Friday, February 26, 2010

snow day.


Took a snow day yesterday, when the snow was really coming down, because I was nervous about driving. Taking a snow day today because, well:

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My way of coping with 27 inches (!!!) of snow: what better time to wear warm handknit socks from Mom?

(Rogue Roses (rav link) in STR some-colorway-or-other from last year's RSC. I just washed these for the first time and they're soooooo soft now! Thanks Mom!)

Wash's way of coping:

Snow plow just came through as I was typing this! Maybe I'll make it back out to civilization today after all! Anyone else getting buried in wintery goodness? Are you getting lots of knitting done in the meantime? I finished a few more Yucca chart reps, though the shawl still looks basically the same. I'll have to look for some new and creative ways of photographing it this weekend!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

happy sunday

Thanks for all the nice comments on my last post. I've decided I do like the blue beads/purple yarn combo... I think I just needed to work with it for a little while, and to hear other people say that it looked all right. And so the shawl continues apace.

aeolian progress 2/20/10

I'm having a lot of fun knitting now that I can see the pattern emerging. I still feel like my progress is super slow, but what can you do? I'm through 2.5 repeats of the Yucca chart, and I have to do 12 total. And then, you know, the other three or four charts. Yikes!

Other happenings at Chez Orange Cat this weekend:





and kitties saying "play with me!!"

Sunday, February 14, 2010

oh hai thar.

Oh my gosh, finally! Blame grad school for the long blog silence here at OCK. I've been writing Matlab code and studying op-amps (OH MY GOD OP AMPS) instead of photographing or writing about my projects. I have been knitting, though! In fact, I would say I've been knitting a LOT, but spread out between so many projects that it's hard to blog. No, the Viper Socks still aren't done. Stained glass scarf's not done. I lost the pattern for the Embossed Leaves socks.... But look over here!


Hello Aeolian shawl! This is my project for the Adventures in Lace KAL. I started on February 2 and am definitely not as far along as some KALers are with their projects, grumblemumblegripemoancomplain, but oh well. I finally got past the start-up chart this weekend and just finished the first rep of the Yucca chart. This is definitely a challenge for me - every row takes a lot of concentration and I messed up a lot in the beginning. And I'm experiencing what I guess a lot of first-time lace-weight lace knitters do...the terror of looking at this thing that's taking so much work and is looking more or less like purple ramen. How beautiful...?! I can't wait for the magic of blocking, although I don't know how I'm going to keep Wash away during that process. Hmm.


So I'm a little undecided about the beads. They're kind of fun to work with but they look a lot more BLUE in context than they did in the store. If I had a magic wand I would turn them all silver, but I don't exactly want to rip out what I have now...are they too much, colorwise? What do you think?

And here's a little meta-blogging for you. Behind the scenes at OCK: how I got decently-lit photos of a dark, scrunched-up shawl on a cloudy day:

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He's so handy. Thanks dear =P Happy Valentine's Day!

While I had Jim enlisted as Chief Yarn Photographer this morning I dug out an older lace project, too.


This is Wisp, in some kind of mohair thing I bought a few years ago in NYC. This is one of the hardest projects I've ever had to photograph - the fuzz is so dense that the only way to go was to hold it up to the window. Again, I think the finished object will benefit a lot from blocking - the sides are kind of wobbly right now. I don't know when I started this (apparently Ravelry doesn't automatically track when you posted a project), but I think it was sometime last summer, yikes! I'd like to finish this soon. The bright pink/wine color is such a nice break from winter greys.

In conclusion, yay for lace progress and finally blogging about it! Now if you'll excuse me, I have an exam to study for. Frequency behavior of folded cascode op-amps, here I come!