....enables me to knit all weekend long. That's right, I knit with reckless abandon the Whole Entire Weekend. Other related accomplishments include getting most of the way caught up on watching Battlestar Galactica, cooking a Very Delicious Meal of taco pie and impossible coconut pie with 3 of my siblings, walking to the video store and renting a movie that became unplayable in the second half due to a large scratch, and learning how to recount a simple story of "Vinni Pux" (that's the soviet version of Winnie the Pooh) in Russian. Altogether a very satisfying weekend. Homework and job searching can wait for next week.
So, onto the knitting! Well, just scroll on down to last week's OWOH post to see updated pictures of the goodies I'm giving away. That was pretty much my whole weekend. I charted out a pattern for Red Mage from Final Fantasy, to keep Black Mage company. He was a bit trickier to chart than Black Mage, but managed to stay fairly recognizable. I'm also very happy with my 1up doubleknit Mario Wristband. I'll be sad to give that one away. It's made from leftover yarn from the last two pairs of socks I made.
I also have some retroactive knitting pictures for you! I present to you the Dragonscale Wristwarmers, as modeled by their lovely recipient. The yarn is the same as I used for those RPM socks, many moons ago, which you may remember (or may have seen recently, if you're new to my blog). More pictures are up on Ravelry on its project page.
Next up, I have for you a sneak peak at a little item I've knit up for Baby Rena. Honest, I'll get it done and sent off before she grows out of it (which is why I made the 6 month old size of the pattern). Anyways, I won't spoil the surprise of what it is, although those of you on Ravelry can probably see it easily enough, but I wanted to point out something odd about the stitches. Look closely:See that? Instead of being little 'v's, the stitches are like little twisty ladders. I don't know how this happened, because I knit it normally like I knit always, but it looks pretty awesome. It's probably due to how twisty the yarn is, and the direction I was knitting relative to the twist of the yarn. It's lovely bamboo sock yarn and feels absolutely luxurious, so soft and smooth. I learned mattress stitch for this project (I know, I know, I've been a knitter for so long, and never learned how to do a proper seam until this month, making do with sloppy ragged seams for all my projects) and it was a lot of work, but definitely worth it for how wonderful it looks. We'll see if this interesting stitch configuration lasts through the blocking process.
Oh, and speaking of new readers up above, I just wanted to give my greetings to anyone new who may have wandered in for the OWOH contest, and if you're reading this, I'm quite flattered that you've stuck around. Your comments really made me blush. It has been great getting a chance to connect with so many new people, and I didn't think it would, but it really does feel like a global open house event. I wish I could give prizes to all of you!