Thursday, December 30, 2004

Don't mind this picture, I'm placing it here because I need it as an avatar on a website - and there's nowhere else for me to put it so I can use it!

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Sorry about the fuzziness - here's my sister, knitting her very first item - a poncho! It's Yarn Harlot's pattern (see the sidebar), in a very nice soft and thick bouclé. The colour is called "blueberry", and it's got a nice bluey-greyey-purpley variation in it. She's already had to rip it back once, through about 10 rows, which for her was almost four hours of work. Poor kid! She realised though that between having her increases wandering all over and having flipped over her needles so she was working back across the row and thus had 4 rows of purling on the needed to be done.

Here's Anton and I standing in front of the igloo. I am wearing: brand-new longjohns and wool socks, cords, snowpants, sorels, undershirt, fleece hoodie, scarf, parka, ear covers (fleece things that slip on your ears), hat, and two pairs of mitts. Like I said, -34C. The igloo is quite big this year, it is almost always tall enough to stand in but this year since we have at least 60cm on the ground, the blocks are all about 2 feet thick. For reference, I am 132 cm, which is about 5' 3.5" .

Monday, December 27, 2004

A Happy Chrismahanukwanzakuh to all!

Well, Christmas has come and gone. My family built our traditional igloo again this year on Christmas day. The temperature outside? -34C. (-29.2F). However, hopefully this year it will last a little longer, seeing as it's this cold out. Last year it was +6C on Boxing Day, so our igloo collapsed. That was the first year we lost the igloo! I have pictues, I will post them soon.

I didn't get any knitting stuff for Christmas, but people loved the stuff I gave, like the fuzzy feet and scarves. The french ticklers went over well too ;) . I will be going to Chapters once I get back to the city and I'm going to pick up Folk Mittens and Folk Socks, so that I can maybe learn Fair Isle. I also want to make my cousin navy mitts with a grey police shield on the back but I have NO idea how to do that without a pattern.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Here are the three scarves I've knit so far, the one on the left is black eyelash with red yarn (very sexy and lingerie like), the middle one is blue "Fun Fur" by Lion's Brand, and it looks more like I skinned Grover than knit a scarf. The last one is for me and it's a strand of Cascade (200 I think?) in a pale purple, with a strand of Red Heart's "Foxy" in varigated purple, and a strand of eyelash in "Kiss". It is thick and very very soft. Only problem is it rolls up on the sides. Grrrrrrrrrr

Scarves and French Ticklers

Here's some Christmas goodies. You can see the scarves at the top of the pic. The little things at the bottom are "French Ticklers" - from under the "Sex and the Knitty issue - check the archives. You can see what they're for there ;). I made them to give to my friends, along with the scarves.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Friday, November 19, 2004

Purple Poncho

Here is my poncho, don't mind me looking a little rough. Like I said, I have mono. In fact, I'm going back home Sunday and withdrawing from two of my classes at University for the semester. It's made using Yarn Harlot's pattern. It's on her sidebar. I made a few changes, namely I used a much thicker wool (it's Bernat Solo in "Plum") which is heavier than worsted, but I didn't think to cast on less stitches. Therefore once I had finished the third ball I went back, unpicked the collar, then worked my way up through alternating rows of eyelets and plain knitting (with decreases in the plain knitting). This made the collar the right shape and size. Also, I used as much fringing as she did but I think I'm going to have to again go painstakingly through all of that and redo it so that I only have one string in each, cause it looks a little strange and excessive right now. I think anyway. All in all a very fun project, and it broke the monotony of the days since I can no longer go to school or basically live life :P

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Thrummed Mittens

Look are these finished mittens? I think they are! The first one required fixing because I had too much fleece in the first few thrummed rows, so I cut open the loops and pulled some out. But yay, they're done!

Monday, November 08, 2004

Nice to know I can still call 'em

So I was right. I have a throat infection AND mono, which means that I may get some knitting done, between sleeping and trying desperately to write my essay since I can't go to class. However, reducing the thrum thickness by half has made the mitten look much more normal so my guess is that if I remove some of the extra fleece from the thrums in the lower half they'll stop looking like I have (as my Mother so kindly pointed out) a goiter on my hand.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

This is what my thrummed mitt looks like on my hand. It's bizzare looking, which I think is because the first two or three thrummed rows were when I used thrums that were the width of the roving (pencil thickness) doubled over. The top few rows, where the mitten looks more normal, are halved in thickness. I wonder if this is fixable without ripping back. Because I tell you, I ripped back on this mitten through thrum already and I do not care to do it again.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Here's the wool for my thrummed mittens. It's a little more intense a blue than the picture shows. Underneath is an IKEA catalogue. Oh how I miss my IKEA... Posted by Hello

I never learn...

So I haven't knit anything on my current I felt it was about time to pick up another. They're thrummed mittens! I figured they'd be perfect for those icy cold winters here in Northern Ontario. Contrary to popular belief we actually do have four seasons here: Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter, and Construction. In Thunder Bay Almost Winter and Construction coincide, since we've had a particularly warm Almost Winter with mostly rain instead of snow. I am confident that we will average in the -20's (Celsius) like we do every year, and I will appreciate my mittens.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Yes, yes I am behind...

I haven't touched my knitting in over a week, which is horrendous. In my defense, I need to work on my Dad's quilt (for Christmas) and my Mom's placemats (for Christmas) before I can think of what I want to do for myself. I also have a 2500 word essay due next Friday on strain markers in rocks for Structural Geology, and I think I'm getting either mono or strep.


Sunday, October 24, 2004

Here's the felted slippers, albeit unfelted. Posted by Hello

Actually, THIS is the hat. Blogger is screwing up. Posted by Hello

This is my first attempt at Hermione's cable and bobble hat. For the candy-along, I've nicknamed it "Twizzler", for the colour and cabling. But now I'm making it again because this one is way huge for me. You can also see my purple and pink slippers, and the felted slippers for my sister, although they are as yet unfelted. Posted by Hello

Friday, October 08, 2004


Well, I finished one of the fuzzy feet (felted slippers) is done, although it isn't felted. I've also started an aran knit sweater in a pretty heather colour (as in the actual plant, that greyish purple), and I've already ripped back and redone twenty rows. ICK. I also started my stripey Crusoe socks.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Snazzy new yarn

So I got some new yarn today, a misty grey purple I just love, to knit into an Aran sweater. I also got bright rainbow sock wool. I have some more things to add to my "in the wings"!

Monday, September 27, 2004

Pink and Purple Mary Janes

Here's one of the pair of slippers I finished this weekend, made of ping-pong wool in "pink power", and some anonymous acrylic in plum. They are cozy! Posted by Hello

Here's the dyed wool, dried and wound. It's a cool pinky-coral, I hope it does up well! Posted by Hello

Sunday, September 26, 2004

First Post

I just created this blog to post my knitting stuff. Coming up - pictures of the wool I dyed for felted slippers, my finished slippers, and soon the wool I should be getting from!