Backyard Leaves

All I want is Food and Creative Love

That title of a Rusted Root song could only mean one thing… I got my yarn (finally!)  I had ordered two colors because I just couldn’t decide: provincal rose and rue.  Of course Rue was backordered but I had the store just go ahead a ship me my PR.  A knock on my door at 8:15 this morning and here I am with my lovely rose colored yarn! 

It’s a bit too rose for me but I’m thinking that once i give it a wash it’s going to dull down just a wee bit.  And what I will do with the Rue when it arrives, you ask?  Oh make a Green Gable of course! I truly do enjoy the Zypher Style patterns. Simple yet stylish.  And wonderful Wearability!

With all this going on to needles I do have one proud FO to share. Just in time for the break in temperature.

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Pattern: Backyard Leaves from Scarf Style
Yarn: About 4 balls of DB Cashmerino Aran in color 101
Needles: Size US 8s straights

I couldn’t put this project down even though I still have my sock and shawl to finish.  The pattern always needed your attention but at the same time it was great practice on reading your stitches.  Knowing what a k2g looked like or a ssk and what you needed to do on the next row without having to read the pattern.  I paid attention and yet felt a bit freer towards the end because I could almost close the book and knit it on my own.  One small victory for me as a knitter!  Here is my backyard leaves self-portrait inspired by fricknits. (can you see that i need to dust my mirror…)

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I haven’t blocked the scarf and I’m not sure I am going to.  I like the 3-d of the leaves and don’t want to take that puff out of them.

I hope to finish my jaywalker, I’m just about to turn the heel.  I’m so happy you all were curious about the color.  I felt the same way when I first got the ball of yarn.  An "Eehh" feeling, but as I was knitting it up I began to love it more and more.  Ohh Trekking, BUT oh have you see what Eunny has done?? It’s entrelastical!

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Cha-Cha Changes!

Oh, Hello.

So I figured if I’m getting more readership that a little sprucing up  and housekeeping was needed.  So of course first things first, my blog title… I couldn’t help thinking that the title "minor obsessions" made me think that although it does describe perfectly how i feel towards the craft of knitting it didn’t really fit somehow… not to mention google-ing the title probably doesn’t lead you to many knitting pages…

so i turn to my wonderful b-day.  of course it isn’t as fab a januaryone(!) but it’s 10/10, so why not…  my friends like to point out that i will be turning 30 on the date 10/10/10.

so welcome (again)! change those blogline feeds and bookmarks!

ETA: A lot have asked what color is the Trekking XXL Jaywalker I have below.. it’s color 100.  Go out and get it!

inspiration

the sweater dress

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At first i wasn’t a huge fan of the concept but  now seeing this via my Urban Outfitters email – I need to make one! I tried to find the dress on their site but it wasn’t there.  Or the dress they have for sale is a bit different (there’s a huge cable in front).  I was hoping for a closer look to dissect how to make it and unfortunately this picture isn’t sharp enough! How can they tease me so? help!

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Best. Monday. Ever.

Yeah I said it.  I actually enjoyed Monday. Whoop De Do!

No Honestly, I did.  And you wanna know why?  Because I had a fabulous weekend and I am just paying it back this week.  Today I sat happily in my school office knowing that I didn’t have to go anywhere.  I didn’t have to get in my car to drive to anyone’s school to do my pitch.  I could sit, happily answering phones or whatever.  It was great.  Oh and another thing, I had a FABULOUS weekend.

Saturday I helped out at Patricia’s Yarns in Hoboken.  I LOVED it.  I was worried that it might be knitting overkill but on the contrary I enjoyed helping people with their projects or getting them excited about the yarn they picked out.  Not to mention working on a sock… On a Jaywalker no less…

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This is the Tekking XXL jaywalker I was working on.  It will be used as a sample for the shop.This week cannot go by any faster for me so that I can get back to helping more.

New Project: BOLERO! OOOLAY!

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I hit the stitch gauge on my swatch but not row, but I’ve been assured that this may not be as big of a problem as I think.  You know you read some knitting books whose instructions, to me, can sound like  my 7th grade teacher, "You MUST NOT run in the hallways"… "You MUST NOT knit your garmet if the gauge is off" it’s like you’re breaking a knitting law.  Now, I know there’s much to be studied and planned out with your knit gauge but some of these knit books make it sound like your finish product will be "terrible and make you unhappy for the rest of your life" if you don’t use: A) the yarn suggested B) the needles and C) you don’t hit gauge.   

I always loved running in the hallways.

Also notice that cute little thing that looks like a purse?  It’s a PIN CUSHION!  My roomate happened to find a vendor that was selling these and thought of me.  How great is that!? I love it and am blown away at how thoughtful she was.  I guess I should get crackin’ on her scarf!

ETA: Also, went to the Stitch Out and had a fabulous time. I mean I got to meet Cara and Mason Dixon KAY (not Ann) Sorry! That’s what I get for being Overly excited and not paying attention! How freakin’ sweet is that!?

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New Bag o’ Tricks

I love learning something new!

Today it was the Magic Loop.  Now I know there are many many techniques out there to knit things in the round and I certainly have No Problems with Double Pointed but sometimes there’s just things that seem to work out so much easier (and help the poor knitter) out a bit when you can use one large ass needle for multiple projects.

My wonderful shopowner and friend Patricia put me on to this technique.  I was a skeptic at first but realize it’s Just Like using two circulars – so if i liked that = this would be a piece of cake.  and it is! Of course you must knit the way you feel most comfortable or what’s the point! But for my 2 circ peeps out there, this isn’t half bad and I whole heartly support you checking it out.

I’m working on a sample for her store.  Of course it’s the Jaywalker pattern in tekking xxl which is a fabulous sock yarn. It makes me think of the Sock Hop yarn that I see on the blogs where each ply is a different color but then the whole thing changes color.

Tomorrow I’m heading into the city for the NYC Stitch Out! Should be a good time just hanging out with other NYC area knitters and hopefully getting to meet a few famous people too!

Oh and lastly, this pattern is strong with the force and I may need to make one in time for the 31st.

Life

Blog’s search for meaning

Just when I was thinking… "no one reads this blog" BAM, Cara had to go ahead and mention me in her self pity post. Girl,
we all have those DAYS! And I’m SO happy you’ve bounced back!!! I was just saying to my boyfriend last night
how I felt I was "failing" at this blog thing (I looked on bloglines
and my subscribers went from 9 to 8… ouch!) … but then I had to think
to myself – what exactly am I failing at?
That I don’t have a huge readership? That I’m not a whitty writer? I hope I’m at least entertaining! 😉
But then I had to think about what the purpose was of this blog. It’s
to share my love of this art, knitting, as well as other creative
outlets and to share my experience with others who love to as well! And who’s judging the pass/fail of things anyway?

 

I think
I’m a pretty good knitter for a 3 year-er… there’s MUCH to learn and
I’m absolutely thirsting for it! There’s SO much inspiration out there
which is WHY I decided to start this thing in the first place. I was
googling local yarn stores when I cane across January One and then
began the click fest from blog to blog to blog.
I saw Amelia’s site, than Grumperina’s, then Zeneedle’s, then’s Eunny… and well I was HOOKED.


I had to join this wonderful network of people and become a part of the inspiration.  There’s no way I would be as good of a knitter as I am now without these connections. So I guess I’m kinda hoping to Pay it Forward someday.  That perhaps this here blog will inspire someone else to pick up the needles like I did.  That they will get the courage to sit down and figure out a pattern, make a gauge, and some day wear their finished work of art.  Until then, I’ll just write in my little corner of the internets (and perhaps join a few KALs) and keep meeting new and wondeful people who, like me, are just trying to make sense of this art called knitting.

Can’t wait for Rheinback!! WOO!

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Dude Looks Like A Knitter

Time for some Random Wednesday Posts

is this dude for real?

I’m totally in awe of his knitting AND his photography! i bow to brooklyntweed! I am finishing up my own shetland shawl and can only hope that it looks as fabulous as his.  and let’s not even compare my snapshots to his.  i’m so amazed! wanna cross the river to Jersey to give a lesson?  I will now play the Beastie Boys’ "No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn" on repeat so that I’m inspired to finish my shawl.

Send me on My Way

Knits in the Minorly Obsssed arena are producing themselves everywhere and I’m constantly (it seems) being inspired to do MORE.   I just bought the Zypher Style, Rusted Root pattern, and not only does the name make me think of the CD I used to play nonstop in high school, but also I it’s going to be my Rheinback knit!  I can so see myself wearing this baby to work and play.  It’s so relaxing and simple and Knit In The Round. Hello, I love won’t you tell me your name?

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I am just debating what color to make it.  I love the one on the model, but do I want to make a carbon copy?   I feel like I have so many greens, i did an NBaT in brown and not sure how blue fits into my wardrobe these days, maybe lilac but I keep being drawn to the reds.  Cotton Fleece happily comes in a wonderful assortment but it just makes the decision making harder!

Yes, More Leaves

I hope to have some finished goodies to show soon but for now I’ve paused most everything else to finish a Backyard Leaves scarf.  The pattern just sucked me in and I. just. can’t. stop.  I know there a ton of these around the internets and it’s easy to see why.  I am using DB Cashmerino Aran on sz 8’s.  I might go down a needle if I decide to make another, but I am enjoying how it’s coming out.

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I swear, It was on Sale

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Some DB Cathay for perhaps a Bolero of my own.  I bought enough to put long sleeves on that puppy if I wanted to.  There’s a new-to-me knitting store nearby having a wonderul sale.  These were 25% off! I will go back.  Oh yes, I will go back.

Speaking of Yarn Stores

I  am helping out at Patricia’s Yarns in Hoboken.  I start this Saturday!  Oh won’t  you come by and knit with me?? 😉

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Remembrance

Today, 5 years ago, I was sleeping soundly in my bed at college.  It was a day that I didn’t have morning classes and I wanted to get as much sleep as I could.  The phone abruptly rang and I fumbled around to pick it up.  My dad was on the other end. "Hi, Honey. I just wanted you to know that I’m alright".  His voice was calm and in my waking cloudiness I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about.  He was surprised I didn’t know yet.  That I didn’t already know of the terrible thing that had happened.

"A plane just hit the world trade".  Of course when you hear something like that you’re never really thinking of the worse case scenario.  I imagined a small propeller plane manned by a novice pilot who got lost. Never in my wildest nightmares did I think of this.   I jumped out of bed with my phone in hand and flipped on the TV.  There it was – a smoking tower.  I was on the phone with my dad just as the second plane struck.  I could tell he was just as shocked as I was, but trying to hold his calm.  You see, my father should have been at work that day on the 98th floor of Tower Two, but because of my need for my car he was home getting it fixed.  I stayed on the phone with him as we watched in horror as the towers fell.  It was at That moment that I realized how truly devastating it was.  I was an Resident Assistant that year and I had to pull myself together to be a support for the students on my hall.  Sure enough the doors of other dorm rooms were flung open as TV sets came alive with the scene. A girl who’s HS was in the neighborhood began crying; another had yet to hear from her own dad, some one’s uncle was on the plane. 

I went to school in Boston where one of the planes took off.  Everyone at my school was holding prayer services and offering support.  The name Bin Laden was new and foreign to us and not synonymous with Terror as it is today. 

I think of all the blessings I have in my life.  Of Family and Friends, of people who have passed on and the people whom I’ve yet to meet.  I think of this hobby, knitting.  Of what calm it has given me in times of stress.  What excitement it has given me in moments of inspiration.  I, of course, am not alone in this.  A co-worker of mine came across this article that was written int the National Catholic Reporter called "Knitting Ourselves Together."  It speaks of the bonds knitting has created in the here and now, across seas and across time.  It is a strong connection that we have when connections are so easily broken.

I think of all those who have passed on today and I think of all those who still  need healing.  I am not someone who dwells on such things but who carefully remembers and holds precious the gifts that has been given.  I do not take them for granted and know that things can unravel as easily as it was created.  Today we remember that life isn’t easy but that there are these wonderful connections to be made that will help us get through.

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J’Adore the knits

I keep thinking about how much I’ve just fallen into knitting.  What happened??  I always considered myself someone who needed to be creative.  Give me anything and I’ll try it out.  I can sit for HOURS putting something together or strining beads onto a thin wire.  I love it.  I find that people mostly see me as a huge extrovert, and for the most part I am.  Get me out on that dance floor and I will boogie until the bar closes, but sometimes I just love being on my own.  Doing whatever makes me happy – without people judging.  Sometimes I know I can get carried away. My mom sometimes calls me "knit addicted", my boyfriend jokes at me saying "Knit Faster!" and even I know I should be cleaning or going out or something, but sometimes I just feel like sitting there and making whatever it is I’m making. (pretty much zoning everything else out completely)

I love doing things that are creatively fulfilling.  Give me a camera and I’ll shoot 100 rolls.  Give me a canvas and I’d make Bob Ross proud of my Happy Little Trees. Give me some paper and I’ll scrapbook until the cows come home.  IT’s just what I love to do.  Of course making a living of these things would be fabulous – somehow incorporating all the joys of these crafts into a sophisticated career/shop/life.  But for now it will be what I do on the "downtime".  With that said, I’ve started at least 4 projects and I keep switching gears from one to the other. 

The first is the Shetland Shawl – which I got inspired to do from Grumperina! I’m about one repeat away from the edging. The shawl is super soft and I cannot wait to finish it and get it blocked. 

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The next is called Ruffles from Scarf Style, which is actually a present to my roomate.  The poor girl has to live with me and my knit addiction, I should at least make her something.  This is actually knitting up quickly as it’s just an 8 row repeat.

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I’m using 100% alpaca yarn, which is a first for me.  I find that it "unwinds" pretty easily and therefore the stitches aren’t as uniform as I like them, BUT it is coming out nicely and it’s SO soft.  The roomate will love it.

And Remember I’m still finishing my Fall Socks AND then I just casted on for another scarf. I JUST Can’t STOP!  I blame the internets.

I look at these knit blogs and realize it’s a UNIVERSE of people and that I’m really on a little island.  That there are thousands upon thousands of wonderful artists out there doing their thing.  I keep discovering new blogs (to me) and being utterly amazed and excited about the pieces I see being created  It makes knitting so wonderful sheek and fab for me.

So enough of my knitting rants… Anyone going to the Stitch Out???

Socks

Autum

I know I know. You’re gonna tell me to stop talking about the fall.  That it’s STILL summer in your book.  That you will happily wear what ever key summer article be that bikini, mini skirt, flip flops or whatever that you picked out, right up until the HOUR the season turns over.  But my friend, did you feel it this weekend (if you weren’t being rained upon) – the breeze, the wonderful cool breeze… the smell of fresh cool air, the Halloween paraphernalia in the local CVS or equivalent?  Oh Fall is certainly almost here.  I’ve already shared with you why it’s my favorite season and now presenting:

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(cheesy knitter alert!)I cannot get over how fabulous this sock is!!!  The way it pooled completely cover the leaf repeats! I"m freakin’ beside myself here!!  It’s gorgeous! I keep taking it out and looking at it. Sticking my arm through to the foot so I can see the leaves properly.  Putting it on the one foot and pretending the pair is complete.  Yeah I’m nuts.  But it’s just that it came out so much better than I had expected! The sock is a wee bit bigger than my foot but I’m not going to get nitpicky here… I love it.  It’s fabulous and I love the fall!

BUT… like all things there is something that’s foreshadowing the completed pair.. Will I be able to finish the second with the yarn I have left.  I do not have one of those weight doohickeys so I kinda did the whole putting the sock in one hand and the left over yarn in the other and shaking them a bit.  Very scientific, I know.  Here’s what’s left:

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Perhaps I’m being hopeful but it does FEEL heavier than the finished sock.  I’m going to just keep going and pray to the knit God. I’ve seen people all over the Internets go through this situation – some with success and others with sad failure.  I am a glass half full kind of girl so there’s a pair in my future even if I may need to buy another skein. (gee that wouldn’t be so bad not would it.)