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I’m gonna make an afghan for an Afghan!

This is the best possible result of a spinning wheel and a POUND of green roving. I’m thinking just a tightgarter stitch, maybe with a border of other handspuns.

Anyone up for a knit along?

The Accidental Luddite

So, exciting things.

1) I got a loom! It’s gigantic and I have no idea how to put it together! So while I wait for the instruction book to arrive from the good people at Harrisville Designs

2) Shoebox loom! I found instructions for making one at this site, and got help from the lovely ladies at Bella Yarns. So much fun and OH so fast. I’ve already got 1.5 scarves done!

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I think this project will be super exciting to do with my students next year. Hopefully I’ll get to co-teach a fiber arts class, and this would be an exciting first project.

If not given a lesson plan, I knit while I substitute teach. Unlike other subbing activities (i.e. reading, painting one’s nails, nodding off during the filmstrip), knitting allows me to keep my eyes on the students while they work. Yesterday, one of the girls in the seventh grade English class noticed and said, “Oh my gosh. She’s knitting.”

Instant attention, and not from the other girls.

The three boys in the front row instantly started asking questions. What are you working on? (A second sock. Here’s the first one.) Do you make all your own clothes? (No, but I’d like to.) What else can you make? (Mostly hats and scarves. This is my second pair of socks.) Can you knit anything? (Lots of things.) Like, could you knit a book? (Hmmm… Maybe…) You could knit the pages, and then sew on the writing! That would be so cool!

If they hire me full-time for next year, I’m totally offering a knitting class or club. I hope to see all those boys there.

Socks! Again!

I have embarked upon my second pair of socks. The goal is to make them in two weeks instead of fifty-two.

The pattern is entitled “Diagonal Lace Socks” and can be found for free on Ravelry. I cheated a little and used the toe from the Universal Toe-Up Sock pattern from Knitty, because it’s my favorite… I’ll do the heel in pattern, though. Just to try something different. Using Berrocco Comfort Sock again. I love a good nylon/acrylic for socks. No shrinkage!

Speaking of socks, you know those purple ones I thought the pug ate? Finished in time to give them to Mumsie for Christmas!

Pug, meanwhile, is maintaining his stance that yarn is the best place to sleep or sit. I have worked on two scarves and a sock since coming home, and his favorite thing EVER is to sit directly on the yarn ball. This is not kindness towards alpacas, little Pug.

Kitty is delighted to be back in RI, as am I. We have a lovely room. The stash, however, is very small. I gave most of my yarn away before leaving FL, and I’m utterly out of roving.

I have embarked upon my second pair of socks. The goal is to make them in two weeks instead of fifty-two.

The pattern is entitled “Diagonal Lace Socks” and can be found for free on Ravelry. I cheated a little and used the toe from the Universal Toe-Up Sock pattern from Knitty, because it’s my favorite… I’ll do the heel in pattern, though. Just to try something different. Using Berrocco Comfort Sock again. I love a good nylon/acrylic for socks. No shrinkage!

Speaking of socks, you know those purple ones I thought the pug ate? Finished in time to give them to Mumsie for Christmas!

Pug, meanwhile, is maintaining his stance that yarn is the best place to sleep or sit. I have worked on two scarves and a sock since coming home, and his favorite thing EVER is to sit directly on the yarn ball. This is not kindness towards alpacas, little Pug.

Kitty is delighted to be back in RI, as am I. We have a lovely room. The stash, however, is very small. I gave most of my yarn away before leaving FL, and I’m utterly out of roving.

New adventures in crafts

Greetings, fellow crafters!

Bit of news: I’m prepping to open an Etsy shop.  Things to be sold: dice bags, shell/wire jewelry, knitted joy.

I embarked into the world of jewelry for the first time since undergrad last night, and I must say it’s a good bit of fun.  Bottlecap earrings make me joyful.  Pics soon on Etsy!

Much love, all.

Teatime

“The trouble with knowing some things,” Alice said with a small, half-amused sigh, “is that them people expect you to know everything.” She lay back on the couch and tossed her feet up on the armrest. “They say, ‘What ho, Alice? You’re a smart girl. Come do my physics homework,” and you have to explain that you never studied the beastly subject and that, by the by, you are smart enough to know not to help someone cheat.”

“That is a bother, isn’t it?” said Mrs. Macy as she poured herself a third cup of tea and added two lumps and a spot of brandy.

“And they also fail to realize that there are different kinds of ‘smart’! There’s clever, and wise, and bookish, and savvy…”

Mrs. Macy set down her teacup with a startled clink. “Wherever did you learn that ghastly word?”

“From Freddie,” Alice said as she pried off her left shoe with her right toe.

“Who on earth is Freddie?”

“He’s the boy who brings the coal ’round on Tuesdays. Didn’t you know?” The first shoe hit the floor with a satisfying thud and Alice began to work on the second. “Freddie says his brother is savvy and never gets lost in town. Anyhow, there are people who know, people who learn, people who teach. Even stupid cousin Suzie always knows what to say when someone’s sad.”

“Alice!”

Alice picked her head up and threw it back down on the squishy pillow. “You called her stupid last week! I heard you telling Cookie about when Suzie gave her lunch money to the beggar outside the shop.”

Mrs. Macy sighed and cleaned her spectacles. “Suzie is kind, but that was not smart.”

“Well,” said Alice, “telling Cookie that, when I was right outside the door, was neither kind nor smart.”

Today at 6:17 it began to rain, and it was a welcome change from the Florida sun.  The air relaxed, the land cooled (I could almost see steam rising from the pavement), and my yellowing basil was rejuvenated.  Lightning burst, and crack by thunderous crack the clouds realigned themselves.  The cat had run under the bed before I heard the first raindrop, scared, no doubt, of the wrath of her immortal Rain God enemies.

Storm season arrived three days ago with just enough rain to make one sit up and take notice. They say it’s going to be a rough year – three to five real hurricanes minimum, and the first shall be called Arlene.  I had a neighbor named Arlene, but she wasn’t the stormy one. No, that was her, her… what do you call it these days? Partner? Companion? Lover? Live-in bitch (seems that’s all she ever did)? At any rate, I haven’t stocked up on water or bought a gas stove yet, but Arlene’s on the way and better safe than sorry.

A small meow came from under the bed, making me wonder once more how tigers evolved into creatures like my round, wide-eyed tabby.  Surely one of such a majestic bloodline must be brave, or at least crafty.

For that matter, why am I not brave or crafty? Some deep inner sailor (pirate, perhaps) laughs at thunder and seeks adventure, but where was I? Lying in bed, bemoaning a sore leg and a broken heart.

Au diable les orages! I leaped from the bed, snatching d’Artagnan’s rapier and cloak. I threw the doors wide and charged into the storm.

The cat poked her nose out from under the bed. She sniffed the air, stretched, and stole the warm spot. Perhaps she is crafty, after all.

Infinity Scarf 2

Hi everybody!

Started a new project last week!  Got the pattern at Christmas at Bella Yarns in RI (my LYS at home).  It’s an Infinity scarf made with Cascade Epiphany in a lovely royal blue (1311).  Lacy and joyful!

Photo to come!

Baby hats!

Whipped off a baby hat yesterday. White, blue, green, yellow dishcloth cotton, Sugar and Crream, crocheted, very cute. My old babysitter is having a baby of her own! Awwww. Crocheting baby hats is entirely too much fun.