Nov 18, 2006

Help Wanted, A poll

I'm taking a poll. Check the sidebar to vote, and leave your own suggetion in the comments!

I want to start my first sweater.

I've got for it roughly 2000 yards of Brooks Farm's Harmony (55% Mohair, 45 % wool/Silk )
Its knitting up at between 5.5 and 6 stitches an inch (at least that's the fabric I like best.

I can't for the life of me decide what to knit with it and i'm at a standstill. I've considered those above (and below) and like all but i'd love something interesting, but perhaps in the round.

Some contenders have been the Knitpicks Kimono Styled Sweater, Elsbeth Lavold's "Hild",
and Knitty's Ivy

I'm completely open to option 4 btw.. if i were sure of any of these I'd just be doing them -so please please please feel free to make your own suggestion :)


Oct 29, 2006

Well hello there..

Hi all, its been a while since i've popped in here, and I think I can blame school for that.

I'm only taking one class, but somehow this has managed to entirely screw me up in terms of what i can get done. The class is a good one, but Its been so long since i've been in a class that requires a paper that I have no memory of how to write one.

Other things occupying my mind..
Garbage. Yes, really, Garbage. First I got a sanitation violation re: garbage on my property. Why? because "I" called to complain that the city had left garbabge on my property. I got ticketed on my own complaint. the nerve.

There is more to this story but I don't want to live it right now :)

I have a camera full of pictures i've been meaning to post and i'll get to them, i will but for now let me fill you in on the knitting life...

Most recently I went to Rhinebeck with Karen who was kind enough to pick us all up at the crack of dawn (we left around 5:30 from my house, I got up at 4:15. I usually go to sleep at 4:15
Tamara who was the first person picked up, and Val who made me buy yarn :)

I exercised restraint for most of the day, picking up only some Socks that Rock (in Farmhouse, and Downpour - medium weight, and Lagoon in lightweight) a purchase made possible by an 8:30 arrival time :) They were sold out very quickly.

Purchase two was the Tongue River Farm Sock Collection.

I walked around for much of the rest of they day before going back to where i started and picking up roughly 2000 yards of Brooks Farm's Harmony in an exquisite blue-purple (pictures soon).

I'm getting ready to do my first sweater. I could use the Harmony , but i may save it until i've tried and ruined my first attempt ;) I'm thinkingof the Kimono Styled Sweater from Knitpicks since the one I've seen was just gorgeous...

I'm open to suggestion tho..

Sep 29, 2006

All Whining, all the time.

So what is it with clothes shopping?

I went on a multi-store crawl today

I started at 79th STreet where I went to Filenes.
I tried on about 20 different things, none of which did much for me,
and left.

I repeated this at Ann Taylor
Two Gaps
Banana Republic
and Daffys

and purchased ::::drumroll::::

Very frustrating. I realize i have kind of a hard to fit body (doesn't everyone?) but please..

I tried on 6 skirts in the same size.
1 was too big
2 were too small
1 was too long
and one was bit in the waist, tight in the hips and hit in the wrong place.
I tried on a dress where the waist was in an awful spot, and every shirt i tried on fit either in the bust or in the shoulders, never both.

I need to learn to sew.

Sep 17, 2006

All Knitting All the time

As usual, I've dissapeared.

And I have so much to say,
and so many pictures to get off my camera
and so much to resume here.

I guess i'm going to pretend i went on hiatus for the summer.
Consider this a preview of the new fall season ;)

This weekend was a big knitting weekend.
The wonderful Amy Singer from Knitty at the Point.
The fabulous Yarn Harlot at Barnes and Noble
The New York Knit-Out
and many many lovely knitters allw eekend long!

I'm invigorated
excited about knitting and excited about blogging.

You don't have to believe it, but i'm back :)

Pics come off the camera tomorrow.

Aug 15, 2006

It's all about the socks.

This will be the first in a series of
"Why my poor neglected secret pal" deserves accolades posts
And her gifts will be admired, as they should have been all along!
I made her wait so long for these posts, that I feel the only way to do her gifts justice now is to make several posts, paying homage to some of the stars of my packages!

These gorgeous creatures were sent to me by my fantabulous secret pal in my SECOND package (Oy vey am I behind!)

They were accompanied by beatuiful stitch markers, and equally beautiful homemade stationery envelopes, but this post, is dedicated to the socks.

My secret pal made me the most beautiful socks ever
and they feel just as good on as they look :) (maybe even better!)
Thank you Thank you Thank you.

Watch this space over the next few days to see more of my beautiful secret pal gifts.

Aug 12, 2006

I think i've got it....

I think i know who my secret pal is :)

I think I think I think....

I still owe her some big posts.

For all the wonderful stuff she gave me.

And I promise to spend this weekend photographing so i can put stuff up.

She's awesome, you know.

You shoudl see the socks she made me!

And you will, soon, I swear.

Aug 11, 2006

Project Forgiveness

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Aug 10, 2006

If I were less of a bum

I would have posted by now about the following

1. my wonderful secret pal gifts
2. the healing of my feet
3. my finished jaywalkers
4. My partly finished other socks
5. My summer

But i'm a spaz.
and got overwhelmed by life
and haven't kept up.

My mid-august resolution is to catch up on all this
so stay tuned.
no reallyh
for some real posts.

Thank you for your patience.


Jun 24, 2006

Happy Summer -

Before I begin - Please please please visit my friend Dani's contest here and help support an excellent cause

Hello all.

I am sorry for my absence - I had a busy few weeks, first with my leaky roof, then with work and now with a truly obnoxious injury.

I was walking down a small set of stone steps, heading toward the one train on 49th street and broadway when i fell, badly spraining my right ankle and fracturing a bone in my left foot. Yep , you got it, I hurt both feet, fun eh?

This did make for a couple of fun New York moments - including the homeless guy who ran to my aid and offered tobe a witness if I decided to sue, and a cop, who when I commented that we were drawing a crowd said "They probably think we (meaning the cops) did this to you".

I spent that night in the ER, the next two days at R's house where I was well cared for by friends, and coworkers, and I'm now out at the BFs house, keeping my feet elevated, and hobbling to and from the bathroom as needed. I got to shower yesterday - I'm sure everyone around me is applauding ;)

Oh- and the picture above? I'm watching goofy movies to entertain myself, and found this moment, right at the beginning of the Poseiden Adventure (the original). Shelly Winters- Knitting! How cool!

Speaking of knitting - . I finished my Jaywalkers and they came out great! I LOVE them, I can hardly wait till the weater is appropriate to wear em (september maybe?). I'll post pictures the next time I'm home since I dont have them with me here at the BF;

I visited The Yarn Tree in Brooklyn
which is a delightful store - with quite a bit of unique yarn, good service, decent prices, and, if you are into that sorta thing, fiber.

I picked up some Alpaca with a Twist "Landscapes" (an ultra-squishy soft alpaca silk blend) and i'm using it to make the fingerless mitts they had sampled in the store. Its a fast easy knitand I picked up the one in the store and it was too yummy for words so I decided to get the pattern as well as the yarn.

Nice stuff - I'd love to make a sweater out of it.

I also picked up some exquisite handpainted sock yarn from Capistrano Fiber Arts Studios (By Lori Lawson) A 50/50 silk and Merino Blend in Brambleberry. This is a truly outrageous yarn, soft, silky , firm, I'm almost afraid to knit it!

Its slightly light on yardage- 300 so as far as socks go, I dont want to use a hight yardaage sock pattern (a lower yardage one would be perect) .. anyone have any ideas on what might be a good pattern for this most beautiful yarn?

Jun 5, 2006

WWKIP day..

So.. Any of you all going to be in Central Park on Sat?

I was planning on going and knitting regardless, and i'm good at mingling - but I'd much rather go "with" people :)

And thank all of you who offered kind words and support re: my house :) I really appreciate it!

Jun 3, 2006


Warning: This post is just one non-stop whine fest.

For those of you outside the area, we had a LOT of rain in the last two days.
I came home today to find water and ceiling material on the floor on the top story of my house. The roof looked ok (which doesn't necesarily mean anything, it could still be leaking), but there was a fair amount of water sitting in the gutter, which could mean its not draining properly.(it looks like its not pitched properly)

I need someone HONEST to assess the problem, whehter its the roof or the gutter, and to deal with it. Without ripping me off.

I hate hate hate this crap.
I hate looking for contractors
my handyman guy got too busy to take my kinda jobs
And I don't have any good recommendations.

Signed - Leaky in Brooklyn.

Jun 1, 2006

Yay! Loot!!!

I received my first SP 7 package (from the Knittyboard SP7) yesterday, and I am absolutely delighted with it!

It arrived, neatly packaged from overseas - far faster than I thought it would, and it was full of such beautiful stuff!

First up is a pic of the haul as a whole. Please disregard the mess in the background.
I had to take at least one pic of the ingenious shrink-wrapped packaging of the yarn, before I tore into it.

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I couldn't wait for long. I tore open the package and it contained two substantial balls of Ewas Sockenwolle. Both are STUNNING, the pics don't do them justice! And what texture! delicious, positively delicious!
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Next up are a set of gorgeous Holz & Stein ebony dpns. They feel amazing to the touch - I keep rolling them around in my hands just admiring the feel, the weight and the look. They are gorgeous, sturdy works of art. I can't wait to try them out on socks!
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And then we have these.
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I'd like to pretend I still have both bars, but one has um... mysteriously dissappeard ;)
Delicious! I've never had this chocolate before and I'm hooked. It is REALLY good.

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Last but certainly not least we have a lovely yarn note card, with a very nice note :)

I was pretty surprised to get a package already, and I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy with what was in it! :) Thank you, thank you THANK YOU!

May 25, 2006

DC Follies

Hey all..

I just came back (well not just, I've been back since monday) from 4 days in the DC area, where me and the BF attended my nephew's graduation from George Washington University. (My nephew was mentioned by name during the president of the school's speech! very exciting!)

We had a very nice time in DC, except for the "getting up early every day". We did some sightseeing -- Went to the American History Museum, which was great fun... I got to see
Ted Baxter's Jacket! (which was pretty exciting for me, I am a huge fan of the Mary Tyler Moore Show)

We also went to the Zoo where I got to meet a distant relative

I normally do a ton of research before I go away and plan out places to eat - but I didn't really have time so we sorta winged it - and with the exception of the lunch on the run at the zoo, we ate pretty well.

This is a restaurant we happened upon when coming back from a long day of sightseeing. We had parked in Silver Spring for easier Metro access, and were on our way back to the hotel, and figured we'd grab a bite to eat. We were headed to another restaurant when we walked past this one and decided that Ethiopian food sounded good and went here instead. Very good decision - we had a really nice dinner.

We found this restaurant on our first night in town by searching online for something near the hotel. This restaurant was in nearby College Park. The food was good, and the staff were very very friendly.

I really had a great time.

I was pretty fortunate to be able to knit the whole ride down in the car... I've never successfully knit in a car before, I usually get queasy - but I got lucky :) I am just about to turn the heel on Jaywalker #2, and so far, at least, its coming out at least close to the same as the first.

I had posted on the Knittyboard that I'd planned on paying a visit to Stitch DC when in town and was lucky enough to do so. I went to the Georgetown store, and the very very nice person who worked there, knew who I was from my post and greeted me! I had a lovely time in the store which was a comfortable and quiet oasis in the middle of a mob of people, and picked up some Karabella Aurora 4, and Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock on sale, as well as a 40" size 5 Addi.

The Aurora 4 (above) is ostensibly DK weight, but it seems thinner than that to me. It wasn't significantly thicker than the Shepherd Sock (below).
They had used it to knit Embossed Leaves from the Winter 2005 Interweave,
and the stitch definition was beautiful!

May 16, 2006

A FO/2 :)

I finished the first Jaywalker!!!! :)


I immediately cast on for the second one and hope to finish it on my trip to DC this weekend.

It's a beautiful fit - but if i were starting from scratch i'd make the leg a little longer since as is it has some trouble staying up. (it hits an unusually dainty part of my leg ;)

SO cute! So Comfy! I'm very happy! :)

ON to number two!

May 8, 2006

And this one was JUUUUUUUUUUUUUUST right..

Well so far at least.

After many false sock starts, Ive gotten at least the better part of a sock leg finished!

I decided to cast on again for Jaywalkers because I really love the pattern and have loved other people's finished ones. It is a fun knit.

This time I cast on in Regia Strato, on a Size 1 (magic loop -40 " addi.) and I am MUCH happier with the result.

Someone at Stitch Therapy (I don't remember her name, I'm sorry) gave me some advice on tightening my gauge. She told me that If i held the yarn a little differently, so as to leave less of a length between my finger and the needle, that my gauge would tighten up. Boy did it ever, I'm getting 9 stitches to the inch on these, and the fabric is nice and sturdy without being overly stiff. I'm doing the smaller size, and as of right now it fits perfectly, but I haven't done the heel yet and from what i understand, thats where it is tight.

Question: I've been having some problems with the heel flaps being too long AND too wide on my socks... should i try to go down a needle size? or should i reduce the number of the stitches to compensate.. Any thoughts will be appreciated.

And for anyone wondering? I love magic loop still :)

Anyway, I'm working from home today and I have about 40 minutes until I need to start. Gonna go guzzle some coffee and try and look alive. Have a great day all!

May 4, 2006

Goldisocks and the three pair

Hey all..

Sorry for the long absence. Allergy season has utterly and completely kicked my ass this year and I haven't much felt like posting. Damned oak trees. Plus i've had a few other random health thingies going on, and my mind, regrettably, has been elsewhere. But I'm back :) and I hope everyone is doing well.

From the look of the title of this post, you might assume that i've completed some socks.

you'd be wrong.

First to the plate are the bee stripe jaywalkers.
  • Round one of my bee socks got frogged due to their immense size.
  • Round two. the jaywalkers encountered a series of problems, the most serious of which is gauge fluctuation. It is first Magic loop project, I was getting used to the process, and my gauge changed so much over the course of the first sock (from 6 st/in on the leg, to 7st/in on the heel flap and heel, to 8 or 9 on the body of the foot, in places) that I have no idea how to knit a second to match. Nor do I want to, I was pretty displeased with how they were coming out so i am frogging this one too.
  • Oh yeah, and the leg was huge on me, plus I made th eheel flap too long. I mean i made it to the specs of the pattern, but it was enormous.. maybe I have little heels. Maybe I should try a short row heel next.

Status: Currently on hiatus until I feel like looking at bee yarn again.

Next we have a couple of sock attempts from Sensational Knitted Socks (a WONDERFUL BOOK). Thanks to Dani for the recommendation.

I've cast on twice using some of the Regia Strato i got.

I love this yarn, and I love how it knits up, and I've now cast on twice (in diff. sizes) for the baby cable rib socks from SKS, and both times they've been way too small. Up until now my gauge has been insanely loose.. i think we've had a switch.

So its back to the drawing board.
But I am determined, I "will" have a pair of socks done by mid may.

Apr 19, 2006

I'm sold.

Ok. i'm offically a magic loop convert. Now i find it "so easy!"
and when i get confused, i just divide it into multiple loops so it resembles dpns. Easy!

I recast on with the Bee Stripe for Jaywalker socks
I really like this pattern.
For one thing its ssimple enough for a relatively new sock knitter, but complex enough to be interesting, and the best part is, the combined effect of the zig zag with the bee stripe pattern creates such a test pattern effect that mistakes, if not immediately noticed, are easily ignored.

When I knit my first pair of socks, they were baby socks in dk weight on size 6 needles, and i never imagined myself even being able to use a size 2...
These socks are being knit on a size 000 addis. Triple zeros?! I'd never imagined.

Its been a year (give or take a week) since a very nice friend taught me to knit.
Sometime in the next few days I'll post about my first year of knitting, but right now, I'll just say thank you!

Apr 13, 2006

Hmmm what could I be forgetting? what .. what?

First let me thank you all for your kind words and encouragement.
I'm enjoying magic loop and as you can all see, I made it thru dividing for the heel, AND turning the heel , and the dreaded picking up of stitches (I really don't like picking up stitches. For some reason, i find it grueling.)

For some reason i've made a lot of weird mistakes with this project. I keep finding dropped stitches that have been boxed into the knitting and strange little holes.

I'm also no longer that in love with how the yarn is patterning. There are weirdnesses to how the yarn stripes up (not obvious in pics but very much so in person, and the transition points between colors is muddy - made more obvious by the contrast of the yarn.

But none of that that is my real problem.

You see, I thought this project thru well - chose an easy pattern to help ease the learning of a new technique, read up on said technique to make sure I knew what i was doing, picked a relatively easy yarn to work with etc....
And then I tried on my masterpiece (in progress)
Uh.. I forgot to swatch.
Well unless you count taking gauge at the point you see below as swatching.
And instead of the 8 stitches to the inch my pattern called for, I'm getting 7.
And my sock? er.. Huge.
Why is it, that at no point in in this process, did i realize that none of the socks I own are this size?

So these are my choices..
  • Frog it
  • Find someone with big feet and flamboyant taste
  • Put a zipper on the cuff and use for storage
  • Finish it, make the second one, and felt them down to quasi slipperage.

Apr 12, 2006

Do you believe in Magic?

Magic Loop that is.
And the answer is somewhat. Actually more like getting there.

I've spent the last couple of days playing with magic loop, and these are my findings thusfar ..
  • Casting on is DECIDEDLY easier than it is with dpns. I know this because I've cast on
    at least 22 times in the last 3 days ;) It has taken me more than a few tries to get something going with magic loop, and more than a few yarns. I'm not sure why it is that I think changing the yarn helps.

  • The first four rounds of a sock, regardless of method chosen, suck. It takes a while to get a good circular motion going and for those first few rounds, it usually is not a terribly comfortable thing. With ML, the weight of the cable tends to pull the stitches in different directions for the first few rows and its somewhat hard to tell whats going on. Plus, it becomes easy to add stitches accidentlaly by kntiting the yarn ladder (which goes away after a row or two). Once this actually turned into a tube of knitting tho, it's a lot faster than DPNS.

  • While definitely less cumbersome than dpns, I think dpns are more intuitive. I have, for instance, no grasp on what is going to happen when it becomes time to divide for the heel.. and I can't picture at all how I'm supposed to pick up stitches this way. I KNOW once I do it it will make sense, but as of right now it doesn't. (I understood how this worked with dpns from reading instructions, and before doing it, though doing it was another thing entirely ;).
Overall I think I'm leaning toward a preference for Magic Loop over dpns. I think ultimately it will be smoother and easier. But I'm very glad I learned on dpns first since it has kept me from fearing them.

I had had the Socka from my last post in mind for my first loop socks, but I also had a project in mind for that yarn that I don't want to make my first magic loop project (I figure I should stick to the easiest pattern possible the first time i'm learning a technique.) So the Socka is on hold for Hedera from the new Knitty.

Anyway. Here is the larval stage of my sock. After casting on a bazillion times making some sort of mistake and doing it again - and picking through different yarns (like i said, changing the yarn every time I cast on made me feel like I was accomplishing something ;) I finally settled on a standard sock pattern (ribbed cuff, stockinette for the rest), in the Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock in Bee Stripe, that has been burning a hole in my stash for the last 6 months.

This is a very yummy yarn, and it knits up easily and creates a simultaneously
sturdy and soft fabric. I recommend it highly.

Apr 11, 2006


Well, I'm finally on vacation :)
Two weeks off and I only needed to take 5 vacation days to get them. I love holidays.

Hopefully this will give me ample time to both knit and post.

In knitting news...

  • Clapotis has hit something of a snag. I've made it halfway through the 9th straightaway repeat when i came across a foot and a half of yarn that seems to be a stitch pulled out. I"m not sure I even understnad what happened. Its like someone tugged a length of yarn out and I suddenly have a whole length of yarn between two stitches. I'm not sure how to fix it, or why it happened but i'm going to try to pull it back in somehow. I'm trying not to panic as up until now its been gorgeous.

    Picture of Clapinprogress

    Picture of weird error- see that string hanging out? It's just in the middle of nowhere.

  • I learned Magic Loop today! I've by no means mastered it, mind you, and I've had to cast on the same sock like 12 times, but at least I have the basic idea. I'm sure I'll grow to love it, especially for its portability, but as of right this moment i find dpns less complicated.

    I plan to test out magic loop on some Socka:

  • I purchased a gigantic pile of gallon ziplocs today, with the intention of using them to organize many things, including my yarn stash.

  • Paid a visit to Knitty City today, a beautiful new store here in NY. If you haven't been, i highly recommend you go. It's a beautiful space with a great selection. I didn't buy much having gone sorta yarn-nuts lately, but I picked up a couple of 40" addis for magic loop (size 1 and 0). The owner is lovely, the salespeople are nice, and there is plenty of knitting room. It is an unusually comfy space for NYC.

Apr 1, 2006

Flash this baby :)

Ok.. I wasn't planning on participating in Flash-your-Stash day. No reason, I just didn't have it in me to organize my stash properly. (I look forward to seeing everyone elses stash though)

But today I went shopping.
Seriously shopping.
At a yarn closeout sale from a designer.
And I got a truly stupendous quantity of quality yarn for 60 dollars.
And so i'm flashing just that.
I do have a ton of lovely yarn that i'm very proud of.
And if i can get it together to flash it today - I will
but for now, here is today's incredible haul.

56 Balls of yarn.
for 60 dollars.

I will list it below:

30 (yes 30) balls of Ornaghi Filati Linea Ecologica "Agata" Pure new wool
3300 yards total, Washable. (pink, brownish and beigeish)

18 Balls of Ornaghi Filati "Luce" 14 balls of black, and 4 balls of shimmery white. Cotton/Viscose blend. 132 yards/ball

10 Balls Sesia Bilbao - 105 m each. 100 percent egyptian combed cotton. some beigy, stripey colory

6 balls of Zegna Baruffa Saxone (i think) Wool/mohair, alpaca, nylon blend)
185 yards a ball in a cool greyish blend.

Total spent? $60

Here is the whole plunder again, just cuz.

I'm not going to be around to flash my whole stash today. So I hope you all
enjoyed my new yarn! And I'll be sure to be checking out all of your stashes. :)

Mar 29, 2006

Clapdate Part Two

Here are a couple of "not very good" pictures
of my clapotis in progress.
The pictures don't do it justice but I'm exhausted and can't fiddle with them right now.
I am loving how this is coming out.

I wish i had more time to work on it, but such is life.
Haven't had an abundance of knitting time lately.. hopefully that will improve.

A close up, color is off but it still shows decent detail

This pic is blurry but the color is more accurate

In other news, I went outlet shopping last weekend.
Got a LOT of great stuff (Flemington)
and picked up my new glasses, which I adore. (Both pair, I ende dup getting two.
The first frames I showed you, the second are more oval.

Mar 20, 2006


Ok.. for a change of pace I'll lead off with the picture.
Here is a pic of clapotis after the second straightaway
Since this pic has been taken I've completed two more straightaway repeats
and have dropped two more stitches. I think its coming out great.
I know its meant for variegated yarn, but i think the two tone quality of this yarn works
just as well and its such a dream (Mountain Colors - Twizzle) to knit with.

As per usual, I've way overbought yarn for this project. It calls for 600 yards or so
of worsted on a size 8, and I'm doing it in dk on a size 6. For some reason (and I honestly do know better), despite all logic, I felt like this would somehow up the yardage I needed.
Like I said, I really do know better, but when I'm in that "early in the project I'm not going to have enough yarn" frenzy (which is typical) I cannot be reasoned with.

So I bought a little extra.
Like double.
It's a good thing I like this yarn, I"m going to be working with it a lot ;)
I think I'm going to make some wristwarmers to go with this. And maybe a hat.

I took a lot of pics this weekend, (but they are of people from whom I've not yet obtained permission) so i will close with these two.
The first is of my new glasses. Or what will be once the lenses are put in. This is me trying on the frames in the store.
pic number two is of my friend's cat, looking guilty.
Oh and I'm making a march new years resolution to update more!

Mar 11, 2006


Ok so Branching Out just isn't happening.
I have zero love for it at the moment and I won't knit it right now, you can't make me :)
But there is kntiting happening.
Lots of it.

First of all. I have ony a little ways to go left on the marathon fuzzy feet. (Dunkin Donuts style :) and my intent is to felt them on Tuesday when i'm home for the day.

The Brickwork scarf came out of hiding for a bit this week as well, though its intended recipient moved to Phoenix so I don't suspect I'm going to rush to finish it.

Other than that, knitwise, I've had something unexpected happen.
I decided to knit another Clapotis. This is surprising for a few reasons, but mainly
that I never finished the last one.

I started Clap 1 shortly after I learned to knit last year, and as a mostly new knitter, I found it to be a greart learning project. The increases and decreases were challenging, and I found keeping my stitch count accurate to be a chore. But other than that, it helped build my confidence, though I wasn't all that great at fixing mistakes yet, and made a bazillion of them.

The main problem was the yarn. I decided to use Noro Silk Garden because
everyone else seemed to love it so much. I spent the entire setup/increase row section, and four stitch drops into the straightaway trying to convince myself that "I" loved it.
And I didn't.
The colors are beautiful, sure, but the yarn is a little too crunchy for my taste, and
It made my hands tired. And eventually I got tired of working the pattern. I put it down and never picked it up again.

And then, recently, nearly a year later, I met Mountain Colors "Twizzle". in "Berry" -- 85% Merino Wool, 15% Silk and for the first time in my knitting career, a yarn said "I want to become a..." Seriously. It told me. I never believed people when they said that before, but its true. and what it wanted to become is Clapotis. Who am I to argue?
I really never anticipated revisiting this project - I may go join the Behindthetimesalong for this one

The yarn is delicous. Soft, Smooth, Silky, and the two toned effect of the brighter pinkish color of the silk on the cranberryish merino makes it appear to sparkle. Look... pretty!

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And while I'm not delving in fully yet, I couldn't resist knitting up a bit of it.
Odd showcase for it here, it looks like my towel is wearing a bikini.
And that "delinquent" in the upper left? I have no idea how that got there.
I didn't see it when i snapped the picture.. Maybe Desdemona put it there.
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On a completely different note, I defied the expectations of nearly
everyone who knows me, and cooked ziti and meatballs for the BF last weekend.
And here's proof....
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BF's kitty patiently awaiting our dinner ;)

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