Thursday, March 29, 2007

Purple Progress

Well, I got a few more rows in last night on the Cabled Cardigan, but I missed a decrease on my right front arm shaping, so I had to rip back a few rows to correct it. Otherwise, things continue to go pretty well. I'm starting to worry a little about how I'm going to maintain the continuity in the cables as I keep making the decreases. I guess I'll just have to see how it goes? Here's a less than stellar picture of the progress.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Knitty, knitty

I was trolling on Etsy this morning and was looking at the site of one of my favorite new artists, ashleyg, and I stumbled across this wonderful print. How can you not love it? I might just have to buy it. I have another print of hers, which I adore, but this might make a great addition to my walls.

In knitting news, nothing goes well. Friday night I decided I had made too many mistakes on the Vogue Cabled Cardigan, and frogged it back down to the ribbing at the hem. I don't know what kind of crack I was smoking, but I hadn't noticed I was knitting on the #8's instead of the #10's. And I had missed the point where I was supposed to start reducing on the fronts, by like 2". So I ripped back for the second time, and began anew. This time around, it seems things are going as planned. Everything is looking good, I got my waist shaping decreases and increases in the right places, I started my front decreases in the right place, and when I go home tonight I get to start decreasing for the armholes. After working on it most of the weekend and a little last night, I'm back up to 16". I'm going to try to continue to work all three pieces at once, and see how it goes, but I know I'm going to have to re-work my notes to keep everything straight. I'll try to post a picture soon.

Ps, I saw the YarnHarlot speak at FIT last week, and yes, she was awesome!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Crochet Wonders of the Deep

I just stumbled across this wonderment. A two sisters that head a collective called The Institute For Figuring is creating a crochet replica of the Great Barrier Reef. Unless you take a close look, you really wouldn't know it's not real coral. Awesome!

In other news, I saw Edward Scissorhands last night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. I was a bit unsure if I would really like it, since it's actually being staged as a ballet, but Matthew Bourne is a genius, and it was really interesting and accessible, and short enough that it kept me really interested.

And the best part? The wonderful Rosie O'Donnell was sitting right in front of me!! It was so funny. The people she was with were what first caught my eye, because one of the ladies in her entourage was wearing a sweater coat that was an awful zebra print, but in browns, not blacks, and had horrible Jersey hair and nails, not to mention the nasal voice, and sunglasses she never removed. And then there was Rosie, who looks so much better in person, even with very little makeup, and has really nice hair. I so wanted to talk to her, but I thought it would be rude. And PS, she really liked the show.

Friday, March 9, 2007

From cat, with love

OMG! Did anyone see The Today Show this morning? They had a very little piece of news about a woman who had knit a sweater solely with hair from her cat. So the lady was reading the news (not sure what her name was, she was filling in for Ann Curry at the news desk), and got to this piece about this woman who had knit this sweater with hair from her cat. They showed a picture of the woman and her cats and the sweater (which, by the way, looked immensely warm, and like the fuzziest angora you've ever seen), and this woman looked so proud, because it must have taken her a lot of time and work, and I felt terrible because the whole crew of The Today Show started laughing at this woman. And not just a little chuckle kind of laugh, but the kind of I-can't-catch-my-breath-and-now-I'm-crying-and-my-stomach-is-starting-to-hurt-but-I-can't-stop-laughing kind of laugh. And then Al Roker started making jokes about the poor cat hair sweater lady. Whatever, Al Roker! You looked nasty in your wet suit the other day!!!

In other news, I ripped back to the beginning on the Vogue cabled cardigan. It was going to be too big, especially once I added the button bands, so I started fresh, and went to the next smaller size down. I really like the color of the Highland Chunky Grape Heather. There are these little flecks of red every once in awhile. I don't know if they'll be visible once the sweater is whole, but I smile a little every time I see one.