Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I also started another pair of Broad Street Mittens. Here's the progress on the first one as of yesterday:The progress has changed from today too because the first mitten is finished and I'm about to cast on for the second one. These are made out of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Buck's Bar colorway for my friend Erica who has been coveting my convertible mittens ever since she saw me making the first Koigu pair.
Anyways, better go finish packing. I'll blog when I can, but if not, I'll be back in about a week with lots of pictures!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Enjoy! I'll have more later such as a finished Irish Hiking Scarf and stuff. In the meantime, I expect a horde of killer rabbits to be made!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
So the big news is that I had Lasik eye surgery done on Friday! DF had his done in February from this same eye clinic, so I knew I could trust the people there since DF isn't blind or anything. I went in for an eye exam on Wednesday, fully expecting them to say I didn't qualify since I have tried to get this done before and was told that my eyes just suck too bad to laser them into submission.
Well, turns out that I do qualify now that they have these new lasers and micro cutting things. I was thrilled. So I wandered around Seoul with DF on Thursday, then was super nervous on Friday. Everything went well and the surgery was done in about 10 minutes. Hard to believe that 20 years of bad eyesight almost can be taken away in 10 minutes. A few hours after the surgery, I felt like my eyes were in hell, but the next day, they seemed to be all better. They did a vision test at the office and I was 20/20 then. I go back this next week to see how they are doing, but they do seem to be OK right now, just a little dry, but that is normal according to everything I have read on it and should go away within a month or so.
So I haven't done much knitting, but I did spin a little. I spun up the silk hankie that I brought with me and it turned into this:It really is much more pretty than this. Much shinier and more yellow than dull green. And the purple is much more vibrant. Anyways, it's a picture of it to prove that I have actually done something fiber related in the past few days. I'll get to work on the Irish Hiking Scarf some more today and try to finish it by this evening.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Pictures later, even if it means I have to load them from home after work.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Sorry for the dark picture. It was early this morning and not very light outside courtesy of the rain from the day before. I'm chugging along on it though and hope that I'll be done with it by the end of this week.
I also picked up the neglected Clessidra socks. I have worked two rounds on it this morning after figuring out the math for adding two more inches to the circumference to accomodate my fat calves. Hopefully that will work out OK.
That's it for today. I must go plurk now :oP
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
And it cooled down to a balmy 87 today instead of 90ish. See what knitting winter wear can do for weather? Nevermind global warming and what not. If knitters everywhere didn't work with cotton and other fibers, the world may end...OK, can you tell it's Friday and my brain is numb and I'm ready to go home and fondle yarn again? I'm getting this urge to spin, so I might do that tonight and see what I can come up with. Not sure what exactly I want to spin though. Maybe more fingering weight wool so I can make more mittens and such.
Anyways, not much knitting happened yesterday aside from finishing the mitten. I brought the scarf with me to work today, but I have to teach an extra class since one of the other English teachers is out, so I won't get as much quality knitting time in. Hope everyone has a good weekend.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
So I go from not knitting one stitch to knitting an almost whole mitten. Since the AC is one again here, I'll probably finish this today and will have the set done. Now maybe winter will hurry up and get here...
Monday, July 07, 2008
And one more for good measure. The specs on this mitten are:
Pattern: Broad Street Mitten from Knitty.com
Yarn: My own shetland/angora blend handspun. Might have enough left over to make another whole pair of mittens too, but won't know until I get the second one done.
Needles: Knit Picks Metal DPNs size 1.5
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Progress was made, even if it wasn't too terribly much.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
I forgot how enthralled with cables I can get before I started knitting on this scarf. It's an easy pattern to work with and having such a yummy yarn is just icing on the cake. The brand of the yarn is Wool 110% from what I can tell. There was a Japanese movie by this title too that the SnB watched, so I thought that was rather funny. I will be going back for more since it was only 6 bucks per skein. I won't buy more until I run out of this though.
And speaking of, this scarf kicks off the Christmas knitting. I think this will be for my grandfather since it seems to be a masculine color. I might make my grandmother one too in a different color, or in the same if I have enough left after I finish the first one.
My first attempt at a felted slipper crochet pattern from two nights ago. Uh, yeah, still needs some work...
But I'm also reminded that I have improved when I see something like this:
A pair of Broad Street Mittens out of my own handspun. Four years ago, I would never have dreamed that I would be spinning my own yarn, much less making something that actually resembles what I want it to look like.
You guys rock! Thanks for sticking with me for over 2 years of blogging and 4 years of fiber-ing!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
It really is a place of contrasts. On one hand, you have an ancient palace, then on the other, you have modern day downtown Seoul. It was a pretty place and if you want to see all my myriad of pictures, you can check the link that I'll put up in the sidebar to the flickr page.
When we were done looking around the palace, we were greeted with a nice anti-USA beef protest:
For those of you who have no idea what this is about, just google it and you'll see. So, DF and I figure this is probably not the best place to be since we're Americans, so we scoot our way out of this while telling the people who ask that we're from another country other than America (Yeah, I hate to lie, but we really didn't want to get caught up in this protest, especially since here recently they have started turning more violent). We did buy T-shirts though that they were selling at the protest just so that we would have a souvenier of sorts.
On Sunday, we went to another palace, this one much bigger:They even had costumes you could put on. DF was trying to look all serious there and I didn't realize I should have been too :oP
I also promised you pictures of the sock in progress. Well, it's not in progress anymore since I finished it this afternoon:
These are for our Korean co-teacher. I hate this yarn still, but I'm glad she has small feet. These have to be the smallest pair of socks I have ever made.