Back to Business, Whatever That Means

14 11 2010

My recent project has been this pair of socks made of Malbrigo sock. Great stuff. Very soft. This is my second go at the socks, and I hate to admit, this is what it looked like before I frogged it the first time. I am now to the gusset part and they are still coming along.


My second project that has come in a big fat halt is this scarf for my friend K. She’s been super supportive of me and the minions. She came over and gave me a much needed hour to myself and they are enjoying talking to her about minion stuff. This will be my thank you to her. Eventually.


Speaking of eventually. Exactly 15 months to the day I finished the Henry scarf. Finally. Some days it felt like it would never be finished. It does deserve a post of its own. The recipient was very pleased about the scarf (even though I thought it was going to be more blue). Taking pictures of the scarf on said recipient are still on my to do list. Maybe I should name my platypus Henry.


I Finally Acquired Some

7 07 2010

I can’t recall when I started looking for a specific self-striping sock yarn.  I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with self-striping sock yarn.  It’s taken years of searching specifically looking for one with seeds.


I finally found some.  Yes.  Watermelon sock yarn.


5 04 2010

I finished a pair of socks.


Imperfect. Clashing. Finished socks.


I’ve started another pair. Again. (Pictures to come in another post.) Out of a mess I tried last year. I think it’s just the pattern that makes it seem odd to me, but I press on. This is the first time using the magic loop for sock knitting. I have mixed feelings about it. This go around they feel less tight on the foot, but I think I’m knitting them with a larger needle than I did before. I’m not sure how I determined I should knit on US 0 when the pattern clearly mentions US 1. The appearance of ladders is nearly non-existent (I can tell, because I am a crazy perfectionist), but the cable is a bit unruly and gets in my way where DPNs do not.


Observations From the Last Two Minutes

2 03 2010



The blanket for The Captain is coming along slowly. Very slowly. I have until April, or college. It will get done.  Eventually.


This is the latest spinning project. It’s coming along well.  It actually looks way better than it’s cousin on the left.  The difference?  The diz on the roving before spinning.  I can’t wait to see how it plys.


Finally, this is paco-vicuna, which I found at an alpaca show this past weekend.  It’s exciting when your friends find fiber / animal shows for you to go with and are just as excited to go as you are.

Not Much Goin’ On.

2 02 2010

This is my latest spinning project.  It’s the same 100% alpaca that made up this spinning project, but a different color.  I bought a diz about a month ago at Lambspun and I’m very pleased with the results.  On the left is the pre-diz roving, on the right is the after diz roving.  It’s easier to spin after drafting through the diz.


I finished a project for “the captain” and in plenty of time before the potential notababyshower.  I’ll blog about that later, after the shower.

If You Ever Wondered…

19 01 2010

this is what crazy looks like.


This is a picture of my un-plied, 2-ply yarn, that I had been working on in the month of December.  The more I plied the more I hated it.  I looked at my options:

  1. Keep plying 2-ply until I filled a bobbin, then cut it off and start Navajo plying the rest.
  2. Suck it up, I have more fiber to spin.
  3. Un-ply.

I opted for #3.  I stuck a crochet hook through the bobbin (the one you can’t see) and attached it with a rubber band, and then let gravity do it’s magic.  Ah, the poster child for OCD and perfectionism, but I did finish it and I am now Navajo plying it.

The Things We Do

11 01 2010

Okay, the first time I tried to post this didn’t work.

First things first, I am really tired.  I didn’t even realize that my title is just about the same as the previous post.  I am special.

Second, my first post was funny.  This one not so much.

Below is my attempt in unplying yarn I’ve spun.


Here would have been the long-winded explanation that I don’t want to type out again, mostly because I can’t remember it.  I know it was only 5 minutes ago.

The above picture is a fine example of perfectionism and OCD mixed together.