Saturday, June 30, 2007

I'm on Ravelry!

Baruffa Cashwool
Baruffa Cashwool,
originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
I finally got my invite, joining a few other knitters from the Austin Meetup group. (My profile is here.) It has incredible potential for matching yarns with projects.
For example, I'm trying to figure out what to do with my skein of Baruffa Cashwool. It's rather thin, and I have *only* 1460 yards. There aren't that many projects in Cashwool on Ravelry yet, but the wonderful Fleegle has made a spreadsheet that compares a LOT of popular laceweight yarn. With that info, I can use Ravelry to look up other yarns of similar weights and see what other people have done with them.
Even if you don't need to compare 89 different lace yarns, check out Fleegle's blog! She's a funny, amazing lace knitter and has a lot of neat little articles about things like yarn shopping in Japan.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I Got a New Camera!

Yellow Flowers, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

My husband gave me a Canon Digital Rebel XT for my birthday! Now I just have to convince someone to buy me a macro lens. . .

Lorna's Laces, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

I Got a Swift!

New Swift With Yarn, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

I got a new swift from Hill Country Weavers with some birthday money from my mom.

New Swift, originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.

Obnoxious Butt Cat!

So I come home to crash on the couch after being outside all morning (running, National Knit in Public Day at the capitol) and the cat immediately sits on me!

Friday, June 08, 2007

PRGE Gift 3!

PRGE Gift 3!
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Bamboo yarn and a ladybug tape measure!
I LOVE bamboo yarn. That's what I used for the Exchequered scarf. The cute crocheted ladybug tape measure is made by Lantern Moon.
Thank you Kyira!

Myrtle Leaf Shawl Blocked

Myrtle Leaf Shawl Blocked
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Finally finished! Blocked just in time to wear at my friend's wedding reception. I picked the color to match the trim on my bridesmaid's dress. :) I'm really happy with it. I thought I needed to take a little break from lace, then I found a HUGE skein of Italian laceweight merino at Hill Country Weavers for $18. (Actually less cause there was a sale!)
Now I'm trying to figure out which Victorian Lace Today pattern would look good in red. I'm also psyching myself up to break the red yarn curse (I never finished the last 3 red projects I started).

Blocking Myrtle Leaf Shawl

Blocking Myrtle Leaf Shawl
Originally uploaded by Buxtrosion.
Pinning out the Myrtle Leaf shawl took the whole box of pins- 450!
More than the Rose of England! I used some checkered fabric to help keep the edges straight. The fabric wasn't anchored to the floor, so it still wasn't perfectly straight. Next time it needs blocking, I may borrow some blocking wires.