“Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.”
Today I’m going to talk about two of the three yarns I’m using for the “H” in the “You Are Chosen” yarn square. These are yarns which I’m holding together and knitting in garter stitch, and all three of them together match the gauge of the Lion Brand Jiffy I’m using for the background. Both of these yarns have come from my stash, and both were sitting around for a long time, waiting for an appropriate project. They were both picked up ‘on spec’, because they were cheap and intriguing. Other than that, they don’t have much in common.
I picked up this ball of Lion Brand Trellis long enough ago that I can’t recall which chain store I bought it from, probably before I joined Ravelry even. I remember that it was a good sale, and I grabbed a couple of yarns just because they were really cheap. I chose this one because of the ‘shiny’. It’s pretty, but to be honest it’s not really something I’m likely to wear. So I’ve used it here and there for a bit of trim on something, and the only issue I’ve had with it is that my needle occasionally catches in the ladder. Not a show stopper by any stretch of the imagination, but it slows knitting down just a tad. I picked it for this project because I wanted to add a little bit of ‘bling’ to the letter, and am happy with it. I expect there will be enough left over that I’ll keep using it for contrast. I wouldn’t mind picking up another ball sometime, but only if I had a specific project for it.
This is a bit of mystery yarn I got about two years ago at a church fundraiser. I was looking for something to round out my days buying (I’d gotten an adorable handbag, but thought I should contribute a little bit more), and didn’t find anything I really wanted. It seemed like a nice, innocuous half ball of some unknown yarn. I thought the nice, quiet gray would work well in something, and it was soft, and fuzzy, and pleasant enough. I took it home and did a little bit of research on how to identify “mystery yarn”. I thought (and think) that it is probably an animal fiber, but really didn’t want to chance the ‘burn test’ if it might be synthetic. I mean, I’ve smelled burnt plastic before, I don’t have to do that again. So I put it aside, I figured I’d get to it eventually. Finally, I picked it up to try a swatch… and found that it had been cut into little lengths. As in a large part of the ball had been cut into snippets of less than a foot. Pretty useless, really. But I didn’t want to trash it, so I just tossed it back into the stash bin. I pulled it out for this project thinking that it will be a small enough bit of work I can stand joining yarn every few rows for just a while. I figured that sooner or later I’d get to the end of the chopped up portion, so I pulled out lengths and wrapped them together. Now I’m down to the actually ‘balled’ portion of the yarn, and, although there is nothing else wrong with this yarn I’m just hoping I’ll use it all up in this project.
Blog Contest News
I’ve entered a drawing for a mystery prize from Royal by Grace (deadline April 1) and Dolce Handknits from Knit a While (deadline April 2). I did not win the Knit 1 Blog 1 sock yarn.
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The square is coming along very nicely. I really like how the ‘grain’ of the stockinette background is contrasting with that of the garter stitch H. I think the seed stitch border highlights the effect rather than confuses it. In other words, working just as planned:
According to my WordPress stats, people are finding my blog through web searches for “Beholder Hat”. This would be wonderful if I had a pattern for “Beholder Hat, but I don’t.(much as the idea tempts me). So here are some close matches that I’ve found – Shoulder Beholder (from the Anti-Craft). The Eyeballs Beanie is being sold by Candypop Creations. The Brain Slug Baby Hat and From the Brain-Slug Planet. One could probably pick and choose parts of these various patterns and cobble something together… Again, I’m sorely tempted, but I’d better knit a conventional hat for DH before I start work on one of these…
In other blogs, Vegan Craftastic has another great giveaway, this one for vegan toiletries and perfumes (deadline March 23). There are also two charitable knitting posts I’d like to direct you to. There’s a raffle to benefit Sue Nelson’s cancer treatment (from XRX, the parent company of Knitters Magazine), and PDX Knitterati is donating the gross (not the net, the gross) from online sales of her Pacific Shawl.
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I spent nearly all of today in a hospital waiting room. Long story, and not necessarily interesting, but it ended well. During the long periods of boredom and concern I got a lot of knitting done. Here’s the current state of the “H” square:
I’d try to come up with something clever and insightful to say, but I’m just too tired. Instead, I’ll point you to this article my mom sent me first thing this morning – Combat Knitting in Kandahar. I found it both bittersweet and interesting. It reminds me of No Idle Hands, Anne Macdonald’s fabulous social history in America, which first introduced me to the connections between knitting and warfare. I’d be interested to hear what any of you think about it.
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I doubt anyone would be surprised to learn that the time change has not left me feeling invigorated and ready to face the upcoming season. Even the cats were laid back this morning, rather than coming in to wake me up at 6:30, Comet jumped on the bed and curled up between the DH (Darling Hubby) and I. I’d be more encouraged if they hadn’t recognized weekends before. We’ll see how tomorrow goes.
No actual blog contests this time, but Sweet & Savory Trinkets is running a raffle fundraiser for Japanese emergency relief, through Global Giving.
In crafting news, I frogged the square back again. I decided that I’d cast on more stitches rather than planning to block acrylic to size (um… yeah). This gave me the opportunity to resize the H again, I think 8″ square on a 12″ field pretty much dominates the thing.
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It has nothing to do with the theme and scope of this blog, but I feel compelled to say how concerned I am about the earthquakes and tsunami’s in Japan, and those tsunami’s soon to come. We’ll be hearing about this for a while.
Having said that, I’m going to switch back to knitting and crafts and your regular blog content. Knit Steve has just posted pictures of the second installment of his frog trilogy, which is adorable.
I did size up the “H” on the square, but haven’t gotten very far on that. I took the tea cozy to the waiting room and, as expected, got a lot done.
I’ve just about reached the decrease rows, and have to decide whether to decrease the angle or keep the pattern as written. Have frogged back several times trying different angles. It’s a beautiful teapot, but the cozy might end up with a sort of a funny shape, because of the way the top (in particular, the top knob) is made.
Wrapping up with blog contests. I entered a Kama Suutra yarn giveaway at Phat Fiber. I liked Three Fates Yarn’s Facebook Page for that giveaway. Did not enter the Red Heart 75 Days of Giveaways because I don’t want the grand prize (75 skeins of super saver? Really?) but the daily prizes actually don’t sound bad. Last, but certainly not least, I entered the Grand Opening giveaway at restless prarie farm. (this last one might be just past the deadline by the time this post is uploaded).
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First of all, I’d like to thank Sunsetseasanity (of the artismysanity blog) for the advice on the camera. I had to play around with it (and turn off the ‘idiot proof settings’) but I think I can find the right light level now. Next step will be to replace my tripod (lost with the last camera).
Here’s the beginning of the square for the Chosen One project. I’m using this to knit down stash, so it’s a hodgepodge of yarns. I’ve got some old Lion Jiffy for the square, a little Cascade 220, Lion Trellis and some ‘mystery yarn’ held together for the letter. I’m working a garter stitch border around the square, and a moss stitch border around the letter. I’m knitting across the letter rather than bottom to top, so that I won’t have to break the yarn for the multiple parts of the H. We’ll see if I’ve overcomplicated things, but so far, so good. I’m half tempted to frog back and make the letter a bit bigger. I’d better think on it a bit and keep working on something else in the meantime. I expect to be spending a chunk of time in a waiting room today, so I should get a fair amount done.
Current WIPS include the mini wrist warmers, the tea cozy and a cat bed made from recycled plastic bags. The tea cozy is the most portable, so that’s probably what I’ll take with me.
Speaking of the Chosen One project, I just realized that I’d never posted the link to the KnitNotWar 10o0 project. Check out the installation, it’s lovely. My ten were all tan and brown.
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