Sunday, October 31, 2010

Yarnless Yarnblob: The Eyes Have It

In case you're wondering, this is museum gel, a blobby substance intended to keep glass valuables from sliding around on shelves. My darling eldest son conspired with my darling Hubby to leave this little surprise for me to find.

It's good to know you're loved.

Happy Halloween/Samhain!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

WIP Progress: Kimono

I've finally made some real progress on the kimono. Okay, I'm not halfway done or anything, but I finally got past the color change:
The needle in this next pic is a 7" DPN, size US 15, for scale:

I was beginning to get discouraged and wondering whether to just give up the notion of doing the color change in-pattern instead of straight across, but I stuck it out. Now that it's all pink, it's going much faster, but I am debating whether to put the green stripe across the shoulders as originally planned, or just go with green at the edges. I guess I'll see how my patience holds out when I get that far.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tadaaa - The Mohawk!

Here it is, in all its glory, modeled by my youngest:

I got the pattern from this really cool book sent to me by Virginia Knits:
Okay, I admit, I'm a child of the 80's and so's my Hubby. As soon as they saw the book, my youngest requested a mohawk hat in camo. He got his first because I already had camo-colored yarn, heheh. It doesn't "felt" like wool, so I just split the plies and it stands up pretty well. He didn't want to wait long enough for me to wash and block the thing, and so far, he hasn't taken it off.

It was an easy knit, which is good because I already have several more requests for these things and some other stuff that's in the book. Thanks, Virginia!

Friday, October 15, 2010

WIP Hint

Here's my youngest, using the partially created WIP as a rifle. I tried to tell him he had it upside-down, until he informed me it was a scope:

Fortunately, I think he still prefers his Nerf weapons. Those have laser sites.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mystery Yarnblob

This seemingly random assortment of yarnblobs, not counting the one forming the net in which the sheep is caught, is part of a WIP I won't describe just yet, but I'm very close to finishing it. Bet you can't guess what it is!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

WIP Progress: Kimono and Why I Get Distracted

First, here's why I get distracted:
That is my older daughter's stuffed bird, named, strangely enough, Gilbird. He was naked, so of course she decided he needed a cape, which I had to stop and knit while working on the kimono:

Yes, that is the kimono under his hiney. Cape completed, I have now gotten this far on the kimono:

It doesn't look like a lot of progress, and really it isn't, but during the color change I am using nearly 40 bobbins, so each row takes an hour. Once I'm past the color change and back to using a single color (which will then be the pink), it will go much faster. That is, provided we don't have too many more naked chickens needing capes.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Yarnblob Fail

Fail part 1: I got up this morning intent on having a yarnblob post complete before noon. It's 1pm now. I got distracted by the gorgeous weather we're having:

Fail part 2:
I rummaged through my newer yarns and picked a beautiful twist of multi-colored shiny stuff with little flower-shaped sequins; something sure to produce a yarnblob. Fortunately for me, but unfortunately for my yarnblob post, it went off without a hitch (or, without a yarnblob, I should say):

Fail part 3:
I took several pictures of this yarn, intending to add it to my Ravelry stash, but got the "crappers" message indicating it just couldn't do it. Maybe later. Meanwhile, here's the yarn up close:

Oh well; time to do the laundry. Or maybe time to get distracted again by the weather....

Friday, October 1, 2010

Progress, But Not a Lot

So after suffering some burn-out, I'm working again on the pink and white baby blanket and have gotten about halfway through the final border, after which I'll make the hat and booties:

I'm also working again on the kimono, and have managed to get the shark eggs (bobbins) under control with the help of a lazy susan:

I've actually gotten a couple of rows into the color change from green to pink, so who knows; I might actually manage to knit the thing.