Monday, March 26, 2012
For now, to brighten your day (whether it's as cloudy, breezy, and chilly as ours or not):
Tosh Merino Worsted in Nebula. Mmmmm.
Now if only it would tell me what it wants to be!
Friday, March 23, 2012
I knit a sample for Hannah Fettig, who announced a joint venture with Quince & Co. just this week!
Pattern: Wispy Cardi by Hannah Fettig (Knitbot)
Yarn: Quince & Co. Finch in Glacier
Needles: US 2, 4, and 6
I can knit a fingering weight cropped sweater in 5 days. I will refrain from doing it ever again. I only did it because deadlines were approaching and yarn was lost and rerouted in the mail once or twice. That said, it was a great knit! I had worked with Quince & Co. Lark just prior to this project and wasn't impressed (just neutral, really; there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, just nothing spectacular either), but Finch is really nice! It's just like Lark, but scaled down. It's super springy, light, and oh so soft! I really liked it!
The pattern is very well written (it seems the Whisper version was not quite so clear) and there is no seaming, for you haters. ;) My favorite part is the little spirals the fronts make. So great!
Head over here for a much more stunning photo of the sweater (courtesy of Quince & Co. via Knitbot.com) and go see Tami for more FO Friday posts!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I'm a graduate student studying the Classics. That means I read Greek and Latin and I study all aspects of Ancient Greece and Rome. Each graduate student pursues her own interests in the field and we get a wide range of experts on things like history, philosophy, religion, magic, poetry, prose, oratory, drama, medicine, and sociology, just to name a few. Now that I'm nearing the end of my time as a classroom student and verging quickly on becoming a dissertation-writer, I've got to figure out my focus.
The one thing I love above all else is the feeling I get when I read something that I must immediately get up and tell someone else about it! It happens all the time reading this novel. I must have picked the right author!
My Greek special author will be the odd-ball, hypochondriac orator Aelius Aristides, who wrote a journal detailing his and others' experiences at the temple of the healing god Asclepius. People used to sleep in the temple and dream of remedies for their illnesses. It's going to be super neat! I get to spend all summer on chunks of that. I can't wait!
For more (real) WIP Wednesday posts, visit Tami's Amis.
Monday, March 19, 2012
I thought I'd pick your minds about seasons and seasonal knitting. I have always just knit whatever I wanted whenever until last year, I think. That was the first year I actually ventured far enough from just worsted or somewhat lighter-weight yarns to consider what was going to be more comfortable to knit in the warmer months. I'm very cold-blooded, so I need sweaters all year long. Air conditioning is just as hard on me as winter, believe it or not! This is the first year, however, that I've started to think about what I'm knitting as what I'm going to wear in the coming season.
For example, I have a sweater-dress next in my queue, but, seeing as it's already 80 degrees out, I can't see myself knitting it (we won't turn the air on until June, I bet) or wearing it any time soon. And what's the point in knitting something you aren't going to wear immediately?! Instead, I'm going to dig out some green cotton that's been waiting to become a dress for a little over a year and I'm going to turn it into something else. A tank or tee, probably.
Here's where I need you! I was curious: how many seasons ahead do you knit? Do you only knit for winter and during winter? Or maybe you started knitting for spring in fall and you will start knitting for winter at summer's end? I'm just curious how people do this.
I think I've always been a small-projects-in-the-summer kind of person, but now that I have lacy things I can knit and wear in the spring and summer, I'm thinking more about pushing those smaller winter projects back closer to the colder months. I just bought yarn for a cowl, for example, but I decided I won't look at it again until September, at the earliest. That's hard for me! But, then again, I have a lace project that's been languishing for a year that's getting some serious face time now, so that's really exciting too. Same with a lace weight sweater I started last summer: I intentionally set it aside over winter to work on winter stuff, knowing that I would pick it up again this spring, finish it, and wear it.
Let me know what you do! Maybe you live in a season-less place or a place with indecisive seasons (I'm from one of those) so that you have to knit all sorts of things all the time. Maybe you are just like I was: you knit what you want when you want. :) I'd still love to hear all about it!
Friday, March 16, 2012
That's it. That's all I've got to say today. Spike's birthday is tomorrow! He'll be 7. He doesn't look too excited. Yet.
For more FO Friday posts, head over to Tami's blog!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Look at my cute stitch marker! Doesn't it look like Spike? John got me three for my birthday (a while ago, I just haven't shared them). :D
For more WIP Wednesday posts, go see Tami! I hope to have a super springy scarf to show you Friday!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Dress: Old Navy
Kinda lack-luster (and a terrible photo), but you get the point. It was actually really warm today, so I was able to walk around without a jacket (in buildings, anyway). I'll tell you what, though, my hair is a flippin' chore. There's a reason I never do anything to it: it doesn't like to do anything. I had this cute, high pony all day, but I have so much hair that it kept sliding down the back of my head and the more I tugged it back up, the fuzzier it got and here you have the completely re-done pony...that still looks a mess. :P I used to straighten my hair every day when it was shorter. If it wouldn't take me an hour, I would totally start again. It's cute. Maybe I'll show you some time. :)
So here's a good way to sum up my experience (which has really been great!):
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
I'm also still working on a pink Different Lines for me. I doubt it will be ready for Friday, but I'll give it a shot!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Surviving on a Diet of Snow and Anger
Hello again. As you can see by the picture, my human caretakers have upgraded the security of my living arrangements. After shredding two lamp cords, multiple surround sound system cords, and a guitar hero controller, they were finally at their wits end (exactly my goal).
They call it the “Bunny Supermax Facility.” I call it a foolish waste of time. It’s not possible to contain a bunny. This afternoon they left me and Sweetpea alone and I easily broke out and grabbed a computer for an update on the bunny revolution.
For you bunnies reading this, our time is close at hand. My partner in crime and I have been reduced to a strict diet of snow only. Yes, they also give us lettuce, pellets, hay, fruits of various kinds but they once made us eat snow and I resent it. Because of this and other travesties, I call on every bunny around the world to make the finishing arrangements for the rabbit takeover. Remember, we need the humans alive so they may continue to serve our every whim. In that glorious future of bunny rule we will let them eat snow. And then they will learn that snow is cold and doesn't take very good.
For you humans reading this, please refer to the picture on the right for a taste of your future. Soon your rabbits will be bringing you before me and I shall judge you. Because that’s what we bunnies do and I am particularly good at it.In fact, it’s my favorite (besides eating, cuddling with Sweetpea, and getting scratched behind the ears). The main role humans will play in the future is providing bunnies with huge quantities of food, never-ending cuddles, and ample opportunities for us to judge them. If any human thinks that sounds like the life they currently lead, the bunny revolution has started! Soon more and more bunnies will require more and more human caretakers and then our epic battle will be complete. For those of you who doubt that we bunnies will have the last laugh, I will use a quote from my role model in life: I PITY THE FOOL!
For now I must return to the “Supermax” cage and pretend that I’m angry about not being able to escape. I do this quite well.
PS: Sweetpea says hello to everyone.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Top: Banana Republic
Shoes: Rocket Dog
This was my work outfit. I've been wanting to wear this top all week, so I did finally. I like it a lot. Buttoning the cardi was my fashion adventure today, taking cue from my belt experiments a few days ago. It accentuated my waist nicely. This shirt tends to just fall straight and looks wide, so the buttoned cardi solved that. My outfits aren't really getting any better or different, but I'm beginning to see things I wouldn't normally, so I think the 30 for 30 can be labeled as a success already!
I'll see you tomorrow (provided I get up in time for church, otherwise, I'll be in my pjs all day :P)!
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Cardi: American Eagle?
Pants: Gap and Gap
Shoes: Rocket Dog and Blowfish
This photo is an amalgam of the two outfits I wore today. I started with the shirt, black cords, the shawl, and my Blowfish boots. Then, I had to clean snow out of the buns' cage (have photos and video, will share!), so I had rabbit hair all over my black pants and realized I had also been freezing all day, so I threw on the cardi, changed to brown cords and dry shoes and actually ditched the shawl.
I have to come up with four more outfits! I think I can do it. See you tomorrow!