FO 2008


After the first day of the year in a haze of sleep deprivation & airports, I am finally back in MA!  While it wasn’t the best vacation ever (see previous, whiny post), it was great being with my family & friends again. CoffeeBoy and I also made some decisions about our future, which makes us both feel better about coming back to life & reality again.  Mostly, both of us feel very stagnant in our current living situation, so now we have a goal to work for in the new year.

But how was the previous year in knitting?

I had approximately 50 knitting projects total (there are 42 according to Ravelry, but there were some I didn’t put in there – some dishcloths for one).

Some highlights:

I made a lot of socks

19 pairs, in fact. That’s up from 8 last year.  Which makes sense, given I now commute on a train 2 hours a day & sock knitting is perfect for it.

The original Reversi Socks

The original Reversi Socks

Most (13) were for me, 3 were for CoffeeBoy, 3 for other family members.  I also think that, in addition to the train commute, my Harmony dpns have added to my love for sock knitting.  I have become a dpn-only person, thought I have tried 2 circs & didn’t like it. 
Punk Rock Commuter Socks

Punk Rock Commuter Socks

I do have a long size 1 circular needle to try magic looping but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.  I like my dpn rut.  I pretty much stuck to top down heel flap basic stockinette socks although I did try a couple of patterns and lately have been doing a short row heel instead of my flaps.  Most were basic wool/nylon blend but I did branch out with some bamboo, silk, alpaca, and tencel.     

Movie Knitting Socks

Movie Knitting Socks

I, understandably, only wear handknit socks now (the exception is when I work out, I have little thin cotton socks for that).  It’s hard to pick favourites but I think my original Reversi socks turned out the best (though I sadly shrank them & they are no longer mine).  
Not Quite Knee-Highs

Not Quite Knee-Highs

The socks I probably wear the most are my Punk Rock Commuter  Socks, my Movie Knitting Socks and lately, my Not Quite Knee High socks (perfect to wear with my snow boots – they don’t slide down as much).   I do wear almost all the socks I completed for myself – some of the more boring ones are good for when I should be a bit more professional at work.
My sock plan for 2009 – well more socks!  With my commute lasting until at least March (if not longer), I should be able to get a  few more pairs done.  If I should  not have to do the daily train commute, I will probably still end up making more socks than anything in 2009.  Unless I fall in with dishcloths or something (unlikely, I like them I just don’t LOVE them)

I made a sweater in 2 weeks

Opulent Ragalan

Opulent Ragalan

Big accomplishment this year.  I made a total of 4 sweaters in 2008, 3 of which I wear frequently (sorry Blue Gable)  but my favourite is definitely my Opulent Ragalan, made for the Ravelmpics.  I still love this sweater, it looks nice for work over a collared shirt and keeps me very warm with out a lot of bulk (I love my Cozy sweater too, but it does add a lot of bulk to my already bulky body.  Still very warm – in fact, I have it on now)

I haven’t finished as many sweaters this year (key word: finished.  Many were frogged or simply abandoned).  I think part of it is the upswing in sock knitting and part of it is my weight gain over the past year makes me depressed about making sweaters.  I need to get over it and get my ass to the gym more often.  Anyway, my next non sock project is going to be using my Valley Superwash yarn I got during my trip to Webs.  I’ve almost decided on Amelia for it, but I also may go with something I’ve wanted to make for a very long time – The Nantucket Jacket.  I’m also planning on making the Sunrise Circle Jacket this year and maybe finally finish Mr. Greyjeans and Cables & Os – two sweaters I love but can’t seem to quite finish.  And I’m quite sure there will be many many more sweaters coming out this year that I will fall in love with but never make
 

I gave in to the Clap.

Clapotis that is.  After knitting it & now wearing it, I understand why nearly everyone in the knitting world has made this – it is a perfect accessory.  I probably wear it the most out of my scarves, because it’s so wide it covers my 

Silky Clapotis

Silky Clapotis

 face in the freezing cold, but I also love to have it for indoors – for instance it was wonderful to have on the plane because when I was cold, I could wear it as a shawl.  It also made a nice pillow. 🙂  And did I mention how much I love Malabrigo Silky Merino?  Love love love it so much, I’m tempted to make another one.  Even CoffeeBoy likes this project- although he keeps trying to convince me to make more for a gifts.  I’m sorry, I’m very selfish when it comes to these kind of projects – this one cost me $50 for the yarn and a month knitting on it non stop.   I do think a couple of girlfriends would like it, so I may just do that but…I need to decide if it is worth it to me to want to invest all that for something that may not be appreciated.  See?  Very Selfish.
I made a total of 3 scarves this year by the way.  I just don’t like making scarves all that much – one was even just a neckwarmer.  Seriously, sock knitting has ruined all big projects for me.

I joined a few yarn clubs for the first time

4 of them – Lotus Yarn’s Punk Rock Sock Club and Big Ass Yarn Club, Blue Hands Fibers’s Ravelry Sock Yarn Club and Scout’s Swag.  I loved all of them for different reasons – well, I’ve only received one shipment of Scout’s Swag so far.   

Lotus Yarns Big Ass Yarn Club

Lotus Yarn's Big Ass Yarn Club

But I’m not sure if I’ll join any this year, at least not right away – I am just not going to buy yarn unless I need it for a project already in mind and I definitely do not need any more sock yarn!  Call it a resolution, call it a yarn diet, call it whatever you want, I really just want to cut back on my stash.  It’s getting me a bit stressed out, having all this beautiful yarn and not using it yet!  I’ve only made a couple of things from my yarn club yarn – 3 projects out of 16 shipments so far. (the Punk Rock Commuter socks above,  Rainy Day socks and my Blissful So-Called Scarf & Hat).  Only one I may join is if Melanie has another Lotus Yarn club, otherwise, no clubs for me.  

Um, that may change.  I’m not very good with resolutions.  And really really tempted by pretty sock yarn.

I completed a year long project

I finally finished my year long project – this one was very special for me, as my Grandmother has always crocheted me blankets & I wanted to finally  make one for her.
Moms cat Mulan shown here for size.  Or because I couldnt get her off the blanket.

Mom's cat Mulan shown here for size. Or because I couldn't get her off the blanket.

 While this got very tedious to work on after awhile, I’m so glad I finished it.  I sadly, was not able to see my Grandmother over the holidays – weather ruined everything! – she will be getting this very soon from my mom.
Grandmas blanket.  Yes, that is still Mulan up there.

Grandma's blanket. Yes, that is still Mulan up there.

I started this in February, and worked on it off & on all year.  A month ago I realized I should probably finish it, so I kicked it in high gear and finished in time for Christmas, although of course it ended up not mattering as much since she won’t be getting it right away.  It’s the basic log cabin blanket, I used about 1.5 skeins of 5 different colours of Cotton Ease on size 8 needles.  If I were to do it again (very unlikely), I would probably use a different yarn – 2 months after I started this, KnitPicks came out with Comfy, which has a similar blend of yarn but much much MUCH softer.  Still, I think this will be durable & keep my grandmother’s legs warm nicely.

2008 knitting summery:

(don’t you just love Ravelry?)

19 pairs of socks 

7 hats/headwraps

5 toys4 sweaters

3 fingerless gloves/mitts

3 scarves/neckwarmers

1 blanket

probably 8 unblogged/unraveled projects – dishcloths, etc.

(I was going to do approximet yarn usage verses yarn added to stash but my excel is not working at moment.  The approx yarn added was over 20,000 yards though – eek!)

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Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in US!  It’s going to be a pretty quiet day around the ol’ Babbling/Coffee house – there are are pros & cons of living on the other side of the country from family – I don’t have to deal with some of my relatives I don’t particularly like but on the other hand, I miss my family very much.  But, since it is just us and since we have become big ol’ foodies, we get to make what we like.  CB has been obsessed with trying BlueFoot Chicken, after an Iron Chef episode, so instead of a turkey, he ordered that (they are from France, though he found a place in Canada that sells them – and yes, they really do have blue feet).  Paid a pretty penny for that – the shipping was even more than the bird itself.  So he’s in charge of that and is also making this  liquid pumpkin pie he made last year (which I like to call Pumpkin Juice, because I’m a nerd like that).  I’m making homemade stuffing (my first!), these awesome sounding mashed potatoes, and an interesting sounding pumpkin pie (cinnamon crust with maple mixed in the pumpkin.)  So I guess you can say it’s our take on the typical dinner.  Yum yum!

And man do I need this day off – work has been INSANE this week. Even though I worked from home yesterday, I still was nonstop all day, although being in my pjs all day was definitely a bonus.  I keep meaning to blog but I’ve been on the go & in the evenings, I’m still answering emails (joys of a Blackberry).  But I do have an FO to write about

 

Moms tye-dyed socks

Mom's tye-dyed socks

Started: November 8

Completed November 22

Yarn: Blue Moon Socks That Rock – mill end from Black Sheep Gathering

Pattern:  Used the Thuja stitch pattern

Needles: Size 1US Harmony dpns

Notes:  As I mentioned before, my mom gave me her STR stash with a request of more handmade socks.  I finally got around to doing it!  As with every other STR socks I’ve made or started, these pooled.  A Lot.  Sometimes I don’t mind pooling (I like how the foot part looks, actually) but I hate when there is big blotches of colour, like on the cuff.  Ah well.  Believe it or not, they actually match, which is nice!  I finished these pretty quickly (less than 2 weeks) – I guess my mom’s smaller foot size had something to do with it, but really, it’s only an inch or so less on the foot.  I pair of gift socks down, 3 to go!

I’ve actually started the next pair but I don’t think I’ll write about them – the person I’m making them for has been to the blog (or at least my flickr page).  But I’m nearly done.  The rest of the holiday projects aren’t really something I can photograph easily – the grandma blanket, which doesn’t look that different, a toy I’m creating from scratch for my youngest niece, and more hats for the nephews.  Hopefully I’ll complete one of them soon, I’m getting a wee bit nervous about the time!

So all of you who celebrate it, good eats this Thanksgiving!

So since I’m working from home today (honest!  I’m not just sitting around knitting! Er, much anyway), I thought I’d at least try to get some project pictures taken and do some updates.

First I finally got a picture of the Reverse Red Sox I made for CoffeeBoy

Reverse Red Sox

Started: August 24th

Completed: November 6th

Yarn:  Knit Picks Bare (sock weight) and Mountain Color Barefoot in Rich Red

Pattern: Used Tubey from Son of Stitch & Bitch for inspiration but it’s just my basic sock with a stripe on the cuff & contrasting heel & toes

Needles: US2 Harmony dpns

Notes:  These took awhile to do.   I love CB but honestly, socks for him are so very boring – he only wants plain white socks with contrast heel & toe.  That’s it.  No fancy design.  Not even any extra ribbing.  So, I kept putting them down to work on something more interesting, hence the 2 & half months to finish them.  He specifically asked for these actually – while I am probably the bigger Red Sox fan in this household, we both enjoy watching the games (actually, I had promised to get them done before the playoffs…oops)  My thought was that I would make his & then for myself, I would do some regular looking Red Sox socks.  But I may need to rethink that…here’s what happened after one wear & wash:

I had a feeling it would too. Oh the joys of working with a rich red & white.  That’s only a small part of the bleeding – in fact, I wouldn’t even wash them with anything else – I actually handwashed them (yes, apparently I do love CB, I handwashed his socks.)  So he may end up with pink & red socks at some point.  I may have to forgo my Red Sox Socks, at least with this yarn.  I think I’m going to make some tiny ones for my mom instead – when she was out here, she thought the logo was adorable so maybe I’ll just make up a couple for her & make a magnet or ornament or something that won’t get washed.

And on to other socks…

Tye-dyed socks!  Well, that’s what it looks like to me in any case.  I had mentioned before my mom had given me her Socks That Rock stash with a promise to make her more socks.  Well, I’m finally getting around to it (is it bad to make a pair of socks for my mom as a gift if she bought the yarn?).  I’m a little annoyed at the pooling, but I do like how it turned out altogether and my mom won’t care.  I’m partway through the other sock, so I’ll probably have it done by the weekend.  1 present down!  Luckily, I don’t think she reads the blog, so I think I’m safe on this one.

I had to put aside my grandma’s blanket because (of course) I ran out of the only color I didn’t buy a second skein of – when I was buying the second skeins, I couldn’t remember if the color was beige or light grey (yeah, I’m a little forgetful) so I figured I would just pick it up another time…but then I forgot.  Sigh.  So instead I’m working on some hats for my nephews.  I picked up Valley Yarns Sugarloaf for them – wow I love this yarn.  So so so soft, it’s perfect for my nephews.  Instead of swatching the normal way, I made a swatch hat – I have 3 potential people I can give it too – a 4 year old, a 8 year old and my brother in law so I figured it would fit someone

Modeled by Thistlehair

Modeled by Thistlehair. Doesn't he look tough now?

Just a basic black hat. Now I have an idea on the stitch count for the rest of them.  I think I may just do some plain striped hats,  even though I usually try to think of something unique. I was thinking about the Poke-A-Dot Alien hat but I just don’t think colourwork with bulky yarn will be all that great.

 I need to get more of this yarn, I think it would be perfect for toys too.  I’m thinking about the Donkey from Pundit Babies from Mochimochi for my toddler niece.   

There I go, spreading my liberal agenda to the young. 🙂

Okay, I guess I should actually do some work now…

I’m finally getting around to blogging about my latest commuter socks FO.  I actually finished them awhile back, but the original photos I took were not great and honestly, I only remember I need to rephotograph them when it’s too dark/rainy/cold outside.  And while it was freezing out this morning, I quickly took some photos because, well, I love these socks.

Reversi the Second

Started: September 29 

Completed: October 21

Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist Socrates in Macaw

PatternReversi Socks

Needles: Size 1US dpns

Notes:  As I’ve said before, I am addicted to this pattern.  And my heart broke when my fave pair of socks, the original Reversi, felted in the washer.  But these are a lovely sequel that will hopefully not felt, they’ve been washed 3 times now and no felting to be seen – whew!

I was a bit unsure of the yarn while I was making them – it’s really fuzzy – but now that I’ve wore them a couple of times, I have realized how wonderful it is.  The bamboo/alpaca mix seemed like an odd mix – in my mind, bamboo is good for warmer weather socks and alpaca is good for below freezing.  But together, they give it an amazing silky feeling with out being overly warm.  And the colour is a good neutral colour without being boring – I’m trying to alternate my commuter socks between wild & crazy hand dyed colours and more neutral ones I can wear to work.

I don’t think I can say much more about the pattern that I haven’t already said – it’s my fave sock pattern, interesting to knit & gorgeous to look at.   My new commuter socks – a gift pair – is a modified version of it in fact.

 

Other than knitting, I’ve been feeling this stressful anticipation all day – in 24 hours or so we’ll know who the next president will be (well unless we get a repeat of 2000, which would make the cable news channels explode with happiness).  I’m more stressed than usual about it, maybe because I’ve been wrapped up in for over a year.   Or because I had such a hopeful feeling in 2004 and it came crashing down that night in Novemeber – I had strong feelings about 2 different items during the last election (the presidential choice and the Oregon ballot measure banning gay marriage) and both were devastating disappointments.  And while my presidential choice last time was more of the “I dislike the other guy & what he’s doing to the country” variety, I’ve been a strong supporter of Barack Obama for quite awhile now, more than any other political candidate in my life.  I just don’t want that ’04 feeling again tomorrow night.

But I will say, I do not think McCain is Bush 2.0, in fact while I do not agree with most his (and especially Palin’s) politics, I don’t think he’s a bad guy.  I just think Obama is what this country needs: a refreshing change for everyone.

So I’m stressed.  But as CoffeeBoy so intelligently put it last night “America has survived the last 8 years; we can live through anything.”

After 7 years of knitting (almost to the day!), I finally have a matching hat & scarf set.

I never match my hat & scarves – but with this yarn I wanted to use every bit of it.  And just in time – brrrr, it got cold here!

The Blissful Set

First, the hat:

My Blissful So-Called Hat

My Blissful So-Called Hat

Started: October 28th

Completed: October 30th

Yarn: Lotus Yarn’s Nirvana Worsted in Bliss and Knit Picks Comfy in Cashew, about a half ball of each.

PatternMy Herringbone Hat for my So-Called Scarf

Needles: Size 11US circ and 10.5US dpns (I don’t own 11s in dpns! That’s how often I knit on big needles)

Notes:  I’m not such a big fan of this hat – I think I made it a little too floppy and a little too short.  I wanted to make sure my scarf would be long enough so I didn’t want to double the Bliss yarn for the top and just used some Comfy to double it up with.  I think I should have maybe used my pink rather than the brown. I was going to do a Comfy liner too but I hated how it turned out & frogged it.  Ah well.  I like it better now than I did when I finished it the other night.

And now the scarf:

Yes, that is my Neil Dimond shirt.

Yes, that is my Neil Dimond shirt.

My Blissful So-Called Scarf

Started: October 25th

Completed: October 31st

Yarn: Lotus Yarn’s Nirvana Worsted in Bliss – 1.5 skiens

Pattern: My So-Called Scarf

Needles:  Size 11US

Notes:  This I love.  Love the texture. Love the colours.  Love the warmth.  It’s long (80 inches!) which is unusual for me – I get so bored knitting scarves so they end up too short.  But I carried this or the hat on the commuter train so I would be forced to finish it.  And I plan to wear it daily from now until April.

It took me a bit to decide on what kind of scarf to make, but Stacey’s neckwarmer sealed the deal.  I’ve made one My So-Called Scarf…but it was gift.  It’s a great pattern – easy but interesting enough to last for a freaking long scarf.

Today I realized why I never take pictures of my finished scarves on – I have several but I don’t think I’ve really photographed them for the blog or Ravelry.  I can’t take a picture that doesn’t either shows off my fat face or my bewbs.  Ah well, I deleted my fat face so you get some blingin’ Neil Diamond bewbs.

 

rockin out

rockin' out

This will probably be the end of my projects for me for awhile…it’s getting to the time for some holiday gifts!  At least 3 pairs of socks, 1 half finished blanket, 1 pair of fingerless mitts, at least 3 hats and some toys – I’ll be busy!

So I will enjoy my Blissful set even more.

Well, that was a crappy weekend.

I wasn’t feeling so hot when I posted Saturday morning – headache, stomach issues, clammy skin – and it only got worse.  I spent the rest of the day in bed or wrapped in a blanket in my craft room chair wanting to die.  So no Halloween party for me – my “costume” was devil horns and a tshirt that said “Maverick Hockey Mom”.  (CB was going as The Dude from The Big Lebowski for those wondering). But alas, it was not to be, maybe my intended mocking target sensed it.  Anyway, I felt a little better yesterday, but today I’m feeling icky, don’t know if it’s leftover or just…a case of the Mondays.  CB & I also had a small fight – nothing big, we’re fine now, mostly me just being a bitch (not that he said as much, but looking back, yeah, I was a bit of selfish bitch to him).  

But hey!  How about some cuteness to drive the blahs away.

Little Boo

Little Boo

Little Boo

Started: October 19th

Completed: October 21st

Yarn:  Scraps of what I’m pretty sure is Cashmerino (orange) and Mission Falls 1824 Wool (black).

Pattern: Boo the Bat

Needles: Size 6 Harmony dpns

Notes: I made this for a friend whom I was going to see Saturday, but…well, hopefully I’ll see her again before too long.  Little Boo is so named because I was I was running low on the orange and subtracked two rows from the body as well as the wings.  His ears are made differently as well – I just cast on 6 stitches & didn’t join in the round, just worked back & forth.  He’s cute though!  His brother, Blue Boo, guards my cubicle with Wally. They have another brother, Brown Boo, but I never got a picture of before he went to his new home at my best friend’s.  Ah well.

This was the week to make siblings:

Jim

Slim Jim the Snowman

Jim

Started: October 22nd

Completed: October 25th

Yarn:  Pretty sure it’s all Mission Falls 1824 Wool scraps

Pattern: Knit Picks Snowmen

Needles: Size 4US Harmony Dpns

Notes:  Like his sister Posey, I didn’t felt Jim either (superwash wool) but I wish I had – the increases look wonky, which would have been hidden if I had.  Ah well.  This one is the Slim pattern (aren’t I just sooooo clever with their names?  Slim Jim, Rosy Posey.  Sigh) and and the only other change I made was (terrible) embroidery on the face & button.  Oh I think I went a little crazy on the icord scarf.  But they at least look related.

We Are Family!

We Are Family!

I have another FO that I need to rephotograph – the pictures look pretty awful.  Until then, here’s the start to my new scarf with my Big Ass Yarn Club Yarn

I even gave up my usual commuter socks to work on it – I know I’ll never finish it if I don’t push myself. 

Now back to work to see what else I can screw up today.

 

 

Sundays have turned into the day to do quick projects.  For the past few Sundays, I’ve started & completed one project – I’ve done a couple of Calorimetrys (Calorimetries?) – one I wrote about, one for a swap gift and another one for myself that isn’t that exciting – as well as Boo (I’m actually making another Boo today actually).  So as I was trolling through my blogs the other day, I came accross a cute hat on one that my skein of Alpaca with a Twist Highlander was begging to be made into.  I whipped it up on my lazy Sunday & absolutly adore it.

 

This is my its my day off so nyah look

This is my "it's my day off so nyah" look

Highlander Hat

Started: October 12

Completed: October 12 (probably a total of 5 hours)

Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist Highlader, about 3/4 of a skien

Pattern:  Robin’s Egg Blue Hat

Needles: Size 9Us circ & dpns

Notes:  No mods on this hat at all – it came out perfectly.  I love this yarn so much – I made my Panta out of it nearly 2 years ago and a couple of hats for friends last year and it is just so perfect for small items like hats & scarves – soft, warm, and non itchy.  I don’t know if I would attempt a sweater of it  – bulky yarn + bulky body = not the look I’m going for – but it is one of my fave yarns.

I’m also loving how the button looks on it:

I picked this up at WEBS, thinking it would be for a sweater, but decided that it would be better suited for my hat since I only had one anyway.  I think hat will get a lot of use this winter – love the alpaca!

In non knitting adventures, I went on my first Leaf Peeping trip with my dearest friends and CoffeeBoy.  We had a wonderful time, up in the White Mountains in New Hampshire – it was a perfect day, sunny & cool and the leaves were stunning.  I couldn’t stop snapping pictures.  Here’s one I love, even though it doesn’t have as much of the pretty leaves in it.

 

Just a few of my favourite people in the world.  And their asses.

Just a few of my favourite people in the world. And their asses.

You can see all my Fall Foliage Tour pictures here.

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