Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Pink Overload

You know that I love pink. I love red even more, but I seem to knit with pink more than I knit with red. But I think that I finally hit the pink limit.

Image hosting by PhotobucketExhibit 1: Barbie pink Dayflower Daydream shawl. I like this pattern a lot. It's not very repetitive, so working on it doesn't get boring. Can you believe that I considered frogging the whole thing this weekend? Ever since I started knitting I kept thinking that the "solid" bits were too airy and that the flowers didn't show up well. But I plowed through because I'm stubborn I wanted to finish enough of the pattern to truly see what was going on. So, after finishing two repeats of the pattern I pinned out a section. Thankfully, I think I like what I see! Do you? Can you see the flowers clearly?

Edit to and random babblering a la Rachel to push down the text below the photo. Is this enough yet? How about this? When I was little I had a dog named Winnie. I also had a rabbit named Fiddle, a hamster named Fuffy (not Fluffy!), and a nameless baby chick that was hatched in my mother's lab. I think that's enough now.

Image hosting by PhotobucketExhibit 2: Raw materials for the Lotus Cardigan. I can't believe I bought this. I have been eyeing it for half a year. But it has steeks! stEEKs! I considered buying the magenta colorway, but Peter said that pink was better and I now know to trust his tastes in clothes for me.

I read through the pattern last night and it was a little unnerving. This pattern is very intimidating to me. I expected more hand-holding and coddling. Of course, that was an naive expectation. The Dale of Norway people have been churning out patterns like this for ages. They can assume that knitters know what they are doing. Perhaps I need to find a fair-isle expert to do the hand-holding and coddling.

I'm not sure when I'll start Lotus. Curlicue needs to be finished and then the Dragon Hoodie for Eva. Also, depending on what the swatch gods say, I may need to wait until my US size 3 Addis are freed from the Barbie shawl.

More Meme-age
I can't decided whether or not I like memes. Some of them are fun, but I worry about boring people and I'm a little wary of tagging others. But this meme came to me via Cordelia and I know that I tagged her before, so I should be nice and play along.

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they aren't very good. But the songs must be ones that you're enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then, tag seven other people to see what they are listening to.

1. The Brady Bunch theme song (I received the 1st season on DVD as a Christmas gift)
2. "Last Midnight" from Into the Woods (I'm particularly fond of the "boom, squish" part)
3. Elgar's Cello Concerto in e minor (There's never a time that I'm not into this "song.")
4. "Oh What a Circus" from Evita (I like musicals)
5. "Popular" from Wicked (Did I mention that I like musicals?)
6. The Firebird Suite by Stravinsky
7. "New Horizons in Music Appreciation" by PDQ Bach (I don't listen to it often, but it is too funny. Scroll down for a link to an audio clip.)


Pumpkinmama said...

Lotus Blossom will be lovely - do not be afraid, you *SO* have the skills to do this.

amylovie said...

I agree with pumkinmama, you can totally do it!

I'll get around to the meme ASAP.


Cordelia said...

I love PDQ Bach. Have you ever heard "his" show on NPR (or American Public Media)?

And I third Pumpkinmama & amylovie. You can absolutely do it.

Thanks for playing the meme game! It's really fun seeing what other people's songs are.

Agnes said...

The Lotus cardigan is BEAUTIFUL! I understand the anxiety over doing something new ... but it can be exciting too. I am sure you know about this ... concerning steeking, http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/ has a very good illustrated tutorial on the technique.

helen said...

Laura, Laura. fair isle is easy. trust me

Terby said...

Lotus Blossom is a very pretty sweater. Go for it. Eunny (see Eunny knit) had an awesome series on steeks if you haven't seen it. I think if you can tackle lace, you'll be an old pro at fair isle. How large are the dayflower motifs? I don't have a very good perception of size, but I like the pattern a lot.

Jennifer said...

I'm sure you will knit a lovely Lotus Blossom. Seems like your kitty approves of the yarn choice.

The lace is beautiful and I can totally see the flowers.

Karen said...

Shawl is coming along nicely! Don't rip it.

I haven't done steeks yet either. They scare me. Not the fair isle, because that's easy...it's the cutting part. Oy.

Rachel said...

Hey, we are cheesy musical kindred spirits! Did you ever perform in them?

I'm not sure how I feel about being famous for my blabbering, but I'll take any blog-mention I can get!

And for my second non-sequitor: the shawl looks great, and I know you will kick that cardigan's ass. It's gorgeous.

Laura said...

Exactly! There's a reason there's an EEK in steeks!

But, in the name of all that is good and true, that is the most beautiful fair isle sweater I have ever seen. Ever.

Meredith said...

Lotus will be lovely! And I am a fan of the Firebird Suite too; Stravinsky is one of my faves.

tasha said...

The lotus cardigan is lovely, but is there something you can do with the saggy, baggy shoulders? They make the models' upper arms look much larger than they are -- and who needs their arms to look bigger?

Steph said...

Lotus will be gorgeous...but I noticed the shoulders too!

anxious to see pics as you progress!