Thursday, October 23, 2008

Where did that orange juice go?

Oh it's on the windowsill.

I have a cold, hence the orange juice.

Once again I've neglected this blog. I could blame it on the cold, but that is a lie. I will however blame it on Penny Arcade Crap, I shouldn't have reopened the page, it's like crack.

On the good news side of things I'm in This Week In Ravelry Since the breaks between stanzas got a little messy I'm re-posting the Villanelle here

Learning to Knit
a found villanelle, lines found in an instructional knitting book and the forums on

To knit a stitch, insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle
Garter stitch is formed when every stitch of each row is knitted
Will I ever learn to purl?

It is important to knit with the proper tension or gauge
Work up a swatch and pin it out without stretching it in any direction
To knit a stitch, insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle.

When I do a gauge swatch, I get 3.5 stitches per inch instead of the recommended 4.
My swatches LIE LIKE DOGS (not bitter, not bitter, not bitter)
Will I ever learn to purl?

Sometimes a dropped stitch may go unnoticed and form a ladder.
Dropped stitches, however, are easily corrected or picked up.
To knit a stitch, insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle.

I'm not sure I know what ladders are!
I really want to learn how to catch a dropped stitch with a crochet hook
Will I ever learn to purl?

I avoid using DPNs at all cost.
Using a circular needle is much easier.
To knit a stitch, insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle.
Will I ever learn to purl?

And now I'm off to read some more Penny Arcade and drink the rest of this orange juice.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Errm, I has a schedule, I think

I've been looking at my schedule, and the things I intend to blog about during the week. Before I moved, started 15 hours of classes, got a job, and became addicted to Ravelry, it was an easy thing to post regularly. Now not so much. I'm going to re-do the regularly scheduled events. I am fairly certain that I am going to get rid of all of them except the Wednesday Happy List, which I want to start doing again.

In the mean time I'm going to ramble a bit about my new horde of WIPs.

This is the pattern that I am using for my first Special Olympics scarf:

It's in Red Heart Super Saver colors Delft Blue and White. If you haven't heard about the Special Olympics Scarf project you can find out more here. After starting this, I realized that the stockinette will curl like mad, and this is acrylic, so it won't block, unless I murder it. I've decided that to combat the curl, I am going to do 10 repeats of the pattern then knit a blue and white striped garter stitch scarf the same length and sew them together. That or I'll experiment with crochet edging.

Next up on the list is another afghan, this time instead of 20,000,000 miles of single crochet I'll be knitting 1X1 squares like this one:

This is being done in Caron Simply Soft Heather Gray and Autumn Red. The finished piece will be 4X4 with 12 gray squares surrounding 4 red squares. Something like this:

You can find the pattern I'm using for the squares here.

I'm also knitting a Friday scarf for a swap. I'm using the deliciously soft and frustratingly slippery Debbie Bliss Pure Silk. Here is my progress so far:

To round out the whole mess of fibery goodness I also started an Easy Peasy Crochet Bag in some Bernat Naturals Soy that has been hanging around for months. I hated knitting with the stuff because it has no elasticity what so ever. Crocheting is going much better. So far it looks kind of like a giant slipper:

I also ordered yarn to make this (ravelry link) on Friday. It's the Hooded Pullover from Vogue Knitting Fall 2008. I fell in love with it the instant I saw it. See why?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Post Ike update and some finished objects

Ike passed through Houston leaving much of the city with out power. Lucky for me, my residence on UH campus has had electricity through this whole ordeal. I got home at about 5:30 in the morning on Monday, neatly circumventing any traffic issues. Classes at UH "resumed" on Tuesday, meaning that we had classes, but no tests or assignments in any of those classes. Professors were very understanding of students who couldn't make it to class because of issues related to the storm.

On to some fibery goodness complete with pictures!

First off, remember a million years ago when I started an afghan in single crochet with some nifty looking green and black stripes?

Yep, it's done. I have the Ravelry group One Day A Week For UFOs to thank for the inspiration to finish the frigging thing. If you are on Ravelry and have a bunch of UFOs check that group out!

I also finished my Irish Hiking Scarf, and can't wait to wear it!

And to top off the pile of finished objects I've got these:

I hope that is the right picture, but right now it seems that flickr is moving along at a crawl.

Friday, September 12, 2008

too many mother ucking hurricanes ucking with my sheet

I drove back to Waxahachie this weekend as there is a huge hurricane barreling toward Houston at the moment. Traffic sucked, and I have a wip that is kicking me in the brain at the moment so off I run to write write write.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Oh yeah, I have a blog...

Sorry for the prolonged absence. I've been a bit busy as of late, and by busy I mean all of my internet time has been dedicated to Ravelry. Here is a run down of what I've done since the last time I posted anything:

I knit: another scarf, a pair of socks, and two dish cloths

I learned stranded knitting.

I moved to Houston.

I participated in a dish cloth swap.

I got my traveling scarf restarted and sent off to my down stream partner.

I started classes.

I got a work study job.

I spent quite a bit of time hanging out with friends that I haven't seen in a while.

I forbade my self from casting anything else on until I finish knitting my Irish Hiking Scarf

I slept once or twice.

I joined an organization called GLOBAL

I volunteered to be a "walker" for planned parenthood during the "40 days and nights" during which they will have protesters at their doors 24 hours a day 6 days a week.

I moved more stuff.

I missed/miss the hell out of my furballs.

If everything goes as planned I should get back to posting here regularly sometime in the next week or two.

Friday, August 15, 2008

6...5...4...3...2...1... Oh Shit

6 days left. I have 6 days left until I move, and I'm still not packed. I know I should just suck it up, but instead I knit a hat a pair of fingerless gloves and a scarf yesterday. I can't sleep, so I knit. I can't pack, so I knit. Half a season of Grey's Anatomy slipped by in my knitting mania. I should pack. Agh.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Oh yeah...

Tin's Scarf
Originally uploaded by cleargreenfire
I finally sent Tin's Scarf, so here it is!