Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The last knitting (for awhile...)

I finished up two more scarflettes that I think are pretty cool and have helped chip away at the good old Christmas list. The buttons make them (from Harts fabric on Seabright), which is fortunate as my knitting skills are still fairly primordial. They are really quick and people seem to like them. One was specially requested for working in the lab so there wouldn't be a long scarf tail causing safety and contamination concerns.

I am taking a brief respite from the knitting for an indeterminate period of time.
1) AGU is quick approaching, and all my brainpower should be channeled towards the scientific.
2) I have tried several new things the past couple days that didn't go so well. (knitting in the round on dpns, the long coveted Elizabeth Zimmerman baby surprise jacket, etc...)
3) The Christmas list looms, and I am far better at crocheting.
4) My hording tendencies kick into turbo power with new hobbies that require more instruments. I need not to spend money right now, and additionally have been served one too many crushing ebay losses at the last second on that perfect lot of old used knitting needles of recent. You know... the kind that makes you wonder just who these bastards are, how they can type so much faster than you, and finally if they run as fast as they type when faced with bitter bidders armed with pointy sticks.

Friday, November 23, 2007

More knitting?

I'm an avid crocheter, I have always had trouble with knitting, and for the most part avoid it at all costs. There are a few things that are best knitted however, you know, like SOCKS... The other is the ball band dishcloth from Mason Dixon Knitting. I have always coveted the three dimensional stitch pattern, and finally made one. This one is longer and I crocheted a top with which to affix it to handled appliances.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

f(x) post contest

One of these days here I'm going to have a fun contest promising goodies to a lucky comment leaver... until then, check out Grammieknits.

Monday, November 19, 2007


I love variegated yarns, but the color changes are almost never long enough to look good in crochet. Alas and alack, I have been forced to knit. This is for a friend, a really short scarflette in Rio de la Plata wool multi. There are 5 rows of garter stitch, 10 of moss stitch, repeat. The buttons shove through without any intentionally crafted holes...
Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hand Embroidered Patch Swap IV

This is the last patch... my favorite flower!
(Sorry, the picture's kind of crummy.)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hand Embroidered Patch Swap III

It may be common knowledge that I am a dork. It may not be common knowledge that on my list of dorky attributes, a long time love of Dr. Who ranks fairly high. This being said, I jumped at the chance to incorporate my infatuation with daleks into this patch.
This seemingly nice fellow called Alden Bates posted a schematic of his interpretation of dalek innards and I couldn't help myself. Line drawings are so perfect for embroidery. I left off the labels so you'll have to refer to the original for reference.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Crochet Lace Coasters

I finished these coasters a few weeks ago (set of 4) but have been exercising great self restraint to not post before I could gift them. They match Christie's kitchen and will be traveling to S. Africa at some point in the not too distant future. The pattern is from one of my favorite Japanese Crochet books "Classic Crochet Lace." The thread these were made of have already been to China and back, then Houston TX, and now to S. Africa! Crazy!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Hand Embroidered Patch Swap II

Patch 2 of 4 for the patch swap. The theme for this one was "rockabilly." I'm not sure what that means, and this might be more billy than rock, but I thought it turned out OK. It's based on a drawing by Mitch O'Connell. Sublime Stitching has a new set of transfers based on his work that are really nice, but I liked this one a little better (plus she's wearing a shirt.)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Hand Embroidered Patch Swap I

I haven't done a swap for quite awhile, and frankly have backed off the Crackster since getting my Ravelry invite. But, I signed up for this Hand Embroidered Patch Swap on the Craftster.

I will be making 4 patches by November 27. My first assignment/challenge was to make something 70's mod themed... After much thought, here's what I came up with:
Next up... "Rockabilly". (No, I don't really know what that would be officially. I have an idea, but it could be very hit or miss.)