Monthly Archives: August 2010
Oh hey! I finished something else:
Pattern: Aeolian Shawl by Elizabeth Freeman, from Knitty, Spring 2009
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace in Apple Green
It’s no secret that Malabrigo Lace is my absolute favorite. When I bought this yarn in the spring, I was at the yarn store helping my friend pick out yarn so that I could teach her to knit (which never really panned out because neither of us had the time to sit down for long enough to accomplish anything). I had no intention of buying any (this is not a joke), and was doing good until I went to the cash register with her, and they had a basket of Malabrigo Lace sitting out on the counter. Which is just a good marketing tool.
The color is super bright. It kind of reminds me of a crossing guard, but in a good way. (That is a terrible description, so bad that I should probably drop out of college because I clearly don’t have the skills to be a writer.) You know what else I don’t have the skills for? Photography. Because the above picture certainly does not capture the crossing-guard-in-a-good-way-Apple-Green. This picture is the best one I have of the color, and even that is pretty bad:
As I mentioned in a previous post, I really hate uploading pictures. There’s no real reason for it, I just always seem to find better things to do. Like for this post, I got distracted by iPhoto while I was trying to upload the Aeolian pictures, and looked through every picture I have in my library. This distraction backfired, though, because it resulted in my finding several gems that I cannot help but share with you here. Like these beauties, where I was clearly trying to make “art”:
Wow. That’s hot.
Or this one, which I took last summer when I went to Cape Cod with some friends, and spied on one of them buying $4 pants from an bucket of them outside a store:
Not only am I bad at taking pictures, I’m also bad at being in pictures. My pathetic inability to be successfully photographed was formally diagnosed by a professional, namely the photographer who did my senior pictures, who told my mother, while I was changing into one of the three outfits he told me to bring, that I was “difficult to photograph”. That happened. Here is an example of me ruining a perfectly good family Christmas picture:
And then trying to redeem myself by being “gangster”:
As you can see, my gangster attempts were a success. No one’s going to mess with that.
As promised, I really did finish something:
These are another pair of my Mrs. Buchanan Gloves, made for my friend’s sister. Initially, they were promised to him back in March, but then other projects (like college, etc.) kept getting in the way, and next thing I knew, it was July and they were still sitting around waiting to be sent out. So, sorry Jeremy and Anna. Usually I’m better at being a functioning human being. I don’t know what happened this time.
I made these with longer wrists than I wrote in the pattern, which was unintentional. My measuring skills apparently leave something to be desired. But because I didn’t have to swatch for this pair (same yarn, same needles, ideally same gauge), they only used up one skein of Palette yarn (which comes in 100 different colors!).
It’s about to get all shameless self-promotion up in here, but it’ll be brief, and also it’s my blog so it’s allowed. The Mrs. Buchanan Gloves pattern is available from Knit Picks for just $1.99, and they knit up quickly, so they’re great to make for gifts (because it’s never too early to start thinking about holiday knitting!). The pattern will work with any solid colored fingering weight yarn, but I recommend Palette yarn, which you can order at the same time you order the pattern. Not to mention, it’s only $1.99 a ball. The pattern calls for 2 balls, but it appears, according to this pair, that if you have small hands and unravel your swatch, it can be done with just one.
Happy Friday everyone!