Time marches on.

September 10, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Posted in lace, pattern design, Random babble, stash, WIPs | 1 Comment

So much has changed since the last time I updated. For one thing, I’m unemployed now. Yup, the company shut down. With no notice. And is refusing to pay us for hours that we worked.

Needless to say, a complaint has been filed with the Labour Board by at least 3 employees, myself included, and we’re mad as hell about it. And really, who can blame us?

So now I spend my days desperately hunting for jobs. You know, in between fibres arts projects.

My old laptop decided it didn’t want to live anymore, so now I have a new one. Well, semi-new. Second-hand, but it’s better than the old one and is working just fine.

I performed on stage last month for the first time in nearly a decade. It was awesome! Lots of fun, and something I will definitely be doing again next year, so long as the theatre company runs the event again.

Summer passed rather wetly, and I can’t believe September’s here already. The weather, however, seems to think that it overslept and now it’s really October or November, because temperatures have been dipping only a few degrees above the freezing mark since mid-August, and we had a frost warning last night.

And joy of joys, my mojo is back! It’s been helped along by a nice package in the mail the other day, from Kristen. She sent me a metric buttload of old swatches, which thrilled me right to death!

My roommate and I went through them all yesterday afternoon, and some of the swatches have whispered to me their desired FO-form. So far I’ve got a hat in mind (really, the swatch itself is big enough for the hat, and all I need to do is seam the top), as well as a pair of wristlets. I suspect a stranded pouch or two may be in future, as well as plenty of yarn to practice tablet weaving with! (It’s not knitting, but I get to fondle yarn, so it gets a mention here.)

I do have a cowl on the needles right now, too.

You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s actually a forest green, not black.

It’s not much to look at right now, but it’s growing. I’ll end up writing up a pattern for it when it’s finished, no doubt. A free pattern, since it’s simple enough to do.

And I’ve also got plans for a pair of knit (and possibly felted) bracers, much like the ones shown here.

Little by little I’m also knitting some leprosy bandages to send off to charity, though these usually get worked on when I’m watched a movie or TV shows that has subtitles. Garter stitch can be done without looking at the stitches.

Yup, plenty of mojo to last me a good long while, if it sticks around!

Jakob seems indifferent to my happiness. Really, though, he’s just worn out from cheering me on.

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Which is it?

August 24, 2008 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Butterfly Fields, lace, pattern design, Reinyarnations, shawls, WIPs | 6 Comments

Did I fail at succeeding? Or did I succeed at failing? Because part of me knew I wouldn’t be able to finish the Ravelympics challenge this year, and true to form, I didn’t.

Bah. Oh well. Regardless, the challenge gave me inspiration, and really, that’s something of the Olympic spirit to start with. So I came away a better person, even if I didn’t have an FO to bring with me.

The stole I’m knitting, though, is coming along decently. It’s almost halfway finished, and I’ve finally found the name. Butterfly Fields.

Though the first stitch pattern I used was called “Checkered Lace”, it reminded me more of butterflies. That put my in the mind of a field of flowers, especially with the light spring green colour of the yarn I’m using. So after five repeats of the butterfly pattern, I switched to Tulip Lace instead, to make the flowers that the butterflies are heading for. Once it’s almost long enough, I’ll switch back and do five more repeats of the butterflies.

A butterfly’s eye view, heading toward the field of flowers.

I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but yes, I’m going to write this all up and release it as a free pattern once it’s all finished up.

In other news, I have successfully learnt to spin! With pencil roving, at least, which I got lucky enough to find in a grab bag at Value Village, and I’ll probably never find any more there, either. Shame, really, since it was fun to spin with. However, it got me some experience using the drop spindle I bought ages ago, and now I feel a little bit more confident about working with the braids of roving I also purchased ages ago. I suspect I’ll spend a lot of time drafting everything out to make it all nice and even before I even go near the spindle, though. It’ll be time-consuming, but I think it’ll be worth it, to not mess up the pretty wool that I have.

But yes, very proud of myself for that. I’ve conquered another hurdle.

Which is one more hurdle than Nick’s conquered. Thus far, he seems to have mastered the power of positive lazing around. But I was good at that years ago!

Being sneaky.

July 30, 2007 at 2:50 am | Posted in Akatonbo, Knit From Your Stash 2007, lace, pattern design | 1 Comment

Work has technically disallowed surfing the Internet during shifts. But it’s so dead here tonight that I think I can spare a moment to make a blog post.

Funny how I have nothing to really update, though. My knitting has been almost nonexistant over the past week. I feel disappointed with myself.

I have, however, been planning quite a few projects for when Knit From Your Stash is over. (I’ll need to buy new yarn for some of these projects, you see.) First and foremost, the Baldy Hat. I planned to make this for my father a few Christmasses ago, but if we know the relationship between my father and I, well, you’ll understand why this never really got made.

My plan for this is to have a white top to the hat, with brown below it. There’ll be ribbing, of course, and then a garter-stitch brim to fold over the ribbing, which will be also brown and say “BALDY” across it in white yarn. This is what would happen, I imagine, if bald eagles could shave words into their heads. I plan to offer this up as a free pattern once I’ve finished it.

A good friend of mine is planning her wedding for 2009, which gives me ample time to find a good pattern for a wedding shawl for her. Here theme colours are black, silver, and red, so I think something with a bit of a gothic feel to it would be rather nice.

I want to get a good start on designing the Little House lace shawl that has been languishing in the back of my brain since . . . well, since before the year began, really. I have a few lace patterns that I plan to put in it, and I really just need to get the yarn, the needles, and get started on it.

I’ve had an idea for a lace coverlet in a log cabin style, too, and I want to see if that will work out. Done in small squares to be sewn together, of course. I can’t see why it wouldn’t work, but you never know. Best to test-knit first, of course.

Unwinding

Not so much unwinding as unraveling, really. I found errors that I never even noticed in the Path of the Heart scarf, and so I plan to rip that back and start over. Not too big a loss, really, since I only got about 5 repeats in. My biggest regret is . . .

. . . ripping Akatonbo. I keep looking at the scarf and being very unhappy with it. It’s the right width, but the needles I used make the knitting too tight, and it makes some of the stitches a real bitch to work. So my plan is to *gulp* rip it all back, unply the yarn (it’s currently 2 strands of 2-ply together), and start again. Same size needles, and I think a few changes to the pattern would go over quite nicely.

So I’m going to be back to the zero mark on the those projects. :/ The upside is that I think they’ll move along much quicker and more smoothly, since I’m feeling the start of a big knitting kick again. I go through cycles, it seems, where I want to read and play video games, and then where I want to do nothing but knit all my spare moments.

As I’m posting from work, you’ll have to all forego pet pictures for now. I’ll post two next time, to make up for it. :D

Hand in hand ten thousand bold.

January 23, 2007 at 6:20 pm | Posted in lace, Miss Lambert's shawl, pattern design, Random babble, WIPs | 2 Comments

Ten points to whoever knows the song that I got my post title from.

I passed the 25% mark on Miss Lambert’s shawl last night while watching The Simpsons on DVD. Nothing like cartoon comedy to make the knitting time fly by.

And ‘fly by’ is relative, of course. I’m not exactly a swift knitter. I’m sure that there are people who could go from 20% to 25% of that shawl in a few hours instead of having to take an entire evening. Still, that’s a good bit of progress for me, and I’m quite proud of myself.

Though picture-wise, it doesn’t really look much bigger than it did yesterday.

On a slightly related note, I felt incredibly old when I realized that what most people would see as random violent humour on The Simpsons was actually social commentary. I feel like part of my carefree childhood has been stripped away by Marge holding a shotgun and shooting mutants. (Which is quite a disturbing image on its own, I suppose.)

I’m now torn on what to make from the to-be-unplied silk blend yarn once it’s all ready. I was going to make Yarn Harlot‘s Snowdrop Shawl, which I think could look very nice in a deep bright red. Then I was browsing through my copy of Folk Shawls and saw that the Kimono Shawl takes laceweight yarn, and that it has an awfully pretty pattern too. I was hoping to do a triangular shawl of some kind, which makes me lean towards Snowdrop, but I’ve heard from a lot of people that Kimono was fun to knit too.

Damned indecisiveness.

I do want to knit the Kimono Shawl some day. I think it’d look good in some fluffy angora/lambswool yarn that I have. Fluffy, but I don’t think it would be so fluffy as to completely obscure the lace pattern, but it would be enough fluff to look almost decadent. (I keep picturing a geisha wrapped up in an angora stole, and the image is slightly incongruous but still very pretty.)

I really ought to get more organized when it comes to my knitting. Go through my yarn and decide right there and then what’s going to be turned into what, so that there’s no more project indecision in my life. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve started a project only to go, “Ooh, this yarn would be much better in another project,” or “Oh, I can think of a much better yarn for this,” or any number of other little indecisive things that hinder my progress.

Yes, this does reflect in other areas of my life.I have to get better with that, too.

In my spare time at work the other day, I started charting out a new scarf pattern. In different colours! Oooh! Yup, I’m taking a break from my lacy loves to do a little colourwork. I can picture it perfectly in my head, have now just about finished the charts, and as soon as I dye up the yarn I want to use for it, I can start knitting.

Well, I’ll also need a circular needle, since it’s one of those scarves that’s knit in the round, then gets the open ends sewn up. I can’t think of a conceivable way to do this scarf otherwise, since it involves switching colours pretty often, which will result in the back of the scarf looking like crap. But if the back of the scarf is the inside of the scarf, hidden from view, then there’s no problem at all.

Plus I get to use up a load of that merino/angora yarn that I have left. And get more experimentation with mixing up different blends of Kool Aid to get the right colours I’m looking for. It’s a win-win situation!

I’m looking forward to knitting this. I hope it turns out as pretty as I’m thinking it will.

All this yarn talk has made Nick want to take a bath.

Hand in hand ten thousand bold.

January 23, 2007 at 6:20 pm | Posted in lace, Miss Lambert's shawl, pattern design, Random babble, WIPs | 1 Comment

Ten points to whoever knows the song that I got my post title from.

I passed the 25% mark on Miss Lambert’s shawl last night while watching The Simpsons on DVD. Nothing like cartoon comedy to make the knitting time fly by.

And ‘fly by’ is relative, of course. I’m not exactly a swift knitter. I’m sure that there are people who could go from 20% to 25% of that shawl in a few hours instead of having to take an entire evening. Still, that’s a good bit of progress for me, and I’m quite proud of myself.

Though picture-wise, it doesn’t really look much bigger than it did yesterday.

On a slightly related note, I felt incredibly old when I realized that what most people would see as random violent humour on The Simpsons was actually social commentary. I feel like part of my carefree childhood has been stripped away by Marge holding a shotgun and shooting mutants. (Which is quite a disturbing image on its own, I suppose.)

I’m now torn on what to make from the to-be-unplied silk blend yarn once it’s all ready. I was going to make Yarn Harlot‘s Snowdrop Shawl, which I think could look very nice in a deep bright red. Then I was browsing through my copy of Folk Shawls and saw that the Kimono Shawl takes laceweight yarn, and that it has an awfully pretty pattern too. I was hoping to do a triangular shawl of some kind, which makes me lean towards Snowdrop, but I’ve heard from a lot of people that Kimono was fun to knit too.

Damned indecisiveness.

I do want to knit the Kimono Shawl some day. I think it’d look good in some fluffy angora/lambswool yarn that I have. Fluffy, but I don’t think it would be so fluffy as to completely obscure the lace pattern, but it would be enough fluff to look almost decadent. (I keep picturing a geisha wrapped up in an angora stole, and the image is slightly incongruous but still very pretty.)

I really ought to get more organized when it comes to my knitting. Go through my yarn and decide right there and then what’s going to be turned into what, so that there’s no more project indecision in my life. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve started a project only to go, “Ooh, this yarn would be much better in another project,” or “Oh, I can think of a much better yarn for this,” or any number of other little indecisive things that hinder my progress.

Yes, this does reflect in other areas of my life.I have to get better with that, too.

In my spare time at work the other day, I started charting out a new scarf pattern. In different colours! Oooh! Yup, I’m taking a break from my lacy loves to do a little colourwork. I can picture it perfectly in my head, have now just about finished the charts, and as soon as I dye up the yarn I want to use for it, I can start knitting.

Well, I’ll also need a circular needle, since it’s one of those scarves that’s knit in the round, then gets the open ends sewn up. I can’t think of a conceivable way to do this scarf otherwise, since it involves switching colours pretty often, which will result in the back of the scarf looking like crap. But if the back of the scarf is the inside of the scarf, hidden from view, then there’s no problem at all.

Plus I get to use up a load of that merino/angora yarn that I have left. And get more experimentation with mixing up different blends of Kool Aid to get the right colours I’m looking for. It’s a win-win situation!

I’m looking forward to knitting this. I hope it turns out as pretty as I’m thinking it will.

All this yarn talk has made Nick want to take a bath.

Roundup!

January 4, 2007 at 6:54 pm | Posted in Knit From Your Stash 2007, pattern design, Random babble, stash, WIPs | Leave a comment

WIPs big and small:

~ Branching Out scarf, 6 pattern repeats in, in recycled 75/25 wool/angora yarn, Kool-Aid dyed.
~ 2×2 ribbed scarf, in Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky, Huckleberry colourway. Over halfway done.
~ Prairie Shawl, from Folk Shawls. Zeller’s brand acrylic yarn, kinda off-white colour. Over halfway done.
~ Patchwork blanket. Many many small squares in acrylic yarn. Not even close to being done, but the squares are portable, and mindless to knit.
~ Seed stitch scarf, black 100% baby alpaca yarn from Inca Gold. I’ve got about four inches knit so far.
~ Basic garter stitch scarf in purpley boucle yarn. I just want to knit this to get it done. No other purpose, really.
~ Icord rug, acrylic yarn in kind of a dark sandy colour. Started to see if I could actually do an icord, and it just sort of went from there.
~ Trinity stitch stole, recycled wool yarn in a sandy colour. Need to find the last ball to complete this. Shame I wanted this done for Christmas. Maybe next Christmas . . .

That’s 8 projects on the go right now, and the only one that will really take a while to do is that damned blanket. I don’t have half the squares done for it, and even though they’re all just small garter stitch squares, I can only knit so fast, and can only work on so many projects at once. Once I get a few more projects done, though (probably the ribbed scarf, Branching Out, and the Prairie Shawl), I’ll get back to knitting those squares, most likely while at work. They’re small and portable, and that’s all I ask in a work project.

Future Projects, big and small, that I have the yarn for

~ Sampler afghan, pattern taken from a book of, well, afghan square patterns. Worsetd weight acrylic yarn.
~ Sweater. Undecided style and pattern, though probably Fair Isle. 100% wool. It’ll be my first sweater!
~ Hat, from Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky, Huckleberry colourway. Complement to the ribbed scarf. It’ll be my first hat!
~ Pair of socks, simple pattern in numerous knitting books. 75/25 acrylic/wool sock yarn. It’ll be my first pair of socks! (Can you tell that I want 2007 to be a year of ‘firsts’?)
~ Scarf using the snowflake lace pattern featured here. Handmaiden Seasilk, blue and green.
~ Alien Illusion scarf from the Stitch’n’Bitch book. Red and black yarns, can’t remember the brand, acrylic, and really shiny and soft!
~ Red Dragonfly scarf, recycled 75/25 wool/angora yarn, Kool Aid dyed. Pattern is self-designed.
~ A felted tote in geometric patterns, 100% wool (fairly scratchy wool, too), Kool Aid dyed.
~ Felted clogs, 100% blue-grey merino wool.
~ Lap blanket, Red Heart Light & Lofty, Blueberry colourway. Because it’s the only thing besides scarves that I can think of to do with this stuff, and I really don’t need three blueberry-coloured scarves.

10 projects that I want to do and know I have the yarn for. Not too shabby, really. Again, mostly small things that can be portable, except for that sweater, but that’s not a problem. The sweater will likely end up as a Christmas gift, so it’ll be well worth taking the time and energy on.

Really, it looks like 2007 will be a year of firsts. First sweater, first hat, first pair of socks. Most knitters seem to attempt these things before they go all into things like lace knitting. Not me. I’m backwards. I got into lace knitting because I saw the fantastic work that Wendy does, and said, “Holy crap, I could never do that!” Then I bit the bullet and found out that indeed I could do that. Not only that, but I liked to do that. And never stopped.

I have no doubt that I can make sweaters and hats and socks. Not intuitively, of course, but if I have a good set of instructions, I don’t think that it’ll be very hard. I just have to learn how to do it, and then, well, I’ll know how to do it.

It’s funny how I used to be intimidated by things that weren’t scarves. Now I’m all for them. Bring on the pattern!

Patterns to design:

~ Dragonfly Lake stole
~ Little House stole

Both of these I’ve had ideas for, and both are sort of half-formed in my mind and need to be let out. Dragonfly Lake is going to have, obviously, a dragonfly motif, with waving water, rushes and lilypads, and trees around the border. Not a hard pattern to design, I’ll bet, but it’ll be the first big project I’ll have designed on my own, and I want it to look good.

The Little House stole is going to have images based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books, which I am a big fan of. Ears of wheat, snowflakes, all sorts of fun motifs to throw in there. This’ll be a bigger and harder thing to plan out than Dragonfly Lake, but I think I’m up to the challenge.

This about wraps up the things that I’m looking to do, knitting-wise, in 2007. You know, and reduce my stash to something more manageable. :p

And now, back to work on that ribbed scarf. I can probably get a few more inches done between calls before my shift ends today and I’m forced to go home and play Final Fantasy XII until my ears bleed. *laughs* (Oh, what a horrible life I lead, huh?)

I’m never good at thinking of post titles.

October 24, 2006 at 4:41 pm | Posted in Dyeing, pattern design, sales, WIPs | Leave a comment

After much pondering and confusion about what to do with a large load of really scratchy wool yarn I unravelled from a sweater a while back (the first sweater I ever unravelled, actually), I’ve finally decided what to do with it. It’s white yarn, so it’ll be very easy to dye with bright Kool-Aid colours, and then I can knit it up into tote bags. Tote bags which will be felted. There are plenty of patterns for them floating around online, and I can maess with interesting colour combinations and geometric shapes and whatnot to create some nifty designs.

This is a project I’ll do just for fun, not for any real practical purpose. I have no need for tote bags of my own (I already have two at home, and one is even wonderfully handmade), so I’ll just be doing this so I can do more dye experiments, and perhaps have a few more things to sell at next year’s craft sale at work. I didn’t have much notice about this year’s, since now that I know they’re done annually, I’ll have a whole year to make pretty things to try and sell next November.

Speaking of dye experiments, I never did mention how the cashmere turned out. It was originally a very pale spring green, which I wanted to turn purple. I threw in four packets of grape Kool-Aid, but the water looked more grey than purple, so I figured a packet or two of red would sort that out. Still didn’t look right. Another two packets of red. Then the yarn ended up too red, and the dye didn’t disperse as evenly as a I wanted. As a result, I have variegated red cashmere yarn, some areas a deep burgundy, and other areas that somehow managed to stay purple. Some spots, where the acrylic yarn used to hold the hank together was tied too tightly, are still pale green, which actually looks nifty next to the purple and red.

It didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped, but it didn’t turn out badly either. I’d like to try more tie-dyed yarn, since the effect is nifty. Maybe for one of the felted tote bags or something. Just for experimentation purposes, anyway.

 But regardless, the cashmere scarf is almost done. The yarn didn’t last as long as I hoped it would, but I can stretch it a little by blocking it out. Add a couple of extra inches to it. That won’t be any problem. (Pictures to come once I get a way of actually taking them. :p)

And yes, I am still working at getting the dragonfly lace planned out. The design has expanded into a Dragonfly Lake stole, though, which is going to be worked on once the new year comes and most of my current projects are over and done with. I’m hoping it turns out as well as I visualize it in my head, and if it does, I’ll probably try selling the pattern.

Here’s hoping, anyway. Can’t hurt to hope.

Another dead computer.

October 14, 2006 at 10:37 pm | Posted in pattern design | Leave a comment

The people downstairs have been hammering and drilling and doing god knows what else for weeks. Today, after three loud thumps, my computer surged and now will not turn back on. The power supply appears to be shot. *sigh* I’ll be making a complaint and demanding that they pay for a new power supply, I swear. They either jiggled something in the building’s fault electrical wiring, or they have a serious personal grudge against my computer.

Either way, this means I’m restricted to posting from work from now on. Which means no pictures. (Not that I posted too many pictures, but still. I’m miffed that I can’t even if I want to.)

I’m using what quiet time I have at work to research the lace patterns I want to use for the stole that’s forming in my mind. Inspired by the sudden burst of inspiration I had for the dragonfly lace scarf, I’m calling the stole “Dragonfly Lake”, which I shall start knitting just as soon as I get the pattern properly sorted out. In my mind, it looks pretty. Let’s just hope my needles and yarn will be able to reproduce the effect.

This will be the first big lace project I’ll be knitting, and the first big complex pattern I’ll be designing. I’m excited about this. I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, though, since I’m a notorious procrastinator, and a starter of projects but not often a finisher.

The bitch of this is that the lace patterns I want to use in the stole don’t seem to be available online, so I’m having to chart this completely by hand, with little to nothing to guide me. I’ve got to say, that’s an experience that had bloody well better make me stronger if it doesn’t kill me!

Okay, enough babble. Back to charting, and desperately looking up lace patterns in the hopes that something will add a little more flair to the design.

(Note to self – Get off your butt and dye that cashmere tomorrow, will you? It’s not going to turn purple on its own.)

Diamondback scarf pattern

September 29, 2006 at 4:24 pm | Posted in free pattern, pattern design | Leave a comment

It’s not exactly a complicated pattern, but heck, I figure I may as well post it. Posting patterns makes me feel like I’m playing with the big knitbloggers. :p

CO 17 stitches using long-tail cast-on. (Feel free to add on a thicker border to help prevent the stockinette curl if you like.)

K R1-2 then begin the sections.

Section1
R1 – P1, K1, P to last 2 sts, K1, P1
R2 – K1, P1, K6, P1, K6, P1, K1
R3 – P1, K1, P5, K3, P5, K1, P1
R4 – K1, P1, K4, P2, K1, P2, K4, P1, K1
R5 – P1, K1, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K1, P1
R6 – K1, P2, K2, P2, K5, P2, K2, P1, K1
R7 – P1, K1, P1, K2, P3, K1, P3, K2, P1, K1, P1
R8 – rep R6
R9 – rep R5
R10 – rep R4
R11 – rep R3
R12 – rep R2
R13 – rep R1

Section 2
R1 – K1, P1, K to last 2 sts, P1, K1
R2 – P1, K1, P6, K1, P6, K1, P1
R3 – K1, P1, K5, P3, K5, P1, K1
R4 – P1, K1, P4, K2, P1, K2, P4, K1, P1
R5 – K1, P1, K3, P2, K3, P2, K3, P1, K1
R6 – P1, K2, P2, K2, P5, K2, P2, K1, P1
R7 – K1, P1, K1, P2, K3, P1, K3, P2, K1, P1, K1
R8 – rep R6
R9 – rep R5
R10 – rep R4
R11 – rep R3
R12 – rep R2
R13 – rep R1

Section 3
Rep section 1

Section 4
R1 – K1, P1, K to last 2 sts, P1, K1
R2 – P1, K1, P6, K1, P6, K1, P1
R3 – K1, P1, K5, P3, K5, P1, K1
R4 – P1, K1, P4, K2, P1, K2, P4, K1, P1
R5 – K1, P1, K3, P2, K3, P2, K3, P1, K1
R6 – P1, K2, P2, K2, P5, K2, P2, K1, P1
R7 – K1, P1, K1, P2, K7, P2, K1, P1, K1
R8 – rep R6
R9 – rep R5
R10 – rep R4
R11 – rep R3
R12 – rep R2
R13 – rep R1

Continue sections 1-4, ending with section 3. K 3 rows, Bind off in preferred method.

There. Simple pattern, but the texture looks neat. The reason there’s no ‘eye’ in the last section is primarily because I goofed when knitting it for the first time, but didn’t feel like frogging back to fix it. I instead left it, worked it into the pattern to create a little variation. This is also why the pattern ends after a repeat of section 3, so that the diamond without an eye always has 3 diamonds with eyes before it. It just balances it out.

Would I make this pattern again? Probably, though with a thicker border to prevent the curl. It doesn’t curl so as to obscure the pattern, but it still annoys me. Regardless, though, the constant switching of knit and purl is mindless enough to not require much attention, but still keeps me amused enough that it doesn’t get boring to knit.

I need to remember this thing more.

September 23, 2006 at 2:01 pm | Posted in FOs, pattern design, sales | Leave a comment

The past few days have been knit-a-licious! I finished a shawl for the craft sale, and have made good progress on the scarf which has been christened Diamondback. I’ll be getting a piecture of it tomorrow, and posting a pettern. (Y’know, just in case somebody actually reads this blog and wants to imitate my less-than-talented work. :p)

Shopping at Value Village netted me some more yarns yesterday. For $3, I got a bag of crochet cotton, some of it coned, and some acrylic/nylon pink stuff that’ll probably end up being turned into a lacy scarf for some little girl at Hestia House. For another $2, there was the usual grab bag of stuff, mostly crap, but sometimes I manage to find something worth keeping in there. This time it was two long hanks of some soft shiny moss green stuff. I’m not sure what the fibre content is, though by the feel of it it’s all synthetic stuff. Still, it’s nice to the touch, and I can make something nice out of it for the craft sale, no doubt.

And now, since I’m currently sitting at my desk at work, on a dead weekend shift, I’ll be able to get some more of the Wrapped in a Hug stole done! That’s my work project, and I consider it a good day if I get one pattern repeat done by the end of my shift. (It may not seem like much, but heck, when I’m actually doing my work in between stitches, one repeat of the pattern is pretty decent!)

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