Je fais…

un enchantillon! (a swatch!)

I have upped les aiguilles a tricoter* to a size US2, and still am getting somewhere between 9.5 and 10 stitches to the inch for my chantillon**. I’m supposed to be getting 9 sts per inch. So I am going to put the socks I am working in my size US3 onto waste yarn so I can start my gloves for the TDF KAL. The book I am knitting from, Knitting Fair Isle Mittens and Gloves, is not very helpful if you have never done this before, however luckily I have another book, Favorite Mittens, which gives great advice (with pictures!) for working with the yarn. The are both beautiful books with very nice Fair Isle patterns, however if you are new to mitten/glove construction or if you have not done much with Fair Isle, I would suggest Favorite Mittens to start with.

Not bad for my first fair isle, eh? I know it is a little uneven, but I’ll work on it. The reason I chose such a small project like gloves is that I am also working normal hours for a teacher the next week on a workshop for Biology. Yesterday we got to play with bugs and plants and today we observed biofilms! Fun stuff! So since I am working, I am not keeping up with my blogroll, so forgive me if I am not commenting on the interesting tidbits you are living right now. I know it is important to me to have people read and comment, so I want to return the favor (golden rule and all). Just give me a bit, I’ll catch back up!

*knitting needles

**gauge

Tired!

I have been working hard, and this is my summer break! (I know, wahwah, you don’t care because you still have to work, not having the glamorous life of a teacher.) This past week I was called into work to help with interviews (background info – I have been working at this school for a year, and they call me to help with the interviews! While I am not looking for responsibility, I like feeling needed.) Interviewing people is interesting. First, do people realize how they come across to others? I swear this one woman discussed her research career for ten minutes, and covered her teaching career for three. Second, after being in on a few, it’s slightly boring. I’m glad I don’t have to do this every day. Tomorrow I have to go back to work, all week, regular schedule, for a workshop. I know, no kids, but these things can be brain-overload sometimes.

On Wednesday the 4th, we went to some friends for a bar-b-q, and everyone who has had a baby in the past six months was their with their kid. This is the first wave of baby-making for our college friends, and it was strange. Makes me think about waiting a few more years before having one of my own.

This weekend, we took off spur-of-the-moment style to visit Husband’s cousin and a friend from college in/around Philly, PA. It was fun, we laughed, walked around Valley Forge, ate Indian food, and laughed some more. All in all a good trip. At Valley Forge, we corrected much misinformation on our parts about what happened there, as there was some debate prior to arriving about what happened and when. It was a beautiful day.

I guess I was feeling a bit festive earlier this week. I knit another ball-band dishcloth in patriotic colors. Other knitting the past week included finishing a sock that will be a gift, starting the second sock and knitting to the heel (these are anklets, so that isn’t much), starting another ball-band dishcloth, and then progressing with work on MS3. I’m at about row 25, which really isn’t much fun to picture, so I won’t bore you with the details.

Oh, and I began swatching for my Tour knit-a-long fingerless gloves. Which has turned out to include more math then I was counting on, because the pattern says us US 0 to achieve 9sts per inch in your Fair Isle gauge. I am getting 10 sts per inch on US 1’s.  I have to try knitting with a larger size. Plus the pattern is giving me more math to figure out. The book says that if you get gauge, your gloves should have a circumference of 7 inches. However, I measured my hand, and if I chopped off my thumb, I think my hand has a circumference of closer to 8 inches. This is going to be some fun knitting, let me tell you.

I’m too tired to post pictures right now, so I will do so later and go take a nap. Or go to bed for the night, whichever it turns out to be! :o)

Scattergories Meme

SCATTERGORIES.

I found this on Ann’s site a while ago. Try it and see how you do!

Rules: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following…they MUST be real places, names, things…NOTHING made up!

If you can’t think of anything, skip it. Try to use different answers if the person before you had the same 1st initial. You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question and you can’t use a search engine… Now Go!

1. Your Name: Stephanie

2. Famous singer/band: Sting

3. 4 letter word:   sham

4. Street name:   Streaker (seriously! it’s not far from here!)

5. Color:    slate

6. Gifts/presents:   socks!

7. Vehicle:  Saturn (I had one once)

8. Things in a Souvenir Shop:  seashells

9. Boy Name: Skylar

10. Girl Name:  Scheherazade

11. Movie Title:  Something Wicked This Way Comes

12. Drink:  SweetTart (I had a friend who was a bartender who made these for me. I can’t find anyone who knows what it is now. It did taste like the candy, though)

13. An Occupation: Sheriff

14. Flower: Sunflower

15. Celebrity:  Sharon Stone (double points!)

16. Magazine:  Star

17. U.S. City: Seattle (I would like to visit someday)

18. Pro Sports Team:   Sonics or Seahawks

19. Fruit:   Strawberry

20. Reason for Being Late for Work:   Strep Throat or Subway traffic?

21. Something You Throw Away:   Savings (I don’t but some people do)

22. Things You Shout:  Shark!

23. Cartoon Character:  Sylvester

Weekend Recap and Forecast of What's-to-Come

First, I will let you all know that I wrapped the 1400+ yds of laceweight around my size US15 plastic needle. I have researched nostepindes, and this baby works just as well. My winding skills need some help, however it does the job when I need it. Thank you for those of you who were worried about the ball winding by hand (or around my hand?!).

Second, I have finished my Hogwarts sock pal’s socks and wrapped up the package ready to go.

 

Could this package be for you?

Third, I swatched for the Mystery Stole 3.

Just ignore the mistakes in the upper left corner. I had already restarted once and ripped back once, I was at the end and didn’t care. I will definitely be putting in a life line while I knit the shawl.

I have a hard time deciding on beads. I like the matte black the best, but admit that they are hard to see. The clear ones are too bling for my tastes, and the shiny black are too…shiny.

What do you think? I was looking on Beadwrangler, and decided that matte grey/silver might be nice…

This weekend I also had a sushi party. I have done this a few times before, and everyone had a great time.

What we do is make our own. It really isn’t hard, although the appropriate amount of filling takes some getting used to. Plus, I don’t do raw fish since I don’t have a fish market nearby that I would be comfortable trusting the quality of the fish from. So we do veggies and sushi omelettes (yes, there is a difference, it has to do with what you add to the eggs) and maybe some smoked salmon or cooked shrimp for those who eat fish. The supplies that are on the table are not really hard to get either. I have a sushi cookbook that tells you how to prepare many kinds of sushi (not just rolled!) and tells you what materials you need, but honestly you don’t *need* any of it. You can make hand rolled sushi without needing a bamboo mat. If you want to make the rolled kind, all I did was get some cheap placemats, cut them in half, secure the ends, and viola! The other stuff you can use what you have in your kitchen for bowls and plates. The ones I have were gifts from our wedding, but are not necessary. The ingredients are necessary, however now you can find all of it in your local supermarket if you wanted.

So, for this week, I am going to mail my Hogwarts package today, and then I am going to knit as much as I can on other projects, until I get beads, then I can focus on my Mystery stole! Hope your weekend was as fun as mine!

The best laid plans…

So I understand why Finish-It -Upitis is hard to keep.

Yesterday I did finish one half of my shorts I am working on.

There is something disturbing in looking at how much fabric is needed to cover one’s rear. And that is only half.

So looking through blogs, I saw that Sarah, from Bella Knitting, was working on her Mystery Stole 3 project. She just happened to mention that the sign-ups are still open. So I went over to look at what was going on.

Now I signed up. Yes, for something else. What am I thinking?! I know I have no school for the summer, but I do have some small things that need to be done this summer for the start of the next class in August (Seems so far away, doesn’t it?), and I have a new house I will be moving into. Plus, I wanted to learn some programming to make my blog look like I want it to, in addition to creating some buttons and such. And I am already signed up for Sockapalooza. And Tour de France KAL. And Summer of Socks. *sigh* I guess I will have to download lots of podcasts and knit my fingers off.

Houses, Tours and Finishing

Fairly busy around here lately. Lots of stuff going on, news to share, and such.

I think I may have caught ‘Finish-It-Upitis’. This is a rare disorder, as many of you know who may have read the other Stephanie’s newest book. I am not overtly interested in any new knitting, (sure, there are things I want to knit, but I am not pressed to start any) and I have not been searching pages of yarn that is pretty recently recently. (No, there is no fever, no sweating, just feeling normal really) I just want to finish what I have going, such as my shorts, my socks for my mom, the baby sweater, and the socks for my cousins. It isn’t like I need the needles because the ones I would need for my future projects are not being used. It isn’t like I have gifts I have to give, I don’t have any that are on my needles for people to give to any time soon (my cousin’s birthday is in Jan, so they won’t need to be finished for months). I am also caught up on the blogs I read since the end of the school year, so I have all of these summer months to work on things.

So, since I have been itching to finish things, I did start one small, little, project to finish for the thrill of finishing something. (It doesn’t count as starting something if you finish it in less than a day. My rule)

I have been wanting to make one of these for a while, because I think they are awesome! Since I don’t have the Mason-Dixon book, I have put it on my wish list, waiting for the day I can make some. Then, I contacted Robyn, who told me the pattern is on the back of Peaches & Cream yarn! I had some peaches and cream! So I knit this up yesterday, and I love it. I didn’t use the P&C, but some Bernat Cottontots I had that matched. I like it. Not for me though. I will be making more for gifts later in the year, but not right now. I will also be making some for me, in different colors. I have an idea for the colors, but I have to wait until I get a better feel for my new kitchen.

New kitchen?! Yes, we have bought a house! Well, we have said we will buy it and then we will actually get the house in the middle of July. I’m so happy and excited! This house was not what we had intended to look for when we started looking, however it is in our price range and above and beyond everything else we looked at that was on the market in our price range. Yay! Here is a picture of the outside.

I don’t have to do a thing to this house. Seriously, it is 5 years old, so nothing needs fixed. The people who lived there have fantastic color choices, so no painting is needed. I can’t wait!

Plus, I joined the Tour de France Knit Along. How fun is that? Since Hubby is into biking, and the Tour, this means I will have something to do with him. If you would like to join, you can still do so if you go over to the blog. I am going to be knitting Fair Isle Fingerless gloves.

I have to figure out how to put the button on the side. Another of my summer goals.

Sogwarts Hocks.. I mean Hogwacks Sorts.. I mean YAY!

I got my package from my owl yesterday! *squeee!*

There were plenty of charms protecting them, so they made it here just fine, even though the muggles tried to cause problems.

All kinds of goodies from my pal!

She gave me my socks, of course, plus the left-over yarn incase I need to make repairs (in case the ‘knitting spells’ don’t hold). These socks are Broadripple from Knitty, and the yarn is a custom dye! And, after checking my secret pal’s blog, my socks got to visit the Harlot

I also got a pair of Boye DPN’s in US1 (and they’re blue!) , a small sock blocker key chain, with matching sock, my first set ever of stitch markers, and some lovely, squishy, beautiful yarn, aptly named ‘polyjuice potion’! Included were also instructions for making a pair of simple socks as well as the instructions for knitting the sock-blocker key chain sock. She soooo went out of her way to make them special! I am very spoiled! :o)

Thank you, thank you, Secret Pal Laura!

Summer-time Love!

My favorite time of year used to be autumn, when the leaves would change colors and it was a visual treat to walk in the woods, when the air got a bit crisper, which was just right because it wasn’t too hot or too cold, when my husband and I started dating, and later got married.

Autumn used to be my favorite time of the year, until I became a knitter.

Since I am a teacher, summer is the time of the year I can focus on my knitting. No kids, no lessons to plan, no papers to grade. Just yarn, needles, and maybe a few patterns.

I have finished two socks today! I just have to kitchener the toe of the socks for my Hogwarts Pal, however I did it once, and it didn’t look right, so I picked it out to try again. (So technically, I guess it isn’t finished. Not much longer though!)

I also finished the first of my Mom’s Take 3 socks.

 

Aren’t they pretty?!

 (I still love fall. And summer is still hot sometimes. But I get to knit!)