Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Step one: wherein the toilet is filled with cat litter (and the cat is intrigued):
He declared that this was a fantastic idea:
Cute, huh? These are plain vanilla baby socks in Artyarns supermerino with a size 3 needle. I am particularly proud of these socks. See those heels? I turned them all by myself--without referring to a book or a pattern or any kind of instruction at all. None except what I could remember from my previous experience. And see those toes? I totally get the Kitchener stitch now. Awesome. Here they are in action:
Nothing beats wool socks in 90+°F weather.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Here is the second Monkey on Sunday, enjoying its morning coffee. I've now turned the heel and am working on the gusset. More photos later.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Obviously, we would have done more of the third seed stitch swatch reknit, but Ravelry
Sunday, June 24, 2007
This is huge, people. Ginormous, even. It's like joining your local guild/social knitting group, but members are all over the world. It's awesome. I can't even form a coherent thought about this because I am so blown away by how seriously amazing this is. I can't wait for it to be out of beta so everyone can join. I mean, wow.
In other knitting news, I will turn the 2nd Monkey's heel today
and finish my first sock for Summer of Socks.
I know, I know. It's kind of a cheat to knit a baby sock, but c'mon! Babies need socks, too!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Sounds like fun, but not very portable! Also, I'm pretty sure this guy beats her for largest needle size (click on "work" and follow the links under "big projects". You'll see what I mean.).
Extreme knitting is an art that uses between 20 to 40 strands of wool in one stitch. The result can be seen very quickly and Ingrid can create a sofa throw in about 12 hours.
She also uses strands of recycled material tied together to create colourful rugs and is holding workshops to share her talent.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Not too bad, right? I've got some really nice stuff in there. See the Fleece Artist I practically forgot about? Shocking, I know. Now, what I DO need is a few extra sock needles because I only have the one and I am using it to knit the second Monkey. Which, by the way, is trudging along. I've done almost four of the pattern repeats on the leg. The pattern calls for six, so I'm a little more than halfway down the leg. Then it's a quick stockinette heel flap, a turn, and... Well, I have a ways to go. I have been itching to start a new sock, though, and now I know it's because of all that killer sock yarn in my stash.
Anyhow, I ordered the extra sock needles from Knit Picks last night. I do have a US 3, so I will have something to work on until my teeny tiny little teeny tiny needles arrive. Worsted weight socks=awesome. Ooh, I can't wait! It's going to be so much fun!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Knitted DNA from Kimberly Chapman
"This is a knitted model of DNA, complete with GC/TA base pairs represented by orange-green bars with a pointed join and blue-yellow bars with a stepped join (because there weren't enough stitches to make a wave or curve), replicating the standard simplified DNA model. As you can see from the pictures, it also makes a good toy insofar as it holds its shape while squished or stretched, because it is stuffed firmly with cotton balls. It also can be balanced on its end with some effort."
Monday, June 18, 2007
Candidates in the Master Knitting program knit up a series of swatches, a few specific kinds of projects, and prepare a research notebook, all of which is sent to be evaluated by a review committee. A pin is awarded upon successful completion of all three levels of the program. It is actually very interesting work and I am looking forward to improving my knitting skillz and to learning some new techniques--especially the Arrrgyle sock (sorry, my inner pirate got the best of me there. Aarrgh).
So far, I have knitted and blocked nine of the required sixteen swatches and have three I plan to reknit. Also, I have knitted the two lace swatches, but have not blocked them. Here are some swatches about to be blocked:
See the lace one? I decided not to do that one. Here they are, all blocked and behaving nicely:
So, there are 9 swatches blocked, tagged, and bagged, plus two to be blocked. That leaves 5 more to go, plus the project--a stripped hat. Also, I will need to answer the research questions and write the paper. I'm still feeling a little ambivalent about that, but I think I'll manage.
Finally, did I tell you my cat was cool?
Saturday, June 16, 2007
There is another group in Houston Texas that likes to tag car antennas, among other things.
I'm not sure why, but I really like this idea. Anyone want to be on my crew? We could use some knitted graffiti around here!
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with bison yarn
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with bananafiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffitti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Knitting with someone elses handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting art (Isn’t it all art? :))
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting in public
Monday, June 11, 2007
A ball of pink and white variegated Sugar and Cream, purchased back in October (according to the receipt which was in the same bag).
I have a vague (extremely vague) recollection of purchasing this yarn and some of the other stuff listed on the receipt, but I have no clue why I decided to return it or how it ended up under a pile of crap so enormous that it was ultimately forgotten. I guess we'll never know, but at least I get a cute pink and white variegated dishcloth out of the deal.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
and a closeup:
with an extreme closeup of the heel flap:
I finished it last night while watching a pre-Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston in "Second Coming". A great show with a great story, right up to the end, wherein I was sorely disappointed. I'm fine with it, though, because CE is an amazing actor and a pleasure to watch.
Today I dragged the boys to the Faire and a fun time was had by all. Here is Pirate Isaac:
Here is Ezra:
I could not get him to wear a costume. Oh, well. Maybe for the next Faire.
Friday, June 08, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
It's not like I'm never going to be able to knit up the Jaywalkers--I have plenty of other yarn I could knit them in. Funny story... The other day I tripped while surfing the web (oops, my credit card slipped out and, oh my gosh, I typed in the number and clicked send) and I sort of purchased a little of this (arrived yesterday) and some of this (hasn't arrived yet, but, c'mon, it's on sale. What was I supposed to do?). Then there is this my sister gave to me for my birthday. Any of these yarns would make beautiful Jaywalkers. I just can't stop thinking about the Jaywalkers Peggy is doing. Seriously, I'm obsessed with them. They. Are. Gorgeous. Peggy, I'm sorry if I'm embarassing you.
It seems like there should be some sort of knitting commandment: "Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Blog Neighbor's Jaywalkers" but I just can't help it.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
He has reached the age where indoor cats must start learning manners. I find myself saying things like "No, you may not jump up on the table and shove your nose into Ezra's cereal bowl while he's eating," or "No, you may not piss on the towels or in the bathtub just because your litter box is not as pristine as you like," and "No, you may not run out the front door as soon as it opens." Then there's my personal favorite, "No, you may not wake me up at 4 am by biting my ankles."
Doozer spends most of his day by either napping or terror-assing around the house, by either sleeping peacefully or ambushing everyone who crosses his path. Currently, his favorite hiding place is under the dresser in the foyer. Yesterday, I was hamstrung. If he were a tiger and I were a gazelle, I would have been tiger food.
I have to say, I love this little kitty and we are so glad he is part of our family. He fits in so well that it feels like we have always had him. The hardest part so far is that he seems to like Isaac more than he likes me.
That's okay, though.