Monday, August 25, 2008

Bad Blogger, no cookie.

I've been a bad blogger. I'm sorry, forgive me? Well, I guess if you're here you already forgave me, so I'll go on.

Let's see... what have I been up to... Knitting, spinning, and a gig at Eastlink :D

I finished a Hemlock Ring Blanket as part of Ravelympics 2008. I'm relatively happy with it. I could have made it a bit bigger, and the Cascase 220 is a teeny bit thin, would have liked a thicker blanket, but it's a nice decorative throw.

For my birthday/graduation (they were the same day) I got the new Vogue Knitting magazine with Jarod Flood's Green Autumn (Druid) mittens pattern in it. I cast them on in the Lime Green color I got from Eric at Cables and Lace. I love them so much and am quite a bit farther than this picture, but we haven't had any decent weather to take pictures.

I've been working on a pinwheel blanket since July, it's going slowly, but I'm on my 6th ball of the Handicrafter cotton, so it's getting to be a good size, I think I'll only do a few more rows out of this ball and then do a fancy-ish bind off to make it a little prettier. I'm not sure if I'll give it to Nanny to go with her stuff for the Hospital, or if I'll take it to either one of the nursing homes, or what. I have no pictures of it, and it's nothing special, so believe me, you're not missing anything.

OH! I finished one of the Endpaper mittens, I like it. I should have reversed the colors so that the Black & White was the background color, I'll do such on the other mitten, once I finish one of the druid mittens.

Dr.Who Swap! only....too late. lol. Iko is amazing. She sent me so much great stuff (most of which is gone) Those are two bags of Jelly Babies (I like the strawberry ones, but detest the black currant ones. One bag is completly gone, and the other is only half left), a package of chip nuts (I like chip nuts but these are SPICY, too spicy for me), and a whole bunch of Japanese gummy candies (tasty).
Honey, I got honey!
Roving from Spincerely Yours. (BTW, I had to get a new set of plastic drawers just to put all my spinning fiber into, there's just a little bit of it.)
STR!!!! I need to get more sock dpns so I can have more than one fingering weight project on the go at once, but I need to find a project to go with this yarn first.
A magnet! I love it. Know what will be the first thing on the fridge of whatever place I move into when I leave here. A really nice sewn envelope, and a sweet note.
ZOMGIES, POCKY! I got Pocky for the first time when I was in Montreal with band in grade 11, I fell in love and went back to that little store in China town like 5 times just to buy Pocky. The Red box is gone, and I hid the Men's pocky away from myself so that I might be able to keep it a bit longer.
As you can see, my swap package was awesome! Iko is amazing. :)

On to what I did today.

Crystal (Cousin Ben) and I spent the afternoon dying! It was so much fun. I brought over two bags of roving that I got from Hello Yarn (BFL and Merino) and we dyed it using kool aid. Not too many pictures we taken on the account of both of us having so much fun either laughing at Ben in his Jolly Jumper or too caught up in the dying process, but there were a few good ones.

Youngest Dyer ever? He kept whining while we were soaking the fiber, so Crystal picked him up and put him on the table, he was happy just to be part of it. I didnt include the picture of him bouncing around with a grin from ear to ear because it's super blurry, but he was really cute.

Crystal's pinwheel design. She dyed the BFL, I did the Merino. No pictures of mine with the dye on it, we were too busy laughing at Ben.
This is Crystal's fiber in the loaf pan in the microwave. She was amazed (and so am I every single time) at how clear the water comes out when you cook it. Chemistry amazes me.
After we set the fiber outside to dry, I was working on the pinwheel blanket, and once again, Ben kept whining, apparently all he wanted to do was help.

Well, that's it for my mammoth update, hopefully I'll be doing more regular updates so that I wont have ones this long, and this far apart.

ETA: I forgot to mention, I got my Ravelry shirt! yays! I'm going to wear it tomorrow to the Eastlink gig I'm working, I'm really excited.

-Cheers and happy knitting!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Acquisitions, Photographs, and Castonitis

My name is Gwen, and I have a problem.

I was taking pictures of my stash on Monday and got up to about 200 pictures (more than one picture for each skein) and it only took care of about on third of my stash. It's kinda sad. I was also playing around with different photographing techniques, and came up with some pretty cool effects, I'm also doing a bit of photoshopping to get more than one picture into the pciture. My favorite so far has to be this one:

It's the Merino/Silk I got in the Single's Survival Swap. It's a dream to spin and I can't wait to try my hand at plying it. I haven't gotten many more of the pictures edited yet, seeing as I'm doing all of this on my laptop, and the touchpad can only do so much (my god I want a Wacom so bad) it takes me a while. I will get them all done eventually, but just not yet. Here are some more that I've done.

The left over Midnight Blue fiber that mom & dad brought back from Gatlinberg. I think there's about 2 ounces left.

Spincerely Yours. The roving I got from Iko in my Dr Who survival Swap package. More about that later.

Socks That Rock, from Iko, more later.

On the, too much. I've got a pinwheel blanket out of Handicrafter Cotton that I had purchased for Brownie Camp that never happened. I'm nearly done with my 4th skein, and it's over 2 feet across. I'm going to try to use up 8 skeins, but I'm also going to try to be done before Friday so that I can use the 5mm Addi it's on now for my Ravelympics project. Also on the needles (and taking another 5mm circ, but it's only a 24 inch and it's bamboo) is my Boob Holder Take 2. It's the exact same as my first green one, except this one is in black 220. It kinda got stalled, I don't have the initiative to work on it very much right now. The Lime Tuxedo Mitts, I love them, I'll put that right out there, and I'm almost done with one so far. I'm not sure if the thumb will be big enough though, kinda scared about that. The Lace Leaf scarf has stalled, it takes far too much concentration to watch DVD's or talk to ADONIS while knitting it.

There is an FO! I almost forgot. I finished it last night, and I think it'll be terribly huge for dear Cousin Ben, but he'll grow into it, or I'll make another one, in fact, I think I will make another and do it with stripes. It's also a testament to how bad a crocheter I am. I managed to figure out my mistakes though, so the next one will be much better. I really want one for myself now too though.

I was really tired when I was taking these pictures. Please excuse my insane behavior.

I think that'll be all for today. I'll try to remember to blog about my Dr.Who swap package later on, and about my ebay acquisition, and about my other internet purchases (which haven't come in yet, but still).

-Cheers and happy knitting!