Friday, October 19, 2012

FO Friday - Lotsa Lace Edition

How sad is it that I couldn't post on Wednesday because I still haven't managed to start any sort of meaningful knitting project?  Slightly distressing, I must admit.  I'm getting closer, and we're finishing up the Big Move on Sunday, so there's light at the end of the tunnel, peeps.  It's about time!

No matter, what I do have is an actual finished piece of knitting.  Exciting, no?  I think so.  I started the Nympheas scarf waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in June, knit tons of it while I was stuck in a hotel room nursing Mr. Right and his Exploding Appendix, then put it aside for all manner of wedding knitting, and wedding stuff, then picked it up again on our honeymoon only to have my needles ripped from it and confiscated by a VERY ANGRY Costa Rican TSA guy.  This little scarf has had quite a journey!

I was a little worried since I bought the yarn in a Ravelry destash and the skein arrived in all sorts of tangled disarray.  It seemed a bit lighter than the prescribed yardage, and I was afraid I'd come up short.  My finished scarf, once I'd used up all of it, was only about 47" long so I pinned (no pun intneded, but Ha!) a lot of hope on the magic of blocking. 

I took a deep breath and threaded my borrowed blocking wires (never used those before) through the edges.  And then...

It totally worked!  Finished and blocked, my Nympheas is about 64" long.  Pretty close to what I was hoping for, actually.  Win!

It's warm and cozy, but not too heavy...

And it looks pretty good hanging from a tree in an artsy Fall photo:

Yay!  And now I'm diving back into the packing-and-moving-and-unpacking black hole, but I promise to come up for air now and again over the weekend to visit y'all over at FO Friday and Fiber Arts Friday.  Happy weekend, guys!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday v.114

Aaaaaaaaaannnnnd... we're back!  Hi.  Me again.  Still trying to work out how to fit regular blogging into my new life schedule and mostly failing miserably.  But I'm trying, so I get an E for effort at least.

Mr. Right's house went on the market and sold in 4 (FOUR!) days, so when he totters off to work in the morning, I've been spending my days packing up stuff at his house, moving it over to my (our! squee!) house and unpacking it.  It's working out pretty well, but it's sucking up a TON of time. 

We still haven't sent out our wedding thank yous yet, or even managed to finish opening our gifts, which is getting a little bit ridiculous.  This week.  Really.  I hope.

On the knitting front, we are in uncharted waters, folks.  I finally finished Nympheas, which is all blocked and totally lovely, and which you'll get to see on Friday.  And I don't have anything. on. the. needles.  Shocking.  It's not for lack of trying though, I promise.

I took the plunge and swatch for Idlewood. I'm always spot on for gauge (with the exception of the fancy new tube top described below), but this thing looked like swiss cheese. I don't have needles in the next size down, so it's on hold until (if?) last year's Christmas present shows up.

Undeterred, I bought a lovely skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino to knit Ptarmigan.  No swatch since it's just a cowl, right?  Yeah.  About 4 rows in, I discovered it was twisted, so pulled it off the needles and realized that the circumference was 38".  So.  You know, more slightly large tube top than cowl at that point.  I ripped.  I started again with smaller needles.  Smaller tube top this time, but still.  This yarn does not want to play with this pattern, and that makes me just a tiny bit sad.

Now I'm swatching for my Austin Hoodie.  Swatch with recommended needles was waaaaaaaaaaaay off (are we sensing a theme here?), so I went down a size and am not-so-patiently waiting for it to dry.  Proof:

Since I can't manage to knit a freaking thing these days, I turned my precious knitting minutes and all my pent up energy toward assembling a present Mr. Right bought me a few weeks before our wedding.  Behold, The Storage:

Isn't it purty (silly flash glare aside)?  It's so solid and wooden and organize-y that I'm completely in love.  Sock yarn in one bin, sweater quantities in a couple of others, cotton, laceweight, mini skeins... it all has a shiny new home.  My husband rocks.  It's not knitting, but it will definitely tide me over for a while.  At least a day or two.

See you all over at Tami's for WIPW!  Cheers!