Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Money is GOOD!

John got a job today! Life is good again! He'll be working as a cable technician for Time Warner, meaning that our internet and tee-vee will now come with free tech support 24/7. Mom and Dad are very happy about this particular point, as our tee-vee is currently their tee-vee. That's right, we're living at home right now. The wedding is in July, meaning that we can save money like crazy people to buy a place of our own, a place to fill with fibery goodness and spinning wheels. This place is just a little closer now that he's gotten his job! Yay, yay, yay! Congratulations sweetie :)

This really is a good day. Vogue's spring preview is out, and the forecast is a lacy one. Here are a few of my favorites:

Gotta love the cover. It looks like a recycled pattern from Knit.1 a few seasons ago, but I love it just the same. Joann's has great lace insert material for .99 a yard. Can't beat it!

So cute. I love the nautical theme. Bikinis, sweaters, bags, jewelry, undies -- bring it on! Keep 'em coming!

This piece would be great for work, especially in the summer. I'm really enjoying the "braided" necklines Vogue's featured in these last few issues! I have yet to try one though. . . gotta rectify that ASAP.

As always, I love the baby stuff. Look at that embroidery!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

New year, new projects. . . and a 2006 surprise!

John and I are back in NY (note the new, Arizona-less header!), living closer to our families and planning to return to school in the fall. In the meantime, I've been knitting up a storm!

My fave ASU professor and his wife are expecting their first baby in April, so I've been working away at the Debbie Bliss Alphabet Blanket from The Baby Knits Book. The pattern calls for super-spendy Bliss Wool-Cotton, so I substituted Brown Sheep's Cotton Fleece in Cotton Ball. At about 50% complete, here's a peek at the project:

Every row has a letter that I like to watch grow, and for the first row it was Y. How pretty is that?!

I'm also beginning work on the Arrr! Baby Set from the Winter 2006/2007 issue of Knit.1, but with a twist. . . I thought that pink and white would be just perfect for Abby.

I finally have photos of the last big project of 2006, my mom's holiday gift. I made Breezy Cables from the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Knits. Instead of Lion Cashmere, I went with Cascade 220 -- talk about savings! The cost was less than half of what it would have been with the cashmere, and I honestly prefer the sweater in the darker, gray shade.

My favorite part of this design was the plan for the pockets. They're knit into the front so seamlessly!