Quiet still mornings. I miss North Carolina today..a lot.
In honor of Spring’s first day I’ve been doing some spring cleaning this week, and as always it seems, things have to get messier in order to get cleaner. My room has been an absolute disaster but I think I’ve finally conquered the beast. It feels really good to be sitting in a clean room, with the windows flung open, knitting away.
Of course it won’t stay clean for long..it never does. Sigh..I also was able to hang up some artwork in my room finally. I’ve been living here almost 6 months, and I’ve just now gotten around to it. Now, it’s home.
A bit of good news is that I’ve finished the socks I was knitting for my dear friend, Giorgia. I was so excited/anxious to give them to her that I forgot to get a snap of the finished product, but she was kind enough to send me a picture of them last night. I’ve begun working on her second pair, which is the same knitpicks yarn, just a different color. I’m also doing this pair, toe up, on a pair of circular needles. Exciting! However, it wasn’t a very happy start. Going in I thought toe up on circs would be A LOT easier. I ripped out and started over at least 10 times. BUT I have gotten the hang of it at last! Did I mention I loOOOVE this color?! The green is so beautiful. In some light it looks black, some green, some blue. In the sun it is a beautiful emerald.See?!! SAME YARN!! Totally different. LAHVES it. All the toe up patterns i had been reading were incredibly vague when it came to the increasing part. None specified which way to increase. I suppose that’s because everyone has different, and preferable methods to do this, but I don’t do increases too often so I was pretty clueless. The ones I did find all said to do M1L or M1R (make one left slanting, make one right slanting). So I youtubed, and figured them out, but I always ended up with huge holes in my work. Anyone know why this is? I was picking up the correct bar. I dunno any who..I figured out that K1tb (knit one and knit one through the back) works just dandy for me. So voila! Here is the toe. This method sure does feel like it takes a lot longer than dpns. Maybe I’ve just gotten quite good on dpn’s :p. I’m hoping now that I’ve gotten to the instep part it will go pretty fast.
I made some buttermilk biscuits a couple days ago. Having attempted this feat once before, I was a bit nervous. My first time making them they were terrible. Absolutely disgusting, and coming from the south I felt as if I had disappointed all southern cooks. But I was determined this time. They turned out absolutely wonderful! I wish I would’ve baked them for a couple minutes longer, but they still tasted of home.
They definitely hit the spot. You might be thinking “aren’t biscuits round?”. Yes, most times, but the problem when you do that is you have leftover dough and when you squish it together to make the last couple biscuits, they are always tougher and never as good as the first rounders, so the solution to this problem is square biscuits. That way they are all tender and amazing. I just used the side of a metal spatula to cut them.
I’m going to go continue work on the toe up socks for Giorgia, sit by my open window, and listen to some good tunes. Everyone enjoy your weekend. The weather is going to be phenomenal. I can’t wait!
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Do you like to listen to music while you knit? Or watch tv? Or how about knitting in silence, or while you chat? I love all of the above. However, I do find it difficult to have distractions sometimes. Distractions while knitting=breeding ground for mistakes. Noodling around the city I’ve seen people knitting and walking! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? I can barely look at a person while I knit, let alone be in motion. I was walking to the subway yesterday and I saw a woman chatting with someone and she was knitting with one hand, her yarn squeezed under that same arm, not even taking a peek at her work. And she was fast! Sometimes people amaze me.
I just always find it curious what people do while they knit. I love listening to music, and serially watching tv shows. I can crank out a season in a day or two… HA..so sad.
I’ve been working on a pair of socks for my friend Giorgia, and I’ve been watching Once Upon a Time. I’m obsessed with this show! It’s so cheesy and pretty lame BUT I LOVE IT. I love the fantasy and bad special effects. 🙂 I highly recommend it if you’re a sucker for fantasy, like myself.
I’m also very much adoring the yarn she picked out! It’s Knitpicks Tweed Stroll sock yarn in Autumn. This yarn is so cute and soft. Uhhm and also affordable! YEYUH. I can’t wait to give these to her. I’ve only been making them for WAY too long. She also has another pair in a different color way a coming her way. Second sock on the needles, heel done. Home stretch now.I’ve had quite the time with these particular socks. They are so easy peasy, but I had to rip out the first sock about 4 times. I even snapped a needle. But in the process I realized you can buy shorter needles and I like them so so so much better. They are a lot easier to work with. So if you find that longer needles annoy the snot out of you try shorter ones. I found some Clover ones that are great.
I also purchased some circular dpn’s. I want to try toe up socks on circs. I see everyone trying it and it makes me jealous! It looks so much fun and everyone raves. So how hard can it be? Does anyone know a good tutorial???For those of you out there who also want to try circs for socks, I’ll be reporting on how it goes. 🙂 Oh and here’s some yarn porn, just because.
The weekend is near! Everyone enjoy the rest of your week.
Sunny days are ahead. It’s supposed to snow this Thursday, but I’m just going to ignore that fact. This weekend has been full of vitamin D and outside time. I love sitting in my room with the window open hearing the birds chirping, rare as those birds might be in New York.I’ve just been a lazy lump this week. Didn’t get much of anything done. I did make some cheese scones, which turned out amazing. I also got my hair dyed! I love it. I think I look like a vampire..sppooookkkyy!Hope everyone has had a most sunny week/weekend. I am promising myself right now that I’ll get more fiber arts done this week. No more excuses, Vic.
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