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Showing posts from July, 2008

Cupcake...sort of....

I realize this doesn't look like a cupcake. It looks more like a marshmallow wearing a night cap : )
It seems, however, none of that matters to the kids.

Stash Enhancement.....

It's been cool here, so this yarn is likely higher up in the Q. I am planning on making this sweater Knitting Pure and Simple #241. (It's a long-sleeved cardigan, but with cotton, it should be great for cooler summer evenings. I am not crazy about the color of the yarn....I wanted something neutral but this has a "pinkish" quality I could not notice on the computer screen. It will be nice when I have a local yarn shop again.

I am going to try Sizzle again... I love this yarn.

And now, in order to satisfy my one faithful reader, my's #2 in her finished (almost, still haven't put a closure on it) cardi.

Inception of the She-Knit "Homespun" Haters Club

I cannot believe there is a group of crafters on Ravelry- or in existence anywhere- who loves this yarn. I cannot tell you how much I hate it.

It all started very simply. I have started crocheting a little here and there, so I got the notion in my head that I was going to try to crochet a blanket. I can't even remember how I happened upon this pattern. I thought it was just beautiful, I still do.

I was wholly unfamiliar with the Homespun and innocently let the Lionbrand site help me purchase the 2 million skeins I would need to complete this project. The pattern was labeled "Advanced Beginner." With my army of Amigurumi creatures smiling at me, I thought I could handle it. I knew the yarn was synthetic, which is not my favorite, but I knew I wanted something I could easily wash and dry. I honestly can't imagine hand-washing a blanket!

When the package of yarn arrived, I was disappointed. It's "hairy yarn," people. I am not a fan of hairy yarn…

An unfortunate turn of events

I had never had this happen to me before. Here I was, knitting along, thinking everything was fine, and it was not.

I was very surprised to see this. The knitting version of the "cosmic slap." The moment has long since passed, but, it's part of the story.

I am following the silk camisole pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I am using Hempathy to make it. I didn't choose this pattern becuase I am in love with it- and the picture in the book is rather "unfortunate." I chose to knit this based on the fact that I had the correct material, and I wanted to try the hemp.

Of course I am modifying the pattern to make it more "wear-able." Of course, I don't have an "extra" skein. So, I can either stop the mods, or scour the internet.

It calls for I-cord straps over four stitches. There's no way I would wear that, or if I did, my bra straps would be hanging out. Despite current fashion trends, I am not a fan. Sure I could go …