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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Mini Knitty meet-up in Seattle

Wow, I'll be arriving in Washington state this Tuesday and I already have a date! With a group of cool Seattle knitters I know through the Knittyboard. We'll be doing a LYS tour, or perhaps get stuck at Weaving Works, our first stop. ;)
(Berichtje voor Carla: Erg mooi aanbod, deze shop!)

I've been doing my last bits of laundry and a little packing. The suitcases will arrive tomorrow morning, thanks to Liza from my SnB who'll let me borrow them. I already packed my carry on luggage: little bamboo needles, sock yarn, a big fat book just in case my knitting gear is confiscated. Can you tell I'm excited?!

More fun Seattle news:
On July 28 Dave & I will be attending the first annual Stitch 'n Pitch hosted by Seattle's baseball team, the Mariners. The idea is that a huge group of knitters get together at the game to...ehm..knit. And watch the game of course!

How cool! Now if only someone would be kind enough to explain me the rules...

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Purple sock finished

I just finished the sock using the merino sock yarn I got from my Secret Pal:

I used a 3x1 rib on the leg with a 2x2 rib for the cuff, which looks a little wonky. The next pair of ribbed socks I'll make will just be a 3x1 over the entire leg.
For the toe I used a very easy to remember wedge toe, which knits up easily, but doesn't look and feel as nice and comfy as the Dutch charted version that I used on the rainbow sock. (For all you Dutchies, Belgians, Afrikaner, you get the idea, here's the Wolhalla sock chart.)

Thanks for your comments, glad you're all still around! ;)
To answer Roxy's question: I'm leaving on the 19! So that's 8 days from now.
I. can't. WAIT!
On the plane I'll be knitting the twins for my first two finished socks so I'll have something nice in my hiking shoes in the States. I'm also thinking of putting Branching Out on my bamboo straights, but perhaps that'll be too difficult or will look too dangerous.

I found a link to a government list of permitted and prohibited items (.PDF) on the Knittyboard. I should be fine! :)

Friday, July 08, 2005

Up, up and away!

Phewie, it's been a while. Again.
I've been taking another exam, which I also totally passed, thank you very much! That was the last exam of my college career so now it's only the thesis that I have to work on. I plan to graduate in September.

The thesis is on corporate weblogs and PR and I'll be writing it in the great US of A. My American sugahdaddy bought my ticket off his gazillion frequent flyer miles this week, and I'm leaving the 19th. (Thanks Dave, that's gonna be one hell of a pair of kilt hose and clogs for you!!!)
I plan to be back in NL on September 11th. Hmmmm, we'll see how that goes. (Famous last words?)

I plan to use the blog to report on my knitting progress as always, but now also to keep everybody informed of my mischief! ;)

And now for the knitting content. I took pictures of all my current WIPs, excluding the pink Cascading Leaves sock that I frogged after ANOTHER f*ck up in the lace. Yes kiddos, Grolsch and knitting do not mix.

First let me show you my pride and joy, the Rowan cardi:

After going through hell and back with the arm hole and neck decreases, the fronts and back are finito! Now only the sleeves, which I will knit simultaneously, and the collar to go and I can give it to my mom. Don't think I will make the birthday deadline of July 13th though. I suck.

Also wanna show you my nearly finished new sock, made from the gorgeous skein of Knitpicks Sock Landscape, and the first repeat of the lace of Branching Out:

And here's the rainbow sock's twin brother, that's now ready for the heelflap, and the French Market Bag, almost ready for felting, with the final skein of purple Tweed to finish its handles:

What else? Ah, knitting is fun for the whole family:

Silly gatos... ;)
That's it for now. Next post may be from the States!

P.s. I busted my Secret Pal! It's the multi-talented Sew Eclectic. *Waves at SP*