major startitis has kicked in. i blame several things: 1) the ever-present knitting ADD i just can't seem to shake; 2) a break from the crippling heat and humidity this week, reminding me that summer will eventually end and i will get to wear my sweaters and mittens and hats once more; 3) last night's fashion show at nina; and 4) having lots of birthdays, special occasions, and holidays to knit for from now 'til the end of the year, with new ones popping up weekly!
last night's show at nina was super fun - i don't get to attend many events of any kind, since most of them happen when i am working (thursday & friday evenings, saturday and sunday). so to me, getting to come to last night's event was a bit of a treat. i haven't been to many knitting fashion shows, but the few i've attended were definitely on the lame side. not so last night - i was more than pleasantly surprised. Really beautiful yarns, interesting patterns, and even some things i would consider making for myself!
for example, there were a lot of one- and two-skein scarves/wraps/mobius bands. i am really not into knitting scarves at all, and quite honestly never got why everyone was into mobius bands. perhaps it was seeing them in person, knit out of pretty yarns instead of fun fur or something reminiscent of semi-digested trix. or maybe it was the realization that a mobius band is quite practical in a city like chicago, and since my new work commute involves walking over the chicago river twice a day, it might be a good idea to wear something that is not only warm, but well-attached to my body and therefore not likely to go flying off into the river. i'm not casting on just yet, but the idea has definitely taken hold in the back of my mind.
and then there's the tea leaves cardigan. i'd already been thinking of making one for myself, but was holding off until i finished up the bulk of my gift knitting...but as i drooled over it last night, i thought about how it only makes sense to start it now, even if i only work on it a little bit in between finishing up designs and gifts and such - because then there's a greater probability i could be wearing it by my birthday (or, more realistically, by christmas). and then there was the wall of malabrigo rios, staring me in the face. i already had two skeins of cumparsita at home....perhaps if i bought a few more, i could have the softest, squishiest machine-washable tea leaves cardigan ever.
it's dangerous to go to a yarn store when you don't need any yarn (and trust me, i certainly don't at this point! hence i will NOT be attending stitches midwest this weekend - because obviously, i can't be trusted). it's even more dangerous to go when you have some money burning a hole in your wallet - which is why i will be casting on for the afore-mentioned cardigan at some point later today. my to-do list for today is quite long, but if all i do is cast on and knit the first couple of rows, that's just peachy with me.
i wish i had thought to take my camera to the show last night - i tried taking some photos with my phone, but they're all pretty crappy. if you don't believe me, then behold:
yes, that is the best photo i took last night. pretty sad, right?
on the plus side, i do have some WIP photos to share:
rebecca danger's iris the gourmet monster, available only in a kit. i'm using some mixed-wool fiber i dyed and spun myself; it's somewhere in the neighborhood of a light worsted/dk weight, and i'm knitting a very tight gauge on #4 DPNs.
though these socks did loosen up a bit in the blocking, i've decided that, from now on, i'm going to go up two needle sizes for my colorwork.
it should also be mentioned once more that the pattern for these socks is from Wendy Johnson's Toe-Up Socks for Every Body - i used the Critter Socks pattern for most of the knitting, and then at the end, plugged in my own colorwork chart (see here or here).
sanguine gryphon's skinny bugga! in gryphon's purple soldier fly (a limited-edition color that was only available for a day or two - but check out all the other amazing colors they offer on their site!). i'm knitting on #1.5 needles and pretty in love with how it's knitting up.