A blog about my life, knitting, and other stuff.

May 23, 2016

After the Shawl

I finally finished Drachenfels!* It felt like it took forever to knit. And it kind of did. It was my only project, other than a few log cabin squares for all of April and the first two weeks of May. And now it's sitting in a crumpled ball waiting to be blocked.


The yarn, Cormo Sport by Elemental Affects, is delightful. It's soft but not mushy, makes crisp clear stitches and is springy as all get out. Seriously, I would sometimes get distracted while knitting and find myself just holding a length of it between my hands pulling it out and watching it spring back to shape. Boing, boing, boing. Delightful!

When I finished Drachenfels I couldn't decide what to do next. I need to dye more yarn before I can continue on my log cabin blanket. So, being me, I knit a few hats. I finished another X-ing X's  that I had cast on before going to the movies months ago (Zootopia? Probably.) 


Then I started another hat for a viewing of Captain America: Civil War. A two-toned affair.


Now I'm knitting a plain black, ribbed hat for a co-worker's husband. 


I have to pick out my next project. I'm deciding between the Honeylocust Loop and Waiting for Rain but if history teaches us anything I'll probably end up starting something completely different.

*I see that I never mentioned starting Drachenfels here. I started it. Then I knit it. Now it's done.

May 12, 2016

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

Summer is approaching and, based on skimming new patterns on Ravelry, that means chintzy crocheted tops are in! Honestly, I did not go looking for this subject. But when three iterations show up on the first two pages of Recently Added Patterns you have a trend on your hands, friends. Actually the trend appears to be on your boobs.

**Slightly NSFW Warning** 
Do not proceed if you will feel uncomfortable with your screen filling with breasts harnessed in myriad crocheted configurations. 
Personally it's the models' comfort I worry about. These can't feel good to wear, can they?

Okay...here we go...

The knitted version is slightly more tasteful.

April 21, 2016

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

Soon graduation season will be upon us. Looking for something to wear when you graduate at the top of your class from clown college? I've got you.

Oh the places you'll go!

April 7, 2016

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

Love you, fashion. Never change.

March 29, 2016

March 24, 2016

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

There is very little I understand about this.

But the thing that troubles me the most is WHERE DID THE MODEL'S OTHER HAND GO?? I may not sleep well tonight.

March 22, 2016

Six (unblocked) blanket squares done. #rosekimknits #logcabinknitting

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March 17, 2016

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

The fashion world is constantly trying to reinvent the old. But I think there's a reason crocheted hats haven't been "reinvented." When you move the openings, they are terrifying.

Kind of impossible, at this point in time, to view these without thinking about fava beans and a nice chianti.

On the plus side, no more bad hair days!

March 14, 2016

E.L.F. Cap



Pattern: E.L.F. Cap by Kendra Nitta
Needles: US3 and 4 Addi Turbos
Yarn: Lots of leftovers! Koigu, Hazel Knits, Sundara, Alpha B
Notes: This is a very entertaining knit. There's lots of short row shaping, cables, stripes, colorwork. 
Be aware there is errata for one of the short row sections. I was working from the original version of the pattern that appeared in The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits. It has since been republished in Knitting Wizardry. I don't know if the error is in the book as well. You can find the corrected instructions on the Ravelry page.

March 13, 2016

Leftovers Cowl





Pattern: Leftovers Cowl by Wendy Johnson
Needles: US6 Addi Turbo
Yarn: So many scraps!
Notes: I knit this whole thing on the wrong size needle. I didn't realize it until I was nearly done. I meant to use a US4. 
My finished cowl weighs 280 grams and is about 50" long. I used up a lot of leftovers but I only completely used up a few skeins. Colorwork takes so little yarn of each color in a project like this. 
The biggest challenge was picking skeins that gave enough contrast and not picking the same combos over and over. It got really cumbersome to work on toward the end. All that cowl keeps twisting up in your lap and tangling with the yarns. Keeping it pinned up or stuffed in a project bag helps. It also is not a very portable project because of all the yarn you need to carry around. I found it useful to lay all the colors out in a tray at home to better see my color selection choices. 

March 11, 2016

Slowest Yarn

You've heard of slow food, here's slow yarn.
I bought this merino/tencel blend at the NWRSA spinning conference in 2006.
I started spinning it at the Purlygirls retreat in April 2015.
I finished it this week.
That is slow.


10+ years to make 270 yards of yarn.