Birthday Nutshell

So now, I’m 30 plus 1. As my dad said to me on Saturday, having birthdays is much better than the alternative you know. Thanks dad. 🙂 It was a really good birthday – I got to do a little bit of everything! And there’s stuff to look forward to – like U2!!!! – September 20 cannot get here soon enough!

On Saturday I also went to a shower for a fellow knitter – it was such a nice event and how cool it was to be able to pull out the knitting and NO ONE thinks twice about it?! And to not be the only one knitting?! Good times!
Shower!
I just wish I had taken more photos! I had a lot of fun knitting up a hat and puppet for the new baby.
Anne & Baby Maggie's Hat
Flower Hat for baby Bug, now with eyes!
I wish I could have stayed longer (these gals are a lot of fun to hang out with!) but I *had* to come home so we could head out for birthday dinner at Cafe Goodfellas – fantastic!

I was gifted gift certificates to the LYSs around here so I’ll be project planning soon. I was also gifted a skein of Hudson Valley (Martha’s Vineyard) Fiber Farm Yarn:
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It’s not so red, more raspberry-ish, but soft and gorgeous!

And yarn arrived in the mail! Adding to my sock yarn stash, Schaefer Yarn “Nichole” in Indigo, Sage and Bluebell:
Schaefer Yarns

And my “payment” from Lorna’s Laces – yarn to make Sundog for Lorelai – Island Blue and Iris Garden.
Sundog WIP

I finished a pair of socks – Yarn Harlot’s basic sock recipe, j.knits “Florida” colorway:
Juice Socks
I really love how it knit up – I was a bit unsure about the skein – it was so bright!

Today, I got a birthday gift from Betsy – small sock appropriate stitch markers – for the decreases and “yo’s” – I’m looking at doing “Ishbel” so they will also be so handy for that!! Thank you!
New Stitch Markers!

I can feel the multiple projects creeping up on me again – I have so many ideas and it’s hard to get those stitches I picture in my head to the actual fabric! I think summer is good for that, the slate is clean for the moment – even if the nutshell is cluttered!

This post is full of random content

I got an early birthday (June 20) present today – a new ipod! 80Gb / video baby! Wow – now I need many more video podcasts! Suggestions? Are there knitting videos for the ipods yet? I had a lot of fun moving through the music library – all I want to do is sort through my cds too!

I’ve started the Saturday Market Bag from magknits using Lion Cotton. I think I messed up somewhere – the 4th row repeat didn’t make sense to me – p3? I could p2 and then drop the yo… I had to rip out the first attempt as I misread p2 to be purl 2 together for some odd reason.

Reminder to self: You joined the June XY along at Get Stitchy – make the bowtie.

I picked up a new magazine yesterday, Kiwi – it’s about organic living and stuff. There was a great advertising surprise inside from my new favorite snack company, Fruitabu – there was a magnet, coupon for a free box, iron on transfers and stickers! My other new favorite snack are the Impossibly Good Flat Earth veggie crisps (Garlic and Herb) – serving of veggies while I think I’m eating chips? Excellent.

Impatience

Since I don’t have the shorter needle that I need to continue on with the Hourglass Sweater (I’ll get it today), I cast on last night for Santa Cruz from magknits. I’m using knitpicks Wool of the Andes in “Rain”, so it works for project spectrum.

I found out that my cousin Jaimie is engaged! I am very happy for him, and am excited to meet his fiance (she wasn’t able to come to the family Christmas Eve event). Now I’m obsessed with the idea of making an afghan / blanket for them. Cables are a must, irish inspired also. I’m thinking white / cream colors (as I know nothing about their home) or maybe grey with an accent color… Ideas I have already bookmarked:
St.Patrick’s Day Afghan (maybe good for others in my family? One square for a pillow??)
I really like this Celtic Knot Afghan – it looks like hearts!
Aran pattern stitch info
Although I also really like this: Wooly Thoughts Tilting at windmills
And I think I like this: Lion Brand patchwork sampler
It would be great to somehow work in “the clan” patterns: Donnelly….

When I went out shopping with mom yesterday I picked up this Mets winter hat – Jackson is the best model ever, when properly motivated…

More Planning Ahead

Ok, so I decided today to go through the copies of Interweave Knits that I have and make a list of what I would like to knit from each issue. The list has been written down, but I want to use this space as a sort of research tool for me to keep track of alternative yarns to use / inspiration from others who have already done the projects.

Making this list I realized that I keep gravitating towards patterns by Veronik Avery – classic looks, not too fussy!

Summer 2003: Shimmer Aran, Merino Lace Socks
Winter 2003: Dolman Updated (in Noro)
Spring 2004: Waving Lace Socks
Summer 2004: Victoria Tank
Fall 2004: Syncopated Ribs (I actually have this yarn!), Pooling Colors Scarf
Summer 2005: Sleek Ribs Tank, Go with the Flow Socks
Fall 2005: Veste Everest (I like the colors of elann’s peruvian highland wool!), Rib & Cable Socks
Winter 2005: Fickle Fingers Scarf(also consider this), Embossed Leaves Socks
Spring 2006 Waterlilly Top, Trellis Scarf, Aran Rose, Simply Lovely Lace Socks, Rib & Cable Mitt, Wobbly Circles Tote (I have yarn for this), Pullover Flair
Summer 2006 Marigold Tote, Penobscot Silk Scarf (maybe), Little Arrowhead Shawl (maybe)
Fall 2006: Gatsby Girl Pullover, Supernova Pullover, Target Wave Mittens
Winter 2006: Arctic Diamonds Stole, Cardigan for Arwen
Spring 2007: Dollar and a Half Cardigan, Keyhole Top, Roza’s Socks

Planning Ahead

On my computer I have a folder for bookmarked sites titled “2006ideas” – it’s stuff I marked as a reminder of things that I wanted to knit. With Christmas vacation here (YAY!!) I have the best of intentions to work my way through the stash – get it organized / matched up with patterns / maybe even get it into that Excel spreadsheet – so I’m ready for the “Knit Through Your Stash” and the “Lime & Violet Sock Marathon”… Maybe when I get the spreadsheet together I’ll print out the patterns and attach them… I don’t know. This also doesn’t include much of the archives of knitty or magknits
In no particular order – I’d like to knit (online patterns):

Scarves & Shawls
Argosy
Lace Scarf
Grape Hyacinth
Skinny Scarf (This is an UFO)
Lacy V Scarf
Cinnabar
Party Lace
Uniscarfity
My So Called Scarf
Vegan Fox (Sub. yarns)
Candle Flame
Crazy Aunt Purl’s Magic Scarf
Kiri (pdf)
trellis
Snowflake Illusion
Liesel
Seaweed & Shells

Socks
Socks of Doom
Brigid
Sell Your Sole
Lacy Scallop Socks
Cable Twist Socks
Sock Tips
Hourglass
Lombard Street
Aran Socks
Alhambra (pdf)
Dublin Bay (pdf)
Jaywalker(I tried this twice and had to rip both times… still like them though)
Diamond Fixation
2CircularsPattern – these I will make again – they work up so fast!
Boogie’s Mega Sock Link List

Sweaters
Lucy in the Sky
Custom Fit Raglan
Bulky Green Cables
Green Gable (actually, this is an UFO…)
Alexi Cardigan / Scarf

Hats
Malagaiter
Fake Isle
Odessa

Decorations
Halloween Bag
Mitered Square Bag (this is an UFO)
1201 (pumpkin bastket)
Dog Cloth (shorter legs / longer body so it’s more dachshund like)
Felted Fortune Cookies
Fish (blanket?)
Tilting Afghan / wall hanging
Garterlac Dishcloth
Stars
Tape Tote
People & Places
Log Cabin Baby Blanket Love the blues!

Accessories
Whitewater Fingerless Gloves
Newfoundland Mittens
Noro Mittens
Calorimetry