Friday, May 21, 2010


Midway through the week, I had high hopes of finishing a tiny little sweater for a tinier little baby. Then it all hit the figurative fan, when I made a sleeve that wasn't nearly wide enough, but happened to be about 6cm too long. It happens to the best of us, but I got cranky, nearly threw the needles at the wall, stomped my feet, pouted, poured some wine, and slowly frogged back about 10cm of stripey stockinette. Frogging usually leads me to heart palpitations, so I decided to hide the sweater away for a few days to regroup. First, I tried knitting a few rows here and there on my Damson, but for some reason I'm not quite making any progress despite its simplicity. My brain has simply been itching to cast on for something completely different, and I caved in to my urges.
So here it goes, my first real sweater pattern. I always thought of myself as only an accessories knitter, but the further you go into the rabbit hole, you eventually can't help yourself. I just swatched for a DROPS sweater jacket with 3/4 sleeves for my mom in DROPS Eskimo. It looks like I'm on gauge, which is a bit of a relief for now, but who knows what will happen. Wish me luck as I cast on this wooly beast! Here's hoping I make some decent progress over my long weekend.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

#37 - THIS & THAT

Finally back! I've actually quite missed the blog over the last few weeks that were intense and sleep-deprived due to final papers and take-home exams and the like. I'm only a few credits away from my MLS, which is simultaneously exciting and relieving. Meanwhile, in the few weeks I have before the summer minimester begins, I'm packing in lots of yarny and crafty exploits!
First off, I finally finished knitting my Clapotis! It took much longer than I ever anticipated, thanks to my easily distracted brain, but the final product is really lovely, soft, and drapey in Art Yarns Regal Silk - one of my most self-indulgent yarn purchases. I love this colorway with neutrals, silver greys, greens, and bronze called Paris Rain. Considering that when I was last in Paris it was incredibly rainy for the first week, my Clapotis is a little bit of French nostalgia all around.

Although I'll probably never wear it like a shawl, I had to show off the drop stitch design. And many thanks to my fantastic mom, who photographed me quite a few times to get these shots! :)
Also, yesterday I came upon two yarny packages in the mail that I just have to share with you. The first one is my epic order from Nordic Mart, with 40ish skeins of Drops Eskimo for 2 sweaters (including the Sylvi!). This was my first order with Nordic Mart, and oh it was an absolute breeze. I ordered the yarn on Saturday afternoon and it arrived on Monday, zipping across country. How crazy is that? I'm a fan of all the Garn Studio yarns, but the yarn shops around here don't stock it, so I expect to be a return customer.

Then, my swap parcel arrived from Canada from one of my favorite Ravelers, Jenn! The parcel was MIA for a bit in the post, but landed on my doorstep and I was so eager to tear into it. She sent me a few reusable grocery bags - including one with lots of compartments, which will be a very handy project bag; lots of chocolates, including Aero Bubbles (not pictured... because I already tore into the bag and had to hide them from myself in the pantry); a sparkly beaded necklace and earrings set; an adorable notebook with a little sheep on the cover, perfect for writing down my modifications as I knit (which I too often forget to do); springtime stickers; and glorious, glorious yarn. 2 skeins of Cadenza Hand Paints, to be exact, in a beautiful springy green and yellow colorway, which I hear required her LYS owner to run off to the distributor just for me. Jenn, I can't thank you enough for being such a magnificent friend! You certainly spoiled me.

Now, I'm working on getting a few more lingering WIPs off the needles, so I'm turning on my Electric Sheep podcasts and audiobooks, and off I go!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


So I skipped days 6 and 7 in Knit & Crochet Blog Week. I'm feeling a little disappointed, but I had such an amazing time blogging with everyone and getting the opportunity to meet so many new and fantastic folks. I hope you'll keep stopping by BMORE CRAFTY because I've loved getting to know you all a bit by your blogs (and have started following quite a few of you, as well)!

Nonetheless, I think I have a good excuse for being MIA at the end of KnitCroBloWeek: Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival was this past weekend! Traffic was dreadful and the weather was heinously hot, but oh it was worth it. Angela and I frolicked around, checking out the yarn vendors and plotting ways to steal an alpaca. We left without one (unless you count the alpaca and silk roving I bought), but we did pat quite a few of them on their adorably fluffy heads.

From Maryland Sheep & Wool 2010

In the end, we spent much more time in the barns than around the vendors, checking out the myriad breeds of sheep and pitying them as they panted in the near-90 degree heat. The ones being sheared looked much relieved, I must say! And really, there is nothing more disheartening than seeing a food vendor with a sign for lamb gyro only steps away from a barn full of bleating sheep...
Surprisingly, I only bought a few bags of roving... likely because I was ogling the spinning wheels, which is inspiring me to save my money. This was my first MDSW, and all in all, it was such a fun day. Next plan - visit the Painted Spring Alpaca Farm near York, Pennsylvania. Who's in?!