Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Good Workout

I've recently started going to the university gym - most of my exercise has come from walking the dog and going back and forth between the centrifuge and the bench in lab - so I'm trying to go running etc. a few times a week.

Today my right bicep was a bit sore and I thought it was from using the rowing machine two days ago. I was surprised that it took that long to "feel the burn" - and then I remembered that I joined the pieces on my Aidez pullover last night. Wrangling the back, fronts, and sleeves in bulky yarn on one circular needle apparently is a better workout for me than going to the gym!

Aidez by Cirilia Rose, free on the Berroco website

Saturday, February 18, 2012

LOFT in stages

Hill Country Weavers had a pretty ridiculous sale a little while ago and I treated myself to a boatload of LOFT yarn from Brooklyn Tweed. I'm working on several projects with my loot, all in different stages of completion:

FINISHED is my pair of Burnham mittens in the colors "postcard" and "old world." I really like the way these turned out - they're lightweight but squishy and warm.

IN PROGRESS is my Wexford scarf in "foothills." This light green has a bit more yellow than I was expecting but I still like it. I'm exactly halfway done (5 1/2 repeats out of 9) but I only have 22 grams left of my second skein, meaning I'm likely to run out of yarn. I'll have to figure out if I want a shorter scarf or want to shell out the dollars to get another skein. Perhaps a friendly Raveler will sell me a fraction of a skein.

IN THE WORKS is an idea for a cardigan made of "stormcloud," a medium gray with hints of blue. I want to make something I'll wear all the time and am thinking of designing something myself using the contiguous method for shaping sleeves from the top down. I want something clean-looking and simple, but I might add a little bit of interest with textured or fair-isle knitting at the bottom. I'm excited to get started!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My dog likes my knitting...but not in a good way

My boyfriend and I adopted a dog a little over a week ago - a two-year old rat terrier that we call Rupert. He's very sweet and is already very attached to us. He's been very interested in what I'm knitting, and yesterday he investigated my sweater-in-progress that I had left out on the coffee table.

Above shows the remnants of my size 7 bamboo circular needle and below is a tangled mess of Shelter in the Button Jar colorway that was being knit into the sleeves for a Shadow pullover.

It could have been much worse - my birthday present from my mom was a Addi-Click bamboo interchangeable needle set and all the needles are still unharmed in their charming green pleather case, and the yarn he investigated just needs to be untangled and was only broken in one place. But this does mean I need to get some more storage bins with lids for all my knitting.

But how can I stay mad at this face?

And I'll keep knitting. I have the front and back done already.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

iPad Case

I got an iPad for school and today I hauled out the sewing machine to make a case for it. I used this tutorial from Thimble, but I am not a very expert seamstress and made some mistakes - namely, cutting every piece too narrow. To compensate I added a side panel to try to make it look like the binding of a book.

The case is still rather snug. It actually is just about perfect for the iPad without the smart cover, but I don't want to take the cover off all the time. I hope the sleeve will stretch a bit, or I'll have to sew another one some time. I think the next one will turn out much better.

Just to prove this thing really is for school...

Thursday, September 2, 2010


I moved to Chicago a month ago but don't start school for a few more weeks, meaning I've had a lot of time to do crafts. Last week my mom brought me her extra sewing machine. My grandma bought it back in the '70s and it's the machine I learned to sew on when I was little.

I took it out today and made a little pillow - not my finest work, but it was fun to try my hand at sewing again. My sister bought me some cute glasses from Anthropologie for my birthday that happened to match the fabric, so I decided to have a little photo shoot, complete with props:

The other side:

I'd like to make dresses and skirts for myself, but I think I need to build my skills a bit more. Hopefully I'll have more projects to write about soon!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tour de Fleece

I've been spinning every day of the Tour de Fleece (the spinning challenge that takes place during the Tour de France), save one day that I worked late. I've been working on a few things. First, I spun up some merino I bought from Woolarina at the HandMade Mart. I spun up a bobbin by core-spinning and spun the rest as a thick single. It was mostly for practice, but I think a hat made from stripes of the two yarns would be cool.


Ages ago I bought two pounds of superwash merino with the intention of making a sweater. It wasn't as soft as I hoped so I haven't been that dedicated to spinning it up. I'm moving soon and figured I should ply up the singles that I did have, since yarn seems easier to store than bobbins of singles. I made up a little bit of 2, 3, and 4-ply, washed to set the twist, and knitted some swatches.

I liked the 3-ply best, which means 5 stitches per inch. I was thinking of making a Tangled Yoke Cardigan, but now with a larger gauge I'm thinking of making Seneca.

Finally, I started a hat with handspun on the subway today. I get around 40 minutes a day on the train and I like to take a simple project with me. I'm knitting it top-down so I can use up as much yarn as possible for a big, slouchy beanie.

Now, back to spinning!