Wednesday, October 11, 2006

N is for numerous photos!

So much stuff to write about! Things are crazy around here. I should be blogging as I go, because otherwise it is just one huge posting!

First up, it's my birthday today! Hooray! Happy birthday to me! I have got some wonderful gifts so far: roses and diamond earrings from my fiance! The earrings are very pretty. I'd post a picture, but they're in my ears, and well, it's hard to photograph your ear. Dinner tonight at a new restaurant, which I hear is tasty. The house is all spic and span in case the relatives want to see it. (Plus, how good is it to have a super clean house for your birthday! I almost don't want to mess it up...almost)

Next up, it's spinning! I ordered some handdyed roving from the Handpainted yarn folks a while back. This is a blue and white colorway, which is exactly what the sky is outside today. There's some soft blues, bright blues and bright whites in it. This roving is a bit more rough than the plain roving I get from my LYS. It feels soft when you hold it, but almost rough when you actually get inside it and start breaking it down. I'm guessing it's more of a straight-out wool, rather than the softer blend I'm getting at the LYS. But, it sure does make pretty singles! I can't wait to ply it up. It think I want to make something small but useful out of it, like mittens. The yarn isn't nearly tough enough to stand up for something like socks, since there's no superwash in it.

Blue is my favorite color. Can you tell?

Look at all those pretty colors!

I've got more FO's and WIPs to show! I finished the scarf for my Funky Scarf Swap secret pal. It's in some leftover Louisa Harding Impression. I cannot say enough about this yarn. It looks good in everything I can imagine it in. I still have two balls left! Louisa just put out a new book that shows this yarn in all sorts of sweaters and cardigans. OMG. Just looking at the pictures gives you all sorts of ideas, plans and wishes. I equated the book to the "gateway drug" of knitting at the LYS, which earned me a laugh.

Drop stitch scarf shining in the sunlight

I've finished a pair of socks, just in time for Socktoberfest and my special day! This is another sock yarn I can't say enough good things about. It's soft but very tough. I was worried about how strong the strands seemed to be when I first started using it, but it softens up in no time. It seems there's another blogger out there who beat me to the socks and pattern- take a look! How funny, there's two of us in the same month with the same colorway and general pattern idea! (Hers are hand dyed, apparently. Amazing!) Sock knitters unite!

Happy birthday to me socks!

I've also started another pair of socks (good idea, huh!). This yarn is Paton's Kroy, in what is advertised as a self-striping. Yeah, not so sure about the self striping, but it sure makes a pretty colorway to knit up. These are on US 3's, which are making the socks super speedy. This is all the knitting from just last night! By the time I'm done today, I may have another pair off the needles! So far, I can't complain about the yarn other than the striping. It knits up softer than it feels on the skein. The yardage is good (192/ball) and they will be washer-friendly (75% superwash, 25% nylon). All that and a US 3 makes me a happy kniter.

Self striping is a misnomer, I think

Knitting isn't the only craft I've been working on lately! I've made a lot of wood-painting progress too. The birdhouse barn is nearly complete:

Birdy birdhouse!

I also added a new piece of woodwork to the Christmas stash. can you tell what it is?

Pegs + shapes = fun!

I'm making her a little peg set that has her name on it, in different "princessey" metallic colors. The shapes are easy to paint, but needed a little TLC beforehand. I thought at first I'd just use some paint markers, since they were on sale cheap and the letters were so small. Not a good idea. The letters weren't sanded down nearly as much as the other wood shapes, so after a couple coats from paint pens, I realized that they were in desperate need of a sandpapering and acrylic paint after all. So, another trip to Michaels, and I'm very happy with the result. They'll get a nice shiny shellac of clear coat spray when they are all done. I've still got the sticks and base to paint, (as well as finishing up the other shapes) but I've got two more months, so I should be A-OK.

The only bad part of today was finding out that my schedule is radically changing! Apparently, the schedule is way, way unbalanced, so I'm going to have to go to Graveyard shift next week until the rest of the year is up. Suck! But that may mean more 3AM blogging (with poor inside photos), so we'll see how that goes. Netflix is your friend on graveyard, that's for sure! I watched more TV on DVD this spring when I worked nights than I think one person probably should. Oh well.

I think that's it, for now. I'm going to get to work on those socks, and see if I can turn the heels before we leave for dinner. Wish me luck!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! What a birthday treat to have a new restaurant to go to in Eugene. I swear that when I lived there, maybe three new restaurants opened over the course of about five years. I was back over labor day weekend and suddenly there was all this new stuff. Crazy.

4:58 PM  
Blogger omly said...

I love to see all the different mediums you are working in. As much as I really like to read knitting blogs, it is nice to get inspired by other types of craftiness by other people too.

Also I totally am looking forward to knitting some socks in thicker yarn after this pair (on Addi 40" Size 0s) as well. Actually I think I have that same Patons yarn in my stash! Does it feel dense enough on 3s?

7:50 AM  

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