Stitch n Pitch
July 29, 2005
It seems that as the ticket count continued to mount, the organizers got more and more psyched. They draped the Mariners Moose (does he have a name? not sure?) in yarn, gave him huge needles, and had him throw a basket's worth of yarn out (instead of the usual t-shirts or towels) to an adoring crowd of knitters. They displayed each of the Mariner's names in cross-stitch on the jumbotron when it was their turn to bat. They changed all of the crowd-rousing slogans to things like "You hit the STITCHES off that one!" Very cheesy, and very fun, though with $10 tickets the food prices felt particularly ridiculous, and so also very hungry. I ended up in the middle of a slew of eastside knitters and bloggers, including Laura and her husband, Diana and her boyfriend, Rebecca, and Janell and her husband. (You'll note that the pictures are all of the moose -- we were all way up high at the tippy top of the stadium, so attempting to take pictures of the game would have been optimistic. :-))
July 24, 2005
The first quintet
July 22, 2005
Then I got on a square making kick last night, and so here's the progress:
Aren't they pretty? I still have yet to make a perfect 5" square, but someday it will happen. I also noticed that sometimes I log-cabin around clockwise and sometimes it's counter-clockwise. However, since the point of the squares is to blend the colors, not to create a pattern, I don't think it matters so much, and I can keep quilting as the spirit moves me.
Labels: early quilt
This is not a geranium
July 21, 2005
Here it is... You can see that it 's been through a drought and lost most of its leaves, but there are two more buds in the back so not too much harm done.
So, all-wise knitters... now that you have a visual, what kind of flower is this? :-)
And yet another
July 19, 2005
In true dive-in spirit, I found fabric for versions B and D, buttons, thread, and fusible interfacing (that I haven't figured out yet). My only tailoring experience was in fourth grade (third grade?) when I "helped" my mom make me these two one-piece summer outfits that I loved dearly. So, I can't entirely say that I know what I'm doing. Exhibit A in that regard is the amount of fabric bought... I read the back of the pattern, deduced that I needed 2 1/4 yards of each color, brought it home, washed it, ironed it, hung it over the railing and realized that I'd bought enough to clothe the Von Trapp family.
I guess it's better that too little though? And it wasn't exactly an extravagant purchase at $2.50 a yard, so no harm done.
I've now made it through cutting out all of the patterns from the tissue paper, and folding the mountains of fabric right side together. Cutting is next, wish me luck. There are four cutting patterns -- I think I'm supposed to choose the most appropriate, not use them all, but I can't say that it's entirely clear. And I think bias tape is only needed for version E, but I also can't say *that's* clear. And there's a boatload of symbols scattered all over the pattern, which I'm sure are there for a reason (mysterious as they may be) -- any offers of websites with tips or tricks would be very helpful and well-received at this point! I'm sure I can't go too woefully wrong by just jumping in, cutting, and sewing, (I'm a smart girl, right? And I knit!) but I'd really like to understand the finer points of what's expected -- the pattern gives basically no discernible guidance.
P.S. Bonus points/Project motivation: I'll get to use my sewing machine's buttonhole-maker! Sweet!!
A little 1998 humour
July 12, 2005
Though it is interesting: I found this funnier back when I was caught up in (read: hysterical over) the college application process. I've always admired people who are utterly capable but take things less seriously.
(Google update: Sad to see, it was for a writing contest?)
July 10, 2005
The colors rock, yet I think something went awry on the assembling, as the end result is 4 3/4" x 5" instead of a solid 5-by-5. Obviously more practice is needed. :-) I'm in luck though, as the final square count is over 80 so by the end of this I should be an expert. I'm figuring to aim for a square a night, and hoping the assembling will move faster as I get in the groove. Meanwhile, I'm loving the 1/4" foot that came with my sewing machine (thanks again, Mom and Dad!! -- the machine was my endlessly appreciated and already highly used birthday present from last year.)
I'll try not to post pictures of every new square. :-) Though: Kevin was actually amazed at the result. Mad cool. I'm used to a delay and a "huh" when it comes to crafting... :-P
Labels: early quilt
And then there were 2, pt. 2
Unfortunately, this made completely clear the fact that the insets for the arms on the back were nearly two inches too short. I ripped them this afternoon (only five rows, luckily), and re-knit. No picture, but now the back matches the front. I should have done it earlier, since I knew it was needed, but at least it's done now. :-)
P.S. Download "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers -- song of the weekend.
And Then There Were Two
July 09, 2005
Ultimate optical illusion, by the way -- these two tanks are within a quarter of an inch of each other for the dimensions... who would have thought after seeing this photo? The second (now in-use) tank will go on the bottom of the stand, and will hold the protein skimmer, a pump up to the display tank, and a deep sand bed with assorted macro-algae to further filter the water. We went today to get the baffles cut, so now all that's waiting is the sand to settle so that we can move all of the rocks, fish and corals from the old tanks to the new, and so that we can clean and dry the old tank to get it ready for siliconing things in place.
The white cabinet in between is another micronews find, and will hold the new pump which will power a closed-loop circulation system, and which can also hold all of the food, etc. Best part: it has a towel bar on the right side. :-) There's a glass panel for the door, currently removed, which I plan to frost so that the pump, etc. isn't quite so visible.
July 06, 2005
I cast on and made it through a few rows before deciding that it was way too loose, and that I'd have to switch from #7’s to #6’s. Malheureusement, my 6's are currently engaged with the Bomber jacket (hate that name). So, I have a new wind on that project. I made it through the rest of the right front on Sunday at the beach, and am now working on the last half of the left front. The sleeves are almost all stockinette (yay!), so I think I'm going to try to finish them before starting the skirt… No promises on doing the ribbing for the collar, however – I get all burnt out on K3, P2 after a day or so.
My kind of workday
July 05, 2005
I finished all of the blues and purples, which felt like major progress. I only have greens left to cut at this point, though I think I'm going to need more fabric – more greens, some yellow for the sky where it meets the mountains, and a different color purple – one of the colors is too yellow, and needs to be redder or else it won't progress properly (see the half line in the picture below). I was worried about it when I bought it, but after cutting it became too clear that it was a completely different color family.
Labels: early quilt
July 04, 2005
Obviously, it's hurting to be blocked, but you can imagine. I *way* overestimated how much yarn was needed, since I had five balls and this definitely only will need 1¾ max. Any idea what could be done with the extra 500+ yards of lime green All Seasons? Possibly I could be twins with (aka, a vile copycat of) Amanda and try to eke out a honeymoon cami? Or more scarves? If I was a knit swimsuit person, that would be a possibility, but I'm not. Also nix on the boob-holders/one-skein-wonders -- not so much my style. Any other ideas? It's a beautiful yarn and I'd love to make something pretty. If all else fails, I think I'll get more colors and do some sort of multicolor top?