Thursday, April 28, 2005

Oven Mitt Christmas

I decided that the Christmas gift this year will be oven mitts and pottholders from Knit One Felt Two.

They're pretty mindless yet interesting to knit. They look cool. I can use up a lot of my stash. So that's decided. Now I only need to make, um, five or six sets between now and Christmas. Should be doable.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Moebius bowl


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I finished the moebius bowl...I followed the instructions to the letter (well, pretty much) and hopefully it will felt to the bowl shape I want. I'm a bit concerned about the bullet shape and wonder how this will work into a bowl, but I guess that will come with the post-felting shaping.

I used two yarns: Cascade 220 in sort of a rust, and some Inspirations Yarn in a colorway with rusts, browns and golds. I did the fair isle technique which is pretty hard to see but I think might make a thicker bowl. We'll see tomorrow when I felt.

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Looking from the top down you can see the moebius strip that forms the handle.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Two LYSes, No Yarn

Even though I've made peace with the fact that the YNBA is out the window, I was still surprised when I went to two yarns stores today and left with no yarn.

I needed two items: a display poster board (basically a tryptich poster board) and a bag of polyfill. I first went to Michaels', they had neither (I had bought poster board there before). BReezed through the yarn section, and although they had lots and lots of yarn nothing got me in that buying mood (I did check for cotton-ease, none to be had). Then to my favorite LYS..Ben Frnaklin (really!!!) and they had some good yarn on sale (and some great yarn not on sale) but I bought my polyfill and some stitch markers and called it a day. Maybe I really am going to destash this time.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Squiggle and fizz and kittens, oh my



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I finished the squiggle and fizz neck wrap (let's not call it a scarf, it will never be a scarf and I must come to grips with that). It is in very pale pastels and will look very cool with a white sweater or turtleneck (what was I thinking that it would be a summer scarf?). Anywhere, Jessie Cat likes it too.

This one knit up during my current research project: measuring product placement on television. Yes, for my job, I tape tv shows and then watch them and time the number of product placements on the programs. This may sound like fun. It isn't. It means I have to PAY ATTENTION to horrible television like 'Extreme Makeover' and some stupid, stupid sitcoms. Not fun. Not fun at all. But...if I have mindless knitting to do I can focus a bit more on catching all the brand placements, so that is a good thing.


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I spun this merino yesterday...I'm going to use it as the icord bind off on the moebius scarf that I'll make with my other handspun. It's purple with just the little bits of pale pink in it. I love this.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Moebi-oops Part Deux


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Do you have any idea what this is?

It started out as a moebius bowl, but I cast on too many stitches and the strap was too long. Then I started to make it into a moebius purse, but I misread the instructions (seeing a pattern here?) and didn't widen it out enough. So i thought I'd create my own pattern and make a knitting needle quiver. And that is what it is. Right now, in its unfelted state, it's about 4 feet long, but it should felt down to something that looks kind of nice hanging on a wall and holding my knitting needles.

I used two yarns: sapphire brown sheep bulky, and two strands of brownsheep handpainted in english garden (or country garden, something like that). The strap was knit in sapphire and then finished in i-cord in the handpaint. The fair isle portion is the blue and the handpaint. I love how these colors look.Even though its nothing like it was supposed to be, I still love this project.

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I've read a lot about two-handed fair isle, and have been *thinking* about giving it a try. I figured with the moebi-oops I had nothing to lose. So...guess what? I LOVE fair isle. I only did 'alternating' colors but totally love it. It is so meditative (is that a word?). Anyway, I'm sure I'll be doing a lot more fair isle from now on. I'm thinking about how to work it into my next moebius bowl.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Moebi-oops

I cast on for the moebius basket, but I sort of mis-interpreted the instructions, and now it will be the moebius strap on a pouch. Too many stitches cast on for a basket handle! Oh well.

I also cast on for....ta DA.....the third Aran Afghan square. It has been only, what, three months? Anyway, I'm doing the one with the heart on it.

All good.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Felting Magic


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Do you ever find that allofasudden a bunch of your projects are completed? That's how it is for me today.

The moebius bowl has been done for a bit but I haven't felted it since I prefer to have at least two things to felt so I'm not being The Most Wastefull Person on the Planet. Here is the pre-felted Moebius Bowl.

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The bowl is drying with a balloon in it to keep its shape (Cat Bordhi's technique). Makes it a bit hard to photograph, but here it is.

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Here's Dolly the Sheep before felting (but with all of her hooves, ears and tail attached). The curly white thing is NOT what you think it is, it is where I stitched in a non-wool string to hold parts closed that I didn't want to felt.

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My beautiful sheep felted wonderfully. Now all I need is to get some stuffing (or clean out my tights drawer and take all the ones with runs out of it) and finish her off.

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Last but not least, the 'knotted paper bag' bag.
I like how it turned out, but I think it must be lined.

So, I've started a few new projects: a sock for Tim (traveling project), a scarf made out of Squiggle and Fizz (mindless project) and a felted moebius basket. Probably will also start Square 3 of the GAA too.

Monday, April 18, 2005

A Little bit of This, a Little bit of That

Things in my life, in no particular order.

1. Finished the bag (the knitting part), need to seam it up.

2. Started socks with Fortina Cotton. Already stretched out. Not sure about these.

3. Did you listen to NPR last night? The Ethics guy said that it is OK to access your neighbor's wireless internet connection AS LONG AS you are paying your fair share for the Internet (e.g...you pay for DSL, but you prefer to use your neighbor's wireless). Doesn't seem quite right to me.

4. Want to make the fishing creel from 'Folk Bags'. Have no yarn to make it. Why do I get this way? Why can't I just be happy wtih the yarn I have?

5. No nail biting for two weeks. They loo OK.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Hello, Dolly!


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Tim looked at this picture and said "ewwww". It's the felted sheep from the Fiber Trends pattern. Well, I guess realistically this is its pelt. Anyway, I'm pretty much done with the pelt and now need to do the inside of its legs and its tummy. This project is going quite fast, but it's not as large as I would like (I think I might need to get some burlyspun to do one the size I'd like)!

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The view from the front.

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And here she is! My own little sheep!

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I'm almost done with the Knit a Knotted Paper Bag...have about half a strap left.

Friday, April 15, 2005

What do you think Louise is thinking right now?


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Poor Louise (the rabbit). The cats think she is a chunky kitty companion who will naturally 'get' that batting her ears means 'come play'. Louise, though, is a prey animal, and thus is probably not too happy about these aggressive actions. She is incredibly tolerant, though, and will be OK with a little kitten eskimo kiss, as seen in this picture.

As a responsible Bunny mom, the cats and Louise aren't ever unsupervised, although I must admit I have swooped in to grab Louise when the cats get a bit too interested.

Anyway, I haven't posted any pics lately so thought I'd show you Louise. I'm saving her fur to spin, but that will be a slow, slow process. The knitting continues...I started a cute stuffed lamb from the Fiber trends felted lamb pattern, but right now it looks only like a grey crescent moon so that won't be too exciting to see in person.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

A $4.5 million Day

I just returned from a meeting at school, where I was one of a small group of faculty meeting with a potential donor to our graduate program. THe meeting went well, Really well. How well? Guess!

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Book Crazy

Barnes and Noble is having an online sale for craft books. 20-30% off, and free shipping if you spend more than $25.

I had a little epiphany last night. When I first started knitting (15 months ago) I checked out all these books from the library and TOTALLY FREAKED! I knew I would never be able to make the things in the books. Well, I've been checking them all out again, and now realize I WANT TO MAKE EVERYTHING in the books.

Case in point: Folk Bags. I loved that book the first time I saw it but felt incapable of doing any of the patterns. And now, I kinda think I can do them all*. So I ordered that one from bn.com. And then the knitter's companion, because it's written by the same person who wrote Folk Bags. And then Pursenalities, because I'm back in a major felting mode. Then, I saw they had "A Gathering of Lace" and I have all this zephyr that I want to do lace stuff with. And then the vogue accessories book. Just because I like doing accessories. Hey, Christmas is coming.

I like books.

I haven't written much about my job, and that is because it is so much calmer than last term. I'm teaching only one class of six grad students working on individual projects, and that's pretty light. I'm helping out on lots of little projects, doing my own research, and reviewing papers (I reviewed four, FOUR manuscripts yesterday that ranged from ehhh to distressingly awful).

But all in all, life seems to be good (cold, rainy, but good).





*Yeah. There's intarsia there. I have to face intarsia some time.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

YNBA and NNBA updates

First, the good news: the NNBA goes well, and on this Friday it will be two weeks since I bit my nails. Howzabout that? In the back of my mind I think I've read that if you adopt a new behavior for two weeks you're well on your way to keeping up with it. So that's the good news (my nails still look a bit pathetic, but not as pathetic as they did 10 days ago).

Now, the bad news: the YNBA is not going well. You might have noticed in yesterday's post that I had to buy a lot more roving for Tim's sweater. Well, I haven't made a dent in giving anything away to compensate for this. AND....I made a quick stop at the Ben Franklin to check out the yarn offerings, and they had a sale on sock yarn: $2 and $3 a ball. I picked up about $7 of yarn.

But...like an overdose of chocolate, once I start I don't want to stop. I've been eyeing fleece artist stuff on line. And I just found out that there's a fiber festival in Yachats in a few weeks. Oh well. Life is short. Buy more yarn.

I'm only working on two things right now: the moebius bowl (which is probably 2/3 of the way done, I forgot how much I love big needles) and the knit a knotted purse, which is about halfway done. Must. Finish. Projects.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Twisted sister!


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I'm working on the moebius bowl: I did the rim in lopi and you can see how cool it looks in the pic. I've picked up the stitches in a darker gray of lopi and will do a black bottom to finish it off. I really like the moebius....so now am re-thinking everything I want to do to incorporate moebius things for gifts. I mean, which would you rather have...a felted oven mitt or a felted moebius bowl?

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I finished my ruffles: I enjoyed doing it but honestly, it just took forever. Mine is only about 5 feet long, which means it won't wrap around my neck like the one in Scarf Style does. I can live with that.

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Here's a closer look at the ruffles.

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This is some recent yarn I've spun: I bought the cream and brown polyflax x (???) fiber on EBay. Tim decided he wanted an entire sweater out of it.. I've been spinning it sport weight so I ordered more to hopefully get enough to do a sweater for him. Estimated completion date: Christmas (no year specified as of yet).

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Cat Bordhi Rocks!

Not just because she taught me how to do socks without my head exploding...

Not just because she lives in one of the most beautiful places on earth...

Not jus because she likes Fleece Artist (and talks about it in her books).....

Not just because she sent me two unsolicited emails encouraging me about the moebius (sent to me after reading a post I wrote on KR)....

But *also* because she wrote two books of 'Treasuries of Magical Knitting" and you know what....it is magical!

So many people in the knitting community are generous, kind, and encouraging. Cat Bordhi though, she is something else. She rocks. What else can I say?

Started a moebius bowl...was going to do a moebius scarf with my pretty homespun but since the instructions made me nervous I thought I'd try a felted bowl. I did the moebius strip and then picked up stitches for the bottom. So cool. I really like the moebius and love so many of the patterns in the 'second treasury'. If you like felting, I'd advise you to pick up the second treasury if not both.

Pics tomorrow. Also finished the Never Ending Ruffles. Yay.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Capri Cable Baby!


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I finished the white capri cable today....well, haven't sewn the seams OR woven in the ends, but the knitting part is done. I'm not sure why I didn't quite register that taking a picture of a white sweater against a white background would result in a less than inspiring picture. Anyway, I'm very happy with this shell and will start wearing it if it ever ever stops raining here.

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Here is a close up on the sleeve opening...you can see the pretty little cables forming the edge.

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It is a good year for tulips in our garden. Our smaller garden in the front has almost 50 tulips in it about to bloom...the bigger garden probably has another 50. A few irises are joining the fun.

YNBA: 78 days left
NNBA: Day 6! I'll have to post some pics of my nails. They are no longer supremely embarassing.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Updates

NNBA: 4 days and counting
YNBA: Hmm, not sure, 82 days left or something like that?

I feel like I've been playing catch up since getting back (catching up on work, on sleep...but not on knitting). I'm reaching the end of the white capri cables so that's a good thing. Knit a knotted bag: no progress. Ruffles: progress but soooo achingly slow nothing to show for it. I think the ruffles is 47 inches long. I guess I'll go to five feet, if i can take it.

I'm planning to start the moebius next, and then, hmm, what??? I think maybe I'll start on some felted things for Christmas presents. I'm sure I'll figure out something.

The new Spin Off came, and I'm going to make the baskets that they give instructions for (you wrap homespun around clothesline). They look cool. And it might be a good way to use up some of the 'early' homespun.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Springing Forward~

I got back from Houston last night, the conference was good, I met some great people and re-connected with some others. I made a point of not hanging out with the 'usual' people I hang out with, and that was good for me too. So, a successful conference.

Not much knitting though...except on the way home last night. I was in a middle seat and wipped (ha ha!) out my ruffles and got the attention of both seat mates as well as the adorable kids of the woman on my right. We had a great time talking about knitting and crafts. Met another knitter while changing planes and we admired eachothers projects and talked about the 'sisterhood' of knitters. Very cool. So that was fun.

I'd like to announce my new NNBA: my no-nail-biting-agreement. At one of those little kiosks in the Galleria at Houston, I spent some time talking to an interesting woman who sells sea-salt based products. She sold me a buffing/cuticle/hand cream kit which makes my nails look pretty. This is quite the thing, since I've been a chronic nail biter since the womb. But I'm going to try to keep my nails buffed and pretty and see if I can stop biting the nails. Wish me luck.

Days left in the YNBA: 82 (or thereabouts)
Days into the NNBA: 2 (or thereabouts)