Little Birds

When Twist Collective came out, I knew immediately that I HAD to make Little Birds. I mean, look at it. It’s so cute with those tiny little birds.

I searched every online yarn vendor for the suggested yarn: Jamieson Shetland Spindrift. I think every other knitter on the internet had the same idea because the yarn was selling out everywhere. I finally found a place that had all the yarn I needed in stock. Except, the website lied and the main color was completely out of stock. I placed the order on August 3rd and figured, I’d get it a few weeks later. Well, a few weeks passed and I forgot about the yarn and Little Birds completely fell off my radar. Imagine my surprise when I got an email last week telling me my order had shipped! So, now I’m looking at this pattern I impulsively bought and a lot has started to dawn on me. I love the little birds motif and I know the project will keep me entertained with the fair isle and impending steeking. The actual shape of the sweater, however, will be completely unflattering on me.  I have a small bust, big hips and let’s face it, love handles. I can just see myself finishing this thing up and trying it on only to discover that the bottom ribbing makes me look two sizes bigger and the deep-v neck is just flopping around on my chest. I have seen a couple of mods online that could work on me:

 

by Erin from Girl Who Knits

 

by RobynPearl

I love the shape of the first one but the vest is calling out to me. This is going to be a challenge either way. I’ve never really done heavy modifications, especially with colorwork but hey, no time like the present, right? I’m going to make a guage swatch tonight and figure out  what I want to do. Any words of advice before I begin this adventure?

 


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Sarah Palin makes me laugh

I needed to organize my craft area. Everyday, I’d walk by this:

and I’d groan inside just thinking how messy and awful it looked. I’d feel even worse trying to sift through the mess just to find a single darning needle. I finally went to Ikea and picked up an Expedit bookcase and some Lekman boxes.

Aah, much better. Did I mention that my craft area is also the dining room? This is much less of an eyesore while enjoying some eggplant parm. Aside from re-decorating, I’ve also been knitting.

Socks of Kindness. Really love this sock pattern especially in this colorway. See the sock blocker my sock in progress is hanging out on? My dad made these for me:

I definitely get my interest in crafts from my father. I showed him a photo of wood sock blockers I had been eying and he said, “I can make you those!” and so, he did. I absolutely love them. I need to make him some socks as a thank you.

M M I I M M M I A

I think the Ravelympics wore me out. Actually, that plus knitting a pair of socks in three days which, is hard when I have to actually WORK at work. I’ve got my knitting mojo back though and all it took was a lovely gift from my apron swap partner. First, the wonderful aponS she made me. She made me not one but TWO lovely kitchen aprons. Check them out:

She also sent me some great hand spun thick/thin yarn. Check out her Etsy shop here. I didn’t get a photo of it in it’s unknit form because as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to wind it and make this:

Such a cool pattern. If you have a random ball of thick yarn, make this hat. The short-row shaping makes this a fun, quick knit. I knit it up in about 3 and half hours in the car this past weekend. Next, I’ll be making another hat by Ysolda. Either Verity or Gretel. What do you think?

In other news, I started yet, another casual position at Yale. How long can they keep me as a casual? Anyway, I’m basically just an Administrative Assistant but I actually like it. The work is ok but I really enjoy the people and the environment. Even wearing business casual everyday hasn’t been bumming me out. There’s been talk of creating a permanent position for me but I know I’m going to jinx myself if I say anymore than that.

PS. Vote for change!