3
Mar
2016

My daughter asked me to make her something in “Auburn” colors.  I thought I might make her some socks, but it’s been very difficult to find a suitable yarn. I mean, orange and navy blue isn’t always that easy to find in yarn of any size, much less sock yarns. (I know you are shocked, right?)  Auburn orange is a fairly “in-your-face” bright shade.

This morning, I finally decided on one that is a self-striping yarn in somewhat subtler hues.

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After toying with a few potential pattern ideas, I thought maybe I don’t want to do socks. In order to showcase this type of “faux” fair isle self-striping, you generally need to knit a simple sock, but those are boring. Boring!  Instead, I expanded my search horizon a little, and found some really cute stuffed animal patterns.

I asked the kid what she thought of that idea, and she loves it. So, I sat back and declared, “well I’ve found my purpose, then.” To which my husband, who wasn’t really paying all that much attention, looked up and said, “your purpose? Your purpose in life is to knit a stuffed tiger??!!?”

Um. I meant I found a purpose for this particular yarn.

War Eagle, y’all.

10
Jan
2016

This past summer, a new pattern idea caught the eye of my sister and me.  It’s called the Scoreboard Knit Along  where one sets up a scarf, knit in the round – each row represents a point scored during the season.  Generally, two main colors (from your team) are chosen. Color 1 is used for your team’s points; color 2 for your opponents’ points.  Some people use a third color to knit a separator row between games.

I chose to use all three colors for the New Orleans Saints: Black, Gold and White. Because I wanted more variation and interest in what would be a very long finished piece, I decided to use black for the saints scores, and alternate gold and white for the opponents scores.  I separated games by purling the final rows of each.  My sister also decided we should augment these ridiculous things with beads to make them even more ridiculous! (In hindsight, I regret it because the beads catch and snag the scarf when it’s folded up.)

In this 2015 season, the games the Saints played in had a combined 984 points.  That is a lot of knitting, and because the pattern called for a mid-weight yarn, this thing ended up over 14 feet in length. At least the pattern connects the ends, so the scarf ends up doubled on itself, so the result is only 7 feet long.

ONLY. SEVEN. FEET. Hahahahahaha!

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This is probably the most ridiculous thing I have ever crafted, and if you know me at all, that’s really saying something. So, now, what does one DO with an 8 pound, striped, although quite cuddly and squishy, because I used nice yarn, monstrosity?

If I wrap it around my neck 4 or 5 times, it’s impossible to move, but is comforting.  Hey! Just like one of those travel neck pillows:

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It’s the perfect length for a good leash:

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I could freak out the children and tell them there is a giant python in the living room trying to ingest their dog!

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Or perhaps, Rapunzel Hair for halloween…

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We live in an old house. Maybe, this is the perfect item to block those cold, drafty doorway openings:

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Hm. Yeah, it makes a pretty good straight jacket.

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I think this is my personal favorite. I hate unannounced visits from people I do not know. Especially solicitors – anyone going door to door must be discouraged from coming near my place. What looks from the street much like a huge snake on the porch may deter a few annoying people.  Would you risk it?

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Ah. Scarfzilla  – the possibilities are endless.

 

5
Jan
2016

I just wrote, and then deleted, three new posts today.  Once was about the Oscars award season, another was about my daughter’s senior year, and the third was about the struggle with my mother’s living arrangements and her acceptance of her limitations.

They were all crap; so, I tossed them.

I will try again, and hope the proper muse hits me, soon.

On a positive note, I am quite giddy because I found out a new yarn shop is opening LITERALLY down the street from me (not even three whole blocks away).  My husband and I were walking down to have a beer at the tap room (LITERALLY, four blocks away), when we saw the new tenants putting up their banner.  I almost hyperventilated when I saw the images of yarn and notions up there in full color!

We used to have a very, very good yarn shop in town, but it was nearly a 40 minute drive away from me.  Economically, an area cannot support very many yarn shops because they cater to a relatively small percentage of the overall population.  That shop closed when the owners decided to retire; another sprung up not far away from the original, but it does not really appeal to me.  Plus, the drive.

So, I am very, very happy.  My husband, not so much.   I did ask the bartender what he thought of a knit/crochet night at the tap room.  I realized that most of the people I know who work with yarn, also drink beer.  It’s the perfect demographic.  We have the money to spend on beer, but aren’t likely to cause problems with the bouncers. Am I right?

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15
Sep
2011

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I had to switch away from sock knitting because my eyes are drippy, swollen and cold-ridden to such an extent that I cannot see the small detail work very well.  Using the worsted weight version of the same Knit Picks Chroma yarn as i used for those socks is making this scarf feel smooshy and heavenly.    There is a ton of cable work in this pattern.  It has a 16-row repeat, and only two of the rows don’t involve the cabling needle.

I love these fall colors, for true.