Huh!!!!! It’s MAGIC!!!!!!

Michele and I started a KAL (Knit-A-Long – whoever came up with that acronym? It’s like the worst on the planet. Ever!). The pattern is the Noro Striped Scarf, but since we both don’t much care for Noro yarn, we are doing it in Fake Noro, hence the Fnoro KAL. Somebody suggested the F in Fnoro doesn’t really stand for “Fake” but some other 4-letter word. Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe yes.

When we compared scarves after a couple of weeks we were surprised by two things:

1) GAUGE
We both cast on 39. Michele use size 7 needles, I used 8s. Mine is much leaner. ūüėź
(We love them equally. No child left behind!)

2) COLOR
This really blew our minds. We both used Red Heart Boutique in Spectrum as color 1. Michele chose RHB Abstract (orange-yellow-redish) as color 2, I chose a simple Caron Sheepish black as color 2.

The spectrum looks like 2 completely different colors on our scarves. On Michele’s it looks greyish. On mine it looks pink-blueish. IT’S MAGIC!!!!! True, real-life magic!!! Happening right here in Los Angeles.

(OK – one might say it’s not magic but a simple middle-school “Colors in Context” lesson. One might also say there are no unicorns! Or vampires!)

FATSO vs. LEANO:

COLOR MAGIC:

FINI:

(YUP! French for FINISHED!)

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ARE YOU INSANE JILL???

This is my friend Jill. She just finished knitting a gorgeous dress. Now she is cutting it.

Yeah – just kidding. She’s not really going to do it. Right? Is she????

Yup – she’s going to do it. This is real:

Crazy!!!!

Well maybe not that crazy. All the savvy knitters out there have realized that Jill is steeking. From Wikipedia:

“In knitting,¬†steeking¬†is a shortcut used to¬†knit¬†garments such as sweaters¬†in the round¬†without interruption for openings or¬†sleeves¬†until the end. After completing a tube, a straight line is cut along the center of a column of stitches, in order to make room for an opening or place to attach another piece. The steek itself is a bridge of extra stitches, in which the cut is made, and is usually 6-10 stitches wide.”

The verdict: Probably not crazy. Probably not insane. Definitely an advanced knitter!

See the finish object on Ravelry, or visit Jill’s blog¬†if you want to stalk the crazy lady who cuts dresses.

It’s all about STRATEGY!!!!

So last month Michele challenged me, and I threw the dueling glove right back in her face. “I accept!” I screamed with my fake French accent. 3 bags – 1 zippered, 1 tote, 1 drawstring. 1 of them has to be lined. All to be finished within the month of September.

Now I announced my strategy from the very beginning: take the month to think, ¬†get the fabrics on the 29th, and make the bags on the 30th. However; my challenger couldn’t handle my strategy. All month long I had to hear mumblings of the sort of “never gonna make it” – “strategy my ass” – “procrastination” etc. ¬†Wanna know what I think? Jealousy of my brilliance. Jealousy of my strategy. Jealousy of my planning skills. Yup. So BOOOYAAAAAA – here are the bags:

1) Zippered pouch (lined)

lined:

2) Drawstring (my favorite):

3) Tote bag:

Yup! I did it. Finished on time. Met all requirements. AND posting about it before Midnight. There you have it. All done.

If your name is Michele, stop reading here. Everybody else, come on.

Michele? Not supposed to be here.

Michele? Close page now and go stalk somebody on Ravelry.

OK – bye Michele! Hugs! See you soon!

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I think she’s gone.

I do have to admit there may possibly be some teeeny tiny flaws in my strategy. Like the tote bag I had originally planned was way too complex for my skills and will take me about 12 days to make. Plus I’ll have to ask for help understanding the instructions.

Also, the 2nd choice tote meets the requirements, but would probably have been cooler if it were lined. And round. And another pattern.

Also, I have never in my life sewn a zipper or a zipper cover, so that was a real pain in the ass. If I had approached this differently, I could have asked some people on how to actually do this properly.

Also, I had to cancel a movie and a barbecue this afternoon because I had to sew bags.

Also, I now have to finish school work that’s due at midnight because I didn’t have time to do it.

Also, I’ll wear wrinkled clothes tomorrow to work and I’ll eat a can of beans. Didn’t really have time to iron or prepare any food for tomorrow.

Also, I didn’t have time to exercise.

Also, my husband got cup-o-noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Also, didn’t really get any fresh air all day, but DID see the entire first and second season of Downtown Abbey!

But that’s really it. Not too bad really considering the brilliance of the strategy overall!

Oh yeah, if I didn’t return any phone-calls, emails, text-messages, or answer my door today – I’ll get back to you tomorrow!

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Yarn Dye Experiment

I love dyeing yarn. Or fabric. Or pretty much anything. Dyeing is great because you never know what you get. Plus it makes you feel very important because you get to stir a big pot with a big wooden spoon. Here is a summary of my latest experiment:

I had this beige-pinkish wool which is really nice, but I was definitely not a fan of the color. Inheritance from my dear friend Deb who made a sweater from this yarn, which probably looks good because everything she makes looks good, but just simply NOT MY COLOR:

Look closer if you dare:

So I read about dyeing with beet-juice. Yes, good ole beet juice. After feeding the husband beets for a few weeks I had accumulated enough juice to begin the experiment. Soaked yarn in vinegar (helps it keep color), heated up the giant pot of beautiful deep purple beet-juice, and immersed the yarn. After an hour of boiling the grand reveal was more of a grand meh! The yarn was far from deep purple – it looked like pink brains:

Luckily I had a bottle of dark blue Rit dye on hand and just dumped the whole thing into the pot. Result – GORGEOUS DEEP BLUE (almost black) yarn:

And since I already had a pot of hot dye on the stove, I threw in these other 4 balls of bright orange wool I had (also not my color!). No unwinding, nothing – just dump them in the pot and see what happens:

Original:

Well – what came out wasn’t the greates. It was a color I would call ASS-BROWN, but when I showed it to my friend Michele, her eyes lit up and she loved it. Hence, Michele inherited 4 balls of my famous ass-brown!

Here’s what it looked like after she rewound it:

Pod-what???

My commute to work is about 30-45 minutes one-way every day. Great for listening to audio-books, talk-radio, and – well – PODCASTS. There are some podcasts I love (The Answer B!tch, Betty in the Sky, Yarn-thing, New Yorker, NPR programs, Just One More Row, Knit Knit Cafe, Radio Wien, and many many more). YES – I am the queen of podcasts!

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the queen has her own podcast. Well 1/2 of her own. My dear buddy Michele and I got together to talk about our yarn-obsessions. So much fun!!!!

Here it is: SKEIN AFTER SKEIN

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Sewing: The Final Frontier

These are the creations of my friend Deb
Her ongoing mission
To explore strange new fabrics
To seek out new patterns and new ideas
To boldly sew where no man has sewn before!

My friend Deb has amazing sewing skills. Her latest master-piece: a queen-sized quilt made from Kaffe Fassett fabrics:

She also made this table-runner for her friend’s cabin in the woods. One day I wish to have the same sewing skills:

Help! My house has been invaded by …… CHICKENS???

It’s that time of the year again: ¬†THE ANNUAL POTHOLDER SWAP. ¬†And since the regular hosts couldn’t do it this year, Michele¬†and I are the 2012 guest-hosts.

Now, the most difficult part about this swap is finding a pattern, especially because you have to make 5 of the same. Plus there is a lot of peer-pressure since some of these people make  insanely nice pieces of art that will never be used as potholders. See  chalklegs for example. After going back and forth a trillion times, I eventually settled on the chickens. And ever since, the house has been a mad  hen-house.

THE CHICKENS ARE IN THE HOUSE!!!

Lenny Chickvitz Matthew McChickaughey
Leonardo Dichickrio Enrique Chicklesias
John F. Chickedy Leonardo Dichickrio chillin!


The potholder swap also requires a tag for each potholder (yarn, pattern, who made it, etc.), but since these are chickens, I deviated from the tag and made them each their own little birth-certificate. I’m a good chicken-midwife!!!!!

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