Sunday, December 4, 2011

Almost a year later...

It's been 11 months since my last post here.  And a lot has happened in that year:  I wrote and submitted my first two papers / thesis chapters, I've received a science policy fellowship and moved to Washington, D.C. for it, while here I've experienced my first earthquake and a been brushed by the edge of a hurricane, and I've knit a number of things including a wee baby sweater.
I must say that I found this knit (Cascade by Raya Budrevich) to be highly satisfying.  I loved working with the super-grape-y yarn (Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Superwash Worsted in Purple Haze) and the little leaves on the button band were a very nice touch.  Baby sweaters are the perfect thing for me to knit in many ways.  I prefer small, quickly finished projects but I like them to have enough complexity to be slightly challenging.  And I experience very bad second-sock-itis when knitting socks a symptom that is thankfully avoided with baby sweaters.  If I were baby-sized I think I would have knit myself an entire wardrobe of sweaters by now.  As I am not this sweater is currently winging its way back to Minneapolis via USPS to outfit a very wonderful friends' even more wondrous babe.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Gloomy Day for a Blocking

It's an awful day for taking pictures of a finished project with dingy winter light just oozing in around the shutters.  However, I've finished a pretty little shawl intended for my new sister in law and I thought I'd take a few shots of it as it's pinned out for blocking on the bed.  This is the Haruni shawl knit in Berocco Comfort Sock:

I normally choose a brighter yarn for my projects but I have to say that this grey results in an elegant shawl that emphasizes the texture of the lace very nicely.  Once it's dry I'll try to take some less dismal pictures of it and then it'll be off in the mail!