Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Yeah, blogger and I got into a fight and it won. I deleted some older pictures in order to put up MORE pictures. This is my son in his samurai costume last night. He refused to lift his head; he said that I had shamed him by putting his obi-belt up too high. These kids these days have been brainwashed into thinking their hips ARE their waist. No matter how many times I tell him that it isn't so, he refuses to listen.

I've also created a French-Maid costume for me for Halloween, but there is no way on God's green earth that I will post a picture of it!


Happy Halloween to all, or All Hallow's Eve, or Samhain, or whatever you call it. We get into the day here in our household, especially with the costumes. All practical work is abandoned for the creation of whatever-you-want-to-be for the day. This year, my son wanted to be some sort of anime-samurai kind of character. So, without a pattern, I've created the Haori and the Hakima and re-used an inner Haori from last years Jedi costume. I'd put in a picture, but apparently the blogger doesn't like my selection of costume today. I'll put in a picture of it when the spirits are more willing to allow it!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

knitting tote prototypes

During the past few weeks I've been tinkering with a larger bag for knitting. Tinkering because they've all just been a bit not right. The first one: bad in all kinds of ways. The second: another drawstring bag, made out of a recycled sweater, is so-so. (See Pic)

It's about 5" taller than the usual bag, and a bit wider; which makes it 14" tall and about 10" wide. I'm still thinking of the best way to make it close. The one that sticks out is to use grommets and make it close like one of those lunch bags. It would still be washable/dryable, but it would make a racket in the dryer.

Prototype # 2 is more like a tote bag, but will have the usual pockets in it. This one was a pattern out of a packet, something I got from the fabric store when I was working there. As something to sell, I can't. It's copyrighted. But I cut them out, sew them and get ideas of what I want MY bag to have. I make up my mind on what is good and what isn't working that way. This one has potential, but is wayyy too big.

I like the simplicity of it. The size is about 20" wide and 15" tall. Too big for me. I don't have the heart to tear it apart, so I will send it to my DIL. I'll draft a pattern that is smaller, and with pockets inside; with the usual ones for knitting needles plus one small one positioned up higher for scissors.
I pondered possibilities with the straps. Perhaps utiliting the tabs/D ring/Strap construction, but that would make it noisy in the dryer. I'm thinking straight straps would be the best way to go. When I started sewing knitting bags, the primary goal was to make one that can be thrown in the wash whenever it gets dirty. That's still my goal. After all the things I put my knitting bags through, they have to be able to be washed. One day I will tell you all the story of the raccoon and the half-knitted mitten.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Secret of the Stole: Clue 3 Finished!

Clue 3 is finished! I am knitting it in handspun 2-ply yarn on size 3 addi circular needles with beads. The beads used to be only green, now I've added lavender and gold ones also. To me, this looks like a spider and web-themed stole. Notice the 3 spiders on it? I call them spiders because they have 8 legs each.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

No es bueno

I tried to post about the return of the lawnmower and accidentally hit the wrong button.

I tried to post about spinning, but there was an error uploading messages.

So what's a blogger to do? Ah well.....perhaps tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Update on Knit-Alongs

Mystery Stole3: Ok, I am confessing that I honestly and truthfully did try to like the stole as the pattern was made, but it didn't click with me. Even after trying to re-dye the whole thing, I considered the wing with the stole portion to be discordant. So last night I frogged it all. OH the horror!! I'm re-working the stole portion as it's own pattern, probably for my Mom for Christmas. I've started it again, and put in the beads this time.

Secret of the Stole: I started this one with my own handspun cream Targhee wool. It's weight is fingering weight and it's being knitted on size 3 addi circs. The beads are green. I didn't realize until I had gotten home with them that the chart has green squares as the indicator to put in a bead. Wow....can we say, subliminal?
There was a comment on the email group that the two points were a great bikini top. My DH said the same thing this last weekend when I joined them all together. I was in the car at the time, driving up North to the In-Law's. I've learned how to read charts, knit, add beads and mark the row off in a moving car. It's more of a challenge, but it can be done.
I do credit the KIP Bag for helping me out. I know, tooting my own horn....but seriously? There was a lady who said that she'd like to see higher pockets in them. So I did put them in. Wanna see the result?

See now, the higher pockets helps out in the car, as stuff doesn't fall out as fast. I'd have lost that teeny bag of beads down the side of my seat about 20 times during the drive. I showed my bags to my niece, who bought a purple brocade one on the spot. She doesn't even knit! She said that it would make a great purse.
The two Halloween-fabric bags were fun to sew. Not that they were any harder than the others, but the colors were so vibrant! Oooh I might have to make one of them for myself....

Friday, October 5, 2007

Ahhh Colors!

I have this thing for color: it renews me in a way that I don't understand. I went down to the local fabric store to get recharged and restocked. More bags will be built next week! Check out the new colors:

There were two fabrics that I wanted to buy for the Halloween Season, or what I like to call Dios De Los Muertos. I like that, it rolls of the tongue and sounds so much more ......mysterious.

So, let me show you the fabrics:

I may have to pry the flame/skull fabric out of the grip of my son, who will find it tooo coooooool!

I also made an attempt to re-dye mystery stole 3. Well, it didn't work out like I had hoped. Instead of being one shade, it's now 4 shades of pink. I will try again.

DH says it's time to get out of town for a bit, so we'll be up at his folks' for the weekend. He says I need to get outta town. I think he's right!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

A Difficult Admission

This is a very difficult thing for me to say to all, but it is time for me to stop being so close-mouthed about it. I have failed my course in Physical Therapist Assistant. Last Tuesday night I had a third chance to pass a lab test and I didn't. You get three chances, and if you do not pass, you are out of the program.

Today would've been the next class in the program, as I used to have Monday's and Wednesday's off. I'm not myself; I keep feeling the urge that I must be studying, but there is nothing to study! I should be in class, but there's no class for me to go to. What will I do now?

Being a faithful sort; I am sure that there is a divine reason for this failure. My life is not supposed to go in this direction. I feel adrift on a raft, not seeing an island nearby. It is my hope that I will see land soon.