Wednesday, June 24, 2009

81. FO Swallowtail Shawl

I can't remember the last time I made an FO post. That means this shawl took me far too long to make. Details :

Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark (rav link)

Yarn: 1 skein Araucania Itata Solid
Needles: US 8 36" circular

Needles: US 8 36" circular

Mods: I had to cut out 4 rows at the very end of of k7, yo, k1, yo out of fear of running out of yarn and I was dead on at the end. If I hadn't cut them I would not have had enough yarn to finish it.

Notes: I love this shawl so much, it took me quite a while to finish it because I lost all my luster as soon as I realized I might not have enough yarn to finish the full pattern. Out of fear of not being able to get the same yarn - I put it aside for a little while and worked on some other projects but, my roomate-made-lifemate suggested I just cut out some repeat rows at the end and she was right on the button. I don't have proper blocking facilities so I ended up laying it to dry on a towel which worked out okay. I will end up having to iron it every now and then to accentuate the yo, k1, yo's at the end but other than that - it is beautiful and I suggest knitting it no matter how many times you have to rip back (which was bout 4 or 5 for me). The yarn was great to knit with, it rarely split and I love the color's that it comes in. A++

I have some new stuff to put up on the shop but I have been SO busy lately I can't find the time. I will get it all done before I fly to Kansas City this weekend for one of my best friends baby showers.


Sunday, June 21, 2009


Loook what I finisheeeeeed!!!!!

swallowtail shawl in all its glory. FO update later.



Thursday, June 18, 2009


So my friend Chloe has inspired me to run around taking photos of my finished apartment. We are all settled in with knick knacks and decorations just about finished. Everything has its place now and the boy has put a halt to my furniature accumulation which I think I am ok with for now.


1. The view as soon as you open the apartment door. Note the fridge covered in Matthew Mcconaughey magnets.

2. cabinet & my favorite shelf in the whole apartment.

3. The kitchen table I have been going on and on about since I moved into this apartment

4 & 5. The hallway that houses the bathroom and my little vignette. I tried not to make it too "flowery & girly" so Trav got me the frame with the sail boat and I threw up a few empty ones just to cut the floral thing a bit.

6. I have intentionally not photographed our "couch" because it is a futon. A big eye sore futon that we need to swap out for something better sometime in the near future. But, I love my chair (used in this video I worked on).

7. The shelf that houses all things crafty & some books

8. His side of the bed, our makeshift table. I'm sure we won't be able to keep that wood there in the winter when the heat is on but for now it's a great little table. Wall of cameras, 2 of which are functioning - one I can't figure out how to load and get the film out of. I would one day like to develop the film that is inside of it.

9. My polaroid collages I made about 2.5 years ago. The only things I've ever shown and I priced them so high so no one would buy them.

10. Clothing land, we managed to fit most of our stuff in the closet but, I of course needed more space. A lot of the things on the rolling rack are things that I'm selling on etsy but we needed room for some more jackets and things. I think we'll have to replace the rolling rack soon because the left side of it keeps sinking lower and lower. Necklaces and sunglasses have their own little wall and the back of the door is covered in shoes. Something I also need to figure out because I'm running out of shoe room.

11. The lady desk/corner. Covered in things like mirrors, knitting needles & makeup. Canvas used to house my growing earring collection and the deer head is great for the hoops. It's a little weird because you can't really tell what it is under all the earrings.

12. This is the man station. I was told I could decorate the apartment pretty much any way that I wanted to if I gave up one corner of the apartment to be the "man station". Prince tank top from Vegas 7.7.07 show, faile piece angry dog mouth and assorted animals covered in 'blood' (red paint marker) among things like printers, scanners and other electronic gadgets that I wouldn't generally care about having. It was a good deal and to be honest, I kind of like the Prince tank top. Its better than a dream catcher.

So, thats all I got for now. I have a wicked craving for pancakes at 10:16pm and I think I am going to go get some!


Saturday, June 13, 2009


Baby bootie #1 complete... just about over halfway done the other with bedtime approaching in T minus 40 minutes. I think I will make a pair for Frank.


Friday, June 12, 2009


I am still here somewhere.

Swallowtail Shawl is going to be the death of me. I think I might be short by ohh... maybe 10 - 15 yards but, I'm going to cut 4 rows and just skip right to finishing which will hopefully save me. Fingers crossed.

Little ballerina feet and baby booties are on the needles. Booties need to be finished by sunday - wish me luck.