Thursday, June 28, 2007

SPT 6-28-07


SPT 6-28-07
Originally uploaded by BrickMillStudio
Yes, Thursday comes around every so often... and today, I am hiding in the air conditioning and noodling around, knitting, working on some online stuff, and reading the new Bead & Button.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Solstice Slip

Note: It is super hard to get an accurate picture at night in my apartment... so this was the best I could do!

One thing about not working numerous hours a day... you sure do have a lot of free time to knit and bead and whatnot! I started my day today with Bikram Yoga, which was no small feat, considering that it got into the mid 90's today, and let's face it... being in a room that is EVEN HOTTER than that can be tough to do on a day like today! I started feeling cold chills by the end of class, and walked out shaking and feeling like a wet noodle. Interestingly, I felt okay during class... but I remained in noodle stage for a couple of hours after class, but then was able to get back to photographing jewelry and knitting!

Anyway, now to talk about the finished socks. This pattern was from the Rockin' Sock Club, and as usual, I just loved the yarn. It is so tightly twisted and sproingy and soft... it is a treat to work with!

Pattern: The solstice Slip by JC Briar from the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Club, knit in size small
Yarn: Socks that Rock lightweight sock yarn in colorway "Firebird"
Needles: size 0 double points
Notes: For once, I found not a single pattern error or complaint in a Blue Moon Fiber Arts pattern. I have usually found some error that made me miffed, but not this time. I enjoyed the garter stitch short row heel and toe, loved working with the yarn, and liked the slip stitch pattern quite a bit! I did make the leg of the sock longer than they called for (really, guys, 5 inches?), because their socks tend to shrink up a bit on me, and socks shorter than 5 inches... that just sounds lame. I am kinda guessing they called for such a short sock because otherwise, people would have run out of yarn. Even I with my ultra skinny feet felt like I didn't have as much yarn left as I usually do after knitting a pair of socks.

So, what is next? I haven't decided. I'll either work on the shawl I already started, or I'll start another pair of socks. It's too hot to have a big project on my lap, so those are really the only two options for me at the moment.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New Earrings!

Today, I spent the bulk of my afternoon photographing and listing earrings on my etsy store. I really love MAKING things, but I hate photographing them and listing them online. It is such a chore! Anyway, check out the link to my etsy store to the right ----------->
and see my new items! All of the earrings feature contemporary and vintage glass beads that I picked up this spring at one of my favorite bead shops, and many of them feature the new, funky oversized kidney ear wires that seem to be showing up everywhere. I even made the headpins myself, and oxidized some of the silver to give the earrings a cool, vintage look.
One of the good things about listing new items? Actually selling things! Someone bought one of the pairs of earrings! They're super cute, too, with adorable little purple beads. Delicious!

In knitting news, I decided to begin two projects, and am about 3/4 finished with one of them. I'm assuming that by tomorrow or Thursday, I'll have a new FO shot for you all!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Go With the Flow Socks

Pattern: Go With The Flow Socks by Evelyn Clark, from Interweave Knits, Summer 2005
Yarn: Skinny Socks superwash sock yarn by Spunky Eclectic, in the Aztec colorway
Needles: size 0 double points
Notes: I liked the yarn a lot - there was no risk of pooling, and it was just nice, mottled, and pretty. The pattern was very simple - easier than it looks, and I had it memorized in moments flat. This made the project a mellow one! I found no "picky Amanda" pattern errors, so was very happy all the way through the pattern.

So, what is up next? It's a tossup, really... I just got the new Socks That Rock sock club yarn in the mail a couple of days ago, and it is lovely... but I also have a real itch to start a lacy shawl with the second ball of tencel yarn I got at the fiber show a few weeks ago! Decisions, decisions... aww, heck... maybe I'll start both! :)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

SPT 6-21-07


SPT 6-21-07
Originally uploaded by BrickMillStudio
It's Thursday again, and today's self portrait is of me knitting a sock with yarn from Spunky Eclectic! I am on the second sock, and since school is out for the summer, I'm sure I'll have a photo of the finished socks in no time.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Bramble Leaf Shawl with French Trellis Border

Here it is! Today's gloomy weather is not lighting things up very well...

Bramble Leaf Scarf with French Trellis Border
Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby
Needles: size 5 Addi Turbos
Yarn: a skein of Aziza from the people at www.justouryarn.com - it's tencel and drapes like a dream

Pattern notes: This pattern passed the Amanda Test of being very well written, very clear, and was mistake free. I loved the way it was knit - you knit the border side to side, bind off, pick up stitches on one side of the border, then knit the second border while knitting the body stitches along with the border.

I would recommend this pattern. I loved it!

SPT 6/14/07


SPT 6/14/07
Originally uploaded by BrickMillStudio
It's Thursday once again... and you can see a teensy glimpse of my new shawl, right there on my shoulder... but it is so gloomy (and COLD) out that I just can't get a good shot of it! I will keep trying...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

OHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOO!

Well, I recently posted a pic of the lacy scarf that I'm knitting, and I'm getting near the end... about 14 rows left, to be precise. However, I am getting extraordinarily nervous about the amount of yarn I have left. I don't even have the heart to post a picture of how much yarn I have left. Plus, I'm so nervous that I keep making mistakes and having to tink back to correct the errors.

OHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOO! I'll just have to suffer through fixing the errors... but regarding the severe paucity of yarnage, I do have a plan... to, um, sort of bunch a couple of rows together or something... I'm sure no one will notice...

You see, the scarf is knit in three parts: First, you knit up the first border widthwise, which is about a foot square. You bind off, then pick up along one side, knit the length of the scarf (minus the second border), then cast on for the bottom of the second border. As you knit the second border, you knit one length stitch with every other border stitch. I know I'm describing this badly. Anyway, I'm considering knitting two length stitches with every other border stitch as needed, and doing a crochet cast off rather than a regular one... if I must.

If I end up having to do this, y'all had BETTER say it looks great. The other option is for me to unravel the ENTIRE second border, and I just don't think I have it in me.

More within a couple of days. I will either be jubilant, or a crushed shell of a woman. Let's hope for the former.


***********a little while later***********************

okay, reader(s), the news is good. I finished the pattern as written, and have yarn left over. This much yarn, to be precise:

Yep, it was THAT CLOSE. Now you see why I was so nervous! Eep!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Getting Closer...

to finishing a knitting project! After going to visit the sheepies a couple of weeks ago, I immediately wanted to cast on a new project, and decided I was perfectly deserving of doing so, despite the various projects I already have on needles.

So, I wound up my new Just Our Yarn Aziza nice and tight, and cast on for the Bramble Leaf scarf with French trellis border from Victorian Lace Today. I'm actually almost done... ony about 120 rows of 50-ish stitches each. Here's a shot of some of the bramble leaf detail:



and here's what I did to make sure that the extra slithery, easily tangly tencel yarn stayed untangled:



I made sure that the core was always nice and tight inside the yarn, by keeping it taped and retaping it every so often. I do believe I have comfortably averted disaster this way, and recommend it as a tip to one and all.

Oh, and check this out... last Saturday, I was having a nice espresso martini with a few locals, one of whom is Lizbeth Upitis, who is the technical editor for Victorian Lace Today! I had never even noticed that her name was mentioned in the book- it was very funny, because i was GUSHING about the book and all of the fantastic lace knitting information in the book, and how I was working on this new project, and so on... and she said, 'Well, I was actually the technical editor on that book!" I nearly died. She was basically responsible for the amazing appendix in the back which give so much info on lace knitting... it was a happy coincidence!

I'll be sure to post a (better) pic of the scarf once it's all blocked and stuff. No idea how tencel blocks, but man... it sure does drape nicely!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

SPT 6/7/07


SPT 6/7/07
Originally uploaded by BrickMillStudio
Well, here is a picture in a picture shot for today's Self Portrait Thursday. My mother made the comment that all of the pictures that I post of myself look like I'm in a funhouse mirror, with my nose all big and with me all weird looking. I hope she thinks I look less deformed today...

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Post Makeover, hanging out with Elmo!

Yesterday, I went to the mall and had a makeover at Sephora, which was fun. Afterwards, I was walking around, and saw Elmo. I had my camera in my bag, so I figured what the heck... I politely asked Elmo if he would mind if we had our picture taken together, and Elmo nodded and gave me the thumbs up. Mall Elmos evidently don't talk, which is a bit weird, but I can live with that.