Friday, October 30, 2009

cables in DC

cables in DC, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

I'm really enjoying the conference I'm attending, AND the metro ride that affords me time to knit guilt-free. I took this picture this afternoon in the park while waiting for my friend Kate, whom I'm staying with, to get out of work. And it was sort of just luck that I could get even one picture as my camera has been acting up as of late. I tried to get a picture of the park and the trees with all their leaves changing colours... but it was a no go.

This is the beginnings of Jared Flood's Seneca from his new-ish book "Made in Brooklyn". Yarn is Crystal Palace's Aran in a pretty lilac colour (1018 I think).

I'm sort of loving DC in a way I never did before and would almost consider moving here for the rest of my time in the area. Just think of all the time I could knit while commuting!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

getting there

This is post # 297, so if you haven't entered the contest do it! Do it now!! Don't forget that it is open to both knitters AND non-knitters. Knitters get yarn, non-knitters get a pair of mittens knit by moi.

HOWEVER... there may be a bit of a lag in the next couple of posts. Things are about to get hectic for the next couple of weeks around here. I'm going to DC tomorrow through Saturday for a conference. I'm not presenting, but I am attending and it's a lot of the big names working in my field... it'll be interesting to see what other takes are being looked at currently. So I don't know how much knitting / blogging I will get done during that time.

Then the following weekend one of my favorite bloggy-people, and, truth be told, the person that got me interested in blogging in the first place, Loralee, is coming to the area to meet with the whitehouse!! and discuss health care options (go, read her blog, seriously) and we're going to meet up for the first time ever. I've been reading her for almost five years. She got me through some serious homesickness / loneliness my first time 'round in Spain. We've been email/internet friends since and she is an all-round awesome, supportive person and I really can't wait to meet her in "Real Life".

So yeah, it'll be a little hectic around here for the next couple weeks, but I'll try to get some posts in here and there AND soon announce the contest winners!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pattern is ready and waiting!

cowl, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

Pattern is ready and available for free download through ravelry:
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Monday, October 26, 2009

much better

cowl, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

Pattern coming soon!

quicky cowl

quicky cowl, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

So, not the best picture, but this is a quick cowl I came up with for the class I'm going to teach at Lovelyarns in November and December. The class is designed to teach people how to read charts, how to use a provisional cast-on and grafting/kitchener stitch.

I'm also going to a) take better pictures and b) write the pattern up for sale on ravelry later. So expect to see this again soon. (Hey, the point is to get to 300 posts sooner rather than later, right?! This is post 294. Which means the contest is still open so click here to enter and here if you want to check out potential prizes.)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

etsy binge

As a grad student I tend to go through a "summer drought"... we don't get paid from end of May to mid-September, so that first paycheque is like a god-send. And it tends to come with a bit of a release... a permission to shop, so to speak.

So I went a little etsy-crazy over the last month and have had several wonderful things come home to me. Since I haven't produced anything interesting enough to share knitting-wise, I thought I'd share a few of my new fav etsy shops and purchases. (All pics are the ones from the sellers... I'm feeling lazy and their pics are probably better than the ones I'd take anyway...)

An Audrey Hepburn inspired dress... I'm probably going to be Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey for Halloween, but I also kind of adore and idolize her and would love to style myself more in the fashion of... (From Dinwiddies)

A hot-pink skirt. And we're talking HOT pink... the pictures don't do the colour justice. (From Silly Rabbit Vintage)

A tweedy brown-ish with flecks of gold skirt. Again, pictures just don't do it justice. (From 13bees)

A pair of vintage rooster mugs. I've loved rooster stuff since going to Portugal as a young child. These are adorable and the perfect size for coffee for me - slightly smaller than your normal mug. (From Simply Suzula)

Finally 3 extra large (2.25") embossed polymer buttons. I have no idea what I'm going to use these for but they are even more beautiful up close and personal. (From crochet18purple)

There are a few more things, but one is a present for my brother that I'm not sure he's received yet and the other is something that I'm still waiting to receive... so once those things reach their final destinations, I'll fill you all in!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pattern testing

suéter profundo

I'm really excited to announce that the pattern for my 3/4 jacket has been sent out to some test knitters and will hopefully be available for purchase in a couple of weeks!! I'll keep you all posted!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Thank goodness for flickr and ravelry... I totally forgot that I lost the usb cord to my camera and can't get pictures onto my computer. So for now I'll be using stock photos (my own when I can, and others when I can't).


(Photo is mine.)

The above photo is of prize #1: Crash into Ewe's Jewel Collection with Real Silver in "Garnet", 420 yds. (Only one skein, of course... the other skein I'm using to make myself the Kai-Mei socks from Cookie A's book.) This has been subsequently wound into a ball, however.

Prize #2:

(Photo by: Coolmoonyogaknits)

One skein of Malabrigo Sock in Natural, 440 yds. I used this to make my Twisted Flower Socks, just in green instead of natural. I LOVE this sock yarn. (Ok I love all malabrigo yarns...) This is still in the skein (like in the picture) but I would be happy to wind it if someone would prefer that.

And finally, Prize #3:

(Photo by: llgreens40.)

One skein Cascade Yarns Heritage Solid in blue, 437 yds. I haven't used this sock yarn yet but I've seen it knit up and it is gorgeous and super soft. This has been wound into a cake already.

And, of course, any and all of these can be made into mitts by moi.

There is still LOTS and LOTS of time to enter the contest, so click here to check out the previous post and enter!

Monday, October 19, 2009

300th post contest

So this is actually post 290... the winners of the contest will be posted in the 300th post itself. ALSO: for the NON-KNITTERS: this contest will be open to you too, and you can even win your own prize, which, while knitting related, will not require you to knit for yourself!! So read on...

I had hoped to have the pattern for this:

suéter profundo

ready before posting this, but due to some math-SNAFUs (i.e. I decided in grade 11 that I wouldn't really need math to be a linguist/historian so I stopped caring...) and the fact that my pattern notes weren't as great as I remembered them to be, it'll be another day or two before it's ready. I'm going to have to just sit down with the actual sweater and "read" the pattern back from it. (If that makes sense to anyone else...)

OK, so, the contest is this:
FOR THE KNITTERS: Leave a comment on this post telling me about a pattern you would like to knit for yourself when the holiday rush is over.

FOR THE NON-KNITTERS: Leave a comment on this post telling me one thing you would like to do for yourself (can be anything - a spa day, a girl's night out, etc etc) that you don't normally take the time to do.

FOR EXTRA ENTRIES FOR ANYONE: Let people know through your blog / fb / twitter / etc (as long as I can see it) about the contest and then come back and leave me a comment directing me to your post.

DOUBLE EXTRA ENTRIES: Get people to let me know in THEIR comment that you linked them.

OK, so how is this going to work so that people who DON'T knit get a prize? Well, the prizes are this:

I have several skeins of sock yarn at home and probably will never get around to using all of them. Most of them are already wound into cakes / balls so you have to be ok with that. I'm going to pick 3 and post them in the next day or two. The 3 will go to 3 people randomly drawn. (You can have multiple entries, but NOT multiple wins. The 3 prizes will go to 3 people.)

What about the non-knitters? The non-knitters will get (eventually, don't expect it to go in the mail the next day!) a pair of mittens - either fingerless, regular or flip-top depending on your preference - knit out of one of the 3 skeins by me, to your specific measurements. Yes, I'm totally serious.

OK, that's it... prize yarns will be up in a couple days!

*An addendum: contest will be open until I post #300 with the winners. Winners will be chosen using a random number generator (with each comment being assigned a number in order of posting).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Hope all my Canadian friends and relations had a great Thanksgiving yesterday! I know I did. I've been feeling übber homesick as of late and decided that it would be nice to host my very first Thanksgiving dinner. This is the 5th year I've been living out of country during Canadian Thanksgiving and I've never been able to get home for it. So I did Thanksgiving "Lite" with a whole bunch of close friends here. Turkey burgers, sweet potato fries and lots of lovely salads courtesy of guests. AND PIE:

Actually that would be an apple crisp on the right and apple pie on the left. Made from scratch on Sunday, from apples I picked Saturday.

I am so thankful for my friends here, who are a fabulous support system, who make me laugh when I need to, and let me cry on their shoulders when I need that too. I don't know what I would do without them. I probably would not be a graduate student anymore if it weren't for them.

Monday, October 12, 2009


S1050714, originally uploaded by gradschoolknitter.

OK, once again, I'm playing catch-up. I couldn't find the cord to download pics from my camera to my comp though, so I had to clandestinely use the comp at the yarnstore yesterday that has a memory card slot. I still haven't found the cord, despite looking in all the usual "safe" hiding places, so I may have to bite the bullet and buy a replacement on ebay.

And now back to knitting related things...

Above is a picture of some "art" I'm working on for a local artist. He has these plants that are free-floating and was looking for interesting vehicles to showcase them in. He came to the store a week or so ago and asked the owner, Sue, and I to knit little baskets for them. Sue made some extras so she could display them in store and they look like this:


Pretty cool, eh?

Aside from that I haven't been finding a lot of time for knitting, but the time I have been finding has been going into this:


It's for a friend, for a very special reason, but she sometimes reads this and I want it to be a total surprise. So hush hush on the details for now.

That's pretty much it now, but this is post 288 of gradschoolknitter, so look for a 300th post contest in a couple of posts. I'm thinking I'll post the contest on entry 290, and by the time I get to 300 I'll draw the winner. Which could take a while with the way I've been posting lately, so there will be lots of time for entries! HA.