Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The mania of cast-on

It's possible that I AM going to have to look at set days for posting if I'm going to stick to the twice a week goal.  Time goes too fast!  But not yet.  For now, I will remain with my personal fave - randomness. 

I really enjoyed the Ravellenic Games, especially the Cast-on event.  Now that's some fun, especially for the easily distracted.  You cast on,  knit 33% of an item...and set it aside and cast on a new thing.  I basically went until I began running out of needle options.  I got a total (I think) of 24 medals in the 'games' (ha!  more than Mr. Phelps, AND I did not have to get wet!), although not all were in the Cast-on Trap Shoot.  Fortunately.  I now have a LOT of WIPS to complete!  I did some smaller projects, such as the leftover sock yarn mitts, and some larger ones, like the (hand dyed by moi) garter stitch scarf. 

 And we got to see that the Baby Bowl indeed works beautifully.  DD wanted one for use as a photo prop, and it turned out to be really cute.  This is not our upcoming Bebe, but rather a quite handsome model, posing quite contentedly in the cocoon.  Look how precious the tiny backlit toes are! 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Being Crafty

After determining that the quite awesomely pink micro-suede fabric I had stashed was indeed washer/dryer safe, I made two little blankies for Bebe.  One is DD's chosen focus fabric, the white and  black damask with Minky, and the other is the suede with Minky.   Pinky Minky.
I made myself a very cool shawl - the Afternoon Tea pattern from a recent Knitty - using stash yarn.  I called my version of this shawl 'Green Tea' and I like it quite a lot. 

And I dyed some yarn, aiming more for kettledyes that I can use in shawls.  Because I've discovered the zenlike wonders of garterstitch shawls.  Purling seems to be unhappy making for the carpals, so garter stitch is quite pleasing. Meditative, too.  And relaxing.

Additionally, I discovered the Yarn Blossom.  I love Yarn Blossoms. I'm not 100% sure I can break up that pairing to skein the orangey-canteloupey yarn.
Did an overdye of a yarn that had been dyed in short color sequences.  I like how this one came out - nice, subtle color changes and lots of gentle but deep shades.

It reminds me of the lilies that were in bloom last week, those crazy ones that have leaves only in the spring, and then in late summer or early fall send up a stalk with multiple blooms and nary a leaf in sight.

And this one that I call Aztec.  You know the lore - the golden treasures and all that.  These colors make me happy.  I want to make a shawlette using this yarn.  I haven't selected a pattern yet.  Getting there is half the fun, of course. 


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Random Knitting

Knitters who have blogs usually talk about their knitting.  I have not been keeping this fine tradtion going.  Not that I'm not knitting.  Just that I tend not to blog about it.
So I shall.  Here we have a wee shrug for the upcoming Bebe.  It seems big for a newborn size, but seriously, she isn't going to be wearing it for a couple of months, so it should all be good.

Then, after a huge time off, I dyed some stuff, and it's all for ME.  Yes.  Selfish.  Ask me if I care. 
And if you are on Ravelry, you can get fine virtual medals featuring a cute Boston face.  I think I have about a dozen so far.  I've not been keeping track, but I have a lot of them, and I haven't had to eat anything from Subway.

(I made a promise to myself that I'd post at least twice a week for the remainder of this year.  We'll see how it goes.  But I want you to be aware that I promised nothing regarding the literary merit of any post, nor the quality.)