Knit by Night

Monday, October 31, 2005

Good Samhain!

Yeah yeah yeah, my paganism shines bright and strong. :p Didn't get any muffins made today., though, because I'm both tired and lazy, and didn't feel like having half the day spent in the kitchen when I could be resting instead.

I do, however, have my costume finished, such as it is. It didn't require anything to actually be made, either. I carved some dead sticks into wooden stakes, found my trenchcoat, and put on some black clothes. A vampire hunter is me! *chuckles*

Yeah . . . this was done all at the last minute. Can ya tell?

On a knitting note, The Unnamed is almost done, and so is the bathroom shawl. The unfortunate thing is now Rachel and I have gone through all 5 seasons of X-Files that she has, so I have no idea what we'll watch at night now while we craft. I'm sure we'll find something, of course, and it's not like we can only knit or sew or embroider while watching TV anyway. It'll just be strange not to tune in to the wacky adventures of Mulder and Scully for a while.

Michaels was completely out of dpns when I went the other day, too. Not just the size that I needed, but all sizes! Well, that's a bit of a lie. They had a few sets of size 8 and size 10 bamboo dpns, but they weren't the sizes I needed, and even if they were, I didn't have the $12 to pay for them! Not at that price! I'll check back in a few days, see if they got any others in. If not, I may just have to go to Zellers or WalMart or some other such place.

And on that note, I will leave you all to your ghosts, ghouls, and dearly departed! May you all have a joyous night!

Saturday, October 29, 2005

A new day.

Last night, on the way to the NaNo party, I brought along my yarn and knitting needles and made a start on the bathroom shawl. (I wasn't the only knitting writer there, but I was the only knitting writer with knitting.) I call it the bathroom shawl because in the winter, it especially sucks to have my stomach play up. I mean, it sucks a lot in the summer, too, but in the winter, I'll be sitting on the can, waiting for the crippling gut pain to end (feel free to skip past all this if it's a TMI moment), and will have forgotten to turn the heat on to make the room just a smidge warmer than an icebox. Even if I do remember to turn the heat on, it won't warm up immediately. And when my stomach hurts that badly, I find that warmth greatly helps keep the pain at a bearable level.

So, the bathroom shawl. Just that little bit of added heat and weight that I'll need to keep from freezing while I'm in there this winter.

Of course, it doesn't just have to be worn in the bathroom. That's just where I'm most likely to wear it, and the reason it was made.

Yeah, it seems I can't go a week without finding some new project to do. :p

I also have my first request. Well, my first non-swap request, anyway. At the kick-off party, I met Elsa, who heard that I knit, and wondered if I could make little covers for the feet of her kitchen chairs, so that they don't scrape against the hardwood floors when the chairs move. The way she asked it made it sound as though she doubted that such a thing was possible. I can think of ways it can be done. I mean, little squares, with a drawstring at the top so they can be tied to the chair. Or glued on to the bottom of the chair leg, even, if they happen to keep falling off. No problem at all.

I don't think she thought I was serious when I said I'd get them to her at the next meet-up. :p She did offer to pay me for them, though. I refused. I mean, for the effort involved, and the fact that I can bang those things together from spare yarn that won't be used for anything else, payment isn't worth it. The look on her face when I hand her something she wasn't sure could be made, however, will be priceless!

And now, back to the tedious process of alphabetizing all of the knitblogs I've got linked to here. It helps that a lot of them begin with the letter K. *chuckles* (Of course, Yarn Harlot has the dubious honour of being dead last on the list. :p)

Friday, October 28, 2005

Woot!

The mail arrived today (as, y'know, it tends to), and guess what was waiting on the doorstep for me.

A gift from Agnes!

A large parcel, containing 9 full balls and 2 partial balls of peruvian wool yarn in a mocha colour, 4 balls of cotton yarn in a beautiful light green colour (which I may attempt to make some socks out of, just for fun), and a bit of red laceweight yarn (whose fibre content I have no idea about :p) that was pressed and squished by the other yarns in such a way as to make it into a little heart! (Very cool twist of fate, that!)

Oh, and let's not forget the pretty pretty card that came along with it.

From the bottom of my heart, Agnes, thank you so much!

I'd be taking picture of it, but the lack of camera stops me. Instead, I shall go and curl up in bed and snuzzle the yarn to death, just to feel its happy softness. XD

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Of knitting and cooking. Possibly baking my yarn.

The final panel of The Unnamed is coming along, albeit slowly, because I've been exceptionally short-attention spanned this past week. Still, I'm fitting in rows where I can, and little by little, it's coming along.

I can tell ya, though, using that spare piece of yarn as a lifeline has worked wonders. I now am no longer afraid of getting halfway and finding out that I screwed up in ways I can't even begin to fathom, and thus have to rip it all the way back.

I have no idea what to do with the leftover skein of sage green Shetland Chunky. I keep thinking slippers, but can't be bothered to find a print out a pattern for them. (Again, that short attention span comes into play.) Then I think about a new scarf, but I already have one. Then I think about a new scarf for somebody else, but I can't find a pattern that won't drive me crazy or drive me to new depths of boredom.

In short, this week has been a bad knitting week. Boo. I dislike bad knitting weeks.

On the plus side, my lung infection is clearing up, I have a year's membership at a gym (courtesy of my parents), and got a card in the mail from my gran. These things are good things. I need more things like this. :p

Tonight will be a toss-up between making another two batches of cookies with Rachel (mint-chocolate pinwheels again), and watching X-Files. Likely, we'll find a way to fit both in, since the cookies need to be made (the dough has been chilling since last night), and Rach still needs to get a move on with her cloak. It's almost Hallowe'en, and it isn't done yet. I have no doubts that she'll finish it on time. I just wonder what condition her sanity will be in afterwards.

I remember, the other day, while walking through Michael's, I found out that they cater to the school of thought that lists cookies and an art/craft form. This makes me happy. Lewiscraft didn't do that. It made me get into an even bigger cooking mood, however, and made me decide upon two things. 1) I will gather together the ingredients to make pumpkin muffins, even if I end up making them after Hallowe'en has passed. 2) I'm going to make a corned beef pie for supper some night, just like my mother used to make. Seems simple enough. Dough. Can of corned beef, mixed with mashed potatoes. Bake until it doesn't suck. How hard can that be?

Now that I've said that, the Fates are going to show me, aren't they?

Monday, October 24, 2005

All of my memories keep you here.

I was pleasantly surprised at how quick Jander's snake scarf was knitted. One afternoon, and it was complete. O_O I sat and goggled at it for a little while, wondering how I managed to finish so quickly. Does this house have knitting gnomes?

Granted, the scarf is pretty short by my own personal standards (it only has to go around the neck of a 5-year-old), but it still seems like it should have taken longer to make. And it was so simple that I now have the pattern memorized, just from making it once.

When I'm rich, I'll buy a whole load of Shetland Chunky in Sage Green, and knit a bunch of them for next year's Empty Stocking Fund. I mean, if I can knit a single one in an afternoon, then I week of making them will net me about 10. That'll be 10 kids who'll have a cool snake-shaped scarf ready to keep them warm during the bitter Atlantic Canadian winter. And that's only assuming I do 10 of them. I can make 1 with less than a single skein of yarn. 10 skeins probably equal about 13 scarves.

Plus it has googly eyes and a felt tongue. I mean, how cool is that?

Today has been spent, surprisingly, not knitting. Most of it was spent curled up in bed with a good book, which was quite relaxing, though my needles stared at me mournfully, wondering why I'd suddenly abandonned them. Fear not, little needles. I'll pick you up again tomorrow. Lord knows I'll need some stress relief after visiting the Rat-Keeper Who Shall Not Be Named. Doing something productive and still fun will keep me sane once I get home from that visit.

Of course, assuming Rach and I stick another DVD in the player tonight, I'll be picking up the needles sooner than that. I find it really hard to watch TV or movies now without having something for my hands to do at the same time.

Is this the sign of a potentially long-term knitter? I sure as heck hope so!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Duckie's scarf is complete! Not that it took me long to do. It was a simple enough pattern. It can go twice around my neck and still have enough to tie in the front, so I hope that'll be long enough for her.

Now, on to Jander's snake scarf. I'm putting aside the ponchos for the time being, since thr snake scarf will be a quick knit, and I want it done before anything else distracts me. (Besides, I desperately want to use those new knitting needles!) After that, it'll be back to the ponchos, and those ought to come along pretty quickly too.

Then the socks, and the hat . . . Oh, and let's not forget the baby blanket. That ought to keep me busy for a while.

I don't know what I'll do once I'm done all my gift-knitting. Well, I know I have Rachel's book to make, and I need some Fimo to make Laura's Shigure, but they won't take long to do. The book'll take longer than shaping clay stuff, I'll bet, especially if I can embroider the cover that I want.

I now have a few project ideas sitting on the back burner, waiting until after the holiday season. Rachel gifts me with scraps from her sewing projects, and so I recently acquired a nice length of soft black material. Not very long, but long enough that, once the sides are evened up, it'll make a nice evening scarf type thing. I was thinking of embroidering a flower motif on it, in bright jewel colours, which I think would look striking on such a black background. (I ought to get more of the material and make some evening gloves to go with it. :p)

Then there's the Leda's Dream stole I want to attempt, though that'll have to wait until a new job brings me enough money to order the yarns.

I have that cotton sitting in my room that'll be turned into a nice shawl, as soon as I decide on a pattern.

Maybe I'll try the Branching Out pattern again, too, once I have the time. It'd be nice to get some pretty softly variegated green yarn for that, to play on the leaf motif. (Hey, that rhymes!)

But there's plenty of time to decide on new projects once my current ones are done. For now, I'll ride my current lung infection (damned weak lungs!) out with knitting a huge green snake for my best friend's nephew, and then return to the evil ponchos of doom. :p

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Boo.

My computer's power-supply is shot, so expect much less posting here (or anywhere, for that matter) until it's fixed. Which could conceivably not be until I get an entirely new computer. I can at least post using the other computer in the house, but sitting here for too long hurts my neck and back, so I doubt I'll be as eager to run to it whenever I have something to say.

Duckie's scarf is coming along quite nicely.I'll work on it more today, possibly while hiding from the over-energetic 4-year-old that's spending the night. Kids wig me out, and I can only handle them in very small doses.

Rachel was kind enough to purchase the yarn and the knitting needles I'd need to make said 4-year-old's snake scarf, too. Paton's Shetland Chunky, in sgae green, and aluminum knitting needles by Boye, which are purplse, and promote much love in me. I hate those plastic knitting needles. It bugs me to no end when they bend so easily. So nice happy metal ones (I toyed with the idea of wooden ones, but passed them up for now, namely in favour of price) are perfect for me.

When I mentioned that the pattern for the scarf ideally included googly eyes and a red felt tongue, she grabbed that stuff for me, too. Woot! I'll be paying her back eventually. Like, when I get a new job. But the fact that she was kind enough to get these things for me now speaks volumes.

Now, from my Christmas crafty list, I'm only missing a set of dpns, dark brown yarn, white yarn, and some Fimo clay in flesh colour and dark brown. That's it. Which, all things considered, isn't too bad, really. It won't take me long to make all the things that need to be made. The hardest thing will be the socks, since I've never made them before and I've heard they can be kinda tricky at first, but hey, that's what practice is for, right? I can probably convince Rach to spring for the set of dpns that I'll need, too (since if I have them, it means I can make socks for her, too. :p)

Friday, October 21, 2005

Siiiiiiiiick. ;_;

Of course, the only reason I'm sick is because I spent most of yesterday with Laura. I don't know why, but her apartment always sets off my asthma and allergies, so by the end, I'm having trouble breathing, my eyes are so swollen that it's hard to open them, and my nose is runny. And of course, because my body's dumb, it always takes me at least a day to fully recover. Stupid body.

The upside, though (aside from spending time with friends, that is), is that I made a good start on Duckie's scarf. No idea what to name it yet, though, but it looks pretty nifty, and I'll probably only need the 1 balls of Decor instead of 2. Which is good, since I only have the one ball. :p The scarf has an odd diagonal slant to it that I can't fix, and really, I think it looks almost better slanted than having the lines run perfectly straight. Gives it a bit of a personality.

Griffin has suggested that she may possibly buy me the yarn I'll need for Jander's snake scarf, too, which will be nice. I'll see if I can convince her to buy me some cheapy yarn for my dad's Baldy hat, too. I've never knit a hat before, but heck, it seems simple, and there's a first time for everything. The fun part will be getting it to say "BALDY". XD

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Messed up night.

I must admit, sometimes I'm impressed by the ways that I can mess up a pattern. I managed to get halfway through the first panel of Black Twin before realising that somehow I screwed it , and the pattern was now seriously wonky. I tried tinking it back, but that proved far too difficult for me at that point (unknitting isn't a strong point with me, I guess), and so . . . *sigh* Yup, back to the beginning I go.

I think it's fate that I'll get halfway through a panel of these ponchos, and then mess up. Next time, I'm going to use a frigging lifeline every 5 repeats, to prevent this.

Either way, I cast on again, and knit 3 repeats before looking at the back to discover this huge frigging loop that wasn't supposed to be there, and I have no idea how it got there. It looked like a dropped stitch that was desperately trying to get away from the project, but since I still had the right number of stitches on the needle, I have no idea how this happened at all.

Given that it was 3 in the morning by this point, I frogged it again, and called it quits for the night. Dealing with it in daylight after a night of sleep will likely make it easier. Or something,

Yeah, I'm thinking that a lifeline may be the best idea at this rate, for preventing those halfway screwups that seem to keep happening. First the dog walking over The Unnamed, then my attention slipping and messing up the pattern on Black Twin. It's a sign from the knitting deities of the world, I think, teaching me how important those little extra pieces of yarn can be when slipped through stitches for a purpose.

Good lesson to learn, better sooner than later. (Shame I didn't learn it sooner than sooner, though.)

Well, it's not as thought this will take long to get to the position it was in when I messed up, thankfully. Give it a night, and I'll be rolling again. Once this simple pattern gets stuck in my head, it just won't leave. I am, in fact, tempted to see how it looks with that Paton's Decor that I have set aside for Duckie's scarf, and see if I can't do the same kind of pattern for that. Might look pretty nifty.

Only one way to find out, I guess!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Today, I went to check out the new Michaels for the first time. I was less than impressed. Aside from not being approached by any employee that I saw (be they busy or otherwise), their selections of things are only marginally more diverse than what Lewiscraft had. And that's saying something, given that the store is, like, 10 times larger than Lewiscraft. They had more stuff in some areas, less in others, and some stuff seemed pretty poor quality.

I finally set my eyes on ribbon yarn, however. It seems like nothing special, but I can imagine a few things it could be used for. I also found some stuff that was amazingly soft, part mohair, part acrylic, part nylon, and I wanted some, but it was a bit out of my price range, really. (Not that that says much at the moment. :p)

They had a neat little kit that came with all sizes of small (lengthwise) knitting needles, where you added the wire on yourself to form whatever size circular you need. Pretty handy, I must admit, though I'm not sure yet is $99.99 is a good price for that or not. They also had a knitting machine for something over $200, which was interesting, but not at all tempting. Getting projects out quickly is nowhere near as fun and sitting down and doing them by hand.

I checked out the local thrift stores on a whim, to see if they had any good yarn around. They did, but it was already in clothing form. :p This made me realise that I need to get better at cutting seams and unravelling finished projects. Thrift stores have a wealth of old cardigans and sweaters in less-than-appealing styles, just waiting to be ripped back to nothing and made into something shiny and new. I lusted after no less than three different items today because of what I could make out of the materials. *chuckles*

Well, in the meantime, I have done another quarter of another half of Black Twin, and I ought to get back to it. No doubt more of it will be done tonight while watching yet more X-Files episodes (what we'll do when we run out of DVDs to watch, I just do not know), but there's no harm in working more on it now, either. So I'll do that while drinking Aruba Jam Sprite (arguably the best Sprite flavour ever invented) and eating Smarties.

(Final note to self - Get your act together and make one of those cheap drop spindles from old CDs, and try to spin the dog's fur into something useful. You have about an ounce of it sitting in a bag doing nothing, so you may as well do, y'know, something!)

[Edit] - I believe I've just found the perfect pattern that I want to use for Duckie's scarf, in the Scarf Swap. It may take one more ball of the yarn I have set aside for it, but I think I can get that pretty cheaply, so that's no big deal. And it ought to look nice once it's done.

Monday, October 17, 2005

After weeks of monotony, I finally finished the first panel of The Unnamed! Huzzah! The identical final panel won't take nearly so long, though. The reason this one took forever was because first the fog walked over it and pulled out a load of stitches, and then I didn't touch it for weeks.

I figure I'm going to start on The Unnamed's twin, though, in black. This will prevent me from finishing the first Unnamed and getting sick of the pattern, and just saying, "Meh, I'll find something else to give Jenny for Christmas." If I have two unfinished projects, I'll be compelled to finish them, and that way they'll actually get finished.

There's such a sense of accomplishment associated with finishing this half of The Unnamed. First lacy pattern ever done (not that it was hard), and just the way it looks! The cast on was a fair bit tighter than the bind off, which gives it an interesting diagonal appearance that I like. I'm sure the pattern said "bind off loosely", so my guess is that it's supposed to be that way. Still, even if it isn't, I like it.

Now, on to the first half of The Unnamed's black twin. Which needs a name. I'm thinking I'll just call it Black Twin for now.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

The good and the bad.

First, the bad. Lewiscraft fired me yesterday. They gave me no reason, and were within their rights to give me no reason, seeing as how I was still within my 3-month probationary period. However, this annoys me, because they therefore gave me no chance to understand what I was doing wrong, and possibly explain myself. So I find myself out of a job again.

I'm making myself see this as a possible blessing in disguise. I mean, what if a better job, like the ones I've been applying for over the past few weeks (Lewiscraft was great, but they offered lousy hours) calls me on Monday and says, "You're hired. Can you start immediately?" I can say yes, instead of having to faff around with giving 2 weeks notice. I might, if I'm lucky, get that job at Sendant, doing the night shift, which will mean more pay for less work, and ample time to knit while the calls aren't coming in.

I think it's funny how, if I get that job, I'll be doing more knitting than when I worked at the store where being able to knit was a requirement.

On a better note, I made good progress of The Unnamed today. Another day or two of absolute boredom like this one, and it should be finished. Then I can move on to its black twin, which will be given to Rachel's brother's wife for Christmas. (Hopefully Jenny and Rachel's mother won't notice that their gifts are identical except for the colour. :p)

Finished At Knit's End, and thought it was a great read. Quick, but I doubt it was meant to be time-consuming. I find it great to note just how many 'symptoms' of an obsessive knitter that I fit. The only thing preventing me from having the Insane Yarn Stash of Doom, however, is money, though that will most certainly change once I get a beter job that pays me more. Hell, shopping spree! XD I especially want some laceweight yarn. Any colour will do, so long as the fibres are natural.

I hope that Michael's sells laceweight yarn. From what I hear, I doubt it, but I won't give up hope until I browse their yarn section. Which I'll probably do on Monday, just for kicks. (I'll also drop a resume off to them, on the offchance that they're hiring.)

Now, I think I've successfully de-virused my computer, so I'm going back to knitting on The Unnamed again, and watch yet more X-Files episodes with Rachel.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

I'm bad.

I spent money I shouldn't have. I bought another ball of Red Heart Soft Baby to finish the baby blanket with, as well as splurging on a copy of At Knit's End, by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. I'm only 40 pages in, but this book is wonderful. Short blurbs and thoughts and reflections on knitting that are both insightful and amusing. I can tell that this is going to be a good read.

I wonder if her second book is just as good. Shame Coles doesn't have it, though, so it'll be a while before I find out.

So now I have reading fun, and a way to actually finish an ambitious project. And tonight, I think that instead of knitting blanket squares while watching X-Files, I'll work on more of The Unnamed. Huzzah!

And now I do believe it's time to curl up with this book and a nice hot cup of decaf chai. Mmmm, chai . . .

Katakatakoom!

So, I was an impatient bad person yesterday, and gave my mother her Christmas present extremely early. She loved it, though. She thinks the scarf is incredibly soft (she's right), and her only concern was whether or not it sheds (it doesn't). So overall, she's incredibly pleased.

I told her I'd have to make something new for her proper Christmas present now.

My hair has now been cut to a much more manageable length. I found myself wondering how well human hair can be spun. I didn't ask them to save it so I could try, though. I can just imagine how weird that would have made me look. *laughs*

I've started on my third ball of Berella for the patchwork blanket. After laying out some squares on the bed the other day, I discovered I'm going to need much more than the 6 balls total I have for it. Not too big a problem, since 100g balls are only $2.50 at work, and that's before my 30% discount kicks in. I'll pick up a few more balls with the weight-loss money I'll be getting next month.

Also still going to need to pick up another ball of Red Heart Soft Baby, in Bunny Print, for the baby blanket. One ball really isn't going to cut it.

Need to make more progress on The Unnamed. I'd lost track of how many repeats I'd done, and where I was in the next one, so I was almost tempted to rip it out and make a third restart. However, a quick look at it told me that I'd just reached the end of the third repeat, so I can just pick it up from there with no difficulty at all. Time for more episodes of Buffy, I guess, while I knit on that.

I'm quite happy, though that Wendy's Lucy pen arrived so promptly. Always makes me happy to give people gifts and know that they enjoy them. Huzzah!

I also can't want for the Scarf Swap on Craftster starts. I'm greatly looking forward to making and then receiving a scarf from someone. See, more love of giving stuff to people. *grins*

Monday, October 10, 2005

Happy Canadian Turkey Day!

Go out and hug your Canadian turkeys. :p Let them feel love.

A few more blanket squares knit, a few more rows on Fanned Feathers, and that's it. Yeah, for the past few days, even! I am such a lazy ass! I don't know why, but I've felt totally disinterested in picking up any of my knitting. Well, that's a bit of a lie. I have felt interested. It's just that whenever I look at any of my PiPs, my arms start to ache with the very thought of lifting the needles.

I have, however, on a whim, discovered something about knitting the veils with a strange of DMC embroidery floss. I can't do it. At least, not with the needles that I have. I'd need something much finer, and with a much better point, or there's no way in hell I can get it done.

However, if I get said needles, it'll also be a way forme to use up random handed-down spools of sewing thread that my mother gave me. I can guarantee you that I'll never be sewinganything that will require lime green thread, for example.

I'm participating in a Scarf Swap on Craftster, which I can feel rekindling my urge to knit already. Hopefully my assigned partner won't want something too complex, since I have a shortage of money, and not the greatest variety in my stash. Though I figure if I have to sacrifice a ball of Berella from my blanket plans now, to actually provide a decent scarf, I can always buy another later. They're $2.50, after all, and if I get a new job soon, that money'll be nothing!

I did come across some rather nicely coloured acrylic yarn at work last night that's on for less than $3, but, well, it all depends on what my partner will want. If they want something that needs blocking, for example, that idea's out.

I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

I vow today to at least get some more of The Unnamed done. Poor thing's been sitting on my desk for a week now, looking all floppy and untouched. And since I don't have to work again until this Friday (sad pathetic work hours, I know), I'll have plenty of time this week to get something done.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

So, I have the strangest idea.

Veils. Knit on very small needles, with one strand of DMC embroidery floss. Or any kind of floss, really. And by strand, I don't mean the entire 6-ply skein. I mean 1 strand of that 6-ply skein, to make it really thin and gauzy.

I don't know why, but I get the feeling that veils like this could be really fun to knit. Fiddly, but fun. I get the feeling that'll be something I try once all my Yule projects are out of the way, too. (Unless anyone I know would like a veil for Yule, that is.)

I knit 4 more blanket squares last night, and started on a fifth before getting too tired to continue. This makes 12 done so far. Not many, given that they're all rather small, but every little bit counts. Since the baby blanket requires a pattern that I haven't quite memorized yet, and The Unnamed managed to run away somewhere (I'll find it soon, I hope), mindless square knitting is productive, and keeps my hands busy while Rachel and I watch X-Files episodes.

Being sick is the pits right now. You'd think it'd give me good knitting time, but I can barely keep my mind focussed for an hour, let alone the time it takes to actually knit something. At least something that required me to actually pay attention to it (which is why X-Files episodes and blanket squares are a good idea at the moment). I try to play video games, to read, to knit, to sleep, but I can't seem to do anything for a long stretch. I'd love to be sleeping right now, but as much as my body needs it, it won't let me have any.

Dumb body.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

The true question is . . .

. . . how much of a knitting geek does one have to be before they start dreaming about cleaning out their room and finding tons of skeins of yarn buried away in a box?

Becuase that is primarily what last night's dream was. I was looking for an old collection of My Little Pony figures (which I never had when I was young, but love now), and when I found them, they were thrown in a huge Rubbermaid tote bin, mixed amongst balls and balls of yarn. Some cheap stuff, some good stuff, but all stuff I could use. This made me impossibly happy. I found both my Ponies and yarn I thought I didn't have.

What better way to spend a dream?

I've been lazy and haven't been doing too much serious knitting lately. Too sick, methinks.(I'm pretty sure I've got that bad cold that's hitting everyone in the city again.) I have, however, been taking little snippets of time while watching Rachel play video games to try knitting with DMC embroidery floss. Thin needles are used, obviously (I think I'm using size 2s), and they're just going to result in minor bookmarks or something (since I don't have enough of any one colour to be really impressive and knit a whole scarf from it, or something), but I realy like the feel of it when it's knit up. It feels a little bit like a type of ribbon, and has a lot of stretch to it. I'm currently using something cheap I got from a sale, in variegated greens, and I've managed to get it to stay even enough to have two rows of each colour, which is coming on pretty nicely.

I think, if I can find the money, to keep experimenting with this. Knitted floss bookmarks may become my next 'quickie' project. (An avid reader can never have too many bookmarks, after all.)

Today, though, I'll likely finish up this legnth of floss, and then get back to working on Fanned Feathers (I was hoping to find a name that wasn't just the name of the pattern, but Agnes is right. That does seem to be the easiest thing to refer to it by). Time is ticking by, and I don't want to be caught with unfinished projects at the end, just because I was undedicated. Baby Sean will need his blanket in the coming cold months. And Dawn and Jenny will need their ponchos. (And my dad will need his Baldy hat, but I haven't started on that one yet.)

Sunday, October 02, 2005

I cast on the stitches for Sean's baby blanket last night (I really need a better name for it than that*), and I suddenly began to understand why people like circular needles better than straight ones sometimes. I can fit 143 stitches on 35-inch straights, but it's all bunched up at the bottom, and if the needles got much longer, they'd be all unwieldly. Yeah, next time I try this, I'll try and pick up some circulars that have a better length that those straights. See what everyone's raving about.

Still, it ought to look quite pretty, with the soft variegated baby colours. I'll probably work on some of it today, while Rachel's at work. At the very least, I'll likely be able to get done the 1.25 inches of garter stitches at the border, and then I'll be able to move onto the actual pattern stitches. Which, of course, if what I'm looking forward to the most!

* On the offchance that someone actually reads this blog, I'm giving you a chance to name Sean's blanket. Since I don't have a camera, unfortunately, I'll just have to link to the yarn and the pattern I'm using, and hope that someone with a better mind than my own can put the two together to imagine how it may look. This is the pattern I'm using, with this yarn.

Sadly, I don't have any prizes or anything for this contest. Except maybe some eternal affection. Everyone loves that, right?

And now, I'm going to go make myself a Caesar salad, grab my knitting needles, and get back to work.