Saturday, July 28, 2012

Food Comaaaa

As the summer comes to an end, I'm trying to spend as much time as possible with my friends before we all disperse along the East Coast, so on Thursday, my friends Cate, Miguel, and Julie and I went to our friend Vivi's house for some good Asian food! We made sushi and hung out, and generally just had lots of fun.





I felt positively stuffed afterwards. It was delicious. 


I've also finished my cowl, and am now working on a hat! The Capucine hat, to be exact. I put off doing the headband and bandana cowl I said I was going to do next, because that hat was just calling out to me. I absolutely adore those tassels. I'm using Lion Brand Homespun that I bought last year and then frogged after a particularly horrendous hat experiment, and I have to say, I don't remember Homespun being such a pain to work with. Because it is a pain to work with. It looks good so far, though, so we'll see how the finished product turns out. Homespun is extremely soft, though, and I love the feeling of it. It'll probably be my Olympics-watching project, because the way things are going in my house, it seems like we'll be tuned in nonstop to the Olympics for the next two weeks!

In other news, I'm playing around with the layout of this blog, as you can probably tell, and you can now find me on Bloglovin! Those two things aren't actually connected, except  in my mind, probably. But anyways, you can follow me on Bloglovin using that big ole' button there on the right!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DIY Day(s)

Over the weekend, I took a break from knitting to do some DIY fashion! My friends and I got together to create watermark t-shirts and tote bags using this tutorial here. It was really fun just to hang out with my friends, as we don't go to the same school anymore or we haven't seen each other often over the summer due to being busy. There was Harper (of Thrifty Miss Harper), Rosie (of Authentically Rosie), and our friends Sam, Serena, Miguel, and Cate.

We all got together on Sunday to make these tshirts, which meant we had to go on a supply shopping trip first! We went to Michaels, and I couldn't resist--in addition to DIY supplies, I also bought two balls of yarn (Caron Simply Soft in Watermelon and Autumn Red), and 10.5 and 13 circular needles. I don't have pictures of those, sadly, as I've already squirreled away my yarn and put my needles to use...but more about that later!

My friends and I spent the most of the afternoon looking for glue, would you believe it?! We needed to use gel glue for our shirts, but both Michaels and Walmart didn't have the blue Elmer's gel glue we were looking for, which was kind of mind-boggling and frustrating! We finally bought pink and purple glitter glue and hoped it worked the same way. So with supplies bought, we retreated to my Rosie's house and started our tshirts!



Let me just say, the glue was most definitely the most difficult part of everything we did. While I was designing my shirt, my hands started to cramp from squeezing out glue, and the next day (up to now, even!) my thumb felt sore. My mother claimed that I had texting thumb, but I think that was because she had just watched a segment on texting on the news. My mother's funny like that. But anyways, I digress.



A lot of my friends had a lot more difficulty than I did figuring out what to put on their tshirts, so while they were deciding, I undertook another craft, this tshirt mod! I bought a 2X Captain America tshirt a while ago with the intention of turning it into a tanktop, and I'm happy to say that I was successful!


Even after that time, though, the glue didn't dry on our tshirts and it became apparent we wouldn't be able to dye our tshirts that day. But the great thing about being college kids is that coming back later in the week was a definite option! So I went back to Rosie's yesterday, and along with our friend Sam we finally got around to dying everything!

Dying was hands down the best part. It was so much fun, and the colors were all so rich that I couldn't help but drool. Luckily, the glue worked just as we hoped it would, although, it gave all our clothes a sheen of sparkle that we weren't expecting. It was not by any means unwelcome, however! I'm still waiting for the dye to set, but I can't wait to rinse out dye and see the final product! Straight out of the dye, however, I am very pleased. This is definitely a project I want to repeat soon, and I've already got ideas for what to put on my next tshirts!





On the yarn front, I'm so close to finishing my Noble Cowl that I can taste it! Quite literally, I have 4 rows left, and the only reason that is is because I had to go to class right then. But I will finish it as soon as I get home! My fingers are just itching to knit, sore thumb and all! I like the pattern so much that I've decided to make another one in red--the dark red I bought from Michaels on Sunday. But I'm going to give this pattern a break before I really start. I bought new needles for a reason...my next projects are this headband and this cowl! That will take care of all my new balls of yarn, actually. I have one or two more balls of frogged projects, but besides that, I've managed to cull my already tiny stash!



It was also my friend Yena's birthday last Friday, so I decided to knit her an iPhone cozy like the one she had been coveting last winter! I had the complete intention of knitting her one for Christmas then, but I was having my first programming crisis of the semester, so I never did quite get around to it. It was my first attempt at not using a pattern, and my first attempt at creating an iPhone cozy of any kind, but I think I did quite nicely for my first time! I'll try and type the pattern up in the next few days, in case anyone wants to try it for themselves.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WIP and Workspace!

Just a quick post to show off my newest WIP! My cowl's coming along, although it feels like I've ripped out every other row and redone it! I can't really see the pattern yet, either, but I can imagine what it's going to look like, so no worries yet.

There's my workspace, too--I've basically taken up residence on the couch in front of my TV rather than find a room to work in--it helps me concentrate  better, and would explain why half the time I end up trying to take pictures at midnight!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

FOs!

I finally finished that cardigan! And a couple of other things, so this is really me just showing off all my FOs. I don't have a good camera, so the colors are all slightly off, but that's okay! I'll invest in a good camera eventually. So, the cardigan in all its finished glory!


I took this picture late at night (which is when I do most of my knitting, to be honest), and you can tell. I should have probably employed a little patience and waited until morning when the light's better, but I was just so excited to have finished that I couldn't wait.

Overall, I'm very pleased with my work, except for that strip of mismatched color near the bottom there. I didn't realize that that had happened until I was halfway through the skein, and I really didn't want to frog it and try and figure out where I was again. That'll teach me to shrug off mismatched dye lots and not want to ask about it.

But besides that, I've also finished a hat and a headwarmer! The hat is Truly Purple by Lisa Gentry, and is my first attempt at a hat in a while. In the second half of spring semester, I was a little infatuated with slouch beanies, and so I bought the little booklet the pattern was in, intending only to look at the slouchy hat on the cover. Once summer came around, though, and I started broadening my horizons, I came back to the booklet and decided to try it, and guess what? I absolutely love this hat!

It turned out much better than my slouchy hat attempts, to be honest, and I think that's partially because all my slouchy hat attempts end up too slouchy. But I love the color, I love the pattern, and I just love this hat! I learned how to M1 from it finally, at least.

And with the leftover yarn from that hat, I made a Bow Headband. I think I'll end up alternating once winter hits Williamsburg, depending on how cold it is and what my hair looks like. The bow was my favorite part about the headwarmer. I'm a sucker for bows, and I gravitate towards anything with them! This was my first attempt with short rows, and I think I did alright for my first time. I think I might have wrapped wrong on one side, though, because the two sides ended up looking different. Anyone have any advice for me about that?

So, obviously, my hands have been very busy! And they just keep going, because I just cast on a A Noble Cowl this afternoon, and I have plans to pop down to the store and buy the right sized needles so I can make this Anthropologie inspired headwrap and this Bandana Cowl. I have all this Charisma yarn leftover that I need to get rid of, because my mother is determined that I will not develop a stash, (It's going to happen anyways, I just know it!), and told me I need to use up all my yarn before I can buy more. Those two things will be perfect to do just that!