Saturday, December 25, 2010

Spirals to Snakes

My son decided he wanted snakes in his hat, so I searched Ravely for spirals and this is the chart I'll be basing the color work on.

And here's my variation on it. All the kids think it's "AWESOME" =) At least I can still impress them, wonder how long that will last? hahaha

Not the greatest picture ever, but it IS past 1am, so I had to use the flash. The color that looks reddish orange is actually going to be tan.

I always have to do at least part of the next repeat of the chart when I'm drawing it out because it's not always easy understand how the next part goes with the first. I should be more trusting, I know, but... sometimes you just have to see something to understand it.

What do you think?

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Planning Stages of Planning

Paging through books and books of Fair Isle charts can get to be somewhat overstimulating. (for me anyway - it's like shopping, too much input) Everything is either too girly or too... I don't know, I think I don't have the right books. Which means, as usual, I'll just make something up with my own colors and graph paper. I'm sure it won't be anything ground breaking or original, I doubt there is anything out there that is. However, I can't find it among my sources.

While I think and plan and stuff, I'll be finishing up Wuthering Heights. It's my first time reading it (I think) it seems oddly familiar, and not in the "I saw the movie" sense. I used to read all the time, so it's possible I read it when I was in high school and just don't remember. Anyway, it's made me cry a couple of times, which doesn't happen that often in books.

Well... my ADD kicked in and I started looking through Ravelry (which I should have done before I started this post) and I think I have found something I can use with some alteration. Yaaay - stay tuned for updates soon =))

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

And the Mind Goes Blank

For some weird reason, I didn't remember that I posted my finished socks. WHA? I guess I didn't really feel they were finished until I weaved in all the ends. I must be growing up as a knitter. I vaguely recall mentioning that I didn't weave in the ends because my tiny crochet hook has gone missing. I finally got to the store and purchased a package of them. (naturally, I blindly picked up a package that had one stolen out of it - duh)

ANYway, I weaved in the ends, wore the socks to work yesterday, and they were very comfy. I took pictures of all the ends still sticking out everywhere, but... it looks much less dramatic in the picture than it felt like in my head, and it didn't really take long to do it. Although I stretched it out over an evening and the next morning. (exciting stuff, right? ha)

One interesting thing this year, the Autumn leaves have really held on, and they keep changing and changing, so it's been a really pretty experience. I took a few pictures of my Crepe Myrtle against the clear blue sky. Otherwise, I've been completely remiss in taking Fall pictures. Just enjoying them with my eyes.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Random Sock FO

I finally broke down and grabbed some random yarn and finished the socks. However, I seem to have misplaced my tiny crochet hook, so the dozens of ends to weaved in are waiting.

The fit is very nice on these, I seem to have issues with getting that right for some reason, but these are perfect.

With my shoes on they'll look remarkably like the last pair, which was the basic idea. The last pair being just a smidge too short.

This one is the one with the different yarn to finish the cast off, oddly, it blends just fine. yaay I'm chomping at the bit to start charting what to do for the hat, while putting off the lace. hahaha

I'm doing much better health-wise, finally. I'm very thankful that only 1 of the kids got it, a rarity when you're dealing with strepp! Very very thankful.

See ya in a few days when I have something to show for all my planning and procrastination =)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sometimes I Wonder ....

... if the endorphins associated with getting new yarn in the mail clouds a person's perception to the point where they think a nice forrest green can by any stretch of the imagination coordinate with a very dark teal?

The brown you see there, that's really the green - my poor mac's webcam doesn't do so great with the colors - but at least you can see it doesn't clash.

Here... is the offending teal. (Yes it doesn't look teal in the picture, but it really is - just like the background isn't really purple, but navy blue) On it's own it's fine, even pleasant, but with the other two, it's just awful. When I first got it though, apparently I didn't notice the obvious clash. The yarn was ordered to make a sweater for my oldest boy. Again, there is an obvious error. There is NO way that's enough yarn for a sweater for my gangly child - I rather doubt it's enough for a sweater for a baby. VERY odd - and it makes me wonder, what was I about. For the record, there is more than what you see, a few more in the back, but it's still no where near enough.

Fortunately, I really owe my youngest child a better hat, and I'm itching to do some nicer Fair Isle. If I have a decent amount left, I'll make him a better scarf than the last one - he likes it ok, but I'm sorta on the bleh side of the fence about it.

You can sorta see the clash a little better in this picture, and my possible solution. The lighter blue actually coordinates decently, and since I'm wanting to branch out into a more complicated Fair Isle, I do want the 3 colors.

As for the socks in my last post, I'm nearly done casting off, but (once again) miscalculated and ran out of yarn during the cast off, so, I'm currently letting it sit a couple of days to make a decision. Rip back and cast off earlier ... or use a random scrap to finish. It doesn't matter too much, they're already pretty random.

Hopefully, I'll have my camera's memory back soon and can at least take real pictures again soon. And if this post is a blah as it sounds in my head, it's probably because I'm just getting over a nasty bout of strepp throat and suddenly feeling the need for a nap. It was bad enough that I was actually too sick to go to the doctor. Anyway, I'm feeling lots better compared to that. By the time I got to see a doctor, she looked at my throat and said "OH MY! That's really bad. I'm going to give you two shots today." And I said, "Good! Because I feel like crap." So I'm a bit off my game. I should be back to my normal (well.... that's debatable) self by next time.