Project Spectrum… Fire…

hahahaha. I just realized that today is the VERY LAST day of Project Spectrum’s “fire” theme, and I have cast on Ann Budd’s Diagonal Rib Socks in my handdyed colorway… Firebrand.

Red/orange/yellow is a color theme I almost NEVER knit. But I’m knitting it now, at the end of the PS time. I suck.

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These are actually for the Ravelry March Sockdown knitalong, which I wasn’t planning on being part of this month, but I finally found an Ann Budd pattern I liked. The other ones weren’t speaking to me, but this one should be simple enough to be a quick knit.

Because I need more things on the needles right now.

Current Queue:
Icarus (graduation)
Diagonal Rib Socks
Caribbean Blue Hat (with my handspun)
Drunken Bees socks
Clapotis
Endpaper Mitts

I’m a knitting fiend!

Also I finally finished my Seaflower Monkeys. But they need their own post, I think.

AAHH!!

I got into Haverford!

This has been my top choice since last spring break!

AAHHH!!!

I’m going to college!

Caribbean Blue

If I could go to the Caribbean again, I would in a heartbeat. It’s already getting hot there during the day, with the sun shining down, and the warm blue water, and the sweet, pretty flowers…

merino/BFL

We went to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands a few years ago (four? five?) and spent the week at this hotel/resort with a pool and its own beach. We spent tons of time snorkling off this beach, chasing the cuttlefish around, exploring big rocks, watching the bright fish dart about, trying to follow a sea turtle. The sand on the beach was white and hot, and the water was so clear and calm.

merino/BFL

This is a blend of BFL and superwash merino, dyed by Lisa Souza that I bought at Stitches East last fall. The colorway is “South Pacific,” but looking at it just makes me think about the Caribbean islands. Sure, it looks like Hawaii, too, but I loved the Caribbean. I think it’s the blues.

merino/BFL

Specs:
Fiber: Superwash Merino + Blue Faced Leicester
Weight: Bulky, with some worsted spots
Yardage: 280 yards (w00t!)
Spun/Plyed: on a Louet S51.
Started: March 15th
Finished: March 21st

merino/BFL

I think it’s going to be a hat.

Knit/spin/dye update

We don’t celebrate Easter here, but I do wish everyone who does a happy Easter! My mum used to hide eggs for me and my sister, and sometimes we had Easter at the beach, but this year we’re just cleaning a bit and having people over for an early dinner/meal/thing.

Icarus
Icarus is appropriately spring-colored. I’m working on the fifth repeat of the first chart, and I think it’s going to have to be a lot, lot bigger, if I’m going to get out of it what I want (ie. giant graduation shawl). I think my plan is to finish the first ball in the main chart (the branches), and then use the second ball for the leaf/feathers.

Deep Space Clapotis
Clapotis is also coming along: it’s about two feet long, and I’m just going to knit the whole ball of Blue Heron Rayon Metallic. The colorway is “Deep Space,” which I felt was appropriate. I bought the yarn at the Blue Heron trunk show at Lovelyarns last fall. It’s very pretty.

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Also my Drunken Bees socks, which are just sort of amusing. Knit in Claudia Handpainted yarn, and the color is “Teal.” Squishy!

The other day, I went to Terry’s and she taught me a little about dyeing techniques, that I’m going to use in my Senior Project. I dyed two skeins of yarn:
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(Lilacs on the water)

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(Firebrand)

And the OTHER thing that’s fun, is spinning. I love spinning. I borrowed a wheel from a friend’s mother, and it is awesome.
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I spun up one bobbin of Lisa Souza BFL roving, and one bobbin of Lisa Souza superwash merino roving, and plied them together to what ends up being a bulky weight yarn. It’s not shitty! It’s awesome! I can actually knit with it, and it’s beautiful. I spun roughly 280 yards, which is way enough for a hat. I’m thrilled. It’s so beautiful.  I will show it to you when it’s dry, because it deserves some morning sunlight.

More interesting with photographs.

Today, I walked around Washington, D.C. It was more fun than I expected, actually, seeing as I was alone and have not been partial to being left alone with my brain running all the time. I walked from my Aunt’s house to the Metro station– 1.1 miles, according to Google Maps– and took the Metro into DC. I ended up at G and 13th, and walked from there to the Mall, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

I have a thing for Natural History. I love it. My school started took us there once a year in Lower School. In first grade, they took us to see the bugs. I can’t remember what second grade went for. Third grade went to see the Native Americans. Fourth grade went to see the “Western Cultures”– that is, the Ancient Egyptians. Fifth grade… maybe went to see a Medieval exhibit? But I can’t remember. I remember first grade, definitely. We got to go to the bug room and the guy showed us all these insects and cool stuff and we got to hold them. It was great. When my family went to England when I was ten, I made my parents take me to the Natural History Museum in London, which was near our flat. Seriously, I love natural history museums.

So today I went and looked at the Dinosaurs and Paleobiology and all the prehistoric fish and stuff. It was relaxing, somehow, wandering among school groups and families and all these people, and just get to look at what I wanted to, and read all the plaques I felt like, and if I felt like pondering the reason a Triceratops’ humerus was so ridiculous, I could. I had a good time.

Then I went out again and found lunch at a cafe.

Then I walked back and went to the Mammals hall. Apparently mammals can be specified by three things: fur, milk production, and INNER EAR BONES. Who knew? Ear bones. Sweet.

And I wore my favorite sweater (Rogue), because it is- as you know- Mr. Roger’s birthday (okay, I just wore my sweater, but it felt appropriate).

And I listened to the Stitch It! podcast all the time I was out walking in the cold, and it was lovely. Meghan’s great. I love the sound of her laugh. It’s infectious. Her kid Owen is hilarious.

It was a good day, but I was so tired afterwards. My feet were so tired. That was pretty great too. I had fun being on my own, just wandering around. Yay!

I’ll have pictures soon of a) what I’m knitting and b) what I’m SPINNING. I borrowed a wheel from a friend’s mom and I’ve been spinning and it’s super fun. The wheel is for my senior project, but I want to practice on the fiber I have not for the project, and it’s wonderful.

FO: Firestarters (no really this time)

On a scale of 1 to angsty….

Firestarter

What I meant to say yesterday was, “Look! I finished more things!”

Start: February 15, 2008
Finish: March 11, 2008

Firestarter sock

Pattern: Firestarters by Yarnissima!
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy in “Blue Lagoon”
Needles: US 2s for most of it, US 3s for the cuff, because I got bored of the slow knitting.

Firestarter

I knit them for the Sockdown! Ravelry February knitalong sock event, whose theme was “new heel.” The heel was similar to other toe-up heel-flap heels I’ve done, but it had short rows and at one point made you knit a whole round in the middle of the heel construction. I had to rip it out once or twice per sock, and therefore I term it new to me.

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I might have liked them longer, in the end, because of the ribbing, but I’m happy with them now.

I had lunch with my dad today; it was really nice. Then after school I worked out for a bit and then went to the yarn store and sat. And then Jess informed me of her new free wheel, which it turned out she couldn’t use for a while… and that I could borrow it. Squee! I’m going to call her this weekend about using it for my senior project (and my own spinning devices, yay!).

The Firestarter

There must be something about extraordinary grief, frustration, anger, and self-pity that makes me knit like a train.

I mean that in the “speedy” sense, not the “steam engine whistle” sense. What?

I’ve been knitting a lot. A LOT. An almost absurd amount. I keep starting things and needing to knit and feel a sense of accomplishment, because it feels a lot like the rest of my world has been crushed like a can and there’s nothing I can do about it but knit. I feel trapped inside my own head, with all my ugly, angry, pathetic thoughts, and sometimes knitting helps, and sometimes it sticks me back in there as I stare at my hands.

I really miss my dad (he’s probably reading, hi dad!). He’s staying at my aunt’s house while they are in Australia, and taking care of their dog, and not getting up at 5am to drive an hour to get to work. He comes home on weekends, and it sucks. I really miss him, because everything is in upheaval and my mom works late one night a week and goes out another night, and I just haven’t been getting the attention I want. Maybe that’s selfish; it’s been all about me and crying and my pitiful self for the last six weeks, but my mom, I think, pays more attention to my (younger) sister than to me. She assumes I can take care of myself, and that’s true most of the time, but having my dad around means the attention is more evened out. I guess I’m tired of (or annoyed by) taking care of myself: I want someone to take care of me!

Since J and I broke up (cheating fucker) I’ve felt really lonely and lost. It’s getting better, I guess, but I’m hoping this is the depression stage so that I can move maybe on into acceptance. I saw a picture of him and his new little whore the other night, and I just lost it. I really hate thinking about him, and everything we did, and everything we had, and what I shoulda-woulda-coulda done, and blah blah blah bullshit.

I think knitting is helping. I guess knitting is helping. It feels like the one stable thing I can hold on to is my own knitting skillz, and that’s made me knit a bit like a madwoman. I’ve finished three things in March already– the Elefante, the hat, and now my Firestarters– and I can’t help myself. I keep starting things and knitting and being a bit insane.

I’m also spreading the bug. Molly came by Lovelyarns on Saturday and bought some bulky alpaca for her second scarf. I’m going to teach her how to do ribbing. Franny hasn’t been coming to knitting at lunch lately, but she’s got things to do I imagine. Julie picked knitting up again and told me a number of times how funny it was and hahaha she was doing it as her action for “old people” in acting class. I was like, Julie, hello, knitting isn’t just for your grandmother anymore, and she said, “Oh I knit her a scarf once!” Then in Physics she wouldn’t shut her mouth about how boring it was, and I was quite short tempered. STFU.

I miss my dad. I miss my shitty ex’s attention. He’s in town for his spring break (after spending the weekend boning his slut) and it’s the first time in two years that his being on break isn’t about us being together. It fucking sucks.

I want to knit selfishly and do nothing else. I want to work full time on my senior project. I started carding today and it was pretty sweet, although now my hands are tired. I have a long road ahead of me in the carding department.

Dude, I was totally going to post about my Firestarter socks that I finished this evening, but I obviously had other things on my brain.

I miss my dad.

FO: Chilean Flower Hat

Because I am ridiculous:

Copihue hat

Start: March 9, 2008
Finish: March 11, 2008
Yarn: Arucania Cophiue (bulky alpaca, color 909)
Pattern: Robin’s Egg Blue Hat
Needles: US 10.

Yeah… I needed a hat?

It gets a button, which I have to get, but I like it. It’s cozy and cute and a bit silly.

I don’t know what that face is about, but it’s weird. Anyway.

Up Next:
1. Firestarter Socks
2. Endpaper Mitts
3. Icarus
4. Clapotis
5. Seaflower Monkey socks
6. Entrelac socks for March Sockdown?

FO: Liam’s Elefante

Gah, thank god! I am finished the Elefante. I am on a finishing roll right now.

Elefante, the face!

Start: January 10ish?
Finish: March 6
Pattern: http://www.knitterella.com/SusanBAnderson/ElefantePattern.pdf
Yarn: My handspun, spun from the Mystery Bump from MDS&W, 2007.
Needles: Mostly US 5s, but occasionally US 6s, by accident (I’m not very bright).

Elefante

He has weird ears, but he’s pretty darn cute, in the end.

Elefante from above

Okay, and I do like his tail.

The yarn’s a bit scratchy, but I think if I wash it maybe it’ll felt a bit, and soften up. I don’t mind it, but a 3-year-old might. He’s squooshable though!

Elefante, the feet

FO: Earthen Fingerless Mittens

A comfortingly quick project: Franny asked for fingerless mittens like Molly’s for her birthday (which is next week), and her party/dinner is on Friday. I grabbed the yarn quick on Saturday (3/1/08), cast on Sunday (3/2/08) and finished Tuesday (3/4/08). Pleasingly quick.

Franny's mittens

Pattern: Vanilla Fingerless Mitts by me.
Yarn: Mirasol Hacho, colorway 305: very earthy, not normally my palate.
Needles: Size US 3 circs. I knit them both at once, so they’re exactly the same!

Franny's mittens

I’m happy.