Monday, September 29, 2008

PhD socks

These socks have been finished, but embargoed for release until I got my act together and mailed them to the recipient. She finished her PhD in geology at OSU, so obviously I had to knit some scarlet and gray socks. I imagine she will wear them while checking the football scores from her new office in Auckland, NZ.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mystery Bunny

A multiple choice question for the new quarter...
Why does this bunny lack face?

1.) She has shamed her family by not triumphing over her rivals in a hip-hop krump-off.
2.) It is wearing her dress backwards, do you have a face on the back of your head?
3.) This bunny is part of a new charity program "Bunnies for the Amish" and their toys cannot have faces for religious reasons.
4.) My apartment is so messy I can't find my embroidery floss.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Knitting Lace?

Wait a minute! Isn't this something I said I would never do? Didn't I try it before and almost poke my eyes out from the sheer fiddly-ness and frustration? Well, it turns out anything really is better than writing.

(Don't worry, I'm trying to squeeze in some of the other too.)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Giant Pumpkins

The giant pumpkins have always been one of my favorite fair attractions. Glad they made it to Watsonville.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fiber Arts at the Fair

Here's the display (one of 2.5 tables) of knitting and crocheting at the fair. My scarf, actually displayed nicely, can be seen running the front edge of the table. That's pretty cool!

Unfortunately, you really can't see most of the other items because they are all balled up under plastic. Very odd, and a tad disappointing. There was plenty of room in the building, I wonder why these entries were given the short straw. Hundreds of identical muffins and slices of cake were given plenty of elbow room, but you can't unfold a sweater so we can see the sleeves?

Friday, September 12, 2008

Sock Blockers at the Fair

I have been waiting to post a picture of my sock blockers on display at the fair, thinking they would be hanging up next to a chest of drawers or somehow else incorporated into a neat display. Alas, I have overestimated the Santa Cruz County fair.

Here are the sock blockers, stacked and rubber banded together practically hidden at the back of a table. You only see one of the designs, the actual sock is down in the stack, so how would anybody even guess what the heck they were for. I was kind of disappointed. The fiber arts display wasn't much better. I'll post that tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008


I dyed this yarn on a whim Sunday night with strawberry and grape kool ade. The pinky tones are flamingo-y and the grape speaks for itself. Flamingrape.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Socks for Me!

Craftily speaking, I'm now working fully on Christmas projects, so most of my finished objects are going to be embargoed from here on out. But there are a few things either for me or people who don't check my bliggety blog that I can leak.
This is the first pair of socks I'm making for myself. I started once before at a much tighter gauge (#0's) and wasn't sure I liked the yarn. But this incarnation on # 3's is delightfully stripey. So far it's a tad big, but I'm hoping for some shrinkage in the wash. Maybe I can get them done in time for job interviews...
PS (Turns out, it's kind of tricky to take a picture of one's own foot.)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tasty Packets

I haven't posted for awhile, I'm working on a few bigger projects right now (including the whole finishing grad school one). Just to tide everybody over, I thought I'd pull an Oprah and highlight one of my favorite things right now. It is these fancy french jelly tubes they have at the the Buttery. They have them setting out in a dainty little crock for you to presumably take one for dressing your brioche before consumption. Unfortunately, my primal instincts kick in and I must grab a handful every time. The cargo pants come in very handy for this type of mission. Once I found a packet in my pocket when I pulled them out of the wash. The jelly had not leaked, and was still quite tasty. A+