Entrelac? Enchante!

(I love alliteration…Β couldn’tΒ you tell??)

I’ve become obsessed with entrelac and lace. I was afraid to try either of these for a long time, but I got over myself. Like most things in life, they looked hard until I figured it out…now I’m obsessed! Madness, I know πŸ˜›

Yes, I’m still working on Wisp. I’m ~80% done with it. I hope to finish it before July starts. I wonder if I can just use one skein of Parisienne to do so… I reckon I’m cutting it close already. But the tiny ball (hehe) has impressed me so far. I have 6 repeats left! Can I make it??!?? *dun dun dun*

I’ve just been slacking lately.

My life has felt lackluster… I’m so fed up of my yob (job) and my life in general… so I decided I’m going back to school! Yes, it’s true…. I don’t wanna be stuck at a dead end job for the rest of my life, so it’s back to hitting the books for me.

Enough about that! Pictures of my first entrelac project:

My First Entrelac project

These are the base triangles.

My First Entrelac project

This is tier 1 - left side triangle and middle right slanting diamonds.

My First Entrelac project

Tier 1 - right side triangle

My First Entrelac project

The beginning of Tier 2 - first left slanting diamond completed

My First Entrelac project

Tier 2 - two left slanting diamonds done!! πŸ˜€

I’m using di.VΓ© Teseo (rav link) and US9 needles… and I;m glad I didn’t use the recommended needle size on the label. I’m using needles a size down and it’s still a bit loose. I dunno if that’s good or bad… *Β shrugs*

I’m using the Entrelac Scarf Tutorial by KnittyOtter. It’s a great tutorial… however the way certain things were worded were a bit hazy. Whenever she says “pick up and knit x stitches along the selvedge edge of the next triangle/diamond. It took me a while to figure out it’s not the one next to the one you’re working; you pick up stitches from the *bottom or side*. Β Also, the first time I attempted to pick up and knit the stitches, I always came out on the wrong side of where I was supposed to be… I literally knit them after I pick them up, one at a time. Other than that, it was easy to follow. I’ll be making moreΒ entrelacΒ things in the future πŸ™‚

In other fiber news, I’ve joined up with the Rubberneckers on Ravelry for the annual Tour de Fleece. We’ll be spinning along with the bikers of the Tour De France. We’ll spin everyday the tour is running, with two dedicated rest days, and a challenge day. I’m looking for ward to it, as I haven;t been spinning much lately. It’ll help reduce my fiber stash, add more lovely yarn to my yarn stash, and give me an excuse to buy more fiber πŸ˜‰

My friend Bonnie was kind enough to give me a $30 gift certificate to buy more roving for the TdF πŸ˜€

It was the best birthday present I got this year… well, pretty much the only gift I got πŸ˜›

More updates on (the hopefully finished) Wisp and the entrelac tutorial by Friday. Soon I’ll be able to start thatΒ entrelacΒ hat pattern by Nangelini! I already have the two skeins of Noro Silk garden and all of theΒ accouterments necessary to start it. Squee! ❀

Yarn!!! (and Other Things…)

I haz yarn!! ❀

I ordered some Malabrigo from TheCozyEwe.com. They have Mal yarn at fabulous prices… I was on a yarn diet for a month before I placed this order. I figured if I was gonna do a yarn binge, might as well do it fabulously with my fave yarn brand!

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Squee! [don’t mind my lunch int he background…

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Malabrigo Lace – Shocking Pink. I dunno what’s so shocking about it…

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Malabrigo Silky – Amaoroso. Very Valentine-ish, I know…

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Malabrigo Silky – Marrecuos I ❀ their variegated yarns!

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Malabrigo Lace – Azalea I wish I could find this colorway in the worsted line… gorgeous!

Squee!

I love Malabrigo (did I say that enough times already??!??)

I haven’t the foggiest idea what to make with it… but when do I ever? I stockpile yarn like I’m waiting for the apocalypse, and it is rare when I purchase yarn with a specific project in mind. Well, I’m definitely making some sort of scarves out of the Silky. I’ve been very fascinated with lace knitting, and making shawls, so… mayhap another lace shawl shall be made.

Can I even consider the eyelet shawl to be lace?

I think so…

I want to start something with the Mal I just got, like yesterday. But I’ve got a sock to finish, and a Wisp to pick up again… That wisp. I’ve been hesitant to pick it up again… perhaps I’ll work on it tonight while watching Law and Order: SVU.

I’ve been watching it on Netflix since Friday… I’m in the middle of Season 3 right now. It’s so bad, I didn’t even open the Season 3 Disc 1 I got of Dexter… and I love that show! I got like 12 seasons of SVU to get through… I’ll have to take a break eventually, I guess. (soon?) My friend Wallace burned me season 1 of Glee that I have yet to watch, and I also have a slew of bootlegged movies my mom got that I want to watch. They make for great background noise when I work…. until I get caught up watching and get no work done πŸ˜€

I am 70% done with the socks. I am less than an inch away from the heel breakdown, so I could prolly finish it tonight and start lugging Wisp around instead. Or I could start another project to lug with me. I dunno what to do…

I’ll figure it out.

Last night, I realized my Ravelry queue is hugemongous, so I whittled it down from almost 400 (!) to 219… and it’s still too high. I’ll never be able to do all of those projects! Besides, I have over 20 books filled with patterns that should probably take precedent… seeing as how I actually paid for the books and all πŸ˜‰ But there are so many awesome patterns, and my Rav friends are always making such nice things so I tend to stalk ’em and add whatever they did to my queue πŸ˜›

Business, business! I’ve made some charm bracelets for the shop. I’ve also made a paid of OOAK earrings I am loath to part with; they’re really ossum… I really have to figure a way to convert standard earrings to wear with my tunnels. It’s the only regret I’ve had about stretching my ears. I’ll figure it out someday. In the meanwhile, I have more than enough 2g ear ornaments (can’t really call them rings, n’est ce pas?)

Enough blabbing for now. Hopefully I’ll finish the socks soon. I reckon I might start another pair of socks, this time with that rainbow one I dyed up a month or so ago. Or maybe another shawl?? -__-

Progress! (I Think?)

I finished sock #1!

As usual, I strayed away from the pattern I was working on and made something new…. it came out awesomely, and it’s extremely comfortable, so I’m happy πŸ™‚

I was too lazy to take pictures of it last night, so I’ll take a picture later and post it tomorrow πŸ˜›

Busting my ass to open the shop… I have made enough stitch markers to last a lifetime, it seems… not even done yet. I have another shipment of charms coming in any day now, and I still have loads of earrings to make. I won’t have everything ready by this weekend, I realize that. I’ll just have to post what I have at that point in time, which is already quite a bit. Some things (like some of my hats, and my scarf) won’t be put up until at least August, as it’s… well… it’s pretty fucking cold in NYC right now… I dunno.

I actually have to sit down and make an inventory list and fogure out witty descriptions, take pictures….

Arrrggghhhhh….

*headdesk* >__<

After this weekend…I have to start making something for my birthday swap. I also have a make-up swap package to finish this week (as my swapee’s package got lost in the mail :/), and then get the items for my Odd Duck Swap together…. has to be mailed by the 31st. Meaning I can get the items next paycheck and still have ’em out in time πŸ™‚

Time is mine enemy.

I don’t feel like doing work today… I’m tired. I didn’t do anything productive (biz-wise) yesterday; I was hanging out with my friend Doug at his studio… didn’t get home until almost 1am πŸ˜›

That means: double time tonight. I want to get as much done as I can… but I have two and a half days off next week (Jewish Holiday :D) so I can make some more hats one day, and finish making earrings the other. I reckon I’ll rest the half day, as I’ve had little time to myself lately.

I can haz Wisp now? Soon, soon my dear… But then I’ll need a travel project. I’m using my 13″ needles for this one. I think. I’m conflicted. I’ll cast on my 8″ and see how it fits. I really, really wanna start another shawl!! Grrr.

Addiction? But it’s better than crack …yes.

Just saying…

The Satisfaction of Complete :D

Squeeee! I’ve blocked and dried my awesome shawl!

Pictures? Of course.

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This is when I was pining it out to dry πŸ˜›

This is a close up before blocked.

This is after I blocked it.

This is after I blocked it.

Worn as a scarf πŸ˜‰

Worn as a scarf πŸ˜‰

After blocking, stretched out on my messy bed πŸ˜›

The after block glow

After blocking

In other news, I’ve made some progress on my socks! I was hesitant to use the Lion Brand sock ease, but it really works up nicely. I love the colorway I’m using, “cotton candy”. I must say I’ve never had cotton candy that was bright ass pink, pale pink, lime green and purple, but I digress. It looks fabulous!

I’m tempted to start a gome project so I won’t work on the socks at home… they’re calling to me…

I do have other fibertivities (I coined a word!) To do: yarn to wind into pull balls, and (yet again) reorganizing The Stash (its so massive it deserves proper noun status :P)

But, no. Until I open up my biz, I’ll not be starting another epic project.

I’m officially obssessed with shawls and socks ^__^

Let the Headband Frenzy Begin!

I finished my headband πŸ™‚

Awesomely amazing, I must say. I am on a headband frenzy, as they look cute on me, and best show off mah haircut. I queued a bunch of headband pattern on Ravelry, but will make up some myself as well πŸ™‚

I think I will peruse the Library of Knitting stitches and find a nice stitch to make another headband tonight πŸ™‚

Mission:(Is)possible and Reading is Rad!

This hat should have been done DAYS ago…

About 90% done. My wrists were killing me this week, and so I have refrained from knitting, as I have no choice but to type at work. *sigh*

Will finish it tonight, and either make another one, or try a pattern from OSW.

In other news, I am near my book reading goal for the year…though I did break down and buy another book :/

I bought the last two Sookie Stackhouse books. I devour them; they are so yummy to read <3. I literally read one a day this week! (Damn, I spend a lot of money on things I like…)

Why are all my hobbies so freaking expensive??!??

Grr.

I want to buy some Noro Kureyon, but the universe conspires against me. I’ll have to buy it online, as I have called 4 different LYS and none had any on hand *sigh*

I like shopping online, but that instant gratification is always nice πŸ™‚

I haven’t bought any yarn in months. I am overdue—but also over broke.

Well, my birthday’s coming up, so I shall splurge and get a new tattoo, maybe a piercing, a new bag (squee!) and YARN!

Will post pictures of new hat when (hopefully) finished tonight.

Yarn, Work, V-Day, and Other Mundane Things…

Whew!

The obsession is ON!

Just spent a small fortune on yarn again this weekend…

I bought some from a seller on Etsy, and I am very excited to get it! It’ll take a while (’cause it’;s hand dyed and all), but…whew! can’t wait!

I also bought a t-shirt and some buttons from Ravelry….my other obsession now πŸ™‚

I STILL have to finish that last sock. I spend more time on Ravelyr thsn I do actually knitting ^__^

I am actually involved in an online community…whodathunkit??

Well, last few moments of freedom. the ‘rents are coming back from Costa Rica any moment now. Damn, but those five weeks flew by! I can;t wait to get all the goodies, though! Oh, Tapita, I can tatse you already!

Work; ugh. I work form home on the weekends answering emails from eBay; these people drive me insane asking the dumbest shit. I had an urge to mail them the letter I wrote a few days ago, but I resisted.

I am going to open a shop on Etsy and also on ArtFire. I am really excited about it. I plan to sell an odd assortment of stuff. I don’t think it’ll open til April, but yet and still… I reserved my spaces anyway πŸ˜‰

Today was Valentine’s and I damn near forgot. I didn’t feel like doing anything, to Alex’s disappointment. I had some shit to take care of here, and I honestly never got into this “holiday”, even when I was in a LTR.

When I was younger and single, it bothered the shit out of me. Kinda like my birthday; when I was younger, I made such a big deal out of it, and bugged the shit out of everyone about it. Now, I don’t mention it; if you remember, yay! if not, whatev.

I also completed an interview with Motionless in White for Origivation on Monday…can’t wait to see how that comes out πŸ™‚

Damn, I have over 100 posts on ravelry…addiction, I say. I need to get some actual knitting done.

And oh my fyucking goddess; it;’s like everyone I know is fucking preggo. My friends Maria, Aja, and Latoya, my bosses’ wife, two chicks at work…

Woof. I see a lot of baby clothes being knitted in the near future…

This is a schizo post; I am going all over the place, I know.

Alright, I have some laundry to put away, and that sock to finish, so I am off the computer for the rest of the night…besides my music, of course.

Shit, I gotta file taxes….

OK, OK——- EXCELSIOR!

Man, Do I Have A Lot of Yarn…

http://www.ravelry.com/people/DeelishDiscordia/stash

Check it out. I fiiinally finished compiling my stash! (and it only took me all weekend! LOL)

27 different brands/kinds….with multiple skeins of most. I have damn near 100 skeins of yarn….that’s not counting shit in use (which is about 4 or 5…and then leftovers from previous projects??!?? Yeesh.)

I am a fiend; I am obsessed.

And I just bid on more sock yarn on eBay…

I see myself pretty broke next week.

I spent this whole weekend doing knitting related things, but not too much actual knitting.

Go figure, huh?

Well, I plan to finish this first sock tonight, and start the second one before 1 am.

But first, a smoke and some spumoni πŸ™‚