Sunday, July 12, 2009

newest knitting project: rainbow scarf II

I began this project a little while ago, but it lacked color. A quick trip to King Soopers supplied me with enough Kool-Aid to create something that would be remarkable. Into the crockpot went silk and wool, and out came deep red, pink and purple rovings. I paired this with some other yarn I had spun and dyed, and viola! The pattern is a basic sock turning pattern, carried continuously over a flat piece of fabric. This is one of my preferred ways of doing scarves, as it allows me to create a unique piece with yarn that would otherwise be left unused, taking up space in my already too-large stash.
I will post the finished object on here as well.
This project helps me celebrate texture in a unique way; I really enjoy the visual effect the short rows have on the fabric, and ultimately you never know what you're going to come out with. This is a great way to get rid of scrap yarn, and it really lets the yarn talk.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Cats and spinning wheel

Achilles, he likes to play with yarn. This is Gandhi the Spinning Wheel.

Max, and more of Gandhi

Thursday, July 9, 2009

This scientist has knitting on the brain

You have to read this article. I thought I had knitting on the brain, but this scientist actually does. I gues this just goes to prove that knitting can become anything. I have heard stories about scientists knitting up DNA and replicas of other body parts, but this just takes the cake. Knitty features a knitted uterus pattern; I'm sure that people have come up with hearts and other such things. The bottom line is, we don't just have to limit ourselves to sweaters and scarves, but can make literally anything if we put our minds to it. I posted some pictures on here a while back of a motorbike that had been attacked by a crochet hook and some pure ingenuity. I admire these artists. This truly takes a lot of talent and creativity. Just wanted to share this with y'all.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Things to eat while knitting: brown cow yogurt

For anyone who hasn't tried this, it is amazing! I rarely get excited about yogurt, but this is quite literally the cream of the crop. I don't know if its the Jersey cow featured on the label or the fact that it says "cream top" but everyone should try this, it is truly amazing! And it pairs perfectly with some nice yarn and granola (yarn is separate). I'm was never a big breakfast or yogurt eater, but this has changed my whole perspective on that. Seriously, you need to try this.

Monday, July 6, 2009

On feminism and knitting

The photo to the left reads "We will not raise our children to kill another mother's child," and is comprised of 4,000 knitted pink and green squares, unfurled by Code Pink in front of the White House. It is a testament to the kind of statement and impact knitting can have on the world.
Face it, girls: you don't always look like the radical feminist when sporting 2 needles and a ball of yarn. What gets me is when people ask, "are you expecting?" Or "who are you making that for?" As if we lack the independence to make things for ourselves; I am a self-proclaimed selfish knitter. 90% of my projects are for me, and I see nothing wrong with that. If I'm going to put that kind of time and energy into something, I might as well reap the benefits of it. Now, I do make things for other people, don't get me wrong here, but I do a fair amount of self-knitting.
And what's with knitting and babies? I understand that there is a lot of knitting that needs to be done when a baby is about to arrive; there are blankets and bonnets and booties and sweaters and all kinds of things that will drive people to don needles, but it isn't always about that. 85% of the population seems to disagree with me, however.
Knitting, I believe, is about liberation. It is about taking a step away from the stresses of your daily life and creating something; it is about liberating your creative self, letting it grow and prosper. Its about liberating yarn, needles and time, freeing up space in your closet, in your life for... you. No matter who the finished product is for, knitting is about the knitter. I have made sweaters full of love, and scarves filled with tears. Throughout my life, knitting has been there as the silent listener, the great liberator, the best friend. Stitches listen but do not judge; knitting for me has always been a meditation. It can be a very powerful act.
The act of creating something is always a statement. It fills a void of otherwise unused time with creativity, energy, passion. In times, it has been a social statement, a rebellion against oppression, in other times, it is to celebrate peace. Knitting is powerful. Feel powerful when you knit.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

First-ever handspun sweater!

What began as mere green and pink roving has become a sweater! My first handspun sweater is a success! I started the design process as a quest to come out with the perfect cardigan-- I wanted something that didn't require a whole lot of seaming, no zippers or buttons, and something that would allow me to showcase the beauty of my handspun yarn. The result was knitting across, and then adding stitches for the front. I made a hole so that I could tie the sweater in back, having a double-breasted effect. One of the other benefits of the ties, is that I can tie both of the fronts in back to have just my back covered.
I used traditional raglan sleeves, as these would give me the shape I so desired. I didn't cast off when I decreased for these; instead I placed the stitches on a yarn holder so that I could later pick them up to make a hood. After completing the sleeves, I attached these to the body of the sweater and combined the stitches to make for a hood. The hood adds to the line of the garment. I'm a big fan of hoods, as they allow you to not have to wear a hat.
I am very pleased with this project. The colors are beautiful, and the design is exactly what I wanted.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

My newest handspun

This is the product of being sick at home and having extra white rovings and too many packets of kool-aid. What's really cool about kool-aid is that you can make it work for you whatever way you want it to. I satruated the dyepot with this, doing "layers" of color. This is one of my preferred methods, as it gives you a lot of different shades and colors. Usually the dye will sink to the bottom, allowing for many different shades throughout the dyepot. I will post more pictures on here once I decide what to do with the yarn.