Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Card stock wasn't heavy enough on its own, so I doubled them with a bit of glue stick. I expect to get the cross stitch project done before Tour de Fleece starts on Saturday. It should take until then to clear away all the half-done knitting projects.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
"...we sincerely regret the use of insensitive terms in relation to the actions of a group that was clearly not intending to denigrate or disrespect the Olympic Movement. We hope you’ll accept this apology and continue to support the Olympic Games."
I'm okay with that.
We believe using the name "Ravelympics" for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games. In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country's finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.
Your belief is wrong, USOC. Naming our events after Olympic events is a salute to the athletes and their hard work. It's insulting that you think we'd create and participate in an event that would be disrespectful. I think that an apology is in order. Instead we got this.
I suspect that the donation stuff at the end was a reaction to the UK handmade cushion disaster. I'm not making anything for them. I've already a cast on a pair of Stephen Colbert socks for this (scroll down until you see the picture of Stephen).
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
My original plan was to use up all the wine and grape colored fibers and blend them with something else. I didn't have anything to blend them with, but I will spin them up and maybe blend them together:
I needed another project, so I dug out a some blue things:
I hope to end up with some reasonable sock weight yarns. I've got a set of patterns that I want to do. I think they're called Tour de France anklets. It sounds like an appropriate use of the yarn.
Friday, June 15, 2012
A Tweet about Mollie Makes magazine turned into a purchase that arrived today. Mollie Makes turned out to be very cool. It has a lot of great projects using a variety of skills. I loved the needle felted tiny dogs on the cover (tres chien, get it? it's a little French joke):
It comes from the UK so subscriptions are a tad pricey for those of us in the US. I found it on Amazon and decided that it was more than I wanted to spend right now. I went to Mollie Makes site and they had a six month trial subscription that sounded like a better idea.
Those dogs really are cute. I wonder where I stashed those needle felting tools?
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
You know what's coming next, don't you? I joined another sock yarn club on a whim not ten minutes ago. It was a Ravelry ad that got me. I don't like ads at all. I mute them when they are on tv. I grit my teeth when they blink at me online. I routinely delete spam without opening it. Then there are Ravelry ads. They are frequently focused on me as if they were made with me in mind. I was patting myself on the back for staying out of the Tour de Fleece discount thread. There's serious temptation there and I've avoided it so far. I started reading something in Team Browncoat's thread. Note that there is no connection between the television shows Firefly and Doctor Who. Okay, there is Mark Sheppard, but you can connect him to virtually any cool show.
Where was I? I hit the bottom of the page in a Browncoat thread and there was an ad for The Ladies of Who.1 It's a sock yarn club that I avoided in the past because it includes a handmade necklace in each shipment. I'm not much of a necklace person. This round of the club included my favorites2 so all resistance was overcome. The last shipment should arrive around my birthday, so that's going to be my official excuse. I do have gifting possibilities for the necklaces, so it isn't that bad.
Keep telling yourself that, kid.
1I went back to Ravelry for the link to the club and was immediately presented with an ad for a craft tour appropriately called Provence Temptations. It is based out of Australia, so a serious whim attack has been thwarted. Darn you, Ravelry ads!
2Harriet Jones, Sally Sparrow, Sarah Jane Smith
Saturday, June 9, 2012
No one in their right mind would make this, so of course I had to cast on immediately. I'm using this horrible cotton/lycra yarn that feel like rubber. I'm adding Fibonacci stripes in an equally unpleasant yarn with sequins in it. That one unravels. You can't weave the ends of either yarn in nicely. I do ten rows at a time to earn the privilege of doing something else. My last reward was making a swatch. How horrible does a project have to be for a swatch to be a reward?
Why am I doing it? Because I can. :)
Friday, June 8, 2012
Only 49 more days until the cast on!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Looking around at things online continues to get me into trouble. I made a donation to MSF (aka Doctors Without Borders) and got a sweater pattern. It was popular back in the 80s, probably because Princess Diana wore it. It is red with white sheep and one black sheep. I don't care for red and I'm not small enough to wear the sweater in the sizes listed. I'm going to change it for my size and maybe make it into a vest instead of a sweater. I've got yarn on the way from destashers on Ravelry. Of course I didn't have anything appropriate in my stash except for the little bit of black for the black sheep.
I found something else that I like but don't need:
Saturday, June 2, 2012
I'm not sulking about this (for a change). I bought the whole collection from The Sock Report yesterday. I found a shawlette in the collection that's more to my liking and I'll use the yarn for that. I might even move it to the top of the queue. The colors look a bit like Earth and it might work for the Nerd Wars scientific challenge.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Thanks to a tweet by Cookie A, I found The Sock Report. It is aimed at those of us who love sock yarn. It has lots of great patterns that can be made with sock yarn (NOT only socks), book reviews, fiction, and other things. Patterns are individually priced or you can buy the whole collection. I need more patterns about as much as I need more yarn, but I expect I'll be getting them all. There are enough patterns that I want to make it worthwhile.
Nice work, Janel Laidman and company. I'll be looking forward to The Sock Report's sister publication (Skein Theory) when it appears in the fall.