Deriviknit

The knitting blog by geeks, for geeks.

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Monday, April 09, 2007

the end.

Well, we tried and it was fun while it lasted. We will both very soon move on to smaller but more time intensive projects than blogging. Maybe we'll return when we have free time on our hands? Maybe not.

It's been a slice.
My alien baby waves goodbye!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

My Dye Job

I've been gone for a long time, I know, I've been lazy. I needed to add my comments to Lisa and Cookie's though because I don't know if you understand how much fun we had at Shelridge Farms. Seriously, unprecedented fun. Even though it's already been said, Buffy and Don were the warmest, friendliest hosts you can imagine. I didn't know what to expect before we went. I thought we'd go, look at some yarn, spend an hour or so and then be on our way. Instead, we stuck around for 6 hours (!) drinking wine (I was the driver, so not me), dyeing yarn, and eating a delicious supper all in excellent company. I'm not a terribly creative person, and I had never dyed yarn before, so seeing the colour combinations Lisa and Cookie were coming up with encouraged me to be more creative. They were a great inspiration! I honestly could have brought home every skein of yarn there. However I did not and somewhat regretted that, but then I thought that maybe after an appropriate amount of time has passed (so as not to be a pest) maybe I could go back and do more! The following are the colours that came home with me.














Four skeins of this colour followed me home with the intention of making a little something for a little someone.














I can't wait to see what these look like as socks!














Even though there were two other colours that I dyed, I loved this one of Lisa's and had to take some home with me.

It was really cool to see how much the colours changed from when we put the dye on to after it had been steamed, washed, and dried. Once I get them wound I'm sure they will look differently too. And once they are knitted, who knows what they will look like! I wish I had taken more pictures during the process, but now I will know for next time.

I'll leave you with something little. Too little. I have to make a bigger one for the intended target because this one is too small I think. But look how cute!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Happy

Things that are making me happy right now:
  • Watching P&P while knitting (well, right now I'm typing, but soon I will be knitting),
  • Knitting this, the same sock from last time only ripped out (because the pattern seemed girly to me and I was a little mistaken about which was the good side and which was the bad, i.e. I'm stupid) (Toeni is helping with the modelling. She is very fish-like isn't she?),

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  • Marla, our new tree in the back yard that will one day provide enough shade to make it liveable in here when it gets sticking hot,

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  • Our rainbarrel! Mike hooked it up for me last week,

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  • Two babies coming in our knitting group (neither of which is mine btw so don't freak out that I have been hiding stuff from you),
  • A big party next weekend for Lisa's birthday. I'm hoping there will be lots of compromising pictures.

I hope you have a happy weekend too!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

There's Jello in my Pampas

Actually, there's jello in all of the fancy grasses (including Pink and White Pampas) that Lisa gave me seeds for and I planted. Don't believe me? Look:

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It's been raining so much here that the soil is going jello-y, but look at how well the grass is growing! You'll notice we got a fancy new camera and I am inept so there are many fuzzy areas. I'll figure it out.

I have to say I'm jealous of Lisa's sockapaloooza adventure. Making socks for someone else is really cool, but getting socks from a stranger is cooler!

Remember how Lisa is a captial K - Knitter? Well, I am a no k - nitter because I apparently don't know how to purl. I could never figure out why my stockinette stitch looked weird. I thought my gauge was off because I was purling too tightly, but it never seemed overly tight when I knitted those stitches. I told my MIL this and when she watched me purl, she saw that I was wrapping the yarn around in the wrong direction. In case you wanted to know, wrapping the yarn clockwise instead of counter clockwise results in something that looks like this:

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Wonky, huh?

My current project is this:
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The Retro Rib socks from IK (Winter 2004) using some Fleece Artist. I started these last week and had hoped to have them finished by this weekend, but that is not going to happen.

A few weeks ago Lisa and I went away with some Scrap booking ladies and spent the weekend eating, knitting, talking, and relaxing. It was a great time! Lisa took me for a run on the beach and it felt so good, but I have not continued the practice. I will be very sorry come bathing suit weather.

while I am making confessions i feel i should admit that while i was in the area last week, i made a trip to the yarn mecca (you know where i mean) and purchased some up country at an alarmingly low price. i have been so good at sticking to the stash, but i really couldn't resist, honest.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Shrug it off, baby!

I'm back. And this time I mean it. It was a long and very un-knitting productive winter (except for a bunch of slippers at Christmas) but I have found some motivation and plan to run with it! We have finished moving, but not unpacking, and I love my new house. I discovered that leaving your first house is like leaving your first love. It's sad to see it go, but at some point you realize that it just can't give you what you need anymore. Plus, there's that great big house over there that you're DYING to get to know and the bank doesn't want any flirting happening until the first house is gone.
In real knitting news, my most recent project is a little hat, but it's not very exciting so I'll show you some pictures of a project that needs to be frogged. I have wanted a little shrug for quite some time, so I finally chose a pattern (the Minisweater or boobholder from Glampyre Knits) and used some yarn I got for Christmas from my Owen Sound sister (the wool/silk blend from The Ginger Press). Just a note about the yarn before I show you the pictures. It is lovely. So soft and the colour is amazing. There is also just the right about, plus a little extra, to make the shrug, but I think the ball is labelled wrong. It says there is 100 g, but I weighed it and there is 200 g and likely more like 400 yards. Maybe there is something else going on that I don't understand, please tell me if there is! Anyway, I like the pattern, but I don't think I made the right size. The back is too loose and the front looks funny because it's too big. Judge for yourself!
Side view:
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Front view:
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Back view:
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Actually, now that I look at those pictures, a few thoughts come to mind:
The shorter (left side) sleeve looks a lot better than the longer sleeve...
I don't really like the puffyness of the sleeve...
The crossover on the front probably works if you have boobs but...
I don't know what Mike was doing with the camera when he took that picture, but it actually looks like I have boobs...
I have freckles on the backs of my arms?
It's really time for a haircut.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Vacation

Ahhh... we just got back from a 2 month trip in Hawaii (1 month) and Bali (1 month). Let me tell you, 3 months on the beach does a body good. I am tanned, relaxed, and ready to knit. There is sand EVERYWHERE but that's okay, it can be cleaned. I would have loved to join the knitting Olympics because I like a good challenge, but I didn't get back in time to choose a project, so I have added the 'watching' button that my sister so cleverly made. I am just getting back into the boring, mundane work schedule so posting might be a little sparse over the next little while. It's a good thing we have a Lisa around here.

Note: Not all facts in this post are absolutely true. In fact, some of them might be big fat lies. Expect for the story about the button, I did add that. The truth might be closer to me being lazy and uninspired and the fact that we spontaneously bought a house and are moving in 2 weeks but have to fix up this house so we can sell it. Maybe, I don't know anymore.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Forget Moths...

Beware of Dogs, because they like to eat yarn too!
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It was my own silly fault for leaving them on the floor with my shoes when I knew there was a puppy in the house. Luckily none of the actual mitten was damaged, just the cuff. After Christmas I will have them all fixed up.

In other knews, I have found that knitting that last shawl has given my knitting a new life and speed! I have finished several projects in the last two weeks that I will now share with you. I give you.... the FO Parade!!

suslips
These are slippers for my SIL who lives with us. I used some yarn of unknown composition that I purchased at the yarn factory outlet last year. I think there is some wool in it but it is very soft and was quick to work with. I used a White Buffalo slipper pattern (with alterations, of course) and size 5 needles. I could have gone up a needle size but this way they are nice and toasty. They were started on November th 28th and finished on December the 3rd.
baby things
Baby hat and booties for a new baby that will probably be too big for these by the time I see him. But boy were they fun to knit! I used Patons Lacette but I bought it before it was released at the Yarn Factory outlet. I don't think they released the yarn in the green but I think they should have because it is a great little baby colour and very soft for little baby things. The bootie pattern came from here and the hat pattern I made up. I didn't write down any of the details so I don't know anything else. Except they're cute!

divine mitts
These mittens don't look like this anymore because now they're finished! But I'm too lazy to take another picture and upload it, blah blah blah. I used some acrylic that I got from Karen over a year ago mixed with some Patons Divine that I have had for a year as well. I used size 7 dpns and made up the pattern as I went along. They are very soft and warm and I hope they will behave well for their recipient.

Did you see the pattern there? I am using up stuff from my stash and it makes my heart feel good to do that. I think my next project will be a hat from this book that I purchased with a gift certificate from my birthday. Or maybe it will be something from the new Knitty which I LOVE! A BIG congratulations to Cookie for her fancy-lookin' sock pattern and creative photos! Someday when I'm a real knitter I will try them. I love this and this and this (without the buckle) and especially this and this. Wasn't that annoying that you had to click all those links to find out what I like?

I'm not sure when we will hear from Lisa, she is having some tough times after moving into a maybe-too-small-but-didn't-know-it-was-too-small apartment. We are thinking of you!