Monday, October 31, 2005

Felted Crochet Bag


I have made another felted scrap bag. This time I crocheted it and I really like the results. The cost was nothing as I just used left over yarn from other projects. Mostly I remembered what kind of yarn it was, but I spit spliced the yarns together for color changes just to make sure they would felt.

I wanted to make a Lucy-type bag from Two Old Bags. So after I had crocheted up the height of the bag, I winged the straps. I edges the entire top of the bag and that stopped it from flaring. I also edged the straps and that added extra stength to them (they are not going to stretch as much). I would definitey do this to my knitted bags in the future.

As with knitted straps, the crocheted straps are felting more slowly. I've put it through a hot wash and cold rinse two times, but I think I will give it another go for the straps and the bottom needs a little extra felting as well.

Overall I am very pleased at how it turned out. I think it took me about 7 hours to crochet and I am quite slow.

Prefelted dimensions:
  • Height: 14 inches (not including bottom)
  • Width: 14 inches
  • Long Strap: 41x5 inches
  • Short Strap: 16x3 inches

Postfelted dimensions:

  • Height: 10 inches
  • Width: between 7 and 9 inches
  • Long Strap: 35 inches (Needs more felting)
  • Short Strap: 10

Best felting yarn in this project: Galway. It even felted like crazy on the long strap where cascade is having trouble.

Hook: USM

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Under Pressure

November is Crazy Birthday month for me. My Kung Fu teacher, my BF, my sister, my mom, my dad's partner. And last year was the last time for my grandmother. I miss her.

So I am knitting up a storm before I can even get to xmas gifts. :sigh:

Last year I made a hat for my dad's partner. Unfortunately, it got back to me that it didn't fit. I wasn't aware that he has an unusually large head. This year I am making a big-head proof hat and I bought the yarn for it today.

All I can say is that I am in knitting heaven. This Baby Alpaca Grande by Plymouth Yarns is heavenly, so soft, omg good to the fingers. Not only that but I had forgotten how much I like knitting with my big Britanny DPN's. The yarn glides across them just right. Plus with US11's I am almost done in a couple of hours. Can I say that I love making bulky hats? Such satisfaction!

Can you see an Addi US2 40 inch circular needle peeking out in the picture? I have a 29 inch, too. Now I can try sock knitting on 2 circs and magic loop. I just have to wind the 600 yards of wool I got from Knit Picks. :yuck:

Yesterday was wig day at work. We didn't tell anyone that we were going to all wear wigs and when the kids saw us they went crazy. The kindergartners were especially confused. One of them kept asking me if it was my real hair. Staff kept their wigs on all day. We walked to a nearby graveyard to get spooked and play ghost in the graveyard. People were honking at us along the way. Later we all went to happy hour in our wigs at a "joe" type bar, got tipsy and played darts. I loved it.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

WIPs

This is the Farrow Rib scarf that I am making as a xmas gift for my father. I decided on US8 needles and doubling up. It was going to take forever on the US2s I started out with.



Eris

I am still working on the collar for Eris. Every weekend I sit down a plow through a chart. It's really almost done. The right side is looking so much better than the left that I am thinking of frogging it again. Andean Silk really doesn't frog well though.

Felting

This is a bag that I am crocheting for felting. I am really excited to see how it will felt down. I am trying to do the straps like the lucy bag from two old bags. I just have a little bit to finish up. It's a nice weekend project.




New Yarn

So an order arrived from Knit Picks (0ne that I was only supposed to make when I finished the collar for Eris, whoops!). I can now start on my KR gift elf present and my mosaic socks for the 6soxKAL. I am to be using the varigated yarn and the color your own for the socks.


Ella

I restarted Ella using the chart that's now provided. Actually I am a lot further along than shown in this picture.

Monday, October 17, 2005

4 Noble Truths

I need to study for the written portion of my upcoming Kung Fu test. One aspect about Buddhism that we need to know about are the 4 Noble Truths:

  1. There is suffering
  2. There is a cause to all suffering
  3. There is an end to all suffering
  4. There is a path to end the suffering

What is suffering? According to Buddhism there are three main types. Suffering can simply be part of the normal phases one passes through in life: aging, death in the family, youthful angst. There is suffering in our lives because they change and change can bring loss of good things in our lives. Suffering can also be from ourselves, our innate vulnerablity for suffering.

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The last bit on suffering reminds me of a poem by Robert Frost. This poem seemed to capture the aloness I felt as a teen, the bleekness and sadness that one can feel inside. I think this must relate to the third type of suffering.

Desert Places

Snow falling and night falling fast, oh, fast
In a field I looked into going past,
And the ground almost covered smooth in snow,
But a few weeds and stubble showing last.

The woods around it have it--it is theirs.
All animals are smothered in their lairs.
I am too absent-spirited to count;
The loneliness includes me unawares.

And lonely as it is that loneliness
Will be more lonely ere it will be less--
A blanker whiteness of benighted snow
With no expression, nothing to express.

They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars--on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.



I have been using my shoulder in Kung Fu lately and it has been feeling good. It even stood up to some full contact sparring with my teacher yesterday. It's my other shoulder that is bothering my now. I hurt it somehow when I was fixing my hair on Saturday. How lame is that? Oy!!!



I finally learned the end of my crane form. Now I jsut have to put it altogether nicely! Woohoo!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Berroco Foliage Panta

Panta made in Berroco Foliage statice

This is my finished Panta. I don't really think it suits me, so good thing it's a gift!

I made it out of some Berroco Foliage that I bought at my LYS. I love self striping yarns. It's tried to be a scarf two times already. I am glad that it's finally happy to be a head band. Maybe it will like being fingerless mitts as well.

Off to cast on!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Cayuga Nature Center


Yesterday my program took a trip to the Cayuga Nature Center. I love this place. The treetops tower is the coolest. Anyway I had stream duty, so I hung out in a shady stream and looked for salamanders with the kids.

Yesterday I started knitting a Panta. It's already done and will make a nice gift with a pair of mitts.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Mr. Sparkles Bear

There is this very cute kindergartener at work. She's about the smallest thing that you have ever seen with really large blue eyes. She's a very dreamy child and I think that she's got a lot going on internally that she doesn't share with the world.

The other day she was carrying around a little teddy bear. I had noticed that it had accompanied her everywhere for a couple of days. It's yellow and the fur is sparkly and it's been well used. This was our conversation:

Me: "Well how is Mr. Sparkles bear doing today?"

She cups the bear in her hands and looks down at it tenderly.

Her: "She's my only hope," a large pause as she looks into the distance, "for the final battle." And walks away.

Do you think her parents are LOTR fans?




On another front I am having a personality conflict with the person I am teaching kung fu with right now. We've hung out for extended periods of time and had some really great moments together so I know that he's a really nice guy. But he seems to think that everything I say is wrong. I don't get it. Especially since it's over small wierd things. And when we talk about our disagreements, I always come out of the conversation feeling smushed.


In fact, I left early today because I had to go cry after one of these conversations. Now I just keep thinking about what was said and I still don't understand. I just know that since I feel so low it couldn't have been an equitable conversation. Afterall, hashing things out is supposed to make you feel better, right?

I really feel like since I am 30 years old I shouldn't be fighting with my friends anymore. It feels childish, but so do some of my alternatives. I could censor myself when I am around this person and just agree, but I feel like that's a copout. Also, if I just agree with things that said person says, it could be perceived as being snarky. Sometimes I get irritated with people. Everybody does. I am just not good at hiding it. Ack. I still want to cry.




My mom makes sensational silver jewelery. She knits and I told her that she should try making some stitch markers. These are her first ones. Aren't they cute. I can't wait to use them on something.

Friday, October 07, 2005

I wanted to post some progress pictures the other day, but the batteries in my camera went kaput. And I keep for getting to buy some more.

So here's my update: It's taking a really long to time to finish the flourish look a like because the second to last row is a killer. I have been working on Eris and the Farrow Rib scarf as well. I didn't work on Ella this week or cast on for a new pair of socks. I had been waiting for the new pattern in the 6 sox knit along, but had gotten busy since then.

I really need to put in an order to Knit Picks for my holiday gift elf present (from KR). I aM going to knit some thing really special for Cayli1, but I promised myself that I can't do it until I finish the collar portion of Eris.

One of the reasons I am so busy right now is that I am teaching My Kung Fu and Tai Chi classes with J. AND teaching the kids class with A because My teacher is out of town for a couple of weeks. He left us with a list of requirements for testing in December. Most of the things on the list I can handle pretty easily but I need to practice the 30 second pushup hold. My pushups have gotten a lot weaker since I was not using or exercising my shoulder.

And speaking of exercising. I really need to rededicate myself to my workout. It's been getting sloppy and hit and miss. The problem is that it may eat into my knitting time :gasp:

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You Belong in Rome


You're a big city girl with a small town heart

Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome

Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand

And gorgeous Italian men - could life get any better?


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