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

April 10, 2014

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

Creepiest. Baby. Sweater. Ever.

Do not turn your back on this baby.

April 7, 2014


A few weeks ago I was given a skein of Dream in Color's new yarn, Jilly, to test. I finally got started with it yesterday. This will be Medusa which has been in my Ravelry queue for a several years. I've been severely editing my queue as part of the Doubleknit Spring Clean Your Queue KAL. It feels really good to wrestle it down to a manageable size. I've shrunk mine from eight pages down to three!

April 6, 2014

Purlygirl Retreat Scarf

Last weekend we had our annual Purlygirl retreat to Fort Worden. Several people had expressed interest in seeing me warp my loom (10" Cricket). I threw together this scarf using more mill ends of Mountain Colors Bearfoot. The last time I alternated skeins in the warp every two threads. This time I just warped with a mini-skein until I ran out. The result is that one half of the scarf looks darker than the other. I haven't finished the fringe or washed it yet.

April 3, 2014

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?, Throwback Edition

The Seattle Knitters Guild had it's annual Fiber Frenzy last night. There was a table for free stuff people were giving away with lots and lots of old knitting and sewing magazines. A few items jumped out at me so I'd thought I'd share them. Visitors to Seattle always marvel at the fact that people here almost never use umbrellas or wear raincoats. It's seen as a badge of honor to simply tolerate the rain (drizzle, really). Also no one wants to look like this.

It don't think it could ever rain hard enough to warrant wearing this fleshy monstrosity.

I don't think the next one needs much explanation. This shit is just scary.

Can't sleep. Clown will eat me.

March 27, 2014

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is this?

I will admit these are some of the least weird things I've seen a male model wear recently in a runway show.

But it does still make me think that Grimace was just cast in a remake of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Anyone else seeing that, or is it just me?

March 22, 2014

Linney in Progress

Linney is coming along. I just completed the body of the sweater. Two sleeves and an edging and I will have a new, very long, handspun sweater.

It's going to be a bit...er...rustic. That's okay with me though. I imagine this will be a hanging around the house sweater and I think I will get a lot of use from it.

March 20, 2014

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This

Congrats, guys. You managed to pair the world's least flattering sweater with the world's least flattering pants. The model, a svelte child, now looks five months pregnant. Also, who was in charge of her hair. Jeez.

I guess this is your special "Trashy Teens" issue?

Honestly, I would love to understand how these decisions get made.

March 17, 2014

Delirium Setting In...

Today I worked my eighth straight day in a row. Vogue Knitting Live came to "Seattle*" again this weekend. I worked all three days. I can't really tell you much about the event since I spent my whole time in our booth in the market. I did get to see a lot of people I love to see but rarely do. There was lots of hugging but not a lot of time to visit with people. I'm beyond exhausted. I'm finally taking a day off tomorrow.

I've barely had time to knit at all. My Linney is growing very slowly. But I'm already fantasizing about my next sweater. I dove into my stash a few weeks ago and picked out yarns for a 3-in-1. I'm pretty sure this won't be terribly flattering on me but it just looks like such a fun knit. And so long as I'm going to knit one sock yarn sweater I might as well pick out another. There were several great samples of Monomania at the show. What a stashbuster. You know I love a stashbuster. I'm going to look around this weekend and maybe do a little coloring on these great worksheets to see if I can come up with a good combo.

Now I'm going to sleep.

*It takes place in Bellevue, 10 miles from Seattle.

March 13, 2014

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

I...I can't even.

I mean...really! 

March 10, 2014

Another Weekend, Another Scarf

A long time ago I swapped a skein of yarn with the owner of Mountain Colors. She sent me a huge pile of Bearfoot mill ends. At the time I was knitting a Baby Surprise Jacket in mill ends and thought I'd use the yarn for more baby sweaters. But she sent me so much I thought I'd make an Adult Surprise instead. But the colors...well, they just weren't me and there were a lot of them. So the yarn sat in my stash. I've toyed with knitting a blanket too but this weekend I just knew I wanted to weave with it.

I tried to snap a few photos along the way with my phone as I started my project. I pulled out four mini skeins. 

I alternated two color for the warp. First putting one in every other slot.

Then going through adding the second color.

I also alternated skeins for the weft. Using one that was more blue for two picks then one that was more red. I added in new skeins as I ran out without fussing too much about the shifting colors.

Altogether I used 150 grams or 1.5 skeins of Bearfoot. The finished size before washing and without the fringe is 7.5" x 80". And I still have enough yarn for three more scarves!

March 9, 2014

Continue in Rib Until You Lose Your Will to Live

I'm working on Linney. You start by casting on the full circumference of the sweater and knitting in twisted rib (twisting every stitch) for 6.5". I'm getting close to the end of it but it's taken me days.

March 8, 2014

All the Dyeing Puns Have Been Used

Okay, I'm super excited about this one. Back in 2006 I participated in a hand-dyed yarn swap called Dye-o-Rama. I think there were groupings by skill level. I was in the beginner's group. My swap partner sent me two skeins of yarn. One I knit into socks. And one just sat unloved for nearly seven years.

Sorry for the old, blurry photo.

Until this week. I threw it in the dyepot the other night. I tossed in some Cyan and a little Worker Blue* and let it "cook" overnight in my crockpot (that I bought at a yard sale and only use for dyeing). I am thrilled with the result.

I love, love, love, love, love it! Now what to make with it?

*I only use Mother MacKenzie's Miracle Dyes from Judith MacKenzie.