Archive for April, 2009

Carpet Bag

My Mother-in-Law picked up some old upholstery fabric samples at a flea market a while ago. They just screamed ‘carpet bag’ to me, but I set them aside.

A couple of days ago I whipped them together into the bag. Definitely needs some work, but the concept is good and the bag is sturdy, at least. Might do this again some time.

It’s big enough for my ‘Me Bag’ and a smallish WIP (here shown with the ‘stray thought’ wristwarmers.


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So I’ve been working on Eunny Jang’s Endpaper Mitts.  It’s a pretty involved two color project, worked in the round, and I’m doing both at once on two circs (see the picture below).

A Stray Thought

"A Stray Thought"

Since nothing is ever complicated enough, I’ve decided to use this opportunity to try a new technique.

I have a vague suspicion that when I first started knitting (ages ago) I learned English style (holding the working yarn in the right hand, along with the front needle).  Like many people, I re-taught myself as an adult, and at that time I learned Continental style (holding the working yarn in the left hand and the front needle in the right).   It cuts down the number of movements per stitch and goes faster.

As you can guess from the names of the two styles, each is associated with a particular region and history.  According to Elizabeth Zimmerman there have been class prejudices associated with the styles, and she describes having been chided for knitting Continental style as a child, in a way I’d find hard to believe if not for some experiences with my daughter’s elementary school teachers. (No, you do NOT have to master phonics in kindergarten, just trust me on this one).

Anyway, Zimmerman, and a lot of other people, have recommended knitting both at once for two color work, so I’ve been using this as a practice project for that.  Knitting Help has videos for both methods, which I’ve found pretty useful.  So far I’m getting a lot out of it.

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I can haz yarn?

Two things.

First of all, I’ve uploaded my first picture to icanhascheeseburger.

That’s Comet, who sort of adopted us on New Years Day.  I’ve got some of Captain (his brother from another mother) which I’ll probably upload some time.  There are not quite a dozen alternate captions have come up yet, but give it time.

So, yay that.  I’ve also registered for two classes at this year’s Sheep and Wool Festival.  This is actually kind of exciting, since they apparently sell out fast, but I’ll be in a knit to fit workshop and an intro to spinning class.  I have a drop spindle and a bag of Alpaca roving which have been sitting in my stash box for well over a year now, stubbornly refusing to become yarn.  I’m looking forward to the classes, and the festival, very much.  I’ve been wanting to go for a long time now, and I really have no excuse since it’s actually in county.

This just rocks on toast.

2009 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

2009 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

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“A Stray Thought”

Tubular cast on for endpaper mits

Originally uploaded by efbq

I’m currently working on Eunny Jang’s “Endpaper Mits” using Poems and Pace sock yarns. The yarn weights are slightly different, but when worked about 50/50 they give gauge. I double checked and the Poems (which is lighter) still works for the ribbing.  Went with a different version of the tubular cast on than Eunny suggests, since I just couldn’t make hers work.  (Good old Zimmerman)

I’m really loving the look and feel of this one.

Now to get back to writing.

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The REAL Time Sink

The REAL time sink, of course, has been the writing.

Yay!  I’m writing again.   About 40K words since the end of February.  Will post more later.  🙂

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Not a huge amount, actually, but I’ll run through it here.

Competitive Knitting

I’ve joined SockWars.  For those of you who live under rocks and don’t know about such things, Sock Wars is a very specialized knitting swap.  Everyone gets the pattern and a target at the same time.  Once the sock is done, the warrior sends it to her target.  If the target receives a pair of  Sock Wars socks in the mail, to pattern and gauge, then she (usually) is  DEAD.  She sends her socks-in-progress back to her killer, who then completes them and sends them on to her target, and so on.

The last knitter standing is a winner.  So is the knitter who kills the most targets.  There may be a few other random victories in the process.

My Warrior name is MeanGreenCuffinMachine.  I’m on Team Fett.

My KnitPicks sock yarn is on order, and my needles are just itchin’ to get gauge.  Now all I need is a victim and the pattern…

Blog Contests

I entered Sunset Cat’s St. Brigid contemplations comment drawing, and won the cutest set of stitch markers.  Definitely check these out, they’re adorable!

I’m enterinig MommaCrafter‘s SockWars Weapons Bag drawing. Take a look at the contest.  While you’re at it, check out her Etsy shop.

Ending the World

By the way, I’ve summoned the Great God Cthulhu and will be sending him on a tour of destruction around the world.  He’ll start in Washington DC sometime soon.  No, really.  Watch this blog for future updates.

Be afraid.  Be very afraid.

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