Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Bad Week for Viper Pilots

Glenna has done an amazing job creating my current sock pattern. She has given me very clear instructions for cables that will turn out perfect little Vipers like this:

However, the one I made over the last week, looks more like this:

For some reason, I just couldn't focus on these very well. The wings have been clipped, and the sides are all battered. There was clearly some rough flying in this ship's recent past. I'm sorry Glenna. I would take responsibility, but this one must be Starbuck's.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Land of Mochimochi

Anna Hrachovec is a wonderful knitter and a fantastically creative artist. If you are not familiar with her patterns or her blog you should check her out at Mochimochi Land and Ravelry. Her designs are adorable, and her toys are inspiring because she can make anything cute. (She even makes cuddling with bedbugs ok!)

She has been blogging about a big art project for a while now, and now it is here! Opening night for her exhibit was Thursday. I went to visit Mochimochi on Saturday and loved every stitch of it. Here are some pictures of my favorite scenes. (I am completely enamored with the little picnic!)

I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed it, so if you are in NYC go check it out. I insist. Her instillation will be up at gallery hanahou until October 29th. If you cannot make it to her quirky little world, check out her new book. It is on my Christmas list!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

On The Needles

So now that I'm all up to date on what I've accomplished, I want to show you what I'm working on. I pretty much have two projects really active at a time: the one in my purse and the one on the couch.
In my purse:

These are my me project. This pattern (Rav link) was a gift from knitting friend that I met in Philly. (She's an awesome knitter and she has the best Save the Dates.) I started these in December on the train to Chicago. I understand that December is a long time to be working on a pair of socks, but they went inactive for a long time. I have finally gotten use to the K tbl stitches, and I am now good with the cables. I have turned the heels and I'm close to done with the gusset shaping so it should be much quicker from here on out. I am starting to worry a bit about them being too tight. I don't have a reason to really worry about this, beyond my lingering lack of confidence in sock knitting. Well, that and the fact that every time the idea that they might not fit occurs to me, I'm on the subway and not willing to whip off my shoes. So rather than try them on and settle my mind, I just let myself believe a little more that they won't fit when I'm done.

On my couch:
At home I am working on a Jeanie wrap. The more I work on this project, the more I love it. First of all, the Knit Picks Stroll in the Tonal colors are incredibly beautiful. I love working with it. Beyond the yarn, the pattern is fantastic. When I started the project, I only knew that it involved some dropped stitches. Dropped stitches are always fun but this pattern is also reversible! I was obsessed with the charts for the first few rows, but havi0021 made a comment on Ravelry that helped me figure out that most of each row is a four stitch repeat of Ktbl, P, K, Ptbl. That gave me the freedom to stop staring at my color-coded chart and go back to admiring the beautiful yarn. I am also looking forward to the bid-off for this project because the reversible cable border on each side goes around the entire wrap. I will keep you posted on how that goes.