Kitty Kitty Bang Bang AKA Knitty Knitty Bang Bang.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

ZOMG! So cute!

I finished weaving in the ends on my Tulips for Lucy sweater last night. It might really be the cutest thing I have ever made. Plus it was incredibly enjoyable to knit. I loved every moment of it! Really! I did. I learned new skills and LOVE the way it turned out. So cute. ZOMG!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Slutty sock knitting. Socks for CWS.

Once the Joey Socks (also knows as the Sexual Frustration Socks or the SOCKS OF RAGE) were off the needles, and off to live with Joey. I cast on for a pair of socks for CWS, my gentleman suitor of the last month or so. (Although to be transparent, which is the point of totally public blogs right - UGH - I still have some pretty strong and conflicted feelings about Joey which were lessened by the completion of his socks, but certainly have not disappeared entirely.)

CWS is particular about his sock colors - and asked for only socks that are predominantly black - although upon further probing I have discovered that he is open to all manner of crazy color combos, as long as black is involved.

These are my first toe-up socks. After mastering the cast-on - the next big hurdle was the heel. I decided to go with a short row heel and followed this tutorial by CosmicPluto. It involved double wraps which were not nearly as complicated as I originally imagined.

I successfully turned one heel last night. And I am happy about it.

These second socks - the CWS Socks - are a lot less emotionally fraught than the Joey Socks. I've been trying to knit them from a place of peace and hope, instead of from a place of needing to knit them to manage my frustration and anxiety.

So yeah, I guess I'm a slutty sock knitter. I talked about it in group therapy last week and my therapist was very concerned that I should also be making socks for myself. I assured her that, yes, I do knit myself socks. In fact I'm almost done with a pair now. They are wildly ugly and I started them back in 2007, but damn it, I AM knitting socks for myself too!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New skills. New Socks.

Joey's socks are finished and gifted (which was accompanied by an unexpected release from emotional turmoil. Hurray for knitting!!!) So I'm free to start on some new socks. (Am I a slutty sock knitter?)

I've always been terrified of toe-up cast-ons but after the yarn fiasco with Joey's socks, it felt like the right time. Nikol suggested the toe-up cast-on from a free Knit Picks pattern. The cast-on was simple and intuitive, and I was knitting in no time! Learning new skills is the greatest!

I'm using Socks That Rock lightweight in one of the Raven Clan colors: Ravenscroft. This is my first time knitting with any Socks That Rock yarn and I'm enjoying it so far.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

more yarn school photos.

My demented yarn school "mug shot":

Me, in unflattering lab coat, in the dye lab:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I've been trying to put together a long post about Yarn School. But it keeps dying on the vine, so I think I'll post a bunch of photos instead....

Joey and I went to the zoo in San Antonio a couple weeks back. Here I am pretending to scratch a Jaguar. The kitty was so darn cute and made me really happy happy happy!:

Now on to Yarn School:

My first batch of hand-spun:

My second batch of hand-spun. I am SO in love with this yarn. It was all made from scraps that I found around in the gym:

Nikol has sheep and chickens on her land, but on Saturday we had lunch with some angora rabbits and angora goats:

Nikol's sheep have lambs. Here she she is with little Jayne Cobb:

And my favorite, little Hokey Pokey:

Monday, May 11, 2009

Rerouted through Denver after I wasn't allowed to gate check my new spinning wheel and had arrived too late to check baggage. I'll arrive home a few hours late but no harm, no foul.

Yarn School was great. A lot more info (and photos) are forthcoming. But for the time being, I am happy to report that Joey's socks are done. They just need a good soak and they can go off to live with Joey.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Not bad, but not perfect.

The replacement yarn arrived to finish Joey's socks. It isn't perfect. But it isn't terrible either. I think it'll be just fine. I'm a little bit annoyed and a little discouraged, but mostly I just want to push through and get them finished.

I guess I'll do some stripes until the other yarn is used up and then finish with the new yarn.

Yarn School!!

I'm off to Harveyville, Kansas tomorrow for Spring Yarn School. I'm totally excited. I'm arriving a day early and leaving a day late so I'll have a bunch of time to relax and knit and hang out with Nikol. My original plan was to get a knitting tattoo by Ron while I was in Kansas so I planned a longer trip - but Ron is in Europe on tour with Kid Congo Powers, so no tattoo for me this time around. Joey and I have been talking about taking a road trip to Harveyville in the near future and new tattoos might be a good reason to get it actually planned.

As with any trip, but especially on this one when when I'll have a fair amount of down time, I'm concerned about which knitting projects to pack. Unfortunately, a lot of my current projects are huge - mostly sweaters that just need sleeves. If the yarn for Joey's socks shows up today I'll work on those. That would rock. If not, I'm not sure what to pack at this point. (ETA: Got home and found that the yarn for Joey's socks had arrived! YEAH! Kick ass!!)

I want to cast on for a pinwheel blanket for Alex & Lisa's new baby. I've been eying a skein of Miss Bab's Worsted "Yowza" (in colorway Iris) from my stash. The pinwheel cast on/start is so fiddly that is might be a good plane ride task.

ETA: replaced photo of yarn colorway with photo of work in progress. Cast on while at Yarn School.

The last time I went to Yarn School. I lost my mind. Literally. It was the beginning of a decline into insanity, recovery, new medications, a couple new therapists (individual and couples), and eventually - all that led to me being single now. In retrospect it is pretty clear that I was profoundly depressed, lonely and unhappy when I left for Yarn School and the combination of the other-worldliness of Harveyville plus a guy who had some massive triggers for me (tattooed neck, ex-addict/recovery, CHEF, dog, literate, blah blah fucking blah) led me down the big bad obsession rabbit hole.

This time - I'm living a whole new life, and it feels strange, but good. If you had asked me before that first Yarn School what 2009 would look like - I pretty much thought I would be knocked up by now - or married - or at least still with my ex. I would never have guessed single, dating, having a roommate, looking for a new partner in crime. Funny how things change. I doubt that I'll be any better at spinning this time around but I'm open to learning!

Friday, May 1, 2009

big crafting news!

The big crafting news is that Shanti finished her amazing crochet 7" record blanket last night. It is a 1:1 scale so it ended up as 7 feet across! This thing took her forever and it is an amazing accomplishment. Even more exciting is that she told me that I'm next on her list. I'm getting a granny square blanket! I am so blessed!!

The weekly Arts & Drafts meeting continues (after more than 2 years) to be a highlight of my week. I hear that from a lot of other people too. I would never have been able to make it through the last 6+ months without the companionship and support of my Thursday knitters (and crocheters and needlepointers et al).

Last night Joey & I had a knitting lesson. He is a natural (which doesn't surprise me since he is so talented in other areas that require hand/eye coordination. And that isn't a dirty joke. Joey is an incredibly talented artist. More info here.)

Trey Jones took some lovely photos last night. The full set is here.

Joey, Mimi, Alicia and Lisa all engrossed in their work:

And a couple of me: