Thursday, February 11, 2010

Scarf of Pretty Good Softness, Done

And a pic, of course.

Overall, I'm happy with the felting. It really evened out the stitches. However, it doesn't feel quite as soft to me as it did before felting, so that's a minus. It's still softer than most scarves I own, but not crazy soft. It is VERY warm.

Striped Scarf, Done

And here's a pic of the striped scarf.

I've heard there's a setting on my camera for self portraits, but I believe that's just a myth. I did this the old-fashioned way, standing in front of a mirror. So there.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Felting and Blocking the Sinsation Scarf

This evening I put the Sinsation scarf into the washing machine to felt it. Took it out of the dryer and couldn't even bear to look at it - mind you, everything I read online said it would be this way, but still. It was a wadded mess inside the lingerie bag. I put that into the dryer and took it out while still damp.

I think it's all good. It's a little narrower than I expected, so I pulled on it to make it a bit wider again and I'm blocking it that way. The texture seems like the felted scarves I've seen in the yarn stores, so I have hope.

Keep your fingers crossed...


Friday, February 5, 2010

Some Works In Progress

Fun stuff, as follows:

Striped scarf, to match my striped mittens. This is a tube of stockinette stitch. I'm sewing the ends shut using Kitchener stitch. I'm on the very last blue stripe, so I may finish it this weekend.


Purple scarf of amazing softness. This is done in an absurdly expensive (to me) chenille yarn. I've been wanting one for years, so I just bought myself 4 skeins of it and it's sooooo neat. And yes, it really is that glossy.

It's about 5 inches wide. I may felt it later, but from what I read it should only lose about 10% of it's size if I do, so that should be OK.

And this is the cuff of what will become elbow-length purple fingerless mittens. I'm making these up as a go along, so we'll see how it goes.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Oh Dear

Three women were in the waiting room of an obstetrician, and each of them was knitting a sweater for their baby-to-be. The first one stopped and took a pill.

"What was that?" The others asked her.
"Oh, it was Vitamin C, I want my baby to be healthy."

A few minutes later, another woman took a pill.
"What was that?" the others asked.
"Oh, it was iron, I want my baby to be big and strong."

They continued knitting. Finally the third woman took a pill.
"What was that?" the others asked her.

"It was thalidomide," she said, "I just can't get the arms right on this fucking sweater!"

Sunday, January 10, 2010

My Striped Mitts

Yes, I do occasionally knit stuff for myself. Fingerless mitts!



Details on Ravelry, here.

Slippers for A.!

Done, and done. These turned out much better than the ones I made for M., but I think that instead of re-making these for M., I'll probably make him house socks in worsted weight yarn. Anyhow, here are pics! (These are actually deep blue and violet, not that you can tell that from the pictures.)



And the soles:


Details on Ravelry, here.