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Moving…

Posted by allie on August 19, 2007

That’s right, this week I finally move into my dorm. I’ve been packing frantically this week and have only daily items left to pack. Despite all the packing, I’ve still been knitting… and sewing! Here’s my most recent sewing project:

Pattern: Artist’s Organizer from Simple Sewing with a French Twist

Fabric: Green decor fabric and cotton quilting material, both from JoAnn’s

Started: August 18, 2007/ Finished: August 19, 2007

Thoughts: I love it and can’t wait to hang it from my loft bed! I will take some pics of the dorm once I’m settled and it’s decorated to my liking.

Noro Hats

Two birthday presents are done!

Cast-on: August 11, 2007/ Finished: August 19, 2007, although I do still need to weave in some ends.

Pattern: Noro Hat by Saartje de Brujin

Yarn: Noro Kureyon

Needles: US 7 24″ circ and US 7 dpns

Mods: Mostly I just made the hats a little smaller. The purple one is smaller than the blue-green one as well, since it’s for a girl.

Another FO that was nearly finished, but was abandoned due to lack of interest.

Cast-on: May 1, 2007/ Finished: August 15, 2007

Pattern: Daffodil Dishcloth (May Monthly Dishcloth Group Pattern)

Yarn: Yellow Sugar n Cream

Needles: US 7 Knitpicks Options

That’s all for now, but after moving in Wednesday, I’ll try to post pics of the dorm room and my knitting getting settled in its new home.

Posted in College, Dishcloths, Finished Objects, Noro, Sewing, Simple Sewing | 5 Comments »

Productivity

Posted by allie on June 14, 2007


I finished the Ballband Dishcloth last night at a friend’s house.
Pattern: Ball Band Dishcloth from Mason-Dixon Knitting
Cast-on: June 11, 2007/ Finished: June 12, 2007 (Yarn: Sugar n Cream Cotton in Cornflower Blue, Ecru, and Sage, using up leftovers
Needles: US 7
Thoughts: Quick projects are such a great feeling when you finish! I made this dishcloth for my mother, as I don’t need them while still living at home. I loved how quick the 4 row slip stitch pattern went, so rewarding.

And now I know just what to work on next.
The Pick:

Rebecca White Silk Sweater in Regal Silk
I enjoy the silk and the pattern. I began writing this post and listing excuses not to work on this sweater. Now, however, I see that the problems are simple to fix and the sweater doesn’t have too much left to go. I plan on picking it up right now while I read Pride and Prejudice for my summer reading challenge.

Here’s a fun shot of all the dishcloths I’ve made my mother:

Posted in Dishcloths, Finished Objects, RebeccaMag, White Silk Sweater | 3 Comments »

Recent Obsessions

Posted by allie on June 7, 2007

I got my Ravelry invite this morning! It was very exciting: I’ve already added many projects and as much yarn as I could before my camera’s battery died and I got tired of taking pictures. It’s definitely as much fun as I heard it was– hats off to frecklegirl and her husband for taking on such a project.
I bought a few books the other day:

Knitting Lingerie Style is such a beautiful book and with many patterns I love and cannot wait to knit. I ordered some elann Esprit last night so I can make the basic bra and panty set(Orchid Pink) and the thigh-high stockings(Chamois). Very excited!


I’ve been eying this book for a while. What drew me to it initially was the French Twist part, but Simple Sewing with a French Twist has many simple projects that I think even I could make.


Last, but most certainly not least, is Amy Sedaris’ new book I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. It is amazing. I was reading it yesterday in the same room as Hunter and I kept bursting out laughing. He thought I was a little crazy, but I never said I wasn’t. She makes me want to throw amazing parties and be just the quirky woman that I am. Love it… it’s been my night-time reading for the past two days!

Also, I’ve been anxious to make nona’s sidewinder socks, but I didn’t have the right size circulars. I ordered a few of KnitPick’s classic circulars so that I can knit them as soon as the needles arrive. They will be arriving with a couple more books, ones I’ve also been lusting after for quite a while.

Until next time, I will be wasting hours upon hours of my life, and possibly losing real-life friends, while I play with Ravelry!

Posted in Books, Espirit, I Like You, Knitting Lingerie Style, Ravelry, Sideways Socks, Simple Sewing | 2 Comments »

April Update

Posted by allie on April 24, 2007

I haven’t posted in a few weeks and I really have no excuse– just business combined with laziness. I’ve been taking plenty of pictures, but then I can’t find the time to post. So, with graduation coming up in 3 weeks, I think, I will have much more time to knit and post. Also, this weekend I will finally be getting my own computer which will make blogging a lot less of a hassle. Now here’s a comprehensive list of what I’ve been buying, knitting, crocheting, and thinking about kniting.

New Treats

I read Stephanie’s new book in 2 days– I couldn’t put it down. I also picked up the new Rebecca mag, my favorite. I’ve found a project in my new mag that would be perfect for some ArtYarns Regal Silk I’ve had in my stash for about a year:

The shrug on the front is absolutely adorable as well– I’m planning on making it with either Louet Euroflax or KnitPicks new CotLin.

While I was out buying books, I picked up some yarn to celebrate Lent’s ending. I gave up buying yarn for Lent and it was fairly difficult, I’m happy I made it through alive. Anyway, the yarn is also in keeping with Project Spectrum’s colors.

The soak is for blocking my Cabled Footies. The MIssion Falls 1824 Cotton is in a great bubblegum pink with which I plan to make a crochet cap from last summer’s Rebecca:

Blushing Grannies
I loved this pattern the first time I saw it:

Blushing Grannies is from the Feb/Mar 07 issue of Crochet Today.

This is a close-up of the squares– I’m really enjoying the crocheting. So far, I’ve completed 8. Blushing Grannies is destined to be my dorm bedspread next year, but I’ve got quite a few months to finish.

Choices
This week my LYS is having an anniversary sale and I’ve limited myself to purchasing enough Tahki Cotton Classic for one summer top. Here are the two I am trying to decide between. Any input would be great and color suggestions would also be helpful.

Tank from Knitting Nature

Tank from KnitSimple’s Spring/Summer 2007 issue, I think.

Posted in Blushing Grannies, Books, Pattern Musings, RebeccaMag | 4 Comments »

Qui crochet? C’est moi!!

Posted by allie on January 30, 2007

I’ve been crocheting this week. I went for a walk this afternoon and took my crocheting with me. It’s just a dishcloth from Cozy Crochet, but it makes for a very nice, relaxing project.

Aspen went with me, but I don’t think she was too impressed with my crochet skills. I think she’s just jealous that I’m not making anything for her.

Project Spectrum begins in two days: Blue, White, Gray
I’m ready to cast-on Cablenet with my beautiful new sock yarn.

I found Knitting Nature at a used book store.

Check out this price:

Exciting, huh? I can’t wait to make a project, once I’ve corrected all of the book’s errata.

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