Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday morning I had an appointment with a blood sucker at the Red Cross in Murray, so I decided to reward myself afterwards with a visit to the Three Wishes Fiber Arts store.
I am lost!
I walked into the store and gazed at a loom and strange spinning devices. To the left was a wall of shelves stocked with big cones of yarn. There were baskets of roving on the floor. I walked back to the left past the loom and my fingers started to twitch. Oh, the yarns Kristine has in her store. I want ALL of them!
So many beautiful yarns. To the back left there was lots and lots of Manos del Uruguay, including the yarn I need to go with the two skeins that kidnapped me at the Wool Cabin. I had to get the Manos. And there were sale yarns in the back room (it is not safe for me to go near sale yarns.) I got two skeins of a manly-man brown, cream and blue-gray wool worsted to make a scarf for my large and manly cousin. And there was a skein of grey/taupe/cream wool that would make a perfect hat for a friend.
Kristine, the owner, knew I was lost. She kept pointing out beautiful fibers to me. I told her she was evil. She grinned. I told her she had the most dangerous yarn store in the valley. and she said, "Good, that's what we want."
Then, the final blow. On the way to the cash register I saw a wonderful yarn, all bronze and gold, pewter, silver and copper. It sang a siren song to me of becoming an evening wrap. It painted pictures of itself all knit up and looking oh so glamorous draped over my shoulders (as if I've ever looked glam in my entire life.)
Kristine laughed as she handed back my plastic. "You kept it under a hundred," she said. If she hadn't been so nice, if she hadn't had such beautiful yarn, I might have had a heart attack when I saw it was all of 37¢ under.
Danger! Danger! I cannot go back there.
I will go back there.
Finished the baby kimono wrap jacket by knitting a belt that goes from the end of the inner front flap, through a hole in the side seam, around the back and buttons on the end of the outer front flap. I crocheted three loops on the business end of the belt so that it would be adjustable. Found a really cute button too. This is the first thing I've knit that has been seamed. I think I need a whole lot of practice at that before it looks good.
I sure hope that this fits the baby when she arrives -- never having had a baby, I don't know if it still has gorilla arms or not.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
best from the recipes I've read and go ahead and make it.
To get a better idea of just how the one piece baby jacket pattern worked and how to do the fastenings, I made a bitty paper model of the kimono. Sloppy, but kinda cute.
Fortunately, not long after I'd started on the sleeves, I noticed a very creative group of stitches several rows back. So creative, in fact, that I had now earthly idea what I'd done or how the area had come into being. When I took the kimono off the needles to rip back, I realized I had been knitting it for Baby GorillaArms. Oops!
So I ripped all be way back to the row before the arms started and made the new arms a good bit shorter.
I still think I'm going to have to cuff them.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Started out at a scant 8 inches wide and 6 feet long. By the time I'd blocked and fringed it, it was almost 9 inches wide by 8 feet, 2 inches long.
That's one dang long scarf!
Monday, July 14, 2008
I have seen cute little jars with holes in the top and pretty little bags to hold yarn balls, but they sure wouldn't work as intended if the ball had to roll around to release its yarn.
Then, I don't remember were, I read the term "Yarn Barf."
O frabjous day! It wasn't me, it was the way the balls and skeins were constructed!
So now I stuff my index finger right down the yarn's throat and make it cough up the yarn barf.
Sometimes it takes a whole lot more untangling than I would like, but it sure beats having a yarn ball bouncing and rolling and fighting the cats for it.
P.S. The link above is to Lewis Carroll's poem "Jabberwocky."
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Fretting, albeit in a very low key, about this, I decided I needed to knit her a different Christmas scarf, so I rummaged through the stash and came up with the blue colorway of the yarn I'd knit Niece Kidlette's red scarf with.
Now, instead of knitting on my procrastination projects, I am forging ahead on the blue lace scarf for Sis-in-law the Wiser.
Of course I still have to figure out what to do with the less than spiffy loop-through scarf. Anybody have a puppy dog who needs a neckerchief?
Thursday, July 3, 2008
All is not lost, however. Another friend has become pregnant and is due with a girl in November. Surely I can finish half of a bootie by then.
And last, but not least, the ScarfieBeanie. I have the beanie knit and half of one scarf. Should take no time to finish up a scarf and a half.