Saturday, April 4, 2009

One Lazy Saturday...

Spoiled animals abound!

And Girasole knitty goodness!

Tomorrow I plan on meeting with some fellow Craftsters in the heart of Houston. It's going to be lots of fun. I think we'll be going to Yarns 2 Ewe and maybe I'll finally get to visit this fabric store I've been intent on visiting. Not sure if it's definitely going to happen, we've been discussing it for a month.

We'll see :D

Friday, April 3, 2009

Okay, I lied....

I cast on the Girasole. It may've been the combination of talking about the pattern, and pulling the yarn and fondling it for an hour while I was organizing the stash or I had nothing to do aside from shelling out money to the state of Texas for my EMT certification. Maybe it was also the fact that I remember my mother's birthday is this month and Mother's day is coming up.

Whatever the way, I bustled right through the first two charts and I am already happy with the result. I can tell this is going to be something I will have a hard time giving away but it will be totally worth it.

I don't know if I'll finish it in time to give it to her for her birthday, so I'll just cross my fingers for Mother's day.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


It's a little frustrating that I'm in the last month of this semester. My classes end this month and I have finals the first week of May.
This means two things:

1. I've been in a rut. My math class bores me because this is literally my FIFTH time doing REGULAR algebra even though I took a Pre-Calculus class during my senior year of high school. Plus, I'm having difficulty with chemistry because I just do not click with the professor. When a student has to correct her THREE times during ONE problem, I am bound to be confused. Plus, the woman frightens me but oh well.

2. Because I've tackled and completed socks, I've leapt one major knitting hurdle, therefore, I am in a knitting high (even though it was simple stockinette socks lol)! I am eager for the semester to end so that I may finally tackle another lovely hurdle.

Shawls! I have three that I am sitting on my hands and waiting for, but the one I will cast on immediately will be Girasole by Jared Flood.

Photo by Jared Flood

Maybe I'm being ambitious, but I mean look at it! It's GORGEOUS!
It actually comes in two sizes, blanket and shawl, but I will knitting the shawl size. I bought the pattern in the Fall of 08 and the yarn right after but I was finding a good time as to when to start so I could focus and remember details without things like school getting in the way.

I'm even more inspired to knit it now. I bought the pattern hours after it came out but now there 70 completed projects and, OH, the results are gorgeous.

The yarn I purchased came from Twice Sheared Sheep on Etsy. A lovely seller who specializes in recycling yarn that was "unfortunate enough to be born as a store bought sweater."

Yarn is 43% Rayon, 39% Nylon, 10% Angora, 8% Cotton. 5 skeins of fingering weight yarn totalling about 1600 yds, which is well above the 1200 yds needed for the Girasole shawl. It is sickeningly soft, which is great!

Photo by owner of the

I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait!