Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Santa brought me a kit from Knitpicks, the East Meets West Satchel. Along with the weighty tome they refer to as a pattern, comes a veritable Mount Everest of yarn. I am at once thrilled, concerned, and inspired...
Saturday, December 19, 2009
This year I self-gifted a marginal necessity, the Amazon Kindle. (OK, it was mostly the result of peer pressure from my Mom and brother...)
I realized last night that my inaugural Kindle flight would be risky without something to keep away the scratches. I have it on good authority that an official kindle cover will be waiting under the tree, but obviously, I had to fly to get TO the tree. What a conundrum.
The result is a surprisingly satisfying, quickly knitted tube sweater (with a hole in the bottom for the charging cord). Yea!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
What you see in front of you is the octopus from last week, felted fail hat, and passable baby hat with felted starburst ornamentation. The fail doesn't look quite as ridiculous in this photo, but I assure you it's still too itchy for baby head applications. Now I have an x-mas present for my Mom's cat.
The passable hat is made of a new yarn I found at Yarns 2 Ewe, Plymouth Yarn Baby Boutique. It's very soft and touchable, but unfortunately, like almost every other microfiber yarn I've worked with it is splitty beyond imagination.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Or whatever time it happens to be where you are! Based on my ravelry statistics, this guy makes octopus number 9. I finally perfected the mantle to tentacle grafting, and I think this might be the best one yet. The yarn is Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool that I colored with Jaquard acid dye. He's going to a baby and I made a matching hat that did not turn out so well. I need to do some thinking about that one... maybe socks instead?
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I recently received a surprise gift in the mail from a friend who made me a necklace. It was quite nice and reminded me of a time when I made jewelry myself...
Fast forward to last night, the madness has begun. Sitting on my sofa surrounded by beads flying in the air and wee tiny pliers crimping everything in sight. The first few attempts were awful. I will be "frogging" them and using the beads for decidedly more tasteful objects in the future.
But this one, this one I like. It has an ammonite pendant I purchased for cheap on the ebay, and is strung with chips of smokey quartz and beads. (The strand is curled up here, it's actually about 52 cm in length.)
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Really, there is almost certainly something in the water out here. My baby knitting continues with this simple crocheted blanket in Lion Brand Recycled Cotton. It turned out almost too heavy, I guess they could use it as a rug...
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I have a weird relationship with swatching. I will swatch for something small like a hat, but then when it comes to a sweater, I really have to force myself. I am starting the Cambridge Jacket by Ann Budd in hopes that I can finish in time for x-mas. If not, my brother shall remain huddled and chilly. Since he lives in Cambridge, I think there is good potential for some geographically specific and mystical hyperwarm action.
I swatched once with the exact specifications of the pattern, #9 needles with Cascade 220 superwash. What should have been 19.5 x 27 came out to be 18 x 22.
OK, my gauge is off.
Crap! Does that mean I have to re-swatch? Yes, yes it does. I got closer with #7 needles, so the knitting has commenced. Only time will tell if the fruits of my labor are ripe.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I found that knitting a pink baby blanket was just a touch too saccharine for me, so I finished it up while watching Full Metal Jacket.
"These are my needles, there are many others like them, but these are mine..."
The blanket making continues as I appear to have befriended a growing crowd of fertile Myrtles. These larger scale projects contribute to the infrequent posting. The other main culprit is a full time job that I enjoy and don't feel compelled to escape in my off hours with copious yarn-work.
The Christmas knitting plans are limited, but still I have feasibility concerns. I only have to knit some knee-warmers for my Uncle Sonny, and a sweater for my brother. I have never actually knit either item, so I am unsure of the time involved.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
The pattern looks quite suggestive and isn't really recognizable as a friendly marine autotroph. Attempt number two will involve a centric form with a honeycomb network of cables inside the circle.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
But this weekend marks the beginning of a brand new knitting group, made especially for all of us geologists in Houston! (and anybody else that wants to come...) It will be held on a recurring basis, every Sunday at high noon at Waldo's coffee shop in the Heights. (1030 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77246) Check out Waldo's on Yelp.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Find it at 9889 Bellaire Blvd.
Houston, TX 77036
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I am a lonely knitter. I really had a great time meeting new people in Santa Cruz through the good old craftiness and figured I could do the same in the Lone Star State. Alas, the schedule of a miserable grad student is far more flexible than that of a content corporate shill. I love my new job to pieces, but I get tired by the end of the day. When I get up and hit the road at 6AM, I don't have enough steam left to find and enjoy a 6pm knitting group. All of the ones I have found so far in Houston are on weeknights. Perhaps when I get more settled I could start my own weekend group, but for now, I knit alone. This current project is a blanket with a very simple lace pattern that I can chip away at for an hour or so a night.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I think it's ugly and am frankly embarrassed to turn it in, but it would look worse to flake. I should have crocheted a baby blanket as per my first instinct. Oh well, at least my official performance reviews will be based on the geology, not the extracurricular knitting.
On a completely unrelated note, I have decided I need to work on devising a new pattern over the weekend. This time we're going siliceous and let's just say it is bound to be totally rad.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Yeah, that's right, I'm going to do some more felting. I have my own washer and dryer IN my APARTMENT. NO QUARTERS NEEDED. These will be added to a project I'm making for the United Way Silent Auction at work. I originally said I could make a baby blanket, but had to scale back a bit as the deadline is next week.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I get there, no utilities are connected. OK, that one was partially my fault. I've never moved into a house or apartment where they had been completely disconnected and thought the accounts would just be transferred to my name. As it turns out, the electric companies in Houston don't want to turn your power on unless you have a TX driver's license. I had to spend a few nights in a motel, it being waaaay too uncomfortable without AC. Bev helped me deal with them and within a few days I had electricity and moved in.
I got furniture, tons of crap at IKEA, and set out to begin remedying all of the shortcomings of the house that were only made apparent after the previous tenants moved out. Yes, they apparently had a fancy toilet seat and took that with them, along with one of the bedroom AC window units. They left me several things though, including fleas, garbage, yard waste, laundry in the dryer, and the lovely little mosquito colony pictured below that also contains dog waste, rotting plant material and what was either a dead animal or a highly degraded stuffed toy. Sweet.
I was dismayed, but charging ahead, getting cable/internet/phone set up, buying groceries, a lawnmower, garden tools, and a britta filter for the tap because what came out was orange and chunky. (think Goonies here people.) Finally the gas company showed up Tuesday, and I was totally stoked because the cold showers were becoming increasingly unpleasant. Well, the water heater and gas range were so unsafe they were "red tagged" and the gas could not be legally connected. That was the last straw, and the stress and anxiety due to the fixer-upper were becoming too much. It's not like I bought the stupid place, why should I be responsible for fixing all this stuff?
I have now moved to a fancy apartment building in the Montrose district. The lawnmower was returned and the furniture moved again for me by the very nice folks at The CORT furniture outlet. I now have a refrigerator with ice and water on the door that doesn't smell like spoiled baby formula for monkeys. I have a full sized, clean washer dryer pair IN the apartment, and a DISHWASHER! There is valet trash pickup every night at your door, and I love my stained concrete floors. I don't have a spare bedroom anymore, but I still encourage you to visit. I think I could get a twin bed in the closet.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Edited to add: The free pattern is now available for download at Ravelry.com.
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Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
I'm making a Lizard Ridge blanket for an expected baby girl and wanted it to be washable. Noro isn't washable, but I wanted long colour changes. So here's what I did:
1) Acquire superwash merino worsted from KnitPicks.
2)Transform hanks into balls
3) Knit yarn into flats using my good old knitting machine
4) Dye yarn with Jaquard Acid dyes
I'll post more pictures as I progress.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Then I had several bad ideas.
Bad Idea #1: I would try my hand at painting with dye. This wasn't the fatal error, I had decided I would overdye with red or something and the black would just be for accent.
Bad Idea #2: Microwave for same time and power level as a whole skein of wet yarn. There is now a hole burned through my spider. Poop. What to do?
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Edited to add:
This yarn is a possum/merino blend. Supposedly the possums are "hand plucked" which I assume is some sort of non harmful brushing process. The possums are way cuter than the N. American variety, but are an invasive species introduced ~150 years ago.
After more snooping, it looks like they kill the possums before plucking. I'm not a vegetarian though and have leather shoes, so I'm OK with it. I just didn't want to mislead anybody.
Friday, May 8, 2009
They had some interesting yarns I had never seen before including a large range of products from the Neighborhood Fiber Co, and Aslan Trends. This bright blue silk and some Filatura di Crosa Mohair Kid Extra somehow made it into my bag, so I suppose I'll have to make a scarf.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I'm working on Juno Regina from Knitty and it has been an adventure. The charts for the lacy bits were very difficult to follow. I had to rely heavily on assistance from the Ravelry knit-a-long group and after a few painful rips, finally bothered to add lifelines. I'm about 1/4 way through the long bit in the middle, it's a lovely zen exercise.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Not every member of the delta force works with animals... perhaps they thought they were immune. Not bloody likely. This friendly little soil carbonate nodule is waiting to be crushed and analyzed. Wearing the latest in specimen collection bag chic, he has been working out feverishly to rid himself of those pesky clumpy isotopes. Wouldn't want Katie to find detectable levels... cheeky monkey.