Sunday, June 28, 2009

Talking About Yarn Stuff For Class Again

Once again I had to do a presentation for my "Library's Role in Teaching and Learning." This time it had to be a five minute instructional presentation. I did mine on dyeing yarn with kool-aid. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

More Toasty Toes

That would be me, at my parents' house working on my socks. Thanks mom for snapping that candid.
I started knitting Grumperina's Jaywalkers. I'm using Patons Kroy sock yarn and size 1 knitting needles. Just for those who don't know, a size 1 needle is 2.25 millimeters in diameter. That's TEENY. I feel like I'm knitting with toothpicks. Also, I had an issue properly reading the directions for the zig-zag pattern for the first round, I don't think affected it too much though. I also happen to really like this yarn. It's wool/nylon blend and it's very soft and knits up such nice stripes. ^_^
I also started crocheting this hat, mostly because I saw this pattern and thought I'd try to make something like it.
And last in the picture department is this lovely bookmark/knit gauge which came from my boyfriend along with a very cute birthday card. Very sweet and thoughtful of him. :-)That's all for now folks! Toodles!






Wednesday, June 24, 2009

And Now Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program

I made this potholder in class yesterday. I needed something to do (or else I would fall asleep) so I brought the cotton yarn from the other potholders. As you can see, I ran out of blue, but I happen to like the way it turned out. I took the picture with my phone because I gave the potholder to my classmate to include with the other ones she's gifting.

A Bunch Of Stuff Making Fun of "Twilight"

Because it's my blog and I can do what I want with it.
























































Monday, June 22, 2009

Martinis, Warm Toes, And Learning Experiences

I finished the double-knit dishcloth. I have to say, I'm rather proud of how the martini motif turned out. In fact The Cowboy said of it "its Zionist and alcoholic. could you have made it any more awesome? I think not." Additionally, another friend asked if it was a flask holder, which gives me very good ideas :) My only gripe with this potholder undertaking is that all three of them came out different sizes and I probably should have paid more attention to that before I did them all. Oh well.

Also, I HAVE MADE SOCKS!!! I knit them top-down with instructions from Getting Started Knitting Socks and I have to tell you, knitting socks is not NEARLY as scary as people think it is. The one thing I messed up on is that on the first sock I decreased every row on the heel gusset (which you're not supposed to do) and on the second sock I properly followed the directions and decreased one round, then knit one round plain. Because of this, the second sock is noticeably longer than the first. Oops. Also, I think next time around I would make them a bit narrower, I cast on 56 stitches for the 6 stitches per inch pattern but they're a bit too wide. Also, the toes are a little wonky because I don't really know how to do the Kitchener stitch, which I bumbled around with on the first one, and on the second one I did a three-needle bind-off. Wonky toes, and weird lengths but at least I finally got over that fear of socks and now I'll have very toasty toes in the winter when I can't afford heating :-P Here's the first sock, the red line is to show the decreases. And here's the second sock with the red line to show the decreases. See how it's much longer and shallower?
And finally, I was at my parents' house for the weekend for many a-reasons including; my little sister just got home from a year in Israel, my grandparent's were visiting and time to get new cell phones! So I knit a little cozy for my LG Glance.
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Monday, June 15, 2009

More Knitting And Comics

Hi all, I just wanted to share the comics that Jennie Breeden of The Devil's Panties did about the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. One day I WILL get to meet her.Um YES, the food at MDS&W smelled soo good. Too bad it wasn't kosher. Though with the number of Yeshiva boys we saw there we would have probably been able to get a shechting party together. Hmm...maybe we should think about that for next year. :-P
This last one is SO true. You wouldn't think it but Yak Yarn is so, SO soft. Except that it's WAY out of my student loan price range. Oh well, I'll have to be content to just feel it up when I come across it. ;-)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Knitting Is So Much More Than Old Ladies In Rocking Chairs

Knitting is therapy, as evidenced by this article my mom sent me.

Knitting is street art. This video comes from Threadbanger (and was sent to me by my mom's co-worker).

And finally, Knitting is kinky. I came across this picture while surfing around Ravelry. Yes, that is a knitted bondage set.

I Love When Knitting And School Work Intersect

I had to do a 3 minute talk about something for my Library Instruction class. Since I'm taking the class online I had to video-tape myself and upload it. I spoke about knitting needles and crochet hooks. Thought I'd share it with you guys.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Let's Make A Deal

I have about 25 skeins of acrylic, mostly worsted weight. I am totally willing to sell it or trade it. Right now I'm asking for $1 per whole skein and $.50 for partial skeins and the cost of shipping. This is TOTALLY NEGOTIABLE. If you're at all interested in any of the yarns in the picture below leave a comment and we'll work something out. :-)

How To Not Get Yelled At For Knitting In Class

Have a Professor who knits too!
I'm making a few pot-holders for someone in one of my classes to give as gifts. This one is crocheted. This one is two dishcloths sewn together and this one is the pattern for a dishcloth (it's going to be a martini glass) that I am double knitting. Also, I borrowed Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd from the library. I want to knit socks from the Jo Ann's Kashmira that I have left over. Right now I'm only at the gauge swatch-ing stage so hopefully I can try and do socks before I have to return the book. Though I do have a birthday coming up, maybe I'll get that with some birthday money. Especially since it's almost time to post in Stitch-n-Kvetch about where I am for the High Holiday Swap. O_O need to do stuff for that.

Mmm....Stash-ey


This past weekend I went to Rochester (Shout-out to Upstate New York!) for "My Daughter's" wedding. It was lovely. While I was there I went to Yarn Boutique at Twelve Corners since I heard so much about it. My boyfriend and I spent a VERY long time drooling over all the very, very pretty yarn there. They were also extremely nice and helpful. I walked out of there with this Encore and this Araucania Aysen which with their powers combined will be a hat for the boyfriend for his birthday. He actually chose the colors, but the Araucania is GORGEOUS and its a Merino/Alpaca/Silk blend. SO SOFT. (Btw, they had WPI tools there.....I have a birthday coming up. *wink wink*)
Then today I went to KnitOne to get a yarn guide and I also picked up this very pretty purple skein of Ella Rae Classic.Also, I finished spinning and plying all of my (personally) hand-dyed merino. It's so happy!

Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones But Sticks And String Excite Me

All right, so the secret project for the friend of The Cowboy has been done for a while. I haven't sent it out yet because I don't have the right address for the recipient. Hopefully, since The Cowboy will be back in the states this week (!!!!!!) he can give me the right address and I can send it off. In the meantime I'll finally share pictures with you all.






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It's such a happy little boner! (Actually not so tiny, it's pretty average size :-P)