A.Co Knits

February 28, 2009

Under the Wire

Filed under: Socks,Spring Forward — Tags: , — alcohen @ 10:52 pm

I finished my Spring Forwards at 11:30pm on February 28 in order to meet the Sock Knitters Anonymous deadline (technically I could have gone until 12am PST, but I thought that would be cheating). Here they are:
And my camera can do cool things with color, so here’s what I did to them:
Pattern: Spring Forward
Cast on: January 18, 2009
Cast off: February 28, 2009
Yarn: ShibuiKnits Sock
Needles: US size 2 circular
Mods: None. For reals. But for some reason, this felt like pulling teeth. I love the final socks but I hated knitting them.

I’m going back to knitting my mitered squares, which I am obsessed with. I don’t know why, but I missed them terribly this week (even though I secretly knit on them without telling the sock!) and couldn’t wait until I could return to them.

Good news is that this month, between my sock yarn blankies, the socks, the charity projects that I didn’t blog about and my sweater, I burned through around 2000 yards of yarn! Ok, so most of that was knit in previous months from the sweater, but it still feels good to break up the stash!

February 25, 2009


So…you know how when you’re supposed to be doing something, and you force yourself to do it, you end up wanting to do anything but that thing. That’s how I feel about finishing up my Spring Forwards.

Here’s what is distracting me:
The swap package I got for my sock yarn blankie

The new spring jacket I got from H&M (the lighting is bad on this, it is actually much cuter in person)

The star-shaped earrings (and unpictured shirt and bracelet) I bought for 80s night, which I’m not even going to this week.

And the fact that my roommate is dressing up for 80s night, because she’s going. But I have to study for a test. Yuck.

So after I finish studying and working on my socks for a bit, maybe I’ll indulge myself and work on a miter square or two (OMG I LOVE MITER SQUARES! But that is a different post entirely, so maybe I’ll write it tomorrow).

And to distract you, here’s a completely gratuitous picture of me in my new jacket:

February 24, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

Filed under: Uncategorized — alcohen @ 9:19 pm


Tinna gave me this, which was totally sweet of her. So now I have to nominate 8 other blogs accordingly.

1.Tiennie Knits – Wow! This woman knits like 85 of each item and every single one is beautiful!

2.Ysolda – She is amazing. Go check it out now if you’ve never seen her knitting.

3.Brooklyn Tweed – Is there anyone who doesn’t love this blog?

4.Grumperina – The inventor of the Jaywalker and an amazing knitter.

5.WendyKnits – This is probably one of my favorite blogs. And there are cute cat pics.

6.JanuaryOne – BABY!!! And I met her for a minute at Rhinebeck.

7.Shelly Kang – The designer of the Sock Yarn Blankie that has taken over my life. Plus her kids are adorable.

8.Yarn Harlot – My favorite knitting blog of all time. Stephanie is my hero.

In other news, I finished sock number one of my Spring Forwards (no pictures yet!) and started on number two. Hopefully I will finish the pair this week. I should go work on them right now!

February 22, 2009

Oscar night knitting

Filed under: Socks,Spring Forward — Tags: — alcohen @ 10:24 pm

I remember last year, during the Oscars, I knit an entire heel flap, which eventually got frogged because it didn’t fit right. Now, I’m watching (thank the lord for TiVo) and knitting my Spring Forward sock, which has to be finished soon so I can start on the second one and finish by the end of February! Here are some progress pics (the color is a bit off, due to the poor lighting in my room):
I’m so ADD-ish that I can’t force myself to work on these consistently http://canadianviagras.com/. All I want to do is work on my miter squares. And hopefully my swap packages will come tomorrow so I can do some more squares. But first I have to finish these socks, even if it kills me!

February 21, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — alcohen @ 1:43 pm

I almost just broke my yarn diet.

Let me explain:
Every year, there’s a nerd convention at my school called Non-Con. They get all sorts of weirdos to come and they sell things in the college center like corsets and jewlery and anime shirts. Last year, my friend from Marist who is president of their Anime Society told me about how some lady there sells yarn (that’s where she learned to knit!) and that I should go. So last year I went and bought some yarn.

I decided to stop by again this year. The yarn was pretty much the same-mostly Tofutsies and OnLine sock yarn, with some other stuff thrown in. A lot of it was discontinued, like Louet KidLin and Elsabeth Lavold Silky Tweed (don’t ask me how I know this, I retain more information about yarn than for any class I’m currently taking). But the colors were blech. There was some really soft cashmere that I thought about, but it was in weird colors. So I checked my wallet and noticed I was a little low on cash, and I’m going out with my friends to IHOP tomorrow, so I didn’t want to waste it. The ATM was broken, so I took that as a sign and walked away.

I’m getting to the point where I only want to buy yarn if it’s the type I know I can’t live without. Sure, sometimes yarn fumes will make me buy things I don’t want (in sweater quantities). But I’m learning that my stash should only be reserved for the best and brightest. I’ve sold and traded a couple skeins that just don’t do it for me anymore, so I’m not going to waste more money on yarn I don’t love. Plus, there are so many great LYS’s out there that I feel like I should save my money for them. Especially once I have access to my car again.

But for now, the yarn diet lives on. It’s not so much a diet as a stash reduction process. So I can buy yarn as long as I’m diligent in using up some of the stuff I have (mostly for space issues, but there’s a money factor too). I have so many WIPs that I feel like buying more yarn right now might just be excessive.

I’m just too damn pragmatic to be a stash whore.

February 19, 2009

WIP update (lots of pics!)

Recently, I’ve realized that I have waaaaay too many WIPs hanging around. My goal for this year is to finish as many as possible and refrain from giving in to my startitis. Here are a couple of my WIPs with a little progress report:

1. The Blankie
Here it is in its entirety. I started this about a year ago and am still in love with it. I’m well aware that I’m going to have to have at least 450 squares total (I’m at 50 now…so that’s a long way to go). I got involved with a bunch of swaps, so hopefully soon I’ll be getting more 5 gram balls of sock yarn to use. I already got some Pagewood Farms mill ends that I loved from Yarn Expressions last week. Here are some closeups:

blankie 3

2. Crocheted Sock Yarn Blanket
Yeah, I know I rip on crochet a lot, but it’s a great way to use up your odds and ends. This blankie has a specific color palette of blue, green, black, purple, and occasionally yellow and brown. I’m hoping to get it done soon, because it matches my bedspread in my dorm.

3. Spring Forward Socks (in Shibui Knits Sock Yarn)
These are for SKA January Challenge on Ravelry. I have to get them finished by the end of the month to count learn more. I’m still chugging along on sock number 1, but I feel like if I try to work on them exclusively, they will get finished by next week. Here’s a not-so-great pic of the lace pattern:
spring forward

4. Tulips Baby Sweater (in Dream in Color Classy)
I bought this kit over the summer at Knitty City. I had a sudden urge to cast on a baby sweater for no reason, so I started this. I love how cute the pattern is and can’t wait to have it done! In the picture you can see the raglan shaping for the armholes.

5. All You Need is Gloves (in Louet Gems Pearl)
Gloves I’m designing with a heart motif. Nothing much on these yet, but I love the corrugated rib cuff.

6. Entrelove Socks (in Knitterly Things Vesper Sock)
Entrelac socks that I’m designing for the SKA February Challenge. I’m going to either frog and restart or rip out the entrelac because I don’t like how it looks. But these will be done!

Now, these WIPs aren’t a complete picture of my knitty life. I didn’t take pictures of things I haven’t had much progress on lately (::cough::Silver Belle::cough::) or aren’t working on at present moment. But I’m hoping I can make some more progress on all my WIPs so that I can cast on new projects without feeling a pang of guilt for what I’ve done.

February 16, 2009

Finally finished!

Filed under: February Lady Sweater,Sweaters — Tags: — alcohen @ 5:58 pm

Good news, folks! Last night I finished my never-ending February Lady Sweater! I started it at the end of September, thinking it would be finished in time for me to wear in the fall…but like most projects that I believe will be quick, this thing took forever! I didn’t work on it exclusively, but it still almost killed my spirit. It also taught me that I absolutely can’t stand sleeves (I have at least 3 sweaters hanging around waiting for me to knit them sleeves. I don’t know why, but I can’t stand knitting them! But more on that later…) and I hate doing the same lace pattern over and over again. But I’m still loving the sweater (even though I don’t have the buttons for it yet and it hasn’t been blocked) and will wear it as soon as it gets a little warmer. Now, onto the pictures!

(Please ignore my face/pose in these pictures. I was trying to frolick and look all frolicky while my roommate took them, but instead I just look weird and slightly possessed.)

Pattern: February Lady Sweater
Cast on: September 30, 2008
Cast off: February 16, 2009
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (Almost 5 full skeins)
Needles: US size 8
Mods: I made regular increases instead of eyelets. And I guess I lengthened the sleeves a bit.

Now that this is done, I have some other stuff to finish up, like my mom’s sweater that I’ve been working on sporadically for a year or so…

February 13, 2009

New blog!!!!!

Filed under: Hats,Katie Hat — Tags: — alcohen @ 4:25 pm

Hiya there kiddos! This is my first entry on my new blog (on my new website!!!). I wanted another knitting blog so I could connect more with knitters and launch my designs in a more personal way. I already have one free pattern (Katie Hat, which will be linked in the sidebar as soon as I get to it) and am in the process of designing even more.

Here’s a bit about me: My name is Allison Cohen, I’m 19 years old and I go to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I’ve been obsessed with knitting since I was 14 (I learned at age 11). I also dabble in crochet (my mom is the crochet expert in my family). I looooove socks (both knitting them and wearing them). Obviously, I also love parentheses (you must have seen this coming).

For the non-knitting bit, here’s what you might want to know: I’m obsessed with reading and writing, and I’d love to write a book and have it published someday. I’ve written two books for NaNoWriMo, and I might do it again next year. I constantly have a lot of ideas flowing around in my head (hence my constant startitis). My other interests include politics, movies, tv, food, singing, dancing, and laughing a lot. I’m generally a fun person to be around adobe photoshop cs5 full!

If you’re interested, my old blog (which has about 5 entries) is acoknits.blogspot.com. I haven’t updated it since last year, so don’t expect any juicy details.

But enough about me…I feel so narcissistic when I write things like this. I’ll leave you with this AMAZING video that my roommate made. She’s an expert baker (which makes me happy, since I get to eat the delicious treats!) and she entered the Ace of Cakes YouTube challenge and made the Top 12. I helped film a bit of the video, so I feel so proud of it (and her!) for doing so well. Also, I had a bit of the cake, and it was amazing!

Until next time, stay delicious!

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