Thursday, April 21, 2011

Another Obsession...

All of a sudden, I want to make a felted bag--specifically, the Bedouin Bag from Noni Designs. I've identified the yarn, plotted alternatives to the $68 handles and $20 snap shown in the sample, and now I just have to wait till tomorrow to see if Knit New Haven carries the pattern. They have Noni Designs patterns, but will they have that one?!?? The suspense is killing me! And we all know how patient I was last time I needed to knit something that second! I've nearly finished the back of that sweater, by the way--I did the fronts first, so that will just leave the (short) sleeves... and, in true Rowan fashion, a bunch of edgings and sewing up.

If Knit New Haven doesn't have it, some waffling will ensue... the pattern is kind of on the more expensive side, and I'm pretty sure I can fake it from the picture online. The wrinkle with felting is that if I think I've gotten it close enough, felt it, and discover I haven't, there's no going back. On the other hand, will I be able to wait for shipping? Stay tuned!

Not related at all, but Kevin and I finally reassembled the tandem--still in pieces from our trip to China last summer (mortifyingly, we'd left it in its suitcases all this time). The reassembly process didn't end in divorce or murder (as I feared it might, based on how badly I wanted to kill Kevin, the guide, and the driver when we packed it up in China), so we're hoping to bike tomorrow, and possibly over the weekend if it ever stops raining. Kevin did the Bronx Biathlon (actually a duathlon, but alliteration trumps accuracy) last weekend, biking outside for the first time since we got back from China (excepting a few 1 mile commutes on a folding bike), and his tribike outside for the first time in possibly 18 months (he's been riding it on an indoor trainer). New training plan: don't actually do the thing you're training for.

By that logic, I should make the national rowing team any second now, since I've stopped erging and haven't been out on the water yet (our dock washed away, so things are a little disorganized). I've been running more than I did last year, but I miss rowing. Ont he other hand, I've been getting all kinds of sleep--6:30 is practically afternoon compared to 4:40!

Monday, April 11, 2011

And Another One

I think I mentioned having knit a cowl a while back--I unraveled an elderly sweater (which had been getting ever so slightly shorter each time I washed it, till it was definitively too short) and knit a long cowl:

Then I unraveled a previous Malabrigo cowl and reknit it in the same stitch pattern:

And now I've knit it a third time, using my handspun and slightly smaller needles:

You'd think I'd be finished... but I may not be.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Christmas in April

Look what I've remembered that I forgot:

I didn't forget my nieces, of course, but their dresses, which comprised a large part of the secret stockinette knitting I did in the fall. The dresses are from Adorable Knits for Tots, but I changed the gauge to match my yarn, and thought I'd save myself the trouble of sewing up the sides by knitting them in the round.

If I'd thought a little harder, I would have realized that meant intarsia in the round... but I didn't think that hard. So I found a tutorial online and figured it out. It was fiddly, and a bit of a pain, but I've only done flat intarsia a couple of times, so it's not as though I would have liked knitting the flowers flat much better.

And aren't they cute?

The nieces too, of course!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Little Known Signs

..that you're at the gym too much:

1. You make cookies to bring to knitting, but don't want to bring the extra cookies home. Naturally, you put them in your gym locker, so they'll be there for you to bring to work in the morning.

2. You think the locker room is a perfectly good backdrop for outfit photos.

(I know this is the same sweater as last week, but I'm excited because I finally wore this skirt--bought deeply on sale a couple of years ago, and irritating me ever since--and felt like myself. Big surprise--what it needed was more purple and more knitting.)

3. You wash your bath towels and realize a week later that you still haven't used them... because you haven't showered at home for a week. (Not all my showers have been at the gym: I was away this weekend--to Providence on Saturday for an archives conference, the highlight of which was white chocolate stuffed French toast with roasted almonds and bananas... because I'm a good little archivist, I didn't eat it near any records--and then to DC to see Kevin, my sister, and her husband run the Cherry Blossom 10-miler on Sunday. Tasty food in DC too.)

What's funny about this, is that I'd suddenly had enough erging for a while about 3 weeks ago, and we're not yet rowing on the water because our dock washed away, so I've only been running... so really, I'm not at the gym much at all, comparatively.