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The vagaries of crafting


I’ve been riding my bike to work the past couple of weeks, which has greatly reduced my (normally subway-based) crafting time. The upshot of this is that I have much more time to think about bike-related crafts! To this end, I’ve purchased a LilyPad E-sewing kit from Sparkfun (they have excellent customer service, by the by) and am planning to make some highly visible accessories. WOO SAFETY.

Nevertheless, I’m current working on a pair of Coraline gloves and a pair of Pretty Lace Hand Warmers from the Purl Bee. I’ve been a little indecisive about the yarn choice for the handwarmers, and have actually made two, but in slightly different grey yarns. I think I’ve settled on one, though. INTRIGUE! STEIGH TOONED!

Here are some sweet progress shots of the handthings:

And one of two living room curtains that I made out of a sheet!

One of two living room curtains that I made from a sheet.

And for good measure, an atrocious calligraphy practice sheet!

Strictly for kicks, my new haircut and dumb face!


Excuses, excuses (and plans)

Due to some recent home computer brokenness, I have not kept the internet abreast of my latest projects. All is fixed, now, so watch out, world, for a steady trickle of posts.

Having recently finished an interminable stripey scarf, I’m kind of at a loss for what to knit next. I’m considering a scarf or fichu from Victorian Knitting Today, but knitnerdery has me considering Coraline gloves (to combat this lousy Smarch weather) or Very Tall Socks in Doctor Who scarf stripes (inspired by Ellen). DECISIONS. In the meantime, I’m halfway through sewing a pair of curtains for the living room windows from a flat sheet, I’ve sown some seeds, and I’ve started a calligraphic adventure. Ah, and now that my computer is once more in working order, I hope to take an honest stab at learning Processing.

Overdue FO: Papa’s Xmas Socks

I wasn’t going to post about these, as they were finished before I started this blog-iteration. But then my darling mother (hi, Mama!) sent me some excellent pictures of them in use. These socks appear to have a sedative effect, aka MONDO RELAXXORTUDE.

Pattern: Laila’s Socks by Nancy Bush from Folk Knitting in Estonia
Yarn: Valley Yarns Huntington in olive and natural
Needles: size 2 DPNs
Modifications: none that I can think of, aside from making the ribbing at the top a little longer.
Ravelled: here



See, thing is, ich bin ein Nerdlinger. Having recently finished the latest episodes of the current series of Doctor Who, I was bereft of an object of focus for my newfound love of Time Lords. There was a discussion of Doctor Who-themed needlecraft projects afoot in another corner of the internet, but I just couldn’t seem to find anything that I wanted to make.

But ho! Ravelry showed me the light of this TARDIS iPod cosy! Not only did I have an iPod that craved the warm, cushiony embrace of wool, but I also had a good deal of TARDIS-y blue, dangerously soft (think about it) leftover yarn. Life was a pretty sweet fruit.

Pattern: iTARDIS
Yarn: mostly leftover blue Cascade Dolce, scraps of black Caron Simply Soft and cream wool from a frogged sweater
Needles: size 1 DPNs
Modifications: different yarn, no embroidery as yet. I can’t figure out a way to make it look not-messy, so I doubt this will ever be graced with the words “Police Box.”
Ravelled: here

FO: Star-Nosed Mole

This little champion was pretty easy, all things considered. I think it was my first knitted toy, or first knitted thing-without-some-perceived-utility. I think the little dude turned out pretty well, considering. When he was finished, I winged him overseas to sniff out new surroundings (he had gotten sick of nosing around my basil seedlings). Also, I considered this picture terrifying/adorable enough to make a header out of. Everybody wins!

Pattern: Cris
Yarn: mostly Jo-Ann Sensations Angel Hair, some leftover alpaca yarn from the NH Lancaster Fair
Needles: size 5 DPNs
Modifications: I used smaller needles and less wooly yarn and didn’t felt it (I’ll be damned if I have to pay/wait for and extra load at the laundromat).
Ravelled: here.