Sunday, April 29, 2007

For Shelly in Omaha

Perhaps if the Cutie Patootie Kathryn got an adult to click the button over there that says "Email Me" and sent an address, this little pair would find it's way home.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Not quite a plunge

So it's not really a Plunge, it's more of a toe in the pool, but the First of 52 is done!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Loopy Ewe

Look what Douglas the postman brought me (okay, he didn't really bring it he refuses to shlep his hips up to my third story walk up, so he left a card and I drove down to get it). The bag is actually clear with red trim, but you can't see the logo so I put a piece of paper inside for the photo.

It's the small project bag from Sheri at the Loopy Ewe. And includes Yarn courtesy of Paypal. They have a little tool sized bag too, didn't buy it. Kicking self now. Oh well.

I'm stressed okay, I admit it, and sock yarn makes me feel better. And these colours are yummy. Sock yarn is better than icecream because it's not bad for the pancreas or my hind end. Nor is lactose tolerancy an issue. I never have to take enzymes before snuffling sock yarn.

Look at the cute needle size cards that Sheri included. Darling, simply darling.

Must go now, I have a sock to put in the bag :)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

I scoffed but....

They were right. Sigh.

Several times as I wandered around different Roc Days and guild meetings I would be mesmerized by the fineness of the spinning. And many times people laughed when I said "I can't wait, it's so hard". The consensus was, after a while, Fine is easier than Bulky. R-i-i-ght.

So imagine when I sat down with this lovely roving intending to spin bulky for a lovely little cap when I Could Not Do It. I did eventually persevere

and then the hat pattern was ghastly. Rip Rip Rip, try again, Hideous, Rip, Rip, Rip, how about.....Bleech. And what's with the underage p-rn in the R-wan book? Ick.

Oh well, the yarn is cute.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Spin, spun, span?

Finished with the second bobbin of 300 yard singles, will let it rest before plying. You can find the fiber Particulars here.

Looking forward to casting these on. Suppose I'll finally have to decide if they're for me or The Adored One.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Those learning experiences, I tell ya'

Just before Lent started you may have seen this...
My first three ply hand spun. Done in a Pippi Kneesocks roving titled SpringTime ChocoBird, and purchased from Scout's Swag.
After a wide variety of learning experiences which included:
*Hunting down more discontinued commercial yarn
*Multiple cast ons because I didn't have a pattern
*Much ripping back because I didn't have a pattern
*Multiple design changes because, say it with me, I didn't have a pattern.
*A particularly ugly and ironic episode which involved cutting a row out and knitting back down in the opposite direction because of an Imagined Yarn Shortage, only to finish the entire project and have Probably the exact amount I had salvaged. Sigh.
*The universal reminder that you need to wash and block the confounded gauge swatch because it will #@&*%^^ change.

I present this:

It is one piece to the armholes, with short rows in the back to accomodate my broad shoulders, a Super Hero Boob Mask in each front, and comfortable 3/4 length sleeves. The shirt is such a precise match of brown that it may be difficult to tell, but it is a cropped length, falling at my G-d given waistline. I made it as a cardigan with a modified sweetheart neckline then remembered that I like the looks of a cardi, but not the wearing. So I sewed the front closed and it pulls on easily with the large neckline.

I foresee many comfortable wearings before the millspun yarn finally pills beyond salvage. A process already begun by my seatbelt. Is anyone else annoyed by that type of thing?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Do not fondle the screen.

Via the magic of forwarding from the USPS from Lime and Violet Etsy Inganok, the onyx mines 450 yds.