Last week I finished my Lotus Blossom Tank. I definitely should have made the smaller size. I never thing of myself as "small" so I never think I can actually fit in the smallest size of anything. The length is perfect, the extra lace pattern repeat was key. It is a bit too wide though. I have to wear a tank top under it, but the straps peek out where the shoulders of the LBT join to the chest. I think I may be able to pull it off as a loose hippy kind of peasant top thing. It doesn't look that bad just a little droopy and loose. All in all, it is the best thing I ever knit, and I'm pretty proud of it. I wore it to work today and got a couple compliments. I'm going to wear it to my knitting group tonight. I'll take at least a couple crappy pictures of it tonight and post them.
Since finishing the LBT, I started the Cleo halter top from Knitty. I'm on the second boob triangle. It's backless, so it will feel good to wear it when it's 100 FREAKING DEGREES OUTSIDE. Although I really don't want to, I bought elastic to sew inside the halter top around the ribs, so I don't suffer from droopy tank top syndrome like I am right now with the LBT. I feel like this will be a really fast knit. It's on #9's, which is a nice change for now. I think I also might be in the mood to at least start the other Broad Ripple sock.
The first thing is - America does NOT run on Dunkin. If it ran on Dunkin, I highly doubt we'd be having these problems. First, there's the "Big Dig DistastAR!" that everyone knows about. I mean it was a cool idea in the first place. It looked good on paper I guess. Now everyone is detouring or taking the T instead of sitting in traffic in the tunnels on their way to work. There are so many more people on the T now. It's so awful. I may as well just not shower in the morning.
Then, there's this! A whole bunch of water! A water main broke in South Boston! This flood closed the emergency room of that huge hospital in South Boston and flooded a lot of homes and businesses as well as a good portion of Mass Ave. If there had been a fire last night (because of the rediculous heat and lightening storms occuring at the same time) the fire department wouldn't have been able to put it out, and any people that got shot at (in South Boston, it happens quite a bit) wouldn't have been able to go to the emergency room!
And to top off the evening, this! WTF!! How CRAZY does that fire look?! We have the same kind of oil tanker ships right outside of our office building. Like seriously a few hundred feet away from our windows. If that happened here, we'd all be toast! TOAST.
All of these things happened yesterday. What is going on? It's kind of making me scared. What is going to happen in Cambridge? I don't want to get hurt or die while living here. Not like I would really be safer anywhere else, but MAN, all this stuff!
So, as I am working on my Lotus Blossom tank, I have all these questions and worries going through my head. So, I went to Google and tried to find out if other people were doing another lace repeat in order to make this (obscenely short looking) pattern longer, and if they would still have enough yarn with the required amount for their size and blah blah blah.
And I found this. A knitalong blog just for this tanktop! A lot of people have already finished theirs and they look pretty great on real people, as opposed to pretty skinny models in the Interweave magazine. After reading the blog for a little bit, I got all kinds of new fears about this project. Is the top part going to cover my boobs? Are the sleeves going to be too tight? Is it going to grow like 5x the size after I block it? Is it going to be too boxy? I always make things way bigger than they need to be out of fear that it will be too small and I won't be able to wear it at all. The result: huge sweaters that I never wear because they are HUGE. Part of this may be due to the fact that I don't swatch. ever. SHHH. It's annoying! I just want to start the damn project already you know? And then a kind of small (faint even) light bulb came on in my head, and it said "Why don't you just hold the thing up to you after you do 4 lace repeats, and if it looks too short, then do another one." Yes, yes, yes, ok, shut up.
UPDATE: I checked the Burton site yesterday, and alas, they have taken this job posting down. So don't worry folks, I won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
Oh my god. Oh my god. I check these postings, like, everyday to see if maybe, just maybe, there would be something for me. I could do this job. If it paid me more. I could do it. I could live in Burlington. Vermont. Near home. I could get a dog and bring it to work. I could have a place with a yard and invite everyone up there. My family would visit me more.
I could at least update my resume and send it along, and when I get the little postcard saying "Thanks, but no" then at least I'll know right? Or maybe it wouldn't be a no...maybe it would be a yes? They probably want someone who has stayed at one company for longer than I have. The same postings have been up there for quite some time. I have had three jobs in three years, but that's still 1-3 years experience right?
Ok ok ok. I need to calm myself.
Yay! Pictures! This is the Lotus Blossom after two lace pattern repeats. The first repeat was a little shakey (and it shows), but after the second I've got it. I'm actually on the forth repeat now. I think I'm going to do a fifth repeat just to make the torso a little longer. This tank top looks awful short in the pictures. I really like the way the yarn feels knitted up. It's so nice and cool to work with, so I'm sure I'll be able to wear it in the summer without sweating all gross like.
On a side note, I'm at work, and we just had an ice cream break!!! Woo! Ben & Jerry's! That's how they keep you here.
I did buy some yarn when I went to SF. Eric has an awesome yarn store called ImagiKnits right near his house. I purchased 4 skeins of Claudia's Hand Painted Yarns - two sock weight and two sport weight. The pink/green/orange combo looks so awesome! I also bought one skein of this crazy Lolita - because it was on sale and I've never seen colors like that in yarn before. I tried to only get yarn I haven't seen anywhere else.
And here is the first Broad Ripple sock. I actually finished this sock last week, and it fits like a glove! I had a slight setback when I was Kitchener-ing the toe together, but I did the good thing and took it out and did it the right way. The socks are so soft and stretchy. Maybe I will post a picture of them on my feet when they are done, but I don't know. I kind of feel weird about that. Fetishes and things.
Next weekend is my knitting retreat with my knitting group in New Hampshire! I can't wait! It's going to be really fun. I'm taking Friday off to leave early. We're stopping at a yarn store and lunch on the way, and Saturday afternoon we're going on a river cruise. My goal is to finish the lotus blossom during this weekend.
Also, Haus & Co. has made plans once again to go to Beth's vacation house in PA during Labor Day weekend. It's going to be so much fun! The Rolling Rock and the Yeungling will work itself out.
So SF was AWESOME! Eric was the most gracious host! We did tons of stuff like walk on the golden gate bridge, wine tasting at Napa Valley, saw two sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf, shopped at a lot of cool places, saw the Full House houses, walked along Ocean Beach, all kinds of stuff! I had a really great time. I bought some chocolate covered coffee beans from Ghirardelli square and brought them to work to snack on. Not the brightest idea I've ever had.
I actually got a little bit of knitting done over the long weekend too. No more work on the socks, but I did get almost two pattern repeats on the Lotus Blossom tank. It's coming out really nice. I can't wait to block it and see the lace pattern the best way. The bamboo yarn is really neat to work with too, although I kind of wish I choose a softer bamboo that was plied the normal way. I keep getting the little loopys in my yarn caught in my overly sharp knitting needles. I'm still using my Boye circular set. I guess I'm getting more used to them. I got spoiled using my Addi Turbos, which I will have a complete set of hopefully before I die. Addi Turbos are like the Ferraris of knitting needles.
During my trip, Rachel told me about how you can automatically send your photos from your phone to a Flickr account via email. Isn't that cool?! I just signed up for an account to use as a Moblog (a cell phone picture blog?). You can look at my Flickr page here.
I'll post pictures of my knitting tonight (I know I always say that) complete will funny everyday things in the background. I know I always say that. We'll see if it actually happens! Last evening I got the urge to open up Photoshop and fool around a bit. I have kind of a cool idea for like a picture book story kind of thing. I want to say I want to make a zine, but I have this idea in my head of what zines are, and I don't think it's the same thing as what I want to make. A little book with images and words - that's not about a touchy subject. Maybe just touchy to me. We'll see if that happens too.