08 January 2008

To Hell with That

So I was going to continue to post about knitting that's been done in the last six months...but that's just boring. Head over to my Ravelry page to check out all the FO goodness. Today, I've got more important fish to fry.

Like Roam. When Fall Knitty came out, I was impressed. For once, I honestly liked most of the projects. Muir, Henry, Cherie Amour, Neiman, Mr Greenjeans, Percy, Flower Power, Totally Autumn, Q, Diamond Waffle, Oblique, Juno Regia...all fabulous. But Roam. Roam made the knitter in me jump up and down and yell.

As is my tendency, first I looked up the suggested yarn to see about cost, colors, fiber content, etc. And while I'm sure it is a lovely yarn, there is no way in hell you'll find me paying that much money for a sweater. I was willing to search for a yarn that cost more than what I'd usually spend because I was pretty sure I wouldn't get to Roam before Christmas anyway, so more expensive yarn would make an excellent addition to my list for Santa.

And thus began the search for the perfect yarn. As usual, my first stop was KnitPicks, but I really really really wanted a variegated yarn, which KnitPicks didn't have in a DK weight. I checked out Laura's Blog and checked out her recommendations for yarn subs. From there I went to Briar Rose Fibers and fell in love. I'd known about Briar Rose from listening to Cast On, but I'd never really looked too closely, in part because I am a college student on a college student budget, and in part because, in my earlier knitting days, the idea of purchasing yarn that wasn't obviously labeled with "worsted" or "DK" or whatever freaked me out.

And so, on Christmas, Santa delivered.

Two skeins of "teals, olives, and browns", and one skein of "olives." I cannot even express how beautiful this yarn is. The colors are sublime, the yarn is soft (but not too soft) and squishy, and it's knitting up wonderfully.

My fantastic boyfriend got me the Knit Picks Options set for Christmas, and so, armed with my brand new Size 6 needles and my brand new Yarn, I got to work.

As you can see, I am a stellar photographer...

The back is done, and I've started the fronts. I love seed stitch, I love this yarn, I love this sweater, and I love knitting! Yay!

01 January 2008

It's a New Year

Bad blogger, no cookie.

My New Year's resolution is to update my blog with some sort of regularity. Fingers crossed!

Since I last updated (in July!), lots and lots of knitting has occurred.

Thermal is complete!

Start: May 2007
Finished: August 2007
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss in Pumpkin, 7 skeins
Needles: Size US 3 circular and double points
Verdict: A+. I love this sweater. It was super super fun to make and it looks great. It could stand to be a little longer, but I still may try to steam some extra length into it. This was a fabulous pattern!

Hedera Socks!

Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in Wisterious, 1 skein
Needles: Size US 1 double points
Comments: Although I had intended the Diamante Socks (which are still unfinished, by the way) to be for my father's wife's birthday, I saw this yarn in a LYS and had to buy it and make lacy socks! This was a wonderful wonderful pattern - I can certainly see why Cookie A's patterns are so popular. They were fun and fast to make (three weeks, I think?). And at 450 yds per skein, I have enough left over to make a pair of anklets for me, especially if I make striped socks!

Thuja Socks!

Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in Cocoa Kiss, 1 skein
Needles: Size US 0 double points
Comments: I made these for my dad's birthday in November. I altered the pattern for fingering weight yarn and CO 78 stitches. My dad doesn't really like thick socks, so I made these on 0s and they really turned out great. I used an eye of the partridge heel and a short-row toe. I can't say enough good things about the Smooshy sock yarn. It is fabulous.

Okay, that's it for today. There's lots more, though, so stay tuned! (ha!)