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Project monogamy? What’s that? October 7, 2007

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Okay, so I’m feeling the lace itch, and I’ve decided that the best way to solve this is to knit up Icarus with that most beautiful Stone Blue Malabrigo Lace. However, I haven’t even blocked my Swallowtail! Oh dear … I just feel like there’s no time. I think I need to weave in all of my ends and just get it all prepared. Maybe I’ll lay it out tonight. I’m not sure yet.

Mmm … every time I see the Malabrigo I get excited. It’s all balled up and raring to go. I wonder if I should at least start up Monkey #2, as Monkey #1 is very nearly completed, save for weaving in ends. Socktoberfest is ON! Pictures to come.

Not too many knitting stories lately, other than that my knitting essentially takes over my life, and I forget to pay attention to my other work. However, knitting and baking are the only two things that allow me to relax nowadays, and I’m running nonstop on weekdays. Well … going going going. I need to reorganize my yarn. My queue of projects is ever-growing, so I’m just constantly stash-busting. It’s so much fun, though, and I’d rather have too much yarn than too little. 🙂 Now then … no time for words … more time for knitting.


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.