xtina’s complusions to obsessively knit

Lots of goodies October 28, 2007

Filed under: New Purchases,Stash,WIP — iamknit @ 1:26 pm

It’s Sunday at 1PM and I’m already contemplating a nap. This morning Lara and I “ran” Bill’s Pizzeria 5K Road Race to benefit the Travis Roy Foundation. I’m glad we did it but I’m exhausted and sore.

This week’s trip to NYC was eventful for several reasons 😉 but here is net result knitting-wise:

I worked on the ribbing for Anais and it’s almost complete. Hopefully but the end of the day today I’ll be onto the body and get a better sense of whether or not my “knit in the round” planning will pan out.

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While I was in New York I hit up School Products yarn shop. I have to say, I wasn’t overly impressed. Maybe after Purl and The Point everything else is just downhill.

Of course, this didn’t stop me from buying something. One of the nice things about the store is their selection of yarn cones by the pound. I bought some bulky superwash wool for just $12/lb. (for those of you non-knitters, that’s spectacular). I bought 2.98 lbs of a tan and 1.81 lbs of a royal blue.

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I’m pissed at myself because I walked right by Habu Textiles on my way there and didn’t even know it. Oh well-I guess this just means I’ll have to go back to the city.

Then yesterday I bought these:

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They’re perfect for handknit socks! Now if I could just finish the 2nd sock in a pair…

The Negative Knitter


The hand-dyed controversy and just what I’ve been looking for October 1, 2007

Filed under: New Purchases,WIP — iamknit @ 10:02 pm

First things first: hand-dyed yarn. For me, it’s a love/hate relationship. When it’s in a hank or even wound it looks so pretty and then you actually knit with it and the ever-hated “pooling” ensues.

Last week I was at the LYS near my office and I found Colinette Cadenza in the colorway Monet; gorgeous. I bought it, brought it home and decided to cast on Roam by Cosmicpluto herself, Laura Chau. So far, I’m pleasantly surprised. I’m alternating between two hanks every 2-4 rows.

I think the combination of alternating hanks and seed stitch has really minimized the pooling; seen here:


Now, just what I’ve been looking for:
Awhile ago I came across the Phildar Swing Jacket Knitalong and fell in love when I saw this picture:


I looked and looked and looked and the only place I could find the pattern was at an online store in Canada. I almost gave in and bought it one day until I discovered that it cost more to ship the pattern to the US then it cost to buy the pattern.

Then today I got an e-mail from Little Knits and in it there was mention of some new Philar yarns they are carrying. Not only are they carrying the pattern I want, Phildar Tendances Autumn 06/07 BUT it’s 67% off; $5.99 vs $17.99.

I can’t wait until it gets here!


I thought today was my day… August 27, 2007

Filed under: New Purchases,WIP — iamknit @ 10:15 pm

I got to work this morning around 11:30, after a meeting with one of my clients, I did my antsy check on Ravelry and guess what? there were 0 people ahead of me in line. The next thing I did was check my gmail to look for my invite.


I check again and again and again. Nothing. I went to the antsy check again to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me; they weren’t, still 0. I even checked my spam folder to see if it got caught in there.

Now it’s after 10 and there’s still no invite 😦 Maybe tomorrow…

Yesterday was my brother’s 21st birthday. Here we are:

Justin's Birthday

We had a nice day at the hospital; lots of family, presents, lunch and cheesecake. I know that it wasn’t the 21st birthday he was expecting but I hope he still had a good time.

Now, for my knitting news:

I know I don’t ever need to buy yarn again, but really, who am I kidding? I was in my LYS near work to buy buttons for Gianna’s jumper and I saw these:


I had to have them. First of all, Lorna’s Laces, how could I turn it down? It’s a gorgeous color and I don’t think I have any other yellow yarn. I can’t wait to finish some of my WIP so I can get going on some socks.

I’ve also made some good progress on the baby blanket for my boss’ baby shower:

Blanket Progress

That is about 3.5 skeins. I still have 4.5 to go and then some serious blocking. The shower is on 9/5 so I need to get my act together.


The deal of a lifetime! July 29, 2007

Filed under: New Purchases — iamknit @ 9:07 am

I know I promised a FO for my next post but I just couldn’t wait.

In lieu of the finished jumper I thought a picture of the recipient would do. Here’s Gianna on Friday while I was babysitting(she has recently discovered her feet):

Baby G

I’m still determined to finish it this weekend so pictures are in the very near future.

Also on Friday, I got a haircut. I love it! Back in February I donated 13 inches of hair to Locks of Love and now I’m in the process of growing it again. Here’s my new haircut and my new haircut wearing my (still un-re-blocked) Witterings hat:

New Haircut

Unblocked Witterings

Now onto my REAL news:
I went to my LYS yesterday to pick up some needles for my mom-it’s literally 150 yards from my house. I noticed that her inventory was lower than usual but I thought: maybe she’s just making room for fall. It turns out the woman that owns the store got a new job and the store was bought. It’s still going to be a yarn store (YAY!)

Then it happened I was offered the DEAL OF A LIFETIME: as a good customer to the store I was offered 75% off anything in the store if I spent $500. This means that I would get $2000 worth of yarn for $500. She told me I could come back anytime but the store hours are very limited until the takeover happens. I thought about it for about a minute and then decided to do it.

I know that most non-knitters will/do think I’m crazy but for everyone that is a knitter-you know you’d do the same thing!

Here’s the yarn I bought:
-2 skeins Louet Euroflax Linen tan
-3 skeins Louet Euroflax Linen off white
-9 skeins Reynolds Garden Tweed Navy/Sky Blue/Tan
-16 skeins Reynolds Garden Tweed Red/Off-White/Tan
-6 skeins Queensland Collection Invito Blue/Purple/Black
-14 skeins Berroco Touche Black
-2 skeins Sheep Shop Yarn Company Sheep Number Two Dark Olive Green
-13 skeins Debbie Bliss Cathay Olive Green
-20 skeins Noro Cash Iroha Denim Blue
-10 skeins Misti Cotton Pima Cotton/Silk Worsted Weight Purple
-9 skeins Louet Euroflax Linen Navy Blue
-1 skein Great Adirondak Yarn Company,Inc Silky Sock Avacado Green and Bright Pink
-20 skeins Cascade 220 Off White
-18 skeins Reynolds Whiskey Plum
-14 skeins Atacama 100% Alpaca Turquoise
-18 skeins Reynolds Rapture Forest Green
-10 skeins Cascade Lana Grande Red
-14 skeins Cascade 200 Periwinkle
-13 skeins Noro Cash Iroha Magenta
-20 skeins Berroco Peruvia Navy Blue
-20 skeins Berroco Ultra Alpaca Brown
-5 skeins Berroco Suede Red

I also bought two books, she gave me over $175 worth of single patterns and Berroco booklets for free and threw in the needles that I went in for originally.

Remember I said I needed to go on a yarn diet?


Instant gratification all around… July 22, 2007

Filed under: Baby Knits,New Purchases,WIP — iamknit @ 7:41 pm

What a weekend-I have lots of knitting news.

First, in Red Color Swap news, Cassady received her package from me on Friday. Here’s her picture of what was inside:

Color Swap 2

AND I received my Red Color Swap package from the more than generous Grace:

Color swap 1

She even included a copy of her Diamond and Lace pattern from elann. Thank you, Grace 🙂
On Friday, I discovered a knitting store that I had never heard of before, Creative Warehouse. It’s only about 20-25 minutes from apartment. I can’t believe I never knew about it before. Here’s even better news: they’re having a side-walk/ tent sale next Friday and Saturday! (July 27+28)

I originally went out with the intention of getting yarn for the Central Park Hoodie from Knitscene Fall 2006 and I found what I thought was an inexpensive alternative to Tahki Donegal Tweed, some discontinued Reynolds Mandalay in a dark olive green on sale for $5/skein.

Central Park Hoodie

In all the excitement, I temporary went insane and thought that I needed 9-10 50g skeins, which is what I bought. What I really needed was either 9-10 100g skeins or 18-20 50g skeins. (I didn’t figure all this out until late Friday night). So, originally I thought I’d head back over there today and see if they have anymore in the same dye lot. Then, I came up with an alternative: using the yarn for the Stacy Pullover from Big Girl Knits:

Stacy Pullover

(the color looks more green than brown in better light)
My plan is to go to the sale at Creative Warehouse next week and if they have more in the right dye lot I’ll buy it and make the Central Park Hoodie, if not, plan B.
Finally, some news on WIP:
I’ve steadily been working on my Dalegarn baby dress but process is very slow. I started getting bored and decided I needed some instant knitting gratification so I started Bonnie for my goddaughter, Gianna:


Here’s the progress I’ve made so far:


The little duck hasn’t been sewn on yet but it will be when the jumper is done. I bought it back in February at M&J Trimming when I was on a business trip in NYC.

It’s a pretty quick knit so I hope I get it done before I see Baby G on Friday.


I never have to eat again… July 18, 2007

Filed under: New Purchases,WIP — iamknit @ 10:27 pm

First, look at what I received at work yesterday:


5 magazines from Interweave Knits 5 for 4 sale or, as Roc from my work called them, my porn.

That’s about it for my knitting news. I’m still working on the Dalegarn baby dress but it’s really slow. The dress is 240 stitches around and the yarn’s gauge is 32 stitches/inch. I’ll have an updated picture in my next post.

Now onto my dinner:

Tonight my friend, John, and I celebrated our 10 year Friendiversary (it was actually back on May 24th but we couldn’t get our act together) and we went to La Campania in Waltham. Here is what I had:

Some sort of soft fried cheese on a bed of prosciutto made especially for us (John’s family knows the head chef and he served us all our food personally)

Hand-Cut Potato Gnocchi “Trifolati”
w/ Sautéed Wild Mushrooms, Shaved “Crotonese” Cheese, Drizzle of White Truffle Oil and he also added another gnocchi in a meat sauce with vegetables

Oak Grilled Beef Tenderloin
Neapolitan Potato “Gateau”, Grilled King Oyster Mushroom, Black Truffle “Carpaccio” and Cream Reduction

an incredibly expensive bottle of wine


Hot Chocolate Soufflé
w/ Vanilla Bean Gelato and Hot Chocolate Ganache’

Like I said, I never have to eat again…


Knitting and Crochet Show Fun July 14, 2007

Filed under: New Purchases — iamknit @ 6:45 pm

I made my way up to Manchester, NH this morning for the TKGA Knitting and Crochet Show. It was pretty good. I enjoyed myself but I think if I ever go to one again, I’ll sign up for at least one of the classes. I spent about 2 hours at the Market Place and here’s my loot:

Knit and Crochet Show Loot

From Wool Basket Yarns of Duxbury, MA:
-2 skeins of Koigu KPPPM: dye code P522. I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with the yet; obviously, socks but exactly which pattern is still in the in air.
-A pattern (not pictured) for Finn’s Cable Hat.
-1 skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted in Pond Blue. I’m going to make myself the Finn’s Cable Hat.
-2 skeins of Debbie Bliss Rialto: color 23018; a periwinkle blue. I’m going to make another Finn’s Cable Hat for my goddaughter, Gianna.
I have to say, the woman working at the Wool Basket Yarn booth was unbelievably nice. I would definitely make an effort to go to her store when I’m in the Duxbury area.

From WEBS of Northampton, MA:
-15 skeins of Valley Yarn’s Stockbridge in Chocolate which I plan to use on Cosmicpluto’s Lucy in the Sky cardi seen here:

Lucy in the Sky

-2 skeins of Valley Yarns Southwick; 1 in Lake and 1 in Sunset. I’m planning on using them for a pair of Saartje’s Booties for my friend Kara’s baby girl, Darion, born on July 3rd. I’m thinking the main color will be orange with the accent of blue. Here’s a pair b r o o k l y n t w e e d finished recently:

b r o o k l y n t w e e d's Saartjes Bootees

So cute!

-4 skeins of Noro Silk Garden; 2 color 255, 1 color 258, 1 color 270. I’m going to make a striped scarf out of them. Here’s b r o o k l y n t w e e d’s Noro Scarf:

b r o o k l y n t w e e d's Noro Scarf

-1 pair of Pearl Pony double pointed needles in size 2

From Yarn Place of Sunnyvale, CA:
-I bought part of Cassady’s Red Color Swap Surprise. It’s identity has been altered to protect the innocent:

Cassady's surprise

I can’t wait to get started on some new projects!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.