Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Just for Fun

What the Colinette Biker Babe wears to the prom

Check out this recently terminated blogsite that shows pics of really ridiculous patterns/looks that are seriously offered by pattern and yarn companies. Warning--the site is explicit and downright bitchy. Makes me laugh. I miss it. I may start posting some of my own finds that seem beyond the pale such as the one above.

You Knit What?

Also check out the photos at the Museum of Arts & Design (NYC) exhibition:

Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting


Sunday, January 28, 2007

I've Lost My Mind

I bought furniture on line! Sight unseen, never sat on. I have no idea what the fabric feels like. I only have a computer picture. I don't have patterned fabric anywhere in my house--just solid textures. What was I thinking?

I was thinking that I could save a lot of money($300). I was thinking that my daughter always is pleased by what she buys on I wasn't thinking that she usually buys books. I was thinking that the fabric was a possible room maker--or a room destroyer, but recovering was an easy thing. The shape was right, the size was right, but the final straw that sucked me in was that the shipping was $1.00. A dollar!! Pray for me. Here it is:

Starting an Einstein jacket for 5 year old grandson. Cascade Eco-wool in a dark brown. This is great mindless knitting. I need it for when I knit with Shelly, Jeanmarie and Pat. We laugh so much that I have to pull out most of what I knit. Garter stitch I might can handle.

Still knitting the purple Lavold. Still going well.

Bought a Stitch Diva pattern after seeing the sweater on Turtlegirl76. The neckline is what I wanted. I'll probably alter the sleeves-- shorter, less bell. I think I will make it in a solid. It calls for worsted which I have very little of in my stash. I may play with the math and make it in Classic Elite Provence. Will loose the exotic look which I love but which is a bit much for my plans. It is a top down pattern and I only knit top down for me. It is interesting to see how they structure the sweater as compared to how I do. Maybe I'll learn something neat.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Steve's Pool Socks

Not swimming pool or billiards, but color pools. That thing knitters usually avoid. So I knit a ribbed swatch, noticed the pooling and started to plan another stitch pattern. Steve, however, thought the spiral was neat and they are his socks, after all.

It's Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Mineshaft colorway. My question is why did the legs pool in a spiral and the heel and feet have closer color repeats. The pooling effect fell apart at the heel start--lucky me. I assume the yarn is dyed in a long skein with the combination of repeats, but I'm not too happy about that. It simply means that if you are avoiding the pooling and trying to control the color in your design, you get an unhappy surprise about halfway through the skein. Could be a big bummer.

I've used their Gold Hill colorway and it has short repeats all the way through. I have some of the Black Purl to try, but I will study the dyeing before I wind it.

Bought the yarn from Anne Schout at her PlumFun Yarns site.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Gifts to Non-Knitters

In Athens, Georgia, friends of my older daughter pay me the nicest complement. When they discover they are pregnant, they tell hubby first and my daughter second. They expect a hat from me designed just for their child. It's an easy enough task and the real high I get from their joy is incredible.

Yesterday, E sent me a picture from a woman whose hat FINALLY fit her son. He's 3 now. Well, the hat was large and the child is small for his age. The neat part is that he's old enough to identify the chicks I embellished it with, and he likes them. I don't have permission to post the pic so I have blocked his face. But he is a beautiful young man who is brave enough to wear NC State regalia in Bulldawg country. (Those UGA fans are serious people!!!)