Addicted Knitter

Gwen is a high school junior stranded on a not-quite-deserted island. (Manhattan.) She's obsessed with knitting and everything japanese.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A Quick Hit

I finished a few things - first, Bo's cat-ear hat.



He wanted it black, of course, and with ears that were bigger than normal. So I added five stitches to the ears when I started them. It made them bigger than normal, but I dunno if they're as big as he wants. Just for comparison, I put the one I made for myself on top of it. You'd be surprised how little difference five stitches makes.



I also made it out of wool, because I worry about people having cold noggins. I really think it came out well - it's the third I've made, so I guess I'm getting good at it. I hope he likes it. I haven't shipped it yet, I should do that...anyway, I also whipped up a couple quick wristbands, because they're so fun!



They only take like forty-five minutes to makes, I'm going to have to have one to go with every outfit. Thanks to Star for the awesome free pattern:

http://keeponknittinginthefreeworld.blogspot.com/2006/07/band-cuffs-free-pattern.html

You know I love free patterns.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Not much happening around here.

I had jaw surgery a few weeks ago, so I've been doing more morphine than crafting. However, I have started a pretty little scarf - laceweight black merino, with clear, dark purple beads at the end. The gauge is pretty small, so I thought it would be really slow going, but it's not too bad. I've got about eight inches so far. It's not really my taste, but if it comes out well I think I'll do a pink one with black beads. I was actually going to start with that, but it's surprisingly hard to find plain black seed beads.



Maybe I'll sell it. I also made myself two shirts - all this non-knitting content, it's sacrilege, I know. Well, what're you going to do, huh? Wanna make something of it?



The one on the left I just stenciled, with black acrylic paint and textile medium. I though it was really awesome until my Mom made a comment about personal hygiene. It's still cool, though. The one on the right I - gasp! - sewed. It came out pretty well, really fits me nicely. (Please ignore that there are still threads hanging off it. I am infinitely lazy.) The only problem is that when I pull up the hood it kind of slopes into my shoulders and looks really odd. But I just won't wear the hood, I guess.

Ok, that's all for now!

Monday, July 10, 2006

new hat

I finished my hat! Yes, that's my hair in front of my face. Why censor when you can imitate Cousin It?



I used the kittyville pattern from SnB, minus the earflaps. Lion brand cotton ease color #148. Love it! Now I, too, can be an electric blue kitty cat. Excellent.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Lazy Sunday

Mom's rose vine is blooming.



I finished the Big Bad Baby Blanket.




I started a hat for myself.

New Knitty

Well, the new Knitty has probably been up for a few days, but I'm a bit slow on the uptake. It looks pretty good. I love the extremities idea. I also love the patterns for Lickety Split and Swell.

However, I noticed there's one extremity they neglected.

So that no one feels left out, I thought I'd present you with a link to the pattern for Strange But Trewe's Penis Cozy.

Enjoy.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Stenciling

Yes, I have tried a new craft. I made myself a sweet new shirt, using a 99 cent bottle of fabric paint, a $4 dollar shirt, a stencil made out of freezer paper, and a stiff-bristled paintbrush I dug out of my craft bin. Please excuse the crappy photo - when I didn't have the flash on it got really blurry, for some reason. The yellow is a bit brighter in real life.



The idea is that everyone has shirts with names of bands on them, so I made myself a shirt that just says 'band' on it. I don't know how well that gets across, though. I wore it yesterday and my sister thought it meant "I'm with the band", like those shirts that say "Security" on them or something.

Still, I love it. And I'm afraid of what will happen when I try to wash it. :X

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Nature Walk

There's lots of nature stuff around my house. Let's take a little tour, shall we?



First thing up, here are the flowers I planted. This is the species Onsaleat Homedepot. And look! Here's a bedraggled little robin we found on the porch. We moved it to the park behind the house so nothing would eat it.



And what's that? There's a Tenyearold Nephewius poking it with a stick!



And on the way back into the house, we can see an example of a domestic canine, very interested in the shoebox the bird was in.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Look, a FO!

Not only did we get a new digital camera, but I also have a FO to show off using it:



This Irish Hiking Scarf is a Christmas present for someone in my family - not going to say who, since you never know who reads these things! It was made with two balls of Paton's Canadiana in Forest Green (I think that's the name of the color...) on a size seven circular needle because all my size 7 straight needles have other projects on them. At about 60 inches long, it's a bit shorter than I'd like, but I ran out of yarn - it hadn't occured to me that I'd need more than two balls of yarn for a scarf!

Here's a closeup of the cables:



This was my first cabeling project in ages. (I made the Hurry Up Spring armwarmers from SnBN almost as soon as I got the book, which was a while ago.) I'm working up to making Mariah this summer. Trying not to think about how much more complicated the cables are on that.

Here's an almost-FO picture of the BBBB:



I have another few inches until I start the outer border, and then I'm DONE! I made another blanket almost exactly like this when my friend Courtney had a baby - same yarn, same color, same pattern. I think it was even the same needle. This one is a bit bigger though, since I started it when I didn't have the pattern on me. When it's done it'll probably be about a yard square. A good size, I think.

Still working on that pink cardi. ::blush:: I haven't even finished the main piece. It's been sitting in my knitting bag for so long that it's gotten some serious wrinkles. I'll have progress to report on that soon, really!