Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Catie: Here you go, Mom!

First of all, yesterday was not a good day for a photo-op.  I'd been cooking Chuseok dinner and even though it wasn't hot outside, the kitchen was hot, so I look kind of awesome.

And by, "awesome", I mean, "not awesome".

Anyway, these are the things I've been knitting over the past few months because my Mom keeps asking me to post them.

It's been a sort of knitting frenzy around here.

Multnomah, pattern by Kate Flagg
This is my Multnomah Shawl, made from some sort of sock yarn I got off The Yarn and Fiber Company's website.  It looked completely different in person than online (not entirely in a good way) and I wanted something that would keep the colors from pooling into giant patches of pink and blue.  

It still looks a little like a fraternal twin baby shower exploded... but I like the Multnomah pattern.

The crazy sock yarn also bled like CRAZY when I washed it the first time.  When I laid it out to block on our bed, it stained the sheets (I shouldn't have put it there, though).  Don't know what that was all about, but I won't be buying it again.

This is another Multnomah that I made for Natalie, but I did a lot fewer lace repeats and added stripes.  Made from Brown Sheep Fingering (from my Mom!), 100% wool.

Brown Sheep Fingering is pretty fine, I think.  Even for a fingering weight yarn.  It made a very airy fabric when I knit it on size 4 needles.  I like the result.

And I have a real huge thing going for feather and fan lace right now.

This is my Daybreak shawl.  I knit it for me.  It's bigger than the other two because the Daybreak has a pretty long "wingspan".  I added a feather and fan border because I love it so much, instead of the Daybreak border.  I may make another Daybreak and do it properly this time, but I love this one and I wear it out and around the house a lot.

It's starting to get cooler outside and perfect for a light shawl -- finally!

Daybreak shawl, pattern by Stephen West
I knit it out of Misti Alpaca Hand Paint sock yarn (the oranges and yellows) and Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, I think.  They bled together in a real weird way because I didn't notice that the Misti Alpaca had the same color as the Ultra Alpaca... blah, blah, blah... anyway, I'm okay with it now.

I also used a bit of Korean "sock" yarn at the bottom (the grey stripes).  I just wanted to see if I would like it better than the bleeding Misti Alpaca...  This shawl is kind of a disaster, really.  It's a wonder I love it so much.

The feather and fan border, all blocked out.

Bella Mittens, pattern by Marielle Henault and
Star Crossed Slouchy Beret, pattern by Natalie Larson

This is not a super good picture of the knitted things, but these are my Bella Mittens and Star Crossed hat.  I don't do Twilight.. things, but I liked these mittens because the cables make them warmer and they're really long so they'll stay under my coat.  And I am holding an apple, because.. apparently, it's a thing you do with Twilight.  It felt appropriate.  That's the Daybreak again, too.  I love it.

I knit both the hat and mittens out of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride, which is soft and yummy (and hairy!  Don't wear black while knitting with Lamb's Pride).  Mom sent me two skeins of it and I forgot to check the dye lots until it was too late and the mittens were finished.  I doubt anyone else will notice that much, but there is a line across the wrist of the right hand mitten.

Endpaper Mitts, pattern by Eunny Jang

A blurry picture of my Endpaper Mitts.  Knit with Ultra Alpaca Fine (the off-white) and more of the Lamb's Pride fingering in olive green from Natalie's Multnomah.  They're a little tight (one of my first stranded/colorwork projects), so I really need to find someone with small hands, I think.  I like them a lot, though.

Sorry the picture is blurry, my photographer was getting fed up with my shenanigans.

I know.  Me?  Shenanigans?

Cabled Cowl, inspired by Olga Buraya-Kefelian's Cabled Cowl

Another blurry picture.  This one is my Cabled Cowl.  I didn't use the pattern (we couldn't afford it, haha), but I took a good, long look and figured it out.  So. much. cabling.  It took me months to finish the scarf itself (mostly because I kept getting burnt out on cabling) and only this last week did I do the finishing, like knitting button loops and sewing on the buttons.

It grew a lot when I washed and blocked it.  In the future, I will wait until my things are washed and blocked to sew on buttons, but it worked out okay this time.  I think it's pretty and it can go two ways!

It's not covered in buttons, though.. like it looks here.

Another blurry picture!  And dark, too.  There was a lot going on yesterday.  This is my Noro Silk Garden Infinity Scarf.  I pretty much made it up.  It's just 41 sts in 1x1 ribbing with two full skeins of Silk Garden, kitchenered together.  I like it okay, but it's more for function.

This is Ben's infinity scarf that I made him for our anniversary.  It's gold and purple (incidentally, his college's colors... oops) and I didn't have a pattern for it either.  I cast on the same amount of stitches as I did for mine (above), and did seed stitch in real wide stripes.  I like it.  I think he does, too, maybe.

That is all for now!  I'm currently knitting a Hemlock Ring shawl in vintage Munro Spun wool.  It's a little moth eaten, so the back of it is a bit of a nightmare, but I'm no Master Knitter, so I'm okay with it.

Anyway, there you go, Mom.  All the things I've been knitting.

 Or at least most of them.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Catie: Lily

There is a little girl in my 102 Writing class named Lily.  She is very small, and only 11 years old (10 in Western years).  The 102 class is getting very close to fluent and her English may be the best.  Everyone else in her level is more between 12-15, which makes her look even smaller.

She says and writes a lot of very cute and thoughtful things.  Like the other day when she took my hand and looked up at me.  "Will you walk me to the elevator?"  Her voice is very young and she has a heavy lisp.  If I could take her home, I would.  Lately, she's been teaching me how to use my mobile phone.  She gave me her phone number yesterday so I could, "call her if I think to do it."  Today, she set my phone background to a picture of Rilakkuma, a very popular Japanese bear.

This is her essay from today.  I'm in love with Korean English (Kongrish).  It just makes so much more logical sense than proper English.

Should dangerous sports be banned?

I think dangerous sports be banned with these reasons; because of it is dangerous and traveling is dangerous.

The first reason is very dangerous.  It's harm to players and harm to family of players.  As well as if we hurted.  There will have very much money for hospital bills!

The second reason is that travling is dangerous.  Swiming from country to country yo could be die.  Another going and hiking fall is dangerous country.  And some times other countries have bad healthi care.

In summary, if there had dangerous sports, I should banned it because of it is dangerous and traveling is dangerous.

I think I will adopt her.