The Portable WIP
Last post was devoted to Wonton, the sit and think project. As per usual, I also have a less brain intensive project going…
This is my Les Miserables shawl (the Ravelry project is named “Miserable Maiden Aunt” because of the yarn I’m using for it). Most of the finished projects I’ve seen for this pattern have used solid yarns, but I really think it calls out for the variation. I might randomize the dropped stitches a little bit too for a more tattered look. 12 repeats of 54 stitches, then felted. Whee!
The KIPping experience
This has been my car-and-waiting room project recently. I’ve been getting a lot of comments and queries on it. So far, none of them have been ‘is that crochet’? which tends to be the most common KIP response in general. Crocheting in public gets (you guessed it) ‘are you knitting?’ Honestly, it’s to the point where I’m pleasantly surprised when someone gets it right.
Have I been tempted to snark when it happens? No, not really. I guess the yarn in hand lowers the blood pressure to the point where I’m pre-mellowed. It’s just a friendly experience, and I generally respond with a smile (as opposed to laughing in someone’s face), well, sometimes I may chuckle.
It’s not very common that I come across someone else KIPping, though. Recently ran into a woman at a coffee shop struggling with a new cast on. I might have been able to walk on by, but she was using such yummy chunky yarn – it turned out to be pure roving, and we’re not talking pencil lead width roving, I just had to say ‘Hi’ and see if I knew the CO she was trying (I didn’t). Her children showed up and had that ‘oh no, not again’ look on their faces because here was Mommy, talking about knitting again.
Search Term Observation
I was thrilled to see that someone found this blog by searching for “crochet beholder”, and disappointed on the searcher’s behalf that there is not, in fact, a pattern for such here. I assume that the searcher was looking for an amigurumi version of the the D&D monster first published in the original Greyhawk by Gygax and Kuntz. I may put one up sometime, but there are already several of them out there. A quick Ravelry search revealed these three, reproduced here in case the searcher is not a Ravelry member:
They are all pretty awesome.
Success in Searching
If the above searcher was in fact looking for my Pokeball Tea Cozy she could now find it listed at Crochet Pattern Central! Thanks for the link, guys. I can see my hits going up already (on that one page in any case)
Blog Contests and Giveaways
I did not win the skein of handspun from Wool and Cotton, I did put in for a Phat Fiber drawing for undyed local wool (results probably on Friday). I’ve also joined the March Madknits NCAA tournament pool – for yarn! I passed on the Addison’s Yarn Giveaway (closes March 14) because I don’t love the color, but other people do. You might, in fact, so check it out!