Sparkle Moxie

Friday, April 28, 2006

It's just going to get uglier before it gets better.

The spaziness knows no ends. I finished a sock for Natalie (which looks freakishly skinny, even though I know its stretchy ribbing and she has extremely little feet.) and cast on for the second one, but then D reminded me that I really need to finish the Elyse tote seeing as how its going to be the display bag for the
LYS, because, oh yeah, I have had that thing for about three weeks out of the four I'm supposed to have it, and, as a fun note, my four elements project for my color class (which I haven't posted pictures of because he-lloooo -- spaz!) the owner of Yarns 2 Ewe said she wants to put my project up on the website when I get it back from portfolio review.

Run On!

Anyhoo, this weekend: I will finish Elyse, and the painting for my color class.

And here's a close up of the orange sections of Elyse for Project Spectrum. Ever since I joined, I can't help but look at the colors around me. What with this and my color class, I'm going to be really annoying to just about everyone, I think.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

So, yeah, I haven't a clue as to why, but I cannot commit to a project.

Yup, that's MattyJ's now four foot long Harajuku Tweed. Once I realized that there was no way in hell I was going to finish before he left for Las Vegas, I started up on the Elyse Tote. The colors are gorgeous, and yes, its coming along nicely, but my mind has just started wandering. As in, wanting to start on the Slytherin socks I promised D (that gray and green at the top middle), or maybe on
Convertible with that seafoamy stuff, or a tweed for myself out of the luh-ovely blue and black silk, or, just stash bust with my new Stitch Diva pattern. But am I doing any of those things? Nooooooo. I'm slightly pissy and on the internet.

With that in mind, here's a photo of my new favorite thing I've thrown, fresh out of the kiln. And I'll try to not remember the disasterous session I had at the wheel yesterday, wherein I tried out my new, very groggy, low fire clay. So far, low fire clay is not my friend.


UPDATE: A night of being alone on the internet has made me join Project Spectrum. Let the colorfulness begin tomorrow!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

I've got a monkey, I've got a monkey, I've got a monkey hey, hey, hey hey!

This is still unnamed monkey. D loves him, and both my sister and brother have requested one. Although my brother has actually requested a Moogle, from the Final Fantasy series. That should be interesting.

I used Lamb's Pride Bulky, instead of Worsted, and because of that monkey is kind of ginormous. Which is ok. The only problem I have with it is that I didn't check to see if the pattern uses needles smaller than required for the worsted. I used my 10 1/2s, and I think the fabric has more give, showing the stuffing in some spots. It made me a little leery about squeezing him to get him perfectly round like the pattern author suggests. But he's still pretty cute. And if I were to make another monkey, I think I might play around with the ears more. I stopped the after only two decreases, then kitchenered the top to make them more rounded, but it's not quite as rounded as I would like. Oh well.

This is what's on the sticks now, a birthday present for Matty J. He's a friend of mine, and he turns 21 this Friday. I went to Yarns 2 Ewe yesterday to take part in their Easter sale. I got these two skeins of Noro Silk Garden to make a Harajuku Tweed scarf. He loves all things Gwen Stefani, so I found two skeins that have the same palette as her Harajuku Lovers line. The pattern can be found here, at Naive Knitting. The pattern calls for a multiple of 4 + 1, and as I wanted to make a long, skinny scarf, this one is only 13 stitches wide. I've got about two feet so far, but Matty J is a tall thing, so there's still alot to be done before Friday. But I couldn't be more excited about the color combo; its pure Gwen. Woot.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Somewhat Cowl is dead! Long live the Somewhat Cowl.

Or at least the first version is dead. Do not ask me why, but I thought I was supposed to swatch on the smaller needles. Where this idea came from, I don't know. It's not anywhere on the pattern. It's not in the email I sent
Knit and Tonic asking about gauge (even though its on the description page), so, in other words, what the fuck?

I tried it on after joining the piece to work in the round, and it was big. So I decided to do some decreases under the arms, and it was still too big. Two and a half skeins, all zipped right out courtesy of my ball winder (and is it just me right now, or does a ball winder seem like something a guy wouldn't want to run into in a dark alley late at night?).

So I went to
Yarns 2 Ewe to get some size three circulars for the ribbing when I passed the Lamb's Pride. And kind of out of nowhere I fixated on three colors that I know D would like. And that would be perfect for Kate. Since D and I are going to make Easter baskets for each other this year, I decided to modify Kate to be a monkey for D's basket.

The yarn's bulky, not worsted, and so far unnamed monkey has a bit of a fat ass. But that's ok. If Sir Mix-A-Lot likes it, then that's good enough for me.

Friday, April 07, 2006

I wish I knew some quote about embarking.

But I don't.

Anywho. The yarn came in today for the Somewhat Cowl! I'm so fucking excited. I'll have to remember that when I get to the point where I have either A., gone willynilly in the search for another project or B., get frustrated with something that's actually very simple and want to give up.

Obviously, this is all
Knitpicks stuff. I knew I wanted to work with Shine, and I chose Orchid. Its got more pink in it than violet, but nothing I can't live with. Then of course I had to spend a little more to get free shipping, so the teal stuff is the new Shine Worsted in Reef, and that little bit of alpaca heaven is Decadence in Chocolate. All I've done is touch it, but holy crap is this stuff nice. If it were a person, it could make a self-respecting Catholic school girl go all the way with it on prom night.

Got a little flushed thinking about it.

But, the Shine Worsted will probably be the little octagonal bag from Loop D Loop (which I found for 8 bucks at an outlet store, could I be any happier about that?), and the Decadence will be a
One Skein Wonder.

You know.
To keep a gal warm on those lonely nights.

Monday, April 03, 2006

I'm an art student, maybe possibly getting a degree to teach art, and right now I'm currently enrolled in Color. Pretty much you explore the different aspects of something that yes, all artists use, but sometimes take for granted. I am loving this class.

We're getting to the end of the semester, and for the last week and a half, instead of working on the project due this Wednesday, I'm working on the one due in two weeks. That project entails using color to define the four elements: water, earth, air, and fire. From the beginning of the semester, I knew I wanted to have a go at knitting something for this class, so this is my attempt at it.

The yellow piece is air, done in a combo of knit and crochet. I used four different yarns, including Berroco Zen, Knitpicks Shine, Moonlight Mohair, and some gold stuff I bought when Target had yarn in their dollar section.

This blue piece is water. Each row is a separate strand, done in a feather and fan pattern. Its got more of the Target dollar stuff, Knitpicks Suri Dream, some of their alpaca lace stuff, and Wool of the Andes, some wool I dyed, Paton's wool, far too many for me to remember right now.

The brown and green piece is earth. The browns are Lamb's Pride, Andean Treasure, and an Annie Blatt yarn. The green is Kidsilk Haze.

I've started fire, but need to put it aside to actually do the work that needs to be done first. Kind of like I need to get off the internet and do my Political Science stuff.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

So, I've finally decided to go ahead and do this, i.e., a blog for my knitting. I hope that this stays pretty much knitting-related, but if real life seeps in, oh well.

I think I'm at a point where I've got the mad skills required for bigger things, so in that vein, I'm going to post some "resolutions." Within one year, I am going to:

1. Knit a sweater (shouldn't be too hard, as I've got yarn coming to make the
Somewhat Cowl)

2. Design my own sweater, and really just start designing in general.

3. Finish a pair of real socks. I've made the pair in Weekend Knitting, but I don't think they count.

Aaaand, I don't know what else right now. I'm sure this list will expand, and I hope I'm entertaining, at least.