Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Wing It

Cozy Shawl(aka "Wing It") is finished! This is my first shawl, first lace, and first project in wool, and I've learned a few things:
#1: Wet wool has a mind of its own. It will stretch as far or as little as it wants and there's not much you can do about it.

#2: Thursday is a bad day to block because A, the sink and tub are dirty and B, I can't vaccum with a large piece of knitwear taking up a large piece of the floor in my room.

#3: My bathroom sink has indigestion again and it's not my fault. It's not the shawl's fault either.

#4: Because the shawl(according to the pictures in the pattern) is not really supposed to be blocked, mine is substantialy bigger than the one pictured. It's several inches longer than I am tall. I'm 5'4". You do the math(this is not a bad thing at all. I love the biggness)
#5: Sticking pins in the carpet brings me a bizarre happiness.

#6: I need to get some kind of gridded blocking board so I can block in straight lines more easily.

#7: Lack of a gridded blocking board can sometimes induce a lovely design feature. Example:

I was unable to get one side to go in a straight line, so I pinned it out into a swooping pattern. I'm glad I did.

#8: Lace is not really lace until it's blocked.

#9: Wet wool is incredibly heavy and does not smell very nice.

#10: Dry wool smells very nice(unless it's fresh off the sheep and hasn't had the smell of sheep excrement washed out of it)

(It's wider than it looks here. Some of it is scrunched up at my neck)

In Other Knitting News:
"Dobby Hat," found on a blog. A lovely, quick, easy knit, good for scraps. Contact me for a link to the pattern.
"Calorimetry" from Knitty.com. This is an alternative to a hat that's designed to be buttoned under an updo. But going by the fact that it's long enough to tie under my hair, there's a teensy possibility that I maybe might have had a bit of a guage goof. It's not a terrible mess-up, since I can still use it. I'm going to make one on smaller needles and/or fewer stitches for Thing 1.

I had a gloriously small amount of yarn left over from the shawl, so I didn't save it. I put it in the bag with the other tiny scraps that I'm saving for stuffing toys and stuff. But later I decided to try out hand-felting, so I pulled it out and knitted up a weensy swatch.
I held it under warm running water(running water is not nessecary, I should have just filled the sink) and rubbed it in my hands for about 10 minutes, and this is what I got:
Felt. The process of felting fascinates me, and it kinda freaks my mom out. I can't wait to do a whole project in felt.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Quizilla Rocks

According to Quizilla quiz "What Yarn are You?" I am merino wool. I am "very easygoing and sweet. People like to keep you close because you are so softhearted. You love to be comfortable and warm from your head to your toes." I'd say that's a pretty acurate description, though it leaves out many key details.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Things Do Pile Up

How much stuff does a family of five need to survive for a week in a rented house?
This much.
And this much. That there's 2 suitcases with all our clothes and all the rest is food and beach chairs and stuff. Can you find the knitting in this picture? No? Good. The knitting is behind the seat. I see come crochet, though.
And how much lovebug guttage does one SUV acquire after 7 hours of driving through the American Southeast?
A whole lot. This was the front of the car AFTER I scraped off the worst of it.(Just imagine how bad it would have been if we had driven the whole 11 hours without scraping.)
The beach was worth it, however. These were the clouds on the first evening. I thought they looked kind of menacing, but still cool.

The sunsets along made up for most of the bug guts.
We were virtually alone on the beach the whole week. The only people we could see were way down the beach and not many people walked by. That's just the way I like my beaches.
That's my feet and my crude drawing of a flipflop.
My foot and a monster foot.
This is the drip towel on the floor of the bathroom. I just had to take a picture of it because I think the design would look great as fair isle around the edge of a square skirt and I knew I would never remember it otherwise.
Contrary to popular belief, I have been knitting. I just haven't been able to post about it. So I now present: A List of Stuff I've Been Knitting in a More or Less Chronological Order According to Cast-On Date
A stocking cap knit from the leftovers from my Log Cabin Blanket. I did all of this on my school trip.
A halter top of my own design(translation: making it up as I go). I don't have a lot to say about this except that it's a lot bigger than it looks. I'm having some mixed feelings about it and I'm not sure I'm going to continue.
"Dashing" from Knitty.com. I had fun with these. They were very quick to knit, really cool looking, and will keep me snuggly warm when the cold comes back.(Did I mention that I'm kind of in denial? I continue to knit wintery stuff, seemingly oblivious to the fact that I live in South Carolina and it's the beginning of June. Anybody know a good summery knit?)

"Kate" from Knitty, just finished half an hour ago. It's the power of the blog! I was about to post, but I just couldn't post when I had a project that just needed sewing up. Thing 1 loves her.
Unfinished "Cozy Wrap" again from Knitty. I love this wrap so much! I can't wait to finish it. Yeah, summer, I know. But it's lace(MY FIRST LACE!) so it (hopefully) won't be sweltering. And there's always chilly restaurants and evenings and such.
This is a shawl/scarf(more scarf really) that I whipped up from some fuzzy laceweight and a US 15 circular needle. I'm not sure if this is wintery of not, but I refuse to feel bad about it. I love it.
This is a hat for Thing 2 made from the rest of the scraps. Yeah, I know it's kinda pointy. He doesn't care.
I changed my blog settings so that anybody can comment, blogger or not. If that's why you haven't been commenting, don't hold back. I really appreciate your input. Peace out!