UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

January 1, 2009

Epic of Yarnpire

Filed under: knit, project lists, scarf, spin, stuff, yarn — Tags: , , , , , , , — UndyedYarnpire @ 10:21 pm

¡Happy New Year!

I keep planning to add things to the projects page on Ravelry but not quite getting around to it. I usually have pictures of everything before it goes out the door as a gift, but… I only seem to upload the ones I finished since I started using Ravelry. 

I should include pictures of the bent scarf, but it is a gift for my MIL and I would like it to be a surprise. The pictures are uploaded so if you want to look, help yourself. Keep in mind that it has not been blocked and I fully expect the blocking to beautify it. 100% llama yarn, semi-felted single, bought ages and ages ago before I knew what makes a good yarn.

 I got a new knitting bag. Of course I never go anywhere so who knows why I got it. But we were at the World of Goods warehouse sale and how could I possibly pass up a purple batik bag for $5? I do really like it. It is almost perfect. It would be a better knitting bag if it stood up on its own, if I was sure of the handles’ durability, and if the inside was not black. I can possibly add a cardboard insert to help the freestanding. And if the handles fall off a $5 bag, I am not out too much money. 



I cast on for my sweater. The yarn is absolutely brilliant in this. It looks better cast on in the sweater than it did skeined or balled. I am wavering on whether I should frog and start again. I did a long-tail cast-on and it looks horrid. I also managed to be a little confused on whether I was going to be using the #6 or #8 needles. But I did start on it. I much prefer the fabric to the #6 swatch, but the body will take about 22500 stitches compared to 15000. That is a huge difference in work and the #8 swatch looks tolerable. I will take some pictures before I frog. I might do a sleeve first. I should definitely take pictures, but eh.

Project-wise, my schedule cleared up a little. The February date for the Woodland Shawl has been put off. I am now doing that for me and I want to do lacework in the summer. It might end up being something that is put up for adoption, but I am knitting it because I want to knit it and there is no pressure.

Currently the plans are spinning for my rainy day scowl. Coming up with a project plan/pattern for the scowl. And sweater. And sucking it up and using the sock yarn that taunts me daily. (“I am an adult, sock knitting is not too hard. I will master it. And then I will have an entire repertoire of woolly socks and my feet will never be cold again!”)

I have decided that I am extremely funny and should have a job naming things. For example:

 I have named “Knave of Hearts, Jack of All Spades”.





The new (proto)yarn, I want to call “Mood Indiglo” but I suspect I would get a lot of complaints from Timex and Billy Joel’s attorneys. It may end up being something like “cobalt cutin” for the dust that appears on blueberries and grapes. Today’s research suggests the Epic of Gilgamesh was written on lapis lazuli tablets… so I am leaning toward “Source of Gilgamesh”.

November 29, 2008

Bagging a Knitting Bag is harder than it seems.

Filed under: discussion — Tags: — UndyedYarnpire @ 12:28 pm

I finally find a bag I really like. It has these hexagons on it and they look like tortoise shells. It is constructed like a rug, so I know it is going to be durable. It has suede handles (fabric handles are a failure point in my experience). So I go and look for it. The place selling them says their online store is broken. So I point it out to my husband and say, “I like that. If I could tell what it costs, I would put it on my Christmas list.” So he went and found a price. $340. No way can I ask for that! I was thinking it might be worth $80 or so. But I apparently have excellent taste. I can identify the most outrageously priced accessory without any sort of context what-so-ever. That is ridiculous.

Could you imagine carrying a bag like that around? I would be afraid the bag would get stolen in and of itself. I certainly could not use it for a knitting bag since most groups meet in places with questionable floors. I would need a bag to carry my precious bag in. 

I could use a good portable container for knitting. I have a fold-open cloth basket/bag thing but it is so deep and black on the inside that I think of it as a black hole. (I once misplaced 8 skeins of acrylic yarn while I was making a fancy colorwork hat. The basket looked empty. I really wondered how I had lost an entire tub of yarn like that.) I have a tote bag for when I go places. If I am going somewhere to knit, I usually cram my yarn and project into a plastic canister and set it in the tote bag. If I am needing to go somewhere and not take up gobs of room, I grab one of those handled gift-bags because they are small and stand up on their own. 

Also: I have started faving patterns on Ravelry that are not free. Obviously I am not going to actually buy a pattern (they are never my size; if I have to do all the work anyway, then I would prefer to start from scratch) but I do like some of the ideas presented. Double-breasted jacket is a good idea. Moroccan colorwork socks are really cute. If you are watching the RSS feed of what your Rav!friends are doing, please do not consider this an endorsement. I just like the picture shown. I realized that if one of my friends talked about a book or yarn or pattern positively, I was more likely to investigate further, even if it was subconscious and much later. That would be why I did not tell you which bag I had liked.

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