Friday, January 19, 2007

And so begins the start of my first knitting blog. So it seems the people who read my personal blog really aren't knitters and don't quite appreciate as much as I'd hope my entries about buying yarn and my journey of learning to use dpns :P

I'm a fourth year math and statistics student in university and took up knitting this past summer as something fun to do and way to temporarily forget that I've sold myself and my life to school for probably another 7 years when I go to grad school. And there was also the perfectionist in me who remembers my mother's attempt long ago to teach me to knit which failed hopelessly. But, this time around, success! Ofcourse, as the story goes, I became hopelessly addicted and it's become a bit more of an obsession than a hobby. And after discovering several people in the department who knit and crochet, I can talk knit durring the day too and quite enjoy it. This past Christmas I also learned to crochet which only gave me more excuses to start more projects.

Currently I'm working two hats for a friend and an aunt. And a legwarmer. Apparently knitting while you're in the middle of exams is not the best idea as I somehow ended up making two completely different sizes and am now remaking her Christmas present. I also have a sweater on the go and a second sock.

Speaking of socks, I am extra proud of my latest creation: a sock! It took a bit like forever as I learned to use dpn, how to pick up stiches and grafting. And it's in the color party pink (another love of mine is bright colored socks)! I've just started sock number two and I hope that it will go quicker now that I've gotten the hang of things.

Some other recently completed are two scarfs. The first in a wavy rib pattern made from Soy Wool Stripes, a super soft and gorgeous wool supplied by Patons. It's a 70% wool, 30% soy blend. I used three skeins of the color denimon size 8 needles. It's become my staple scarf and I usually don't take it off during the day indoors.

The other scarf was my second crochet pattern found in Debbie Stoller's "Happy Hooker" book. It was made with one skein of Paton's Classic Merino with a 6.5mm hook. You can never have enough scarves. Especially when your city just went through a speel of 30-40 degrees celcius below zero spell.

And, just because I can't resist, the contents of my latest yarn buying expedition when my lys had a 30% off the entire store New Years sale. The contents:
-"Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook" by Debbie Stoller. Particularly for the Kittyville hat pattern. (Cute hat with earflaps and cat ears)
-2 skeins Snuggly 4-ply (Sirdar). 247 yards each. 55% Nylon/ 45% acrylic in Party Pink§ion=475&prodID=3202#colorDrop
-2 skeins Brilliant (Paton) 166 yards. 69% acrylic/19% Nylon/12% Polyester in Sparkling Rose§ion=40&prodID=3588
-2 skeins Cotton Viscose (Garnstudio) 110 metres. 54% egyptian cotton/46% viscose in Magenta§ion=411&prodID=3579#colorDrop
-3 skeins Summer (Lano Gatto) slightly ambiguous yardage. 50%cotton/50% acrylic. Seemingly unlisted on the web site. Will be used to make my Kittyville hat.
And I think that about covers it for today. I'm off to get one of those hats finished.


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