Tuesday, November 29, 2005
J and I don't have kids yet. We watched these two kittens since they were practically born. We helped our boss remove them from his closet when they barely had their eyes open (and that is when I knew Willow was the one I wanted... Sally was given to us about a week after we took Willow home. She was the 'last-kitten-in-the-box'.) J has admitted we both treat them like 'surrogate children', talking to them, interpreting meows etc etc... I worry a lot about ALL *little ones*, animals too, not just human ones. These kittens are just the lucky recipients of most of that worrying.. *tries to force a grin*
They'll get through the car ride fine (see 'what cats do in transit'), but I know they will be scared and wonder why we left them in such a terrible place :o(
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Black and White Graphs
Are they too wide? Will the detail show up?
I'm going to have to test to see if they stretch badly.
Original ideas came from absolutely garish wallpaper...
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Dreams for yarn that is yet to come.
I was browsing around today and here is what I found.
Online Article at Women's Book Illustrators site
And why am I browsing so much today? My Knitpicks order is out in the mail, sailing its way to Vancouver. Sometime in the next few weeks I will go to the office to find a nice big box full of new wool yarn and bamboo needles. I splurged even more than the box of Palette -- getting two skeins of Shadow lace yarn (merino!) in the Redwoods colorway!
This was such a cute little picture! From the public domain knitting pictures gallery here that I found by going to The 8 Track Knitting Diva's blog.
Friday, November 25, 2005
The Dish ran away with the Spoon
Hooray! J found the part we had been missing for the last six months. And, he fixed it just in time for Thanksgiving dinner! What did the vegan (and the cook, of course) have for Thanksgiving?
A large platter of vegetables, roasted in olive oil, sage and italian seasonings. There was also a deep dish of apples and golden potatoes, cooked in apple juice (and olive oil). And for dessert, a sweet-potato dish with cloves, cinnamon and coriander. There was plenty to fill us up!
We watched movies... of which I liked 'The Paper' the best. Lots of knitting got done. Pink bunny is complete, as is the dog coat. Pictures on both will have to wait, but that gives me time to knit a dress for the bunny! Sally stole one of the bunny's arms, but no loss, as it ended up being too big. Next on the needles will be a black ribbed hat for J... he's been waiting long enough and it is finally getting 'cold' here, (by our standards).
Hope your holiday went well!
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Hope your holiday get-togethers are warm and bountiful.
And... if Litljon is out there, somewhere in Iowa, a Special Happy Thanksgiving to you from J and I. We miss you.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Maize and Flowers
I wonder, can I knit this? Will it take learning intarsia, or can it be done in stranded knitting? I'll have to see when I order the Palette box. I have the invoice all ready to send!
It might make a good felted needle-case, or something similar. On second thought, maybe the design would get lost if it was felted... Palette colors would be.. Wood, White, Lemon, Blue and Mist(lighter blue/grey).
This is my own original design playing around in the Gimp. (ie. - Please do not use it for commercial items) I guess it is fun to chart designs with a mouse when one cannot type well...;o)
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
It seems to be working - or the placebo effect is.. one of the two. I am now healing a bit faster than the poison ivy can spread. Still, I stayed at home today and telecommuted. Putting on jeans was not an option. My house is a mess -- and I'm not doing anything about it... yet.
Pink bunny is getting some ears and hopefully more limbs. Sally ran off with one of the ears-in-progress and I had to chase her. Not much else going on. Thanks for the comment on the Zanfel? My DH J had gotten some of that the other night, it might have contributed (to the healing)-- broke all the blisters open on my hands. PAIN! Maybe they needed that before they could start to heal.
Monday, November 21, 2005
If I could knit it all over again...
My ability to knit and to type has been dampened some by poison ivy. I appear to have had one of the 'serious type of reactions' to this climbing vine. It doesn't climb trees up north... just lies nicely on the ground with its three leaves easy to spot. :o(
If I could plan the chart for the dog coat again it would be like this. It is very similar to the actual WIP, but somewhat different.
More knitting news in a few days.. I hope.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Long day, some knitting
This is the chart I am using to make the dog coat for Sparky. The WIP is at 9" out of 16". Soon I have to figure out how best to shape the chest area. My mom called with the measurements! I think I can rig up a pillow or something similar into the basic shape to make sure the coat will fit. Update : I DID rig up a pillow into a 'fake dog' by tying it up with yarn. Sparky's coat is now 10.5" and I have a much better idea of what it is going to look 'on the dog'. ;o)!
We might go to Harry Potter tonight, in an hour... because we missed Thursday night's opening. J is a self-proclaimed nerd for these types of movies.
I am online doing the Fabric Shop Hop.
This morning, both of the kittens were asleep in our bed. Willowpede (Greta Garbo), was even asleep in the crook of my arm. J says she needs a cold day to remember she was meant to be a lap cat ;o)
Friday, November 18, 2005
I hate poison ivy.
I've tried everything reccommended and it just gets worse. I feel like crying again. This sucks.
We tried to go to the midnight showing of Harry Potter last night in Murray, KY. They were sold out.
And now, since I feel terrible... cute pictures for you.
|Our boss' puppies|
DeeDee and Cherry
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Henry County, Tennessee Tornado Damage
And, what cats do in transit.
Knitting : On the foot of the second red minicable sock. Trying to decide if I want the sampler box of Palette from Knitpicks, or a box of sock yarn.... anyone want to help me decide?
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Picture of the Green Ribbed Hat
I also added the picture to J's earwarmer pattern.
Anyone seen a Blind Terrier with No Fashion Sense?
the Terrier(mix) in question
I'm knitting a dog coat for my 'old man', a 19 year old terrier/pomeranian mix that still lives with my mom in Minnesota. It was 12° there this morning! When it was 44° here!
The poor old guy. He was my first puppy. My mom got Sparky for me when I was eight. He never grew very big but he has always been a happy dog that is never far from someone's heels. He has went blind in the last two years, though. He no longer remembers which door is the outside and which is the basement. My Mom is worried he won't live through this winter, and asked me to make a coat to help keep him warm.
The vet tried to convince her to 'put him to sleep' now, before it gets cold. I don't see any sense in that! He is so happy, even while blind, puttering around and finding any available lap to curl up in.
All I have is woolease (which my mom says is scratchy) and a lot of orange and turquoise acrylic. So, my poor old man will have no fashion sense. But then, he IS blind, so can we forgive him?
In other news : Pink bunny (stalled), red cable socks (in progress)
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Knit, knit, knit! and a tornado watch!
I've been knitting!
and generally cute.
"Nobody ever looks at these. If you want them, just give me a dime apiece."Wow! I tried arguing with her actually, over the old books, but she wouldn't hear it. Very nice!
Daily Observance :
could be described as a form of torture.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Current Project List
2. Pink bunny started tonight
3. Never-Ending blue scarf (>month now)
Recent FO :
2. Never-Ending baby blanket (finished yesterday)
3. Lots of Dishcloths
4. Slippers - 2 pr (mine and mom's)
5. Two knit mice
6. Green ribbed Hat
Next on Needles :
2. Black ribbed Hat for J
3. Shrug for me (I hope)
4. More dishcloths, likely.
I'm knitting baby socks, DH is rightfully scared...
It was not a huge day for knitting. But I have come to a conclusion.
I am a knitting geek.
I organized my yarn by type while cleaning the living room... then I started going through my magazines looking at the size needles certain patterns require...that was the point my mom called and snapped me out of it. She got her dishcloths in the mail, and loves them! My dog-back-home is 14-15" in back length...other measurements pending.
Ha! My knitting needle 'wine-bottle-tube' thingie (bought at Michael's last year) looks just like what they are selling on Jordana Paige. Mine is a little shorter though... and doesn't close on the top when the needles are in it. I've been looking for a nice 15" wooden box with a lid. It seems a hard size to find.
Tonight, we watched Mermaid's Scar (anime) and Coach Carter. During the last movie... I knitted a pair of baby socks. J is rightfully scared ;o), as we are only planning to have a baby in a YEAR or so... But — the socks are really cute! The pattern came from Baby Fixation Socks by Steph, a free pattern online. I made them with yarn leftover from a baby blanket. I found the blanket during the living room clean, finished off the last row, and gently placed it next to our wedding scrapbook.
What am I getting myself into? I told J not to worry until I start knitting an entire wardrobe. I think the pattern was just too cute&quick to pass up, considering the circumstances.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Saturday again, and old picture, old friend?
We were getting info about 'fixing' our two girls - possibly also for their mom and other females out at the office. They gave us a reccommendation for the animal clinic that has been the most helpful (to the Society). They sound like good people, who have lots of experience with this.
I finished the red mini-cable sock and am working on the second one. I was too tired last night to fuss with it. The mini-cables are a bit much-to-handle while tired. I decided to fiddle with regular cables for a few minutes before bed... The experiment was mostly successful, but also knitted too-tightly. Skill takes practice... 'tis true.
My spindle should be here next week, with EXTRA FIBERS! YAY! (Thanks Annie May!) I'm happily watching videos and hoping I will soon be making yarn. J is talking about 'when we get land' and looking up plans for building houses and a greenhouse. We have some big dreams — but hopefully they are to the scale of our abilities.
Cabling without a cable needle : Yarnpath
I wonder if I can do that... hmm
Well, J is crying 'BISCUITS!' so I should go bake before he dies of starvation ;oP
Friday, November 11, 2005
My girls, Sally and Willowpede, hanging out at the office. This room hasn't been finished yet. We have the stairs to paint again and the windows to line with flashing. Everything needs trim. We put the ceiling up in this room a month or so ago.
I'm reaching the toe decreases on the red KAL sock!
The girls' momma-cat, Newt, was hanging out on the outside porch.
So here we go again.
This is my sock for the Solid Socks KAL (I'm not sure if I joined anymore!). The picture is a little out-of-focus, but I hope to get another one as the first sock is almost done. Red Wool-Ease, size 3dpns, mini-cable rib pattern.
My Rainbow-Slipper-Sock(s)! They fit nicely inside my work boots!
And, my dishcloths, made to be gifted. I was losing light outside but they would have needed a wash anyway before being given.
And, shameless kitten pics!
Don't they look all grown up now? Top pic, Willowpede. Bottom pic, Salamander (Sallly).
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
SAD no retro rib socks for me
I don't have the size 2 dpns or a yarn fine enough to make this particular pattern. So, for the Solid Socks KAL, I will make a pair of red Wool-Ease socks, and probably also a pair of grey ones. I have the needles, the pattern, and the yarn. Any other yarn or goodies that come along between now and New Years Eve may be also get assigned to this!
I've used up all of my spare Ebay money and cannot go looking for new needles and yarn. But -- I have my spindle to look forward to!
The Nordic Mittens require size 1 & 2 dpns. I own a pair of 3s, 4s and what I think is a pair of 6s. So, I will have to wait a bit. It might give me that last push into doing a Knitpicks order.
SKILL!: I learned mini-cables from the Knitting for Baby book! Also the stitches ktbl and ssk for the sock pattern I couldn't do.
A rose by any other name...
If you knew our Sally (Salamander) better -- you would recognize her here! ;o) And also here You can guess then, what her nicknames besides 'Sally' are.
Willow's nicknames : this one, because she sits like this, and here, because of her jowls.
**After Midnight** — Forced two rows on the practice sweater. 16 more inches to go... I joined the Solid Sock KAL. However, the knitting pattern I want to use requires learning two new stitches. I think I learned ktbl finally -- and it is ANNOYING... at least in my style of knitting. I mirrored(for left & front/back) purl through the back loop and I think that is actually ktbl for me. Now ssk, and I should have all the stitches that the sock requires. Interweave Knits Retro Rib Socks pg 110 Winter 2004. Green sport-weight yarn.
And - HAPPY DANCING! - The Nordic Mittens I wanted to knit? They are in this magazine!! It has been so long since I paid attention to the DATES on the mags in my collection, that I didn't know I had it! - HAPPY DANCING!!! **J thought I was a nut, I was so happy this morning**
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
If you see a cup of coffee below, you may have a problem...
Goofing around on the Gimp. Willow and Sally's younger brothers and sisters were given away :o( Their Momma-kitty isn't sure what to do.. poor Newt.
I sent MY mom her dishcloths today. I hope she likes them! I've found having a large stack of them in the house is wonderful!
It is 7 pm and J already went to bed. We had a big day with stringing fence, felling trees and clearing brush. Knitting today : 2 dishcloths.
Hey - YAY Coffee might help women's blood pressure. Too bad my blood pressure is sometimes too low! I LOVE coffee — but have to watch how much caffeine I drink, or I get dizzy!
Out to the Woods!
J bought a blender last night. The last one he killed in the dishwasher. We had soymilk-OJ-banana smoothies for breakfast. Sally hit the floor when I turned on the blender. Willowpede ran for the hills. Willow was also very LOUD in the truck on the way to work - I think she forgot to eat before we left the house.
I'm having a relapse in the knitting - making another dishcloth. But I think it is just compensation for knowing that the knitting on the practice sweater won't amount to anything useful. But then, knowledge is useful, eventually ;o)
OK - on to work. We were out in the woods yesterday, pulling cedar trees and brush around. J is quite good with a chainsaw. He uses a tractor to pull the trees up the hill and into a pile to dry out over the next year. We may be able to look at some land, to buy, soon. It is about five minutes drive from work, 10 acres. That would be nice, as we drive 20+ minutes everyday now.
K&M at work gave us some hickory nuts from their tree. Hard to get into? yes. Hard to get out of the shell?, yes. Delicious anyway?, YES. Thanks! I have to get K knitting soon -- she said she wanted to learn.
NOTE : Cathy from FiberFling said I could use two dog slicker brushes to get the feel of carding wool -- cheaper, and they'll do me until I decide to buy a pair of real carders.
Today's Links :
Knitopotamus blog : Just what does a Vegan knit with, anyway?
Spindle Spinning Instructions
Natural plant dyes for dyeing wool
The Yarnpath blog
MoreGreenWool : I So Agree!
Sheep in the City
Cool pink little knitted kitty on this site! 'Paloma'
Monday, November 07, 2005
Midnight Rambling - on to the week
There is a part of me, that looks at all of the patterns in the knitting books and says, 'That looks logical - We can figure that out'.
And there is the other part of me, that looks at the same pattern and says, to the first, 'Not without a WHOLE LOT of tears...'
Some people call them the right and left brain ;o)
Anyway, I'm looking through my stack of knitting books... I've looked
through them a million times before. The right brain - the geometrical part, is telling me to try. It is measuring lengths and counting stitches.
My left brain is nice and logical -- telling me to take things slowly, look for great tutorials and remember what worked. If I got it to work once, maybe it will work again, maybe not. Logical and pessimistic can sometimes overlap.
So I guess I will just try to see what comes out.
Links : I've been cruising about for more projects I can't do ;o) -
Raglan sweater 'calculator'
One Good Bumblebee
Cute kittens! This blogger has cats that look like Willow in her flicker photos!
And who else I was reading the last few weeks? :
Pick up Sticks
Plath's Adventures in Knitting
Something from Nothing
credit, where credit is due. thanks for letting me wander your pages.
And -- more MAIL will come for me! (no one in MN mails me :o(
But.. they do call me on the phone which actually costs more! EEK
Learn to Spin kit from AnnieMay's spin & wool!
Vintage 1966 book - Knitting Men's Classic Sweaters Knit 8 versions
I am going to be busier than ever when all of that comes in ;o)
Maybe I will even let a few days go between entries!
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Miso soup and yarn, not together.
Low-Budget Equipment - small sauce pan and a spoon (plastic will work), stove
About 2-3 cups of boiling water. Turn off the water.
Drop in a good tablespoon of miso (sweet white is what we have, red is better).
Mash, stir... Mash a bit more, stir. Drain off the liquid to get more miso that needs to be mashed. Once you have mashed your miso to satisfaction, heat it back up.
Don't boil it!
When it is hot enough to be soup, turn it off, pour it into a bowl, and enjoy.
If you have wakame and tofu :
Soak about four 4 inch pieces of wakame (broken up) in a bowl of warm water for 15 minutes. Drain. They are now hydrated (aka Slimy). Put them in the miso soup after it is mashed, heat up with miso (and maybe a little longer). Wakame tastes a little like weird spinach, but the salty-richness of the miso makes a good combination. Believe me, I don't like spinach (maybe with LOTS of butter...)
Tofu - extra firm, toss it around in a separate skillet for a few minutes if you wish. Otherwise, just drop a few cubes into the soup as you heat it up.
Miso soup is good. Even the instant miso soup I've had is good! The instant often contains something called 'bonito', though... and that is a type of dehydrated fish reduced to flakes. J is vegan - so we get the miso paste.
If you have a better recipe - mail me!
I went through my stash. It is a sad stash. The only fibers in it that may be quality yarns - are unidentified and lonely. I have a lot of thrift store yarn that should be made into useful things. Willowpede slept in my stash last night while we watched our movies. Sally slept in between J's experimental kumquat trees in the front room.
My rainbow slippers are almost done. Then I can throw my pink bunny slippers in the wash and not be completely sad if they don't survive :o( The sock-making process is speeding up... a lot. Writing down the # of rows before decreasing and a decrease-pattern for *my size* helped eliminate a lot of try-ons and comparisons.
Midnight Movie (last night) : The Thomas Crown Affair (1999 remake) ***-
This is TOO CUTE to leave off. A big-eared little grey-knit bunny from the Bunny-along blog.
Really, I AM blogging everyday, but this is for my benefit. I get to see the progress, and keep electronic notes. J said I should use this blog as a 'wiki'... collecting all the information I use, things I find and what, in general, has been going on. In three years when we have a house, land, a baby and a few Jacob sheep running around.. we can look back and say 'You had TIME to do all that?'... hehe.
UPDATE : I asked J what he wanted for Christmas (because my mom asked me today - I didn't have anything to tell her)... he had a great "answer".
and vegan biscuits at least once a week.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Worked 3.5 inches on the practice sweater. I had 'frogged' the first attempt and increased the cast-on from 86 to 92. Started the second rainbow slipper. Finished my Mom's dishcloths and put them in a package for her.
We are watching more MST3K.
Other than that, I've been looking at more projects online. The Nordic mittens from IK Winter '04 look the most interesting! But, there are some baby projects I would like to start making too. The sizing is the hardest thing...
Found knitting Podcasts! @ KnitCast and there will soon be one at (looks at) Cast-On. (but I can't play the last one on Winamp :o(
Anyway - I saw the Nordic mittens on another blog. I REALLY want to make them! Even J glanced over and said 'Hey.. Cool! Make those!' (and he meant it).
Friday, November 04, 2005
Willowpede Gets Lost!
We were ready to leave work tonight around 8:30 pm, and Willowpede was nowhere to be found. We called her, by every nickname and with every cue... but no cat. We feared she might have gotten outside. There are other cats at the office who live outside (including our girls' mother) but our kittens have been 'house cats', all their lives.
I even tried calling her for 'Dinner', which is usually met with heels-over-head scampering and a slide into 'home base' at the food bowl. But still, no Willowpede.
10-15 minutes went by, with both of us coming up empty-handed. Salamander was in the truck, confused by it all.
J and I went back in the office, because as far as we knew, she should still be in there. I tried calling her again 'Willow-Willo-Will--ow!' I heard a 'thump' on the second story. I was up there just a few minutes ago... I call again on the stairs, again, a 'thump'. It is coming from overhead - inside the ceiling.
I call again, and suddenly, over the noise of J moving a ladder downstairs -- I hear another 'THUMP'.. and I see the reflection of a kitten in one of the windows. She was blithely sitting in front of the window, looking 'up', at the part of the ceiling she finally found her way out of.. I think. I didn't actually see her get down, so I might never know where she got herself stuck.
And, she must have been stuck somewhere, or asleep, or ignoring us... She hadn't meowed back to any of our calls. However, she came right to me when I said 'Willow! There you are!'.. tail up, bird-chirping and downright happy to see me (Greta Garbo cat, remember).
In the truck, she curled up in my lap, licked my hand and went to sleep. She got a little jumpy at sudden movements (like when she has been scared). A little more evidence to me that she had been trapped somewhere for a while when she was 'lost'. She stayed in my lap during the entire ride home, and is STILL in my lap as I write my entry tonight!
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Run-by posting... pattern for catnip mice
1. If you are looking for how to make a catnip mouse, go to pattern.
2. If you want to make an I-Cord, go to this KnittingHelp movie.
Movies tonight : Word Wars : A documentary about Scrabble... I'm not sure why we are watching this... J said a friend of his reccommended it. We also watched the 1985 version of Wierd Science.
Trying that sweater cast-on again. Dishcloths for Mom 2/4. Also, trying to switch the kittens over to adult food - they are 6 months now. Currently, they stand in front of a full bowl (after a week and half of half kitten food/half adult-food) and meow 'I'm hungry' at me. **shakes head** Its hard to listen to!
**sweater update** : Cast on, did the bottom ribbing.. switched to the larger size needles. Went a few rows, then held it up to J's measurements... I think I'm going to have to go at this geometrically. Maybe I was never meant to read a pattern after all.
OK : This was added later (on 11/07/2005) :
Knit Mice for Cats!
How-to, from someone who made it up as she went along.
Size 3 DPNS, quantity - 4
Cast on 20 stitches of a yarn your kitten seems to love already.
Knit back and forth with 2 dpns, until length is just about square.
Transfer three just-knitted stitches to another dpn, knit across until you
reach the end of the row, Knit three stitches back onto a third dpn, then knit back and forth in the middle section for 2 rows (with the 2nd and 4th dpns). Three knitted stitches will be 'hanging' on dpns on either side of this middle section.
Steadily begin to decrease at the end of each row so that the middle section becomes triangular - stop decreasing at 2 or 3 stitches.
Knit back and forth for two rows. Then, steadily increase at the beginning of the next few rows so that the middle section matches what it did before.
Knit the stitches from the dpns back on in way that makes sense (this is hard for me to explain). Decrease from the outside edges after you have all of the stitches back in one row. Decrease to three stitches. Make I-Cord down about 3-5 inches. Video on I-Cord linked from KnittingHelp.com
Cast off your I-Cord. You have a very odd looking shape of yarn now.
Turn the shape inside out, and sew the 'nose' closed at the edges. Draw a piece of yarn from the base of the jaw to the back of the 'ears'(the 3 stitch parts you had done turned out to be the ears). Sew the back of the neck and the back of the mousie closed. Stuff with polyfill or fleece. Stick some catnip inside the fleece if you wish. Sew the mousie closed and toss through the air at cat.
My kittens liked a long string looped around the mousie's neck - by which I made him seem alive scampering across the floor. When one kitten picked up the mouse and ran through the house, the other one chased the string.
Better knit mice toys?
links : Matthews-Bozak catnip mouse toy
Some links at About.com
Wendy Knits mouse toy
Wendy Knits mouse-a-long pattern
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Green Ribbed HAT
How-to (notes)80 stitch cast-on on a size 6, 16inch circular needle, with green Simply Soft yarn. k1p1 ribbing, then change to k2p2 2x4 basketweave for three pattern rows, then k2p2 until the hat reached 8.5 inches, then begin to decrease on 4 dpns every third stitch, until there were 15-20 stitches, then decrease every other stitch until there were ten stitches, then weave-off as for sock toes.
J stole it when I asked him how it looked! I have to make him one now, but just a little longer (he has a slightly longer forehead than I do). It is a close-fitting toque with a 1 inch rolled brim (k1p1 brim). It is super-warm... if this was made out of wool I'd be roasting.
It will go on a test-bike to the post office tomorrow morning! I won a 1940s sweater pattern book on Ebay... have to get a m/o for it.
**Update** : Wore it to the post office (on a wet head, blocked? :o) The only comment I got was from an older lady, to her husband. 'It isn't time for a hat yet, is it?' Well... this IS the South... I guess they think a yarn hat has to be worn when it is 'cold'... which is about 45° :o} Anyway, I'll need to take a pic when I find the camera *see below*
I bought more film for the camera we have that actually has a FOCUS. We were using a garage-sale find camera that required a 2-3 foot shooting distance for any picture it took... Now, however, I have to find the camera of which I speak... last seen in a black backpack that no longer inhabits the floor of my truck. I know I brought it in the house somewhere. Somewhere, is the problem...
:o)! Martians Kidnap Santa Claus (pic)...
Netflix tonight: Mystery Science Theater 3000 - MST3K - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.. (really, that IS the title) ;o) It was hilarious! (Another review) WAV File from badmovies.org : 'Mrs. Santa Claus has positively identified the kidnappers as Martians'
The kittens learned today what static electricity is. Willow was freaked out so much she jumped away any time either of us reached out towards her. Poor girl, I think she got it on the nose. Sally didn't mind as much, just looked annoyed. Not much to be helped -- they are fuzzy and the air is dry now!
What I need to start Spinning Wool
On to the physical things/equipment :
1. A drop spindle or spinning wheel.
--What am I doing about it : I have a bid on a spindle kit on ebay.
2. A pair of hand carders for wool.
--What am I doing about it : I've been scouting prices, watching items.. I've set my mind that after I get the spindle, the carders will be the next month or so.
Update : I've posted a 'want' ad for used carders on FiberFling - with a ceiling price. Maybe someone else has a pair lying about, willing to be sold.
3. Sew a nylon bag for washing fleece.
--What am I doing about it : This is a cinch once 1 & 2 are complete.
4. Get a wool fleece to try my preparation.
--What will I do about it : If my spinning on the spindle is turning out good, then the next logical step will be to cruise more fleece auctions on Ebay, and/or, look to the Fiberfling group for a fleece. I would really like a Jacob fleece, but the skirting and separation will be more important at this stage.
------Use my nylon bag in the washing machine to wash the fleece per the instructions on Joy of Handspinning
------Do some hand separation and drying etc...
------Use the wool carders to prepare the roving from the washed fleece.
------Try a natural dyeing method?
------Spin some of the roving on my spindle.
Other things to think about - My cats are going to go nuts over a spindle ;o)
in other news : 2nd mousie for kittens, done. They love it. They 'lost' the other one - I can't find it anywhere. They may have hid it to 'eat' later.
ktbl must be wrong. It didn't work at all. I ended up with two rows of garter stitch instead of two rows of ktbl,p1 raised ribbing. If I think logically about it — maybe I need to try Knittinghelp.com's version of purl through the back -- because if I ended up with garter stitch... *insert brain logic here*, and I do most of their stitches 'backward'... *insert more logic here*
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Practice a sweater?
'Men's Boatneck Sweater'...worsted weight yarn, men's 40 inch chest, cast on 86 onto size 3 needles, raised rib as *ktbl,p1* for 3.5 inches etc.etc...
I'm learning ktbl, <--Knittinghelp.com video. I still don't know if I'm doing it right. When I do my regular purl, and what the video shows, it looks like a line of regular purls! I'll wait until I get another row up, but I might have to switch to regular k1p1...
I know this won't be a real sweater, and I'll have to unravel it later... but I really don't want to buy yarn then ruin it, or leave such an investment lay for a year because I can't figure something out. I did get J to consider some colors in Wool of the Andes from Knitpicks. He picked out Chestnut. Then I told him it would take 14 skeins of it to make a sweater his size... and he said he could wait 'till later...
in other news...
dishcloths for mom, 1 done out of 4
slipper socks for me 50%,
ribbed hat 25%,
2nd knit mousie for kittens 50%
I've got too many needles in the yarn...