Saturday, September 15, 2007

On Hiatus

This blog is currently on hiatus as I try and figure out what's going on with my pictures on flickr.
Stay tuned because there will be a delayed installment of etsy Friday, and some more FO's.

Also, I'm testing some code for Ravelry that'll be in the sidebar soon.

In the meantime there's a new knitty:

Just don't forget to come back. :D

Progress Report: Okay -- Ravelry pictures are fixed. Now for the rest of the blog stuff...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Finished Objects -- Part 1

I present to you...


*Finished Object: ends weaved in, washed and blocked

Pattern: Diagonal Lace Scarf -- Pattern -- Ravelry
Comments: I like the pattern, but I think I would use a different yarn next time. Solana is a wonderful yarn, but too drapey for this pattern. (See the Mini-Clap)
Diagonal Lace Scarf 6
Diagonal Lace Scarf 7

Pattern: Mini-Clap -- Pattern -- Ravelry

Comments: I loved this combination so much, I bought more Solana for a full-sized Clapotis and joined the 2nd Wave Clapotis KAL.
Mini Clapotis 4
Mini Clapotis 5

Pattern: Huff the Merino Dragon KnitKit -- Kit -- Ravelry
Yarn: Morehouse Merino 3 Strand- Ravelry
Comments: This pattern was really well written. This was my first project working with merino yarn and I loved the softness.

Huff the Merino Dragon 11

Huff the Merino Dragon 10

Huff the Merino Dragon 9

I hoped to have more, but they're still blocking.


Is there anything more tedious and boring than blocking? I've been blocking my 90% finished items since Sunday. As one dries, then another one takes its place.

It started with the Diagonal Lace scarf:

Diagonal Lace Scarf 3

Then the Mini-Clap:
Mini Clapotis 3

Diagonal Lace Scarf 4

There's still a little room left -- so Huff the Merino Dragon gets his turn on the board.

Huff the Merino Dragon 8
Huff the Merino Dragon 7

The Mini-Clap dried the next day. So, in went the Besotted Scarf (The Husband's Birthday gift).

Besotted Scarf 5

Besotted Scarf 6

Yesterday, Huff and the Diagonal Lace Scarf dried, so I replaced them with My So-Called Scarf and the Sproingy Scarf.
My So-Called Scarf 9
My So-Called Scarf 6

I think the worst part is leaning on the moist surface and having it seep into your skin. Granted threading the wires through is tedious, but really, I hate the damp.

Stayed tuned...Finished Objects Coming Soon.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Thank You

I remember watching the second plane hit the tower on the morning news. It is a memory that will live with me forever. I don't want to dwell on it though. Instead, I'll just say thank you.

Thank you to all the men and women who run into dangerous situations while everybody else is running away.

Thank you to all the men and women who are serving in armed forces around the world.

Thank you to all the service and therapy animals for bringing comfort and braving dangers.

I am thankful for while the image remains in my memory, my family was safe and my dad and brother made it out of the city safely.

I am thankful, that although I grew up in New Jersey, I don't know anybody who actually died on 9/11.

Monday, September 10, 2007

When Good Projects Go Bad

The project you are about to see is very old. (Ravelry link) I just didn't have the heart to post about it before...

On the Mason-Dixon blog, I saw the pattern for the felted Button Hole Bag. I thought that it would be a quick & easy project. I was still dipping my toes bag into knitting waters. How hard could it be to knit up the bag and felt it?

I went to a LYS and picked up a couple of skeins of Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Worsted. I didn't bother swatching -- it is a simple enough pattern, right????

So I spent a day just knitting away. And then I felted. It felted very well.

Mini Buttonhole Bag 1

Isn't it cute??? So why am I so upset? How about some scale?

Matisse Mittens & Hat 5

(That's an adult mitten.)