15 December 2008


The Brit's flat is right on the Amstel river and today, the fog is so thick and deep that the only way I know life exists past 15 meters is thanks to the occasional car headlights zipping along the street that runs parallel across the river.

It's cold here. I know. I'm from Alaska and I'm saying it's cold here. We don't have winds that cut through wool and skin and make you want to cry from the violation of it. Here... Well, the 90%+ humidity doesn't help.

I am also an excessively lucky woman. I have been encouraged to go spend money. The Brit left me some money for my trek to Leiden yesterday and left me more today to go get some slacks that are warm and fit comfortably. If I can find a nice pair of wool slacks, I'll probably pick them up. And then pop by the AH to get a sandwich and soup (er, soep) for lunch. No wool shops have been sorted out here, yet, but I have a fair bit of knitting I brough with me.

Yesterday, I hated Amsterdam. I was frustrated by the entire procedure of it all and the foreign-ness. Today I'm much better with it.

25 June 2008

Bandit birthday

Seriously. I made out like a bandit this birthday, which is awesome because I didn't expect it. At all.

Tons of Japanese food. No, really. Tons. (Okay, if you replace pounds with grams, but still. Lots.)

Hawaii Goodie Box
This was the Hawaiian goodie box. Yay to my friend from Hawaii!

It had sakura arare crackers (mmm), miso soup, green tea, furikake (vegetable seasoning for rice), teriyaki nori, and a handwritten note. I love notes. (It's kinda like the Doctor and his love for little shops. Okay, geeking goes off now.)

Before that came my California goodie box!

The best part? They don't know each other and they didn't do but a tiny bit of overlap. This box had inari, wasabi powder, pocky, socks (for running, which it needs to cool down soon so I can actually go running again), furikake in five different flavors, and CoffeeGo (which I still maintain should have an exclamation point somewhere in it). And a note. Did I mention I love little notes? I do. They're awesome. :D

My toes are not part of the package. I had those already.

If I were a little less couth, I'd be rolling around in my Japanese foodstuffs. I really would.

Bigtime thanks to R and JJ for the awesome birthday goodies.

22 April 2008

Yarn amount roll call

So, I went a wee bit nuts over the last semester and I have a lot of yarn that needs to be knit up. I have about 18 million lists that tell me what I have and where it is and all that other good stuff, but I figured it was time to put it somewhere that made, well... sense.

  • 20 skeins of silver-grey Shibu (purchased from Little Knits)
    • Plan: Simple Knitted Bodice and a tank
  • 10 skeins of light lilac Shibu (Little Knits)
    • Plan: ummm... Drop stitch tank from Fitted Knits (?)
  • 10 skeins of caramel Shibu (Elann)
    • Plan: Annie Modiset's Corset Pullover
  • 14 skeins of Oatmeal Alpaca Silk (KnitPicks)
    • Original plan: Henley Perfected. New plan: Kimono wrap sweater
  • 10 skeins Hydrangea Shine Sport (KnitPicks)
    • Plan: currently OTN as a modified Ballet Camisole
  • 8 skeins cinnamon Merino Style (KnitPicks)
  • 7 skeins petal Merino Style (KnitPicks)
    • Original Plan: the above two were supposed to become the Deep V Argyle Vest. (The colors are not happy together in that way.) New plan: Fibertrends Felted Slippers.
  • 1 skein blue/green Trenna (Little Knits)
    • Plan: leaning toward the Bleeding Heart Stole in Spring 07 IK.
  • 10 skeins linen-colored hemp (Elann)
  • ?? skeins blue heathered acrylic
  • ?? skeins pink heathered acrylic
    • I think these two are going to be turned into a blanket or an afghan of some sort. I was originally thinking entrelac, but now I'm leaning toward a feather and fan strip blanket.
  • ?? skeins autumn red acrylic
    • This was going to be a modified Tubey and then I realized I look rubbish in ribbing. Maybe a wash-and-wear SKB?
  • 6 skeins Cobalt Bamboo (SWTC)
    • I have to admit, I'm leaning toward Intolerable Cruelty with this one. Basically a step up from a jean skirt.
  • 6 skeins Jade Bamboo (SWTC)
    • This is turning into a Lotus Blossom Tank... Slowly
  • 5 skeins of fuzzy Crystal Palace laceweight
    • This is going to be an Icarus Shawl. When I have time to concentrate on it.
  • 3 skeins of white Cotton Fleece
    • Adipose? Maybe also a yoga bag?
  • Sock yarn for YEARS.
    • I should knit more socks.
  • Various other yarns to be added later.
But in the "omg, Lise has made progress?!" camp, I swatched a bunch of short row methods and once I'm done with paper writing HELL, I will be happy to share those and my thoughts on them. The Bust Line on Ravelry has already expressed an interest in what I came up with. I now have to make the in-the-round swatches, which will happen after the semester is over, most like.

I just have to finish the neck on Sahara mk 2.

Sizzle is blocking and waiting for me to seam and finish the neck and arm details. I'm debating on putting short-row sleeves in ala Sahara.

The front is done for my reconstructed Ballet Camisole. Now to find the notes so I can replicate the back.

I need to frog the following: Rogue, North Roe, and the purple SKB.

Birch is coming along SLOWLY. I think part of it is that I've just lost steam on that much lacework. It may be my London project for train travel. Easy pattern to remember, but not quite boring enough for TV knitting.

11 March 2008

Today's adventures in eating...

I finally cooked something new tonight. I make Cooking Light's Red Lentil Soup. I didn't divert from the recipe too much. It's more of a blended stew. I blended the whole thing twice. Once when called for, the second time when the onions and garlic was added.

I've never had lentils before, that I'm aware of, and red lentils are supposed to be the sweetest of the bunch. I could see this being a lovely chilled dip, as well. It tastes a bit Indian (that would be the cumin - I used powder instead of seeds), but I think it would be a nice hummus replacement. I could see it going quite well with carrots, green onions, and red and green bell peppers. It could also be a lovely 'wet' component to a wrap.

...And here's my potential wrap idea. Some nicely Indian/curry seasoned lamb square kebab-type bits, grilled, cooled and sliced thin. Lettuce. Lentil stew/dip. Sliced onions and bell peppers. Wrap in a funky wrap or use the lettuce leaves.

11 February 2008

2007 Finishes Post

Sunshine Top

French Market Bag

Shapely Tank


Simple Knitted Bodice


It's the Year of the Rat...

First up is Sophie knit from Patons SWS in Natural Pink.

Knit this in a few days, didn't get around to fulling it until a few weeks ago. Promptly gave it to a friend who likes it.

A big thanks to my uncle for the Michael's GC for Christmas. I've been wanting to get some SWS to play with and that GC went to that use.

Moving right along to the Koolhaas hat made for K in Washington. I knit this in two days, and loved the knit. Loved it.

This came about because I knit K a tea cosy for her and her girlfriend out of Wool of the Andes in Claret Heather for a belated Christmas gift and... Well, K wanted to wear the tea cosy as a hat! (Okay, it's not that strange of an idea, seeing as I used the Noro Hat pattern. In theory, I'm getting action shots of the tea cosy... Eventually.)

(And yes, I lied in one of my previous posts... I have no self-discipline.)

And finally, my socks. I'm working on a pair of Waving Lace socks from Favorite Socks by Interweave Knits (cover pattern). This is out of Austermann Step, a sock yarn impregnated with aloe vera and jojoba oil.

I was having a bit of a go with the second sock, but now it's going. Especially because I've denied myself any new sock knitting (torture! I got some Colinette Jitterbug, Apple Laine, Mega Boot Stretch, and Trekking XXL because of other people's destash that's waiting to be used!) until this paiir is done.
I'm at the point where I'm ready to work on another pair of Pomatomus (maybe this will be the pair that lasts!) either in the Trekking XXL or in some WildFoote, Lilac Desert colorway. But I also want to work on a pair of Clessidra in the pile o' WildFoote Jungle that I have left from a mom-gift years ago. torture!

I'm also working on, but have no (current) photos of... Birch in Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud, colorway Moss, and Henley Perfected in Knit Picks Elegance, colorway Oatmeal.

I finished the North Roe shawl(PDF), and that's going to be frogged to become an Icarus shawl, I think. I am in frantic search of a good bind off for shawls. The standard bind off is too tight, even when I jump needle sizes, and the idea of doing the sewn bind off for an edge that long would make me want to stab myself with the darning needle. Suggestions?

02 February 2008

Project Polyamory

I started my own interpretation of Birch before the holidays. Have I finished her yet? Of course not. You see, I made a Knit Picks order, and that had the yarn for my Henley Perfected, and as soon as the yarn arrived, I had to cast on for that. But, between that, I decided to start on a pair of socks in Austermann Step using the Waving Lace pattern from Interweave's Favorite Socks book.

But I did get my friend's tea cosy done before February.

And now I really want to cast on for Koolhaas, because I have this lovely mmmmmMalabrigo that's just aching to turn into something, though I keep looking at it and thinking "omg, worsted knee high socks would be awesome."

And then I think of the three and some skeins I have of WildFoote in Jungle that I made a pair of Elfine Socks out of and wonder if I could make Clessidra out of what's left in those (I think I can), but instead of ribbing the cuff, do a stockinette turned cuff with an elastic interior.

But wait, I still have those Endpaper Mitts on the needles that I keep thinking I should really just frog (and I probably will) and then use the Bare for a pair of gorgeous Bayerische socks. I mean, Endpaper Mitts are by Eunny Jang, and so are the Bayerishe, so it's not really like switching entirely.

Ooh, in that Knit Picks order, I also got the pink (way pinker than I expected, but hey) and brown merino to make the Deep V Argyle Vest by Eunny. Wouldn't that be awesome to cast on for...

Honestly, it's amazing I get any knitting done at all.

More posts to come as I make more progress on the projects that are currently on the needles. I'm not allowed to cast on for anything (not even the gorgeous and quick Koolhass hat) until something comes off. Stupid self-discipline.

03 November 2007

So much knitting, so little time...

Eep! I'm such a bad blogger. (And I start off so many posts with that self-recrimination!)

Since moving for my MA, I've only gotten some new yarns, and I have to admit that I've started way too many projects.

What I currently have going on...
- Eris by Girl from Auntie, worked in WotA from KnitPicks in Claret Heather (more Aubergine than Wine, but that's okay.)
- Rogue by Girl from Auntie, worked in Cascade 220 Superwash in Truffle Brown (posted below). All that's left on this one is the sleeves, but I just can't get off my ass to make it go yet.
- Another Sahara in Pegasus from Elann.com in Cream. The body is done, I'm just not quite up for making the sleeves. I think I'll do up the collar next.
- Diamond Fantasy Shawl by Sivia Harding Knit Design, worked in JaggerSpun Zephyr in Ruby. I need a shawl for some of the classrooms I'm in - they're cold! Plus, I think the shawl will be small enough to put in a ziplock bag and keep in my backpack.

I also picked up some yummy Noni Designs that should be arriving in the next two weeks.

The flower bags (Cherry Blossom and Fuchsia) will turn into random carry-with bags. I'm not really a purse person, but they're just too damned neat not to make.

Adventure Bags will probably turn into travel purses.

The Green Earth Grocery Bag will probably be a "make as I can" project. I'd really like to go to the store and never have to use a plastic bag again.

And finally, the Medallion Travel Bag will turn into my car-bag that keeps things good for car-emergencies. Long-storage food, blanket, random paperback, notepad, spare jacket, etc. I'm thinking about doing the white section in Patons SWS (probably Geranium) and the black in Patons SWS Coal.

Either that or do it in a red and black color scheme.

So, basically, I have tons of knitting and sometimes not enough time to do it.