Tuesday, September 25, 2007

See You When I Get Back

Okay, tons of stuff going on

I leave for YARN SCHOOL on Thursday morning. Eeeek! So much to do before then. I still cannot figure out which knitting project to take to work on during the flight and at the airport.

Last night I went to see the Henry Rollins "Provoked" spoken word show. He talked about not being in the experience but being beside it and observing what is going on so you can write about it later. I plan on totally being sucked in to Yarn School but I will try to remember enough to give a report when I get back.

And.... I'm going to see Eddie Izzard in Vegas in November!!! SQUEEEE!! This is turning out to be the the most amazing year ever!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Shredded Tomatoes and LolPup

Shredded Tomato

The Tomato sweater I was working on has gone 100% tits up. It hurts too much to type out the whole fiasco. Maybe one day...after lots of counselling...I may be able to talk about it. The end result is that I'm frogging the project, donating the yarn to djMars, and going to redo the sweater in a solid colored yarn.

djMars Confusion

Apparently there has been some confusion as to which djMars I am talking about in my blog. She is the one and only Ms. M. that is my coworker/enabler and the person who taught me how to knit. Everyone clear now?! Good.

Friday, September 14, 2007

A Farrel/Farrell Wonderland

Long story short....my dad is friends with Perry Farrell's older bro, Farrel. Last night we went to the Satellite Party concert to celebrate Farrel's birthday.

This is the group of us. Note: me sitting at the end of the table with the "Yarrrrrn" t-shirt. This is the coolest shirt ever which was a gift from djMars.

Birthday boy Farrel and his bro Perry.

Farrel and his skully birthday cake. How cool is a skully cake??

And now the obligatory Perry pic:

Perry and my little sis, Ber

A great time was had by all. I want to thank Farrel for letting us tag along to the festivities and wish him a super special birthday! I highly suggest everyone go and see Satellite Party when they are in town. They play their own stuff, Porno for Pyros and Jane's Addiction tunes. Woot! Apparently they are supposed to do a make up date for the St. Pete show. Maybe I'll make Perry a scarf before then. I'm thinking something in Tilli Tomas "Rock Star" or "Disco Lights" in the Atmosphere colorway. Ooooh.

Also, if anyone is a biker or into super cool jewelry check out Custom Touch.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Action Photos

Here are action photos of djMars Calorimetry
It's a head cozy! :)
This is our interpretation of the pic from knitty. See here.
And here is the final project with the supercool matching button that djMars found at Joann's.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Warped Hookers....Secrets Revealed!

Okay, now that I have your attention. Hee hee. The title to this post is accurate - just not in the most obvious way.
Construction of a warping board for me is now underway. It is being made so that I can wind up some skeins of yarn to dye in many colors. For more information on hand dyeing using this process click here . If you would like directions on how to make your own warping board click here. Pics will be posted of the uber awesome warping board when it is completed. Hopefully, this will *cough cough* be soon.
djMars has taught me how to do basic crochet - almost against my will. I want to learn it so that I can do a proper provisional cast-on and so that I can make hairpin lace. I might give up on my dream of hairpin lace but I have enough skill now to do the cast-on. I get a mean case of "crocheting tourette's" though. I don't think I will ever participate in this craft for fun but it is good to know.
The gifts have been given so now I can post.
I made some beer cozies. The pattern for which can be found here. Both of these were knit with yarn that I had previously hand dyed and couldn't figure out a project for. They were happily received and I should have taken some pics of them "in action." I have the feeling that I will be making many many more of these in the near future. They keep condensation away, the cables make nice "grips", and they really do keep the beer cold. Nifty.

While I was making these djMars was eyeing the "limeade" yarn so I knew I had to make her something out of it too. And since a beer cozy would not be her thing...I made her a Calorimetry head wrap. I don't have a picture of that "in action" either and I know the pic below isn't a great one. But if you click here you can see what one looks like while being worn AND get the handy dandy free pattern. Ooooh. Also, I know in this pic it is not "finished". I didn't weave in the stringy ends or put the button on. djMars has some extra buttons lying about from a sweater she made a I figured that she could use one of those on it. Okay, so it's a half-assed gift that she had to finish herself....I admit it. But she loved it anyway.

I recently added a music player to my blog. I need to know if I should leave it or not because I'm undecided. I have the same player on my myspace but I think it's normal to have that stuff there. I'm unsure as to whether or not it is annoying in this type of forum. Please leave comments on this matter and help me decide.
It's only a few weeks away!! SQUEEEE!!!!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Outlaw Knitters and Secret Projects

Oh yeah...anyone with the motto "If you don't knit...you ain't sh*t" is a group I have to be part of. Outlaw Knitters is a "gang" that has been started by the wonderful Mrs. H aka: Mrs. Aych, who also has a pretty nifty blog too. It is my understanding that there will be a t-shirt, patches, matching tattoos, and secret handshake to follow. (Okay, so I might be exaggerating a bit.) If you are a knitter that would like to join go here.

My secret project is complete. It has also been field tested my moi and I must say...supercool!! More info after the recipient has received it. I'm just happy that I have completed something since I'm a chronic project starter.

Like I said, I'm a chronic project started. I have just started the "Tomato" sweater. However, I am doing mine with just a nice variegated yarn so I'm not doing the fair isle pattern on the chest. Yay to making a pattern even easier!!