UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

December 4, 2009

Lots of status update.

Filed under: fiber, I hate sewing, knit, project lists — Tags: , , , , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 1:39 am

The fiber club did not work out. PayPal hates me. It is mutual, so I do not feel slighted. PayPal refused to allow me to use my credit card for the transaction for no apparent reason.

This, however, did work out rather positively. Crown Mountain Farms announced a sale on BFL, SW Merino, Corriedale pencil roving, and some sock yarn. 20% off. That more than covered my shipping expenses. I like how their fiber spins up better than almost any other dyer. $20 for 8oz of hand dyed BFL is a good deal especially if you like that dye work. I got more fiber and spent less money than the club would have cost and I got to pick exactly what I wanted in which fibers.

I would have asked for the fiber club as a holiday gift, but, even though it was a good price/fair deal, overall it is too expensive to be a gift.  Family say I am as hard to buy for as my father ever was. I am an established, childless adult. If there is something I want, I buy it. If I have not bought it, there might be a reason I am waiting.

I solved my need for woolly socks in a hurry. I ordered from sock-dreams.com . I really like them and their service. They have great selections of kneesocks (and who wants to knit kneesocks when their feet are already cold?). There were no good woolly kneesock options, but shorter wool socks and cute cotton kneesocks were both ordered.

I got personally invited to the Knit-One-One show tomorrow. I imagine that I would like the space better if I was not planning to sit for a long time. Their chairs made me feel like a Peanuts character. A Verb For Keeping Warm is having a something tomorrow too. I might go to something but I suspect I will end up at the World of Good warehouse sale hunting for last minute gifts for people I have not seen in years and who do not like me. But better to shop than to waste knitting time.

I have knitted the legs and body of my elephant. The yarn I spun is ideal for this, I just have to say.  Today did not go well for other reasons and there was a time when I was laughing to myself remembering the song Hugh Jackman sang on Inside the Actors’ Studio about an acting job where he was the hind end of an elephant. One of the lines was about him winking at a pretty girl from the hole in the elephant’s bottom. My elephant is being knitted flat, so right now it feels like it is all hole and no bottom and certainly no elephant. But if you send Hugh Jackman, with advanced notice, I promise to finish it in time to hand it to him to autograph. (I am not serious about sending Hugh Jackman. That was supposed to be funny.)

The hand warmer issue was resolved with very little active effort on my part. A really nice pair of commercial socks (fair isle, soft!)  has enormous holes in the heels. It went from “thin” to “gone” in one washing. So I will be cutting and running them through the sewing machine to keep the edge from unraveling. Still 5-10 minutes is a good investment to have really cute things ready-to-use.

I am itching to start on the legwarmers because it has been frigid. I do not have enough hands for foreplay that I can expect to seduce the weather.

December 6, 2008

One shirt down, but the voyage is a sinking ship

Filed under: I hate sewing — Tags: , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 8:22 pm

After losing the one handsewing needle I can stand to use  (the yarn just snaps into the eye of the needle, no threading), hemming the pyjama shirt got put on hold. My husband, unbeknownst to me, though knownst to him (that always seems like it should be “beknownst”) the needle was found and “put away” in his sewing tackle box. (Who says sewing is not masculine?)  That is where the other hand sewing needles live and no one would ever use one of those, so of course I did not notice that it had been found. (Why would he put it in the very last place I would look? Obviously if “away” means I cannot find it, it does not live there.) When he asked if I was ever going to finish my pile of hemming (he is very tolerant, it has been months), I said I had lost my needle. He said he found it, went and got it out, and stuck it in the tomato thing that everybody has even though no one knows why they are shaped like tomatoes. 

Finally I was in the mood to try again and I finished my one pyjama top. It only took me an episode of Life, so I am either getting better or sleeves are half the size of pant hems.

I thought about hemming the sleeves of my new robe, but I cannot figure out what was done to it. It appears to have come pre-cuffed for an orangutan. But if I try to fold the sleeve up to the correct length, it is too tight. I think I will need to unpick the current hem and cuffing and cut it shorter before hemming. And if I cut it, it will need to be sewn by machine to ensure it does not fray (the factory seam is serged and I have no idea how they managed to get it not to show, unless it was done using Criss Angel’s origami!) 

There really is nothing like being convinced you cannot do something to make it just next to impossible. I hate sewing.

October 28, 2008

Hem, hem.

Filed under: I hate sewing — Tags: , — UndyedYarnpire @ 9:43 am

From sewn

This is why I really dislike sewing. It took me almost 4 hours to do both pyjama pant legs and they do not match. You can easily see the stitches (everyone knows that real sewing people use blind hems and only use visible stitches for decorative purposes). I really struggled hard to get this.

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