Wednesday, September 24, 2003

too busy to live.

too busy to live.

Here's a recap of the wedding:

took the red eye
was asked three times why I'm not married
went out for bachelorette night
woke up four hours later for manicures
was asked why I'm not married
rehearsed and ate dinner
woke up at 6 to get hair done
was asked why I'm not married and why I'm so white
stood up for my friend at her beautiful wedding
came home

I will knit again one day.

Oh, the best part: Both the bride and my grandma cried over their quilts!

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Did anyone see the season finale of Gilmore Girls? Jess's dad's girlfriend's house is my dream hous

Did anyone see the season finale of Gilmore Girls? Jess's dad's girlfriend's house is my dream house, I loved the set design. It got me back to thinking about gold for a living room color but I'd cozy it up, make it rosy like a color called Orient Blush my friend Kim used on a guest room.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

I didn't want to leave without posting a little something about the cables. I must say, I'm tickled to death with how cabley they are! The width is a problem. I worked a single pattern repeat of each of the cable patterns to come up with my numbers but I'm two inches short. I may end up knitting a little strip to go up each side in the underarm, we'll see after I have a front and a back to fit. The ribbing looks good with the cables and the shell seems to be telling me it wants to be a turtleneck.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

I had written a very engaging and insightful post but Simon just walked over the keyboard and made it go away. Here's a picture of my friend's cat, Whitey, on the quilt we're doing for the wedding.

Friday, September 12, 2003

well without further ado, or pictures, I'm off to a weekend in L.A. to see my Aunt and Uncle who are

well without further ado, or pictures, I'm off to a weekend in L.A. to see my Aunt and Uncle who are considering painting their house "Colonial Gold." This does not sound like a good idea to me so when they said they wished I was there to help them decide, I said I'd come. I hope to get a lot of sleep, purchase two books for my languishing book groups, and have a lot of cabling to show for myself when I get back. If they don't take my needles away.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

This is two and a half inches of 2x2 ribbing I started for the new snuggly cable shell. I'm not sure it's working for me. I'm afraid it's going to be poofy right where I don't really want to be poofy, all ruffly evidence to the contrary. I keep waffling on whether to keep it or not. I guess the only thing to do is to forge ahead and see how it goes. Please feel free to leave a vote if you're so inclined.

Just for fun I thought I'd show a picture of my tub directly following the RIT shame (which hardly turned out to be satisfactory I might add). Consider yourselves warned.

Sunday, September 07, 2003

I have two quilts to make before I leave town late on September 17th. Oh, and I'll be in L.A. this weekend. No sweat!

Here's a little peek at the one for my grandma's 75th birthday. The picture's crappy because it was taken at midnight when we realized that the next step that I (that's right it was my fault) had planned was not going to work, at all. And before you get too impressed, please note that the center medallion with the applique was designed and created by my talented mother.

Friday, September 05, 2003

Well here it is, and I'm sure you can see why it needs to be called tuttu and not some dry acronym. It's my first ever finished knit garment. Needs blocking but I wanted to wear it.

And here's a quickie of Simon in the car with some bastard material that I need right away but that refuses to darken up even after two times in the dye vat.

I made a hard decision today. I need time to figure out this whole dye game but I need this fabric for my friend's wedding quilt. The wedding's on September 20th. Right now it's in the tub with RIT! This action is basically against my religion but that's what I'm doing. It's like 22 yards so replacement is not exactly in the budget.

I just checked on it, and it's not that dark still. I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm contemplating violence.



Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Dyeing Expose!

This picture is the best I think. I got the most vibrant color (see the corner) when I bound a smaller piece of fabric before soaking in the soda ash solution and then pouring dye on top.

Here is the result when I presoaked the fabric unbound and then scrunched it into a small container and poured dye on top. This piece of fabric and the last are bigger than the first. The color is choppier and there's an even amount of white and color.

And finally, this example is a larger piece of fabric that I scrunched into a small container dry and doused with dye. I poured in enough dye liquid to almost cover the fabric. After about 12 hours I poured a concentrated soda ash solution in with it. It's a lot dreamier, more of a wash and I'll probably use this for an under dye if I want something just a little more interesting than flat color.

The main thing that I'm still stumped on is the vibrancy issue. I may just not be using enough dye but there's a lot of colored water that I'm washing out when I rinse.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Well I crafted my little heart out over the weekend but I have very little to show for it because of this badboy (excuse the crappy picture). I ruffled and then I ripped and then I reruffled and then I bound off. Then I tried to pick up around the neck and then I tried a couple more times, then I finally did pick up the neck, and did an edging and the neck shrunk, severely. I swear I finished this thing for 20 hours and it's still not done with rolly top edges!!

Dying went great, I'll do a little expose on what I learned soon, the light's just not good tonight. And my colors still aren't the most vibrant but now I know how to get certain effects.

On Saturday I thought I was so close to finishing that bastard the SNS that I let myself get some new yarn for a new project. And here's what a much recovered Simon did to my new Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran:

I'm going to hold it double stranded with some Unger fluffy by Reynolds in the same color, whatever that is. They look really pretty together and look so special in the cable patterns I swatched! I'm stealing the cable patterns from
this free pattern to do a little shell. Here's what I'm thinking: