Life of Amy

CogSci, Knitting, and Other Shenanigans

Too much! March 3, 2008

Filed under: photos,stash — Amy @ 2:06 am

It’s a new year, and my house is overrun by yarn. I haven’t even been able to categorize it all. I keep buying more … and yeah. That just can’t be good.

There’s lots of new sock yarn, including:

STR Lightweight in Space Dust
Socks that Rock – Lightweight, in Space Dust (a Christmas present from Chelle!)

STR Lightweight in Panzanite
Socks that Rock – Lightweight, in Panzanite (another Christmas present from Chelle! … I feel so loved!)

Madelinetosh Somewhat Solid Sock in Scarlet
Madelinetosh Somewhat Solid Sock, in Scarlet (a present to myself … oh dear!)

And theeeen, there was a sale at Two Sisters and Ewe, my LYS in Mira Mesa … that was a good day.

And before that, I had extended family visiting, and we went out to Common Threads in Encinitas, and more yarn was purchased there, along with some Soak Wool Wash.

And of course, there were more yarn escapades online, one for the Mirabella Cardigan that I’m dying to make. Right after I finish my languishing Minimalist Cardigan …

And, as a belated birthday present to myself, I purchased a hank of MudCreek handspun in Diamondback. This is possibly the most daring thing I’ve done yet, as it’s my first handspun. I’m possibly the most excited about this! Obviously, there are not nearly enough photos to express my words, so words it’ll be. However, I hope to finish documenting my stash and whatever other yarn things are running around. I’ll save WIPs for another post, as this one is getting rather long, and additionally, I don’t have updated photos! I will soon, though. Til then, at least I’m sort of back! It’s just been too long. 🙂


big, fat, traveling updating October 5, 2007

It’s almost embarassing how little I post. Seriously, I should be able to muster up more than this, but no, I post in spurts. It’s been two months! Tragic, really. Since I have so much catching up to do, this post is going to be rather long and a bit photo-heavy. Bear with me, please — it’ll be worth it!

Anyway, as an update, I’ve been bailed out of that volunteer knitting. I guess the Christmas stockings weren’t urgent. I should make woolen Christmas stockings, though, that would be fun … but kinda scary.

Speaking of socks, I’ve been knitting Tropical Monkeys with this:

Oasis Yarns Aussi Sock in colorway WS21 Spanish Fiesta.

In the skein, it looks like this:

I wish the reds showed up more clearly, but I’ve been having that problem with all of my yarns, alas.

In the ball, the Aussi Sock looks like this:
Can’t you see that it totally matches my patio lights? (I would post pictures of my sock-in-progress, but I am always home when the light is bad, and I can’t bring myself to take more low-light inaccurate-color photos than absolutely necessary.)

So, where did I buy this beautiful yarn? Two weeks ago, I headed out to New York City to visit Chelle, buy yarn, and visit NYU. I managed all three, and came back with the goods to prove it. First, we headed over to Seaport Yarn. The selection there is amazing, but there is one drawback. They only take cash and check — no cards. Alas, I was short on cash and had not thought to bring my checkbook, so off to the janky ATM in the Duane Reade it was. I came out with not only the Aussi Sock but also 12 skeins of Lily Chin Park Avenue in maroon for the Minimalist Cardigan from Interweave Knits Fall 2007.

Is that yarn not gorgeous?

The next stop was Purl, where I picked up some exclusive purple and cream self-striping Lorna’s Laces sock yarn. It says to me: ribbed socks, perhaps toe up. (At their fabric associate, I also bought some fabric for the quilting side of the family.)

After that, the final stop on our marathon yarn run was Downtown Yarns, where I picked up some delicious Malabrigo Lace in 99 Stone Blue. It’s going to be Icarus from Interweave Knits Summer 2006.

Oh, and I totally forgot, on my first, incredibly jetlagged day, we managed to hit up Habu and School Products before seeing Spring Awakening. (That was one amazing day.)

There was so much to choose from at Habu that I simply couldn’t decide, but at School Products, after much hemming and hawing, I decided on some Lace Merino, which I felt compelled to knit into the Swallowtail Shawl from Interweave Knits Fall 2006.

This is what it looked like a few days ago:
Alas, it resembles a moth, ever so slightly. Anyway, I’ve finished the kntting, and now it’s on to the blocking, which I think I shall do this weekend. This is my first shawl, so I’m way excited.