Nothing to See Here, Move Along

Lots of behind the scenes stuff going on around here, and not much I can talk about in any way that is even remotely interesting.  I know.  Bad blogger.  I’m sorry.

Rest assured, though, that there is good stuff happening.  Patterns for Book the Third are coming along swimmingly.  Book the second is being put on a boat and sent this way.  Mini book is clicking along too.  Progress is being made, but it’s largely administrative and organizational progress.  Important, but not exactly riveting for someone else to read about.

On the knitting front, things are similarly quiet.  I’ve finished the second green cuff.  I’m about half way through the second orange cuff and will likely finish it tonight if I have time to sit down and knit.  I’m also putting in the odd row or two on the cowl.  I’ll leave it to your imagination to fill in the details.  Aim for an image of an orange strip slightly shorter than the one shown in the last post, and an image of a cowl slightly longer than the one shown in the post from a week ago.  I think you’re up to it.

I need to get back to one project at  a time knitting.  This multiple project thing makes each project seem to take forever.  It’s all orange all the time until I’m done with those cuffs.

Continue the Tradition

The yard work wasn’t nearly as disturbing as the painting (nor did it go on for weeks and weeks).  But I’d set a precedent with the cuffs and the painters last time, so I wanted to continue it.

I started this little cuff on Monday (since that’s when I thought the yard folks were coming) and worked on it on and off while they were here on Tuesday.  I finished it up Wednesday.  Yesterday was blocking and button hunting (I’m not sure this is the right button, but it works for now).  Today, I show it off.

It’s cute and quick, almost more of a fashion statement than something to keep you warm.

The yarn is by Plucky Knitter, some of the stuff I brought home from Sock Summit.  The whole cuff took all of 35 yards and about 3 hours of knitting.  I should have the next one banged out soon.  They’re a bit addictive.

Think I could make 2 or 3 in different colors and different widths and wear them all together?  Could they be the grown up version of jelly bracelets (please tell me I’m not the only one here old enough to have worn jelly bracelets as a kid…I had zillions of the things), or would that be a terrible idea?

If they’ve caught your fancy and you want to make your own, the pattern is up for testing over on ravelry.  The green ones from the other day are up too.  Swing by and volunteer.

Rip-rippity-rip-rip-rip

Every now and then someone asks me how it is that all my knitting comes out so well.  After I’ve stopped laughing, I assure them that it doesn’t.  Not really at all.  An amazing percentage of my knitting comes out exceptionally badly.  Probably a higher percentage than of your knitting.  Every pattern that gets to the point where you see it has had lots and lots (and lots) of failed prototypes.  So, just to reassure those of you who might be feeling that you’re the only one whose knitting occasionally looks like a pile of limp spaghetti, allow me to show you my most recent botch up.

See, not cool at all.  But never fear, the revised version (over on the left, helpfully obscured for the moment) is going well.  I’ll show it off to you shortly.  Now though, I need to rip this first attempt right out.

A Pack of Filthy Lies

I had the best of intentions.  I have about two thirds of a hat…two thirds of what I am increasingly sure will be a cute hat.  I have the firm desire to show you this partial hat.  But you see, I also have three nefarious kitten overlords, a tendency to fill the bathroom sink to block swatches, and poor judgement as to how well the kittens will behave in the presence of a sink full of water.  Hi-jinx ensued.  The short version is that I now have a very damp partial hat that is in no way photo ready.  I also have a very soggy ball of yarn that needs to be skeined and dried before I can knit with it any more. (Do not knit with wet yarn, it will mess up your gauge.  Do not leave yarn to dry in the ball, it will take an age.)

So.  Yeah.  Nifty.  We’ll have to take a little pause on that one.

In the meantime, the Chez Violence Home for Wayward Knitting Props has a new resident.  It turns out glove forms are actually astonishingly nifty knitting props (and charming objects in their own right).  I made the executive decision that I did not have enough of them, so Rosamund is now joining Percival and Millicent.  She’s shown here modeling the Narcissus pseudo-narcissus Cuff from Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet.  She seems to be fitting in well with her new roommates, and I have high hopes for her future.

And just as soon as the hat is dry, her buddy Esmeralda will step up and do some modeling for us.

Cast of Characters

The Chez Violence Home for Wayward Knitting Props has a new resident.

It started with Alphonse.  Then he was joined by Percival. These two hard working gentlemen have now been joined by Millicent.

I think I’ve mentioned (and I’m sure you’ve seen in the odd picture here and there) that I have giant man hands.  I just do.  And I don’t really mind (which is good because there’s not much I can do about it).

For most things, Percival works great.  But he is actually a bit bigger than my hand, so if I’m doing something fairly close fitting (or something for someone with smaller hands), he doesn’t quite suit.  So I’ve brought Millicent into the mix to serve when Percival is just a bit too big.

She also has an offset thumb, which makes it easier to see how thumb shapes will work on an actual hand.  Of course the mitt I’ve got her in now is totally thumb free, but we’ll just pretend.