Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Bad Blogger, no Doughnut!

There's been a lot going on in life recently that I've been neglecting the good 'ol blog here for. Two of the people I work closely with are on maternity leave, which means a lot more work for me. I've also had a bit of drama that I'm not going to get into here because that's why I have a livejournal (if you go looking for those entries though, they're protected). So now I'm here updating, and my tummy hurts. I think I just have a bad case of gas (yes, you all needed to know that!).

I have been knitting though. My personal Knitting Olympic aftermath is that I'm now a multi-project person. I used to be monogamous. When I got sick and I didn't have an easy project on the needles though, I started to flip out. There was no way I was going to work on the Embossed Leaves Socks while I was sick. That would have taken a bit more wherewithal than I had. I have since finished one sock and I have made significantly good progress on the other. See:

I've decided to call this color "Kermit Green." Because really that's what it is. Oh, the yarn's Artyarns Ultramerino 4. I like it alright to knit with. The pattern's making the socks a pretty speedy knit. I've never knit socks that weren't all stockinette, so I'm shocked that this is taking so little time. I hardly notice that I've made so much headway. I just need to do about 7 repeats of the pattern (which is a lot easier to digest than several inches of stockinette on tiny needles!). The first one fits perfectly, though I need to find a pair of shoes to wear it with. They're a bit thicker than I expected, but I figure I just need to get shoes that are about a half size larger and I'll be alright.

In addition to knitting those, I wound a few balls of yarn last week.

The ball on the left is Morehouse Merino Featherlight and the one on the right is a rayon metallic blend from Blue Heron Yarns (I'd link to their site, but there's really not much there. I'm a link snob as well as a yarn snob and a beer snob, what can I say?) in the color Old Gold. That's the skein that the hip scarf is going to be made of. I felt kind of dirty turning it into a ball. I mean, it was so beautiful as a skein. But it was kind of expensive, so I feel like I should actually do something with it.

Yes, it does appear as though green is the color this season. In fact, I'm thinking of getting some green Chuck Taylors if I can get around to a store to try some on. I have a feeling that the shoes are going to be a bit too wide for my somewhat narrow feet.

While I'm knitting socks for my feet, I decided that I should also knit something for my head, you know, so I don't topple over or something. Enter the Birdwatcher's Beret from Morehouse Merino. It only requires one skein of the Featherlight, and I really love working with this yarn!

I like how the tension's a bit tighter. It's making for a bit thicker fabric and it's kind of firm. It actually almost looks like it's been felted a bit, even though it's just a matter of gauge.

Oh, and I started realizing that if I don't like the quality of the photo I get from my camera, I can tweak it in photoshop. Starting with the last post, I have actually started doing this (I cropped the first shot and lightened up the one of the two alpacas). I'm still a wicked novice at this though, so some of them are kinda off (like the photo of the Birdwatcher's Beret has a bit wonky color. All in all it's just mostly lightening up the image. Things that I'd be able to do in the dark room that I can't because I a) don't have a dark room and b) am taking the images with a digital camera.

Regardless, I'm somewhat back, and will try to be a better blogger in the future. Sorry kids!


Jessica said...

I was just thinking how awesome your pictures looked, and how I was going to ask you about them, and then I got to the Photoshop bit! Isn't it an amazing program? I've been begging Jamie for serious Photoshop lessons for quite some time now, though he informs me it would take "years" to get good. Whatever, I still want to learn it!
I'm glad you're back!

MUD said...

I want to learn photoshop, too! Of course maybe I have to buy it, first...tell Jamie maybe it took him years to get good, but you might be smarter. And Jenn, you can spill all you want at this party, we're moving out and we don't even care! But leave the shag carpet alone, that's the only one coming with us if it survives the night...

PassionKNITly said...

dude...i just click on the adjustments in edit or something and then tell it to figure out the colors on its own.

Mud, shit dude, don't buy's like prohibitively expensive. find it online for free or something.

MUD said...

OK OK enough of this old post...I want a new post! One that won't hurt my head
One that won’t make my mouth too dry
Or make my eyes too red

One that won’t make me nervous
Wondering what to do
One that makes me feel like I feel when I’m with you
When I’m alone with you

PassionKNITly said...

Well, Michelle...I had no idea you felt this way!

And yes, out with the old and in with the new. I'm updating tonight. Now I really have to because I posted a comment on my own blog saying i'd update.