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

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.

March 10, 2016

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

"On this week's unconventional materials challenge we'd like you to design a runway collection using nothing but old insulation foam, garbage bags and sweatsuits." 

March 3, 2016

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

"Yes, thank you. I realize my leggings are an attractively knit cable design. However, please do not disturb me while I wear the Great Plaid Nut of Solitude. I shall now wave you away, in silence, with my eyelashes."