Saturday, April 24, 2010


It's Caturday! It's also homework day and laundry day and grocery shopping day, but the cats are being extra cute.

Morgana has this funny habit of lying on dark patches of carpet. Black is her favorite color because she blends in so nicely. Yesterday, I got a package from a goth store, and my belts were wrapped in black crinkle paper. This morning, there was a black cat on black crinkle paper...

...and a gray and white cat on white crinkle paper.

My cats are using military-style camouflage techniques. They're probably waiting for the stash closet to open, for milk to spill, or for the bag of kibbles to come out. They're lurking, ready to spring.

Speaking of spring, my allergies are acting up, and I haven't had as much energy to knit. But i finished up the increase section on my Clapotis this morning. To me, it looks like gray and red camouflage. And I love the way the colors are pooling. Very nice, even pooling action.

I guess the camo effect would only work in a volcanic wasteland, but you get the picture.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Rainy Day

It's a gray, rainy day. I tried to take pictures, but colors show up all washed out. Can you believe the fabric below is blue? A pale blue, but still...

I'm not a big fan of gray, at least weather-wise. I'm solar-powered. When the sun is shining, I want to bounce around and do fun stuff, when it's not, I just want to curl up somewhere. So that's what I've been doing, and I've made good progress on the kitty cross-stitch. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Taxes are done. Homework is done. Time to knit!

Saturday, April 10, 2010


I should be playing with a JavaScript library. My assignment is due next Saturday, and there's quite a bit left to do. So what am I doing? Why, casting on for my Clapotis, of course! Reds and blacks... I think we're back to my favorite color combination.

Don't believe me? Look, spinning! Why, yes, it's black and burgundy. With just a bit of glitter for added drama. Now, if that's not goth-tastic, I don't know what is.

And the outlier. Because statistics teaches us there's usually an outlier. Remember these? I was knitting them in December. I need the needles so I can start my socks for my one and only sock club this year -- the pattern-only option of the Janel Laidman sock club. No yarn coming into the house. Yarn diet, I'm actually doing it.

Now back to JavaScript. Somehow, I doubt that site will make itself interactive if I just keep looking at it.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

The Power of Stash

Today, I went stash diving. One of my groups on rav is doing a Clapotis KAL, and I bought some Lion & Lamb for it ages ago, right after I knit my mom's. Lovely yarn, I wanted one in reds and blacks. The colorway is called Embers, how could I resist?

So I opened my stash closet and dove right in... looked in every bin, spent 20 minutes, no Lion & Lamb. But I found this... black Lamb's Pride Superwash. Just a few months ago, I knit a friend some fingerless gloves out of the stuff, in fuchsia, and another co-worker asked if I could knit some for her daughter, in black. I thought I'd have to break my 0 tolerance yarn diet for this. Guess what? I don't! The perfect yarn was sitting in my stash all along.

Eventually, I did find the yarn. Grays and reds and a bit of blackish purple, like a fire that's going out. Perfectly named. Look at that sheen.

And I found something else at the bottom of my stash: my long-lost ballwinder! What almost became an evening of winding took less than an hour. Yeah.

Now, I just have to find the pattern in its folder, and I'll be good to go. In the meantime, have a picture of my mystery sock in progress. The color is pretty close to what they look like in real life. I call these my vampire socks... between the blood red and the lacy holes and elegant columns of twisted stitches, I'm getting a very vampiric vibe.

Thursday, I'll be doing homework. But today, I'm digging up the Clapotis pattern. My pattern stash is also pretty big.

Saturday, April 03, 2010


Not the best picture, but here it is... the Bridgewater Shawl in blob form. It's actually brown. And it's a square. And I spent a good long time today picking up 652 stitches. Now, I'm ready to start the edging.

However... knitting a lace shawl is not exactly the best way to put a huge dent in the stash. I need to cast on something worsted-weight. I'm planning on knitting another Clapotis, this one for me. That should help.