Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Shhhhh...

It's a secret!

I realize that I've evidently fallen off the face of the earth, after I was doing so well blogging so often. There are two perfectly good reasons for this (and, I'm sure, some not-so-good ones).

First is that I've gotten a full-time job. I now have a short walk to a fun, relaxed retail environment where I am surrounded by beautiful colors and nice co-workers. No more sitting at a desk for me! While my previous job was fairly easy and paid well, sitting in front of a computer screen in a very quiet office 8 hours a day was taking its toll on my body and my emotions. It's kind of a shame that I tend to prefer lower-paying work, but at least I'm happier.

Second is that even though there has been knitting in my life, I can't show you, because it's a secret! I've received some lovely yarn in the mail and I'll be doing some sample knitting (yes, I'm getting compensated to knit!). Unfortunately I can't discuss it in any kind of detail, and between that and the job I think I'll be kind of busy for the next few weeks. But here is a photo of the yarn - Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solids in Natural and Mint - hanging out on my windowsill.

Sample Yarn

Stay busy - I can't wait for spring!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

More Bed Jacket

Seems like it's been a while since I've shown you the bedjacket. Don't worry, it's still green. And I'm still chugging along.

Bed Jacket

The body of the jacket is "done" but not "finished" - as in, the knitting is done, but this needs some serious blocking and the seams sewn, although I have woven all the ends in.

Continuing on the theme of "bizarre construction" is the shawl collar.

Bed Jacket collar

This is about two-thirds of the collar, which I'm sure will also need some blocking to stretch it out a bit. I also may knit a few extra sections to make it a bit bigger. But the knitting is easy - garter stitch and short rows - perfect for movie-watching. Yesterday I basically knit from where the ends are hanging out all the way to what's on the needles, so it's going quickly.

I am so glad this piece has the lace edging on it. (Watch out! I may not be saying that any longer when I actually have to make it all and sew it on.) I think it will really help tie things together and make it much more feminine-looking.

So now I have to find new, girly pyjamas to go with this! Perhaps something lacey, too. I've been looking around, but most of what I've been seeing online is either too over-the-top sexy to the point of tacky (think Frederick's of Hollywood), or too staid and boring (think neck-to-floor white cotton nightgown). I want something cute, feminine, a little sexy, but not tacky. Help!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Pot Luck

I will be the first to admit that while it is surely mighty convenient to have a swift and ballwinder, I hate the look of yarn "cakes". I don't like the way they fall apart or the way it's hard to monitor the skein of yarn for knots and other imperfections. But who needs a swift when you've got a handy newel post?

CTH and Newel Post

This yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Potluck sock yarn in Watercolor - you don't quite know what you'll get. This has a lot of springy greens and pastels, and I think it's perfect for gearing up for spring.

CTH

Here we are, all in a nice center-pull ball.

CTH Sock

This yarn is on its way to becoming Rib and Cable socks. The original pattern calls for a 60-stitch sock on #2 needles; I've tweaked it to be a 70-stitch sock on #1 needles because I really prefer tightly knit socks, but the yarn is pooling a little bit and the cables aren't much fun when you're afraid you're going to break the needles. So I may have to suck it up and redo these on #2s and actually, you know, follow the pattern. We'll just have to see.

And if you're in a Super Tuesday state, I hope that you make the time to go out and vote. I don't get to vote until next week, so I get to be a spectator today. But I figure if you don't vote, you can't complain about the outcome. Make your voice heard.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Friday is for Food

At least this Friday is, anyway.

My love affair with pasta continues. Sometimes I don't feel much like getting out the pasta machines and rolling my own, much less adding a filling, but every once in a while I get the urge and have to make ravioli.

Ravioli

These probably aren't properly called ravioli, because they're made with circles folded in half, but they're filled and delicious. We made a beef and ricotta filling that was very delicate and unfortunately a bit overwhelmed by a garlic-butter sauce and some serious garlic bread. Making these start to finish probably took a few hours.

We have company to look forward to this weekend! I hope you have a nice one, too.