Friday, October 29, 2004

NoTime For Knitting

It has been a busy week. Lots of sturm und drang at work (academics can be soooooo testy). For some reason I couldn't focus on knitting during the WS (yay BoSox!). Blah blah blah. Anyway, the only things I've complted are the booties (below) and the straps to the purse-that-was-a-hat. I think I'll be able to felt them this afternoon. Stay tuned!

Monday, October 25, 2004

Felting Before and After photos

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I knit this bootie from the books "Socks Soar" this weekend and I'm pretty sure I've found 'the' Christmas 2005 family gift (yes, 2005, everyone gets scarves this year). This bootie knit up sooooo quickly, and I've got dribs and dabs in my stash that will make wonderful striped patterns. I'm really very pleased with how this looks pre felting.

The tail belongs to Stella the kitten.

I'm batting .500 for slippers so far, so maybe these will up my average. Which is better for hats, as you will see if you keep reading.

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I love how these placemats turned out, they're not yet dry so they will be more squared up than this picture shows. I am very pleased with the way the crochet solid color edging turned out.

felted purse nee hat
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
It was meant to be a hat, but now will be a purse once I do an icord strap out of hip hop to match the edging. I like how it turned out, I just don't like that I cannot felt a hat. Do you have a good pattern? With yarn that worked? Felting is an inexact science, I know, but I get a wee bit frustrated sometimes.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Is it a Hat, or a Purse?

Well, let me end the suspense: it is a purse (see previous post for pictures of what was supposed to be a hat that was in the process of being felted).

This is the third felted hat I've made, and none of them have turned out well. One is two small, one (this one) is way too big, and the other, a beret, well, it just didn't make any sense.

The good news is that this one can be made into a purse fairly simply, and it should be a good looking bag. Hip Hop looks very cool when felted, and creates a wavy effect that I'd NEVER be able to get through yo knitting. I found another skein of Hip Hop while I was cleaning out my stash yesterday and so I'll icord a strap and felt that sometime.

MIL's placemats turned out terrific, pics soon.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Projects, projects, projects

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Finally, a day to catch up and post my projects. This hat is being felted as I type, along with my MIL's placemats. The hat is lopi on top and hip hop at the bottom. It looks pretty cool unfelted, too bad it is a tad on the large side (see pic below).

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Pre-felting, this hat is a bit large. That's me wearing the hat. Now I can go out for Halloween as one of those Cosby Kids.


Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Tim's socks, made out of confetti. They look great after one wash, and I'm very pleased with how they look.

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Here is the finished unbiased bag, made from sari fabric. I like how it looks although I haven't been brave enough to take it out in the rain yet.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Done times two

I finished Tim's socks, yay.
I finished the unbiased purse (also known as the biased purse), yay.

Will post pictures as soon as I can keep my eyes open long enough to take pictures. DH and I are doing a 'get out the vote' phone bank tonight and I have to give a presentation at work tomorrow, so other things have been on my mind.

I did start on a felted hat using hip hop and lopi. Hip hop is an odd yarn. It is thick and thin and frankly looks pretty sloppy in the brim of a hat. Oh well

Friday, October 15, 2004

I'd Rather be a Goddess..

but a Guru isn't bad.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Unbiased bag

front unbiased bag
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
No, I'm not making a halter top. These are two pieces that will make up half of the 'unbiased' bag from knitty. The fiber is recycled silk from Himalaya. I really like the colors. It isn't an incredibly easy yarn to work with, but the effects are worth it.

I'm about a third of the way through the third (of four) panels.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Whipped my WIPs!

I did a lot of finishing off this weekend. I also worked on two new projects: the biased purse from knitty and my own design shell. More on those later.

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
This bolero is made from Trio with a border of trio and fizz. Bolero must mean "high waisted' en espanol (just a joke) since this right now fits me great but only falls to about six inches above my waist. I'm going to knit in more trio/fizz around the bottom to lengthen it and make it a bit more wearer-friendly. So technically, it isn't done. However, considering I spent four hours seaming this yesterday, I consider the hard parts done.

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
The hat for Baby Owen really isn't lumpy, it's just the poor photo styling by moi. This hat is made from 1824 cotton and the pattern comes from the new book "Last Minute Knitted Gifts".

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
I finished off this evening bag from "Hip To Knit". It is made with Berroco Metallica. I finished the bag, oh, six months ago, but didn't do the icord strap or put it together. It is black and gold metallic, and looks very good, almost exactly like the picture in the book. DH and I are going to a fancy schmancy dinner on Thursday and I'll take this to that.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Fast Update

I started a new project, a hat for the yet-to-be-born Owen Gray Chinn. The hat is from the great new book "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" and used 1824 Cotton in Baby blue that just happened to be in my stash.

Felted placemats are knit, not felted (see below). I trimmed them in yellow crochet edge, and they look good. Hopefully they won't shrink too much when I felt them.

Tim's Christmas scarf is about 30 inches long, looks good, and clearly will be finished on time. I'm working on the foot of his second sock.

So, I'm considering a couple new projects: the knitty bag made with recycled silk sari yarn, a sleeveless top knit in the round, felted slippers, and a feather and fan scarf made with mohair. Oh, so many projects to do! And ALL FOR ME he he he.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Placemat before felting

Originally uploaded by kbshee.
One of the two placemats made for In Law's Christmas gift before it getes felted. I knit it with gjestal naturgan (whatever) and brown sheep handpaint together, and then the border is crocheted in just the gjestal. The placemat pictured here is posed seductively on my dining room chair.

Manifest Crisis

the car
Originally uploaded by kbshee.
Look, another middle aged bald guy in a miata! That's my sweetie, Tim, enjoying his midlife crisis.

Monday, October 04, 2004

My Life as a Cliche

DH and I are officially a cliche.

My balding, middle aged husband and I now own a red sports car.

He's been wanting one for a while (can you say 'midlife crisis') and we've talked about getting a second car for about a year. AFter numerous visits to frightening and obnoxious places to look at very expensive used Mazda miatas, we bought one on Sunday from a lovely nurse named Sheila who treated the car like a baby. It is a 1992, almost 100k miles, but runs terrifically.

I've never had a convertible before. Aside from windburn and messy hair, it is pretty fun.

Friday, October 01, 2004

Wacky Wobbler Danger

A quick post on Cody (dog) and Stella (kitten).

Cody has always been a garbage hound, willing to eat everything in sight. Earlier this week we awoke to the dulcet tones of Cody throwing up....and out came a ROCK. A inch-on-each-side-probably-eaten-at-a-nearby-construction-site ROCK. Please know, dear reader, that Cody isn't running around loose, and I was probably present for this rock snack. Thanks goodness he horked it up.

Yesterday Stella, who never horks, horked. And frighteningly, it was a blind cord: two feet long. She must have chewed it off So I hurried and shortened all the other cords so she couldn't reach them.

Today, the kicker: I bought new toys for Stella which were labeled as "wacky wobblers with fun teasing motion." Translation: styrofoam ball covered in felt. Stella played with her wacky wobbler for, oh, ten minutes, and then lost interest as she is wont to do. The next thing I know, Cody is wolfing it down. After wrestling it out of his mouth, I made a panic call to the Vet's. Five minutes later, Cody is being 'punished' with a peanut butter sandwich. I guess peanut butter and bread will make sure whatever styrofoam is in his system will move through. He is in dog heaven, and keeps licking the floor looking for those last dollops of peanut butter.

The odd thing is, Cody generally ignores Stella's toys. Was it the styrofoam? The felt? The Wacky wobble? Who knows?

Quick update

I finished Jen's squiggle scarf and it turned out great.

Now I'm going to knit some placemats for my MIL. There will be no joy in this project since she won't like them. She is difficult. The sooner I'm done with them the better. However, if I don't knit for her, I'll hear about through the dysfunctional communication network known as DH"s family.