Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
maybe next something spring-y? it would be nice to see some color around here, but it seems like it'll never stop snowing...
Sunday, February 15, 2015
i'd heard of using sweater sleeves as sock blanks before, so i figured i'd give that a try. it turned out pretty awesome, i think. i used some of my hoard of easter egg dyes to make a super neon rainbow. one sleeve turned out to be enough for both socks. the dye didn't penetrate the knit fabric fully, which actually gave the yarn a cool sort of mottled look. so, something to be aware of if that's not what you're going for.
i knit the socks pretty much directly from the sleeve, without winding it into a ball first.. seemed unnecessary. okay, fine, i guess i could have, but who needs an extra step between them and knitting? i did discover that the yarn is a bit delicate for socks. like a lot of store-bought sweaters, this one was made from multiple strands of loosely-plied thin yarn. it's not exactly the sturdiest construction, and certainly not machine washable (which is something i usually avoid when sock knitting).. sigh. but so rainbowy!
i did also have to take sections of color out here and there in the second sock, so that the color repeats would more or less match up. this did lead to more end-weaving than i like to do (what am i saying? i like to do zero.) for the pattern, i wanted something fairly simple but more interesting than just plain stockinette. i went with diagonal lace socks. just right! these really deserve a better fo portrait, but for now, enjoy some color. (:
Friday, February 13, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
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CNN is continuing their arduous 3 week search for news. Pray for them.— josh groban (@joshgroban) March 30, 2014
I'm secretly jealous of people who have their shit together. Must be relaxing.— marc maron (@marcmaron) April 11, 2014
"Don't go anywhere" and "Maroon 5 is up next" in the same sentence. So which is it, Sway?— Rich Juzwiak (@RichJuz) August 25, 2014
Kind of weird living in an age where men get to age like teak credenzas, and women, like unrefrigerated dairy products.— Julieanne Smolinski (@BoobsRadley) September 13, 2014
there are more people in the polyphonic spree than there are in ISIS— joe mande (@JoeMande) September 22, 2014
Realizing that 100 lifetimes would not be enough for all the stuff I'd like to do. How do people get bored?— Jill Draper (@JillMakesStuff) September 25, 2014
tinnitus the night we ring in my new ear.— Hawksley Workman (@HawksleyWorkman) December 31, 2014
(i guess i thought there'd be more food...)
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
so this past year i met my friend's new baby, got engaged, worked with some awesome people, met my sister's new baby, spent time with some cats, saw some friends get married, ate some good food, saw some great concerts. etc.
there has been altogether not enough knitting, amongst other things. have been slowly adding some of this year's photos to my flickr stream. working on some changes in 2015. (:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
first off was spunky eclectic's panda top in road trip. was lovely to spin, and her colorways are always tasty. (it looks a bit warmer in the photo here than in real life.) i got this braid at the massachusetts sheep & woolcraft festival in 2010, and it had been sadly languishing until now. soon to be socks!
second was another random yarn generator thing, which i always have fun with. i was not too excited about the colors it came up with (black, white, and purple), but when it was done it reminded me of a dress that's been on my modcloth wishlist...
lastly (and unfinished-ly), is some traveling rhinos merino top. so soft and squishy. only got about 177 yards of it in before the time ran out. it's a sort-of light fingering weight single that will probably be a real actual shawl. i am not a shawl-wearer typically, but i've been won over by some patterns i've seen lately. this has also been hanging out since my birthday, 2010. it's like there's a four-year waiting list for my fiber stash.
so i guess i did not realize how much purple i had. purple knitting in 2015!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
* definitely planning on another random yarn generator-type project.
as for possible project goals...
* 11oz bulky for the body of cathode
* 7oz dk/sport weight for tappan zee
* 3.5oz sport weight for arlen
i think this, however, may be destined to be yet another pair of socks. why do i get keep getting sucked in to handspun sock yarn?
pre- and post-drafting, and a single on the bobbin
go team happy fuzzy yarn!