Monday, June 29, 2009

Bonus "sorry for not updating" for you!

Well another two weeks, another update. I'll get better at this I swear.

In the past two weeks I've finished up my Argosy scarf, which is blocking right now;

I used the Noro Silk Garden sock yarn for this, and did 31 repeats (instead of 35) - it's plenty long. I love love love the way the colours blend, who would have though pink and orange and green and purple would look so nice?!

I've also gotten through three repeats of the Entomology shawl from the new Summer issue of knitty. I'm using the softest cashmere recycled from an extra large men's Eddie Bauer sweater, I'm not a huge fan of the stranded look but I might overdye it when it's done. I'll try on a small swatch and see how it looks, but I'm thinking a darker blue or even a red to make a purplish hue.

A close up of the "dragonflies"

We're heading up to my parents cabin at the end of July, so I want something easy and mindless to bring along. I'm planning on making a Satchel in pink (for my pink laptop, fitting), with a brown border. That seems a little plain to me so I charted out a dragonfly to add to the front flap, my attempt was to get the celtic-inspired infinity wings. I'm not sure how it will look but it's my first chart, and as an apology for never updating it's my gift to you. If you use the chart I'd love to see what you make!

Full size (8.5x11) available here.

Monday, June 15, 2009

12 days

I realize I haven't updated this blog in 12 days. What can I say, I'm a slacker. I got myself a pink Dell Inspiron 15 so I can hang out outside with the boys and still get stuff done. I finished another Everlasting Bagstopper, this one for Amy and made out of a recycled cotton Eddie Bauer sweater. She is moving to Hawaii in July so I knew I couldn't knit her something from wool, and I think this will be perfect. She is the one that originally taught me how to knit so I think it's particularly fitting. I used a linen stitch to get a good firm strap, and that thing took longer than the rest of the bag! I don't have a photo with the strap done but here it is:

And "in use":

I've also started on Entomology from the summer knitty that was released last week. I am so excited about this pattern, as soon as I saw it I knew I had a pattern for my first lace attempt. So far it's going pretty well, I did the first chart a few times to get the hang of it, and now I'm half way through my second repeat of the second chart. The further I go the better it's getting, and I'm learning a lot. At least I'm at the point where I can fix my mistakes and make it look like part of the pattern! I'm using the softest cashmere from another recycled Eddie Bauer sweater:

The only problem with this pattern is it's kind of difficult for me to do with 2 little kids climbing all over me and screaming for my attention, which obviously makes most things harder, but counting to 15 is sometimes just too much for me!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The great outdoors

We've had an amazing week weather-wise here, and have been outside every spare moment since Memorial Day, leaving me little time to be inside and update the blog. Not to leave you empty handed, here are a few photos.

This weed has been nagging me for weeks to pick it but, being the procrastinator I am, I kept putting it off.

Two days ago I head outside to discover it's actually a gorgeous Oriental Poppy:

I think that right there is proof that laziness is a virtue. The massive rhododendron trees are also in bloom:

and the boys are pretending to get along!

And now, of course, they are yelling at me to go and play.