Monday, August 30, 2004

A first for me: I hand-dyed wool last night! Discussion and images are at the Knitty Coffeeshop thread about it here.

It was something everyone should try at least once! It was like combining two of my favorite things: painting and yarn-ey stuff. It was hands-on, totally creative, easy, and soooo rewarding. I mean, LOOK at it! :)

Ana and I are pondering what to do with the stuff. I'm actually pondering the possibility of using all of it together in stripes of some sort in one garment. The colors, all created together using the same dyes, are perfect together. Will keep ya'll updated.

Friday, August 27, 2004

It's 3 a.m. I must be lonely... (Matchbox 20, mmmmm.) ------ Ok, there was about a 10 minute pause there while Tinny came by and begged for some pettin's. Can't be lonely with dogs around! :) ------ MJ, you're right, I'm a lucky sister! ------ Zibibibibibo, I had totally forgotten about the FO image; thank you so much for the reminder. I will get a picture of the gauntletted Ana very soon. I would have done it now, but she left the darned things in the car and we're both too lazy to go get them. I think I'll shanghai her camera to her work and snap her in action. ;)

Ever since I started knitting seriously, I have mocked Ana's languishing pile of UFOs and preached the wisdom of limiting your focus. But *gasp,* look at my WIP bar!! It's... growing... uncontrolled... and I'm craving yarn shopping expeditions... WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME?! If you'll excuse me now, Ana is cackling evilly and I must bonk her.

Bina, I promise that a baby garment is going to show up on that WIP bar very, very soon!

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Finished Ana's garter gauntlets yesterday! That was less than a week -- I'm so proud. And, at least until I get bored of the color combinations I can think up with our (now limited) stash, I'm hooked! Nothing keeps me happy like quick rewards. :) I've just started a pair for a friend using all of Ana's odd left-over sock yarns, holding three together at a time. I may (gasp) frog it and start over again, making more of an effort to group similar colors for a more coherent look. I love the way the colors blend. So many possibilities... and ohhh, tomorrow we're going yarn-shopping! Hush, hush... secret pal might be reading! *puts on dark glasses, clears throat, slinks away*

Edit (8/26): I did rip out the sock yarns. I went out and bought more jiffy to match the look of Ana's guantlets exactly, except in blues instead of purples this time.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Great quiz! These things are fun when they're so close to true. ;)

You are interchangeable.
Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every
eventuality covered and every opportunity just
has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and
every day is a new beginning. You are good at
so many things, it's amazing, but you can
easily lose your place and forget to show up.
They have row counters for people like you!

What kind of knitting needles are you?
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Saturday, August 07, 2004

August in Austin. A hundred degrees in the shade. What a great time to start a cultsite for air-conditioner worshippers -- I mean, a knitting blog! Let's see... the obligatory "How I learned to knit:" My crafty sister, Ana, the Guru of all Gurus, moved in with my husband and me in 2001, and it didn't take her long at all to start sneaking in the little lessons. I spent a couple of years just doing a row here and a row there on her simpler projects. My first solo flight was the apron front halter-top in Lily Chin's Urban Knitter. I've mostly stuck to scarves and simple hats since then, but embarked on my first sweater in February of this year. (NO, it's not done yet, but I'm working on it, I swear!) Flights of ambition and dreams for the future include getting artistic with colorwork and, of course, luxe doggie garments for luxe-sized doggies.

Sunday, August 01, 2004