Tuesday, December 04, 2007

No dissertation yet, but there's been some knitting.

How can I account for my time? It's easier to answer that question from you guys, than if it were coming from my dissertation advisor. I'm taking a cue from Kate, and posting my month and a half in pictures, because there is no possible way I could catch up otherwise.

I finished my niece's sweater, (Judy's Grandmother's Baby Sweater, from Greetings from the Knit Cafe) and made her a little bag. I used this tutorial for the drawstring pouch.

Inspired by this, I dressed as Frida Kahlo in drag for the annual Dia de los Muertos parade; this year, they celebrated Frida's 100th birthday by calling for 100 costumed Fridas to lead the parade from the East Side to Congress Avenue. I had fun, but I discovered I make a damn ugly guy. Let's just say I enjoy being a girl.

I swapped socks with a couple of lovely women; Femiknitter sent me the Monkey, and I sent Ariel the Fancy Silk Sock. We must now knit the second sock, and given my current state of distraction, it may take me a while to have my second Monkey. Thanks to Femiknitter, though, for a beautiful first sock, and a new project bag that I love, love, love.

Elizabeth came for a visit. We got stinking drunk on margaritas, passed out, and woke up covered in yarn. (Just kidding. She came for Stitch, and we had a fantastic time and maybe had a couple of margaritas and did a little shopping.) She gave me this gorgeous handmade scarf.

In a fit of knitting ADD, I made a hat and a hat-like covering, and a couple of washcloths.

Cue the music...you know you hear the song, people. My Raspberry Beret (Kat Coyle's pattern from Greetings From the Knit Cafe Knit with Blue Sky Alpaca Silk--it took a skein and a little bit of a second. The book says it's only one skein).

And a Calorimetry, with less than half a skein of Malabrigo. I cast on 90 sts for this one.

A sedge stitch washcloth, the pattern which is available on the Lion Brand website. I saw Laura's and monkey see, monkey do, I had to pick up my crochet hook (even though I can't manage to hold the hook in any other way than with the Grip of Death).

And a fun little washcloth pattern I found on Ravelry. I knit this with Lily Sugar & Cream, I think, in really pretty ombre colors.

'Kay, kiddos, that's all I got for now! I'm going to try not to let too much time go before I post again...I'm working on Stefanie Japel's Back to School vest, and perhaps another couple of holiday gifts. Hope all is well with you!