Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Finished Project

Finishing projects is fun. I should do it more often.

Purl-less Monkeys Done

My third pair of Monkey socks, second in Fleece Artist, is done. These are going to my sister but I think I'm going to hold onto them until she goes back to school in August as part of a care package of sorts. Erin, if you read this, you're still waiting until you go back to school to get the socks. Not that withholding wool socks in summer is that big of a deal. And not like my sister ever really reads my blog.

As for that original sock?

Man . . .er . . . Sock Down!

1 Skein Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 = ~ 2.5 Women's US 7 socks.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Actual Knitting Content

Part of the reason I haven't been posting about my knitting lately is that I got so behind on posting about it. Hurray for the snowball effect. I've made the executive decision that the only way I was going to get around to posting about it again was to post as I went along, ignoring everything I've missed. As I seem to also have a huge problem with finishing lately, I'll still get to all of the projects I haven't talked about on here as I get them done.

Now, on with the knitting.

Reject!

I finished this sock back in April and was a good ways along it's mate (past gusset decreases, I believe) when I just set it aside. It's Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 and I was a little disappointed but not surprised that the lace pattern I was using got a little chaotic with the yarn. Due to the neglect, three of the four needles were completely or partially pulled out of the sock and instead of trying to pick them all up I unraveled and started over.

Purl-less Monkeys

I don't think that the photo shows it well at all, but these are purl-less Monkeys. This is the third pair of Monkeys I've knit but the first I've left out the purls in the pattern and I have to say that I like these better. Due to my looser gauge when purling, I had ladders like crazy since the purls fall at the beginning and end of each dpn.

These will be going to my sister who was a gracious participant the afternoon I dragged her along to the Yarnery. Especially considering it was that same day that she tried on a sock I had just finished and decided that she liked it and that it fit pretty well (little long as my feet are a size and a half larger than her). And she has commented since that she thought the yarn I bought was really pretty. How could I not give these to her.

My other current project is all mine.

Eye-crossing Lace

It's "A knitted veil in Pyrenees wool" from Victorian Lace Today in Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb which is not merino like I was mistaken when asked without a ball band nearby but rather, as should have been quite apparent from the name, 100% lambswool. It is so soft and lovely and the fact that this pattern is garter stitch means that I'm not purling back every other row as is frequently the case with lace that's not knit in the round.

With the new job and the commute that's almost 20 times as long in distance alone I'll probably have a lot less time for knitting now but when I do knit something I'm going to try and actually blog about it. Tonight, though, it's totally going to be knitting and the Tonys.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

This Week Was Weird

Most of you that read this already know that I was laid off last week with four days' notice when I was told at the end of the work day Monday that Friday would be my last day. I've almost finished a week of involuntary unpaid vacation and I'm coming out the other side employed once again. I had an interview yesterday, got an offer today, and they want me to start on Monday. I was also quite unhappy at my last position for some time so what seemed like a bad situation last week is looking like a great step in my career path. It sounds like I'll have a lot more responsibility at my new position so I'll no longer be paid to read blogs and surf Ravelry but I'll actually be doing work I can be proud of. I think I've come out ahead.

Friday, June 06, 2008

I Wouldn't Have Believed it if I Hadn't Seen it

Katherine Heigl, she of Grey's Anatomy and recent rom-com fame, has a designer scrubs collection. I kind of understand how this might have happened. First of all, I'm sure it's something that they just slapped her name on and then took her picture. I know for a fact that the scrubs worn on Grey's contain lycra and are tailored to be more form-fitting, but they're still blue for the main cast. I just can't quite wrap my mind around this.

(Link found from Tara Ariano)

Monday, June 02, 2008

Fug Girls Cure All

I was having a mediocre day that quickly turned into a bad day. Fortunately, last night was the MTV Movie Awards. I did not catch this awards show nor do I intend to watch it at a later date. I do, however, intend to read and laugh over the coverage of the "fashion" worn on the red carpet over at Go Fug Yourself. If you're not reading this blog then you are missing out on two hilarious bitches. Seriously, why are you still here?

In other news, if any of you happen to know of someone looking for a moderately experienced HPLC laboratory analyst, I'd appreciate it.