When It Rains, It Pours

And it’s not about flooding, either.

My broken toeTwo days ago, I broke my toe in two places. It’s the fourth toe on my right foot. I accomplished this feat the other day when I got up from my chair to refill my coffee and my toe connected with the leg of my kitchen table. I’ve been off of work since Wednesday, and I’ve been sort of doped up on pain pills. The doctor gave me one of those walking cast/shoe things to wear and a prescription for hydrocodone. Today is the first day I went without taking the pain pills, which is good, because yesterday, they knocked me out.

In my more lucid moments, I worked on the Shapely Tank. Shapely Tank Top Progress-6/27/2008I’m often rethinking the sleeve idea, but I think it’s mainly because the top is going so well and I’m very impatient to get this thing finished and wear it. I may actually have a top that will turn out and will fit me. I’m going to have quite a bit left over yarn, even after using the yarn I frogged from the other top I used first before the balls of yarn I had yet to use. I may have enough to knit another top or a shrug or a lot of dish clothes. πŸ™‚

Today is the first day I haven’t taken the prescription pain pills. I tried just taking an Aleve and it seems to be working just fine. The good thing about this is that I have time to sit and knit, since I can’t get up and do anything else. πŸ™‚

My next project, after I finish this, is to do my first felting project. I’ve been in the hunt for a new purse and I’m not seeing anything I like, so I decided to knit one and felt it. I bought some skeins of Lamb’s Pride Bulky at Yarns By Design. I just ordered some of the larger tips for my options needles at Knit Picks (along with some sock yarn, some of the longer cable sock size circulars that I don’t have, and a book since they’re having a book sale). I think I’m going to be bold and try to wing it as far as the pattern goes.

Even though it seems that I’ve had some recent bad luck, in many ways, they are blessings in disguise. Having one vehicle is inconvenient, but we’re getting used to it and adapting. On the positive side, we are not just hopping into the car and driving anywhere. We’re planning our trips and consolidating them to be more efficient. Other positives are that we are only insuring one vehicle and we’re also spending a bit less on gas than what we were with both vehicles. On the negative side, I’m sort of dependent on my husband to get me to work and if something happens to me and I have to leave early, he does, too. And I can’t go and do all the other things I want to do, too. I still haven’t found a compromise with him on this yet.

Somehow, I think my broken toe is a blessing in disguise, too, but I haven’t found what the blessing was, yet. Maybe more knitting time. πŸ™‚

Dishcloth-a-palooza

 



Some dishcloths I knit recently. I’ve been on a dishcloth kick lately because it’s just too hot to knit scarves and have all that wool pooling on your lap.

This first one is the ever popular ball band dishcloth. I knit this out of some leftover Lion brand Cotton I had in my stash. I am thinking of doing another one with the colors switched around.

garterlac cloths

Here’s two Garterlac Dischloths I knit from this pattern. This one was actually a lot of fun to do.

basketweave squares

And this is my first “self designed” cloth. The stitch pattern is “basketweave squares” from the Reader’s Digest Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches.

Hello Kitty

Here’s a picture of my very first intarsia project and bag.

Hello Kitty Bag

The bag itself is based off the Poster Boy bag from Stitch n’ Bitch Nation. I found the picture of Hello Kitty online and I graphed it out at Mircorevolt’s Knit Pro , and I determined my size based on the graph and my gauge. I knit the front and the back separately and I seamed them together. (Poster Boy is knit in the round and the image on that bag is knit Fair Isle.) The lining is a pale yellow flannel with a pink outfitted version of the same Hello Kitty Angel, hand sewn into the bag. Yarn used was Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease, worsted weight in Azalea Pink, Blue Heather (which doesn’t photograph as Blue Heather), Butter Cup, and Fisherman. I found that I was able to use less than one skein of yarn per side of the bag. The black was duplicate stitched using sport weight yarn (I used Red Heart Sport in black). That was kind of tedious, but I think it helped lessen the number of bobbins I had hanging at the back of my work.

Intarsia wasn’t as bad as some people made it out to be. Not sure if that’s because of the image I chose. There were times when I had to stop and untangle my bobbins from one another, and other times when I was going to put the work down and I had to carefully arrange my yarn bobbins and set them in such a way as to not tangle when I was not working on the stitch.

I’d say it took about a month to do the entire bag.Β  I’m very happy with how it turned out, and even more happy that my first attempt at altering a pattern didn’t end up in total disaster.Β  πŸ™‚

The lucky recipient of this bag was my niece. I am happy to say that she loves it.

Update

Quick update. Mediation didn’t work out. The A-hole didn’t even try. I am taking him to court.

I had a bit of a glitch with the tank top. One side ended up being longer than the other in one spot. I put it away instead of messing with it. I’ll mess it later, because I don’t feel like taking it apart right now.

I am a lazy knitter. I made three winter hats in the past couple of weeks, and I haven’t taken pictures of them for finished objects. Right now, I’m working on an Amtgard sash for the Hubby. I’m also trying to work out the intricacies of illusion knitting. This is where you knit what seems to look like an innocently striped object, but when you look at it from an angle, a design magically appears. πŸ™‚

Instead of doing an established pattern, I am diving right in and I’m doing the geek thing and doing the Gatchaman bird insignia. I am not a diehard anime fan, but I love this show because when I was a little kid, I used to watch it when it was called Battle of the Planets. πŸ™‚ This is real old school anime, kids. Go buy the DVD’s. It’s worth it.

I traced the insignia off of one of my DVD cases and graphed it out on graph paper. Then I took that graph and made graph “paper” in Excel and then I graphed it there, first as a graph should I ever want to do intarsia, and then I figured out how to graph it out for illusion knitting. I’m going to do a practice swatch of the illusion. If this works out, and I can get this to work, I might post the pattern online for anyone else who wants to try their hand at it.

In the interest of fairness, and if I can get this to work out, I will try and graph out the Galactor insignia. I’ll have to go through my DVD’s and get a good screen shot of the big red insignia. I couldn’t find one online when I did a Google Image search. Oh well. This will give me an excuse to watch my DVD’s again (as if I need an excuse. *grin* Right before the very last box set came out, I decided to have a Gatcha-marathon and watch every single episode and I almost made it stretch out until I got the last box set. BTW, the last five episodes are the best.).

Off to knit now and watch American Idol. πŸ™‚

Tank Top and Other Stuff

Out sick today, but I can report that I’m over halfway through my Mud Flap Girl tank top. I’ve done my waist decreases and now I’m beginning the increase rows.

Knitting has been my sanity for the past few weeks because I’ve been stressing out so badly.

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Yarn Snob

I hate snobs, but I’m finding very difficult to avoid becoming a yarn snob. Last weekend, I went to my LYS (local yarn store), and I got me some 100% wool yarn and I knit my son a winter hat. That stuff feels soooooo goood!

Because of this, I’ve decided to scrap the Dr. Who Scarf. I was almost halfway through it. Not entirely, though. I’ve decided to gradually going to accumulate enough Brown Sheep Co. Nature Spun Sport Weight the pattern calls for to do this up in the proper fiber. I actually don’t mind. The pattern writer saw an actual prop scarf from the show and modified the actual colors. DH was loathe to tell me this, but in a way, it is a good thing he told me because after knitting with that very soft and wonderful natural fiber yarn, I really did not want to go back to that squeaky and scratchy acrylic yarn.

I’m going to print out a new pattern and accumulate the yarn.

Right now, I’ve also gotten half of my tank top done. I’m doing the Mudflap Girl tank from Stitch ‘n’ Bitch Nation, but it’s in pale yellow and it won’t have the mudflap girl on it. I’m not ready to try intarsia quite yet. I just want to learn how to make a garment.

Ahh, the Good Old Days

A long time ago, back in the Decade that Good Taste Forgot (aka the 1970’s), an unholy fusion of yarn and aluminum created the Crocheted Beer Can Hat. I remember seeing one of these things at my neighbor’s house, made from Hamm’s Beer cans and pink, white, and green variegated yarn. I remember seeing people wear these chapeau’s in public.

Thanks to Stitchy McYarnpants, you can now make your own crocheted beer can hat. Remember kids, if you want that authentic 1970’s feel, use only the cheapest acrylic yarn in variegated colors (Red Heart Supersaver) and use only aluminum from the cheapest of beers. Schlitz, Old Milwaukee, Hamm’s, and Red, White, and Blue are good choices for this.

Ahh, the good old days…Shag carpeting, dark wood paneling, macramΓ©, polyester leisure suits, disco, CB radios, and fashioning hats out of aluminum cans and cheap-o yarn.

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