Sunday, September 23, 2012


Hi Blog,

September is slowly fading away, and I've been knitting pretty consistently. Got two active WIPS right now. First up is the jeweled cowl.

Not a lot to say about it. It's insanely easy, the hardest part is putting on the 14 beads every other row, and thats more fiddly than challenging. I did kinda twist it while joining in the round, so it's a bit of a mobius strip, but oh well. I think it'll still be lovely when its finished.

I even knit a few rows on it while out drinking over my vacation. Just to say that I did it. Beaded lace in a bar? Why not!

Second up is the Dragon Dance Socks. These are knitting up in record time. The first sock was finished in mere days, and I'm already working the heelflap of sock #2

I expect these will be cast off in no time.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dragon Dance Saga

Hello blog,

I have something extra yummy to show you today, curtsey of my very good friend Jeanne. She went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival earlier this year and picked me up a skien of yarn. Not any skien of yarn mind you, Socks That Rock Medium-weight.

This yarn is Soft, Luscious, Plump, Juicy... In short it's gorgeous. The skien is in one of my favorite colors - bronze-orange. And the color-way is named 'Dragon Dance.'
Really I don't know a stronger word for 'perfect'.

Obviously I couldn't resist swatching it up. I've got a few projects going already, but since my main project right now is beaded lace, I figured a simple sock pattern would be OK. Some of you might be asking me why I would start another sock when I have yet to finish the Vampire Boyfriend Socks that I cast on in October last year. Those people obviously have never touched STR.

I picked a simple ribbed sock pattern. Mostly because I wanted something simple to keep in my purse, and because I didn't want a complex pattern muddying up the lovely color way, but also because one of my favorite bloggers, Glenna, just finished a pair recently from her own sock recipe.  I'm taking my socks everywhere, including but not limited to yesterday's five mile hike through Patapsco State Park.

You can't see it in this photo, but I'm actually standing on top of a small waterfall.

Until Next

Monday, September 10, 2012

FO : Good Day Sunshine

Dear blog,

I am pleased to be able to tell you that my Lavender shawl is now officially done.  I cast off on September 4th, and after a few days of waiting it is now patiently blocking on my sister's table.  I'm glad to be done with it. Don't get me wrong, the pattern wasn't that hard (though not my favorite), and it wouldn't have taken me so long to knit if I weren't so perpetually busy all the time.  I'm also not sure how I feel about the yarn choice. Alpaca with a twist... Not as soft as it could have been, and a little stiff. plus the slight yarn halo which I can never decide how I feel about. It was a huge 800 yard skien so I still have way more than enough to make something else with it. I doubt I even used half of the yarn.

Anyway, I've already started my next lace project (more on that later), and am looking at casting on a new pair of socks today. So stayed tuned.

Until Next

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Dear blog,

Today I visited a very trendy and new knitting boutique in my hometown, Maryland.


They lady there was very nice and friendly, and the yarn was very tempting. I only meant to pick up some DPNs, but I also ended up getting a small little yarn treat.

Once again, I've just graduated so hopefully there will be more time for knitting again soonish. I'm 6 rows from the end of my Lavender shawl, so stay tuned for that future FO.

Until next