just what i needed

Yeah, you can totally sing along if you like.

This yarn was just what I needed: it’s soft, lovely, muted and so, so pretty.  I bought it years ago (when I was in Germany, in fact) but never found the right project for it.  Until now.  Funny how sometimes things just fall in place.


Malabrigo lace-weight in Mariposa + Whisper cardigan = summery Nashville cardi.

long, lost knit …

Look what I found forgotten on my camera …


A long, lost project — already handed over to its recipient and hopefully having put in a bit of service before spring hibernation.  A dear friend asked for a “crazy hat” … and crazy she received.  I used one skein of Malabrigo Rasta in, I believe, Arco Iris (866).  Then some mystery stash yarn (Valley Yarns something from the apartment #2 era … so, 2006? 2007?) for the giant pom poms.  It was quick and easy knit — and the pom poms were lots of fun.



Happy Wednesday!  I’ve got a finished green sweater to show off … if only I could get a decent photo …

this sweater is actually green.

Trust me.

in progress

I’ve been working on it off and on, here and there, ever since I finished the Noro! pullover.  Just simple evening knitting, no thinking required.  No pattern, just a top-down raglan in some ancient stash yarn with a cable I found in one of my Vogue Stitchionaries.  (Which I look at often, but rarely use.)

Right now, I’m working through the first sleeve.

(Nope.  Not this color either.  Seriously, it really is green.)

in progress

The semester is grinding to halt and I, for one, could not be happier.  It’s been another crazy year: job market, dissertation, interviews, teaching … In fact, yesterday I realized that I started writing my job letter six months after I defended my dissertation prospectus.  Madness.  Which also reminded me why I might not have had time to draft out that article or dedicate a lot of time knitting.

I miss knitting.  I miss the blue table; I miss this space; I miss you guys.  I miss having lots of ideas and colors and dream projects swirling around amidst all the other whirlwind commitments.

So that’s my summer plan: more knitting, more writing, more colors, more sharing!

my weekend


I spent a good part of my weekend around this table in Rhode Island.  Turns out, the smallest state in the union is pretty pleasant — and conferences are pretty exhausting.  Which I knew, but had chosen to forget.  Luckily, the conference hotel was deeply awesome (with some seriously comfy beds AND a giant chair that made me feel a little like Edith Ann) , and there were plenty of friends to catch up with.

Knitting, however, had to take a back seat.


What you see here is a Leaves of Grass shawl waiting patiently for the rest of its knit-on border.  Man.  That’s a lot of stitches.  Also, it is giant: perfect for that chair.

et voilà!


New spring break pullover!  It’s stripy and wonderful — and super quick to knit.  Dreamy, eh?  All for only 3.5 skeins of Noro Taiyo in a kinda crazy set of colors.


I was inspired by the Equinox Raglan, but, in the end, the two don’t have much in common.  And I’m okay with that.  This one was knit with aran-weight yarn on US10.5/6.5mm needles — so a loose, almost airy kind of fabric that bloomed up very nicely after a quick soak.

(Okay, it might still be a bit damp …)

socks! glorious socks!

Another pair of slouchy socks.  This time in Cascade 220 turquoise pebble (darker) and pacific (lighter).

And a bit of morning sunshine to show them off.

At the moment, these socks are all I really want to knit.  They’re so simple, so fun, so budget-friendly … and so quick.  Pretty much everything it feels like the rest of my life isn’t.  I mean, dissertations take forever.  So a sock in an evening or two?  That feels like accomplishment.

A row here, a row there: voilà! a finished sock.  I find it all very satisfying.

These are destined to be a gift.  And I’m not sure there’s anything cozier than worsted socks.  Even on a Monday …

Alice approves

Alice approves.
… these socks.

They started out life as that extra yarn my advisor gave me.  A box-full of Cascade 220 in various heathered shades … one or two skeins of each color, so not a lot to work with in terms of cardigans or large projects or what have you.  I dithered.  Finally, last week it hit me: socks!  Cozy, woolly, slouchy worsted socks.

The King of Socks, if you will

turtle & celery

And I decided to get stripy with it.  Kind of a melting transition pattern from the main color into the contrasting color, which is how they got their name: turtle + celery.  They are quick, easy, cheap, and totally addictive.  My pair for ladies’ feet took less that one skein of two colors.

I’ve already got at least two other pairs planned … just from the advisor yarn.

turtle & celery

p.s. I promise to stop with the Hipster-vision soon.  Hipster-panorama.