Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
And 17,342? I found the cool little feature on Ravelry that lets you make an Excel file from your stash. That's how many yards. Yikes! Edited to add: This evening it occured to me that it didn't make mathematical sense that my 350-odd balls of yarn equaled so few yards. Going to back to the Excel chart I saw that I had added up the column of yards per ball, not total yards per yarn (allowing for multiple balls of the same yarn). New total is 59,255. That's more like it!
(And now that I spin, it seems like I'm adding to my stash faster than I'm taking away...)
Off to edit some more, and to finish a design that's nearly done. If I can do all that, I think I'll reward myself with a little time on the wheel with a pretty batt I just got from Butterfly Girl with the proceeds of my first few pattern sales on Ravelry (yay!)
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Anyway, I was eager to try it out. I dug out my stash of Caron Simply Soft and made My Melody, whom I like even more than Hello Kitty herself. Behold!
Now to decide which one to make next...
Sushi and Girly Bag are free downloads, but I decided to charge for the Blossom Shawl for 2 reasons:
1. Ravelry gets a cut of the loot, so it's an easy way to support the site while shopping.
2. While I realize the pattern was free when it was on Magknits, taking the time to re-edit and reformat everything was work I think it's fair to be compensated for.
Since a couple people have already bought it, looks like at least someone agrees with me. :)
Here's the Blossom Shawl, by the way:
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
After some thought (and getting 2 more balls from Jae), I started on the Vintage Velvet scarf from Scarf Style. I got about a foot of it done, then for some reason (maybe because I didn't love knitting it, even though I love the feel of the yarn) it sat. And sat. And sat.
Fast forward about a year and a half later. I decided (since I'm in a designing holding pattern waiting for yarn to arrive) to make myself finish it. A group of us met to knit the afternoon away yesterday (including Sonya, of course) and I got within 3 inches of finishing the thing. When I got home I was compelled to get to the end of the last ball, and I did. It took me until this morning to work up the nerve to put it through the washer and dryer though!
Exhibit A: Done knitting, not yet felted
Helpful hint: Weave in the ends very well BEFORE washing-- the fuzz will come off the yarn leaving little black threads to weave in otherwise. Luckily I got this tip before I found out the hard way.
Chuck it in the washer with a load of laundry.
When it comes out, try not to cry.
Exhibit B: Out of the washer
Pop it in the dryer until it's about 90% dry, then lay it out to dry the rest of the way (to avoid setting any creases in it). Check the woven-in ends to make sure none have come loose, fix if they have.
Exhibit C: All done, nice and pretty!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
No, it's not me. They're a gift for a friend. I used the Saartje's Bootees pattern and some scraps of Sea Silk left over from the shawl I did for Magknits (RIP). By the way, I'm in the process of getting those patterns (Blossom Shawl, Sushi, and Girly Bag) up on Ravelry, so if you were looking for them, never fear.
Today I'm going to try and make some progress on my long-suffering Vintage Velvet scarf, which won't feel too weird since it's SNOWING right now. Grrrrr.....
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
Speaking of anniversaries, next Saturday is the 18th anniversary of Hubbo's and my first date (more than half my life, can you believe it?)
I'm still gloriously in that mode of "waiting for yarn to come for new designs" so still knitting whatever I please, though the mountains of tech editing (for those that have asked, it's checking and fixing patterns for accuracy, clarity, etc.) has cut down on my knitting time considerably. I'm working on something for Emma out of Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful... should be done soon.