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Crochet This

I’m going to try to do a "real" post later today, but I thought I’d throw this up before I completely forgot!

If you crochet (or, if you’re like me and you know how to crochet but very rarely do), go check out the summer issue of crochet me! There were a couple patterns in this issue that actually made me want to pick up my hooks again. (Especially the Color-Me blanket. It’s so me.)

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Baby Hat Bonanza

Albatrosshat
Nellyhat
PinkhatNo, I didn’t knit all these hats since last night. The yellow one is newly completed (being modelled by Albatross), the blue and pink (respectively modelled by American Girl Nelly and a Bunny) are from the baby hat cache.

So, the yellow hat looks great now, but only moments before that picture was taken, my hat was what could only be described as an eclectic um… mess composition of assorted needles. If you look carefully, you can probably see 4 different size five needles- double points in Britney, Clover and Susan Bates aluminum, and one Denise circular needle pretending to be a double pointed needle.

At one point, I had 4 different sets of size five double pointed needles. But can I find them when I need to finish the top of a hat. Noooooo. Of course not. I have to scavenge be resourceful.

Also, I’m having a huge problem finding stitch markers lately I probably have hundreds of the little bastards… somewhere.

If you’ve knit the Umbilical Cord Hat before, you know that the markers are part of what makes the hat fun and easy. If you haven’t knit the Umbilical Cord Hat before, the basic idea is that you put a marker in every eight stitches (a total of 64 stitches, so 8 markers), and when you get to the shaping at the top of the hat, you just knit two together before each marker until the end! Easy! No counting! It’s great. You certainly can do the top decreases without the markers, but it’s not much fun and involves counting and concentration. And I totally can’t shape the top of the hat with no markers and watch Firefly at the same time. So that’s a no go.

I’ll leave you with me wearing my self-designed pumpkin hat. Just what you’ve always wanted to see! Pumpkinhat

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No Fun

Today has not been much fun for three reasons:

  1. I had to talk to some kind of lawyer’s assistant, and as if that weren’t bad enough (no offense to any lawyer-type knitters out there), he treated me like a third grader. I don’t really want to get into it too deeply, but he really sucked. And he’s not even a real lawyer, so fuck him and his condescending attitude.
  2. I worked from 7 AM to 7 PM. 12 hours at work is never a basket of posies, but for some reason today just seemed particurally bad. Nothing I touched wanted to work.
  3. I haven’t gotten to knit a single stitch, which is just so depressing.

Okay, I’m really sorry for being whiny. I promise I’ve gotten it out of my system and we can at least try to move onto something better.

So, something better: I mailed off all of my Dulaan stuff, excepting of course the failed cardigan. It was both sad and exciting to see it go, but mostly it was just plain old fulfilling. I will consider my first Charity Knitting Project a success (even though since all of the stuff I donated was previously knit stuff that just needed a little polishing up, it was more like a Charity Finishing Project.)

The rest of my knitting life is extremely, painfully boring. For the last week or so, all I’ve really worked on is my afghan. I’m not taking a picture because it looks exactly the same as it did before, only a couple inches bigger. Garter stitch strips just don’t make compelling subjects for photography.

Even though I’m still enjoying the afghan knitting and have yet to be bored with it, I feel like I should start a new project so I have something to blog about. I am totally burned out on socks right now.

You know what I haven’t knit in a long time? A hat! I think I’ll make one of those cute little Umbilical Cord baby hats for the first Stitch ‘N Bitch. I’ve made several and I personally think they are super fun and super adorable. And the great thing is that somebody is always fixin’ to pop one out! (A kid I mean… not a hat. I sooooo sound like a hick.) I try to keep a stock of them so that I’m always prepared for baby shower emergencies. Anyway, I’m getting out of here so I can put on a movie, start a hat and hopefully get over my stupid day.

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In Lieu of Anything Interesting to Say…

I present you with my cat, Jet, enjoying his brand new cube toy. If you happen to have a furry feline friend in the house, I highly recommend them.

Jetcube

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Coming Up Short

CardishortSadly, my Accordion cardigan isn’t going to be making the trip to Mongolia with the rest of my Dulaan project stuff, due to an unfortunate yarn shortage. I haven’t decided exactly what to do with the unfinished pieces yet. I’m thinking about ripping it out and trying again in a smaller size. The funny thing is, once I got about halfway through the back of the cardigan, I think I knew deep down that there was no way I was going to be able to finish up with the yarn I had. Why did I keep knitting? I have no idea. I think 4×4 ribbing puts me into some kind of trance.

So since the cardi is on hold for the moment, I decided to start on my afghan. (Thanks to Tara for her generous loan of Mason-Dixon Knitting and the inspiration for the log cabin blanket!) I’m working on the "Moderne" log cabin afghan. One thing that’s great about this method is that I’ll be able to buy a few skeins at a time and just add on as I go, since dye lot isn’t really critical except in the largest blocks. Meaning I don’t have to shell out for what I think is going to end up being about 16 balls of yarn at the same time. Sure, I’ll end up spending just as much, but I’ll feel better about it in small bursts.
Orangepanda I wasn’t sure how I would deal with knitting miles and miles of plain old garter stitch, but so far, so good. (Yeah, I know, I’m only like 3 inches into it. Let me maintain my ignorant bliss at least for another inch or two.) The yarn is Blue Sky Cotton in Pumpkin. I thought I got it from my friend Mylea (sadly blogless, but we’re working on her!) but according to her, there is no way she ever would have parted with this luscious deep orange (can’t blame her!). So I’m trying to think back to the night of our yarn swap. I think it might have come out of Liz’s unwanted bag, but I’m not entirely sure. So, thank you to whoever gave me this awesome yarnOrangegarter!! It’s been very vocal since it arrived in my stash, so I’m glad its finally getting to shine. I think the garter stitch really shows it off beautifully, even if some people don’t like it. Ahem.

The exciting thing is I have a lot of great color options for this. The Moderne blanket in MDK only has four colors in it, but I don’t see any great reason why I couldn’t go with more if I wanted too. Right now, I’m thinking autumnal, harvesty colors. Check these out and see what you think:
Cumincotton
Tomatocotton
Ferncotton
The pictures of the yarn are from Kpixie… so go buy something from them. Nice store, reasonable shipping. Gorgeous cotton. You know you want some…
Toffeecotton

Pumpkincotton_2

Don’t know what they look like on your screen, but they look like a beautiful future afghan from here! In my dreams, Sophie’s will start carrying this stuff.

That pretty much wraps up my knitting today, but before I go, last night’s vegan chocolate chip cookies in our knitting group spawned a conversation about my vegetarianism. As most of you know by now, I don’t eat any animal products, and it’s not uncommon for my diet to inspire curiosity. Since a couple of my lovely fellow knitters asked questions that I couldn’t get into very deeply last night, I thought I’d post a couple of links to sites that answered all my burning questions about veganism back in my omnivorous days.

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Knitting is Stranger Than Fiction

Yes, you read that right… it’s a knitted tofu pincushion. I am in love. I must cast aside all other projects and knit tofu all night long! Yeah!Tofu_pincushion

The blog I found this on isn’t really about knitting, but if you visit and click on her free patterns link on the right, she has two other cute patterns, one for a knitted pea pod and one for a knitted slice of pizza!

I just love bizzaro stuff like this. Case in point: I’m the only person I know (personally know) who knit the womb from Knitty. Most of my friends think it’s a little creepy. I think it’s a great conversation piece! I had it hanging from my rearview mirror for awhile… now it mostly just hangs around the house. Womb

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Knitting for Charity, or Things That Aren’t as Boring as I Thought

CardibackAs you can see, the back of the Accordion cardigan is finished. (Notice Jet suspiciously lurking near the yarn. Fortunately, I rescued the knitting from the cat before things got ugly.)

My goal is to have it completed by next Friday night, ensuring that it will be ready to ship out on Saturday morning. If anybody in the area has anything they’d like to contribute to the Dulaan project (come on guys, I know you have time to whip up a wool hat or something- no pressure!) let me know and I’ll be happy to throw it in with my stuff and cover the shipping.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not great as a charity knitter, but this project hasn’t been at all painful. I think the key is to

  • Pick a project that you think looks interesting, but might not ordinarily knit.
  • Do something different- experiment with colors or stitch pattern or just a technique you haven’t tried before. Everyone benefits- you get to try something new, and someone else gets the fruits of your labor.
  • Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Even if you’re knitting for a charity project with a deadline, keep in mind that if you don’t finish quite on schedule, you can always donate it somewhere else. There are tons of worthy causes you can knit for.
  • Make sure it’s fun for you. If it’s something tedious (like say, 25 identical ribbed hats), you’re going to hate it and probably never finish.

In non-knitting news, Friday is weigh-in day at the Golightly household, and I am happy to report that I’m down to 318 lbs- a staggering total of 32 pounds lost. (Well, it’s a staggering total to me anyway.) I only have 3 more pounds to go before I’ve met my initial weight loss goal of 10% of my total starting weight. And that means… PEDICURE!!!

Before I sign off here (time for a healthy, refreshing swim!), I wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS TO LIZ AND DAVID ON THEIR WEDDING! I wish you all the best in life and love! Good luck! (And try to stop freaking out Liz… I know you won’t, but at least try!)

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