Upcoming This Week

I’ve got some interesting stuff coming up this week, so I thought I would give you a preview of what to expect coming up this week.  I was caught off guard today as I was not planning on doing a full entry, but I can certainly show you what is to come later in the week.
First, I will be featuring a progression of a sweater that I am knitting for a class at my LYS.  The class runs well into October, and it’s knit in Noro Kureyon.  The pattern is from the Noro Catwalk 2 book by Jenny Watson, which features many yummy designs.
Second, I will be featuring a fellow crafter in an interview.  I have lots of photos of her work and she has some great insights and projects to share!
Third, hopefully my friend and I will be beading together on Wednesday, so Thursday will be a wrap up of that time.
Finally, I will update you on my learn-to-crochet progress.  I actually made some!  Sort of.

Long Weekend Wrap Up

Long weekends seem short.  Despite the fact that they do fly by, I did get a lot done, crafting-wise. 
Friday:  Knit a little bit before packing, because I had to get ready to go to NYC the next day.
Saturday:  NYC!  My friends Joan and Amanda, and myself went to see this cool museum exhibit on Pompeii.  Very neat.  On the bus trip there, Amanda, a fellow knitter, and I had a great conversation about knitting and looked through the Fall edition of Interweave Knits together.  Otherwise, we bopped around Chinatown and Little Italy.  If you are interested, check out my snapshots in my Flickr photoset.
Sunday:  I finished this baby hat and attempted to learn to crochet.  I think I have the basics down, but everything I tried to do came out a mess.  I did manage a crochet chain on the top of the baby hat, so I’m happy that I at least can manage that.  It’s a start, literally.
I began a pair of fingerless mitts from some leftover Malabrigo Rios yarn that I had.  I got one done quickly on Sunday.  Fun little knit!

Monday:  Ah, Labor Day.  I finished the second mitt in the pair, and put it with the hat that I knit in the same yarn a couple months ago.  Someone is going to get a nice set hat and glove set for Christmas. 
I also went to the local Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts to see what they had.  I did find some different yarns there.  I still prefer AC Moore for stores in that streak, though.
Otherwise, I watched the new Doctor Who (on iTunes) and a lot of Top Gear.  BBCA, crafting, and a little bit of travel….it made for a great weekend.

I Should Probably Learn to Crochet

Crochet has never really interested me that much.  I’m not sure why, but, as a knitter, I probably should learn the basics since a lot of patterns do call for some basic crochet techniques.  I don’t want to limit myself. 
For example, I’m dying to knit this sweater, but it calls for an edging of single crochet at the top.  I don’t know how to do that.  And I love this sweater. 
So, I’m going to grab one of the hooks that I have for picking up dropped stitches and give it a whack.  A lot of my knitting books have crocheting techniques included in them, so I’ll probably hunker down with them Sunday or Monday and see if I can do something with one of those hooks.  Maybe I’ll like it, maybe not, but I do want to at least learn the basics.

New Doctor Who Tonight!

Who’s ready for more fun with The Doctor in “Let’s Kill Hitler.”?!  I know have been looking forward to this since “A Good Man Goes to War.”  9PM EST on BBC America, people. 

I don’t crochet, but I have friends who do.  A friend from Ravelry, Kalecos, made me this awesome crocheted Dalek for the Doctor Who Swap on Ravelry.  It’s adorable!  I love it!  I figured it would make a great feature to celebrate the return of  The Doctor, Amy, Rory, and River Song in tonight’s episode.  Popcorn will be made and eaten.  And enjoyed.