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February 2007
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Fun hosting stuff

My friend and I started up this domain and we just set up a Bulletin Board at http://curious-notions.net/boards

There’s a forum called Knit Wits. Come by and visit. Say hi. Give an opinion, story, thought. I started off with my initial reaction to the magic loop technique.

all seasons

When I woke up this morning, the world looked like this:

snowy morning street

I love living in New England. I used to live in Texas, and while I knew that there were places with snow and falling leaves and beautiful flowers, I’d never realized what it meant to live somewhere where the weather dictated your life. In Texas, we have summer and not summer. We do get flowers at the very beginning of summer (March/April/May), but I have a feeling it’s more the work of man than nature.

sock on fresh snow

I hadn’t realized how much I had missed snowy days like this. My fiance and I have plans to eventually move back south to be closer to our families, but my heart will ache for New England and scenes like the one from this morning every day that I’m gone from here.

sock with handspun

I took this picture on Saturday, and it really makes the pictures from this morning look dark.

It was overcast, but I probably could have fixed it if I hadn’t been in such a hurry. The Bear and I woke up late and it turned out that both of our bosses had emails waiting in our inboxes. Not a great start to a week, especially with a midterm tomorrow (I guess today already).

The sock is cursed. I know it doesn’t look like it. It’s lying there in both pictures so innocently. But it really is. I’ve tried making a sock with that yarn only 5 times before this and every time I’ve had to rip it out and start over. The first two times were because I was trying a top down sock and I’ve realized that I can measure my foot a million times, but just because the measuring tape SAYS 10 inches long from toe to heel and SAYS 9 inches around the ball of my foot, I cannot KNIT a sock that fits those dimensions without trying it on. Nevermind that I seem to misplace one of the two socks for every pair I’ve knit for myself, if they don’t fit when I’m done, then I won’t care about finding them much. The other three times? I don’t know. I don’t like short row heels apparently either. That makes one. I failed miserably on the first attempt at toe up heel flap. Then I thought to try making the toe up Jaywalker to keep me from going insane trying to knit this yarn and somehow I ended up with a very pointed toe and heel. So now I’m on the 6th attempt. You’ll notice the toes are not pointed, much like my actual toes. This pleases me to no end. I’ve only shoved it in Bear’s face about twenty times going, “See? It’s round. Round like my toes. I have a toe!”

The handspun? That’s just a tease. I need something to talk about later!

Now, the just finished hat and scarf for Bear that I am so very very proud of:

bear's hat and scarf

What that picture doesn’t show you is that the scarf is 8 feet long and the hat stretches to fit a 25 inch head that has about 2 inches of very puffy hair at the moment. How a guy makes it into his twenties with a loathing of going to get haircuts is beyond me. Lets see another picture of the scarf:

Bear's scarf

I did something strange to the camera when I was taking this picture, but you can see the cables pretty well. 8. feet. long.

And did you notice that it’s remarkbly similar to my grandmother’s scarf? Why yes, it’s the exact same pattern. So really, I spent months and months and months knitting these cables over and over and over and over… About midway through the black version I could do the cables in the dark. The hat I managed to finish over the span of a week and now I desperately want a hat for myself, but not like that one. I don’t think I could handle doing it again.

One last look:

Second look

The black looks blacker in that picture to me.

I’ve been thinking too about how often I’ll post on here. I’m thinking probably two to three times a week. I’m a grad student with classes and work, so I don’t have much time for daytime pictures. So the weekend pictures will have to get spread out and I just can’t knit and spin fast enough to get enough content for more than two or three posts a week. But I’m looking forward to trying :-)

As soon as I get a picture of the wheel and figure out the macro setting on my camera, I’m doing a post about the spinning.

A new beginning.

My first post. I’ll start this as I mean to go on: with pictures! I love reading blogs that have tons of pictures and information about knitting and spinning, so I’m going to try to provide that. I’m planning on getting married in the fall, so some of that might creep in a bit. Forgive me now please. I’ll try not to let it creep all over.

Grandmother's scarf Now for my first FO. I finished this scarf November ’05, just in time to mail it to my grandmother before Christmas. I don’t have the ball bands for the yarn I used, but it was Jaeger Chamonix. I’m linking to Knitter’s Review because the yarn is discontinued. I scored several balls in that purple/brown color and about ten in the cream. I’ve still got the cream in a bag that I keep under the bed in the guest room (all statsh must fit under the guest bed or my Bear gets a little cranky at the wool that starts to spread all over the house). I still haven’t found anything that would be worthy of the yarn.

In the photo the scarf’s not finished yet. I took that photo in October. It was the first thing I finished after I had knitting and purled all the blue cotton into a very large stockinette swatch. In hindsight I was a bit ambitious to start a cabled scarf (without a cable needle!) when all I had done was a few yards of knitting and purling back and forth, but my grandmother loves it and it has relatively few mistakes.

I started knitting back in August by buying a 7 dollar kit on sale from Target. It came with plastic size seven needles, a DVD that showed casting on, the knit and purl stitches and binding off, and a ball of blue cotton yarn. The DVD wasn’t shot very clearly, so I thought I might google a little to see if I could find a picture that was clear and I found amazing websites. I blame the current madness on the Yarn Harlot’s blog. The Dragon Mittens in particular. I desperately wanted to be able to make Dragon Mittens (not to actually make dragon mittens mind you, but to be able to).

Fast forward a year in which I did much knitting, but had no finished objects and my cousin requests a scarf as well. Unlike with my grandmother’s scarf, I took many pictures of my cousin’s before I mailed it off to her. These pictures were all taken in January of ’06.

scarf on a table scarf with flowers B modeling scarf

The last picture is my good friend, B, being a great sport and modeling the photo for me. It was a simple garter stitch scarf made with Knitpicks Elegance in Wild Rose, Oatmeal, and Coal.

And tomorrow I’ll take some pictures of knitting I did for my very own Bear. And then, spinning, my latest and greatest obsession. I think I’ll ignore the three pairs of socks I made and the lace shawl that I’m beginning to think I’ll never finish. The socks because while each little sock has a mate they must not be amicable because I’ve currently got three little lonely socks in my sock drawer and I cannot, for the life of me, find the pairs. The lace because it just makes me sad that as much as I LOVE looking at lace shawls, I cannot seem to knit them.