Sunday, September 25, 2011

Elmer Fudd Nugget

In furtherance of my goal to insert adorable knits into the offices of curmudgeonly manly men at work, I present "nugget with tiny shotgun."  Lovingly crafted out of wool yarn dyed to hunter safe blaze orange, this little guy is the most militant member of my endearing junta to date.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Spinning for Charity

Every year at work there is an e-bay style auction on the intranet to raise money for the United Way.  People are encouraged to get creative and donate unique goods and services, so I spun some yarn.  

This is 75% superwash merino/ 25% nylon bare stroll roving from knitpicks.  In the end there are 260 yards with a wpi of 10 (yes, I checked!!).  I was going for a tiger theme (one of our company's mascots), which is also fitting for fall crafting.  The original pre spinning dye-job looked like cat vomit and I was so tragically disheartened I almost chucked it.  Luckily, it is nicer spun up and I dyed it again post ply so there will be stripes of black superimposed over the barberpole striping in the orange sections.  It was kind of a stripes within stripes Inception-y thing.

I hope people appreciate my offering.  In the past I have ended up buying back my donated items.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Black Gold

The problem with knitting bunny nuggets to overthrow my office building in a fuzzy bloodless coup is that people have all kinds of ideas for things that would be cool to knit.  "Knit me an oil rig!"  Hmmm, let me think about that one.  OK, got it.

The base is a recycled chunk of styrofoam from a package I received at some point covered with oddments of yarn for "stratigraphy" in the subsurface and "grass" on top.  I wanted it to be a successful well, so I added some nice black crude at the base, knit from petroleum based acrylic yarn for that added touch of poetic justice.  The derrick is i-cord threaded onto some armature wire with tied on criss-crossing lengths of yarn.  The recipient was quite pleased.

Saturday, September 3, 2011