Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Excuse Me??

So apparently this super-fancy fashion label has flipped their gourd. They want to charge $500 for a hand-crocheted pair of mohair/alpaca socks. Read about it here. I'm sorry, but even if I used the fanciest yarn I could find I could still make those socks for less than $100. What is wrong with these people? Who would actually buy this? What do you think? Would you pay me that much to make socks for you? Let me know!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Confessions Of A Yarn Addict

 My name is Rebecca and I am a Yarn-aholic. I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics today to get some yarn. I only needed one skein for a hat for a friend of mine and instead I walked out with six skeins of yarn. It's not my fault though! It was on sale!
Lion Brand Alpine Wool
Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight

Deborah Norville Serenity Garden Yarn

Lion Brand Cotton

September Socks

Bows make it better.
The museum where I work is closed for the month of September for a variety of reasons, one of which is they use the time to train the employees in new programs and ideas. This means lectures. Lectures for me means knitting. I don't do well with just sitting and listening, I need to keep my hands moving. I also just needed something to make that didn't take a lot of thought or new yarn so I ended up making 2 pairs of these feeties. The  blue and pink pair are made with yarn I dyed with Kool-Aid. Of course when The Little Sister laid eyes on them  she pretty much demanded they be made for her. I made up the pattern for the bows because she usually wears shoes with STUFF on the toes so I thought hers should have something.Mine are the ones in the fall colors and I used puff paint to make dots on the bottom so i wont slip on the hardwood floors in our house. It works pretty well. My only issue with this pattern is that the heel doesn't go high enough or something so it keeps slipping off the back of my foot. Maybe I should have made some sort of strap. Have you made this pattern? What do you think?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Slow And Steady Wins The Race

Cute Model, right?
In November 2009 I started crocheting a shawl for my mother to wear to synagogue (because it is FREEZING in there. ALWAYS). I managed to finish it in time for her birthday in the beginning of September 2010. Hey, at least it got finished. It took a little over 10 skeins of Vanna's Glamour and it is WARM. Really, it's like wearing a blanket. Yes, I know I used acrylic, but I wanted something shiny that didnt cost me $25 a skein. All in all, I'm pretty proud of it. The model for these pictures is my Middle Sister. She's also wearing another hat I made from some Microspun. The hat is for me. :)

It's so big!

Toasty Toes-ies

Just thought I would let you know that right now I'm catching up on my shows and knitting the second sock of a pair.

I'm Not Crazy I'm Just A Little Unwell

I have to say, I love seeing things people knit or crochet that are not your standard sweater/hat/socks etc. Especially when those things are....slightly more...racy than your average different object. In fact, I've made one or two things myself. However I just came across this photo blog of weird knitted and crocheted items, as well as Patricia Waller's website. Ms Waller is extremely talented in her execution of ideas and I just love how twisted they are. I think my favorite thing is this pink, knitted bondage set. I love the contradiction of the bright, happy pink with the bondage gear, I think it's hysterical. What do you think? Have you come across some weird, crazy, or kinky knitted things? Share them with me!

Itty Bitty Teeny Weeny

Socks. Were made by me. The turquoise one was made with the sample of Miss Babs sock yarn that I got in May at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival. The second one is just some sock yarn that I had lying around. It's much finer than Miss Babs' yarn so it didn't really fit on the sock-blocker key chain very nicely. Which is fine, it was given to my "Twin" from work.

Apologies and Zombies

Dear Readers,
Once again I have totally slacked on this blog. I realize that I have not posted anything since mid-July and it is now nearly the end of October, and even though The Little Sister, The Cowboy and The Boyfriend have all mentioned to me that I should blog I have not *shameface*. So really, I'm going to do my best to try and blog more. Really. But I would love your help by commenting or otherwise responding to my posts, the more I know people are reading this junk, the more incentive I'll have to blog.

With that said, I want to share with you these pictures of this crazy-awesome knit skeleton that Ben Cuevas made. Pretty darn amazing, right?