On Saturday I finally finished my January knitting project: A Clapotis in Noro Silkgarden #84 (6.5 skeins). I increased to 95 stitches, did 17 straight repeats and used US9 needles. The finished dimensions (unblocked) are ~6/1/4 feet by 1.5 feet. If I stretched it out flat the width would be greater.
This was a great pattern for mindless or easy social knitting. It was entertaining to watch the color story unfold using the Noro yarn. I don't know if it would have been as satisfying a knit if I had used a solid colored yarn. In gerneral, I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out. In the picture it's purl side up, like on Knitty.
And One of the best things about knitting this pattern is that once it got pretty long, I could wear and knit it at the same time. So I had such lovely warm shoulders while knitting.
My BF came back from Italy last week and brought me a few knitting suprises. The first is the yarn in the picture to the right. He was in Venice part of the time and went to the Yarn shop near the Ponte Vecchio. He talked with the gal working there and ended up choosing this yarn. It's called Snow and is about 95 percent wool. Doesn't it look a little like LB Homespun? It's ubersoft though and I don't think it will handle anything at all like Homespun does on the needles. It's definitely not a yarn that I would have chosen on my own, but it's quite cheerful and will make a nice floofy scarf, don't you think?
He also brought back this lovely bag. It's gift from friends of ours living in Venice right now and he thought it would be perfect for holding my knitting. And it is a great little project bag. I took it to my stitch'n bitch last week and it held everything I needed.
In an effort to catch up with my blogging (it's been a rough couple of weeks for me in my personal life, but this is a knitting and kung fu blog..), there is something that I need to respond to. The talented Teyani at the Intrepid Fiberwizard tagged me with this playful meme a couple of weeks ago.
4 jobs you have had in your life
* High School Science Teacher
* Administrative Assistant
* Retail in clothing
* Retail in (I can't tell you it would ruin my rep)
4 movies you could watch over and over
* Legally Blonde
4 places you have lived
* Miami, Florida
* Frankfurt, Germany
* Tucson, AZ
* Missoula, MT
4 TV shows you love to watch
* The Ultimate Fighter Reality TV show
* Chapelle Show
* The Surreal Life
4 places you've been on vacation
* Davos, Switzerland
* San Carlos, Baja
4 websites you visit daily
* Knitters Review
* My weather site
4 of my favorite foods
* Kee Mao (Drunken or Spicy basil noodles)
* Spaghetti with meat sauce
* Chocolate Souffle with real whipped cream and hot chocolate sauce
4 places you would rather be right now
* On the beach in Miami
* In Tucson on a hike
* In Seattle (my hometown) hanging with my sister
Boxing has been going great! Get this, I have lost 10 pounds since I started!!!! And I have decided that it's not all water weightt because it's stayed off for 5 days now. It might also have to do with stopping the dairy as well. ;-)