Pink Monkey Knits

Using my opposable thumbs to knit up a storm!

Monday, February 26, 2007

First of 2007 

Originally, I had planned this to be a two-part post showing my last FO of 2006 and the first of 2007. That didn't quite happen...
Remember a while back when I started this hat for Cobra?

cobra's hat

It's the Fisherman's Rib hat from Knitting with Balls and I was making it with Cherry Tree Hill Possum Worsted. I finished the hat and presented it to the boy. Well, even though he had requested the hat, he went on to not wear it that often and wouldn't let me take a picture of him with it on. Mostly, this is because the yarn shed little possum hairs and he would itch and pull out little bits of fur for hours afterwards. I think he took it with him to Seattle (where he arrived on Saturday night!) and, if he continues not to wear it, I'll give it to charity.

The new year began and I finished my first project. It took quite a few weeks to get some good shots, and I'm excited to finally share them.

stockings finished!

My Arch-Shaped Stockings are finished!

Arch-Shaped Stockings from Vogue Knitting Fall 2006
Dale of Norway Tiur Yarn, Black and Fuschia Colorways
Size 1, 2 and 4 needles

Arch Shaped stockings - Front

Seeing those pictures of the stockings, I feel quite proud of my work. But man oh man, were these ever a struggle. You may recall that I had a significant gauge discrepancy between the first and second socks. I knitted the entirety of the first sock on 4's while I did the leg of the second one on 2's and the foot on 1's! Even with blocking one is still a bit bigger and has slightly larger motifs than the other. Now I can see why Grumperina made fraternal stockings - she didn't have to worry about them exactly matching! The fit of my stocking also isn't wonderful and they tend to fall down, even though I put two rows of elastic into the top.

side and arch shaping 2

Ultimately, however, I have to say that I'm glad that I learned to do colorwork well with this project. The elements that made me fall in love with the project in the first place, particularly the arch-shaping, turned out very well. I also had to pay close attention to doing the shaping in accordance with the striping and I'm proud of how I figured out how to do it attractively.

Arch Shaped Stockings - Back

(The size difference isn't as bad as it looks in this picture; one had just fallen down a bit). While they're not perfect, these stockings are really some of the best knitting I've done thus far. I'm proud of the work and thought that went into and the fact that I finished them, even when it took me more than 4 months. I wore them out once and that was sufficiently fulfilling for me. Really, I'd like to find a way to hang them on the wall and show them like the works of art I truly think they are.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Fresh, Hot Yarn for Sale! 

Despite some technical difficulties, I have posted some yarn for sale over at Destash. Check it out and help a sister contribute to her moving fund.

P.S. Cobra stayed with my aunt in Chicago last night and should be somewhere in the middle of South Dakota by now. He may go to Mt. Rushmore tomorrow. Isn't that cool?

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Other Washington 

Seattle

It's finally time to make this official and put it out into the world. I'm pleased to inform you all that at the end of next month, Cobra and I will be moving to Seattle!

This has been in the works for a while; you may remember that Cobra and I went to check it out there last September. There are many reason why we have decided to take this major step, and really it boils down to the fact that we're looking for a better quality of life in many regards. From the way everything has worked out so far, it seems like this is a real possibility.

Cobra is leaving on Wednesday (!) to drive out there with his truck and some of our stuff in a trailer. He's secured a job out there (unlike some of us, ahem) and will be starting at the beginning of March. I'll be staying here in DC, finishing packing and my work, generally wrapping things up. Then, Cobra will fly back at the end of March and we'll rent a moving truck to drive the rest of our stuff over. Yes, I'm going to be a lonely lady for a month back here, but I'm glad that Cobra, who has only ever lived in the DC area, will get some extra time to acclimate.

It seemed like we were waiting for this time for so long and now it's finally here. It's stressful and scary but ultimately, we are both so, so excited. While this choice was not easy to make, we are hopeful that leaving one Washington behind for another will bing us closer to many of the goals we have for our lives, both together and individually.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Jumping Into Project Spectrum 

I have so, so much to show and tell you, so I really need to do some blog catch-up. Of course, Project Spectrum has started in earnest and I'm really enjoying applying the color lens to my daily life. PS gives me a new way to look at my surroundings and try to find new and different details, which is good when you've lived in the same place for a while.

One of my goals for PS is to try to take more pictures (hopefully good ones) of the life around me. I took a few during last week's snow.

on the street PS2on the street PS

The Stupidest Monument in all DC

It wasn't until I started taking these and exploring the photo pool that I realized how appropriate this month's colors of blue, white and grey are so appropriate for this time of year. In the the deepest part of winter that we're experiencing now, we are surrounded with white snow, grey tree trunks and clear blue skies on brisk days. Using these colors in my crafting helps me see the beauty in this time of year, which I typically loathe.


white silky

I got this unlabeled 100% silk yarn at a stash swap last year. I had some plans for it, but it was really calling to me lately and telling me that it wanted to be shown off on its own. With its slight halo and luminescince, I couldn't resist. I started the Lace Rib Cowl from the Purl Bee and I'm about 2.5 inches into it. It took me a while to get used to the inelasticity of the yarn, which was hurting my hands, but I've got it pretty down pat now.

blue woolarina

blue lulu

These are some blue sock yarns I've had hanging out in the stash for a while: a gradiated blue from Woolarina and a mixture of white, navy, cobalt and purple from LuLu's yarns (one unfortunate thing that I've discovered this month is that my cameria isn't good at accurately capturing blue and turquoise, so the above colors are not totally accurate). I think the former would be great as some Pomatomus socks and the latter would be lovely as Cat Bordhi's Flow Motion socks from VK Fall 2006. Or perhaps it should be the other way around...I'll have to decide which of these yarns wants to be knit up first.

Of course, I can't forget to do a knitting mitzvah. I reclaimed some chunky yarn from a thrift store sweater last year that's a wool blend in shades of grey, brown and white. I think this would work wonderfully as a Tomten Jacket from Knitting Without Tears (here's an example) and could be sent to the Dulaan project or Afghans for Afghans. It will be a fun way to try out one of EZ's unique garment constructions.

I'm also feeling very compelled to do a garment for myself very soon, so we'll see where that falls within all this planning. Time to get knitting!

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Knitters Come Through 

Last Wednesday, I ended up having a pretty draining day. Cobra randomly showed up at my work late in the afternoon to tell me that he had been run off the road while on his motorcycle that morning (you may recall that we had an unfortunate motorcycle accident together a while back). I wasn't able to concentrate on my work particularly well after seeing him limping and with welts on his forehead from where his helmet hit. We spent most of the evening in the hospital emergency room and, thankfully, all was well. We arrived home late, tired, dazed. I looked in the mailbox and saw that I had an unexpected small package.

monkey buttons

The incredibly talented Laura has been making buttons with fabric and embroidery of late. She thought of me while making these pink monkey ones and sent me a surprise package with them inside. I don't know how she knew I would need something to cheer me up that day, but her timing was absolutely perfect. You can get some of your own beautiful handmade buttons by her in her etsy shop.

I was lucky enough to be able to thank her in person for her gift yesturday. Lolly and I made plans to meet up with her at the Super Bowl Sale at Springwater Fiber Arts. Apparantly, all the real action went down at 6:45 AM. We didn't get there until 9:30, when there was only about one bin of yarn left. The only thing I found was some buttons, which actually worked well considering my yarn buying embargo. Well, that is until I wandered over into the non-sale section and saw the new Trekking Pro Natura yarn. I made my purchasing exception with a skein in color 1605, so a charitable donation is imminent.

When we finished with our purchases, we headed out to grab some brunch and have a nice, long sit and stitch. Our time together was so fun, but made all the more poignant by Laura's upcoming relocation. Hopefully, we'll all be able to get together again sooner than later.

superbowl day

Earlier this week, I finished a great project. I'll give you the full low down soon, but until then here's a teaser.

sock teaser

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