Sunday, April 26, 2009

One side done!

I'm really proud of how this first side has come out. It's not perfect, some of the floats are a bit too tight so it puckers a bit. Then toward the center, I had realized I was pulling too tight so I started doing looser (really well actually) but that more relaxed fabric means when it's sitting flat, it raises up in the center. But for a first time it's pretty good and I have the second side to do so I can try again.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Update on the Yarnie Resolution Bag

I didn't take a picture of the back this time but it's pretty good, I will when the side is complete.

In other news, we are searching for a condo and there has already been some ups and downs. If you have an FHA loan, make sure you don't fall in love with any condos still being constructed, that's all I have to say.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Update On Yarnie Resolution #4

Yarnie Resolution #4 states "learn to do color work" and the plan was to do the Sipula Bag from Knit Picks that MojaveSis gave me at Christmas.

I started it yesterday and I have the outer edge of the bag done. I'm really happy with how it is turning out.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Food for Thought #10: X-Men

Original Lee Post here

Appetizer: What is your X-Men name?

Dragonfly, of course

Soup: What is your super power?

Ability to always survive and adapt to an ever-changing world. There's a reason dragonflies have been around since the dinosaurs. Of course, the better super power is super speed in flight!

Salad: Are you good, evil, neutral, or chaotic?

Good with signs of chaotic

Entré: What is the first thing you would do with your new super power?

Honestly, fly just for the sheer fun of it.

Dessert: Who is your nemesis?

Apparently frogs and bats... good thing Batman is a DC comic


I broke up my posts so I could dedicate one purely to Unwind Yarns but here's just some tidbits.

For other knitting, I finished the Boku scarf. I had to go back for a second skein, one skein was just too short for my taste. I love the way the colors change.

This is what happens when a son with a Sharpie says "Mom, give me your arm for a minute"

Very often Tigger likes to hide under blankets and we've had to start using this system so we don't sit on him. It just makes me smile so I had to share.

Experiences with Unwind Yarns

Shannon of Unwind Yarns is just a lovely person. I first purchased a skein of her yarn when I went to Stitches Midwest last year. (see here) That yarn became the Knotty or Knice socks. I've always loved her tagline "Throwing Sheep into Rainbows". I loved it so much that I joined a yarn club she has. The first month, I thought that I ordered soon enough to get that month's shipment but didn't see it. I emailed Shannon to ask if I should actually wait until the next month and she was surprised I didn't have my package yet. After giving it a little more time, she sent a second one. After some time went by, she emailed me saying it came back "Return to Sender", but I had never received. So we tried again. Third time was the charm and I got my package that time. (we never did find the first one).

In all this time, Shannon was so sweet and we talked a bit about other things and I've just grown to really love her personality, her yarns, the colors... just everything. So when she asked me to review some patterns and test knit a couple, I had to say yes.

So first, I test knit these Spazz Fingerless Gloves. The pattern can be purchased through Ravelry, here. The yarn she sent is her fingering Zinfandel line. It's wonderfully soft and nice to work with. (I've ordered more)

Son saw the gloves and kept trying to steal them so I told him I'd make him his own pair if he found some yarn he liked. Funny thing, Shannon sent some deep purple yarn from her Merlot Fingering line a few days later and he said "That's the yarn!" So in just about a week, I knit a second pair which he's not taking off. Also pictured is "Sparky" a dragon from WebKinz and a tic-tac-toe board he made in his 6th grade metal shop course.

As a side note, I'm also test knitting a sock pattern for Shannon that's going well but I can't share that one yet.

Anyway, I recommend checking her site out, trying her yarn, joining the Unwind Yarns Ravelry group (She's Khetala on Ravelry)