Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Blue Chenille Afghan

This is an afghan I finished several weeks late for Yule, using Bernat Blanket in Teal Dreams and the Horseshoe Cable Blanket pattern, also by Bernat:
The model is Lucy, who claimed it as her own long before it was finished.

I chose the Teal Dreams colorway in part because of the non-canine recipient's preference for blue, and in part because solid colors make for boring knitting. Seriously. Boring. Note that the pattern calls for a solid brown. The brown is a nice color and all, but I'm a knitting rebel and rarely ever use the same colors called for in a pattern. So, multi blue seemed the obvious choice; despite the colorway name, it really is way more blue than teal.
Lucy gives it two paws up.

In addition to my color requirements, I also wanted a yarn that would knit up quickly, and that would be fuzzy and soft. Bernat Blanket fit the bill on all counts. Normally, I despise working with chenille. We still tell tales of the green chenille teddy bear I crocheted for my best friend. There was green fuzz everywhere for months while I worked on the thing. Thus, my experience with chenille is not one of fond memories in the making, but of constantly cleaning fuzz off myself, the floor, the furniture, and innocent bypassers caught in the fuzzy green cloud, the likes of which is surely banned by the Geneva Convention.

As one might imagine, I started the blue afghan project with much trepidation, expecting once again to produce an unbreathable, inescapable cloud of fuzz, this time in a blue camo-ish pattern of airborne suffocation. I was, however, pleasantly surprised to find that Bernat Blanket was not only easy to work with, it also held together very well. In fact, there was almost no loose fuzz at all. Whatever magic Bernat used to hold this yarn together was the right choice. Innocent bystanders everywhere can rejoice and breathe easy in the presence of this yarn, even in the absence of a lint remover. I'm actually tempted to make myself a green one. That is, once the teddy bear flashbacks stop.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Peruvian Print Entrelac Afghan

Another finished object.  This one is an afghan, approx 70"x65", made with Red Heart Peruvian Print and Red Heart Soft White, size US 7 circular needles, using a garter stitch entrelac technique.  I've always loved how random and eclectic the Peruvian Print yarn is.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Mouslings and Wizard Mini

I've had these three minis for quite some time, all by Reaper Miniatures.  The first two are the "Trick or Treat Mouslings" (#0535, Sculptor G. Van Horne).  I decided I really wanted to paint them by this Halloween, so I did:




The third one is a Reaper Minis wizard I've had for quite a long time, "Catherine O'Mannon" (#02344, Sculptor S. Garrity).  I painted her because I'm finally playing a wizard in a Pathfinder campaign and was rather surprised to realize I had no painted wizard minis. At. All.  Then I realized the only time I've played a wizard since we started using minis was actually a rogue with some wizard levels (that mini is in use again in another campaign).  I've been using this one with just a primer coat, but wanted to get her painted before she got tarnished or the primer wore off:



And of course, here is the requisite pencil shot for scale:
All three minis were painted by me using a combination of Reaper Mini paints and FolkArt paints.  Unfortunately, my desktop computer and thus my photo editing software are temporarily out of commission, so you get to view the working surface in all its chaotic glory.  Yes, all of those paints you see in the background and more were used to paint these.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mystery Project

I was cleaning out my little chair side basket when I found a little notebook with one last sheet of paper in it. On the page is a scribbled pattern that appears to be for a hat. I can only hope that hat is done, because I have no idea what hat project this belongs to. #knittingproblems.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

UFY: Unidentified Flying Yarnblob

This was seen in a remote area of my office. Witnesses of questionable character confirm it was flying with no visible means of support...

Monday, March 31, 2014

Binary Star Yarnblob

This Yarnblob is nearly half the skein. These two could orbit each other and produce livable planets

Sunday, March 30, 2014

End of the Skein Yarnblob

This skein of yarn had been Yarnblob-free until the very end. What you see is the last few yards, still in skein-shape, but locked in a fluffy Yarnblob that was just waiting for the right moment to appear...