Thursday, July 28, 2011



Was all excited to show you the progress on my scarf (what scarf?!) i cant find my camera. I have a ribbed scarf from mini mochi that I pulled out to finish...but alas I cannot share. Nor does it look like I'll be finishing any time soon. Le sad.

Got the yarn for Runcorn in today, itching to start, trying to finish previously mentioned scarf.

Since camera on fritz, I give you DAILY BUTT!

Go 2 minute posts!

Monday, July 25, 2011


The beast is done...

It's stretched out pretty well there, and ended up being 10x14 ft.

Sorry for all the blog silence, I've been distracted by other things.
I've also finished my Grand Palais shawl and will show you it after I have blocked it out of it's strange oblong like shape.

I've started on some sockies for sam, and also bought the yarn for Stephen West's Daybreak. WOO! I'm excited!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Life's been a teensy bit hectic lately. Just when you think nothing else should be going wrong another ball drops. woops! This is what happens when you get too busy!

The beast is done, minus ends, and I've not had a chance to go home yet so, no pictures. Sorry, you'll have to be in suspense a little longer.

I have moved on to a new project. Last year, I knit up a sweater out of vogue knitting. I should have known it probably wouldn't go well when I 1)felt like the yarn was too itchy for a sweater, 2) realized that bulky yarn=bulky looking person and that it made even the twiggy-tastic model look a little chunky, 3) etc etc etc. There were lots of reasons it shouldn't work but I went ahead and made the stupid thing anyways.

I finished the whole thing, blocked it, put it on, and one sleeve didn't fit. Like, at all. As in, my left arm (the smaller diameter arm, as I am right handed) WOULD NOT go through the arm hole. WTF?! Which seems...well impossible since I knit them both at the same time and did exactly the same thing and they looked/measured identically when blocked. So I tore it out, edited it, quadruple checked it, measured the arm hole, the sleeve, etc etc etc...and reassembled. Still no beans....

So, since I was getting ready to go on a little diet, I put the sweater away in the closet until I'd lost a few arm-inches and figured I'd move on with my life. Last week I pulled it out, and *mini party* it fit. Except it itched like the dickens. So I blocked it again, conditionerd it, tried it on with a shirt underneath. Turns out you can't hide your neck from itchy wool. Plus it made me look...slightly large-ish is putting it nicely...not like I wanted.

So since it wasn't flattering, and I wasn't loving it, and there is no point in keeping the stupid thing if I'm not going to wear it, I decided it had to go.

But why waste all that yarns?!?!?!

So this (Aimee's helping)

Has been pulled out, completely frogged, and is sitting in lovely little balls of blue-goodness (I have a thing for blue, if you couldn't tell) in the floor, becoming one of these:

Tanis Gray's Grand Palais Shawl, out of the Fall '11 Knit Scene. I think it will be lovely. Especially since I know it will fit. :)

If it's too itchy for me, I may end up putting it in the "Gift Basket" (a basket of things I wanted to make but know I will never wear, that get saved for occasions when I need a gift).

So far it's been a quick knit. You whip up the center, then put a lace border down one side, and applied i-cord down the other. I've finished the center and am on repeat 4 of 23 of the lace border. I'd show you a photo but the camera-gnomes have taken over my house again, and so the camera is M.I.A. (this is becoming standard procedure)

As far as tour-de-fleece goes, I plan to get back on that wagon tomorrow....probably...

I've lost some steam on the spinning train. I think it has something to do with the air-conditioning in my apartment sucking, and mixing 95°F temp. with fluffies and a fan=interesting things. I've gotten the AC fixed and *hopefully* things will be good again for the spinning.

Hope you're all doing well. What sort of things are you working on?!

Thursday, July 14, 2011


the done...except for the ends.

It weighs 20 lbs. (9.07 kg).

I think enough has been said.

I'd show you a photo, but 1)my fingers are sore, 2) theres no place large enough in my crappartment to display it, and 3) i'd like to weave the ends in first, which will probably be done at my parents house, so I can spread out and see them all.


maybe I'll go knit some lace...

Sunday, July 10, 2011


The beast has grown my dears. It really has. The border? Look over in the little side tab at that progress!


I know, I know, stop taunting you, and freaking show it off already!

Here's a little peek:

Just for you. :)

No spinning today, on account of the evils of apartment living and the lure of the blanket-monster.

I'm going to go see if I cant get a little further on this bad boy before bed.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A break from the yarns

Tour de fleece continues, as does the beast. I am spinning some wonderful lovely goodies, which I will share with you all...tomorrow.

For today, I would like to take some time to say Happy Birthday to my bestest best person, and dedicated reader, Lillian. This is for allll those times I heard "HEY, have you blogged yet?", "Hey dude, it's time for class", "dude wake up, class is over", "do you want me to bring you coffee today?", "what are you knitting on?", and "GAH".

Also, I hope you're a tidgen embarassed, we're still not even after that whole shove me in a snowdrift thing. Just, you know, so you know.

Happy 23. Love you! May this year be more wonderful than the last. (Also, aren't you glad you aren't puking up your guts during field session?)

Also, I hope you got your lace blocking wires. If not, tell Abby I say she sucks, and also let me know, I will find you some. :P

Special for you, a daily butt:

And the rest of you guys thought I'd leave out yarn completely. PSH!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Now I remember...

why I am not an athlete.

Tour de fleece is whupping my butt.  But I have managed, with a modicum of patience remaining, to finish up my *first* 3 ply....

 The first is the best color, the second the best texture, and the third, a pile of lovely sqooshy-ness soaking and waiting to be dried, twisted into lovely skeins, and thrown on the pile of finished goodies.

5.8 oz of lovely electric blue goodness.....mmmm..

I was really squashing it onto the bobbin there at the end so I didn't have to find one that was empty.

I may have blisters.

Vacation? Oh yes, it was lovely, I'm sorry I'm a little focused on the fiber right now. The beast progresseth. For those of you who asked, it's apprioximately 10 feet x 12 feet (3.3 yd x 4 yd). So, big-ish?

The new crochet hook is very much helping.

I would regale you with tales of what I am working on but zach allowed me to cram the car full of beastly blanket and I just worked on it for the entire 12 hour drive. It was lovely. I made very little progress, but every bit helps at this point.

I also went to a lovely yarn store, which I will tell you about tomorrow(ish) evening.

Glad you all enjoyed the bums! They will continue, I promise. :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Another Edition of!

The Daily Butt:

Tomorrow, we should be back to your regularly scheduled blog.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Are you fleecing?

I hope you're all having a loverly week, as I am still on vacation, I give you another edition OF....

The Daily Butt:

It's of a statue in New Zeland? Australia? I don't remember. Anyways, here's the front, just for you!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

What's that over there?

Since I am out of town, I give you:

The Daily Butt

It's summer, GO SWIMMING!

Monday, July 4, 2011

TDF:Day 2-3

So the tour is plodding along, and I am off on a happy vacation. I hope you're all having a loverly 4th of July, whether you're celebrating American Independence or you're just having a Monday. :)

I have spun up a bobbin of Mystery Fiber A, I'm calling it "Electric Blue", its fantastical, and quick to spin, and fluffy and...oh I'll just show you!

Only 4 ounces left! How apropo...and also, the color works for the day.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Tour de what?

I took a break from spinning and whipped up some of these bad boys:


Pattern here.

I have a lot of cotton, and was a little sick of pot holders/washcloths.

Plus I'm on a *small* cotton+chenille washcloth jag. You should try them, they're lovely. $3 at michaels for some crappy chenille? and you have a spa-esque washcloth.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Progress Updates

So I keep track of all my WIP's on this evil list.

I didn't do very well keeping track this month because somehow a few projects didn't get marked off.

I finished a hat, a scarf, and frogged a project (it was unreasonably large).

I also made about 60 pumpkins.

Alas, no socks..

I used up 4350 yards working on the beast, and have started the border of it....

and 3 things got deleted from the list, but I don't really know what they are....

On the lineup for now:
Tour de Fleece (wheee!)
Goal: USE AS MUCH FIBER AS POSSIBLE! It should, on the 24th, all fit in my fiber basket...
stop laughing

The beast
hopefully, the border will be done...soonish?

And then all those little things in the side bar.

I didn't keep track of how much yarn I purchased, whoops..

I also didn't make anyyy socks for my monthly sock goal. Maybe after I finish the beast I'll get on that.

For now, I'm focusing on progress...I'm to the border on that ?%^&*() blanket. wooT!

SRY for the two blog posts, depriving you of one next week...but yes, I hit post too early, go me! :-p

TdF- "Day 1"

Okay so we all know I spun this last week during my own personal Tour de Fleece. I didn't start on my goal fleeces...erm. oops? Instead i spun up the sampler pack that I got at the Estes Wool Market.

These lovely badboys are from Cloud City Fibers. They were little 0.5 oz rovings that I spun up and 2 plied:

I think they turned out nicely. :)

I also started on some Electric blue on the same day. I'll tell you about it more during my TdF "Day 2".

No worries, later on in Le Tour, I will be spinning with all the rest of you bad-ass spinners.

Friday, July 1, 2011

La la la

Not much to post today...

I caved and bought a larger tunisian crochet hook off etsy (snokistfarmgirl).

Hopefully, it will speed up the beast process. It was causing literal physical pain to use the ghetto-hook. So, $13 later, we'll see if it goes better with an actual long hook.

JelliDonut asked what yarn the hat of loveliness was made of, it is Acero, by Brooks Farm Yarn. I don't think the variety you choose matters.

Word of the wise, you need more weed whacker cable than you think for support. I'm going to be rigging a better brim support system, maybe involving elastic, we will see.....If you have any thoughts for de-flopping the floppy hat, please let me know. (PS- Viagra is not a good suggestion, If I thought that would work I would try it)