Knit it, Violet!
Finished objects, works in progress, and lots of rambling about two sticks and some string...
Saturday, January 27, 2007
  massive postapalooza
so i realized, like the past five of my enteries have no pictures. good god, what will keep you people around?? blame the poor weather for the lack of natural light to take flattering pictures. or my laziness.

anyway, here i am to redeem myself.

first, an FO from 2006.When i said i knit 30 things in 2006, i forgot about this little number:

Anthropologie Inspired Caplet by Julsey723. Size 11 needles. SWTC Karaoke in Mermaid Mix. about 1.5 balls.

I luuuurve this yarn. it was my first time using soy silk. and it was yummy. I kind of forgot about the project though, because i didn't like how loose the gauge was (size 11s on worsted) but i added the little abalone button (it's a button glued to a pin back, actually. so it's removable) and it's growing on me.

I knit myself up a quick brainless hat to soothe my back-to-school stress. I call it the Yarn Barf hat. excuse the dorky face.

Joann Sensations Thick and Thin yarn in "dark multi" colorway. Size 13 needles, basic hat recipe. i've had this yarn f-o-r-e-v-e-r, and struggled with getting it into a hat, but this time around it worked. it's silly but i think it's cute. i have the same yarn in a purple/pink colorway too. another hat, perhaps?

I finished my mom's cabled footies:
From One Skein by Leigh Radford. Cascade 220 Superwash. size 7 needles.

Mike's Slippers are waiting to be felted:

The Swallowtail is one chart away from being done:

And finally, my current SIP: Knitpicks Dancing in Ballet. discontinued, sadly. this is my first time using a (mostly) cotton sock yarn and it's turning out quite nicely. nothing fancy, just basic sock recipe.

okay, i think that's all the knitting news for now! i spent a few hours knitting with my knitting girl gang (go visit their blogs! Brittney + Karla) Karla is knitting for her kitty and Brittney finished her first non-scarf FO! yay knitting ladies!

did that tide ya over for now?
and ps, the new blogger is a pain in the ass!

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007
  just a quick note...
just a quick post to let you all know that the stress of holiday knitting did not, in fact, kill me. however, i started school again, and i've been busy with that as well as knitting with friends. in real life! i know, i never thought i'd get off the couch.

no pictures today, i'll leave you hanging. i will tell you though, i'm a chart away from finishing the swallowtail (and insanely enough i want to make another one), halfway through a sock for me, and *almost* done with my mom's birthday present. exciting, isn't it?
Friday, January 05, 2007
  Dear Stash...
Dearest Stash,
You may have read other knitters blog about "using up their stash" this year. In fact, you may have read about knit-alongs specifically for destroying stash. These knitters vow to not buy another ball, skein, or hank of fiber until their stash is used up. Enough is enough, they say.

They even make good arguments about how buying yarn is a waste of money in these dire economic times, etc.

Now, these knitters have the best intentions, and they may do as they please, but stashbusting does not go down in this house, so don't worry your pretty little head. Yes, I'll knit from you, (that purple-y heathered yarn? cabled footies for me. The black worsted? a sweater for kellen. the piles of sock yarn? i'll get there.) but then there are some gems, specifically acrylic gems, and on the other hand, gems to precious to knit with out serious thought, and they'll stay. And I'll definitely continue to buy yarn. Some knitters say they can knit any sweater in the world with yarn from their stash, but i am not there yet. (well, unless that sweater was going to be from mismatched garage sale acrylic, which has it's place, but not in a fair isled masterpiece.)

Bottom line is, I love you, darling. You impress my knitting friends and the thought of your endless possibilities calms my stressed-out student mind.

and about stashing being socially irresponsible? I don't buy yarn irresponsibly, and my credit cards are paid off, so i can't be in too much trouble. and besides, it's either knitting or therapy, and this way is a lot cheaper.


Here's to those who don't want to shed any yarn related pounds in 2007!

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violet is a crafty girl with feminist values. knitting is her main squeeze, but she also flirts with sewing, embroidery, mosaics, jewelry making, block printing, and polymer clay. she's also been known to cook and garden. she loves a good thrift shop, teapots, and her boyfriend kellen.

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