on the eve of my new york adventure

December 15, 2010

it occurred to me that i haven’t done an actual knitting post in a while.
i feel like i haven’t been as prolific as i was over the summer,
but i think i really burned out on the rhinebeck sweater.

so this is what’s been going on;
for the longest time, i’ve wanted a stephen west stripy neck accessory.
i specifically bought some yarn in rhinebeck for one,
but i couldn’t choose which i most needed in my life.

i finally decided on clockwork and i am in love with it.
the rows have gotten epicly long so i doubt it will be done for nyc.

oh well.

tina’s juneberry triangle is still on the needles,

mostly because i misplaced the pattern for a time.
i had apparently decided it belonged with all of my phd application paperwork. makes total sense.

i’ve turned the corner on the edging,
so i still have hope it’ll be done before 2011.

and of course, there’s the sample i’m knitting for blue moon.

anyone recognize what it is?

i was a little daunted when i saw which pattern i was supposed to knit.
i’ve never done a brioche stitch before,
and every other row is knit with laceweight.
that is some serious pressure.
but i’m a knitter. i can knit anything.
so after some practice, i got the body started.

yes that is the body of the sweater,
and before you say that i am in some crazy place of denial,
here are some important facts you need to consider.
this it the small size, with only 136 stitches cast on.
and it’s a brioche rib so it’s all sucked in.
when stretched, i’m getting gauge.

the fabric is slightly looser than i would normally like,
if i were knitting it for someone, i’d go down a needle size
and knit the next size up to have a denser material.
but i’m already working on 5’s.
there’s no freakin’ way i’m moving down to a 4.
it’s already taken a few days to get 5″ of sweater in.

still, sometimes when i look at it,
i get the fear.

feel free to jump in and validate me at any moment.

in other news, i’m may have something exciting to share in a couple days. hopefully. if things go well. if they don’t forget i ever said this.
in fact go ahead and forget i said anything.
i don’t want to jinx it.


12 Responses to “on the eve of my new york adventure”

  1. heyjenrenee Says:

    haha … ‘the fear.’ you can do it, you can do it! i’ve never done brioche either but i love the way it looks. and your Clockwork colors are totally radical. good luck, carry on!

  2. Aimee Says:

    Still haven’t worked up the courage to try the Juneberry Triangle. Yours always turn out so wonderful so that gives me hope. I think it will be a good January project.

    Have so much fun in NYC! I love that place!!!

  3. Sally at Rivendale Farms Says:

    I’ll validate your mad knitting skills any day of the week. I can even have a stamp made in your honor. (Oh wait, that would be more applicable to parking than knitting.)

    Have a great time in New York, a wicked good birthday, and good luck with the News-That-Must-Not-Be-Named.

  4. kimberly Says:

    gahhhhhhh!! say it!! lol
    Makes me nuts when someone starts to say it then…stops..lol

    Aaaannnyways…Your other little Birthday gift from me is in Pittsburgh post office so I’m hoping it’s at the shop today…you may want to go look! Or call…xx

  5. The sweater looks stunning already. The point of a sample is to show off the yarn, and I think your knitting does just that.

  6. Sarah Says:

    Is that the sweater that’s on the cover of the newest IK? It’s beautiful, but when I saw brioche and laceweight … yeah, no.

    Have a great time in NYC!

  7. kiwionaleash Says:

    I love how Clockwork is coming out. The colors are gorgeous.

    Have fun in NYC. There’s nothing like being there for the Holidays.

  8. jillian Says:

    happy birthday knitting in happy birthday new york! dont let the fear get you down!

  9. Andrea Ybarra-Jones Says:

    I LOVE that you quoted Harry’s Potter. 🙂

    Enjoy your birthday bitch. I hope New York has it’s way with you. 😉

  10. Juliet in Grand Rapids Says:

    Jumping and validating!

    All the knitting is lovely, and remember if you have to go back, it’s just more knitting.

    enjoy! enjoy! enjoy! NYC
    They are lucky to have you!

  11. Yvonne Says:

    Crossing my fingers for that exciting news to come through! Also, I’m hoping that you’ll eat at most of the best places in NYC. And hug Kim for me, wouldja??

  12. Sabrina Says:

    Love your work! The juneberry triangle is looking beautiful!

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