Monday, October 31, 2005

Create your own themes... I sometimes surf looking for nice photos, like the ones below...

a good resource is, a lovely spot. They have desktop photos, which is where the yummy little pink cotton-candy number came from. Almost makes me want to take up spinning. (Almost). The rest are KPPPM from ???

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The kerchief that was so elegantly modeled by Aslan Garrison is this one--a KPPPM mitred number weighted on the end with antique glass beads. This is an advanced selection in the book, and by far the most time-consuming project because KPPPM is little. (Koigu Premium Palette Painters Marino). This is another entry created because I came across another old photo. I really like this set of buttons, and thought you would too. Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 24, 2005

Sometimes I have trouble finding a model. Sometimes I don't. Some people will do anything for a cookie. (Or a cookiecookiecookie as he calls them).

Friday, October 21, 2005

If anyone from Great Adirondack is reading this, let me tell you one thing. Please don't sell yarns that haven't been treated. I was really in love with your selection until tonight when I washed my Cha-Cha kerchief... I had put all my favorite kerchiefs in the sink (including my beloved aforementioned KPPPM/Rowan number) with the Great Adirondack cotton and the water turned red instantly! I threw them into the tub as fast as I could, and they were bleeding fuchsia! I couldn't believe someone would manufacture a yarn and charge so much for a selection that the dye had not been set! I expect cheap variegated cotton to bleed, but not $16 per 50 gram hank!

Here is the culprit.

And to make matters worse--I had made a mother and daughter set, and both were bleeding.

I have not had good luck with Great Adirondack designer-wise. After searching for a day or two for a website, I finally gave up and phoned them. I asked for an email to send them a photograph of my design and to see if they were producing another comparable yarn and I never heard back from them. I would have appreciated a “Hey, that’s cute!” (which is true ;-) but nada. What gives? Now that I discovered that the yarn bleeds like crazy, I am hesitant to buy any cotton from them, ever. This one is not going in the book…

The picture doesn’t do the original justice—it has the cutest gold thread running through it. Sigh.

So the question arises: am I supposed to treat this stuff before I use it??? And if I do, what do I use?

Monday, October 17, 2005

What is the point of this photo, other than to remind me that it took two hours for my ears to stop ringing? Apparently, Aslan thought it a good idea to streak after his bath, and... well, the only little girl laughing has a brother a few months older than Aslan.

The point being, look at my felted armchair covers! Nice over ductape. Niiiiice.... (Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks, case you're wondering...) Posted by Picasa
Now here's another photo for you... guess what the date is... I was trying to finish this blasted kerchief (STILL A UFO) while my family was waiting for it to get dark enough for the fireworks show. Bleh. Maybe next fourth, right? Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 14, 2005

More fun from the Hidden Disk of Old Knitting Pictures...

In case you guys don't know it, I am working on a book proposal about learning to knit with kerchiefs. If that sounds unusual, then consider this: there is great teaching value in repetition. Why not learn to knit by knitting

a) something small that doesn't require any real sewing

b) is practical and makes a great gift (anytime you can combine knitting and a solution for a bad hair day has GOT to be a good idea)

c) You don't have to figure out which shape it's going to be unless you have a problem with trianges

d) They're quick.

Anyone who knits through the Budget Learn to Knit Book will have a through knitting education, and nothing they won't be willing to part with in the end. You will run the gamment of knitted garmets and you will not have to be afraid of any intermediate-level pattern you pick up in the store.

Now I said all this to say this not to plug a book that in reality, doesn't exist yet except if you count a five-page book proposal, but to say this is the kercheif that started it all. I wore it today. It has a gorgeous Koigu KPPPM, does it not??? The colors are quite luminous! I still have some of this yarn laying around somewhere... The green band is Rowan 4-ply cotton, available everywhere. No, Koigu doesn't make this shade anymore--it's a few years old.

Another measure of the book is no yarn in the book is hard to find, btw. Don't you hate those books that might as well have included yarns in Mongolia spun by monks who gathered the hairs from the Yeti's soft underbelly using hypnosis and tweezers? I looked through one book that actually featured a pattern and then said, "This yarn is no longer available." (Celebrity Scarves, if you're curious). Oddly enough, it was featured on Parker Posey, who is from my hometown. (God bless her, I hated the place enough to leave myself). No, I didn't know her, but I once got an application for a job from her dad at Posey Chevrolet (nice man, too).

There are other books that will follow, namely dishcloths which will teach stitches rather than technique. Sqaure, stitches, cheap, easy to find yarn, cheap, easy to give away, and cheap. Get it?

So don't ask me for this pattern, I think the publisher will frown on me giving it away for free.

Aslan is 21 months old now, so this is an oooolllld picture.

Now I am off to write Yarns to Go an article on knitting blogs... hasta pronto, too! Gotta be done by Monday! AND NO ONE COMPLAIN. ;-) (Ye ken who ye are, sae ye do).

When Aslan was born, they wheeled me into a recovery room (where I started to shiver like mad--where's my bag dryer when I need it) and put Alsan in Tucie's lap. My mother almost melted into a puddle when Tucie told him, "Happy Birthday." Aren't they cute together?

There's the hat! Aslan couldn't care less. He's probably dreaming of lamposts or something.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Years ago, I bought one of the first digital cameras on the market. It sucks. It really stinks. Here's another photo I found on my disk. It is the companion outfit to one I made for an old college friend's little girl.

After my c-section, I was given tons of Benadryl due to a bad reaction to my anesthsia. It kept me awake and jittery all night. So. I did what any good mother would do. I knit the baby an outfit--or tried to finish it. What a procrastinator I was--I'd had eight months, ya know... Five of them knowing about his little boyness thing on the sonogram. Anyway, I'd finished the hat (thank you, Ann Budd) and wouldn't you know it... a couple of nurses came in and asked if I'd make them some for friends. Not unusual, except it was one in the morning. One of the nicest knitting compliments I've ever received.

The socks, of course, would not stay on, but this is Aslan we're talking about. I have yet to make a pair of socks that WOULD stay on his little paws. Oh well. He looks comfy in his little outfit and wowser, his binky matches, too!

Ever have one of those days where you are just incredibly depressed? Nothing seems to be going in the right direction? I was having one of those days... I was applying to work in a bookstore (quite a haul from the homestead) and neither store I went to had any positions. I had finished the book proposal and was looking for something to bring in some extra income for the holidays. Nothing. I was so depressed that I bought a pistatio chocolate bar and ate half before I got home.

But God has a way of making nice things happen, even on rotten days. I had thought a picture of my first project ever had been lost, but it hadn't. I was rummaging through the closet at bedtime when I pulled out a hanging bag of yarn and stuck it in the front closet. I noticed that there was a disk in the bottom of the bag, and I was overjoyed to find the image on there!

So here it is: my first project ever. This is the very first thing I ever knit. No, I didn't have a pattern. Yes, I know that's freakish. Look closely and you'll see some mistakes. I did this when Tucie was three... she is going to be nine next month.