Posts Tagged 'FOs'

The calm *after* the storm

Hi! I’m back. Kind of. Back, but my head is still a bit out of it. Seems writing my thesis pretty much destroyed my ability to think any other thoughts, so I’m still waiting for that to come back. Also? Writing 20,000 words is a lot of words. And when you finish it leaves you not wanting to write anything else. Which includes blogging. But – it’s FINISHED!!! The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do is done. So done. So happy. I handed it all in last Monday and since then there’s been lots of sleeping, lounging, drinking, eating, making merry, and general good, stress-free times. I had completely forgotten what those were. Eh… now to anxiously await my results… Oh, and get a new life plan. Any ideas? I’m open to anything. I just love entering the workforce when all anyone’s talking about is recession recession recession. Cheery times.

But enough of my whining, there’s knitting to share!



After spending the whole month of august as an insomniac monster, I’m so looking forward to september being my month of indulgence. For the last three or so weeks of trying to finish the thesis-monster I would wake up multiple times a night with words racing through my head, trying to think of the perfect way to phrase whatever point I was making that day. If I had gotten to sleep at all, that is. Night after I handed it in? Slept like a baby, and every night since. It’s so good to be getting back to normal.


Pattern: Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Elephant’s Daydream – 1 skein
Needles: 2.5mm, plus 2.00mm for the heels and toes

Raveled here. Full details are on the rav page.


Where you been all my life?

Where, Lace Ribbon Scarf, WHERE? Oh but I could never stay mad at you…
At last, it’s finished.

Lace Ribbon

Pattern: Lace Ribbon Scarf from Knitty
Yarn: O-Wool 2-Ply in “Slate”, 3 skeins
Needles: 3.25 mm
Dimensions: 8″ x 84″ (the perfect length)

Lace Ribbon

Notes: Scarf knitting is boring. No way around it really. Once you’ve got the basic pattern down you’re just repeating it until you run out of yarn, essentially, so it doesn’t make for the most exciting knitting ever. But Ms. Avery came up with a super pretty pattern (doesn’t she always?) and it’s totally worth putting in the time.

Lace Ribbon

A quick note on the yarn also – I really wasn’t crazy about this when it first arrived on my doorstep. I loved the colour, but it didn’t feel that great. BUT! Blocking transformed it into a super gorgeous pile of softness and now I ADORE it. Yum. My neck says yes.
Since I have nothing else useful to add, I shall merely continue the onslaught of scarf photos because apparently I am incapable of editing. Happy Monday!

Lace Ribbon


Lace Ribbon


Apparently, I like collars!

All part of the attempt to look grown-up and be taken seriously. Obviously, a collar is crucial for such an endeavour. Don’tcha think? And, as surveys have shown, two out of two shrill caramel finished knits sport dashing collars. Soon you will too, I swear. You may think you can resist my nonchalant collar-flashing, but you know you can’t hold out for long.

Mmmm collar… I want you…

Despite being potentially an utterly useless item (a heavy wool jacket with three-quarter length sleeves? Impractical in both warm and cold weather!), I fly in the face of practicality. Give me pretty, I say! Who needs sensible?

Ok, the deets:

Pattern: Jess by Anna Bell at My Fashionable Life.
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool DK in Indigo, 10 and a half balls.
Needles: 8 mm (speedy speedy!)
Notes: I followed the pattern exactly, except for adding a tiny bit of length in the body. Otherwise, pretty much to the letter. Very clear and easy to follow, too. I’ve already got my eye on some more of her designs (’cause I want a fashionable life too, natch). My only complaint with this one is that the collar absolutely refuses to stay turned down because it starts too low on the back. If I’m ever feeling really virtuous, I’d rip it out and fix this, but the chances are slim.

The collar that won't lay flat
You may place nice in photos, collar, but I know your unruly ways!

In other lessons learned, it seems my spatial relations are way off, leading to “interesting” buttonhole spacing. Some might even say “wonky” (you can see what I mean in the top photo, but of course you are much too nice to notice such things).

From this angle, they almost look even...

From this angle, they look almost even. But they ain’t foolin’ no one.


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