Thursday, April 25, 2013

Happy DNA Day!

Today is a very special day... it's my birthday AND National DNA Day!

Today is a day to learn more about all things genomics - the history, current research and trends for the future.  Mostly I like today (well it IS my birthday, but I mean the "holiday") because it's a fun day for kids to learn and become excited about the sciences.  

Besides, you know what a geek I am - and my love for the double helix is massive.  

Case in point: My DNA earrings and necklace

My dog named after Rosalind Franklin

I'm living a dream working at the National Library of Medicine at The National Institutes of Health

And now I have DNA Socks!  

Pattern: Denature by Margaret Mills
Yarn: Shibui Knits Socks in Canary Yellow
Needles: 2.0mm
Started: March 26, 2013
Completed: (almost!) April 25, 2013

I was desperately trying to finish these socks for DNA Day to wear to work.  But then I realized I would be traveling in a car all day so it didn't really matter.  And I'm so close to finishing... I'm thinking I can finish up the toe while riding in the car.  Nonetheless, they are near complete and I really like them!  The sock pattern was initially a little tricky.  I've never continued a pattern down the ankles and around the heel but once I got the hang of it the sock moved along quickly.  This was my first time cableing without a cable needle - which was kind of fun (again I re-emphasize the dork aspect of myself).  The original pattern called for a CO of 70 something stitches - and that was for the small!  I ended up doing 60sts and I still found it too large.  You can tell from the photos that they are a little on the bulky side.  But they will make nice house socks, or to wear over another sock when I need extra warmth.  The pattern comes with an additional arm warmers pattern called Anneal (cute, huh?!).  I might make these at a latter date - I figure arm warmers are always a necessity at work while typing away on the computer - why not a pair with a DNA helix annealing? :) 

I do have to mention the yarn.  It was my first time using Shibui yarn and oh my do I love it!  I bought it a couple years ago at Knit Purl during one of my trips to Portland, Oregon.  I really liked the little shop and too bad I'm so far away.  But the yarn is really nice to work with, we'll see how it wears over time.  And this yarn and colorway were perfect for this project, I just love how colorway makes the DNA double-helix pattern pop! 

And yes I actually wrote this post in advance because the hubs, pup, bun and I are all packed in a car making our way to Indiana.  See... I have 9 hrs of car time so plenty of time to finish these and CO my next project!  But yes, we are headed on a quick little trip to see friends and family for the weekend.  And what a great way to start the long weekend... with a celebration of DNA!  I hope you all have a great DNA Day! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tiny Tardis

Image from: 
A number of years ago the hubs and I became Whovians and haven't looked back.  In fact since then our geekiness has grown to include other cult-classics but Dr. Who is still one of our favs.  

And now, I've introduced our dog to our obsession: 

Pattern: Modified from the Tardis Socks from Keladry B.
Started: February 23, 2013 and Finished: March 10, 2013
Yarns: Cascade Sierra (Blue), Knit Picks Stroll (Black), Knit Picks Palette (Mist)
Needles: US 8, 5.0mm

I know what you are thinking... ANOTHER dog sweater?!?!  I had to though.  I have wanted to knit something in the likeness of the Tardis for a while and actually cast on for a pair of socks but realized I had a blue that was too dark.  Then I figured I have been on a dog sweater kick so why not make one for Rosie?   


I used the Tardis sock pattern from Keladry (link above) and modified the door panels.  I sort of knit the dog sweater free-form so it would fit Rosie.  When I'm not so lazy I'll pdf the notes I took while knitting and post them on here... again... when I'm not too lazy.  :)

I ended up holding the black yarn double and the white yarn triple.  Mostly because I was knitting from my stash and didn't want to purchase yarn for such a small amount.  I'm still debating if I want to add sleeves to the arm holes.

If I were to knit this pattern again I think I might make some slight mods (to my own pattern) to make the door panels stand out more and to the collar/top of the Tardis area.

I do apologize for the slightly blurry pictures but it's so difficult to take a good picture of Rosie because she's always moving!  Overall a cute and very fun project.  I think I might order the correct blue to make a pair of Tardis socks for myself!  

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Another Sneak peak

Here's a sneak peak at another project that as been sitting on my needles since December 2012.  Recently (well, mid-late March) I picked it up again.  Hopefully soon I'll have this FO post! 

Monday, April 8, 2013


I have another work in progress (WIP) that I'm trying to finish before April 25th... wish me luck! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Little Knitted Bunny

Pattern: Knitted Bunny, by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer
Started: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Finished: Sunday, March 24, 2013
Needles: 3.75mm/US 5.0

A friend alerted me to this cute bunny pattern and I thought this would be a quick, fun knit.  And it was a very quick, but totally fun knit; seriously I could have calculated the start/finish time in hours.  Oh and as a bonus, this project used some scrap/stash yarn.

Isn't he so cute!  The construction was spiffy -- just knit a square and then you sew up the seams to make the bunny form.  The ears are knit up and then sewn on.  Seriously a really quick knit.  But oh so cute!

I went a little crazy snapping pictures of this little guy.  The sun was shining so bright through the windows and yeah it bleached out the pics but I was so happy with the finished product I really didn't care.  This little critter went out as an Easter present so I had to wait until after the gift was received. I didn't want someone to see the knitted bunny on the blog or on Facebook!

This project also has me thinking about trying my hand at crochet... maybe some cute little amigurumi.  I have so much yarn that I really need to use up.  And some of my yarns (such as this Sweet Bee stuff) will NEVER be used on an actual garment.  So if you start seeing little knitted or crocheted critters popping up on the blog blame this little knitted bun....

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Quick glimpse of a... tasty treat (?!)

Just a quick post to show that I'm knitting current projects!  So here is a quick taste for you all.  Just a few quick pics of what's currently on my needles.  I'll have more details on the project as soon as I'm done - hopefully in a week or so.  

Unfortunately Rosie has decided that she likes the taste of yarn and tries to nom nom nom on my projects and yarn! It has become difficult to knit at home unless she is dead asleep.  Little brat... she's lucky she's so cute!