Posts Tagged ‘Finish or Frog’

Work made me less funny this week… what’s up with that.  So not ok.  Instead of being super productive at work I baked and was all sorts of crafty.


Peach Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting – in case you don’t know of my love for Smitten Kitchen – I love Smitten Kitchen.  mmmmm… delicious.  If the whole doctor thing doesn’t work out I want to be an apprentice to Smitten Kitchen or food taster… whatever, as long as there is copious amounts of delicious food.  These went to the staff in the OR and lasted about 30 minutes. 


Peach pie…. yes I cut out hearts and made little star vents with an icing tip.  It was also delicious and devoured by the residents during noon lecture.

The baby blanket of doom finally got it’s soak/block and photo shoot.  Now the big questions is… who will it go to.  I have several friends who are trying to have babies but as of last time I checked neither one was knocked up.  Geez people I need to knit cute little baby things… you are ruining my plans.  So as of right now I have a baby blanket with no baby to give it to – it’s even made of good acrylic so it’s washable.


Back to the food….Thursdays are the only exciting thing in Bluefield.  We have a very delicious little restaurant Key Ingredients for Life.  It’s very out of place in the middle of no where West Virginia.  One it’s only open for dinner on Thursday evenings, lunch Monday – Friday.  It specializes in local and organic foods.  You never know what will be on the menu – but you can guarantee it will be delicious.  They have a decent wine list and often offer a tasting menu of the evenings selections. It’s my favorite thing here and my new Thursday ritual.


This was tonight’s dinner — Springer Mountain Grilled Chicken Breast with Crisp Whole Green Beans & baby new Potatoes.   Doesn’t that look delicious…. I wish everyday was Thursday so I could eat deliciousness all the time.  I’ve taken it as my personal mission to keep this place in business.

I’ve barely spun over the last few days – I think I lost my mojo.  I have managed a few minutes here and there, but nothing substantial.  I doubt I will finish any of the Corgi Hill I planned on finishing, but I’d rather take my time and have it be awesome than speed through and not be happy with it.

I may have discovered some knitting mojo this week… The cabled socks are back on the needles.  Sock 2 heel is turned (after an epic math fail) and cuffs are growing.  The big questions is always – how tall and what cuff do I want to do….Bind off is easy. Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off is my go to bind off for toe-up socks.  It’s pretty much the greatest thing since sliced bread – and that is saying a lot. I highly recommend it for socks or anything that needs an elastic bind off.  WAY better than the sewn bind off.

Not sure why the font is being all dumb – but I am too lazy to fix it… so deal with the two different fonts.  Hopefully the computer will stop being possessed soon.

This weekend I am off to meet the boyfriend person in DC – trying this long distance things from CT to WV.  Seeing as DC is about in the middle and neither one of us have large amounts of free time, it seems like a good place to meet.  The weather is suppose to be unbearably hot and I demand seeing Panda bears – so I am sure I’ll have pictures of me melting at the zoo next week.  Have a great weekend.

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Stop the presses

The WIP list is down to 7… that means they all fit on one row on my rav page.


That is all… carry on.

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Tempting was my second to last cast on of last year.  One can not let Malabrigo Twist sit around idly for months – that is just plain wrong.


So I cast on the 160 stitches and knit an inch.  Just an inch, Jacie said it just had to be on the needles.  Jacie would also like me to point out that I abuse the system she set up.  It’s a great beginners pattern.  2×2 rib for oh… forever.  Make some sleeves, attach them, knit more 2×2 rib.  Nothing super complicated.


It was a good project to take to knitting – even if I mess up, fixing a 2×2 rib doesn’t make me throw sharp objects or curse.  I finished knitting on Thursday night right after knitting.  Saturday morning I spent most of SnB weaving the ends in.  And for some weird reason there was about 8 million of them.  A few were because kitty likes to chew on the malabrigo and detach it from the skein.  The other issue was I alternated skeins – so when it came down to making sleeves and reattaching them I had to break the yarn far too many times.


Ribbon was purchased yesterday afternoon – after an epic afternoon of 5 Guys Burgers and Fries and yarn shopping with the girls.



I think it’s fits pretty well.  I had a hard time taking pictures of my self where it didn’t look all wonky.  But it’s like wearing a hug.  Malabrigo Twist is so warm and squishy and made of awesomeness.  I think everyone should go out and buy some right now.  I have 4 more skein of Indeceta waiting in the stash….oh lovely yarn.  Not sure what you will become but it will be something great, I know it.



I also finished up the brown toe up Seeded Ribbing socks yesterday/this am.  I had to weave the ends in this morning before promptly putting them on my feet.



I am trying out the new Ravelry project sharing option with the project links. 🙂

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So part of my kick ass job involves a budget.  Yes the NIH pays me to work at Yale and gives me money to spend.  I love my job.  So anyway… I have a shiny new 17inch screen Dell in Red.  We all know I love red and I love new things.  So right now I am setting it up to do all the cool stuff windows 7 promises it can do.  Part of that is Windows Live writer…so of course I need to set it up for the blog.  Can’t you see I am working hard today.

The 2×2 alternating socks are coming along well.  I worked up sock2 to the same point as sock1.  This morning I put them on size 2 addi turbos.  Which makes me happy on several reasons.  If I increase more, change the ribbing or whatever my little heart desires I can do it at the same time, and I do not need to write notes down that I will not pay attention to later.  And most importantly I am no longer using the too short addi dpns that make me cranky.  I hardly ever use those needles, but I decided to try to keep the tension the same for both when I cast on.  The dpns are either size 3’s or 2.5’s, either way the top will be knit a little tighter and seeing as they are going to end up being knee socks I don’t think that’s a bad thing.


I need to remind Linda to mail the camera cord to me.  I am going to have a million pictures of Pairs that will do me no good on my camera.

I almost forgot to eat lunch today.  See what happens when shiny things cross my path.

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Finished Project One

Finally done

Pattern: Clapotis

Yarn: Silky Merino Malabrigo, I believe in color Rupestre, less than 4 skeins.

Needles: Size 4 Addi turbos

Cast on: June 2008

Cast off: Jan 1 2010

I believe I bought the first skeins of the silky malabrigo during my first visit to Creative Fibers.  It was Knit in Public Day and I had recently moved from Virginia to Connecticut after medical school graduation.  If I can remember the details correctly I’d lived here less than a week.  I moved from a FANTASTIC LYS in Blacksburg Virginia (Mosaic Yarn Shop) and was pretty bummed about leaving my yarn friends.  Well the amazing thing that is Ravelry had listed all the KIP events.  I googled a few Connecticut locations and decided I could figure out where Windsor was…. as it was only a 15 minute drive from my house.  I met some great people that day (Karen, Aaron, Melissa, Corie, Deb, and Marua) many who I am not sure where’d I be with out them.  I had to confess that I had no idea where the nearest yarn store was.  As the storm clouds moved in we moved our knitting from the Windsor Green to the couches at Creative Fibers. I always try to support the local yarn business and I am a tactile person.  I want to fondle the yarn and see the colors before I spend a ridiculous amount of money on yarn.  That day a few skeins of wine colored silky malabrigo decided it needed to come home with me and make me less lonely amidst all the boxes in my apartment.

As to why I chose the pattern.  Well the Clapotis or better known as the Clap… well it gets around.  I think most of the ladies at Mosaic had knit one or three.  They even altered the pattern putting baby cables between the dropped stitches.  It never called to me until I had the right yarn in my hands.

Because I changed the yarn and needles, I opted for the make your own size clapotis.  The pattern is set up as increase until you like it, work even, then decrease all the stitches you thought increasing were a good idea.  I am not even sure how many stitches across the finished project is, and I will not be counting them any time soon.  Originally I had stitch markers placed at every drop stitch – so I would know I needed to knit through the back loop of the preceding and following stitches.  I must have lost 100 of them or so.  Every time I worked on it a stitch marker would fly off and go under/into/around the chair I was sitting in.  My friends joke that they all have new stitch marker collections because of this, and to be truthful they probably aren’t far off.  Closer to the end I switched the dropped stitches to a purl stitch and removed all the markers.  So there were no more lost stitch markers and I didn’t really have to think about the pattern while knitting.

I am not sure why this languished so long in the pile of WIPs… maybe it was residency or my ability to be distracted by shiny new yarns and a spinning wheel.  Whatever the reason were, it is now complete.  Ends woven in and all.  I did not block it, mostly because I wanted to wear it immediately.  What could be better than wrapping malabrigo around your neck and sunggly up with it?  I may never take the thing off now.  It sure will be beautiful and keep me toasty warm while I meander through Paris with my best friend in a few weeks.

I apologize for the craptastic picture.  I left my camera cord in Florida – so it has to be mailed to me.  Until then I have the web camera – and yes I did take pictures at work, and yes I will be productive soon. 🙂

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I thought lists were suppose to be for BEFORE christmas…but I really like making lists.  It’s one of my favorite things to do.  Need to make decisions – pros  and cons lists.  Lists of things to do.  It’s a highly effective way of organizing information.  So this post is dedicated to a few lists.

Jacie and I tackled the giant disaster known as my stash and WIPs.  Let’s just say it was not a light afternoon.  Kitty was very helpful rolling around in all the yarn and was very interested in helping with the frogging.

What yarn??

He even modeled a lovely cowl that was formerly a sweater.  Too bad he wouldn’t sit still for his glamor shots.

Ok on to the lists.

The list of items to finish…

  1. Blue/Green 2×2 sock in David Simpson yarn
  2. Pink jaidyn scarf
  3. Thrummed mittens
  4. Cabled socks in greater Adirondack yarn
  5. Moss stitch scarf in Debbie bliss chunky cahsmerino
  6. Sporty little number in sublime
  7. Purple lace cardigan in Berroco Comfort
  8. Jeanie
  9. Mystery shawl
  10. Be sweet scarf
  11. Firestarters for Heidi in Dream in Color
  12. Plymouth toe-ups
  13. Tempting in Twist
  14. Clapotis in silky Malabrigo
  15. Peekaboo mitt
  16. Handspun mitt
  17. Spiral baby blanket
  18. Nefertiti (my LAST cast on of the year)

Just a side note — each item will get it’s own entries later.  One before it’s completed and one after.  I throw in a few frogged items every once in a while 🙂

The items we frogged…

  1. Red Swallowtail from Zephry Cone
  2. Grey blob of sweater
  3. Alpaca cabled yoke
  4. Blue weekend knits poncho
  5. Blue tweed fitted knits vest
  6. One skein wonder in handspun
  7. Palindrome scarf
  8. Purple/blue/green hat
  9. Creative pi shawl
  10. Chuck socks in red/orange
  11. Chuck socks in blue/multi
  12. Noro sock
  13. Tofutsi sock
  14. Red sock in Crystal Palace Panda Silk yarn
  15. Red blob hat
  16. Kitty-eaten home spun lace scarf

Now the knitted items I finished in 2009….and yes I did finish some.

  1. Swallowtail *
  2. Penguin Hat 2.75 *
  3. Heidi’s Cowl *
  4. Boyfriend Hat 1.0 *
  5. Boyfriend Hat 2.0 *
  6. Rhinebeck Sweater
  7. Kai me socks
  8. Lace Cable Socks
  9. Blue Nutkin Socks
  10. Chemo Hat
  11. February Lady Sweaer
  12. Green and White Nutkin
  13. Melissa’s Maze socks
  14. Tracy’s Slippers *
  15. Noro Scarf
  16. Penguin Hat 1.0 *

Starred items where completed between November and December.  Yes almost half that list was done in 2 months… nothing like procrastination.

I am 95% done with the Clapotis.  It’s off the needles… now I just need to drop about a million stitches which is much easier said than done with the silky malabrigo and weave a few ends in.  If I am really good I should be able to sport it at the Bacon/Cheese/Chocolate Potluck tomorrow.  mmmm.. heart attack on a plate.  It’s  probably a good thing I know most of the cardiologist in the greater Hartford area and any of the doctor’s that would be admitting us.

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Happy Holidays

Hope the fat man was good to everyone… he was exceptionally good to me this year.

My sister bought me two skeins of malabrigo worsted in Vermilion.  I have a sweater in that color.. LOVE IT!!! It makes me sad that I can only wear it once or twice a year because it’s so warm.  I am not sure what it’s destined to be, but I bet Jacie won’t let me touch it until March or something.

Mom bought be signature circular needles in size 6.  They aren’t here yet, hopefully they’ll get to Florida before I leave, otherwise she’ll have to mail them to me.  I have some lace weight yarn just waiting for them… oh Madelinetosh and Stiletto tips…do things get much better than that?  I think not.

I got a whole bunch of other non-knitting things.  A Caffeine Molecule necklace… yup I am a nerd.  I’ve embraced it.  It’s pretty fantastic.  I have it on right now 🙂

There is also a Keurig coffee maker that some how will need to find a way to Connecticut in the next few days.  But I won’t bore you with the rest of my presents…. except this one from boy.

Penguin Encounter… we are going to feed the penguins at the aquarium on Jan 23rd.  He’s good to me and expect pictures of cute penguins and me!!!

This is what I’ve been up to…

Scarf for Jaidyn that should be done by the time I get back to Connecticut.

In the Airport..

And the Finish or Frog it Christmas homework….

Clapotis....will have done by Paris

I started the decreases on the clapotis today.  It’s super snuggly and so much easier to knit here where there is not a furball trying to molest it every 5 seconds.

Happy Holidays 🙂

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New Blog

So I decided to start a new blog…

What sparked this you may ask?

My good friend Jacie is aiding me a new project for 2010 and seeing as that is only a few weeks away I have to start preparing for this.

FINISH OR FROG IT – the great 2010 project.

We are taking the giant box of unfinished knitted projects that I have and either finishing them or frogging them and reclaiming the yarn.  I have lots and lots of pretty yarn sitting around waiting to be made into beautiful stuff but I always seem to be distracted by something new and shiny.

Some of the projects we are talking about… A clapotis made of silky malabrigo 80% completed, Moss stitch scarf made of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky, Greater Adirondack Cabled Socks, and Sporty Little Number made of Sublime.  That’s just a few.  Yes, my name is Allison and I am a fiber snob.  Admitting this is the first step to recovery.

We’ve made plans to organize all the yarn and start the frogging around the 1st.

My first goal is to finish my Clapotis before I leave for Paris in January…. this should happen right after I finish christmas knitting or Jacie has threatened to steal my String Theory Cashmere sock yarn as hostage…. oh the horrors.

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