Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Crazy Yet Cool

Okay, this just has to be seen to be believed:

This brave man has a website too. I am amazed, impressed and speechless, and had to watch the entire video, jaw hanging open. One persistent thought kept going through my mind: Do you have any idea how hard it is to knit with gloves on?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Plank Walking: Center-Pull Yarn Ball

Okay, I stand (or sit) corrected: you can indeed make a center-pull ball of yarn by hand. Thanks to the kind folks at Knitting Daily, I've learned how to do this.

Originally, I thought this was rather useless for me and somewhat of a pain since I already have a winder. However, this little trick came in quite handy (pardon the pun) recently.

I am currently working on an overdue baby blanket for a co-worker using Vera, and needed another small spool of the contrast yarn. Unfortunately, both balls of contrast yarn were already attached to Vera at the edges of the blanket, so I used Knitting Daily's technique to make a small center-pull ball of the contrast yarn from the outer strand of one of the spools, and it worked! Granted, it doesn't pull out as smoothly as the yarn spooled via the winder, but it wasn't too bad, and in this case, was a lot easier than trying to spool it while attached to Vera.

Knitting Daily's instructions for the center-pull ball can be found here (in about the middle of the page), but please don't make me walk the plank! Sometimes it's good to be wrong!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Rogue Hat

We have a friend in the Army who's been overseas for some time, and has very recently (as in, just a few days ago) come back to town.  Though my Hubby and I are always proud of our friend, he ascended to a special place in our hearts while he was away by earning himself the nickname "Rogue."  So, not moments after we learned of his then-new moniker, we plotted how best to memorialize the moment, and of course, it had to involve yarn.  Conveniently, I have a pattern for a reversible hat designed by Theresa Gaffey (whose copyright statement precludes me from posting the pic from the original pattern - a shame, really, it's a nice hat).   A bit of graph paper later

and we had our plan.  One side of the hat is camo, the other black, so when you flip the brim, you have either a black hat with a camo band, or a camo hat with a black band bearing the word "Rogue" in camo via some stitch duplication.  I considered putting the word on both sides, but ended up only putting it on one side, in case he needed it to be "speechless."

Unfortunately, we were so excited to see him and his wife and give him the hat that we completely forgot to take pictures of the finished product - oops (I'm sure the beer and coolers they brought had nothing to do with our forgetfulness, nor the fact that our entire stove - range and oven - died while I was making dinner).  That said, here's a sketch of the hat:

The actual hat, I'm happy to say, looks much better than my scribble. Perhaps you can see why I work in yarn and not pencil and paper: yarn is much more forgiving if I lack talent.

p.s. the hat is knit in worsted weight RedHeart and is very, very warm.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Lost at Sea

Well CrapCat has reminded me that it's been while since I was able to post or even read my email or the blogs I follow, due to working a lot of overtime and catching up at home as a result. However, I've nearly completed another project, so stay tuned and bear with me and I'll try to make it worth the wait :-)

Meanwhile, here's a random pic of the castle blanket I crocheted with a cute kitten named Jet and his friend, whom I think is a stuffed pokemon: