Tuesday, February 17, 2009

"It's a work in progress really."

Sometimes I get a tad ... overambitious let's say.
Sometimes I jump right in and start 2 (!) cotton and cotton/linen sweaters at once.
I am maybe a little crazy.  Like I don't have other things to do with my time or something?!
Well, I stalked the Gathered Pullover pattern on ravelry for a while and I knew that I had to make that sweater.  I'm going to assume that you know the feeling.  [Side Note: It's going well, but it's basically just 5" of knitted tube right now, so I haven't bothered with a picture.  It's in knitpicks CotLin in color Glacier, which is very much like the font color here.]
Then, out of nowhere, Interweave Knits (via knitting daily) released a freebie pattern called Soap Bubble Wrap.  It beckoned and I answered (with some re-claimed cotton yarn that used to be a nice raglan pullover, belonging to my brother when his arms were 6" shorter than they are now).  This is a complex pattern with lots of charting, but I'm enjoying it in the same intellectual way that I enjoy the Sunday crossword puzzle: tough but rewarding results.  [Side Note: Ok, maybe more like the Thursday crossword.  Sunday is mostly frustration.]

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Did you know that Lion Brand Chenille yarn has been discontinued?  It was news to me, sadly.  I found a great sale price at $2 a ball and ordered it (to make a throw blanket in "antique white") from Jo-Ann.  I bought the only ball they had and I swatched with it.  I even blogged about it.

A month went by and there was no word on my special order, so I called the store.  They told me that the yarn had been discontinued and that they wouldn't be able to fill my order :-(  I got my money back, but it would have been nice if they had told me this BEFORE the yarn was ordered errantly and my time wasted.  Grr.  

Also, where else can I find a decent chenille yarn?  This is a novelty project, but I was kind of attached to the idea.  I even went to Pottery Barn and snuggled/felt up one of their Chunky Chenille Throw Blankets in the name of 'research'.  

In conclusion, "oh poop!"

Friday, February 13, 2009

Acid Pop (TM) Scarf, totally finished now

The Acid Pop (TM) Scarf is completely done being knitted, washed, and put on one of our more eccentric beach towels to dry.

  It might need some de-fuzzing and a few ends taken care of, but I'm calling this one done!  Yay! There will probably be some additional pictures when it's completely dry and ready to wear.

Also, this post was supposed to go up last night, but the camera and the computer weren't speaking to each other.  I don't know what's going on between them, but they seemed to have made up in light of the holiday.  On that note, Happy Valentine's Day everybody!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The mitt idea took flight ;-)

I apologize for the poor modeling job, it ain't easy taking a picture of your own hand!

The owl mitt worked out just like I envisioned it. Well, except for the thumb, but I figured if I was going to have to pick up stitches and knit tiny rounds anyway, I might as well have a full thumb to show for it. That will be an optional design feature when I write up the pattern.

For now though, I'm going to bed; it was a long, busy, and drudgerous day.

Monday, February 2, 2009


Look at that cute little owl cable pattern! I'm making myself a pair of mitts before I freeze my fingers off on the long walk from the parking lot into work in the mornings. I'm winging the pattern (bad pun intended) and making them out of my Hedwig Opal sock yarn :-D

I outlined it, in case it wasn't all that clear. He says "Hoot!". He's excited to be on the blog. Anyways ...

If the pattern works out, I'll post it when the first one is complete. If not, trust that they will never be spoken of again (It's so cute and I want it to work so much that I would feel personally
betrayed if it didn't. Wouldn't you?).

[Side Note: My team won the Superbowl! Yay! *happy dance* Sorry if your team didn't win today, just know that my love for Matty means I cheer for your team too!]