Knitty Surprise!

Now that I’m on the Knitty mailing list, I received the information that Knitty has added their Spring surprise patterns. I’m kind of digging Tempest–if ever there were a pattern that would look perfect with some gorgeous shades of Malabrigo, that’s the one.

Why must I always find sweater patterns I want to knit? Whenever I’m elbow-deep in the arduous sweater-knitting process, I think to myself “I wish I were knitting a sock right now.” I mean, look at poor Oblique, who I’ve been neglecting for months. And here I am drooling over Tempest and itching to open up Paton’s Street Smart to make me an urban aran cardigan. And, oh yeah, IT’S GOING TO (hopefully) BE WARM SOON, so I won’t even be wearing sweaters for quite some time. *sigh*

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April 30, 2008. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

DORLY?

You know, I never thought I’d be the kind of person who would ever make a doily (at least not while I’m under the age of 50.) But after seeing the doilies on this page? Oh boy. I foresee a lot of lacy discs in my future. Especially with the number of weddings (currently four) on my radar for this year. The first of these is May 24.

This does not bode well for my vow to make the Alexi Throw my Official Living Room Knitting.

P.S. No, I don’t plan on ONLY giving doilies as gifts. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

April 17, 2008. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

To quote Neo: Whoa.

Do you believe in fate? I’m not sure I do, except maybe when it comes to knitting.

I’ve been wanting to knit a shawl for some time now, but have never really found The One. I’ve seen many I sort of like, but none that call out “YOU MUST KNIT ME THIS SECOND.”

One of those that I only sort of liked was the Swallowtail Shawl. Then, the other day on Ravelry, I randomly came across the pattern again in a post about something else. I looked through some of the completed Swallowtail Shawls on Ravelry, and realized “Wow. That shawl is really beautiful.”

I found that the shawl was from a 2006 issue of Interweave Knits, and felt a little discouraged. A lot of the local yarn stores have old copies of Interweave, but I wasn’t sure if any of them would have this particular issue.

Then I got today’s Knitting Daily issue, with the results of their Reader’s Choice votes for which patterns to put into their free e-book.

Guess what one of the winners was?

I think I’d better force myself to finish Oblique before I go buying the yarn and needles for that shawl.

April 14, 2008. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

You know…

I’d probably write here a lot more often if I could just suck it up and feel ok about posting without pictures. So, no pictures, but I am alive. 😛

I’m back from St. Thomas, obviously. We had a great time. It was wonderful to get away from the cold weather for awhile, and we did lots of fun things like snorkeling, parasailing, and relaxing.

I hardly did any knitting on the trip. I started the second Monkey on the plane ride down and barely had anything to show for it for the rest of the trip. We got back on March 11, and I just finished the Monkey about a week and a half ago.

I guess I haven’t really been doing much knitting in general. I’ve been working on a Princess Zelda costume for Anime Central, which is eating up quite a bit of my free time. Any knitting I have been doing has been on that Alexi Throw I’ve been working on for oh, at least a year. I’ve made it my Official Living Room Knitting. If I’m in the living room and knitting, that is what I am knitting. No exceptions. (Although not long after I made that declaration, I did exactly what my knitting friends predicted I would do and finished the toe of the Monkey sock first. In said living room. Oh well, starting NOW, the Alexi throw is the only thing I’m allowed to work on.)

In the car and at knit night, however, I’ll probably continue work on that pesky Oblique cardigan. My only regret is that I won’t finish it in time to wear it. Or maybe I will. You never know. That’s part of the charm of Wisconsin. 😛

April 11, 2008. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.