Sunday, September 23, 2007

Fresh Ink!


by Agustin at Sacred Tattoo on B'way in NYC. It's about 1-1/2" x 2" on the inside of my left wrist.

It's so rad! It looks 20x better than the cartoony drawing I was working from! Thanks so much to the NYC SNB gals to helped to make it possible!!! Hope you kids like it!!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Why my SNB is the best out there

I love my SNB guys and gals. Seriously, they're amazing.

Tuesday night Adina Klein (I have no idea how to spell that, my issue of VK is in the other room, and the VK website is down) came to our SNB and did a bit of a run through of what's in this issue of the magazine. A few of us got to try on some stuff. Here's a quick look:

another one of VK's 25th anniversary scarves
Jessaymn models one of the 25th anniversary scarves (I think this is actually the cover project)

glamorous Jessamyn in one of VK's 25th anniversary scarves
Isn't she fabulous!!?? We even managed to get one of our other fancy gals to try on a little glitter!

Sassy Jill!

I tried on a DKNY ski sweater that I've decided I must knit. Excuse the squinty face, but its really a happy squinty face!!

DKNY sweater from Fall 07 Vogue Knitting

It was so very comfortable, oversized, and knit with Lions Brand Cashmere Blend. I"m not a huge Lions Brand fan...but this yarn was SUPER comfortable, SUPER warm and just super all around. Really made me change what I think about Lions Brand, and if I can't find anything suitable at Rhinebeck to knit this sweater out of, I might even buy some Lions Brand Cashmere Blend for it!

After the VK showcase, we all chatted. There were so many SNBers there! Michelle came for the night, and we've been seeing less and less of Heather! It was awesome to see everyone! On monday, in a fit of excitement I emailed my SNB gals that I'm getting that knitting tattoo I've been talking about for months! I made the appointment for Saturday and decided it was going to be an early birthday gift for myself. Well, on tuesday they all got together and decided to buy my tattoo for me!!! Now, not only will the tattoo have the meaning of my passion for knitting, but it will also be a constant reminder of my SNB gals and how much they all mean to me!!! How awesome are these folks!?!? Seriously, I know I've thanked you all a million times, but I love you all thank you so much!!!

Here's a shot of the card they all signed (isn't it just adorable and awesome!!??) alongside a nifty coin bank my roommate picked up at a quirky store in Jersey.

knitterly gifts

The smaller print on the tin says "Is wool your dirty little secret too?" There's a woman on the side saying "I need half a gram of wool and quick! I'm starting to come down..." and there's a warning on the other side that "sharing knitting needles can be hazardous to your health" It's so awesome!

Getting back to the tattoo: when I got to the studio on Monday, the dude took a quick glance at the pages of my notebook and said "oh, a knitting tattoo!" There wasn't even really all that much knitting related on it, just a few sketches of balls of yarn, but it was a good sign. When we were talking about when to do it, he suggested a day, i was busy, I suggested a day, he was busy, and then I was like, "well...the weekend after that I'm actually headed to a knitting thing, so it can't be then" and he was like, "well, you've got to get it done before then!" I'm so excited and curious to see what he did with the drawing I gave him. I'll be sure to post photos as soon as I get them!

I had to rip back the Berkshire pullover twice, so I'm on attempt number three. The first one was way too small, the second one was way too big, and this one looks rather on target.

Jack Sparrow's Favorite Socks are about halfway through the faire Isle on the second sock. It hasn't been knitted as much because of the Berkshire pullover. They're so close to completion and will probably be done sometime next weekend.

Overheard In A Yarn shop continues... It's only been around for a week and it seems to be getting a decent number of hits a day. I didn't post tonight cause I've been working on this blog and to be frank, I didn't get any submissions to use. I realize that I seriously need to get the point out. Kimmy mentioned that I should get a contest of some sort. I should find some local or smallish yarn company trying to get its start, get them to donate a prize or two and get the word out. I'm, frankly, thinking this could be a great opportunity to get a good banner and button...I just need to do a bit of research, which I'll do when I get down to it, but I've got a lot of stuff going on, what with the birthday and going to Rhode Island and all that jazz. Looking for smaller yarn folk might be kinda fun though!

Anyway, I desperately need submissions, so keep your ears open, blog about it etc. Submissions can be sent to overheardinayarnsop(at)gmail(dot)com. It's really only going to be as awesome as the submissions allow, and there's only so many times I can post crazy hearings or - worse - my own mutterings at The Point before I even end up getting bored!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

New Project!!

Of the interweb variety! Check it out!

Overheard In A Yarn Shop

Button to come...pretty much everything to come, but it's there!

Note to self:
Berkshire Pullover, take out neckline, and un-cast off 2 columns around neck. When casting off neckline, use the sewn bind off (Knitting Without Tears). Completely frog Berkshire Pullover and re-knit in much larger size for sweatshirt like feel. This sweater, upon further reflection needs way POSITIVE ease, not negative ease. I still think I'll be able to finish it before Rhinebeck though.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

I have much to report on

Where have I been?

Our campsite location

Burning Man. I've been at Burning Man. So, sorry for not posting, but I really had a good time. To check out the photos I took while I was there go here.

I did manage to finish one of my Jack Sparrows favorite socks while I was waiting for the plane. Here's a photo of it not so finished:

Jack Sparrow's favorite socks

Quite bright eh? But I really like them that way. The fair isle isn't really that bad if you twist the color you're not using every time you switch colors or after every 3 or four stitches. I think you have to wrap it more because it's in a circle. I'm sorta hoping to get the other one done before National Talk Like A Pirate Day (September 19th).

So before I went away, at the last minute, I put Icarus out to block.

Icarus blocking

And when I came back, all I wanted to do was flop on my bed. Until, that is, I saw the beautiful Icarus lying there!

Icarus Blocking closeup

Icarus finished

It came out more beautifully than I thought it would!

Currently, the only projects I have going on are the Jack Sparrow's Favorite Socks and the Berkshire Pullover from Weekend Knitting. I know what you're's a Melanie Falick book and you suck at knitting Melanie Falick patterns! Well, not this time! I picked the easiest sweater pattern in the whole damn book. It's seriously knitting for 16 inches, dividing front and back, and then picking up stitches for the sleeves. There's seriously no way I can bork this. I've already finished half of the body.

Berkshire Pullover early stages

I'm knitting it with some Morehouse Farm Bulky that I picked up last year at Rhinebeck. I figured that I should probably use at least a little bit of the small amount of Rhinebeck yarn I got last year before I get there this year!

I've also started in on that top down shrug I want to design/knit. I havne't made much headway in it though because I'm really trying to do more mindless knitting (for once!). I'll proabably come back to it a little later when I want a bit more of a challenge.

In preparation for Rhinebeck, I culled my stash quite a bit for the yarn swap today. I'll post on that separately later this week. Stay tuned...