I’m going to be reblogging relevant posts from my main blog, DragonMommie’s World, to here. Those having to do with my crafts, kitting, crochet, the looms… Probably not spinning, though as that is kinda recent, comparatively.
My maternal grandmother taught me now to knit and crochet. She created many items from scratch, years ago, that you see in the stores today, like crocheted towel hangers, flowers, mail holders, etc. Let’s just say she was very creative. I have that hands on creative spirit she possessed. Not my sister or brother, me.
(This is Little Drake a year ago) I watched her spend her whole summer knitting, arranging and attaching this full-size granny square spread for her bed. This is the most amazing thing; she used all the colors of the rainbow for it, and you simply cannot discern a pattern from throughout the whole thing. Amazing. What’s more amazing is that I now have this spread on my own bed, or rather hers; because I now have her bedroom set, as well. How lucky can a girl get?…. Though I do not think of her having…
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Please raise your hand if you totally suck at working a pattern. Nobody? ME… I’m the doof!
While I have finished my girlfriend’s wedding shawl ((original post here)), THE wedding shawl, it’s totally too BIG. Ugh. I had an awesome time working on it and maybe that’s what I should be focusing on, but after I gave it a soak and got it on the blocking mat, seems that it’s roughly TWICE the height she wanted. So, I’m hoping that just blocking for the points on the end will be enough. It’s laid flat with the ceiling fan going, so I should know by tonight whether it will be a bust or not. I’m totally not ripping it back a repeat. If I do that, I’d have to redo the edging, assuming I rip back to the right row.
Sorry about the really unnatural looking pic, but I wanted to make the stitches stand out. Actually, I’m really please with how it came out…. but it’s just really big…. and I could not pull on it hard enough to make really nice points. Want to see a thing of beauty? You can’t see the silver in this, but the yarn is Kraemer’s Sterling Silk and Silver, in Tuxedo colorway, which is really a nice black. This is real sterling silver inter woven into the yarn. Unfortunately, because of having problems sourcing the silver for this yarn, Kraemer’s has changed it a bit. I heard that now they are using artificial metallic fibers for the silver part, but on the up side, the new yarn, itself is supposed to be softer feeling.
It’s settled. I’m going to HAVE to make another one for me. Maybe next year. I’ve got so many projects waiting in the wings… BUT if a wedding pops up in the next couple of years, this will be my shawl.
Okay, I guess that’s enough. I feel better now…. just hoping Paula still likes it. If she totally hates it, I get to keep it… weeeeee~!
A good friend of mine is getting married December of 2011. Being a knitter, the first thing I thought about was, “OH. I can make her a shawl or something.” Well, she picked out Gail (aka Nightsongs), a beautiful, yet free pattern that she happened to pick out. Though I love lace, I do have a hard time connecting to knitting charts which most lace knitting patterns are written as. As luck would have it somebody actually created something called an “UNchart” which is sort of a part written and part charted pattern. It was love at first sight!
So, the yarn that Paula pick out is Sterling Silk and Silver by Kraemer Yarns in Tuxedo colorway (black). 63% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 15% Nylon, 2% Silver ~3.5 oz./ 100 Grams, approximately 420 Yards. This stuff is lovely. Real sterling silver threads run all through this stuff. Recently, Kraemer’s was forced to give up getting real silver threading because it’s getting harder and harder to get, so now they have some other fake material substituting for the silver…. SO, I am making this shawl, with one of the last skeins available with the sterling silver inside. Nice gift, eh!
I had completed the majority of the shawl when it got really hot this summer. Of course, I totally abandoned the project knowing I had plenty of time. About a week ago, I picked it back up and as of tonight, I’m up to the last 19 knitted rows for the edging. My eyes were giving me some problems at about 11pm, so I stopped for tonight and will resume tomorrow… I can’t wait to get this thing done, but I’m loving it and watching the leaves develop and I’m really looking forward to blocking this baby using my relatively new blocking wires. This will be the first project I’m using them for and excited…. Well, as excited as you can get, considering.
Yeah, I was pretty boring tonight, but I did want to document this shawl in some way and have been meaning to do it…. PLUS this will be the first post on my knitting blog in a LONG time, so it really was begging to be done.
Now for something really important. I have a wedding to go to at the end of March 2012 and I’m considering asking Paula if I could borrow her shawl… hee hee. We’ll see…. I have no idea what I’m wearing for that yet, but I do know that I don’t have any elegant piece like this to speak of in my wardrobe. After completing this one, I’ve got some serious Christmas knitting to start, so I can’t even whip out another shawl right now.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. ~1 Corinthians 13:2
Oh well, searching for this quote has pushed me past 12 midnight and so I’ve lost the post a day challenge. That’s okay, though, because I have love.
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Just an update from yesterday’s post, A Little Wet Wool, Anyone? I’ve decided that the pattern for my freshly spun yarn will be the Chastain Park Shawl, published in L. Mariana Designs, which is a site online. Ravelers go here. I’ve chosen this one because the yardage given falls within my criteria and also the pattern is plain enough to show off the yarn. Ravelry has just installed a new pattern search that is the BOMB. Very cool. Anyone not at Ravelry should go there… NOW.
Not going to start it right away because, 1: I have two shawl/wrap projects going right now. 2: Want to wait until it’s cooler.
Okay, carry on…..
I’ll just say it once. “It’s been a while”. I’d like to say that without any apologies, but I do feel that I’ve let down whatever readership I had. Key word: h-a-d. I’m in a hard place right now and a lot of things are overwhelming my brain. Not that I was disciplined by any means, but I just can’t seem to get out of this haze I’m in most of the time. I do have my moments of clarity, but they are few and far between. I’ll be writing more about this particular aspect of my life in our parent blog, Dragonmommie’s World; but for right now, I want to show you all some of the things I’ve been doing in Yarnworld.
The most latest is this blackish/purpily/robin’s-egg bluish stuff that is hanging over my kitchen sink. I think I’ll name it… NO, I’ve already named it “Dragon Jewels”. The blue part was spun on a drop spindle and the rest on a spinning wheel my friend, Lisa, let me borrow. I am really loving the wheel and hope she doesn’t ask for it back any time soon…. hint… hint. I’m hoping to get my own wheel sometime in the future, but I’m not holding my breath. I can’t, really. Not for months, maybe years, so I’ll just keep it on the back burner of my To Do List.
Isn’t it beautiful? I can already feel the bounce coming back into it. I think that I’ll be able to take it down tomorrow as it seems to be pretty dry. Now, what the project to be done with this yarn… MY yarn… very exciting.
This was Navajo plyed and there is 295+ yards here. There is a “+” for the fact that when you wind yarn, you must get extra inches with every wrap because the niddy noddy was measured right on top of the surface of it, 67″ per wrap. Now, when you wrap the yarn around, the layer gets thicker and thicker and the length between wraps gets longer, not by much, but it’s something. I’m pretty sure that I’m doing something wrong here because I never heard of anyone having to take those extra inches into consideration.
This is kind of thin-to-thick stuff and I had wanted to showcase it in a shawl. So, while not really enough yardage for a shawl, might be perfect for a shawlette. I specificily plyed this stuff to go from one color to the next, so I’m going to start off with the thinnest part, the blues, into the purples, into the gray/black stuff. Funny, when it was fluff, it was definitely black, but when spun, it turned into grays and very dark grays and very little actual black. Ravelry Pattern Search, here I come!
Getting back to my Home Depot niddy noddy. There is a great post here that gave enough instructions for me to go out and make my own. However, I had my pvc cut at the store, which was pretty darn convenient….Thanks Home Depot Guy! I can even go back to have the rest of my pvc pipe to make a different size. Next will be the two yard size. The one touch I didn’t think of was getting those caps to close off the ends… oh, and I did not use pvc glue, which I really should. Still, it was pretty functional without that stuff, and I was able to disassemble the thing to make it really portable as is.
Bottom line is that I love this spinning thing and can see myself giving up the knitting and crocheting to do more of it… well, not altogether, of course.
“Somebody’s” got to knit up the stuff.
What better title for a blog which hasn’t had a new post since December 2008? This post is also about Ravelypmics 2o10, an event on Ravelry, taking place right now, will finish this coming Sunday night. For those of you who have not heard of Ravelry.com it’s a community of, what I shall call, “Fiber People”. These are those who are infatuated with all things fiber. We are knitters, crocheters, spinners, dyers, weavers, anything that anyone can do with fiber, fiber people. Yet, we are Ravelry. Resistance is futile.
The Phoenix Seraphina is the result of a disastrous attempt to make the Flutter Cardigan from Creative Knittting, March 2010 magazine. (Sorry, if you’re not on ravelry, you won’t be able to see that link.) There was a discrepancy with the weight of the yarn. The magazine said it was a worsted weight yarn and the two substitutions for yarn listed are worsted also… AND discontinued. I wrote a note to the editor on the pattern on ravelry, but have not heard from them, nor do I see my note on the pattern.. OR where they would have made a correction. Still, with Wool of the Andes yarn (light worsted) and a US I hook, I got the gauge required.
I had entered this cardi into the Ravelympics this year. I took a guess at the yarn, measured my chest, even met gauge, but still the ruffle was horribly MUCH too long. Don’t know what happened. It can’t be that I was off on my foundation row by 200+ stitches! I even put stitch markers every 50 stitches on the foundation SC row…. I did not start with a chain, rather started with a SC foundation. I persevered for the full ruffle, to be tragically defeated when I realized that it wrapped around my stomach much too much. What to do? I had to let it go…. for now.
In steps Seraphina! For non-ravelry people, you can find the pattern here. I love this pattern. I think this is the fourth one I made, so I’m pretty comfortable with the pattern, though, written out it’s pretty wordy. There’s a streamlined, corrected version over on Crochetville if you’re interested. Again, you probably need to be a member of Crochetville to access it. Anyway, I had a FO that did not come out right and I was intending on frogging anyway, so I entered that into the Aerial Unwind event. Then I used that yarn, Jojoland Rhythm, to make The Phoenix Seraphina, which I had planned to make for a charity auction at my son’s preschool this coming May 2010. I must say that I’m in love with the Pheonix…. AND that I have enough of the same yarn to make another one, which I certainly will, either for myself or to put up for sale in my Etsy shop.
UPDATE: 2/28/2010: The Phoenix Seraphina Just received her GOLD MEDAL (see badge under picture) ….. the crowd goes wild!
These are my entries and medals won for my events…. minus the Flutter Cardi and socks which I had entered in the WIP’s Dancing event, but have since misplaced them, so another fiasco there. Please note that The Phoenix Seraphina has not been officially declared a winner which is why she is not here. Once that happens, I’ll display her medal. Whew…. so glad I got this posted!
DUM DA DUM DA DUM DUM DUM… DUM…. DUM DUM DA DUM DUM DUM DUM DA DUM DUM DUM!
This was my tree last year.
I name this post for the subject of my post. Her name is Petra and has a son, Lennon, who is loveable, kind, gentle, loving, and just the best son ever…. except when his ammonia levels skyrocket. When this happens, he becomes very aggressive, disoriented, incoherent and has been described as appearing to be a bit crazy. In other words, he becomes a totally different child. Normal ammonia levels are 50-60. I do believe I read that Lennon’s had gotten as high as in the 300’s. Lennon is of preschool age. He has already had two liver transplants. Lennon has Urea Cycle Disorder. Please check out the link to this genetic disease. Can you imagine this happening to your child? I am sitting here doing just that. I cannot imagine myself living through, and witnessing what my friend has witnessed happening to her son. All I can think of is that I have a hard time when my preschooler gets a cut, let alone going through life saving surgery and the gory details that go along with it… just to NOT get graphic about it. Just to think of their little perfect bodies enduring what seems impossible… becomes a reality. It’s a hard reality for mothers to come to grips with; and at the same time, no one should have to experience.
I’m not writing Petra’s whole story here, but if you’re interested, you can find it here. The reason for my writing is that I want to get her story out. She is not asking for donations; but as it happens, she does have an Etsy shop, HERE. She does wonderful work with beads and pyrography, or, wood burning.
I don’t make it a practice to advertise for other people, but I was moved to, today. I figure, “Hey, it’s the Holiday season and maybe someone is out there shopping around for gifts.” A part of me felt powerless until I thought of writing about her. After being paired with Petra in a beading swap, we corresponded ourselves into a friendship that has survived a few long spells of not corresponding. She made me a beautiful bracelet that rests so pretty on my wrist. It doesn’t happen often, that I will just love something that wasn’t made by me. She seems to know what I like.
Coffee… check. Keys… check. Project bag… double check.
Back pack…. Back pack….? BACK PACK?….
This is NOT good…. The other morning I was running around the house looking for my sons’ back pack. Upon remembering that it was on top of my bed, I swung my body around and flew towards the bed. Ouch! I bumped my leg up against the foot board. That smarts… Wellllll my friends, it was a little bit more than that. I felt a little (just a little) weight on my thigh and realized that my canvas project bag was stuck to it.
Yep, that’s right… STUCK to my leg. Surrealistically, I pulled it out and realized that I had just stuck punctured myself with the knitting needles, sized US 9, that were in my bag. Yep, there is a hole in the bag, but not big enough to show in a picture and not very big, either… which sort of tells me that it didn’t go in too far. At the time, I didn’t have a chance to even look at it. I thought that if the blood wasn’t gushing out, it was okay (not so)… apparently, the fat on my leg plugged the hole up for just enough time to get my son off to school… wow, I’m Super Mommie! As soon as I got home, I rushed into the bathroom and took a peek. Looked okay and there was some blood. I poured some hydrogen peroxide over it and nothing happened. No white bubbles… I guess that was a good sign. Must have shown that my knitting needles didn’t have any germs on them. I threw a band-aid on there and was good to go for the rest of the day. My last tetanus shot was a few years ago, so I knew I didn’t need to get that.
Wow. The whole idea of having that happen. I really can’t even remember the details of that moment. I am thinking it only went in about half an inch. I figure that was deep enough for me to feel the resistance when I pulled it out, yet not deep enough to penetrate down to the muscle, though, I did feel sore for a couple of days, and still just enough to know that it happened. You know, just a couple of minutes before this happened, I was thinking that I “could” put those needle tips on those very same needles as I had an extra idle pair laying around. I didn’t want to go an look for them because I was in such a rush… and I had never made it a practice to use them before, but had gotten them in a swap. A few weeks ago, I cracked open the bag and used the other set… which is probably why I didn’t get stuck more than once! Ah, what lesson can we learn from this?
I’ve got to apologize to my readers for not posting more often, but things are more busy now than before Gabe went off to school. I’ll never be able to commit to writing on a more regular schedule… well, unless somebody decides to pay me for it… ha..ha.. One thing that has been keeping me busy is the distribution of the motherload, from-the-mother-land, of yarn from my MIL’s house. She has recently moved down to Florida, and we’ve been cleaning out her house. DH found a literal truckload of yarn in the attic… and is STILL finding it here and there. I was totally surprised because my MIL never talked about her stash, though knowing that I had one and that I’m an avid knitter and crocheter… and all out crafter. I was totally shocked that she had so much of it. I knew that she did do some crochet work back in the day… around the 70’s, but I also knew that she was not currently working with yarn. Well, let me tell you… or better yet, let me show you:
Moving along. Here are a couple of updates on projects that I’ve completed… Well, the most recent are the three (four) shawls I’ve done for some home bound parishioners. All patterns were free and a pleasure to work and very easy. One is a simple lace pattern that I was very happy to find. Also, almost forgot the first one I made, the Angel Wings Shawl by Julee Reeves…
Love this pattern. Next time I want to make it larger; which is very easy to do. Just keep going. This is on my Ravelry projects page as are all my projects. Ravelry? Check out article in Vogue Knitting, Fall 2008.
Please note that the Easy Crocheted shawl and the Easy Knitted Shawl patterns on the Lion Brand site are both the same pattern, one crocheted and the other knitted. Sorry, no pics on these yet.
Yep, the hoopla is all over. We now switch you back to your regularly scheduled program. As of August 24th, 2008~ 11:59 pm, the Ravelympics is no more for another four years. Sigh… I’ll miss it. I must confess that I didn’t think that I’d have so much fun. I mean, of course I had fun working on my projects; but the folks at the Rav really made it so much fun the participants. What was a great, really, really great idea was that they created an “Almost” thread in the Ravelympics 2008 group, so that all the folks that could not finish, could still experience the thrill of posting their pics of their uncompleted projects and I just thought that was SO COOL! Admit it. You get a rush from posting pics of your projects, don’t you? DON’T YOU? I know I do, and I’m proud of it. LOL… even if it means posting my flab in those pics.
Of course, I’m thinking of my Sweet Stuff Sweater. It’s not completed here, but it came out pretty decent. I’ll never forget my excitement of creating an actual garment for myself, size 3X… or I’ll just say “Debbie Size-It”. I have learned so much since I joined Ravelry. It’s recognition and popularity in the fiber community is phenomenal…. unbelievable. I am so hoping to meet Jess and Casey sometime, but for now, it’s a pipe dream because I hardly ever get to go anywhere and a couple of times I got close, but no cigar.
Oh man! Almost forgot! A Stitch and Pitch is coming up in September at Shea Stadium in Queens. Mets vs. Chicago Cubs. Here is a link to the Stitch and Pitch Fan Newsletter, Summer 2008. (LINK UPDATED 9/16/08) A couple of friends are going. It looks as if it’s likely that I’ll have to sit by myself, but I don’t care, if I can actually get there. We’ll have the commute there and back as time for commiserating. The one thing I’m not looking forward to is the size of the seats there…. circa 1964. You can bet that they did not plan for the size of my butt! Especially since if they made the seats bigger, they’d have fewer seats in the whole stadium. What does that mean? Less $$$ for the owners’ pockets. You know, those million dollar salaries must be paid with the sweat and blood of my tush! Once I wedge myself in, I’m stuck there for the duration… oh well, but I’ll BE there. I really can’t wait to get there. The Drake is cool with me going and we planned that he will pick up the little guy from school to give me extra time to get there in time. The Drake is so cool, don’t you think? Check out some Shea Stadium Wiki.
Hey, check out what the mailman brought me today:
So totally cool and I’m wearing this outfit right now. The pin in the middle is the Official Ravelympics pin with the year “2008”, with Bobicus Maximus. The other two pins are Bob’s head (mortal Bob) and the Ravelry ball of yarn logo. Oh yeah, those are MY boobs. Like em? LOL… That’s as raunchy as I’m likely to get…. but even though I’m an old coot, it’s still in the blood. Yep, the very same blood that is leaking out all over the seat at Shea. See what I mean? Wasted lusty blood.
Okay, I really need to put in some filler in here so I can get to the next picture. I hope you don’t mind if I start rambling for a the space it will take. Oh shit, I have nothing to say so I’ll just move forward with my thoughts. As of this moment, I am writing off line without any way to check my last posts, but what I want to do here is show you my Ravelympics projects and a couple of patterns that I’m looking into.
First up, is my “RH Sweet Sweater (turned Cardi)” that I entered for the Sweater Sprint I’m pretty sure that I showed that, but I’ll try to get a pic with me actually wearing it, as long as I look good in it, of course! I didn’t write too much about this one because I’m pretty sure that I posted already and will provide the link.
Next I had entered, I think, three projects for the Cowl Jump. Herringbone Neck warmer I used Moda Dea’s Tweedle Dee. The problem was that the herringbone stitch required was way too tight and the yarn got lost in it, and it lost it’s softness… so I gave up on it and was out of the race almost before it started.
Another project that I attempted was my “Fuzzy Red Cowl”, made with Caron Bliss in Ruby Red. I wish I had a pic of it, but that will have to wait until I finish it. I still have that on the needles as a matter of fact. I am so looking forward to this being finished. The yarn is so, so fuzzy and soft… AND it’s my favorite color… (giggle) or one of them, RED.
Then I found that I had two very complimentary yarns, and I just HAD to do something with them together. Feathers, in Peacock and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, in Blue Bonnet. These two blues would be virtually indistinguishable, if not for Feathers having more colors in it and all that feathery stuff. So, I got out my size US-15 circs and got to work. I wanted to make it fast, so I just made a rectangle, using a plain, and loose stockinette stitch. Of course it curled at the ends, so I decided to crochet a scalloped border with just the Knit Picks yarn. Worked out perfect… except that it took two balls of the Feathers and there is a REAL difference in the amount of feathers between the two which produced a really feathery side and the other side scarcely has any feathers at all, even after I brushed the surface to pull out some from the fabric and other side of the fabric. Hey, do I get extra credit for modeling this warm and cuddly thing around my neck in August hot, humid weather? See the gleam of oil running down my face!
Well, I forgot to make button holes in this thing, but I realized that after I completely finished the object, so I decided to just use a pin. Things never work out as we want them to, no matter HOW much we strive for it. Yeah, I’m a knitter alright. I’m the kind of knitter that forgets to make button holes. I could not even make loops on the edge for the buttons because the neck warmer came out too wide with the crocheted edge. How’s that for planning! My solution was a good one, though. I will need to fold it in half to wrap around my neck, then use a shawl pin, that I’ll make out of polymer clay for the clasp. Should be a piece of cake and I get a really nice idea today for making an outline of a shape, then either make the pin out of the same stuff, or just use a hair stick. I think I’ll need to make the pin because my hair sticks are simply too long and too thick for this project.
So right now, I’m in my local Starbucks waiting for my gals to get here. Sorry, no guys, though we would welcome them should they show up! Nothing like co-ed humor lighting up the table! Another great thing that came from Ravelry for me. For two years I was searching for a local group of people to get together with at least on a weekly or even monthly basis. I was so desperate! When on Ravelry, I found the Jersey Represent Group and a thread started for Union County Knitters and our real-time weekly group sprang up from there because, as you know, us knitters love to get together with you in the flesh. To be honest, I’m not really into virtual knitting circles or chat groups. I’d rather get together in person and see and FEEL the projects I read about on Ravelry.
Going to sign off for now… I want to clear out this table and make way for implements of knitting and crochet.