York and Lancaster


Originally uploaded by spacekittyknits.

I love these socks. Begun January 4th, finished March 30th (technically 31st, I suppose). I bought the kit (by the Tsock Tsarina) in October at Rhinebeck, and they have been a joy.

I knit them partway together, but decided eventually that it was too much trouble to try to knit the roses into the fabric. They were ugly and stretched when the sock was stretched, and I needed some other method. So I knit the socks (top down, opposite from the pattern) with only the panels for the roses and not the roses themselves. Then, once both socks were finished, I duplicate stitched the roses on.

It worked perfectly!



Snow Day!


Originally uploaded by spacekittyknits.

I finished M’s scarf just in time for the snowpocalypose to hit the eastern seaboard and the Philadelphia area. She was very cozy.

This is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s “One Row” scarf, knit in Malabrigo worsted in “Amoroso.” I used two skeins. I tried to also make M some Fetchings to go along, but I didn’t have enough yarn for both. Either I got a gigantically long scarf, or a shortish scarf + mittens. M chose gigantor scarf.

There’s a dude skiing outside my window.

WIP Wrestling: Round 1

I wanted to get this posted earlier today, July being the month of wrestling, but we went out and watched Public Enemies with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale instead. It had to be done.

This month’s agenda: get my WIPs under control. Okay, so no, I haven’t gone mad and cast on 39526407 new projects, but I’m feeling like they’re stalled and I want new things. The best solution, apparently? Work on my current projects like crazy! Maybe sticking to them and blogging and committing will make everything work out smoothly.

First up: The Lace Ribbon Scarf.

Status: 25% completed.
Weight Class: Lightweight (fingering).
Category: Headspin.
Final goal: 5 feet in length (unless I run out of yarn or want to die).
Plan of attack: Knit on this during lunch every day until completed.
Other notes: A shop sample for Lovelyarns to help them sell weird cotton/nylon sock yarn that won’t sell. Yay! Ripped out a fugly project to make this one. It’s already a bit beat, right?

Next in the ring: The Aeolian Shawl.

Status: ~75% completed.
Weight Class: Featherweight (lace)
Category: Backslide.
Final Goal: Uh, a shawl?
Plan of attack: Work on this at home, while watching Supernatural and being antisocial.
Other notes: It’s getting there! Each row goes smoothly, but it’s been hot, so I don’t want to take it to work and knit on it in the sun. Bleh.

Third to fight: Bayerische.

Status: ~25% completed.
Weight Class: Lightweight (sock).
Category: Leglock.
Final Goal: At least past the heels, if nothing else.
Plan of attack: Once the scarf is finished, these will come with me to work.
Other notes: They’re too complicated (manually) to work on while watching TV, so audiobooks at lunch will be the perfect time. These have languished too damn long to be left alone anymore. I will knit them! (Although no promises to finish, because they are complicated).

Fourth in line: Charade.

Status: 23% completed.
Weight Class: Lightweight (sock).
Category: Leglock.
Final Goal: One complete pair of socks.
Plan of attack: I might take them apart and knit them one at a time. That would get the progress to show faster… but then they might end up different lengths. No real plan yet.
Other notes: Faster work than Bayerische, naturally, but no less imposing.

Fifth on the needles: The Garter Stitch Mobius Cowl.

Status: ~50% completed.
Weight Class: Featherweight (lace).
Category: Headbutt.
Final Goal: One mobius cowl of coziness.
Plan of attack: Take this with me when going places that need my concentration to be elsewhere (SHIT I should have taken it to the movie tonight. Good job, Double Vandal).
Other notes: Simple, soothing, but hot as fuck.

Last, but not forgotten: The Sock Yarn Blanket.

Status: ~22% finished.
Weight Class: Lightweight (sock).
Category: Armbreaker.
Final Goal: Who cares?
Plan of attack: Work on this at all.
Other notes: I just need to show this one a little love again. I love working on it, and now that the base row is completely established, I no longer need to work individual squares. This is both good and bad: good, because I feel like real progress is happening; bad, because now it’s not quite as portable.

Onward! Expect regular updates. I will.

ISO Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool

I need it in black. My friend from college, ML, asked me to make her some colowork mittens. We chose the delightfully challenging Kiehkuralapaset Mittens, and I began knitting away with the Elsabeth Lavold Silky Wool and leftover hand-dyed from my Diagonal Rib Socks.

second fire mitten

They’re so cute! I’m almost halfway through the second mitten, and I love working on them, but I’ve gone and run out of the black.

So! If you have any ELSEBETH LAVOLD SILKY WOOL in BLACK (COLOR 33) leftover from a project or something, and want to get rid of it, I will eagerly take it off your hands. I don’t need that much, so I’d be happiest just paying postage if that’s necessary, but if you want something in return I’m willing to negotiate.

first fire mitten for mary

Help finish these mittens!

Ten Things I did Today

1. Went to painting, and painted.
2. Had lunch with Mary and Anna
3. Planted tulip bulbs at the front entrance bed.
4. Lamented my very dirty/muddy knees.
5. Went to King Arthur, and talked about gore.
7. Worked on my Chemistry lab.
8. Went to dinner and ate soup in a bread bowl.
9. Entered a sex toy raffle for the Women’s Center.
10. Ate ice cream.

But most importantly, VOTED!

omg college

I made it! Yesterday the family and I loaded all my stuff into the Sophie (cargo van), and drove up to college. Unpacking with everyone there was a bit nerve-wracking, what with the rearranging furniture and people in the way and stuff everywhere, but now I’m settled and things are looking up.

Wanna see my room? I have a triple, with two other girls, but we have three separate rooms, and the middle one (mine) connects to the hall. It’s working out well, and I’m very happy with it.

Bed and desk. Window faces east, which I love.


Over the bed.

Closet from the desk, and the door to the hall.

I love it! I have to decorate more, but I like it.

Me and Sarah, on the way up.

We had fun yesterday, playing silly games, having dinner, having a welcome ceremony/assembly, and having smoothies. Today people are taking placement tests, and then we have lunch, some kind of meeting on the Honor Code, and a Hypnotist, but not all at once.

Anyway, in fibery news, I finished the Playwright’s gloves on time for the Ravelympics.

I know the picture’s kind of odd against my striped skirt, but I had to get one to post in time.

And sometime this past week I finished my Deep Space Clapotis, and I’m wearing it now and looking very chic.

Again, not a great picture, and so I apologize.

Oh, and we got a new cat, and now that I’m away I won’t get to play with him much (duh), but he’s very cute, and we named him Rowan because he is a redhead.

I still miss Nelson and wish he’d come home, but Rowan is a sweetie, and Zeke is getting used to him.

Home, post soon.

Hi guys. I’m home. I unpacked today and vacuumed up four weeks of cat hair, and might finish the trip blog’s post tomorrow, although the PlayWright coming over will be very distracting (in a good way, hooray!).

After that, I can knit-blog again. Boy do I have a lot to show you!

But, later, because now I am le tired.

Well, off we go…

So today’s the day we head off on our grand adventure! If you’re interested in following that endeavor, I’m keeping a log of the trip at http://cacafuego.wordpress.com. It’s going to be good.

In preparation for this, I made an effort to get some stuff off the needles so I didn’t take along fifteen UFOs and try in vain to finish them.

So first I finished my sister’s hat.

That is my very European, very tanned from Italy, sister.


Start: June 14, 2008
Finish: June 30, 2008.
Yarn: Blue/pink merino silk blend, handspun, plus Schachenmayr nomotta Saskia, in gray.
Needles: US 4
Pattern: Frances

She loves it.

Also I finished my Mad Sapphire Weave socks.


(I apologize for cramming all this in before I go…)

May 25th – June 5th, US size 2 needles, Socks that Rock Mediumweight in “Sapphire.” Very cool. Pattern is Mad Color Weave by Tina Lorin.

Finally, I finished my Kaffe Stripe socks.

Kaffe stripe socks

Started June 15th, finished July 5th, 2008. Yarn is Regia 4-ply sock yarn in some kind of crazy Kaffe Fasset Colorway. They’re simple, 64 stitch stockinette socks with a heel flap and gusset and wedge toe. I’m going to give them to my sister for her birthday, which is August 9th.

Woo hoo!

Thanks for putting up with that randomosity.

I’m going to miss my boys:
Zeke and KaffeNelson

and my playwright. I’ll probably post from the road, but definitely not as often (although apparently RV parks now have wifi almost universally. Who knew?).

Enjoy the summer! I’ll be casting on my SOS’08 socks soon. Yay!

Frances is (eta: not) a boy’s name

So… I may have joined Plurk, and it’s true what they say: it’s pretty addictive. I don’t want to miss a thing! Whew. And I keep thinking that this trip coming up is going to be great for me getting detatched from my computer dependency, but since my parents have, in a way, insisted that I bring the laptop along to keep a record of everything we do and see, I think I’m doomed.

Oh well. Plurk certainly is amusing.

I finished the Playwright’s hat, and I waited for him to come over to take some FO pictures, so they’ll be up soon (hopefully today?)

I’ve been working on my sister’s hat, which went through a few incarnations before I settled on this one. I wouldn’t necessarily advise doing fair isle with two colors so close as these are, but I like how subtle the blue is against the gray.

Frances on the needles

I’m using some Schachenmayr nomotta Saskia. It’s a bit of hand-me-down in yarn terms: I found the ball of this yarn in a plastic bag along side the label and one finished mitten that my mom knit however long ago.

Frances's ribbing

The other yarn, the blue and pink one, is a merino/silk blend that I spun for my sister. She picked it out when I was offering her some yarn out of my stash, wanting to use some handspun, and she chose the unspun roving. It wasn’t enough for a whole hat, and I’m quite pleased that I found something to go along with it. I was thinking about using some white alpaca that I have instead, but I like the gray a lot.

Frances - fair isle

I’m into the decrease section now, and it should turn into a very cute beret for my artsy-cool sister.