Saturday, January 13, 2007

Moving right along...

Blogger's being a prat and won't let me upgrade my account. Boo!

So I started a new blog over at http://theninjaknitter.blogspot.com/

Meh, it's the whole new year/new you thing. Except I didn't expect the new me to be quite as lazy as the old me. There's some comfort in constancy. :)

Saturday, December 30, 2006

How the ninja got her groove back...

by knitting things for myself! Finally!

After the Christmas knitting (final count - scarves: 3, hats: 6, socks: 2 pairs - one of which was finished Christmas day - PHEW), I decided to treat myself to some essentials for Nova Scotia living.

1) A hat. Well, sorta. I knit Calorimetry in one determined sitting. It's freakin' huge. I'm thinking of ripping it back and reknitting...because I clearly have a shrunken head - possibly due to the number of neurons that just ain't firing. (Old age and childrearing will do that for you.)


2) Socks. Monkey from Knitty - following in the footsteps of Meegie. Love love LOVE the colourway. (Velvet Underground) Didn't think that I'd be such a fan of it considering the amount of hot pink in the skein...but it's actually kinda muted in the actual knitting.


3) I'm also spinning up a storm. Can someone please explain to me why blue silk roving would turn my fingers pink?!!?


I also wanted to show this - it's the circular needle case that I made for my SIL for Christmas. I changed the design from my original one...and I think that it works much better. Lemme know, ok Kiki?



Btw, for some reason - I can't comment on anyone's blog anymore! I'm sorry and promise that I'll try and get it fixed soon...I swear that I'm not snubbing anyone. Promise! >_<

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Christmas crunch...

Well, dammit. Here I am with 14 days to go, and it seems like all of my projects are stuck in a rut. 1/2 hat, 1 hat and a pair of socks to go...ungh. In all fairness - it may have something to do with the spinning wheel and the fact that I had a moment of selfish weakness and made something for myself. :P

Took that red merino/orange silk handspun and made some fingerless mitts...boy are these suckers chunky.


This


became this


and I'm still trying to figure out what to ply this with to enhance it...



One cannot live on fibre alone, so I'm still sewing like mad - loving this pattern and this one too for hostess gifts. How are you all doing with the holiday madness?

Friday, December 01, 2006

It's a sign!

I'd say that it's a sign that I'm destined for good spinning karma. Let's hope I didn't just jinx myself.


You are The Wheel of Fortune


Good fortune and happiness but sometimes a species of
intoxication with success


The Wheel of Fortune is all about big things, luck, change, fortune. Almost always good fortune. You are lucky in all things that you do and happy with the things that come to you. Be careful that success does not go to your head however. Sometimes luck can change.


What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.



ETA:

It's here. Thank you Santa!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Spinning my Wheels

Like most knit bloggers atm, all of my knitting time is being dedicated to stuff that I can't talk about. But the end is in sight - I only have 1 little project and 1 more big one - then I'm done for the holiday season. I plan on celebrating the holidays this year by doing nothing more than sipping some mulled seasonal cheer and laughing with my little family. And I'm a very blessed by having the best parents in the world who spoil me completely rotten - I have a Louet coming my way for Christmas.

May be slightly obsessed with spinning, as a consquence. Yarn Geek started me off with a lovely gifty of some dyed silk hankies from the Loop Cafe. They, plied with an alpaca/silk blend, made this.


Note to self - don't get lazy and skip setting the twist...you will get a major phoomph effect. My spinning is honestly quite crap atm, but is slowly improving.

Then this arrived from eBay:


as did this:


Which resulted in these:


(Red = merino, Orange = Tussah Silk in Blaze from Franquemont Fibres) Will likely end up as fingerless mittens, as there isn't more than 75 g of this stuff. >_<



Merino/Silk/Angelina in "Princessa" from same ebay seller. Not sure what to make with this - is spinning up atm into laceweight stuff...so we'll see if it ends up being socks or lace. Any suggestions?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Guess what I learned yesterday?

Rotary cutting blades cut really fast!

Through 5 layers of fabric!

And a finger!

Ouch.

It's just a flesh wound...and at least I got a Blue's Clues band-aid out of the ordeal.

Oh, and Socks, Socks, Socks is a really funky book. I'd wondered where the Yarn Harlot got her pattern for the Pablo Neruda socks.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Busy, busy.

Apart from fending off the rather meagre hordes of tricked out children last week, things have been brewing steadily over here.

FOs:

Finished the dragonscale gauntlets - they just flew off the needles - and they're already getting fuzzy 'cause I can't stop wearing them. Photos to follow.

Have been spinning up the last of my "practice" roving - I must admit, spinning + CSI = bliss for me. I don't get to watch an awful lot of tv, so it's a real treat for me. :) Plied the resultant yarn into a 2 ply. It's a funky look...but it's not really enough to do anything with. So, I suppose that it's souvenir yarn for now.

Reorganized the house - moved my office downstairs into the basement and made the upstairs room into a proper guest room! It's working out well, as I was newly inspired by the transition to sit down at my sewing machine and whipped up this last night.




It's a case for circular needles - showed it to Sheryl at Tangled Skeins today, and she ordered 10. Which...uhm...I have yet to make. :) If I manage to get those done (and I'm looking forward to fabric stash diving once again), I think that I'll make more to sell on Etsy. As for my case - I spoiled myself a bit. The outside is chinese satin silk, and the inside is pure duponi silk. I figure that I'll make myself another one for my DPNs.

UFOs:

Scarf 1: I must really love this recipient - they're getting a scarf with the last of my bulky black Malabrigo. This stuff is IMPOSSIBLE to get in Canada. I had to bribe an American buddy of mine to ship the yarn to me. Best use of a box of Coffee Crisp evah.

Scarf 2: More Malabrigo. This UFO's on hold until I get the rest of the Malabrigo from the most recent co-op - I need the greys that I ordered. The scarf will be a gradient from black to light grey...and at the moment, I only have the black on hand. *sigh*

Hat 1: Pocoyo rocks Mr. Munchkin's world. So Mr. Ninja suggested that I knit a Pocoyo hat. It's going slowly, but I attribute that to the fact that I'm not thrilled with the Addi Turbos that I'm using. I actually have to slow down to avoid dropping stitches...and that's never good.

Misc:

These all arrived on the same day, despite being ordered from very different sources at different times. I don't know *what* my mailman thinks of us somedays. >_<



(prepare yourself for major geekout here)

I'm busy busy busy these days, as I was lucky enough to be invited to play in the closed beta for the Burning Crusade expansion for World of Warcraft. And if you didn't understand a single thing in that last sentence, that's perfectly ok. Heh. For a little perspective - there are an estimated 7 million subscribers who play World of Warcraft worldwide. And there are approximately 20 thousand (by my calculations) who were invited to play in the North American beta test. And I'm one of them.

SQUEEEEEEEE!