Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Dark Side, FOs & WIPs, etc.

Thanks for welcome! I had no idea that joining the blog world would mean that I’d be coming over to the dark side. Hee..if I’d known that, I’d have done it long ago.

This isn’t the craziest time in my life (I’ll tell you about those some time) but I seem to have chosen this walk down the blogging path at a pretty busy time for me. I’m in the middle of a huge project at work, (coordinating training for over 200 managers throughout the West - it’s like herding cats, let me tell you), I’m heavily into training for the Avon Walk, and we just signed a contract to buy a new house (!!!) so we’ll be moving soon. Yikes! Well this will all give me some things to write about, that’s for sure.

I’ve been pretty busy knitting too. I’m currently working on Rose in a brown/black variegated 100% raw silk from Tess’ Designer Yarns which I picked up at Stitches West in February. Rose is a short-sleeved version of Soleil, from Knitty. I’ve made Soleil twice – once for myself out of Soysilk, and once out of Vivace Bamboo as a sample for this LYS . I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to go with the original short sleeves on Rose, or extend them to ¾ length. Here’s where I am so far:
I also finished a couple of things recently. One of the reasons we moved to CA last year was to be closer to the 3 cutest and coolest nieces on earth (in the interest of privacy I’ll refer to them as Thing 1, 2 and 3 – they’re 9, 7 and 5). Anyway, about a week ago, Thing 2 asked me if I’d knit her some socks. Here they are - jeez, kids’ socks are quick!

Then Thing 3 asked if I’d knit her some earrings. Huh? Well of course I said ‘sure’. And ran out to get some wire. I came up with these, which are actually crocheted not knit, but hey she likes them (just don’t tell her they’re not knit, ok?).

I’ve also finished my Hedera socks (first lace project) out of Koigu semi-solid. Love the Koigu! On the needles I have a candle flame shawl, some toe-up socks, and as usual, something for Dulaan. Next up are some more tops for me (I need them for work), some felted clogs, the Eleanor stole and some skully argyles for my kid – who’s almost 21 so not a kid, but ‘kid’ is easier to type than ‘giant to whom I can’t believe I gave birth’, isn’t it?

I made Pho Ga for dinner. It was a very nice day.


Teenuh said...

Hey Rachel! Welcome to blog land! :)

I love how the socks for Thing 2 came out. You totally jammed on those.

By the way, I'm the knitter that was sitting next to you on Thursday at BobaKnit. :)

tammy said...

Congrats on the house, that is so exciting. That silk is gorgeous!

MonicaPDX said...

Yep, you belong to the dark side. You've already made me drool over the silk (ohgawd that's gorgeous), giggle at Thing 2's sock, and Google Pho Ga to find out what the hell it is. Yum. Now I've gotta plan to get out and buy some chicken so I can make a big batch of Soy Chicken. (I'm agoraphobic. [g]) All before 10 a.m. See? Dark side.

Celia said...

Hah! Imagine my, not really surprised at all. I knew it was only a matter of time. You have been assimilated.

Wait...that's Borg, this is Blog and we are all unique, not drones. Nice to see your unique style finally making it to Blogland.

Maia said...

Sure, tease us with a non-clickable picture of Rose. Details woman, we want to see it close(r?)-up.

Congratulations on the house. Very exciting!

Any chance you will share your recipe for Pho? It is a favorite in our house.

no-blog-rachel said...

Well damn! That link worked yesterday but now the site seems to be shut down. I have it as a .pdf at home, but I'll have to see if I can isolate the photo. If I can't, I can't publish it because it's connected to the (not-free) pattern. But in the meantime, just visualize Soleil from Knitty, but with sleeves.

And sure I'll share the Pho recipe - I'll email it to you tonight from my home computer.


Love the socks and earrings! I'll keep your secret about them not being knit. ;)

And, do you have any idea how really awkward it is to constantly be reminded that most of my blogging friends are (literally) old enough to be my mother? Yes, let's not talk about it. :D