Saturday, March 29, 2008

Knitting isn't fun


I think I have a new favorite scarf! It's already been worn extensively on my spring break adventures, from New Haven to Chicago to Princeton, NJ, and Maine, and everywhere in between.

(this also shows off my new haircut, which at the time the picture was taken, was veeringly alarmingly towards less "Audrey Hepburn" and more "prepubescent boy." It's softened up a little since then.)

Blocking softened it up really nicely, and it drapes beautifully. It's just long enough to wrap around and have plenty left over, and I love the way the colors turned out (yes, I dyed it myself, but let's not maintain any illusions that I know what I'm doing).

(And look how well it goes with my red pants!)

Of course, while in Chicago, I did find the time to visit a yarn store or two; I'll document the haul and post pictures soon.

In other news, I also taught Rosa how to knit. Despite her frequent claims not to enjoy knitting, and that it "wasn't fun," I seemed to see a lot of this over break, and she's been spotted going to a yarn store or two herself:

Don't be fooled, though. Knitting isn't fun.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Hey, ho, let's go!

They're pinning in a straight line
They're straightening the edges
Hurry up and dry now
Blitzkreig block

Hey, ho, let's go
Soaking it in wool wash
How's my scarf, I don't know
It's all pinned out and ready to go!

How can it still be wet?
I want to wear it right now
Hurry up and dry now
Blitzkrieg block

I'm not going to apologize to the Ramones, because I regret nothing.

Monday, March 3, 2008

I'm not particularly proud of this

In the six weeks since my last post, I have made:
-one ridiculous hat, not worthy of display here. In what fit of dementia did I imagine that that hat wouldn't make me look like a life-sized Kewpie Doll, complete with stupid pointy head?
-negligible process on the first sleeve of my Gathered Pullover. I've got a great little system going where I knit four rounds, put it down, wander off for a week or two, forget how many rounds I've done since the last increase, rip back, knit four can see where this goes.
-95% of a feather and fan scarf! Soon to be finished and blogged about, I hope.

Pretty pathetic, really. I do, however, have a new and inventive use for knitting needles! Say, for example, that you're a college student without access to a dishwasher. Say that one day you notice that your trusty Nalgene bottle is getting a little slimy and decide to give it a wash, except you're washing it in your dorm room sink with hand soap and you don't have any scrubbing tools, and you can't fit your hand into the bottle to scrub at the bottom. What you need, you think, is something long and skinny, maybe something you can use to push a rag around the bottom. Something long and skinny...hmmm...

Yeah, I did it.

Not quite the use Susan Bates had in mind, huh?

Clever and inventive? Or just disgusting? You decide.

So as not to finish on that note, here's a picture of that sleeve:

Pretty color, no?