Monday, March 31, 2008
And on off white for good measure! =-D
The "Breathtaking" shawl is now a ball of yarn again. I, however, plan to recreate it with some alpaca from the stash. We'll see how that one goes...
Speaking of alpaca, I've heard that it behaves like cotton (stretches and then stays there). Is that true?
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Not so attractive. Now, of course she could have tried blocking but with only 30% wool content there was little hope.
Being one not to give up easily, a search was begun for the perfect yarn. She needed 450 yards and thought that wool would do the trick. It could be blocked smooth, unlike the Woolease. A little poking around in the LYS yielded the solution almost immediately: Midnight Derby in Smooshy from Dream in Color. She had never seen this yarn before. Lovely shades of blue, 450 yards, 100% merino, a perfect match! Within minutes the yarn was purchased, wound, and stitching begun. All was good until she realized the resulting piece was a mere 8 inches in depth.Could 8 inches really be blocked to a usable depth? Crossing her fingers (and asking her loyal blog readers to cross theirs) she blocked. She soaked, and yanked, and pinned until 8 inches became 16. And the most amazing lace, more beautiful than she anticipated, emerged.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I wanted to pass along efforts by two friends to make a difference - improve the world. Would you please consider lending a hand?
1) Want to help others and feed your love of fiber? Try: "Can Do". Heather designed this yarn from the colors of the "Can Do" web site. I've seen and handled this yarn in person. It is wonderfully squishy and the pictures just do not do it justice! Ten dollars of each skein goes to the charity.
2) Do you know someone whose life has been touched by MS? I bet you do. The author of this next effort, a good friend and fellow yarnie, faces this challenge. Also, my cousin has been waging his battle against this insidious disease for a good forty years. It is slowly stealing his life, but he fights to live to the fullest. Ericka of Armed with Pointy Sticks (the yarnie) is participating in the MS walk raising money to find a cure and has set a significant goal of $2,500. Read her story here and click to donate if you feel so moved.
One action, one step, one life at a time. Make a difference!
Saturday, March 08, 2008
And while I was thinking spirals, I had to try this. It looks like it is worked in the round, but is actually done flat then gathered. I've given this a test run and it works beautifully in the bath with shower gel. Not too rough, fits well in the hand, and lots of suds!
I may have enough of this yarn left to make one more multicolor, but I've already moved on to using up some more cotton scraps. See?
This may be the perfect pattern. It is quick, uses little yarn, and works great.
And just for fun...
DIS AR TEH MAH BED AN U CANT HAS IT BAK.
So much for packing up some of my books... LOL
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
The first is the "A Rose for Mother" bath pouf pattern I had heard about on Lime and Violet. One of the girls, Caron, is making a bunch of them as gifts. The picture (beautiful) and pattern (interesting) convinced me to give it a go. And, heck, after corralling the stash, I know exactly how much cotton I have that needs to be used!
Here's my first FO in ages. What do you think?
Talk about attention to detail. Look at how beautifully finished the underside of the pouf is. The entire pattern is like that.Another pic of the front in the correct positioning for use. I did try it out in the bath, but found the lather factor was low and it is a bit heavy and rough for my taste... However, all is not lost. I plan to use it as a pot scrubber. It should be perfect and look much nicer than the store bought one!
Then there is this...
It is the Winner Circle hat (purchased pattern). It is sort of a yarn version of a baseball cap that is a bit more feminine. I thought it might make a good Chemo Cap as it has some style and the yarn is softer than the cotton from which the caps are usually made. The pattern was even if the bill is a bit fussy and requires careful attention.
What am I working on now? Another Chemo Cap of course!
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Next, I turned to this afghan from the same book. Nice big squares. I loved how it looked with the first three rounds. However, it lost its sweetness and that nice soft edge when it reached round four. Frogged.
Not pictured is a granny square snuggle I started in the darker Caron yarn which is staring at me from the coffee table.
So, what's that so far? Oh, yes, five projects.
Then there is the scarf I mentioned made from the Socks That Rock Harvest Moon yarn. That's six.
This offset fillet crochet stitch is just perfect with this yarn. It almost looks like feathers traveling in opposite directions. It is light and airy, but not so much so that it could not be wrapped for warmth. If my math skills do not deceive me, it will be about 6 1/2 feet long before blocking.
To these six projects, we add the wips which are many. Why is it that I cannot seem to keep my attention on just one project? Am I searching for something? Am I just destractible? What's the deal? I think I'll try to finish one of the snuggles and see if I can break this bad habit I seem to have developed. I can claim to have finished one thing, though.
I CORRALLED THE STASH!
SIX - 20 quart plastic containers
(One of cotton, one of fine fibers like alpaca, one of wool/wool blends, one of handpaints and finer stuff, one of acrylic baby yarns, and one of a variety of acrylics)
PLUS - This shelf
PLUS - (in the spirit of FULL disclosure)
These in the living roomAll of the stash is now neatly packaged and sorted. Now I know why I was moved to work out of my stash so much lately. It is threatening to take over! How's your stash doing?