock in progress pictures are rarely riveting, and so these are the first pictures I got. They are marvelously fuzzy though, so hopefully she will like them. I have knit socks for her before, and she has the same shoe size as me, which makes it waaay easier.

This is my I-can't-take-the-socks-anymore project, the wheat ear cable yoke pullover from the last IK with yarn from my stash (ye gods!). It isn't so interesting, but I am enjoying it. And soon there will be cables!

So I need to go knit, sleep, or watch the second season of Bones (the mailman brought it yesterday. Squee!) Peace out lovelies.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hee Hee


Not even one bio grad student?

The USPS is my friend

This came in the mail today. The Fibre Company Khroma (worsted) in blood orange. I love it, and it was on sale to boot. (I got it here if you are interested. The DK is on sale here)


Sometimes you need a little superhero in your life. Or your socks. Now if only there was a batman colourway.

Speaking of Batman, how about Christian Bale and Heath Ledger in the new movie? *purr* There are so many reasons I'm going to go see that one. (P.S. - and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent? Not to sound like a cheerleader, but what is with all the hot bad guys? Not that Harvey Dent is bad in this one...)

And finally...

I am insured. Fear me.

Sorry about the lack of knitting content, but after a disappointing urchin-making last night (how was it too big for my head? My row gauge was tight on purpose! *growl*) all I have going in earnest is a pair of plain-jane socks for the boy's mother since her life is kind of crappy right now. More pictures later.

Peace Out.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Minimalist FO post

Pattern: Teva Durham's Ballet Pullover, from IK
Size: The one that is supposed to fit up to a 42" chest
Yarn: Wisconsin Highland Farms bulky, about 550 yards
Needles: #11 bamboo circulars and Dpns, #8 bamboo dpns for ribbing at cuffs
Mods: I made the body a little longer, the sleeves a little shorter, and did some ribbing at the cuffs, since I like to know that they are out of the way.

Verdict: I love the fit, especially after blocking (this picture is pre-blocking). However, I would do the ribbing on 9s if I did it again, since the cuffs aren't too tight, but they flashdance the collar a bit. I could fix this by doing the crochet border, but I kind of like how it looks. We'll see how it goes.

Pattern: Vog on! from knitty, by Aleta Fera
Yarn: Socks That Rock Mediumweight, in Algae
Needles: Knitpicks #2 metal dpns.
Mods: None, other than upping the yarn weight

Verdict: I love them. They're warm, are in some of may favorite colors, are girly without being annoying, and the colourway has a nerdy name to boot. Who could ask for more?

In other news, Leanna and I went to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool festival yesterday. I was an excellent girl and kept in my budget, and then promptly blew the crap out of my promise to myself by buying yarn on my mom's dime today at the Sow's Ear. I would beat myself up about it, except that a) my mother in a fit of angelic behviour said that it was OK, and b) it was a result of hearing some bad/shocking news in a yarn store, causing me to have a desperate need to buy warm fuzzy sock yarn for people. No worries, everything is probably under control, and I will have a post about the pretty shinies I acquired.

Peace out my lovelies.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Beware choosing a physics grad student as a partner

An exchange that happened but five minutes ago:

The Boy: I was in the physics museum, and there were these girls talking about boys they had crushes on, and they weren't even looking at the awesome magnet in front of them!

Limulusknits: Well, sadly most teenage girls find boys more interesting than magnets.

TB: *humpf*

LK: I'm sure there was a time when you found girls more interesting than magnets.

TB: Awww, you're more interesting than most magnets.


On another note:

I would totally see that movie.

Limulusknits: Dipteran Hunter

So I haven't been updating. I would like to say that it was grad school (well, I would *like* to say that it was that I have, in the last week, become fabulously wealthy and left the country for some place that is permanently 70 degrees and full of invertebrates that don't bite me, but I digress...) but I am really just hot and lazy and running around about dining room tables. What have I been doing knit-wise?

This is actually wool from black sheep at Wisconsin Highland Farms, and on top of being delicious, it is from sheep raised on organic feed, so I can be a reused bag-toting dirt-worshipper about it. It was purchased at the Madison Saturday farmers' market, where it ambushed me and my food budget for the day. (I still maintain that clothing materials should be on the food+shelter tier of the budget, but I have been having trouble convincing others of this.) That is what the sweater (Teva Durham's Ballet Pullover) looked like a week ago. This:

is what it looks like now. It would look far more impressive if I had not had to cast off FOUR TIMES. More on it when I'm feeling less bitter.

On the sock front:

Thanks to a West Wing marathon witha future lawyer friend on Saturday, there is now almost a pair of my vog ons. I am very excited because a) they fit and b) they are pretty.

Thanks to a particularly shitty day, this somehow found itself in my possession:

I'm not sure it needs explanation. Althought I must say that I love it.

Finally, there is this albatross:

This little innocent-looking thing is a sweater in Debbie Bliss cotton angora, and it is finished except for the BUTTON BANDS. I'm serious - it is seamed, it fits, the whole deal. I just hate sewn-on button bands. Maybe this would be a good factoid to put away in the ol' memory banks for later.

And finally, a little light reading:

Do you know anything about invertebrate leukemias? I do!

As a non-sequitur, the boy just said that his nerves have so much steel that Magneto could pick him up. I would make fun of him, but he has to sit quals on Saturday, so everyone should be nice to him. Do you know what I am doing on Saurday? Not quals! Specifically, the Wisconsin sheep and wool festival with some other SnBers. I am very excited, not only because I went on a yarn diet and DIDN'T CHEAT (I'm serious - even after the new room at the Sow's Ear ambushed me. I wouldn't even have bet on myself that day.) but because it will be an awesome day, hopefully with some puppies. I am a sucker for small mammals.

Also, I can't stop thinking about this. are any SnBers or anyone else interested in starting a knitalong? I'm just seeing it in some of the new Claudia fingering they have in at Lakeside fibers...and...and....

Ok, off to start my campaign to destroy the mosquitoes in my house. We will fight them in the kitchen, we will fight them while reading about prokaryotic genetics....