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! ❀

Wispy Progress! Yarn Diet Over!

Well, progress at a snail’s pace anyway:

Wispy Wrap

Aren't the colors amazing??!??

Wispy Wrap

It'll look better when blocked (I hope... :P)

ZOMG this is a bitch on my hands and wrist… this yarn is hard to work with… could be my needles, could be the fact the needles are (intentionally) too big for the weight, could be the yarn… or a combination of all the above.

I did consider frogging this, or hibernating it. It takes me like 20 minutes to complete a fucking row. It’s gorgeous, but this is going to be a time suck. I *could* frog (O__O) and use needles a size or two down, which would be counter-intuitive, I think….

Arrgghhhhhhh.

I knew I should have started Entrelac instead *smh*

Anyway…

I’ve ordered some more of my favoritest yarn in the world, Malabrigo Silky. I really think it’s the Bee’s Knees ❀ It’s soft, warm (but not too), and the drape? Ohhhh. It has the subtle shine of silk….the softness of Merion… who can ask for more? Of course, Malabrigo are known for their awesome colorways, too. I was tempted to get some more of the ones I’ve had…but nah. I decided to get two new ones, Amoroso and Marruecos (two of each… enough for more shawls/scarves :D). I also picked up some Malabrigo Lace… I’m becoming more and more interested in lace knitting… which surprises me ’cause I have the patience of a match in the wind. I sincerely think that knitting these shawls have helped with my patience πŸ™‚ I also bought some more undyed yarn to dye up for the shop…

So, uh, my Yarn Diet is officially over.

I lasted a whole month, though πŸ˜›

This one lady on Ravelry has a stash of over 700… I was flabbergasted. I thought I had a huge stash… I should have known better. Mine (as it is now…) can at least be used in a year or two (three?). Hers…? There is no humanly way possible for one person to use that much yarn… if she made one project a week, (even two) she’d die before she finished O_o

….I may love yarn, but I have other interests and do spend my money on other foolishness stuff >__>

I also bought more bean bag fill, and 13 skeins of black embroidery floss… I had bought a multi-pack of36, with two skeins of most colors. Guess which one is running out first?Β  I cannot find any in my local stores of just black… I’d have to buy another pack; which would be wasteful as I barely use any other colors besides black and pink… and there were like 4 different hues of pink in the multi-pack. *whew*

I searched and searched… JoAnn’s had them like $.50 a skein… the cheapest I’d seen them online, so… I bought 13 (don’t ask). I also needed more bean bag fill, and they had it pretty cheap there (compared to how much I paid for the one I’m almost done with anyway).

I’m all over the damn place.

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…

My Selfish Shawl

Squee! I’m almost done with it! It’s been cold enough lately, so I know I’ll get some use out of it before summer settles in… and even when it does, it’s lightweight enough to carry along, methinks.

Here are some pictures I took of it on the train this morning.

I love using Malabrigo Silky. The colors I used for this one and the one I made for my gramma are hard to find, now. I prefere varigated yarns…. solids are so…blah.

(If you’re on Rav, you can see my queue here)

I won’t be working on anything else until I finish it… that;s the new rule I have for myself. I have such a short attention span, I have to curb it, somehow. The only exceptions to this rule are

  1. things made for swaps. Which happened quite a bit the last two months
  2. things made for other people. Birthdays and mics requests, those come in ofter enough…
  3. things for my biz: well, a girl has to make some money somehow or another, right?? πŸ˜›

That’s all for now.

Updates! Crocheting is (Substitute) Fun! Creative Madness!

I have been MIA lately. My left wrist was fucked up, so I stayed away from extra-curricular typing…

And knitting.

It sucked so bad.

For a whole month and a half, I didn’t make ANYTHING. I then re-discovered my love of crochet (and I only use my right hand for that, so…) and started making things again.

I have always been better at crochet than knitting, mostly ’cause I have been crocheting for 13-14 years? But even sp, I never made anything too ambitious. So I am rather proud of myself. I have made so many things. I started back into my hat affair; I have made a shit ton of hats. I plan to sell some in my Etsy shop. I made some cloches, beanies, and also a super-fab hat I am sooo proud of. I have also made some kerchiefs as well. I look awesome in them.

Let’s start with the new yarn purchases and finished objects (this is gonna be a huge post):

And the best for last:

Willy Wonka Fascinator

Willy Wonka Fascinator

I have been getting rave reviews about this, so I put it seperately from the others. I am wrking on fascnator #2. Stay tuned.

That’s all I got for you for my projects.Β  Moar when I finish this fascinator I’m working on, and the rest of my kechiefs and headbands. I also wanna start something big, like a jacket or a shawl/wrap.

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™‚

So Nice, I Had to Knit it Twice…and a New Project!

My mom loved the Vertigo cap so much, I am now making her one in this zebra-esque colorway (Red Heart of course. The Kureyon still eludes me…)

Will take pictures when completed. I really like this pattern, and will make a few more as beanies, since I am rocking my real hair for a change πŸ˜›

I plan to make a lot of headgear now.

Speaking of, I am currently working on a headband…and there will be many more to come. My hair is a little above my shoulders, and the front was cut in bangs back in January, and they are now growing out.

Annoying, yes.

I need to have something to keep my hair out of my damn eyes. I actually named the headband I’m working on “Keep My Damn Hair Outta My Face Band” On Ravelry. LOL. I also queued a bunch of other headbands to work on. They are quick, satisfying projects…than I can surely use right now. Heheheheh (pun ABSOLUTELY intended).

I am using the leftover Caron Simply Soft from the Calormetry. I loveeee this colorway! Embroidery, it’s called. So colorful! I hate working with it, though, especially with smaller needles….it splits terribly. Hell, even with the right size needles it was a pain, but not as much. And I am just on the I cord.

Grrr.

Too lazy to take pictures right now. When completed, will take pictures. The headband I should be finished with in a day or so; I plan to work on it a bit tonight. Which will put off the hat a little bit, but *shrug* it’s getting too hot to wear hats anyway, right?

I fear another ‘Zzz’ project on Ravelry….

One Skein Wonders

I just bought my second knitting book ever!

http://www.amazon.com/One-Skein-Wonders-Judith-Durant/dp/1580176453

There are so many neat-o things to try out in here. I have a few more things I wanna take care of (both on my Ravelry queue, and stuff I need to finish…), and then I am so digging into this book…might even get the recommended yarns instead of substituting like I usually do (cheap and lazy, I am).

LOL what a rebel I am.

Just wanted to share this ❀

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!