May 1, 2012

More randomness

I've had this post in mind for quite some time, and the longer it sat in my mind, the longer it grew. Life goes on, you know? So again, a rambly, disjointed post with photos, and tidbits of life along the way.

Where to begin? How about with WHEREFORE? What does it mean? It doesn't mean 'where'. It's more related to modern-day 'why'. Juliet didn't want to know where Romeo was. She was battling with the whole my-family-versus-your-family-and-why-must-it-be-so thing. Or, as today's youth would say, the whole my-family-versing-your family thing. Because, of course, if it is a versus b, then a must be versing b. (Sound logic to minor language inventors, borne out of Pokemon battles, I believe.)

Okay, so on to fabric. I've created a couple things with the wicked fabric from the last post. A combo of three of the fabrics to create a body pillow, which is stuffed with ALL the rest of the blasted suffolk lamb fleece, because I wasn't going to spin any more of it, nor knit any of it, and in fact had destined it for toy-stuffing. I don't make enough toys, so the pillow won the grand prize.

The purple fabric has glow-in-the-dark skulls. The pink fabric has skulls with scissors. It's the perfect fabric for any seamstress, hair coiffeur/coiffeuse and really, for any knitter. I got it at Fabricland.

Some of the brown-and-black skull fabric (no glowing) became a remote-control holder. It has three loops along the top such that it will fasten down to screws or tie-straps on the inside of my side-flipping-top box-with-storage of a coffee table. It is clearly yet to be mounted:

There's a layer of fusible interfacing in the backing fabric behind the remotes, and there is an extra two inches of width to the pocket piece to make the spots nice and roomy. They have a wee pleat in the bottom to accommodate for that extra two inches. If you click the picture you may see a version that is big enough for you to see the pleats. I like pleats better than gathers.

I'm sorry I don't have a pattern - this idea came out of my head and took shape as it was being made. I have to consider this one of the lucky ones. Many such a project have wound up in the bin.

Onto another random topic. We started the camping season on the Easter weekend and had a great time. The weather was great, getting up to 14C on the Saturday. On the Friday we did a hike up Debeck's hill, rising about 400m in elevation over about 3km in distance. Going back down was no piece of cake, I'll have you know.

Once at the top, we found we had excellent cell coverage. Not sure why.

Back at the ranch, I've been knitting, of course. I finished Angostura, another beautiful pattern by the lovely Ysolda. It was my first experience cabling, and it was a good one to start with because it was only swapping one stitch for another. Hm, I really need to start taking these photos outdoors.

We've covered a lot of crafts here today, haven't we? So remember in the last post how there was that braid of roving from SweetGeorgia? I got two full bobbins out of it (I think it was 8oz, but I can't be sure at the moment), and the singles were quite wee, so I was figuring on sock weight for my finished two-ply.

Sock weight, indeed. Had I actually weighed the sections that I spun, I could have made sure that more of the sections (a teal, purple, teal, brown pattern) would have lined up with one another, but as it is, I have a lot of barber-poling, good chunks of teal and a solid piece of brown.

I like to spin on regular bobbins and then ply on a jumbo bobbin. The ratio isn't very good, but I can fit more on the bobbin, keeping it one long length.

This is my first sock weight. The previous thing I had that was made of wee singles was a three-ply, and it worked out to DK weight.

What do you do with 350 yards of super-vibrant yarn? It's superwash merino, so I could knit it together with nylon and make socks. I could make gloves, fingerless or not, or a scarf ... but I think it wants to be a hat. I want to see the colour changes all in one piece and I think it will be great in a hat.

I've got another (bought) skein of fingering-weight yarn in the colourway Parchment (Madeleine Tosh ... just imagine that one - no picture) and am a bit annoyed that I always seem to have a single skein's worth ... I can't make socks ALL the time! So there'll be the aforementioned hat, and there will be a fingering-weight blankie pattern available here sometime this year. Hopefully soon. Just enough interest to be interesting, and just small enough to be easy. Just big enough to not get lost when Junior gives it a name and carries it around. More on that in the future.

Today's random word of the day ..................... random. Of course.

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