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upkeep

So the blog suffered a bit when I upgraded wordpress, but it should be back to normal now. Let me know if it isn’t.

orenburg

So y’all remember this right? Remember the growling when suddenly I stopped being able to make forward progress?

timeout

See that? That is the moment when I realized I was actually knitting backwards. I kept ripping and knitting and somehow I was making enough mistakes that the ripping was more than the knitting. So I talked to my friend Linda and she gave me permission to give up on it.

new potential

So I did.

haruha

And now I have this (this picture is a bit old, I’ll show you how far I’ve gotten tomorrow. Much progress has been made.)

Actually, that picture makes me pretty excited about how much progress I’ve made. Yesterday kinda sucked. I toasted my linux partition on my work computer and if I’d known better, just had that little more experience, I could have saved it. But instead I made it worse. My linux guru friend came over after his work day was over and spent a little while showing me what I should have done, backing up as much of my files as we could save and getting me started on the reinstall. New thing I learned? Don’t do kernel updates unless you absolutely must and when you do, make sure you know how to boot from the grub command line and how to edit the grub.conf file. Thankfully the W1ndows partition (it has other people’s work on it) was safe. Oh and make sure you have a boot disk. Oh and if you decide to make banana nut bread, make sure you have eggs first.

lost & found & finished

I didn’t mean to ignore the blog for a week then have a huge post, but here it is. I intend to do better.

So you know how sometimes when you lose something and you look and look and look for it and it only turns up after you stop looking? or after a deadline has passed? or after you’ve bought a replacement? Well, maybe most of you have perfectly clean homes and are perfectly organized, but it happens to me all the time. I really need to be more organized, because it really does happen more often than it should in our home.

The latest occurance was this sock:

lonely sock

I KNEW I had finished both of them, but I couldn’t find the other sock. I looked for months. Then today I grabbed the purse (market bag) that I’m going to take with me tomorrow and guess what was in it??? The other sock!

sock pair

Big pair of socks for a big pair of feet. I wish I had found it before winter was over.

But I have something much better to share. I reblocked the Branching Out scarf.

Here it is after I blocked it the first time:

first blocking

I don’t know if y’all can see it, but there’s a crease in it! And I hated how the edges looked.
new blocking

So I tried again. (Please ignore the wrinkled sheet. The sheet was clean, just… wasn’t put away very quickly.)

scarf

This is how it looks now. (Don’t tell me if you don’t see any differences, ok?) I’m so enamored with it, here it is with the light behind it.

windowscarf

Details: It ended up being 3″ across, 62″ long. It was made with I have no idea how much two ply handspun. The pattern can be found here, on knitty. It was knit on 2.25mm needles.

I’m still knitting the orenburg style scarf and I’ve started thinking about the next one. I had planned on showing the efforts, but I think I’ll save that ’til next week since this post already feels really long.

I’m super excited about tomorrow. I only make it to this one Sheep and Wool Festival, so I’ve been looking forward to this for a year. I’m glad this year it won’t be muddy and raining.

Heh. I put on Charlotte’s Web to have it on while I was playing on the internet and posting this and I just got to the part where Charlotte dies. I’m all teary eyed now. It’s such a sad sweet story. I actually put it in because of Franklin’s post in honor of National Teacher’s Day. I’ll admit something. I read a lot and I’ve read many many classic children’s stories, but I’ve never read Charlotte’s Web. I plan on reading it to my kids one day, but somehow, I missed reading it myself.

Now I’m going to spin a bit before I finish getting ready for tomorrow. Gnite.

advice please

So lately in the car, I’ve been knitting on this. I don’t knit while I’m driving obviously, but while I’m waiting on Bear or just filling time. Recently, however, I’m started to think it looks rather frumpy. I’ve become very unhappy with the look of the car knitting. So now I’m asking for advice on what to do.

car knitting

I stretched it out so that I could get a better idea of what it’ll look like after it’s washed and blocked. It does look better, but how much better does it look? Worth continuing? Wanna see what I was thinking about doing instead? I have to warn you, it’s very tempting. It makes me want to rip this out faster than a puppy left alone in a house rips up a couch.

Stretched out

This is what I was considering knitting next. Obviously I would put the boarder on both sides. I think it’s pretty. preeetttyy. Can you hear it calling? I’ve been hearing it calling since I bought the book it comes in. Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting by Marianne Kurzel. I bought the First Book too. I love them both, but the Second Book is even more exciting to me.

Possible project

Here’s a really bad edit of what it’ll look like. I’m not terribly good with the image editing software. But can you imagine it? Can you hear it too now? *sighs* It only sounds louder to me now. So really, I’d love love love some advice. I can always knit this when the orenburg style scarf is done, but is that scarf worth finishing? I don’t want to finish it if I’m going to feel like it’s so unattractive I can’t even send it off to the little nieces afterwards. For some reason I seem to have no perspective on it though. It was gorgeous before and now I think it looks terrible.

Bad edit

And to tempt me even further, the mailman dropped off the April fiber from the Spunky Eclectic Club. preeetttyy.

oooh. Pretty

Signs of Spring

I came home on Wednesday to see this:

signs of spring

It really does look like spring is finally here in the Bear house. The wool from the Spunky Club is so bright it catches your eye. I haven’t put it away, even though I doubt I’ll get to spinning it for just a little longer yet. I also finally decided to sign up for an Interweave Knits subscription and I thought it rather fitting that both the wool (superwash merino and sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo soft I cannot even tell you) and the magazine got here on the same day.

The first thing I did with Dandy Lion (that’s what the colorway for this month is called) was take it out of it’s plastic baggie and roll it into a wheel. I’ve wanted to do this with some wool ever since I started spinning, but I’ve only spun solid colors, so there hasn’t been much of a point.

Dandy Lion wheel

The colors aren’t quite right in the picture. I took around 20 pictures trying to get the green to appear as acidic and for the yellow to look as bright as they do in person, but neither was working. This is the best representation I could manage. I also wish I could explain to you how incredibly soft this yarn is. Think clouds and baby’s skin and kitten’s fur. I honestly cannot wait to spin it up, but at the same time, I don’t want to touch it, because I’m worried it’ll never look as good. But I promise, as soon as I’m done with the red merino (I’m no longer convinced it’s even remotely related to superwash) I’ll be champing at the bit to spin this up.

The rest of the week didn’t go as well. I know every’s had in their life something they got super excited about only to have it fall through or fizzle out or not live up to their expectations. So it’s no surprise that this happened in work and knitting for me this week. The problem has been my attitude towards the disappointment. I’ve kinda been pulling the blanket over my head and avoiding the issue. I hadn’t even realized that’s what I was doing until today. But let me back up and tell you about the knitting project.

It has to do with the Branching Out scarf I’ve been working on. I finished knitting it as I said I would

Finished Branching Out

I have absolutely no information about the yarn. It’s handspun with an American Wool blend, spun from top bought at Woodland Woolworks. I spun and spun and spun this yarn. I started off with a pound and I think I’ve finally finished off a few ounces of it. I have yards and yards of lace weight 2 ply. This was made from a portion of that. After knitting, as you can see, it’s around 38 inches long.

Soaking Branching Out

Then I gave it a soak.

Pinned Branching Out

Then I pinned it out. The last picture is deliberately obscure. I don’t have a good blocking surface. I have a roll of stuff that’s supposed to line wire shelves, that’s probably about 1/4 inch thick and as long as my ironing board, so I thought, hey, I’ll just use the ironing board since it has the nice lines on it already. Let me tell you, ironing boards do not make good blocking surfaces. The fabric bunches under the stress of trying to pin the wool out. There’s hardly any padding under the fabric either. It would have been ok though if it hadn’t bunched up. I couldn’t get a consistent width on the scarf. The worst part though? It’s not long enough. The scarf was only around 38 inches unblocked. I had no idea it’d grow like that. I’m not showing any pictures of the final product. It isn’t pretty and I’m not happy with it. I can see where it will be pretty though.

Today though is where I realized I’d been behaving like a child. I’d left the scarf pinned out for far longer than it needed to be. It had dried pretty fast. But it wasn’t until tonight that I realized I was putting off unpinning it. I was putting off writing this blog entry. I was avoiding the whole mess because I didn’t know what to do.

Now I do. Now I go to Home Depot tomorrow and try to find a decent blocking surface and some wire to use. At least the blocking surface. I can keep using the pins. Can you imagine though, it took around 70 pins??