Knitting knots around the family.

Bartering February 29, 2008

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Growing up, it was common for my family to swap fruit from our orchard (200+ acres) for services and other goods.  Of course, there was the time that my grandfather kept failing his driving test for his license and he took down two buckets of cherries and returned with two empty buckets and a license.  When I found the site (see yesterday’s post, I’m too lazy to link again) about swapping socks for needles, I was all over it.  And look what I got!

A set of 5 hand-forged bronze size 1 DPNs.  Want a closer look?

I can’t imagine what it takes to stamp the “1” and the initials into such small needles.  Someone is probably going to ask if the swirl ridges catch on the yarn.  No, not really.  They catch about as much as a bamboo DPN would.  They are a bit heavier than say a Boye or Susan Bates aluminum DPN, but for me, the love is in the asthetics.  Well, and the fact that they were bartered.  Sometimes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.


Random February 28, 2008

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Something cool:  last summer I participated in a swap with Molly at Celtic Swan Forge.  She doesn’t knit, but loves handknit socks.  So, if you sign up at the right time and knit her a pair of socks, she’ll make you a set of hand-forged DPNs.  My socks can be viewed here (scroll down a bit, “Tidal Wave”).  I’ll arrange a photo of the needles when the sun comes back out.  I very much suggest you stalk the site this summer and sign up for her next swap. 

Something to totally waste your time onflight of the hamsters, first brought to you by the Yarn Harlot.  Totally addicting, and I absolutely love the “Flight of the Valkries” theme to go with it.  We won’t discuss my score, suffice it to say that my hand-eye coordination does not extend much further than my knitting/tatting/crochet skills.

 And now, to go meet my husband for coffee.  Coffee coffee coffee.

ETA:  Something amazing:  I was the 3rd person to comment on the Yarn Harlot being totally alone in slasher-flick-type woods.  The 3rd!  Somedays I amaze even myself.


Some days I wonder February 27, 2008

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Living in a house with two small boys, you sometimes happen upon the strangest things.  Monster trucks in the bathtub, legos in the dryer, sticky creatures hanging from the ceiling… you get the idea.  This was this morning’s offering:

Apparently, “Piggy” had a rip-roaring time last night and, um, “withdrew” some of his savings. 


Got Nada February 25, 2008

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No progress or finished project shots today.  You’ll have to make do with my “gumby” son. 

No, I have no idea why he was sniffing his teammate’s knee.  I don’t ask questions like that anymore, I’m too afraid of the answers.


Library Hat February 24, 2008

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Pattern:  Koolhaas Hat, IK Holiday 2007, Jared Flood.  Yarn:  Moda Dea “Washable Wool“, 1 skein. 

Modifications:  I knit the ribbing for 3.5″, knit the rest of the hat, then flipped the ribbing back into itself with the brim in, and stitched it in.  My older brother-in-law has a brimmed hat that he adores and his wife decided that it would be great if she and her son had one.  The first attempt with the Koolhaas “brimmie” ended up in the brim flipping up and down, which is not a good thing.  So I sat down with my BIL’s brimmie, traced around the brim on his, and this is the result.  The material I used for the brim is stiff fusable interfacing that is used for making fabric bowls.  I got mine at JoAnn from the quilting project section.  It’s flexible, washable (doesn’t say it specifically on the packaging, but it survived my washer and dryer), and, unlike plastic canvas, has no sharp edges to cut through yarn or poke people.  I’m having my SIL test-wear this one, and then we’ll see about fixing my nephew’s hat. 

A review of the Moda Dea “Washable Wool”:  it is comparable to Heirloom “Easy Care” in the feel and structure.  It didn’t pill on initial wash, and it softened a bit in the wash.  Overall, for an $8 skein, not too shabby. 


Where Missing Socks Go… February 23, 2008

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Hmm.  I know I put a pair of socks here…

Wait, what’s that…

Naughty kitty!

Little Sky Socks, Learning Sock 1, from Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters.  Yarn:  Claudia Hand Painted Yarns, Worsted, “Teal Party”.  The gals at the LYS and I agree that Cat must have a lot of time on her hands to think up these rather insane techniques that really do work.  I haven’t had a baby to try these on yet, but when I do, I’ll report about the fit.  As for the Claudia Hand Painted Yarn, well, it’s beautiful, it’s soft, it’s squooshy, but it also dyes like no tomorrow.  I could tell exactly how I carry the yarn in my left hand for days after I worked with this yarn.  We’ll see how it bleeds in the wash. 


Strolling with Monet February 22, 2008

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I told a few people that I wouldn’t start on this scarf anytime soon due to other projects.  I’ve finished a lot of those projects.  And who could resist this silk?!

Pattern:  Rosepath Scarf by LavenderSheep.  Yarn:  Silk Sport in “Monet” by LavenderSheep.  Beads are from here.  I tweaked the pattern a bit by adding a row of beads right after the cast on to add some weight and more sparkle, and I’m slipping the first stitch of every row.  I just like the cleaner edge.  The only pain in the tush on this project is the 170 beads you place on the yarn before starting, and then sliding said beads along the yarn as you go.  170 size 6 beads get a little heavy after a while, and they sometimes grab at the silk.  The bead shop suggested I use size 8 beads, but I was worried about the beads mangling the yarn, or even potentially sawing through the silk and leaving loose ends.