I went yesterday... and had a great time.

Now I just need 12 more hours of sleep...
Just in time for Maryland Sheep and Wool, I finished my Archangel of Mass Transit shawl -- thus named because I knit almost entirely on the bus and train.

Of course, I might not need it next weekend, considering the weather has been up and down all week. Who knows what weekend will be like...
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neotoma: Grommit knits, and so do I (GrommitKnitting)
( Jan. 10th, 2011 09:20 pm)
Now and Then shop in Takoma Park is going to be hosting knit-ins at 7pm on Wednesdays, starting this week.

I'll be attending, since it's so close, and I'd love to see some more local fen show up.
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My plan to make a messenger bag for my niece for Easter didn't quite come off. Easter is just too early this year -- she'll get the bag for her birthday in July.

I am going to get the backpacks done for my nephews, but they might not get them until Memorial Day. I'm tentatively planning to go visit my family that weekend, so I'd just bring the finished packs along.

Yesterday I went down to Stitch DC for a free cable class. It was fun to work on something that I normally wouldn't bother with, even though I did buy more yarn (of course). I was hoping that I could get a copy of the Rosebud Shawl pattern for [livejournal.com profile] gblvr's Con.txt shawl, but they didn't have that pattern in stock. I did find a lovely purple-green-gold colorway of Noro Kureyon, though.

I've almost finished the second Orca Tails scarf -- the one [livejournal.com profile] gblvr dubbed 'the Femme Pride scarf'. I really like this pattern, and want to try it with some other yarn -- it needs to be a yarn with long color repeats, but otherwise I think it can be made out of anything that will have a fairly crisp stitch definition
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[livejournal.com profile] clara_swift, I've finished your alligator. He's kind of streaky. )
I think I will be thoroughly sick of this pattern by the time the class I'm teaching in December rolls around. But I should know the pattern backwards as well, so maybe that's best. Here's to hoping I get students!
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I've finished the first (of many) Baby Alligator Scarf.

It's adorable really adorable... )

Now that my mom has seen it, she wants to me to make a bunch for my baby cousins (well, her grandnephews and grandneices, my cousins once-removed). Given that I finished this guy in three days -- about 7 hours total -- it's not actually a bad plan.

It's just getting the yarn for the scarves means figuring out who needs superwash and which color goes for which cousin -- apparently since I was stubborn 2-year-old about color, Mom thinks the baby cousins might be too. And probably dickering about the cost, since I won't go with cheap (and crap at keeping people warm) acrylic. My cousins live in Missouri; I'm not giving toddlers winter clothes that won't actually keep them *warm*.

Oh, and Clara? I've started the Malabrigo Alligator. He'sstreaky )
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I contacted Morehouse Farm, and they have no problem with me teaching a class on the Alligator Scarf, as long as the students each purchase a kit from them. They're even willing to give me a discount!

It's a nice, easy pattern, well suited to an adventurous beginner )

Hopefully, I will hear back from the shop owner soon, so that the scarf can join the list of October classes. I'd like there to be enough time for students to actually hear about it, and to order the kits -- that says a late October class to me, and since I want to go to RenFest on the 20th to hear the Mediaeval Baebesagain (hopefully the sound quality will be better this time round), that tightens the possibilities a lot.
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neotoma: Roadrunner fetish goes "beep beep!' (roadrunner)
( May. 6th, 2007 03:55 pm)
I went up [livejournal.com profile] gblvr's house the night before, because she was driving and it was easier to go straight from her place than to circle around to my place and then go the festival. I wore my feather and fan stole, since I finished it Wednesday and the weather was a bit chilly out. But boy did I have at the festival (with pictures) )So now I'm taking the day off and going to be lazy lazy. I might order a pizza later, I'm feeling so lazy...
neotoma: Grommit knits, and so do I (GrommitKnitting)
( Feb. 18th, 2007 09:59 am)
I bought some yarn last month with [livejournal.com profile] twistedchick. It was more or less accidental that we went by the local yarn shop when looking for a place to eat lunch. They were having a really drastic sale, so I picked up a few thing. Multi Effekt Sox! )

As an addendum, anyone who is interested in textiles, Susan McCauley of Mekong River Textiles is giving a talk, "Ikat Textiles from Thailand, Laos and Cambodia" at the Textile Museum, at 10 am on Saturday, February 24th. It'll be a real treat.
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My arms need a rest, but I've finished the bottom facing on my Swans Jacket. Turning it and knitting it down was a bother, but it will save me the annoyance of sewing it down with duplicate stitch later on, so that's worth it.


Swans Jacket Facing Swans Jacket Facing

The Swans Jacket, after the facing has been turned and knitted down. The center steek is visible in this photo as the bit with all the cast-on tails hanging off it.



I'm going to go work on something using nice *big* needles now.
I've started the Swans Jacket, and gotten beyond the hump of the facing band -- 16 rows of 429 stitches in flat stockinette finger weight -- and on to the color chart. It's a *lot* easier on the hands, and faster.

Knitting a sweater in the round )

Right now, I've only gotten about halfway through the small swan motif (the motif on the Tam, which my mother called 'ducks' when she saw it). Once I finish that motif, I'll switch to size 3 needles and work the large swan motif for the body of the sweater.

I've cheated with the facing a bit, by using a provisional cast on. When I get to the right point, I'm going to fold the facing down and knit the provisional edge into the body of the sweater. I've done this before with my half-mittens and with the Swan Tam -- it saves me from having to sew down the facing at the end, and thus is wholy worth it.

This is going to be a major project, and one that won't travel well. But I'm not working at the moment, so having an at-home project or two is fine. I might even get this one finished before the cold really sets in, which would be nice.

I am looking for swan-motif closures for it. Anyone know of a supplier that carries nifty clasps or such?
neotoma: Grommit knits, and so do I (GrommitKnitting)
( Aug. 7th, 2006 03:11 pm)
Well, being out of work again has me finishing various projects, and starting new ones.
For example, Booga Bags )

Some of you might remember me working on the green bag at Con.Txt -- it took about a day to do the body of the bag, plus a few more hours for the i-cord. I waited until I had the purple bag finished before fulling them both.

Karaoke fulls *very* fast and hard compared to Noro Kureyon. That surprised me, since it is 50% wool and 50% soy silk and Noro Kureyon is 100% wool. It also finished slightly smaller, even though I knit the Karaoke on size 10 needles, and the Kureyon on size 8s.
These are the two pieces that I am putting into the Strathmore show -- a Scribble Lace Shawl, and a woven table runner )It will be interesting to see if they sell, and what sort of comments I'll get. Also, the reception will be nerve-wracking, but I do intend to go.
neotoma: Grommit knits, and so do I (GrommitKnitting)
( Jun. 24th, 2006 08:20 pm)
I finished the Swans Tam. This is the matching hat for the Swans Jacket pattern I bought from
Yarns International at this year's MD Sheep and Wool.

It's pretty nifty )

I think the Swans Jacket will be a rather nice project, but I'm not going to work on it until the weather gets a cooler, and even then it will be a do-at-home project, since I doubt travelling with it would be anything other than frustrating.

Tomorrow, I submit my two enteries to the July show at the Strathmore though, and it will be interesting to see whether they sell.
neotoma: Grommit knits, and so do I (GrommitKnitting)
( Jun. 6th, 2006 06:45 pm)
How did I miss Anti-Craft? It's got wonderfully ghoulish knitting and crochet patterns, as well as gardening and cooking. It's the perfect antidote when Vogue Knitting publishs an issue full of pink 50's sweaters (nothing against retro sweaters, but the photographs were all of size 2 models in poofy skirts. :P )

And I really want to make the Snowball's Chance in Hell gauntlets, because really, is that not the neatest motif ever?

Also, their difficulty levels are hilarious -- Box of Rocks, Boy Scout Dropout, etc.
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I figured out the Norwegian Purl -- the trick to purling with the yarn carried behind is wrapping and unwrapping the yarn as you complete the stitch! So easy and yet so geeky.

It will take a while to get used to tensioning it right, but this is so *cool*!
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Well into the second week of unemployment, I'm using all my free time to get my UFOs finished. Which is kind of nice, cause I really did have a lot of unfinished objects lying around.

Three Scarves, One Crib Blanket, and a whole *lot* of yarn )

I kind of want a job now, though.
This is my first big colorwork project -- I've done a few colorworked caps -- so I decided to be extra careful with it. Also, you're really supposed to block Shetland yarn to find the gauge, because it *should* be washed and dried under tension to come out right.

The Swans Jacket is knit in the round, and so was my swatch )

Some of the floats are 17 stitches long, so I tacked down the floats every 3 stitches. I think that will work okay, especially if I block aggressively.

Sadly, Yarns International is going to close down their storefront and become a web-based business; since they have samples of almost *all* their sweaters in the store, it'll be a blow.

On the other hand, they're having a sale (25% off or more!) as they close down. I'm going to head over there on Tuesday and possibly buy another sweater kit (should it be Isle of Man, or Scatness,or Sea Flowers?)
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (Default)
( May. 7th, 2006 09:40 am)
The Sheep and Wool Festival was a treat! 'A' and I got there at 9am and got all the errands done before 10am. At which point, we had lunch, to avoid the huge lines that form by noon.

[livejournal.com profile] twistedchick, her SU, [livejournal.com profile] sanj and [livejournal.com profile] ellen_fremedon arrived a bit before 11 am, and we broke into different groups to find our wanted items.

Basically, I had a blast, and spent too much money, which is what you do at this sort of thing. But I got *lots* of shiny things... )

All in all, I had a good (if expensive) day.
I finally finished the Cable Ride socks I started last year. Of course, they are wool, and I won't be able to wear them until winter. But they're pretty.

Cable Ride socks, and Hemp Flowers necklace )
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