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Snowy Strawberries

So last night I was good. We shopped, put away the groceries. Then I baked cookies (same as the ones here). I burned them just the tiniest bit. I also worked on the strawberry mittens and this morning I took pictures.

Here’s the first mitten (again). Please direct your attention to the color of the thumb. Notice how the top of the mitten and the thumb are the same color? (Strangely my spellcheck is not American. It wants to change color to colour. Which would be fine, but I know I don’t say colour. *sighs*)

Notice something else?? It’s snow!!! It’s the first snow of the season!

But yes, so, the reason I wasn’t wearing this mittens to keep my hands warm from the cold?

Yes. The thumb on the second mitten isn’t done. It’s very sad.

This is why. See the color of the yarn?

It doesn’t match the end of the yarn from the top of the mitten.

Not only does it not match the working end of the yarn, that color doesn’t occur again in the ball of yarn. Not only that, but it hardly appeared in the yarn at all. There’s only a very thin strip on the mitten where the yarn is 2 plies of very very pale pink and 1 ply of very very pale green. It’s very pretty, but it’s screwing up my mitten.

So I stopped knitting. Because I am stumped. I think though, in the interest of having warm mittens, and since I’ll be the one wearing them, that I’ll just knit the thumb and it just won’t match. I welcome any better ideas though.

The conversation when I went back into the house this morning, to drop the camera after taking the pictures:

ME: Holy crap, it’s snowing!

BEAR: It isn’t snowing?

ME: It is snowing.

BEAR: Holy crap it’s snowing?

ME: Yes!

BEAR: It’s snowing! Holy crap!

ME: Yes…

BEAR: It’s snowing holy crap?

ME: …yes. yes, it is.

*ME tackles BEAR*

He got plenty sleep last night…

more mittens

So I survived hell week. Midterm and presentation plus homeworks for both classes and research in one week was rather crazy making. Maybe for some people presentations aren’t a big deal. I’m shy and have stage fright. It’s not a fun combination.

I kept knitting though.

I know. This looks like nothing. There was more knitting. But I’ve spent the last two hours trying to take pictures of the other thing. It isn’t freaking happening. I’ll post again tomorrow. I actually had something to say about the other thing. *sighs* Stupid thing.

Road to Hell

I had these really great intentions of posting about my adventures. I had those intentions last week, last weekend, and then today. But the little sleep and busy day have exhausted me and Bear is snoring like… a bear? which is making me even more tired. So instead:

I knit that fingerless mitten this weekend. My first fingerless mitten, hopefully to be soon one of a pair. It looks like ass in this picture, but it’s gorgeous. The change from almost pure pink at the bottom to almost pure green up top is so cute. And I didn’t even do it on purpose. The other mitten will not look nearly as cute now, but I don’t care.

They were knit completely without a pattern with US3 needles during the weekend when I really really really needed to stop working on my homework. All I know is I cast on 55 sts, knit a bit, decreased a bit, increased for thumb, put thumb stitches on waste yarn, knit ’round some more, bound off, put thumb stitches back on needles, picked up 4 sts between thumb and hand tube, knit ’round some more, bound off. And I had a pretty mitten. Cool huh?

strawberry fields forever

So on Saturday I spent the morning playing with my camera taking pictures of the strawberry fields skein that I had spent Friday evening washing and beating and hanging up to dry. I took somewhere near 60 pictures trying to get the colors right and to make the yarn look… well pretty. I wanted to make some yarn porn. I turn green with envy when I notice the gorgeous pictures on other knitting blogs (I think Cara is probably most well known for the gorgeous pictures of yarn, but have you seen Brooklyn Tweed? Or Knitting on Impulse? There are a ton more, but I just grabbed from the top of Google Reader.)

Then Saturday sometime during the day, before I managed to actually post those pictures like I had been planning, I fell into some weird funk. My energy disappeared, my mood soured. Instead of feeling like puttering around the house the way I had planned, I kinda curled up into myself. I only came out around midday today. It was pretty pathetic and Bear was at a loss. But I’m back out of it, mostly, so I thought I’d actually share the pretty yarn efforts. Tell me what you think.

Meh. I started off not so great huh?

Hmm. Colors look better, at least on my screen, but still, not so good.

Mmmm. I do like this picture. Colors are still washed out a bit, but I still love this picture.

This, however, is my favorite. I love the colors in this yarn. In some places it’s a little Christmas-y, but there seems to be every shade of green from mint to celadon to grass to avocado. And it sets of all the pinks and reds. In some places it clashes it a bit and in other’s it compliments.

Probably at least part of the reason I love it is technical. It’s 220 yards of 15 wpi yarn: probably the best 3ply I’ve done to date. And some info, (not that this hasn’t been on the blog before) the fiber is 4oz of Correidale from Spunky Eclectic Fiber of the Month Club. Dyed in a color combination she calls Strawberry Fields.