Sunday, April 30, 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
Knitting Knews Item 1: I got an email saying that my sock pattern is on the way. Actually in the mail. In the mail!
Knitting Knews Item 2: I just won an ebay auction for 5 skeins of what may very well be The Most Incredible Ribbon Yarn In The Universe. It's called Lana Grossa "India" and is an astonishing array of blues and silvers. I have big big plans for this, and they relate to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I hope this wakes up my knitting interest again. And by the way, I spent $3 more than I probably needed to because it was one of those Dutch Auction things and I didn't bother to read the definition and explanation of Dutch Auctions because a)I was excited b)Dutch Auctions are confusing as all get out, at least to me and c) it was about to end and I just wanted to bid now and strategize later. So just a word to the wise that they work a bit differently than the regular auctions and it might behoove you to read the help info first if you ever want to bid in one. But, even so, I will soon have The Most Incredible Ribbon Yarn In The Universe and it has made me happy. That's worth an extra $ 3, surely.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
So I forgot all about posting this before Easter. The original plan was to make six and photograph them in a plastic egg tray, but well, we know how that goes. Here's the one that got made before I got bored with the pattern and wandered off. Pretty yarn, though, got lots left over. What to do...what to do....
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Still no knitting, sock pattern, or Beatrice. Thought I'd better come do a quiz or something before I forgot how to login.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2006
So during these last few weeks I dropped the ball briefly on plant watering, and was horrified to find one of my beloved mints brown and crunchy in its pot. But when I finally filled up the pitchers and set to watering all the other plants, I couldn't skip over my poor mint. I watered it anyway. But guess what. Mint are strong. Today I have been given a bit of hope. Look here:
Thursday, April 13, 2006
For the Beatrice-a-longers:
End of row, before the last step:
This is just my personal interpretation of the instructions, let me know if you disagree!
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
I'm making Knitty's Nautie! What an ingenious pattern! I had to learn to use dpn's the other way from what I'm used to, so it would be knit-side out, because it's stuff-and-coil as you go and therefore can't be flipped around at the end like a sock, but a new skill is all to the good! I think I'm going to try to make the shell into a snail, though. The nautiloids are cute and all, but I really like snails.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
I almost passed these by in the cat food aisle, but then the basic shape of the container caught my eye, and I thought that once all the labels were soaked off it would make a cute place to store.... I don't know what... really small stuff.
Anyway, it's orange and yellow.
Somebody just tell me to go throw it out now.
Monday, April 10, 2006
On the plus side, I got a gigantic skein of cream yarn so I could start Beatrice over.
I started a crochetalong for ole' Bea over on Craftster a while back, and we've been having a time over there trying to decipher it out, I tell you.
I've been crocheting for ages, I'm not a novice or anything. But every time I worked on this thing, I felt like I had to have a lie-down and a cold beverage afterwards. The directions were incredibly complicated - a solid paragraph of bafflement that I marked up with layers and layers of highliter pen. And there were errors. And yet... I kept going back. It was like trying to decode some secret language that you were just hovering on the verge of understanding.
And the irony? It's simple. It is a SIMPLE pattern. Let me reiterate. IT'S A SIMPLE PATTERN. I reached that point today AT LAST where you don't have to look at the directions every 10 seconds anymore, you know that point where you just roll happily along listening to the radio and thinking about whatever you want? That point. So here she is. I did make a mistake in Row 1, but I wasn't starting this thing over AGAIN! I've just started Row 3 here, so I have a ways to go before I have an actual garment, but it's a start, and I've cracked the code.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
And I also came across this picture, of Peaky Beaky's wife, which made me think "Hmmm...knitting...this could explain a lot..."
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Other things not on the needles:
the bear series
the crocheted shrug
the spring-cleaning mouse with the little apron :)
the knitted Easter Eggs
Can somebody please come over and cast something on for me.... just to get me started?