Sunday, January 29, 2006

C is For

I know today is the first day to post the letter C--but I've been excited to post another letter picture.

So without further rambling I give you:

C is For Can

C is for can

"Can???" You might say--yes, can. This is a "vintage" can of Del Monte fruit cocktail dating back to 2001. When I was pregnant with Chunky, I craved fruit cocktail. The last weekend I was pregnant (and nearly a week overdue with him) I decided to heed the yearn for the fruit cocktail. I also decided to employ that old wive's tail that walking will induce labor. So on Sunday, in November mind you, in Michigan, I walked 14 miles (round trip) to Kroger for this can of fruit cocktail. I don't know if it was all that walking or what, but I never ended up eating it. I was induced the next morning (so much for that wive's tale) and he was delivered at 3:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. In all my cleaning out the cupboards for food drives/spring cleaning, I could never bring myself to throw this can of fruit cocktail away. Maybe I'll pass it down to his wife when/if he's ever married and expecting.

Now onto more knitting related projects. I'm biding my time until the Knitting Olympics at which time I will be tackling a mohair lace scarf. I think I'll attempt Branching Out. I like to use the "everybody's done it" patterns as springboards into different types of techniques (see the Irish Hiking Scarf below). I'm a person that doesn't like to have too many WIPs on the needles bogging me down. So all I have on the needles right now is my raincoat. And unfortunately I'm running low on plastic bags. The solution to this however--I joined the Knittyboard Cheap-O SP. If I get a SP that can hook me up with plastic grocery bags to finish the raincoat, I would be one grateful chica!!!

Here are the products of my Olympic wait:
A few fishies for the stash-buster tesselating fish afghan; and
cell phone case
A quickie cell phone case and pouch from one of my koolaid dying experiments. They didn't felt as well as I would have liked, but I was running low on quarters until payday and had laundry to do this weekend. Therefore I couldn't run it thru again for further felting. Now I just have to add a handle and button to the case and a drawstring to the pouch and I'm in business.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Is that--cashmere?

No red spot on this stuff!


This is sleeve 2 of my large men's cashmere sweater I found at the Goodwill they opened up at Clark's Corners. Finally! A thrift store I don't have to drive 15 miles to!

I was on the fence about buying this sweater because of the fact it was a very fine yarn, but in the end the fact that it was cashmere and only $3.49 won out. The first sleeve frogged fine, but after the washing process evolved into a tangled mess. So I had to chuck it. The trick to sleeve two? Tying the skein up when I washed it. But of course!

I've decided to call this yarn Lupe as a nod to the infamous Seinfeld cashmere sweater episode.

Now the only question remains--what shall I make with Lupe?

Saturday, January 21, 2006

As promised here are a couple of pictures of my progress on the raincoat:

raincoat sleeve 1

I'm just doing a simple garter stitch because I wasn't sure how easy it would be to knit up plastic bags. I almost went with stockinette, but can you imagine what the curl would be like? Yikes. No thanks.

And here's a close-up of the stitches:

detail raincoat sleeve

As you can see I've got some brown bags in there. Honestly the white you see here is probably what the whole thing is going to get. At first I wanted a nice whole theme--white sleeves, blue body, and white hood. Yeah not going to happen. I thought I had a lot more white bags than I actually did, and Wally's stopped bagging in blue. So I've determined the color(s) is what it is! It's a "raincoat" that will be made of plastic bags for the love of god!

It will be interesting to see how this whole shebang turns out...I've never knit a large article of clothing before, and I've never knit with anything besides yarn.

Friday, January 20, 2006

C-c-c-check It Out!

No more cookie cutter for me baby!!! Thanks to No No Kitty's delightful thread on how to improve your blog on the ever-so-wonderful I have revamped my blog. I am highly impressed with myself. Just like learning new knitting techniques, I'm slowing "getting" this blog and code thing. And just like my knitting, it's getting better (slowly but surely!)

I haven't been doing much knitting lately. I've been in between projects. I've got everything ready for the Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics (although crap--I just remembered I need to go out and buy some six 6 needles!). I'm doing a lace scarf (might give it to mom if it turns out well) in a pattern from the Windy Valley Musk Ox Farm. It's a simple lace pattern, so hopefully a good segue into the world of knitting lace.

In the interim I have started my raincoat. It's a pattern I'm kind of designing on the needles of a raincoat made from plastic shopping bags. I've kicked that idea around for a few months, but a recent thread on again the infamous got me thinking about it again. Someone started a thread about non-yarn knitting and another someone was cool enough to post to a site about how to connect the bag strands. I'm keeping my fingers crossed I can pull this off. I've never knit a sweater before, so I'm a little skittish. But I figure hey, if it's made of freaking plastic bags, it doesn't need to look perfect right? The weird-factor will probably outshine any design/construction flaws!

I'll try to post pictures of my progress on it tomorrow.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Irish Hiking Scarf

I know. The Irish Hiking Scarf is one of those "Oh How Creative!" patterns (that was sarcasm there). I try to stay away from those because it seems everyone and their mother makes them. However, I really wanted to learn how to do cables, and when I read this pattern I figured it would be a great introduction. So without further rambling, I give you my Irish Hiking Scarf made from Cascade 220 (can't remember what color #!):

IHS Full

IHS Flash

IHS WO Flash

The second and third photos are with and without flash. I've been experimenting more with my photo taking after joining the Knitty ABC Along. It will be interesting to see my progression and to see if "Z" is better looking than "A" (although I can tell you "B" and "C" will be taking from my photo library. But you'll have to wait til next week to see the start of that!

Thursday, January 12, 2006


Just a bit. I think the closer the Mad Scientist comes to becoming Dr. Mad Scientist I entertain the thoughts of "What if he could find a job in Alaska?"

It doesn't help that on the wonderful Knittyboard I found someone who was knitting with qiviut. Sigh. I don't know if it's the mixture of the homesickness, the knitting/yarn obsession, or the little stuffed musk ox my littlest bro got Chunky for xmas (he works at a musk ox farm in Palmer--see the second link)...but I've got a hankering for getting my hands on some qiviut! The link below gives much more info on it.

windy valley
Windy Valley Musk Ox Farm

I found a link to a shop in Skagway selling 220 yd. balls for $62. Not shabby, but good lord, I have a hard time paying more than $7 for any ball of yarn! We'll see. Maybe if I become Mrs. Dr. Mad Scientist I'll treat myself to a ball.

Sadly the one thing about ever returning to Alaska is that I've heard it's changed so much. I've been gone a lousy six years and I don't think I would recognize it. Part of me doesn't want to go home due to the fact I have this image of home in my mind that might be destroyed if I ever go back. But change is life right?

And just because I'm getting better with adding links to my posts--the link to my brother's summer employment. They don't sell their qiviut. It's spun and provided to a Eskimo womens' cooperative that knit it into various garmets for sale to unsuspecting touristas. Hee hee. The mark up is insane, but hey, I personally would love to get paid to knit all day. I believe they even sell their "mess up" stuff (stuff with slight imperfections) for a cheaper price (although still quite steep!)

Palmer Musk Ox Farm

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A is for...

So I thought I'd join in the Knitty Coffeeshop ABC Along. Each week is a different picture for a different letter. First week is A, second week is B, you get the idea.

So my first submission:

A is for Advil:

A is for Advil

Actually A is for aggrevating! I had millions of ideas for the other 25 letters of the alphabet, but A kept escaping me. It's not as great as some of the other submissions I've seen from the "Along." (my photog skills pale in compairison!) But hopefully come B I'll be more inspired.

And just because I read a thread on the Knittyfolk in Blogland section saying everyone likes lots of pictures on a blog because they're just snoopy by nature--I give you a bonus more complete picture of the inside of the left side of my medicine cabinet. It doesn't get snoopier than that!

Advil in the Bathroom Cabinet

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

What I Did Over Christmas Vacation

I don't think I ever had to come up with one of those lame essays in school, but it seemed like a fitting title for today's post.

I didn't get much time off, but Monday I took a half-day off (while Chunky was at school...ahhhhh....Mommy time!!!) So I dropped off some junk from the office and some shoes that I purged from my collection at the new Goodwill they opened up the road. (Beautiful store by the way!) I of course had to shop a little! I've been wanting to learn to frog a sweater to recycle the yarn. Which I did as you can see here. I've dubbed this one "Kermit the Frogged" as it looks the famous frog:

Kermit the Frogged

I didn't do a very good job with it. There are quite a few knots, but I figure it was good practice and I might find a use for it yet. I also found a nice 100% cashmere mens sweater in a dark charcoal color. I'm in the process of ripping the seams on that one. It will be a very fine yarn, but hey, it was $3.50 for the sweater!

And finally, on Sunday I finished Chunky's new hat:

New Hat

It's just a simple K2P2 rib that I think turned out pretty good. I kinda lost it on the shaping near the end but hey, I wasn't using a pattern. And like the mad scientist would say: "remember your target audience!" Sometimes I think I go waaay overboard for perfection for stuff that a 4 year old won't give a lick about!

What's next? I continue to frog the cashmere sweater and I'm working on making myself the infamous Irish Hiking Scarf--my first attempt at cables.