Sunday, May 20, 2007

After school special.

Life as I once knew it (ahem, *not* grading papers and exams non-stop, 24 hours a day) has finally returned. At some point since my last post, I finished all of my work with immediate deadlines... grades submitted, preliminary exams scheduled to be taken in late September, meetings set up for beginning dissertation research.

And a small, much-needed resurgence of knitting time has finally resumed. I decided to rip my mossy twisted flower seeding, as the Sea Wool just wasn't doing justice to the intricate pattern. In its place, I cast on the dark green vintage cardigan, which is a nice respite from sock knitting. Sometimes it's so nice to escape into row after row of stockinette. Unending. In a deep, dull green. I considered joining the mason dixon Slogalong for this project, as I am knitting this cardigan on size 3s and 4s, but there's just nothing sloggy about this project thus far. Nothing but enjoyable row after row of stockinette.

And I've re-cast on the Child's First sock by Nancy Bush, after frogging the first attempt using Lorna's Laces. This time 'round, I am using Fleece Artist Sea Wool, and I've flown through 6 repeats with nothing but glee and joy. I love this yarn. Love. This. Yarn. New. Favorite. Yarn.

Just look how shiny and pretty! Stitch definition is fabulous, the Seacell blended into the wool is smooth and shimmery. No fuzziness like 100% merino can be sometimes (especially superwash merino). Perfect thickness (I am knitting on 0s, not 1s, but it's okay, somehow). Nice and sproingy, too. Love. People, you need to try this yarn. I'll be interested to see how the Sea Wool holds up to a ton of washings, though, since I read somewhere that the Seacell eventually washes out of the wool. I'm hoping it doesn't get all fuzzy as this happens. We'll see. Meantime, I'm in love with Sea Wool.

AND I finally got to leave the house to do something OTHER than catch the train to school. Oh, glorious day! The bikes were unleashed (mine's the orange Veloce and M's is the silver Pista) and M and I got to enjoy a nice gallivanting around town today. In M's words: an adventurous adventure was had.

It had been so long since we'd been to the Art Museum. Too long. And we never miss a good "Pay What You Wish Sunday". Mmmmmm, art for exceedingly reduced price. My favorite kind of art. That and some good Rothkos and we're in business.

And a sweet owl sculpture by Picasso. One of my favorite pieces in the Museum. A good Sunday, indeed.

Next week M and I are off to Atlanta to visit my parents, then it's back to the grind for me. A full time job in Special Collections and non-stop cramming for my prelim exams await.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

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Blogger jenn said...

I love that sock pattern! It has the most lovely texture, and the sea wool accentuates it beautifully.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Cara said...

My favorite painting at the Art Museum is Prometheus Bound by Peter Paul Rubens. LOVE. I had the poster in my bedroom when I was growing up.

The socks look great! Glad you found a yarn to love.

8:59 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Wow--that Sea Wool sock is so stunning, who would've thought that a simple white sock could be so gorgeous?

Glad you're off on a little GA. jaunt. Please eat your fill at the Grit and of course Taco Stand, that's an order!

9:17 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Our trip to the ATL was planned with an expressed agreement that there shall be no fewer than two trips to The Grit. Mmmmmmm Grit.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Sometimes endless stockinette can be just what a girl needs.
That Sea Wool sounds very interesting - and it certainly makes a pretty sock.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous bockstark.knits said...

oh, that sea wool is so pretty! thanks for telling me this AFTER i decided to go on a yarn diet!!! it'll be on the list whenever i get off of the diet...

9:45 PM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

Special Collections? You got the summer Dream Job!

The new sock is looking fab, though I mourn the Firefly yellow. :( But hmm, my recent destashing fund might be able to fund a teeny bit of yarn... sea wool, perhaps?

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Nora said...

I love the colours/yarns you're working with lately. The sock is perfect in that colour. I was about to start it in pale blue, but the creme is gorgeous.
You realise I'll have to blatantly copy you now...

PS: There will be goodies upon your return from Atlanta... Til then - stay away from Flickr :)

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay! life again!!! :0)
that looks like such a great pattern. i can't stop looking at that yarn- so silky!!!

10:42 PM  
Blogger Specs said...

Hooray for summer!
That cardigan is such a great, deep color. I'm jealous.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Kristy said...

Nice title :)

I'll be interested to see how that sock yarn works out long term. You'll have to give us an update!

12:32 AM  
Anonymous kelp! said...

I'm coveting those knits - I'm also a fan of escaping to some simple, mindless knits. Your sunday sounded lovely!

12:45 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I'm glad you are finding some time to knit! Both projects look wonderful. I've fondled my friend's Sea Wool, but have too much sock yarn currently to feel comfortable buying more; but the Sea Wool does seem very promising.

Great owl statue! My M and I just bought a barn owl woodcut print by an artist we know. We often see and hear barn owls on evening walks, so the piece is special for us.

1:10 AM  
Blogger femiknitter said...

Yay for finishing everything! I'm glad to hear that your life is back to normal for the time being!

The sweater looks lovely--I too have been on a bit of a sweater kick since my semester wrapped up--it feels good to work a whole garment. That sea wool looks great too--I haven't tried it yet, but I've been tempted to order some!

1:12 AM  
Blogger kathryn said...

I love your Childs sock and the Sea Wool looks great. I've got three skeins of this ready for my next socks and like you I love it.

3:20 AM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

sounds like a lovely sunday! that sweater does look delish as do the socks. must really dig my other monkey sock out of oblivion...

8:24 AM  
Blogger mari said...

Mmmmm... Sea Wool. I must get some...

8:53 AM  
Blogger Elinor said...

Sometimes you just need some stockinette therapy!!! I have a nasty habit of knitting a pattern I like over and over again and I've really been fighting the urge to cast on for several of those socks since I finished my first pair. MUST DIVERSIFY. I liked them in the LL too but the Sea Wool version is pretty. I'm really interested to try Sea Wool even if it wears out - it's such a neat idea.

We too have been enjoying lots of bike rides. There is nothing like celebrating the end of the semester with a good ride!!! It always makes me feel so free!

8:57 AM  
Blogger Laura B said...

Childs First Sock looks so interesting with the sea wool! Can't wait for the follow up on how the yarn holds up.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

ooh - that sea wool is very pretty - love the little bit of sheen....looks like you had a wonderful weekend to brake out the bikes!!

9:59 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

What a nice Sunday! Lovely photos, including the knitting. (Mmmm, buttercream...)

10:26 AM  
Anonymous nova said...

Great socks, tempting yarn...and a job in Special Collections at a fine institution, what more could a girl ask for? I am biased, of course.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I think you picked exactly the color of Sea Wool that's been calling my name - I don't know why I'm so drawn to it. I've been keeping an eye on the Sea Silk at the same store, and I noticed that one skein that's been fondled a lot is starting to disgorge little tufts of still-firmly-attached fluff - I can't tell whether this one skein was flawed or if they're all going to do that, and I'll be curious to know if Sea Wool does the same thing.

Congrats on the Special Collections job - it sounds like just the sort of place my husband's always telling me I ought to be locked up!

12:31 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

your sea wool sock is so shimmery and beautiful! that pattern is one of my faves.

i have a store-bought sweater in almost the same shade of green as your cardi, and i wear it ALL THE TIME. there's something really comforting about that particular color.

1:21 PM  
Blogger 5elementknitr said...

I clicked on your Special Collections link and under the title Digital Collections is that a stunning pic of Katherine Hepburn and where can I get a copy?

What a great weekend!

1:38 PM  
Anonymous kris said...

sea wool, eh? i have to admit it's looking mighty fine! and particularly in that pattern!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Having your life back must be nice...It looks like you are having a wonderful time.

7:11 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

i love a little stockinette. isn't mindless knitting the best sometimes?

that sock looks lovely in the sea wool. i am definitely going to get some of that!

enjoy your break from school and your trip!

7:51 PM  
Blogger Knit*Six said...

I LOVE the vintage's going to look fabulous in that color. And thanks for the Sea Wool review--I'll definitely pick some up so I can try it. And speaking of museums, I still miss the Art Museum (I went to Penn and used to walk there on weekends--even worked there for a while). My favorite painting was The Rape of Europa. Of course, we have no shortage of (free) museums in D.C., but I'll always have a soft spot for Philly's.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Friender said...

They're both beautiful knits. Thanks for the review of the Seawool. I'd love to get my hands on some of that! It looks very special indeed. Hooray for biking, too. (and 'cheap art')

10:49 PM  
Blogger Irie said...

Sounds like a lovely day! Nice photos, nice knits, nice art museum.. mmm...

11:55 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

That yarn does look so pretty and shiny! I'm going to have to find some now. Glad life is returning to normal for you!

12:35 AM  
Blogger iSeL said...

Ahh, fun times! Love the idea of a bike ride to the museum. Soooo romantic. :)
Ditto on the Rothkos. Gotta love Rothko.
Glad to know you're finally done and enjoying some time off. The full time job sounds really cool. I have good memories of my library/bookstore jobs.

Have fun in Atlanta!

P.S., Can't wait to see the progress on those two projects...especially the cardigan. I love that yarn.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Nice bianchis! I covet your Brooks saddle - I've been seriously thinking about one lately. And, is M riding a fixed gear? Nice.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Lola and Ava said...

So very jealous. I have until the 13th with students and grading. Honestly, they're fried, I'm fried . . . and I still have weeks to go. On the plus side, I have all the knitting lined up and ready to go.

I've never been to the Art Museum in Philly. Must make a trip this summer. The socks look lovely, by the way, almost like spun gold. Very pretty.

Congrats on the paper degree! Something about seeing it in print that makes it all good.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Those socks!! So very pretty.

7:30 AM  
Blogger knitseashore said...

I came over from Elinor's blog because of the bike ride link. It's always fun to meet another cyclist! Please join us at the Cycling Knitters webring if you like, run by Ride.Knit.Read. Nice to meet you!

7:08 AM  
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