Thursday, May 25, 2017

Blue and Orange


Brooklyn has been asking me to knit her a cowl for awhile, so I let her choose some yarn out of my stash (she selected a single ball of Mango Moon Cotton Ribbon that's been languishing in a box for awhile) and I designed Fabulous for her (find the pattern free on Ravelry here). She was ecstatic, and honestly carries it around lovingly more than she actually wears it, but it makes her happy and that was the goal. She also had fun photo shooting - I agreed to the pink lipstick (I'm comfortable putting Lush on her delicate little face, but not really anything else) but nixed the blue eyeshadow, and she kept checking her reflection for the rest of the day talking about how "fancy" she was.


So destashing is coming along apace! I found three partial balls of Kidsilk Haze that looked like they would play nicely together, so I used them all up in a Fauna. It was a fun knit and went more quickly than I anticipated - and, someone commented on it while I was making it, so it promptly became a gift. Perfect! Yarn out of my boxes and into someone else entirely's drawers.


Unplanned Schatzi Socks - Shannon Okey aka Knitgrrl is releasing a pattern every week this year as part of her #knitgrrl52 project (I've made several of the patterns so far, see here and here), and there is a knit along going right now. Thanks to a couple of nice days that allowed for knitting at the park, I've finished the first sock. And although socks weren't on my original list, I did use yarn that I already had, so it still counts.


Slowing me down, though in a good way, is Quill. I love Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed's patterns, and I deeply respect him as a designer, and I think that our minds work in a similar way - but this project is literally a mile of garter stitch (knit... knit... knit...) with very few breaks. I've been to two movies this month and really made good progress - but now I've made it to the edging. It's clever and pretty, but also a supremely inefficient way to bind off. I still have a semi ludicrous goal of finishing it by the end of the month (along with the second sock) so that I can get back to the linen tank I'd just started when this came along... but, if I want that to happen, I'd better stop writing and get back to knitting!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

52 Lists: things that make you laugh

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.


A list of the things that make me laugh


I... um... wow. That is really hard to quantify. Partly because there's no real consistency to what I may find funny at any given moment, and also because I'd prefer not to say some of the things, because my sense of humor tends to be fairly dark at times. Let's just go with this: anything can be funny with the proper (or improper...) perspective. ;)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

52 Lists: favorite places you've been

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.


A list of my favorite places I have been


1. New York City (Brooklyn, specifically, although the photo is of lower Manhattan)

2. The Pacific Northwest - no photos because at the time I was wielding a lovely little Japanese film camera. But it's a place I'd love to go back to!


3. Fayetteville, Arkansas - coffee and local businesses and people. This is my standard of what a city should have to offer.

4. Colorado - also from my film camera days. So much natural beauty!


5. Most recently, on a tropical island with my Bear

6. Or any beach anywhere - also mountains, the good big ones


7. Little Rock - it's growing on me, although it has taken me awhile to forgive it for not being Fayetteville

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

52 Lists: things you want to make

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.


A list of the things I want to make

...the world a more beautiful place. More concretely, let's talk about knitting...


A few weeks ago, while trapped inside on a cold wet Saturday and inspired by a friend who was sending me periodic updates of her Marie Kondo-esque purge, I dragged All The Things out of our bedroom closet and our hall closet, and only put about half of them back. A lot of it was "this should have gone in the dumpster at the apartment" and a lot of it was yarn. I found a good home for some, and rearranged what was left, with the intention of knitting my way through as much of it as possible while Adam is gone and I still have my evenings free.

So I made a semi-ridiculous list of Things to Make, and put all the necessary yarn in the knit-next basket by my side of the bed, where it will haunt my dreams until something is done with it.

1. Fauna {complete!}
2. Something for Brooklyn {a cowl - started}
3. I have 300 yards of yak/merino blend that I'm thinking should become elbow-length gloves, because if all of that deliciousness isn't actually touching me, then that's just wrong
4. Another Modern Nymph
5. A grey alpaca pullover
6. A green cotton skirt
7. Something for Tobin (last time we went in our LYS, he pulled some lovely orange worsted off the shelf and said "Mommy, knit me something?")
8. A cardigan
9. Some sort of felted bag (I have lots of Brown Sheep Bulky scraps)
10. Also, finish the Dotted Rays I started

I'm hoping the small things will balance out the larger things, but that's still a little over two projects a month, not including other things that may come up. However, I'm off to a good start - and it will be nice to turn some long-stashed yarn into actual wearable things.