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Two to go! The knee socks are done!

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46:365 Socks Done!

Just in time for a 90 degree day…woo! Ok time to get ready for work. Tonight I start to tackle the Bog Jacket (again).

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Did I mentioned that I love fair isle? I think I remember saying something about it 😉 Every morning I wake up, jump out of bed and snuggle into the couch so I can get back to work on the Corrie Vest. Sometimes I have to run out for coffee like I did this morning which really cuts into my knitting time (LOL). Carl doesn’t like the way I make coffee. He says it’s so strong it makes his hard jump out of his chest (I think he needs to toughen up hahaha). Because of this I think he lets the coffee run out and stay out for as long as he can so he can have Ottomanelli coffee in the morning (they’re just across the street). Either way, there’s no better way to start your morning than with a nice cup of coffee and some knitting. And yes those are my legs and no I’m not naked the knitting is just covering my pjs.

I’m a few rows into the 3rd charts and I’m psyched to see what happens with each new row. This is my first (and only) repeat of this chart so it’s all new all the time. I’m secretly (ok not so secret anymore) counting down the hours till I can leave work and get back to my lover…Corrie is so beautiful. Can you cheat on someone with your knitting? I guess we’ll find out!

This week I’m sharing another GORGEOUS yarn from Milana Hilados in Buenos Aires.

It’s a very hard yarn to photograph properly. It’s a gorgeous thick and thin yarn with these tiny flower like things sprinkled throughout and I just had to have it. I don’t know why the two yarns I purchased at this shop were both shades of purple but I guess that’s the mood I was in that day. I’m sure someone can tell me what that says about my mood that day but I know that I was VERY happy. Perhaps purple is the color of a yarn high.

I bought just one little ball of this yarn thinking I could make a little purse. But before I can cast-on I need to find the perfect handles. I’m on a hunt and one day I will find something that suits this yarn. I’m thinking of a really simple rectangle just stitched up the sides. I believe a simple “pattern” will really showcase the yarn but you really need see it in person to truly appreciate its true beauty.

To seemingly make up for last night Carl left work at 5 today and drove up to a friend’s place in the Bronx to hang out tonight. I was invited but I decided it was better for me to hang out in the apartment alone. So I plan on watching my Sit and Spin video while I work on my 8th hexagon (and maybe even my 9th?!) while I get a feel of what the video is about. Maybe I will even dig out the wheel and try some of the techniques. I’ve got a feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good good night…(try to get that song out of your head).

Yesterday, the Spring issue of Wild Fibers arrived. I cracked it open and found that they have an article about Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez and the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, Peru. Why am I so excited about this article? Well, we are going to Peru for our honeymoon and will be spending two days in Cusco while we acclimate to the altitude before heading out on the Inca Trail. Yippee! I started reading the article on the ride home tonight and they couldn’t have published this at a better time! I can’t wait to get to Cusco so I can see the center and the weavings. I’m not a weaver and I never plan on learning (mostly because there is no room in my life for additional fiber hobbies) but I am I lover of all textiles and textiles arts. I can’t wait to see the weavers in action. I’m not sure how Carl will feel about this but we can visit the center and then find something he’s interested in to do after. I think that will be fair.

If you don’t read Wild Fibers you really should. It’s a bit expensive to subscribe to but it is worth every penny. I read every issue cover to cover and I learn something new about the fiber world with every article. Carl and I have a very bad travel bug and this magazine makes me want to travel to even more places that I had either never thought of or never heard of. I’m always showing him the articles and saying things like “please please please can we go to this tiny wind swept island where all the people have left because it’s the harshest place for humans to ever live and there’s a rare breed of sheep that still lives there in the wild and I want to see them!!!” And he looks at me like I’m a little nuts but then we add it to the mental list of places we just have to see. I’m completely jealous that other people get to travel the world and see these things for a living while I sit in my cubicle experiencing NOTHING. If I was a better writer or a better photographer I might be able to write for a magazine like Wild Fibers but alas I am merely mediocre. But maybe my fairy godmother will come and grant my wish.

  

Turning A Corner

I have finally moved on the to applied I-cord for Grandpa’s vest. I’ve turned my first corner and I’m really enjoying the color combination. I’m hoping my staunch, ultra-conservative Grandpa won’t thinking it’s too flashy. But he’ll just have to love it since I made it for him, right? 

This is the first EZ pattern I’ve knit where I didn’t need a video or a cheat sheet to understand her. I love her patterns and I simply love watching and reading her but sometimes I have no idea what she’s telling me to do. You really need to read every word in her story or else you end up with a mess. Her patterns and books truly are stories. There seems to be a memory associated with each and every pattern. Some ski trip with her hubby or some bright idea Meg had or a memory of her mother. There’s something about her humor and determination that reminds me of my late Grandma. Maybe that’s why I chose an EZ pattern for Gramps. Gram always knit things for him. He told me a story once about a pair of argyle socks she made him and how wonderful they were. The whole time he was talking he looked like he had escaped into the memory of her and those socks. You could see the love in his eye and just how much he misses her. When I read EZ I think of my Gram knitting me sweater that I just hated when I was little because they were itchy but now I covet because my Gram knit love into each and every one of those stitches. Now that she’s gone it’s my turn to knit a little love for Gramps. She always managed to soften the old grump, maybe I can do the same. 

On a less nostalgic note, I started looking into design software to help me when I’m ready to start writing up patterns for all this yarn I have lying around. I tried the Wild Stitches Knitting Software and it was nice but I think it was too much. They only did flat knitting and I like to work in the round and the home edition ($90) was missing some of the features I loved when I used they’re demo, like the stitch motif and the sizing functions. These features are included in the designer version which is $390 but I’m just not prepared to spend that much at the moment. So after playing with it for a while I returned the home edition and ordered Sweater Wizard and Mitten Wizard both are simple to use and will generate schematics and generic instructions which I can then tailor to fit my needs. I really really really want the stitch motif software but it’s not in the budget this month but I will order it next month so I can start charting out some fab patterns. 

I have to say I’m really excited about the next 361 days and I hope I can keep up the momentum.

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