Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Hi! You may not remember me, we met a few days ago- maybe a few weeks ago? I've seen you a couple times since then, but I've been MIA for a few days, and human memory is fickle. Anyways, I was that girl with the needle problems? You know, the one who didn't have long enough circs to finish The Fiery Bolero from the Summer 2005 issue of Interweave Knits? Yeah, that one. Well, I'm back, just to make sure you don't completely forget about me.

Tee's best friend from home is visiting until Sunday, so we've been running around trying to find things for him to do and food for him to eat (it's a remarkably difficult feat to accomplish on a mostly empty college campus). As such, I haven't been able to get much knitting done aside from starting my Jaywalker. To give you an idea of how slow my progress has been, I've been working on the inch long section of ribbing for the past two and a half days, so help me, and meanwhile, completely forgotten about the poor Fiery Bolero. Luckily for the future of this blog, I'm staying home from the boys' adventures tomorrow, so hopefully I'll be able to finish the thing with the copious amount of free time I'll have on my hands, haha! Keep your fingers crossed, and stay cool!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Can I say that I just love Inox/Prym Aluminum Circulars?? They're less than $10, but they're just as good as, if not better, than Addi Turbos. The aluminum doesn't become hot and sticky with extended summer knitting sessions, the points are- well, pointy, and the join never, ever catches. This is love, I tell you, love- no longer do I have to stick to those shiny Turbos! Ha ha! Freedom! I have a CHOICE! And I choose Inox!

Ahem. Anyhow- I bet that now that I have my digicam, you want to see pictures of Big Bad Blue, don't you? Right. Here goes then:

At the moment it has a few extra rows of ribbing around the edges, but it pretty much looks the same. Big. Blue. And Bad.

Unfortunately, there isn't too much to see at the moment since I haven't figured out how to make pictures of a plain stockinette project knit in dark yarn look interesting. Heh.

Un-knitting wise, I've had a very good couple of days. On the Fourth, Tee and I met up with a high school friend of mine plus some of her friends to see the fireworks show in Boston. There was some confusion as to where my friend's friends had actually reserved spots, but in the end, we just plunked down in some empty spaces, and completely lucked out- the fireworks fell right in front of us, dead center. They were so close, for a moment I was actually afraid the sparks were going to land on our faces, and I've never in my life heard anything that loud. I'm telling you, you've never seen fireworks until you've seen them in Boston. But of course, because I didn't get my digicam until yesterday, I have no pictures to show you. None. Oh well, next year maybe.

Stay cool ;)

Monday, July 03, 2006

I could very well have my digicam in my greedy little hands as we speak, but the campus mail room is closed today for the holiday- I’m such a horrible American. I had to stand at the locked doors trying to think of why everything on campus would be closed before one in the afternoon on a Monday afternoon for a few moments before I realized that tomorrow is July fourth. You become very isolated on a college campus; last year, I didn’t realize how close the winter holidays were until I was on the bus home and the radio was playing Christmas carols for FOUR HOURS STRAIGHT.

Well, in any case, here I am, digicamless with another wordy post when I promised I would never make another one in my entire life. Luckily this one won’t be very long as I’m having difficulty thinking of things to blab about. I suppose I’ll leave pictures of what I’m working on and what I have in store. Yes, that sounds good.

1. Alison's HiP scarf

2. The Cathay Shrug (a.k.a Cathy), from the summer 2005 issue of Interweave Knits.

1. Jaywalker, out of Opal Handpainted, from the fabulous Grumperina

2. What I'm calling the Muskat scarf, since I think that sounds much better than "Lacy Kerchief Scarf", from the summer 2005 issue of Interweave Knits

Well, that's about it. Happy July fourth to my fellow Americans, and I hope everyone, as usual, is staying cool and safe :)

Saturday, July 01, 2006

So I’m still waiting for my needles to arrive. Long story short, I thought 12” straight needles would be long enough even though the pattern calls for 24” circulars, but after trying to squeeze 170 stitches on my poor needles, I realized there was no way I could fit 270 stitches. I’ve ordered 29” US3 Inox circulars from Spin Blessing, and until they arrive, the poor little Cathay shrug will be languishing away in my knitting drawer while I work on the HiP scarf.

I’d gotten very excited about knitting this scarf, mainly because of the yarn I’m using. For a long time, I’d been avidly following Grumperina's posts about the Secret Dyer, and when she finally revealed it to be Sundara, I immediately placed an order for custom dyed yarn. I’m not very good at describing things, but Sundara’s colors are gorgeous. They seem to have a personality to them, and I like to think that they change a little bit depending on what light you shine on them, but not so much that you start wondering whether you’re still knitting from the same yarn. One thing that’s a little startling is that while one ball is soft enough to satisfy even my pickiness (oh, how silky, how buttery!), the other is a little waxy and rough. I guess that has something to do with the type of dye used? It’s not the end of the world, though- I’m sure it’ll get softer once I wash it.

Since the scarf is just plain stockinette, I’ll just put up one picture of it to show you the color when I get my digicam, but I won’t talk about it again until it’s done (except maybe to complain about how many ends I have left to weave in. Meep!).

Again, stay cool everyone! For those who are affected by the flooding on the East Coast, stay safe and dry; my thoughts are with you.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to start this first post. It’s been like that scene in romantic comedies where the guy is standing in the back trying to think of suave entrances before he finally decides to just talk to the stunning girl across the room (I mean, if she's really worth it, she'll just like him for who he is and not how smooth he is, right?!), ultimately making a complete arse of himself. Hopefully, I’ll be more successful, as I have the excellent and not to be underappreciated advantages of editing and proofreading. Hah! Poor guy. If only he had a Mac on hand to do all his work for him.

Ahem. Anyway, I guess I’ll first go through all the things that we tend to ask when we meet someone for the first time.

You can call me Lily. I’m a third year student attending a very good university in Massachusetts half an hour outside of Boston, or in other words, any kind of civilization whatsoever. This, combined with lack of a car or sufficient funds to take public transportation on a regular basis makes it challenging to get to yarn, but I manage- I manage.

Hm, what else. Besides knitting, I love cooking and singing. I have more experience with the latter as I’ve been singing since seventh grade- I love it. I once harbored passionate dreams of becoming a famous Broadway star, and even attended that acting camp in New York- Stagedoor Manor- for three excellent weeks. Music has pretty much always been a part of my life- I played piano from the age of eight until I came to college, when I no longer had the time or the funds for piano lessons and practicing. Dropping the instrument has been one of the biggest regrets in my life, but there are other things in the world to learn and discover.

Right. You didn’t come here to hear about my hobbies, you want to hear about knitting. Well, right now I’m working on this shrug from Interweave knits. Mine isn’t in that flaming red, but rather a more somber shade of navy blue. I’ve finished the body, but I can’t work on the ribbing and thus finish the entire thing because I lack the proper needles to do so. GR! Never fear, however! While I’m waiting for the needles I need to arrive (mail order is another fantastic way of getting yarn when you’re half an hour away from civilization, ha!), I’m going to be working on the HiP scarf from Alison at The Blue Blog, cuz I’m a Harry Potter dork, and blue and white just happen to be my school colors ;)

For now you’re going to have to take my word on the knitting since I left my digital camera at home, but I promise I’ll bombard you with pictures as soon as it arrives, and that I will never post an entry as wordy as this one once I have the digicam in my hands.

That’s all I can think of- if you don’t hear from me before next Monday, I hope you all have an excellent weekend and, if you’re in an area where it gets hot during the summer, that you stay cool!