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

September 28, 2012

A Few Recent Makeup Videos

I've started back to making videos now that the kids are back in school. Here are my latest two.

Nearly There

Just a few days left to Single Skein September. I still have a few things on the needles but finished a few more items in the last week.

Cascade. This is a fantastically cute, FREE pattern from Petite Purls. It took well under a skein of Cotton-Ease, which I hope to never knit with again. 

I made this little Handspun Headband with some leftover Angora-Merino from a shawl I made a few years ago. Fast and toasty warm.

This is a partial skein of Malabrigo Twist. Oh my, I love this yarn. So soft! I made this a little too small though. I should have cast on a few more stitches.

September 27, 2012

I've been sifting through photos from the various fashion shows that are taking place this month. Since they are showcasing spring looks I'm not finding many knitted items. I am, however, finding my fashion past circa 1982. I believe 12 year old me sported this look around the house most weekends.

The sweatshirt was my father's. The despair was my own.

Looking further I found the overall theme was "80s middle school mis-match theme day."

No. Really.


This whole concept makes me...

September 23, 2012

Still Single Skein-ing Like It's Going Out of Style

I knit this headband in just a few hours from some handspun merino.    

I'm skeptical that this style suits me.

I think you need more or less hair to pull it off. I'm in that awkward in between length. In the last few days I cast on a bunch a new things.

Left to right:
My Swissies in handspun Romney-Coopworth-Angora. I don't think I have enough to knit the crown so I'm pondering what to use for it.
An improvised hat in handspun samples from my first spinning class. I also ran out of yarn on this one and have been rooting through my stash to see what I can put together to finish it.
An improvised hat in naturally-dyed Cascade Eco Alpaca. These are more class samples, sadly unlabeled.
Cascade in a skein of Cotton-Ease. Old, old, olllllllld Cotton-Ease. I need to get some buttons to finish this one. It's an adorable pattern that is free and only takes 150ish yards of worsted to knit. Great last minute baby gift.
With the leftover Cotton-Ease I'm making the Little Knight, Purple Newborn Hat.
There's also a Spiral Cowl in some Lorna's Laces Pearl that I forgot to add to the photo.
I will hopefully finish all of these by the end of the month. I have really been loving this process of using up all these old odds and ends of yarn. And handspun! I never use my handspun.

September 20, 2012

More Single Skein September

Vortex was a really fast and fun knit in leftover Rambouillet and Imperial Stock Columbia. Then I made some Gansey Booties (minus the top detail) in leftover Malabrigo Worsted in Stone Blue. I used a bunch of little sample from a natural dyeing class (base yarn is Cascade Eco Wool) to make a very quick hat. Made some handspun hand-dyed Nalu Mitts. Stay tuned, there's more!

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

Oh Betsey Johnson. I know you've filed for bankruptcy. Is that why you created your new collection by buying lingerie at K-Mart and decorating it with a glue gun.

 Now if you'll excuse me I have to go put on my flippers and "Fluffer" nightie and go take my pot-bellied pig for a walk.

September 13, 2012

I Am Kicking Single Skein September's Ass

Dudes, I am so kicking ass on this. Which is good because otherwise it's September that's kicking my ass. I made it into work today and then came home after an hour and 45 minutes. Still really sick and spaced out and cruddy feeling. But that's made for lots of sitting in front of the computer only sort-of watching season 8 of Grey's Anatomy while remembering why I stopped watching the show.

So far this month I've made a series of really boring hats. Then Vancouver Fog and the Kumara Diamond Cap.

Then I knocked off Carrie.

These are really sweet, simple little twisted stitch mitts. This is 100% angora handspun made by me a few years ago. It's completely the wrong yarn for the pattern which would show up much better in something smooth and tightly twisted but they are really soft and warm.

Next up was Amstel Hat. It's from the current issue of IK. I can't remember the last time I knit something from a current magazine issue. The yarn is Rambouillet I dyed in a class with Judith MacKenzie in 2007 like the Kumara Diamond Cap.

I combined the leftovers of both of those hats into an Ocean Breezes.

I bought this pattern in Portland a year and a half ago and amazingly I was able to find it in my disaster of an office in under a minute. A new world record I think.

Now I still have leftovers in both colors of Rambouillet and the Imperial Stock Columbia so I'm combining them for a Vortex. I'm on fire!

Anyone else doing Single Skein September? Stashbusting? Generally kicking ass?

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

Fashion week, people! You know what that means? Men in ridiculous clothes. One of my readers once pointed out that men look so much more silly in runway shows since they just normally wear, you know, guy clothes. And that women can be seen on any given day looking a little more outlandish. Makeup, high heels, what have you. So let's see what the menfolk were up to in New York.

All righty then.

September 12, 2012

Something to Do When You're Home Sick

I've had some type of cold/flu/sinus infection-y thing going on since Friday night. So why not shoot a makeup video! Be warned. I'm looking pretty rough. Also the audio is kind of low. Wes and I think we have figured out why but haven't been able to fix it yet.

September 10, 2012

Kumara Diamond Cap

Yarn: Rambouillet (possibly with mohair?) from Judith MacKenzie, dyed by me at Madrona in 2007!
Needles: US7 and 9
Notes: A very fast project due to the large gauge. I didn't swatch and I think my short, wide stitches made this cap a little shallower and looser than I would have liked. It's for donation so I think it will find a good home nonetheless. If I were to knit it again I would make the ribbing deeper, maybe 2" instead of just 3/4".
I'm home sick today so I'm hiding my face!

September 9, 2012

Vancouver Fog

Pattern: Vancouver Fog by Jen Balfour
Yarn: Imperial Stock Columbia 2-Ply
Needles: US7 Clover DPNs
Notes: This is a really nice, free pattern. I didn't bother to mirror my cables. I didn't want to think that hard. They're a bit long on me which is fine. They'll be warmer.

September 6, 2012

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

I'm having a total blogging mental lapse. I can't for the life of me remember if I've blogged these photos yet. I tried Googling "cochroach site:rose-kim.com" and "tiger romper site:rose-kim.com" and didn't get any hits. I'm also assuming that even if I posted these before they deserve another look. Intrigued yet? I thought you might be.

I think we can all agree that even if I posted these every Thursday from now until the end of time we can find new and awful things to be totally horrified about.

September 2, 2012

Narwhals Rock

I got one of these cushions today at the Fremont Sunday Market. I think they sum things up pretty nicely.

Single Skein September

I'm setting aside my other projects (which I've barely told you about) for Single Skein September. I'm already finishing up my second plain hat in Lamb's Pride Worsted. I hope to clear out a lot of odds and ends this month. Anyone else doing this too?