Mar. 14th, 2007 08:17 pm
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I actually finished this over the weekend but I took my time weaving in the ends and blocking it. Here's my KidSilk Haze oddity, an Airy Scarf (pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts) in stripes of Blushes and Meadow. I made it for Kristen because of all the scarves she's made for me over the past few months. Besides, she's probably the only one who'd appreciate the weirdness of a striped lace scarf.

The pattern is pretty simplistic. Thankfully KidSilk Haze is such a beautiful yarn that you could use it to tie up a roast and it would still look nice. ^^;....

I've made up my mind that I won't be posting photos of knitted projects in here unless they're finished. After all, what's the point of wasting people's time with images of works I probably won't be done with for six months? For those of you who've been keeping track, I have four sweaters in progress right now. That's bad. I need to finish one project before I start another!

I finished reading The Red Fairy Book a few days ago. I'm not sure what to think of it. It's good for reference. It's one in a series of many and I picked it out mostly because it contains "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," my favorite fairy tale of all time. There are four or five stories that stand out and the rest of them are pretty formulaic. I have a Norton's Anthology of Grimms' Fairy Tales left over from college and that remains my favorite book of its kind. Now I have to steal it back from my brother! ::sniff:: Next up is George MacDonald's The Princess and the Goblin. It's short and has huge print. Huzzah!

And I'm still writing. I've been making a lot of run-on sentences lately and I'd better knock it off!

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Ha ha ha my Japanese PS2 just broke.

Uh...well....I actually managed to finish two knitted things over the past week. They're only scarves, but scarves are mighty!

The lace scarf is the Falling Water pattern, made out of Rowan Calmer in Lucky. I had always wanted to use that yarn but since it's like $11.50 a ball a scarf is all my budget can afford. ^o^ I usually hate working with cotton yarn but Rowan Calmer is a cotton/microfiber blend and very stretchy! It would be great for a sweater if you can afford it. I think it's ideal for lace because it can conform to any bend or stretch the pattern calls for.

The ribbed scarf is made with KnitPicks Panache in Mulled Wine doubled up with Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Blushes. Maybe it was a waste of the mohair but I only had one ball, anyway. I think it gives the scarf a cute fuzzy look.

All I have left to do in Nocturne is finish the Amara Deep Zone and then the final dungeon. But my PS2 just broke! I've had it for five years. When the door opens it makes a grinding sound and now it sounds like it's chewing on the disks when it reads them (even though they haven't been damaged, thank god). Maybe someone out there has been waiting for this moment...if so then shame on you! I guess it's time for one of those slimline models. ;_;

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Kristen just finished this scarf for me out of Manos del Uruguay in Rose. I was originally going to do it but my fingers are blistered and I didn't want to mess up the lace pattern. ^_^;....

My lame outfit kind of detracts from the scarf. I think it's really pretty. ^O^ One of these days I'm going to repay my debt of gratitude and make Kristen something spectacular. If only my fingertips weren't permanently chapped!

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Check out the beautiful scarf Kristen made for me out of DK weight Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe! Here it is, modeled by our Caltoy stuffed turtle, Turtle:

She used an arches-and-columns pattern. It took her eight months to finish the scarf and I feel incredibly lucky to own it. One of these days I'm going to make her something this pretty but she's better at lace-knitting than I am. ^_^;

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Last night was ridiculously windy and the only thing I could do was write and finish the kerchief scarf. And I really finished it! Shine Sport is a lovely yarn and I'm looking forward to using it again. Supposedly it's the same gauge as Rowan Cotton Glace and I'll bet I can find a lot of patterns that call for that!

Well, here it is:

I've never seen anyone wear anything like this in public but I think it's cute! Blue has always been my favorite color but nowadays I've become more and more attracted to purple. I think it's supposed to stimulate creativity but it mostly makes me think of flowers.

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Still high off the sense of accomplishment from finishing my mother's wrap sweater, I motored and finished Kristen's "merino" tee today:

The pattern in Interweave Knits called for worsted weight merino wool but I used Knit Picks Andean Silk in Hyacinth. It isn't scratchy at all and I love how it shimmers!

I hope that blocking will stop the collar and bottom from curling up so much. I had to shorten the torso by an inch because well, we're all short!

I still like Riviera a lot but for crying out loud it's a girlie game!!! It ticks me off that aside from the main character your entire fighting party is female. Now that I think of it, the "cat" familiar is male....I'm playing the U.S version and its name is romanized as "Rose" but on the official Japanese page it's "Rothe" and it calls itself "boku"....I'm pretty sure it's male.

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It's Friday and the roofers still haven't finished molesting our house. The worst thing besides the noise is that they killed our beautiful mountain laurel. I don't know if they dropped something on it from the roof or what, but last night I found it lying on the ground snapped off at the trunk.

I'm furious. I know that our yard is a wreck but we've had that shrub for seven years and there's no excuse for that kind of carelessness. Even though she doesn't want to upset the roofers by pointing out their mistake, I told my mother that I want to plant two shrubs in the place of the one that was killed. Mountain laurel is the state flower of Connecticut. If only they could get fined...Thank god we don't have any pets for them to run over. =_=

The only good thing that came out of this shitty week is that I finished my mother's sweater. As promised, Kristen sewed the thing together for me. ^o^

I think it turned out pretty well. I'd like to make one for myself one of these days.


May. 26th, 2006 03:08 pm
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Yesterday our washing machine broke. Also, I finished the Interweave Knits Merino T-Shirt.

Sorry for the awful blurry picture! I haven't mastered the fine art of photographing myself. Good for me because you can't see the zit on my chin! (I'm holding the camera over it anyway). I made the sweater out of Knit Picks Andean Silk in Bluebell. It's nice stuff and pretty soft! I made the smallest size (34 1/2 bust) but it's still a little wide and I had to shorten the torso by an inch and a half. They don't make knitting patterns for short girls!

I watched some battle clips on the official Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria site. I managed to confirm that 1). Lezard is still Koyasu and still says his spell names in a monotone and 2.) Alicia is almost definitely played by Akiko Yajima (Annie in Tales of Rebirth among many others). The site says nothing about the voice cast but I'd recognize that voice anywhere and according to some Japanese sites it's been confirmed. I'd bet my Japanese PS2! O_O

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I heard that if you work steadily on this sweater you can finish it in a week. Obviously it took me much longer.

And here it is, Tempting 1 in Knit Picks Merino Style, Iris with an orchid satin ribbon. The ribbon is a little messed-up in the picture. Oops!

Merino Style turned out to be quite a good yarn for this project! I knitted it on #6 24 and 29 inch circular needles. The pattern called for switching to a 32-inch needle for the yoke but a 29-inch worked out fine. Merino Style has plenty of stretch! I made a Small and the fit is good but I think the bottom is a little on the long side compared to the one pictured on Knitty.com.

I have such a masculine body! ::sniffs::

It's Done!

Mar. 13th, 2006 02:37 pm
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Hey! I worked my a$$ off this weekend and finished the cowl-neck sweater!

This is my first human sweater and it's not beautiful but it's not ugly either. ^___^;...

Now I have nothing to work on. Gragh!

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