Saturday, October 31, 2009

harry potter and the self-made gypsy

thing one and thing two, dressed and ready to charm. i was so happy that:
1. the gypsy both wanted to and did create/cut/sew/tie her entire own costume, saving money for the fabulous crystal ball ("there is great wealth in your future!")
2. harry wanted to be harry and not the ubiquitous star wars clone. i did not want to have to argue YET AGAIN about the fact that a light saber IS a weapon, at least in the eyes of one's principal.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

kieran tweed (last name)'s hat

our friend tweed (best name ever!) (hippie parents, i think) and his lovely wife have just had their first baby. this called for a quick knit/stash buster/not boring kind of baby hat. i found one here -- how cute is that?! my version looks a bit long on the upside-down soda bottle model -- it'll fill out over a little baby dome, i think. plus the roll can be adjusted.

using size 2 dp needles, i cast on 102 st of the online superwash sock yarn (not exactly the colorway, which i think is discontinued), knit for 6.5", and used the super snappy crochet bind-off.
i have to say that the yummy blondwood size 2 dpn's i have were TERRIBLE with this yarn -- way too sticky a combination. but i did not have the right size addi circular, so i toughed it out.

i started it friday night, finished sunday afternoon, and actually spoke to people in between ;-).

Thursday, October 22, 2009

knitting is my bag

my latest bag started off as a simple large tote, but then i wanted it to go from dark brown to dark green, blended by a skein of complementary kureyon, and when i got done with that, it looked so yummy and tweedy that i had to fight the urge to do the top as argyle and complete the whole old-fashioned knit feel. so i decided to entrelac the top, just to generate those diagonals as texture, with limited color change (blending green and brown for a tweedy feel again, on the squares). we'll see how it goes -- the entrelac is a slow process, for me.
here's the kureyon tweediness -- it'll be even more tweedy once it's felted. (btw, the colors are not especially representative of reality; c'est la vie, or at least la photographie)

it's hard to take a picture of entrelac in progress!!!

i'm not sure how it will felt up, with three different yarns, straight stockinette, and entrelac started from stockinette on the top. if the entrelac flares a bit, that will be ok, but if it shrinks up smaller than the stockinette, i'll be disappointed. it's going to have to be a careful felt.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

if i start knitting a blanket,

will i finish it?

look at these gee's bend quilt sections:

would it not be so fun to interpret one of those in knitting? how would it look felted?

this is not a new idea, being inspired by quilts, but i am enjoying thinking about doing things like using short rows to emulate the uneven blocks of fabric, using noro to generate uneven sorts of stripes... wow. fun to ponder...

Thursday, October 8, 2009

halloween dry run

can you guess what we will be on halloween?

knitting will return soon...