Ah, the things we do…

10 01 2010

 

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The best thing about friends are those who entertain your whims by taking you to yarn stores you don’t need to go to.  Starting from left to right, I went to Mew Mew’s, a very tiny shop in Lafayette.  Cozy, carries Malabrigo and has a store tabby, awesome.  So, there’s watermelon colored sock yarn (still not what I’m looking for to appease my watermelon phase, but it’s getting warmer), Malabrigo sock (awesome), and Malabrigo worsted (yummy).  I also went to Lambspun, which is large, full of knitters/spinners and left me completely overwhelmed.  I acquired a little bag of quiviet, a big thing of green, some sockish weight yarn and something with yak in it.

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Quiviet.  I don’t know if I’ll ever be brave enough to spin it.  It’s only 1/2 an ounce, I’m not even sure it will amount to much of anything.  I did have two friends touch it today, both non-knitters, both who said, “You paid how much for yak fur?” and who both said, “Wow…”

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The Elder Gods, Keepin’ Me Busy

7 01 2010

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Sometime last Spring my friend Josh asked me if I could make him a Cthulu. I of course gave him my typical answer of, some time before I die.  This past weekend when I saw him proved that he hadn’t forgotten the request.

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Suddenly, I found myself inspired to get started. I think it turned out well. I am sad that I didn’t follow the links on the pattern’s site for the magic round or the invisible decreases. Very clever ideas. I used a size H hook instead of an F. I couldn’t figure out how to get the tiny hook to work correctly with the worsted weight yarn. Maybe I’ll try another one since I now know the magic of the magic round and invisible decreases.

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The designer of this pattern mentions that the directions for the wings is somewhat confusing. However, the designer offers a visual representation of them, which helps a lot.  Over all, it was a super fun little crochet.  Also a super way to use up acrylic.

I also finished measuring and re-skeining the samples I spun up towards the end of last year. I heart my yard counter. Now if I could just figure out what to do with all the yarn in my growing stash.

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I started plying my last spinning adventure. I enjoyed the Louet Northern Lights pencil roving immensely. It was super easy to spin, no predrafting at all. I’m plying it double ply from two bobbins. I do enjoy this method, although I am wondering if I should have used the Navajo ply in order to maintain the long color stripes in this roving.

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I’ve decided I need to start a blanket soon, I think I have until April. I’d like to try the spiral looking drain blanket, but the first time I started it on the needle size suggested it felt extraordinarily stiff.

Those are the latest addition to my addiction family, Addi Clicks.  They are worth every penny.

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Happy New Year

5 01 2010

Exciting title I know.

I wish there was something interesting that has happened since the last time I posted.  I can’t say that much has happened.  The holidays occurred, the vacation at home occurred.  Friends, family, food…lots of food.  My lack of blogging has really been attributed to my lack of interest.  After all there is Ravelry, but not everyone has a Ravelry account.

The biggest thing I can announce is that despite my persistent procrastination I managed to finish up the Christmas presents for the kids.  I lucked out this year since I had until the 27th to get them completed.

This here is the first and last jellyfish I make out of dark-colored yarn.  Thing 1 adored it though and the alpaca is super soft and lovely to the touch.

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This is the longneck, who’s long neck was not long enough, but is good enough.  I was in such a rush to get this guy done, I took him to a bar to finish him up while my friend and I watched an Arsenal game.  Of course in true fashion, I did not take a picture of him with the gloves on (which were well received).  (I remembered that today, doh!)  In days prior to the knitting in the bar, I spent much amusement with people who couldn’t figure out what I was knitting.

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Now the sharptooth has a brother and see how they get along?

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I finished the Calorimetry as well.  It still seems really really big to me.  (No, I didn’t do a swatch.  Yes, I know I should.)  I haven’t gotten a chance to give it to its recipient yet.

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Happy New Year to all. ^.^





Brr…

4 12 2009

I finally finished a scarf.  Nope.  Not Henry.  I used two skeins of Noro Silk Garden and I stretched the heck out of it after soaking it in cold water.  I hope it blocks okay this way.

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Pattern: Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer
Yarn: 2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden
Needles: US 8
Modifications: Just the suggested one at the end of the pattern to make the ending triangle look like a 90 degree triangle.

What did I learn?
1) I can knit in a week, but that does not include blocking in the true sense.
2) The multidiagonal scarf pattern can make a 4′ scarf from 2 skeins of Noro as long as it is 4″ wide.  Mine was not.
3) I like knitting the scarf, although the endless garter sometimes makes me want to cry.
4) I am basing a lot of faith on the fact that not all people like wearing 6′ scarves.  Right?
5) I’m hoping that Noro Silk Garden will block despite it’s high silk content.

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I hope this is long enough. (edit:  It seemed to block out okay this way.)

I have 20 days to finish the kids projects.  I have the yarn, I have the patterns.  I’m still lacking the motivation because I’m still not sure where the bunny, dinosaur and sharptooth have run off to.  This is a silly reason not to get started, but it’s my excuse for the procrastination.

I finished my other sample spinning projects and now I just have to count the yardage and reskein them.  Perhaps a project for another day. ^.^

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A Few Things

30 11 2009

I can knit. I’m almost done!  My aunt had asked me about something to cover her ears when she walks and she had seen someone with a thing to do so on one of hers.  I thought of this, thanks to Stringgeek.  It seems so much bigger than I thought it was going to be.  Is this normal?  No, I didn’t make a swatch. (ahem.)

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“Look ma, it looks like a sock!”

17 11 2009

Stripes. Knitting from both ends of the yarn cake. Hmm, ever find yourself in a situation where you’re just inviting disaster? (Have you noticed, not a jellyfish or dinosaur in sight.) I think I might have made the cuff a little snug, but I’m not sure. It fit over my heel so I’m hopeful. I think I botched up the join at the top of the cuff by twisting it. (Yes, I’m sure I’ll frog it after this picture and fix it.)

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My excuse for not starting the kids toys yet? I can’t find the ones I made last year. I think they are in a box, in the garage. So annoyed. I thought they were in with a big tub of stuffed animals and then I thought they were in a plastic bag of stuffed animals. (Or was that the other way around.) Either way, I can’t find them.





Ménage à trois

16 11 2009

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Dear Henry,

I’m not sure what has come over me.  Sure, I could blame it on the Noro Sock yarn’s long luscious color ways or the fact that I’ve made a successful sock before out of Noro.  It might be that the new cast on was just too enticing to resist.  Maybe I just needed a little more variety.  I’m certain guilt had something to do with it as well since it’s been over a year since I’ve finished a sock.

I’m sorry you’ve had to share a bag with the Noro scarf.  There was just so much room, I thought you wouldn’t mind.  It was insensitive of me.  Even your to be recipient noted that I wasn’t working upon your luxuriousness.

Please forgive me.