Blog updates have fallen by the wayside these past few weeks. I have no real excuse other than my own laziness and that I’ve been feeling a little lackluster about my knitting lately. I’ve got at least six projects on the needles right now and haven’t really been completing much of anything. My current favorite of the work-in-progress pile is my Ulmus shawl.
My friend Oona made this same shawl with the exact same colors long before me and when I saw it I became instantly obsessed with it and planned to copy hers. I had to wait for a decent chunk of time before the colorway (Gypsum) was available from Blue Moon. It makes me feel a bit unoriginal and generally lacking in creativity to do an exact replica, but imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery in this case. I’m calling it my “Copycat Spider Demon” paying homage to one of my favorite Buffy episodes (“Selfless”). This is one I definitely plan to keep for myself.
And here’s my Lavalette shawl(ette) which was started on a Friday and finished (even done blocking) by Sunday. I got a little obsessed while I was knitting this one and couldn’t stop until it was done. It’s a little small for my tastes and I may end up gifting to someone. I prefer full size shawls and not the currently popular shawlettes. The yarn is Blue Moon Socks That Rock Lightweight (colorway = L.L. Cool Sock).
I’m pretty smitten with the color and may have to order some more at some point in the future so that I can make something for myself.
One thing that I have been excited for is another project I plan to start this weekend: Elizabeth Zimmerman’s famous Baby Surprise Jacket. This will be my first baby project ever and my first knitted garment. I ordered the pattern from Schoolhouse Press and they were wonderful customer-service-wise. They responded to email questions within minutes and offered me 20% off my order when I bought two things. The shipping was lightning fast as well. My cousin is having a baby this summer and my friend Joe will be having a baby sometime in the not-too-distant future as well. I’m hoping for at least one girl so I can use this yarn:
Back in March I finally finished up the Katamari Mitts and they turned out pretty well. I revised the charts to make them fit on the mitts a little better. The pattern for the fingerless gloves is a free download from my pattern store and the images were done in duplicate stitch with KnitPicks Wool of the Andes.
It has been just under 3 months now since I released my first pattern and I’ve had over 1,200 downloads, the most popular being my “Easy Knitted Bacon” pattern. It’s so fun to see other people’s projects that they’ve made using my patterns. I still have a few patterns I’ve been meaning to complete and release but it hasn’t been a priority lately.
I’m still working on my grandma’s beaded Haruni shawl. I had to put it aside because I broke the tip off of my miniscule Size 16 (0.4mm) crochet hook and just ordered a new one this week. I’m also doing a knit-a-long with a work friend for a pair of felted loafer slippers. I put aside the colorwork mittens because I lost my patience and couldn’t even stand to think about winter anymore.
My big exciting news for the month was reaching my 1-year stop smoking anniversary. I did so without even one drag or a single moment of weakness.
All of that “money saved” went to my new addiction: yarn. I used Allen Carr’s book The Easyway to Stop Smoking and it worked like magic. I can’t explain what about the book is so magical; you’ll just have to take my word for it. I didn’t believe there was any way that reading a book could possibly work on my 11-year addiction, but it really truly did. I have at least four other good friends who quit smoking using this book as well.
There is still a snow pile in my backyard but the weather is finally getting nicer and I am beginning to believe spring may actually show up. I went to the Macy’s Flower Show for the first time this year and fell in love with the weeping cherry trees.
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My biggest current obsessions are Hell’s Kitchen homemade peanut butter and the new Britney Spears album. (The last vestiges of my 16-year-old self just died of embarrassment at that admission.) I had the peanut butter for the first time this year and just purchased my second jar in 2 weeks this Friday. I’m trying to restrain myself a little, but it’s pretty much the greatest thing ever.
Now I’m off to Target to where I plan to listen to Femme Fatale on my iPod as I shop…