Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Lime & Violet Yarn Pr0n Swap Survey!

1. What kind of fibers do you prefer?
Any natural fibers, really. I use alpaca a lot, or alpaca/silk blends. For my current WIPs I am using alpaca/silk, highland wool, wool/cotton/silk/viscose, mohair/silk, and superwash wool. I've never used anything with tencel, soy silk, or bamboo and I am curious.

2. What kind of weight do you prefer (sock, worsted, bulky)?
Anything worsted weight or lighter, especially lace and sock.

3. Do you spin?
I learned on a wheel when I was a little girl. I recently bought a spindle, but until I grow a third arm it's just not gonna happen that way - way too frustrating.

4. Do you crochet?
I can crochet, but don't often. BUT - just today I got the hairpin lace loom and giant tunisian crochet hook I ordered from and now I need to learn how to use them.

5. Are there any books, patterns, magazines would you like to own that you don't?
See my wishlist.

6. Are you participating in any themed a-longs like the Project Spectrum?
Project Spectrum

7. Do you have a wishlist on or (provide a link)

8. Any Etsy stores that you would love to get something from?
I have some favorites on etsy:

9. What other crafty things are you involved in (quilting, drawing, painting)?
Embroidery, sewing, art journals, atc's, collage, bookmaking, and whatever strikes my fancy.

10. What is your favorite sort of scent?
I tend to get headaches from synthetic perfumes, candles, incense, etc but natural fragrances are fine - citrus, amber, vanilla, lavender, ylang ylang if it is in a blend, pomegranate, spices, cocoa, musk. And for some reason I am ok with Bath & Body Works stuff - my favorites there are Japanese Cherry Blossom and Brown Sugar & Fig. Warm, not too sweet scents, mostly.

11. Do you have a sweet tooth and what kind of sweets do you like best?
Gooooood (organic, artisan, gourmet, what have you) chocolate, preferably dark. Though I'll never turn down a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.

12. What kind of music do you like?
Um. Alternative, I guess you would say. On my iPod shuffle I have Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Gosling/Loudermilk, Chokebore, Mark Lanegan, The Decemberists, The Local Division, The White Stripes, Team Sleep, Ghostland Observatory, and I still need to add The Smiths, The Pixies, Portishead, Massive Attack, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, and Dirty Three.

13. What do you like to knit? And for whom?
I knit mostly for myself - scarves, shawls, socks, sweaters, armwarmers. I also like to knit sweaters, mittens and socks for my daughter (16 months) and hats and scarves for my husband, and sometimes gifts for my sisters and parents.

14. What sort of things do you like to collect?
Other than yarn? Sketchbooks, books, colored pencils, embroidery floss and pearl cotton, Japanese teacups and sushi dishes, rocks, shells...

15. Do you want needles? And what kind do you prefer?
I use wood and bamboo needles, but don't like Clover bamboo. KA white bamboo needles are the best for circs and dpns, Crystal Palace bamboo circs are good, and Brittany birch straight needles are good if you don't need a pointy tip. I use straights, circs, dpns - whatever makes the most sense for the project. Actually, I need to find somthing in size US4 and smaller with a good pointy tip that isn't sharp like Knit Picks and preferably is warm and light - I'm having issues with laceweight mohair. KA's might be fine, but I haven't tried yet.

Extra question because I think it's important (and might not be apparent yet from my blog):
Colors I love: plum, lavender, raspberry, pink, mauve, cool reds, sky blue, aqua, gray, teal, ivory, chocolate brown, seafoam green, black.
Colors I hate: orange, yellow, neons, greens that are too bright or too warm. I also don't like yarns that are high contrast within the same skein (i.e. handpaints that do the super stripey thing or have a lot of light/dark/light action - makes me headachey).

Phew. I do have real blog content to post soonishly, perhaps tomorrow if I can get pictures of a few things after work and while there is still daylight. Embroidery, socks in progress, and stuff.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

So, I didn't go with the Elbac scarf, but my sister decided to knit it in a natural colored chunky alpaca held together with white Kidsilk Night, and it is beautiful!

Instead, I started the scarf part of the scarf/wrap/shawl from Alterknits.

I had forgotten about this pattern, even though it's been on the long list of things I'd like to make someday. The pattern repeat is easily memorized (it helped me to chart it first - once I'd done that, it was ingrained in my memory) and is so easy that I'm afraid I might get bored. I love how the whole wrap looks though, so I think I'll plod on through and do both parts.

I found an error in the free pattern for the Rebecca sweater I've been working on. The armhole shaping, as written, doesn't match:

Yes, I read the pattern, noticed, and then went ahead and did what it said anyway. Why? I don't know. Now I have to rip these rows out and do both sides like the photo on the right. I think the single purl in between the decrease and the two knit stitches looks better than two purls. I can't tell from the pattern photo which way the Rebecca people think it should go, so I'll just do it my way.

I finally started the elbow-length, green armwarmers requested by my husband:

I decided just to go with 2x2 ribbing, since he specifically said "no cables!" and I figured they would need the stretchiness since this Tahki New Tweed isn't very sproingy like 100% wool would be. It is soft though, and won't bother his slightly wool-sensitive skin. (He wears Kureyon hats just fine, but Manos del Uruguay scarves? Nooooo.) I had him try this on yesterday and he wanted it tighter around the wrist. That's my arm in the photo, so it isn't quite as big on him as this looks, and I think this size is fine for his upper forearm (does that make sense?), but I'm not sure how to decrease the ribbing for the wrist area without making it look all crazy.

So there's the knit update. I'm neglecting my Lab555 plans and several other things. Hopefully the baby girl and I will be taking a quick trip to the craft store tonight for a few supplies and I'll have some embroidered ATC's to show off in a few days. Her new favorite thing to do is to take out all the embroidery floss and remove the little paper tube things that hold the skeins together. Then she'll choose a few skeins to hold onto for awhile and pull apart into big tangles. I need to wind them onto those little cardstock holders anyway, so I let her go ahead and unravel some last night since it was keeping her content and occupied. As I cleaned them up later, I realized the ones she had chosen to unravel made a perfectly coordinated palette - pale pink, dark pink, leaf green, white and pale beige. Now I want to figure out something to make for her using those colors. I should pay attention to her color choices more often. The other day she was spreading out all of my colored pencils, and brought me two of them - peacock green and metallic green. A 15-month-old artist, perhaps?