Sunday, June 26, 2011

Nerd Wars: Tournament 2 Round 1

Tournament 2 Round 1 by Paula knits
Tournament 2 Round 1, a photo by Paula knits on Flickr.

-a pair of baby high tops for Melody Pond, just like her mom wears.
-a Kitchmas Tree. It lights up and plays a medley of songs.
-a Tardis dishcloth.
-a beaded bag.
-a baby gator.
-an Adipose (our whole team made these).

Thursday, June 23, 2011


bflyfiber by Paula knits
bflyfiber, a photo by Paula knits on Flickr.

I bought this braid to have something new to spin for Tour de Fleece. It's 6 ounces of mohair (with a little nylon and merino). The colors are even better in person. I've been fluffing the fiber and there's a LOT of it. The dyeing is amazing. There are no spots of white at all. I'm used to having muddy colored spots where the colors change. There are no spots like that here.

Even if you don't share my wacky taste in multi colors, there are more conventional options. Visit Color Bug Yarnsand see for yourself.

I'm a more than satisfied customer and am not associated with Color Bug Yarns in any other way.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Looky, looky, looky! The top of my spindle's done:

The person doing it is Spinatude on Etsy. I <3 it. The bike's the same shade of green as my very first two-wheeler.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tour de Fleece

I wasn't going to participate in Tour de Fleece this year because of all the challenges I'm doing for Nerd Wars. When a team for Nerd warriors was started, I changed my mind.

What is Tour de Fleece? It's a spin-along that occurs at the same time of the Tour de France bicycle race. From Saturday July 2-Sunday July 24, participants will be spinning every day. We get two rest days (7/11 and 7/18) just like the bikes do. We set our own goals.

My goal is to spin for an hour every day. I'm going to use my drop spindle exclusively. Trying to learn to use my wheel will add too much stress and subtract a lot of fun.

I re-glued the hook in my drop spindle, but am not sure that it will survive a month of daily spinning. I'll do a more permanent repair some day because it is too nice not to use. In the meantime, I'm getting a souvenir TdF spindle from someone on Etsy that makes custom spindles.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


ruffles by Paula knits
ruffles, a photo by Paula knits on Flickr.

One day I get one of my least favorite color yarns. The next day I get one of my favorites. I think this is the universe balancing things out. It's inspired by Kaylee's ruffled dress from the Firefly episode Shindig. I'm extra lucky because I had a 50/50 chance of getting yarn inspired by Mal's outfit (probably brown).

Monday, June 6, 2011

Spoiler-Free Post

jimthefish by Paula knits
jimthefish, a photo by Paula knits on Flickr.

This is Jim the Fish, a ooak yarn named for a Doctor Who character. I <3 it.

I got the new yarn from the Cookie A club today. The good news is that it is from a company I'd wanted to try. The length of the skein leads me to assume that I'll be able to use the previous shipment's yarn for one of the patterns. The bad news is one of my least favorite colors. There are hints in the recipe file of what this is, so don't read it if you're in the club and are avoiding spoilers.

10% of the afghan's done!

Friday, June 3, 2011

FO Friday 6/3/11

In no particular order (because I'm looking at html and not the picture) are a pair of origami slippers made from handspun (made from fiber samples), part of my Cookie A PB&J socks, an Adipose, and part of a baby gator. The last two are part of the new round of Nerd Wars.

I'm having a cranky day. I'm much too old to be throwing a tantrum, so I'll just list the things that are annoying me. It's therapy. Don't read any more if it annoys you, or you'll get on the list.

  1. Little bitty ants.
  2. People who have a different definition of the word "spoiler" from mine.
  3. People who don't realize that chocolate is very melty in the summertime.
  4. Myself, for being too lazy to do much of anything.
  5. ETA Blogger, for not letting me comment on my own comments.

I guess that wasn't that much of a list. I'm feeling a little less cranky already.