•November 28, 2013 • 1 Comment
Here’s a link to my latest knitting project. I hope to have at least a few ready before they’re needed.
My mother’s going into the hospital for a mastectomy tomorrow. She won’t be able to use them for a while, but she’ll need them soon. There’s more that I’d like to write, but I can’t bring myself to do that now. Continue reading ‘My New Knitting Project’
•November 11, 2013 • Comments Off
No, it’s not NaNoSweMo. It’s Giftmas knitting, and I need to start planning out what I’ll use for yarn.
This sweater is the one that A fell in love with (that I already mentioned the other day). My go-to yarn, the one I can make in a hurry without thinking too hard, is a DK/heavy sportweight yarn, so I think I can get it done by at least the end of this month. Yeah, that’s right – the yarn. The sweater could be a different story. However, it’s not going any further than the living room for Giftmas, so I’m not too stressed. Just enough…
A has decided on either blue or white. She liked the blue shade in the cover version, but maybe a bit brighter and/or deeper. I have some Blue-faced Leicester, but not quite a pound’s worth any more. I was thinking of trying my hand at dyeing Tencel. We have lots of cotton/plant fiber dye here, so that’s an idea. It could use a protein dye, like rayon does, but I’ve never dyed any Tencel before. If anyone out there knows, don’t be shy.
It’s been a while since A has asked me to specifically knit her anything – and never asked me to make the yarn for it, like this time. We’ll see what happens.
•November 8, 2013 • Comments Off
…they are done! Mr. Goth wore them last night. He said they’d work, but we did talk about what might make them better (aside from color).
The other part of the toe box isn’t nearly long enough for his foot. He has a mighty monster foot, and this is the first pair of socks I’ve made him where the length of the toe box is a big deal. So there’s that. If he wasn’t in such a damn hurry, I think I would have dyed them – maybe something to match his favorite scent from BPAL, Tombstone. Browns and grays, maybe.
But he’s able to wear them, and he doesn’t whine from the cold any more (at least he didn’t yesterday) when he’s wearing his sandals, so it’s pretty good.
•November 7, 2013 • Comments Off
Some people celebrate Christmas, some people celebrate Chanukah, some celebrate Diwali, some celebrate Winter Solstice and Newtonmas. We celebrate a mix of Christmas and Giftmas (loosely defined as Christmas without the two church services but with the gifts and dinners).
A couple of things: our family all celebrate Christmas, with varying degrees of enthusiasm. They are also far enough away that any celebrating outside our immediate family is a huge production, taking months of planning and preparation both physical and mental.
Most of the presents that we give are in one of two categories. Gift cards/e-certificates are one. Handmade things are the other. Gift cards are just the thing for people you rarely see. Like people on the other side of the country from you.
Handmade is a little tougher. It’s been a challenge to make things and get them out in time, but that’s gotten easier. This year, my twin nieces are getting some conductive gloves and…something I’ve had made for her that I’ll show after I send it off. Mom and Dad are (most likely) getting the socks they requested. Mr. Goth is getting his socks – the big toe is down to the last few rows, then some blocking. And A is most likely getting this.
She’s recently started wearing cardis and jackets, and I have enough black cross fleece left to spin for it. Plus she still loves the Harry Potter universe, and she oohed and ahed over the sweater when she saw it last month. It’s easiest to make things for people here or nearby: they can at least see some progress, and I have a couple of extra weeks to get it done and out.
Best get spinning.
•November 6, 2013 • Comments Off
This year was the first time I’ve tried spinning crewel yarn to use in my embroidery. I used a light grey Churro fleece that I’ve had for a while now; combed and drawn out into top, it was spun worsted(ish) and wound up being relatively smooth and shiny. The shine surprised me, as there’s no silk in there and it’s not exactly a luster wool. But it glows a bit, almost in the way a Wensleydale worsted spun yarn can glow.
Believe it or not, they’re both fingering weight yarn. I used the orange to stitch the pumpkin on A’s trick-or-treat bag, and it held up fine.
Next time, I want to overspin a bit more and block it with weights before I use it. The only thing I didn’t like was the yarn’s tendency to untwist, so I think that might help. I’d hoped for a little more variety in color with the grey fleece, but that didn’t seem to happen. There’s a new spinning store near us with what looked like some nice tussah silk top. Maybe I’ll try that next time.
•November 5, 2013 • Comments Off
This is to say I’ve got nothing to say today. But Laurie Anderson can say it for me.
•November 4, 2013 • Comments Off
Over the years, I’ve tried making things for Mr. Goth. Sweaters (yeah, that was fun), socks, gloves. Then I just gave up. He’s very picky about what he wears, plus he really really doesn’t like my needleworking. At all. Giving up was the much easier option.
Then he wound up with foot problems. He got a present of fancy, expensive flip-flops that supposedly help his foot problems. Since the weather has gotten cold, he now wants a pair of socks to wear with his fancy, expensive flip-flops. Finally, after all this time, I have permission to knit all the sh*t I want. The best part is, I can’t seem to knit fast enough.
I started with a basic pair of socks, based around his measurements (ball of foot, length of foot, length of big toe). For the proportions of the big toe part of the sock, I took the basic pattern from and went from there.
I’m using some of the superwash Blue-faced Leicester roving that I bought myself for my birthday. Apparently, he wants the socks so badly that undyed is no obstacle to gettin’ ‘em done. So undyed they are. One sock’s finished, and I’m finished with the heel and halfway through the foot on the second. Once I have them blocked, I’ll put up a picture. Maybe even with Mr. Goth modeling them – but we’ll see.
Maybe next time he’ll ask for a sweater, like one of the ones I saw in the . And maybe monkeys will fly somewhere other than the land of Oz. It could happen.