Saturday, January 26, 2008

No sleep makes limulus go crazy

So after an overnight experiment in lab (the squid aren't on the same day/night schedule as I am) I am a little crazier and probably coming down with a cold. I would whine more, but I a) got data and b) am in lab right now, so I can't complain because I'm obviously a glutton for pain and am doing this to myself. Right now I'm washing specimens, so I have time to post about some things that I haven't posted about yet.

The Unoriginal hat:

Name: I was going to make up some pithy name for this project, but let's be honest here. It is called the unoriginal hat, and I'm going to keep the name. My brain isn't built for creativity right now. By Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Ravelry tells me that I made this out of Farmhouse Yarns Woodland Spun in Natural. Gotta love that website. The yarn is also great. It is a little itchy for my freak-out skin, but it is wonderful and wooly and I love it and wears like iron.
Size: Big-headed. (23")
Needles: size 11 bamboo dpns.
Verdict: it is stretching out a little bit, but I love it. Everyone should have one - and according to ravelry, that eventuality is progressing apace.

1. Tangled Yoke Cardigan:

This is a perfect case study in why I'm obviously a singularly confusing individual. The yarn (Rowan Felted Tweed) is amazing, as is the colour (Rage). However, I haven't been working on it because...I don't know. By the way, I don't have any clue why this colour is called rage. Because its red? It is this perfect cherry red with light blue and brown flecks. Amazing.

2. Central Park Hoodie:
So this is what I've been working on instead of the tangled yoke, since I obviously have somehow developed a deep and undying need to make the most popular knitting projects around. Obviously after all of those years of not understanding popular culture I have stumbled onto a culture where I do. In any case, this thing is fun to knit, and amazingly enough, easy enough to keep track of that I can knit it on the bus, much to the chagrin to the people standing next to me who stare enviously at me, somehow thinking that the precious space that my knitting occupies could somehow be given to them. Sorry dudes, I don't think physics works that way. Also, you're not getting anywhere near my lap.
I'm knitting this sucker in Peace Fleece, which while not exactly being next-to-the-skin material, is a beautiful, beautiful yarn. It is a deep teal heather/tweed which the old camera can capture worth a damn for some reason. Lame camera, very lame. I finished the back and hopefully I will finish it in time to chase some of the super-cold away.

3. Phiaro Scarf:
Right now this a stockinette tube of soysilk. I hope one day it will be a beautiful, drapey scarf which will make me look like a movie star at the conference in Hawaii in March and will distract everyone from the fact that I haven't done any sort of physical activity in a while that doesn't involve swearing at the snow or broken elevators. Right now though, I just keep looking at the picture in knitscene and hoping that I can keep at it for long enough to see it be come a scarf. It has a really neat construction though. You basically knit a tube, then drop about half the stitches (in an artistic way, of course) to make it long enough, and then cut the last column of dropped stitches and make it into fringe. Pretty neat, eh? That Katie Himmelberg is one smart cookie.

4. Placket-Neck Pullover:
OK, I just figured out that I brought the wrong cable and therefore can not show you the picture of this almost-finished baby sweater. All I have left is the underarm seams. The UNDERARM SEAMS. I'm obviously a lazy shmuck. I hope that I get it sent out before Ivan is old enough to buy a ticket and fly out here to tell me that it is too small.

In other exciting news, The Boy and I have procured a Nikon D50 for ourselves as a Christmas present, which means that soon the pictures on here will get a whole lot better. However, I'm still scared of breaking it, so it may be a while before you get to see the results.

Peace out my lovelies - I'm off to go wash samples. And tonight there will be cosmic bowling. That should help my crazy, right?


Emerson Selva said...


your blog is interessant, but knitting is a such of work/hobby very difficult for me. Needs manual tallent and sense of esthetics.


DancingFish said...

'Rage' looks like a fantastic color. Perfect for that sweater!