Can I sleep now?

Man, am I wiped! I’ve been knitting like a woman possessed the last couple of days and trying to add new things to the sidebar here, not to mention doing some housework (eventually you do have to find the countertops in the kitchen).

Yesterday I finished the Cabled Tierra Scarf (modelled here by the lovely Wendy)

Wendy in Tierra Scarf

I also finished the matching beret (which is HUGE but will be very warm)

Tierra Cabled Set

I also re-worked a poncho for a client and got a couple of inches done on my Minimalist Cardigan.

Although I like to think of myself as sort of computer savvy, I’m finding that there’s quite a learning curve with blogging. It has been quite a while since I’ve done any “coding” and figuring out how things work is taking a bit of time. At the same time, I’m also working out the ins and outs of Flickr and Ravelry. My brain hurts…

Our next door neighbour’s apartment got broken into and ransacked yesterday – during daylight hours on a busy street. They walked off with watches and designer sunglasses and made quite a mess of things. We think it might be the same kids that keep messing with the front door to our building. Must get the landlord to replace that bloody door – we can’t even lock it anymore and the doorknob is falling off again. Arrggghhh!

In nicer news, a few things arrived today:

Stone Barn Fibres, etc

Stitch Keeper and two skeins of Stone Barn Fibres “Cattails” sock yarn (lovely!) from Sheri at The Loopy Ewe. The set of beaded stitch markers are from Heather at GentleSunset Yarns and are too cute! The amber beads are all different and have little blue flecks everywhere. The new KnitPicks catalogue came today as well. Just what I needed to bring me out of my uncaffeinated state. The new Harmony needles seem to be getting some great reviews and I like that the DPNs come in a set of 6 in case of accidental breakage. Must start making holiday wish list…

Must go now and find high octane cappuccino beverage before I fall down.

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Published in: on September 28, 2007 at 4:45 pm  Comments (1)  
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Reflections of a Harvest Moon

The moon is very full tonight. (I tried to take a picture but the clouds wouldn’t cooperate.)

What a wild day! I won’t bore you with the details but, suffice it to say, it was a busy one for me. I barely stopped all day.

I finished the Twisted Toucan socks last night.

Twisted Toucan Socks - Complete

Not my usual style, but they fit well and were an experiment anyway. They’ll make some good boot socks.

Worked on a shop sample for Wendy today.

Tierra Cable Scarf

It’s the Cabled Scarf pattern from “Freedom Spirit and Wool” Book 456. The scarf is working up quite quickly in Lang Tierra on 10mm needles. I should have it done tonight. The colour looks grey in the picture, but is actually a light denim blue.

I also cast on for this today:

Minimalist Cardigan

It’s the Minimalist Cardigan by Ruthie Nissbaum from the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. The collar, ribbing and cuffs will be out of Cascade 220 Handpaints (colour 9926) and the rest of the sweater made out of 4 large balls of electric red lambswool that I frogged some time ago from an Old Navy sweater. It’s been in the stash for a bit and screamed to be made into this cardigan. I could barely believe my eyes when I swatched and it was bang on gauge with the correct needles. Hopefully, the swatch won’t lie this time round.

Some new stuff snuck into the house today:

Lorna's Laces and Stitch Markers

Some gorgeous Maple Leaf stitch markers from Thank Ewe! that will be used immediately on my Autumn Shawl and a lonely hank of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock “Vera” that somehow came home with me from tonight’s S&B. Those who know me are now going “You? Pink? “, but I plan to use it with brown to tone down the fushia and there’s a pretty green in there too.

I had better get going now, the scarf awaits…

a bientot

Published in: on September 27, 2007 at 4:27 am  Leave a Comment  
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Taking the plunge.

Okay, here we go. To be perfectly honest with you, I’ve been hemming and hawing about doing a blog for a while (about 3 years now) but have been a bit nervous about the prospect. Now that I’m here, it seems to be coming a bit easier than I thought it would.

I guess some introductions are in order, so with no further ado – the main cast of characters in this folly:

  • Alynxia – Craftswoman, Designer, Aquarian, Witch, Hermit, Wife, Well-Meaning Oddball
  • BadgerDan – Craftsman, Engineer, Sci-Fi Technogeek, Absent-Minded Professor, Husband
  • Tomi – Half-Siamese, Half-Marmalade Tabby, 9 years old, Velvet Gentleman, Monkey
  • Maverick – Black, White & All Barncat, 2 years old, Holy Terror, Goof, Momma’s Boy

You’ll get to know a bit more about us and our surreal life as time goes on.

Mostly I’ll be talking about my daily creative endeavours with a bit off headspace and family life stuff thrown in for good measure.

For all my fibreholic brethren, my Ravelry username is Alynxia. I finally got my invite a couple of weeks ago and am still feeling my way around the site. Whoo boy, documenting my stash is going to be quite the job! My digital camera (it’s mine now- DH will have to get his own!) will be getting a thorough workout in the weeks to come.

As I knit about 8 hours practically everyday (I work part-time and am a nightowl), I figure a “Project du Jour” section is in order, so here’s what I’ve been working on today:

Twisted Toucan Socks

Twisted Toucan Socks

I’m working on the 2nd sock of the pair right now. They are out of Opal Rainforest “Toucan” Sock yarn held double throughout on 3mm 32″ Addi Turbos (Magic Loop). I normally match my self-patterning socks to each other (I’m big on balance), but decided to live dangerously this time as the yarn is a bit nutty anyway. The pattern I’m using is the Master Simple Coriolis pattern from Cat Bordhi’s new book “New Pathways for Sock Knitters” with a simple rolled cuff ending with EZ’s sewn bind off.

Book Review Time:

New Pathways for Sock Knitters by Cat Bordhi

This is the first book I’ve read by Cat and frankly she has blown the top of my head off. Now, I design socks (some of the patterns to which I’ll make available here in the future – they’re mostly still on paper right now) but I’m in complete awe of Cat’s genius with her new sock construction techniques. Her instructions are so clear and approachable that even “I” could understand the figure 8 cast on (I couldn’t wrap my noggin around it before). Super book – Cat, I humbly bow in your direction and can’t wait for the rest of the series.

In other news – look what showed up this morning in my mailbox!

Lisa Souza Sock! - Newtown

Lisa Souza Sock! – Newtown Colourway

Yeeeee!!! My first blog post and I have Yarn Pr0n!

I loved this yarn the second I saw it on Lisa’s Website (it got here fast too!) It’s hand-dyed Superwash Wool/Nylon (75%/25%) 4 oz/450yds in shades of brown, green and blue.

Once I stop drooling, I’ll figure out a pattern to use it with.

Well, back to the sock – I hope to finish it tonight (this pair simply flew off the needles). I’ll leave you with some pictures of my boys.

TTFN

Tomi on CarpetMaverick on Radio

Published in: on September 25, 2007 at 1:10 am  Comments (1)  
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