November 15, 2009 § 2 Comments
So, technically, I’m cleaning up my room. I’ve already unearthed a treasure trove on the bottom of my wardrobe, done a load of laundry, sorted some books, cleared off my armchair, counted my scarves and shawls… there’s twenty of them. Twenty. I do hope they don’t mob together to plot my ultimate demise, one day…
(about half of my scarves and shawls)
… and then I kind of got distracted, and started writing birthdays and my schedule in my new calender for next year, and photographed my new Baktus, and stroked some yarn, and now I’m blogging to avoid sewing buttons on my cardigan as a last resort of procrastination. Cause mysteriously and unexpectedly, I’ve lost my interest in cleaning up my room halfway through.
When I said I ‘photographed my new Baktus’, I might have also meant camwhoring. Just a bit. And without any makeup, too, which is unusual for me, cause usually I look like shit without it. But somehow, I think those photos are kinda cute, which might also be due to the freshly dyed jbf-look my hair’s rocking.
By the way, Drachenwolle Merino/Silk/Bamboo, in THE most gorgeous fall colors, on 3.5 mm bamboo needles. Started Oct 29 – took me forever because I kept getting distracted, and cause it’s not really that much of a riveting project. But, yeah. Now that it’s done, I’m rather enchanted by it. The only thing about it is that with the high percentage of silk and bamboo, I don’t think it’s gonna be quite as warm as my Zitron XXL one. On the other hand, isn’t silk supposed to be super warm? I’ll have to put it to the test.
I went slightly overboard with the tassels this time. I braided for pretty exactly 20 cm, then another 7.1 cm of actual loose tassel. (How do I know exact measurements? Well, Sam Winchester isn’t the only one who keeps a ruler by his bed.) But yeah, almost a foot of Dangly Stuff, that’s pretty cool. They’re thicker this time, too, and I can’t wait to unply the tassel strands.
Well, anyways. Spanish isn’t going fast enough, so I’ve been teaching myself the perfect tense, which is not as much work as I’d feared, and fun, too, but I’ve let my studying slip for the past couple of days, and it’s time to pull one of these again:
Study night with Saskia. We’ve replaced the alcohol with tea, the chocolate with baked beans, and the watching movies with actual studying. We’re getting old. And I have more vocab index cards after five weeks of Spanish than Saskia after over two semesters of Chinese.
Like the last two photos? I’ve discovered there’s a custom mode for color effects, and I’ve been experimenting. This one’s high contrast, low saturation, and remind me a little of 70s photos.
Oh, by the way, I’ve also started charting the Starbucks design for the raglan. I see a whole lot of test knitting before me. Maybe I should cast on Opus Spicatum.
November 5, 2009 § 3 Comments
I’ve been having a bit of a restless phase lately. An acute case of Startitis also plays into that, which leaves me unable to work on one project for more than twenty minutes before switching to something different, something new. It’s not enough that I’m doing another Baktus, and have the ‘Holy shit John Barrowman touched my socks’ dalek socks back, and started a potholder to go along with the TARDIS one, I also cast on an entrelac scarf and am seriously considering doing another hat. Like, today.
I have a feeling part of that is being back in the city, some lingering impression of being cooped up. I spent last weekend at my parents’, eating steak and helping a friend move and running a couple of errands and being dragged to a party that kinda blew and deciding I needed to wear rings more often.
Anyway, point being, I also spent hours driving through the fields and villages, enjoying the peace of mind that’s brought on by a brilliant autumn day, cold air streaming in through the windows, the sheer exhilaration of speed, and classic rock blasting so loud you can barely hear yourself singing along at the top of your voice. Seriously. 130 km/h on the highway, with ‘Eye of the Tiger’ blowing your eardrums out? Is terribly cliché, but also beyond awesome.
Part of that driving was just cruising for the hell of it, part of it was, however, going to Wickede and thus Atelier Zitron for pre-Christmas yarn fix.
Crazy colored Trekking XXL that tickled my fancy; scarlet and charcoal Gobi (40/30/30 Merino/Camel/Alpaca) I’m planning on using for Opus Spicatum as a chance to practice fair isle before embarking on the Sweater Project.
Saskia hinted at maybe wanting another pair of socks, so I picked up some pink-orange-yellow for her; passing by the bargain table, I couldn’t resist grabbing the 150g of blue-grey extrafine merino for €4.50.
Four balls of Nimbus – two green-blue for the Amelia Earhart Aviator Cap, pink and rose for an entrelac scarf for my grandma. Christmas is approaching fast.
Six balls of Lifestyle – one each of charcoal and purple for another, shorter, Doctor Who Scarf for Sassi (I still have tons of leftovers of all other colors; also, this one’s way back on my to-do-before-Christmas list, since I can always give it to her when she comes back the end of January), and six balls of scarlet for an Waves of Grain scarf my mother requested for Christmas.
Aaaaand long (1 m) 3.5mm circs for my sweater. Oh the sweater. I have the yarn, I have an idea of what I want it to look like, I have a currently AWOL swatch that I did before attempting (and subsequently frogging) Thermal, and I have a rough sketch –
– but I haven’t gotten much farther. Farther being, in that case, figuring out the exact gauge, how many stitches I’d have to cast on, how deep I need to make the neckline to be able to fit the design next to it, because hell if I’m doing intarsia on something like that, so it needs to be while I’m doing it flat… plus I need to chart the design, and test it, because fudging and frogging it would be too much of a pain.
Yes, yes, it’s the Starbucks logo. I know. Normally I’m slightly opposed to the big bad corporate evil, but thing is… dude, Starbucks. For one, and this is the deciding reason, I really do like the logo a lot.
Aand secondly, I’m so much of a regular at my local Starbucks that I know the names of the usual baristas, and they know mine and what exactly I drink. Which is a grande Chai Tea Latte with a shot of espresso and three pumps of vanilla syrup. And half the time they don’t even charge me for the syrup, and when I had my reward card full and asked if I could upgrade the tall size beverage to a grande, they said ‘sorry, we can’t do that’ while reaching for the grande cups.
So, yeah, Corporate Evil or not, it’s just people with a pretty cool logo on their uniforms, and, yay.
Good thing I vowed to slap my fingers to stifle the urge of just casting on.
September 12, 2009 § 4 Comments
… which is the perfect title for a post that has indeed barely anything to do with Doctor Who, but it’s a simply gorgeous song, the live version’s even better, see it on YouTube here and marvel. Now. I’ll wait.
… no, really, I’ll wait. Zoom along.
So! Photos! Not one of the TARDIS potholder, it’s still not done, missing a couple of details, I have abandoned all hope for the writing, etc. Plus I guess I’ll need to block it, it’s all crooked. Sigh. Speaking of abandoning all hope, I’ve decided I hate what little I have of my DWSLCBP (you recall, the Doctor Who Scarf Log Cabin Blanket Project) and while I’ll not frog it, I’ll definitely abandon it. No point in knitting miles and miles of garter stitch of something I hate this early on.
But! Cool finished stuff.
First Baktus, modelled by our dinner table and a slightly bleary-eyed me – I’d just gotten up, or maybe it’s just the absence of makeup, but I do like the photo, and it shows how I and the rest of the world wear the thing, that is, tied in the front over the tip. I have to admit, the more I wear it, the more this thing is growing on me, and I’m already contemplating knitting a stripy version. In blues or greens, maybe. I’m still maintaining my opinion that it’s a pretty basic garter stitch triangle, but it’s comfy to wear, kinda stylish all knotted in front, and the little tassels I added entertain me to no end.
Then! Well, finished is too strong a word, but the first one is done, except for the weaving in of the ends.
The observant among you will notice that this is, in fact, not a Rose Glove in creamy white yarn. Indeed, I say, indeed. I cast on the Rose Glove with the Langora, and not only was my gauge off, the fuzziness of the yarn also did not go at all with the cables and seed stitch, plus I realized that fuzzy mitts will mean the fuzz stuck in my mouth.
So I whipped out leftovers from the Doctor Who Scarf and started a subtly striped mitt. Knit in the round, then knit flat for the duration of the thumb hole, then joined again. I added the red stripe just for kicks, I rather like it. The other mitt will be reversed – starting and ending with big grey chunks. I think. I haven’t cast it on yet, haven’t had time, and time is getting short. Well. I have all of tomorrow once I’m done packing and running around like a headless chicken, and there’s still the drive to and the waiting at the airport. Though knitting this in less than optimal light is, well, less than optimal. Because I can’t tell the purple and grey apart. Oops.
Update on TARDIS-Sock: Still not king. Uh, sock.
But other than that, it was a gorgeous day, I baked cookies, bought fabulous new shoes and a bright orange umbrella, zoomed around at 100km/h with the window down, sunroof open, and Queen’s ‘One Vision’ blasting as loud as I could stand, and the sun was OUT, baby.
I can already smell the autumn in the air.