Monday, December 02, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
She wanted sunshine. I had to find it.
It wasn't easy, though. Many yarns were rejected because they weren't bright enough. Had no power to bust through "the blues". Others were rejected because they were scratchy acrylic.
But then I saw this:
I'm turning it into a cowl:
I knit a few rounds before I realized that I was going to run out of sunshine before I finished. I didn't want to make it smaller to save yarn because then it would be one of those "choker cowls", and that wasn't what I wanted to design. I only bought one hank of this on clearance at a sale at one of my local yarn stores, Warm 'n Fuzzy, and was scared that I wouldn't be able to get more. I called the store and found out that there was one more left, AND IN THE SAME DYE LOT! Of course, I bought it.
I should be done with this sometime this week. Then, I'll send it to a friend.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
I have allowed one of my knitting buddies to talk me into participating in a 5K. See my thoughts below as I progressed through weeks 1, 2, and the beginning of week 3 of the 9 week "Couch to 5K" training program.
Yeah. I started week 3 again today. I actually started it last week but had to give my foot a break because there was a lot of pain after that first day. I felt much better and was really proud of my progress, even though I sometimes felt like I was going to die. All the experts say that when it feels like you're going to die, that means it's working.
This is the race we're doing. There will be people along the way who will toss colored powder at your body just for the hell of it. I'm expecting to (1) have colored powder in nooks and crannies of my body that I didn't even know were there, and (2) be sneezing rainbows for months. Which might actually be really cool. I will run/walk the course and have fun, simple as that.
I'm also in a race to finish this sweater by August 31st:
Ravelry group, and that is the deadline for the completion of our original designs. This is the finished back, and the front is almost finished. Looks just like the back, only it's the front.
The only thing left to do after that is to knit the sleeves.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
The links are working again. Download. Download like the wind!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The links for the patterns for "Lillie" and "The Republic" hat and scarf are not working because the file hosting site had an incident that wiped out all of the files. So, I have to find a new place for them. I will have that taken care of by Saturday, August 17, 2013.
Until then, you can email me with a request (The link is in the left sidebar.) and I will send the files to you.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Friday, June 07, 2013
This one time, in college, I decided that I was going to try to impress a boy with my cooking.
I had a box of Rice-A-Roni. Chicken flavor. He was going to love it just because I made it. And we were going to get married because it was the best damn "meal" he'd ever had. The End.
Did I cook anything else? Nope. Just one big ass skillet of Rice-A-Roni.
When he got to my dorm apartment, I made him taste a spoonful right out of the skillet. He was a MAN, honey, and I'd heard that men like food. So, I didn't want to make him wait.
When he took the first bite, there was crunching. Rice is not supposed to be crunchy.
We didn't get married. San Francisco treat FAIL.
I have since been to rice school, and I now know how to make a superb box o' Rice-A-Roni.
I was working on the sweater I designed for the Shirley Paden "design along" through the "I Love Shirley Paden" group on Ravelry when this story popped into my head. The picture above is a progress shot of the back. She is teaching us to design based on the concepts outlined in her book, Knitwear Design Workshop. She also has a teaching video on Craftsy, Handknit Garment Design, based on her book.
Believe me, even if you're an experienced designer, you can learn a great deal from her.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I somehow developed an obsession for collecting those magnetic boards for keeping track of your place in patterns. If you're a knitter, I'm sure you have seen these at least once:
I especially like them for charts.
They were really inexpensive at one time. I think they were somewhere around 3 bucks (They are now about 6 bucks.) and if I had a coupon, I was in magnetic board hoarding heaven. At one time, I had about 9 of them. Many of them were unopened and sitting on my bookshelf with the knitting books.
Why do I need so many, you ask?
Shut up. You ask too many questions.
Seriously, each project needs its own board. Duh.
Do you know that I can only find ONE now? For the life of me, I don't know what I have done with them. Maybe they're in a box somewhere and I have forgotten which box I put them in. I KNOW that I didn't lend them to anyone. Oh, I just remembered that I gave at least one brand new one away-so that leaves 7 unaccounted for. Maybe the rest have run away. Living a life filled with booze and loose women.
If you see seven of these just hanging out on a street corner somewhere, shoot me an email. Their mama wants them to come home.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Knitters are a generous bunch.
My knitting buddy, Jana, just told me that Laura Aylor is giving us all a free pattern to celebrate her birthday. Happy Birthday, Laura! You can get any pattern/ebook for free through Ravelry by entering the coupon code HAPPYBDAY at checkout. You have from January 11-January 14, 2013. (By the way, Laura is the designer of that famous afghan, Lizard Ridge, from the Fall 2006 Knitty.)
I had a very difficult time choosing a pattern, then noticed that I'd already queued this one back in September:
|"City Block Shawl". Photo from Laura Aylor.|
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The very generous folks over at Tin Can Knits have given us an awesome Christmas gift: one free knitting pattern.
Go here to get the instructions on how to get a free pattern. My dears, you will not be disappointed. There are so many gorgeous designs that it was extremely difficult for me to choose. I finally chose a beautiful shawl pattern called "Drift" (This pattern also includes instructions for making a square baby blanket using the same stitch.).
|Picture from Tin Can Knits|
You have until January 1, 2013.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Michaels was having a sale on beginner's art sets a few weeks ago. As I stood in front of the display, I heard the voice of God himself, telling me that it is time to unleash my
mediocre dormant artistic abilities upon the world.
How can you NOT listen to God? (He told me to get this set. At the time, it was $7.99.)
I chose this simple picture from the internet for inspiration.
I am proud.
I know many of you couldn't care less about my masterpiece and focused on those cool cable knit vases. Well, Michaels had those on sale, too. The small vase was $2.50 ($5.00 originally) and the tall one was $2.99 ($7.99 originally). I've already put the tall vase to work as a needle holder.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
|Photo from Twist Collective|
The Winter 2012 issue of Twist Collective is up. That is all.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
|Photo from Painting Lilies|
I use "StumbleUpon" to look for knitting related websites, and found this one that lists 25 free beginner knitting patterns. "Beginner" is in the title of the post, however, I think that experienced knitters will also enjoy making these items. There are plenty of patterns here to chose from, and some would be excellent for holiday gifts.
You HAVE started knitting holiday gifts, haven't you?
Monday, November 05, 2012
You know, this is the first afghan that I've ever made for myself. I don't count the one that became mine by default after the guy I crocheted it for broke up with me less than 5 minutes after weaving in the last end.
It was an American flag. He didn't even know that I was making it for him. I finished the weaving in, he knocked on the door of my hotel room (Long distance thing. Bound to end.), I tossed it under the mattress to hide it from him, then we sat down and had "The Talk". It was Christmas Eve.
I became a victim of The Sweater Curse. But with an afghan.
|"Cables Cubed Throw" from Caron International|
|45" X 60"|
Monday, October 29, 2012
I was not one of those children who liked to cuddle with dolls while I slept. As a matter of fact, if there was a doll anywhere near me at bedtime, I would sling its ass in the closet or cover it with something. I didn't want it looking at me while I was sleeping. A child has to protect herself.
In my eyes, all doll faces were creepy. Especially the ones with the moving eyeballs.
I'd look at a doll with the most angelic face:
|She doesn't look "stabby".|
|He could take me in a fight.|
Eventually, I managed to find a snuggling alternative; I'd use pillows instead. There are no eyes to stare at you, no hands with which to stab you in your sleep.
And I'm still alive.