Sep 9, 2008

Gauntlets and Dragons

Ok, so they aren't gauntlets, they're fingerless gloves. I've been in love with theDashing 003 Dashing pattern forever. When Sunne sent me some beautiful Olive colored cashmere in the PRGE awhile back, I knew that it'd be perfect for that pattern. The yarn was put aside for later, and I added Dashing to my Ravelry queue. Now...if you clicked on that link to my post about this, you may have noticed that I received this yarn over a year ago. That was back before I even had a "to use soon bag"; which is, by the way, now a box. Still, I kept the cashmere close, knowing I'd use it soon. So, when I finished the handspun bag and the tam and I was left with nothing to knit, I knew that it was time. I started them on Friday with TS Hanna looking over my shoulder. Having something soft and soothing to knit really helped me out that night. They came in really useful as therapy (despite the fact that I kept making stupid mistakes and having to rip back) again when I made Mr. Shad take Nolan to the hospital Sunday night. I finished the second glove while waiting for them to return home. Don't worry, he just has croup. It's the first time I've dealt with that and Tinky 003it really freaked me out. He was struggling to breathe and having intercostal retractions. Which, if you've never seen that before, can be frightening for a mother. He's running around like a madman today and trying to break everything though.

Somewhere in the midst of that, I started a dragon...a CROCHETED dragon! I love the amigurumi, they're adorable and even though I suck at crocheting, they still end up on my queue. Well, while perusing I saw a dragon. Very cute, but kinda expensive for a pattern I'll use once. Too bad Kyran saw it too, he insisted I make him a dragon. After a quick Rav pattern search, I found this! Super adorable and FREE! Must make. The only problem was I didn't have a whole lot of random green acrylic yarn. Tinky 008Tons of green wool yarn, but not acrylic. Went to my bag of random acrylics and found several colors, I asked Kyran which one he wanted and he said "I want black with red feet". Uh...sure, I can do that. At first I was cursing his color choice (stupid black yarn, can't see what I'm doing, hard to photograph *insert mumbling under breath*), but when I went to sew it all together I was really glad. Because you can't see the random stitches either. Also, it came in handy for the spine, which is actually knitted. Didn't really like the big fat spines, plus Tinky (that's what Kyran named him) is a rather smallish dragon. So I made like I was doing the starting triangles for entrelac, but bound off each triangle as I went. They get progressively smaller too. Because I can do that. The wings were modded slightly from this dragon pattern. Which kinda looks like eeyore with wings, you can thank Mouse for that astute insight. She's right though, it does.... Go to my Ravelry page on Tinky if you want to know what I did for the wings. They are a little different than the ones in that pattern. Really, a very little. I think that's all really. Oh, I positioned Tinky with his thumb in his mouth, I thought it was kinda funny considering Ky is a thumb sucker.

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Mr. Shad was right, he does look kind of like a dinosaur.

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Sep 4, 2008

Hated It

Hemlock Tam 006First, sorry about the pictures. Apparently some ignorant person decided to steal pictures off either Flickr or Myspace and masquerade as me on some adult sex site. So I put all of my pictures on private. Then I realized that they couldn't be seen here or on Ravelry. Which defeats pretty much the WHOLE point of having Flickr. Doesn't it? I switched everything back but the blog didn't get the memo. I also had to go and update ALL of my pictures on Ravelry. Just click on any picture that's not showing up and you'll be linked to it on Flickr. Oh, and did I mention that we've got that stupid hurricane this weekend? We're in the process of getting ready to evacuate if the need arises. Whatever.

Anyways, let's focus on something good, shall we? Recently I've been knitting lots of smaller projects. Maybe it's the stress I've been dealing with, maybe it's Handspun Bag 02because my daughter has been home, maybe I'm just sick of what my current WIPs...whatever the reason I can't seem to commit to anything more than hats and silly toys. If you have been watching me on Ravelry you've seen what I've been up to. Yeah, I'm talking about the Peens. lol Also that felted bag I did with some of my own handspun. Which I was really proud of, even though I don't do felting or purses. hehe I even crocheted a snood this past weekend. Not that I have enough hair to actually use one. That and it turned out horribly.

My most recent project has been something that I kinda forgot about for awhile. When reading one of the blogs I frequent, I stumbled across this. It's one of those things where you could kick yourself for not thinking of it, but you're happy someone did! She said she wasHemlock Tam 005 going to write up the pattern, I said let me know, and promptly forgot about it all. Then I was looking in my Ravelry favorites, saw the hat and thought to myself, "Hm, I wonder if she ever got around to making that pattern". Sure enough, the pattern had JUST been posted. Pure (and perfect) coincidence. The yarn used was a DK weight and I also happened to have a random ball lying around for something else. Kismet I tell you. Can I take a moment to tell you how amazing the yarn that I used is? Bollicine Dolly, if you've never tried, buy a ball. Knit this hat, really I don't care what you make with it but you really should try it. Back to the pattern/hat. It's pretty straightforward, there aren't any errors I could see...although I'd knit it a bit longer before doing the decreases if I did it again. I think. Although, since it's supposed to be a tam and all it might turn out fine. Right now it's blocking. Doing the lace is kind of a pain in the ass (especially when you're trying to focus on your 2yo) it's worth it though. I'm completely in love with this hat and I'm thinking of maybe making another one as I plan on giving one to my husband's aunt for Christmas. Oh...for those of you reading this blog who might know who I'm talking about, don't spoil the surprise. ;)

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