Sunday, April 8, 2012

march's mile

ok, ok, ok, fine, it's april. i'll just have to get used to it. for another 3 weeks...

but! despite march being even more busy than february (again, senior year, hectic time), i still knit a little bit! especially on spring break. remember this cardigan i told you about last time? yeah, still working on it... but, i got those 2 fronts done over spring break using about 3 skeins, which is, like, record time for anything being done in terms of that cardigan. and i may have just started the sleeves today (including skein #6 of 10 of the MC...), but i had a chemistry test, and other things that came up literally RIGHT after spring break. this is a slow going sweater. i can't wait til it's finished.

however, i did manage to start AND finish some things! for christmas, my loving family got me a skein of madelinetosh tosh sock in 'baltic' (*drool*). this. yarn. is. gorgeous. i absolutely adore it! when it was on my wishlist, i thought it'd be a great pair of socks, but once i got my hands on it, i couldn't just hide it away in my sneakers, only to be seen at winter!

luckily, i found this pattern, granary by Kirsten Kapur, that perfectly fit the bill. i went up to a us10, and finished with 2 yards left over. also, be sure to print your pattern out in color, or else make note of where the repeats are, or check your pdf first before you email the designer about how you just can't figure out the chart, otherwise you might end up feeling like a dumbass... (that said, if you ever have problems with one of Kirsten Kapur's patterns, i highly recommend emailing her, she's very sweet and patient.)

anyway, i called it 'eyes like the sea,' because when i wear it, my honey says it brings out the blue in my eyes. :)
'i don't know what to do with my hands...'

i also started Flamboyan by Stephen West, using dream in color smooshy in 'strange harvest,' and spud & chloe fine in 'hippo'. stephen west snuck in some intarsia, which i didn't realize until i was knee deep in it! but oh well, goodbye fear of that technique! it's a good pattern, well-written and thorough. but holy smokes, this thing goes on and on forever! on the RS, you increase by 4 stitches, on the WS you increase 2 stitches, it gets gigantic! i'm so glad its done... the s&c is always a pleasure to work with, though i think i could have gotten away with half what was recommended, i have quite a bit left over. i really enjoyed the smooshy. i think the smooshy would be great for a fingering weight cardigan, but it might be too big for a pair of socks, in my opinion. 

i really like mustard and grey, and turns out they were quite in vogue this past fall, fingers crossed next fall too!

i'm such a model, you guys don't even know.

so, i think my total for march (including the flamboyan, even though i finished it today... ) is .94 miles. honestly, i expected it to be a lot less... hopefully in april, i'll be able to blog more. but, these last 3 weeks of class will surely be hectic.


  1. I haven't seen you in so long! These shawls look fabulous.

  2. thanks lady! it has been forever (minus last thursday...)! we should hang out more.

  3. Karen, I just want you to know I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. If you choose to accept this, there are details about putting it on your blog here: If not, just accept it as a compliment. Have a great day!

  4. Cassy, thank you so much for the nomination. I'm sorry that I don't have time to participate right now, but I really appreciate the compliment, and thank you for thinking of me!