Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sweaters Galore

Today is cast-on day for my favorite annual knit-along! Very Shannon's Summer Sweater KAL! I look forward to it every year and plan way, way too many sweaters. This year is no different, except that I'm going to finish all of my sweaters-in-progress first. First-ish. ;) I will allow myself one new sweater as I work on the others.


I have some gorgeous alpaca for Ginny's Cardigan and a trip home next week that will afford me some time to get a start on it (and finish up the Narcissa Socks from the same magazine...and look like a big ol' HP nerd going home again ;]).

I'm looking forward to having a whole host of new sweaters from my pile of knitted stuff beside the futon. I hope it all works out like I plan!

Do you care to join? You can knit any sweater you like! There are great prizes, amazing sponsors, helpful posts, and a huge community of wonderful ladies knitting along! The Ravelry thread is full of incredible pattern ideas if you need any. ;)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Too Many Bunnies, Too Little Space

My busy summer has become more manageable, thank goodness! So now I hope to be back to my regular posting schedule. :) That means I'll have to find something for Friday, though...hmmm....

My latest and greatest works-in-progress have been 1) acclimating to a house with five rabbits in it and 2) cleaning the house so the room we lost to the new bunnies reappears in helpful storage areas.

It took about a week of panic (we have FIVE RABBITS!) before John worked his magic and improved everybun's life. Now I think, "We can do five rabbits." It means constant vigilance and daily cleaning, but we've got it worked out now, I think. Meet T-Rex and Ophelia:


They desperately needed a new home so their mom could go off to the UK to become a bunny vet. We didn't want them to go to a shelter or an inexperienced home, so we're keeping them here. It might be short-term, it'll likely be forever, but we're happy to have them one way or another. They are very good bunnies, which automatically wins half the battle. :)


Spike and Sweetpea got a new enclosure out of the deal. They are very, very happy and have been on their best behavior in a long time, haha. Teddy gets a room (with John) to himself where he is pampered and gets to run freely much more often, so he's also much happier. Happy bunnies are a happy house!

Like I said, they do take up a lot of room, which has made me realize how much clutter I have in our part of the living room. Today I cleaned up my studying corner of the living room a bit. It mostly involved removing books that need to be renewed or returned to the library. Many will likely move into my office, but since I'll be moving offices very soon, I'm just going to have to put up with stacks of books around for a little while.

I also had to make room for my new sewing machine, which proved a tighter fit than I had anticipated. Everything looks a little bit neater now, though (I'll share a photo when I've picked my organizational piles up off the floor ;]), and that's all I can hope for. I need to go through a yarn pile that has been growing like the Blob next to the futon. :S I've fooled myself into believing that I've been stingy with the yarn buying recently....Such is the life of a knitter, though, eh?

I'm knitting like crazy on two sweaters. If I don't find something finished lying around, I'll show you the giant sweater Friday.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Where's the Hammock?

Hi! I've missed you! I'm optimistically hoping that summer will now stop kicking my ass so I can enjoy it a bit and spend some more time here.


So many things have happened! I got the new phone and still have not started a case for it, but thank you for your suggestions! I have a vision forming. You can still weigh in! Last weekend my aunt got married and I got to hang out with lots of family I don't see very often. It was a lot of fun. Tuesday, we acquired two foster buns and we have been loving them like crazy. Expect many pictures.

On the knitting front, I have a sweater that needs 4 more inches on each sleeve and it'll be done (it's going to sit for a while before I get back to it, so don't get too excited!) and I started this sweater:


I shouldn't have, but I couldn't tell it no any longer! It will be Levenwick. You might remember that I started one a year and a half ago. It was a beautiful shade of blue. Alas, I didn't have enough for the sweater. :( It became this sweater instead (which I'm still on the fence about, but haven't re-blocked yet).


So, I found some yarn a couple months ago and scooped it up. I might have just forgotten about the whole thing and made other lovely sweaters, but an amazingly kind reader of these 'ere blog gifted the pattern to me for my birthday last year and that so touched me that I absolutely must have a beautiful Levenwick for her to see! It's perfect so far and I definitely have enough yarn to finish it this time, so I'm knitting quickly and blissfully.

Andi of Untangling Knots is co-hosting an Outfit-Along. She is knitting a garment to pair with a garment she will sew. I've had the fabric for a dress for six months now and I received a sewing machine last week, so...I'm sort of unofficially joining along, I think. I will probably chicken out on the dress, but this sweater will look super cute with it whenever I do get around to it. :)

How is your summer going? Busy like mine? Nice and relaxing (I hope!)? Full of fun? :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pattern Ideas?

I got a new phone last month, which means new apps, which means I can type blogs up on my phone on the bus much easier and maybe even add pictures*, so I hopefully won't be quite so blog-faily. :) Just pretend like I did blog last week and the week before. :S I thought about it really hard, but mind-to-blog must not be a thing yet.

A new phone also means that I need to knit a new phone cozy.

It's a leedle bit small...
I haven't had a lot of time to think about what a new one will look like since I've been knitting so hard on two big projects and thinking about dissertation and researchy things. I hope you can help me!

Two required features are a pocket for the phone (of course!) and a pocket for my bus pass and I.D. Should I knit it, sew it, or crochet it? What sort of closure should it have? This button thing isn't ideal. It takes too long to get the phone out. If I knit or crochet it, should I do ribbing and cables again, just ribbing, just cables, or something else? I can imagine lace working....

Do you have a cozy for your phone? What does it look like? What do you like and dislike about it?

I'm absolutely willing to write up a pattern for whatever we come up with so I'm not hogging ideas just for my own use. ;)

My silence has been part part-time job, part school work (the two are intertwined, really), and part adventures with John. I'll tell you about the adventures very soon. Probably Friday if I can't figure out how to wear my latest FO by then. How the heck are you guys?! I miss you!

*I tried. Didn't work. Oh well, a little extra effort never hurt anyone. :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Growth

Somehow, my summer has managed to become far busier than the academic year was. For that reason, I'm going to have to become a bit of a blog failure. I'll try to do at least one post a week, but I make no promises. I'm certainly knitting and also finishing a few knits, but I'm finding very little time for photographing them and writing posts. Case in point: I wrote most of this in the car waiting for John to finish class and haven't posted it for a week! :S


That said, here is one thing I am working on, and not knitting-relating, believe it or not! I've been testing my green thumb. Things are growing! I'm so excited!



I was a bit panicked when I ended up with a million sunflower sprouts, but I gave a bunch of them away and what was left whittled themselves down to five or six survivors. I don't think they'll hit the 9-foot mark this close together and in a relatively small pot, but they'll still be pretty. Next year I'll try to find the container type.


Garlic. It sprouted in the fridge, so I thought I might as well give it a chance outside. I don't think they do well in humid climates, so I probably won't get any more garlic from it, but it's been fun watching it shoot up like this in mere days.


Strawberries. The container is too small, especially for three plants (I only bought two!), but we'll see what happens. I might move one or two of them to the sunflower pot next year so they have space to spread out.



If you want to see some knitting (and bunnies!) be sure to follow me on Instagram. I got a new phone, so I'll be posting there more. I'll try to get some knitting and bunnies back here too. :)

Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, May 30, 2014

A Summer Top

I'm frantically knitting to finish John's sweater, so I have to keep this short!

Girl on the Wing


Pattern: Icarus by Leah Goldstein via Knitty
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in October
Needles: US 5 and 4
Project Page

For this year's Tops, Tanks, and Tees Knit-along, I was super excited to knit this top. The yarn had been destined for something else years ago, but I found it in my stash and decided it would do for this just perfectly.

Excitement aside, not all went as planned. The chart wasn't right, the directions for the armhole shaping on the front wasn't right, and the sleeve caps aren't right, either, so I had to do quite a bit of tweaking along the way to get it to work for me. Aside from fixing those things, I shortened it by 2" and didn't do any waist-shaping. I regret shortening it, but I think I'll go back and pick out the cast-on so I can add the length. I'm not crazy about how it's curling, so a lower edging might be in order too. The sleeves are also going to go. It's going to need a new FO post when I get done with it, lol.


I left extensive notes on my project page (including charts), but, if you love this pattern, worry not! I got a message from the designer just today that she is submitting my fixes to Knitty as errata (that might just mean the chart, though). So just wait for the errata to appear and you can have a lovely version of your own. :)

I'm glad I finally got to work with this cotton. It's a beautiful color and it's so, so soft! It sheds a bit, but that's nothing for how lovely it is.

I named the top for a song by The Shins. It's been a Shins kinda summer so far. :) How has your summer been? I probably asked that on Wednesday, didn't I? I need the weekend, if you couldn't tell. :P

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Summer

Oh hi there! Summer has arrived. I thought that might mean a bit of relaxation, but John and I dove right back into the books. Our own now, no more teaching to worry about. That leaves a lot of time for studying, which feels pretty great for a change. Gotta jump on that train before it speeds past. We both have a lot of work to do this summer, so the sooner we set a schedule, the better.

This past weekend bumped our schedule around a little as we went out of town to visit my family. It was a really great visit, but now we've got to get back to work.


Of course there is always time for knitting! I've been knitting John's sweater as I read. It would be getting larger faster, but the book I'm reading is interesting and helpful (for a change!), which means I'm taking lots of notes. :)

I finished a tee for the Tops, Tanks, and Tees KAL. I should have that to share on Friday. It was a lot more work than I bargained for, but I think it was worth it.

How is summer shaping up for you? I hope you are also keeping busy in joyful ways.

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