Sunday, December 28, 2008

FO: Wicked

wicked 003

wicked 004

Pattern: Wicked from Zephyr Style
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, Visual Purple
Mods: I skipped the seed stitch and repeated the cable pattern for the hem. I also left off the pocket.



Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! I finished this sweater about 2 weeks ago, but with the holiday and traveling, I'm just getting around to blogging about it. This was a pretty quick and enjoyable knit for me. Easy to follow pattern and easy to modify. I'm pretty happy with it and will probably knit another one at some point, maybe in cotton for warmer months.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Cowl is the new scarf

Yeah, I know I'm late to the party, but I'm having a cowl obsession. I've knit 3 in the past few weeks:

Alpaca Cowl
Alpaca cowl in Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky

Noro Cowl
Gloria Cowl in Noro Silk Garden

Birthday Cowl
Birthday Cowl in Malabrigo

I knit each of these in less that a day! Cowls are great for leftover single skeins and fill that need for a quick finished project. I knit these with the intention of giving them away as Christmas gifts, but now I want to keep them for myself. Luckily I have more waiting in my Ravelry queue!

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

No rest for the wicked

Wow, it's been nearly 6 months since I've updated my blog. Life has been really busy...moving, starting a new job, traveling. I put down my knitting for a while, but thankfully I've rediscovered my knitting mojo. My main obsession right now is Wicked. I wanted to knit a cute, flattering, quick sweater. I spent hours on ravelry searching for the perfect pattern, then the perfect yarn, then the perfect colorway. I decided the short sleeved, worsted weight version of Wicked in Dream in Color Classy.

Dream in Color Classy

The colorway is Visual Purple. It's so delicious.

I was knitting along smoothly making great progress. I had great plans to work on it diligently during the 3 hour driving trip to my aunt's house for Thanksgiving. I thought I'd probably be all done with it by the end of the weekend. As I was separating the sleeves from the body I realized that I had forgotten to place a stitch marker and only had 1 sleeve. Yeah, that's right, I was knitting a sweater with 1 sleeve. The boyfriend cracked up over that one. So, I frogged, re-knit from the collar and now am on to the body of the sweater. The rainy, gloomy weather we're having this weekend has been the perfect excuse for knitting and movie watching. I'll have a finished sweater in no time!


Monday, June 16, 2008

All the cool kids are doing it

Flickr Meme

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

1. Larkspur Farm, 2. Thai red curry., 3. Peach blossoms#03 hwy49s@ Marshallville,Ga.(3-31-08), 4. When I'm sleeping, I slow down my breathing...Living in dreams, dreams that come true...thinking of the color blue... ZZZzzzzzz..., 5. Denzel Washington smiles more, 6. first juleps of the season, 7. Oia - Santorini, 8. Gelato, 9. The Earth is God's Canvas., 10. Family Portrait, 11. Blessings at Sunrise, 12. the family vehicle

Here's what to do if you want to play along:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker.

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name. (kid version: favorite animal?)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

FO: Hourglass Sweater

Pattern: Hourglass sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson
Yarn: Malabrigo merino worsted in Pagoda
Needles: Knitpicks Options size 7
Started: November 2007 Completed: April 2008

This is my first sweater and a really enjoyable knit for me. I loved the zen of knitting stockinette in the round. I only made a few modifications to this sweater. I added a little extra length to the torso and in hindsight probably could have added a little bit more. I added a few extra increases at the bust and some extra rows of decreases at the yoke to not have the flashdance effect everyone complained about. I absolutely love this yarn! It's so soft and cozy. I'm sure I'll get lots of wear out of this when the temperature drops.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I Dream of Africa part III

Cape Town was so stunningly beautiful, it's hard to put it into words. Thank goodness I bought a new camera before my trip and took hundreds of pictures. My pictures still don't do it justice, but they come close...

Bo-Kaap (Cape Malay)

Hout Bay

View of Hout Bay from Chapman's Peak

Lighthouse at Cape Point

Mandela's Gold
(A Bird of Paradise bred in honor of Nelson Mandela)

I also took lots of pictures of all the interesting animals we encountered during our stay...

1. Nice Kitty, 2. Lion, 3. Guinea fowl, 4. Simon's Town Penguin Colony, 5. Ostrich, 6. Duiker Island, 7. Giraffes, 8. Rainbow over the reserve, 9. Elephants, 10. Rhino, 11. Baboons, 12. Springbok

And just a short drive from Cape Town was the beautiful winelands. We spent most of our time in the Stellenbosch region, a quaint town with old Dutch architecture, sprawling vineyards, and hundreds of wine estates.

This was an amazing trip! South Africa has so much to offer...beaches, mountains, history/culture, cool wildlife, beautiful flora and great vino. I can't wait to visit again!


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I Dream of Africa part II

South Africa is a beautiful, vibrant country that has struggled to overcome the dark history of apartheid. In planning my trip, I struggled with whether or not to take a tour of the townships. While township touring is very common and generate revenue for the people who live there, I didn't want to be a voyeur. I was reminded of the mixed feelings I had towards motorcoach tours through the devastated Ninth Ward of post-Katrina New Orleans. In the end I decided to go with a small black owned tour company with roots in the community for a more authentic, less invasive experience and deeper understanding of township life.

We began with a trip to the townships of Khayelistsha and Langa which sit in the Cape Flats, an area just outside the city center near the airport. From the outside the townships appear to be miles of tin shacks and poverty. Surprisingly, amidst the tin shanties were some modest brick homes and expensive cars; not all township residents live in extreme poverty. While many residents are poor, the townships are such vibrant communities with schools, churches, and businesses. We visited a local church and community center and a bed and breakfast where economic empowerment and education are encouraged. We drank homemade "beer" with some locals and played games with the children.

We also spent some time at the District Six Museum, a museum devoted to a once thriving multicultural area of Cape Town whose black and colored residents were forced out of their homes by the government into the townships. Family pictures, letters, street signs, and documents serve as a remembrance to the era of apartheid and to the people and cultures who lived in the area.

Overall I'm glad I chose to visit to the townships. I did at times feel somewhat like a voyeuristic tourist, but in the end it was an informative, interactive and socially conscious morning. After our morning in the township we boarded the ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Today, the prison is no longer in use; instead it's a museum dedicated to the struggle for freedom. Some of the tour guides are former prisoners; some former guards. Our tour was given by an ex-political prisoner who was charged with treason and terrorism for opposing apartheid. He explained to us what life was like in the prison, where segregation and the rules of apartheid reached beyond the prison walls. We toured the grounds before visiting Mandela's cell.

At the end of the tour, he moved me to tears as he described his supreme respect for Mandela, his love of South Africa and his ultimate forgiveness of the government and the very guards who persecuted him. A moving experience and one of the highlights of my trip!