Archive for September, 2011

September 27, 2011

Glitter and Be Gay

If I’m not pure, at least my jewels are!

“Glitter and Be Gay” is an awesome song from Leonard Bernstein’s operetta of Candide. (I really, really like Dawn Upshaw’s recording of it, but I’ve never heard a bad one from anyone else, either.) And I feel like it’s appropriate for me right now.

You see, I just had some ice cream (Blue Bunny Premium Super Fudge Brownie, to be exact), and I’m also the proud owner of a copy of Laura Nelkin’s Adorn collection.

I didn’t cheat!

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September 19, 2011

So much time, so little to do!

At least, that’s the way I’m acting. In reality, strike that, reverse it. But anyway . . .

I went and joined another make-things-on-a-schedule kind of group in Ravelry. This time, it’s Nerd Wars. (There’s also a non-Ravelry website here.)

It’s a tournament-oriented group, with each tournament lasting three months. You join a team, one whose “nerdery” you share (I went with Team Epic, roleplaying games), and each month of the tournament, you answer from one to six challenges (how many is up to you), by knitting or crocheting something. And that something can be anything: small or large, totally simple or amazingly complex, it doesn’t even have to be related to your team (although you get more points if you can say it is). Your team earns points based on the projects made.

There are other ways to score points, too, including a “dissertation” (a project that will take you all three months of the tournament to complete) and a “team unity” project (something your whole team gets together to make).

Mostly, it’s for fun. It might also help you get some projects done in a timely fashion, and with the winter holidays fast approaching (as knitsofacto pointed out recently, there were only 100 days until Christmas, and that was three days ago!), most of us can probably use all the help we can get in that!

So, come join Nerd Wars! Celebrate your nerdiness with like-minded others, make lots of neat schtuff, and have fun!

While I’d, of course, like to see more people in Team Epic, there are some teams that I know need more members to make it to the tournament, like Team Braaaaaains (I don’t have to explain that one, do I?) and Team Meeples (board games). There is a team for Dr. Who (Team Tardis), and one for Buffy (Team Hellmouth), but those are very popular and fill up quickly with returning players. And there are lots of other teams, too, like Team Fraggle, for Jim Henson creations, and Team UU for Discworld aficionados. No matter what kind of nerd you are (and you probably are one, because there’s a lot more of us than there are beautiful people), you’re sure to find a team that suits you.

September 16, 2011

How do I justify it . . .

Spending the money on Laura Nelkin’s Adorn e-book, that is.

It looks awesome* already, and there are four more patterns that will come with it. I’m particularly interested in Ribband. Then there’s Thrice. Those are both totally* my style. The other patterns released so far are really neat looking, too, but not quite as much my style. Of course, I can always make them for other people!

So, the whole book is only $18. Each pattern is $5. I’m definitely leaning towards getting the whole thing. I think it would be worth it, except for money being tight.

Maybe if I refrain from buying any ice cream for three weeks. That would be one hell of a sacrifice from me, considering that yesterday I bought a pint of Häagen-Dazs Chocolate Chocolate Chip and ate the whole thing in one sitting. I really like ice cream.

The good spouse does this every once in a while. He’ll find a knife or something else he wants, and he’ll not buy any snacks on his way home from work until he’s not spent as much money as whatever it is will cost. Did that make any sense?

Granted, there are lots and lots of patterns that I really want, but Ribband is really calling my name.

*I don’t know what it is, but lately I’ve noticed I’m reverting to the language of my teenage years. If you ever notice me using “gnarly” or “tubular,” please slap me.

ETA: oooh, this is my eleventy-first post on this ‘blog! Maybe I should buy it for myself to celebrate? Somehow I don’t think the good spouse would consider that justified.

September 12, 2011

I feel like Sara Paretsky!

(FYI: All links are to Ravelry.)

I came across this really nice pattern, and realized it would make a good mystery KAL for the Mystery220 group. I sent a private message to one of the moderators about it, and she agreed. She got the designer’s permission, and we’re going to do it for a third September mystery.

And I get to run it! It’s kind of like writing my own mystery novel. Kind of. A little. Well, no, not really. But it’s still going to be a lot of fun!

The clues will be posted here, starting Wednesday. The materials needed are already up. And there’s a chat thread started.

It’s a small felting project, needing less than 100 yards of feltable worsted yarn. It’s perfect for using up scraps.

Come and join us!

September 9, 2011

She’s a mystery girl

Back at the end of July, I decided to look into just what a knit-along (KAL) was. I really felt pretty clueless about the concept. So I went to Ravelry, and searched the groups for knit-alongs.

Just so’s you know, there are a lot of them. I’m not sure if it’s “a lot” as defined by Chico Marx, but . . . it’s a lot.

It didn’t take me too long to find one that looked really interesting, though. Mystery220 is a Ravelry group that does a monthly, mystery KAL (or maybe two) that uses 220 yards of yarn, or less.

A regular KAL, as I understand it, is kind of like a book club. Instead of everyone getting the same book and reading so many chapters by the next meeting, everyone gets the same pattern, and they all try to knit to the same point in a set amount of time.

For a mystery knit-along, you don’t know what you’re making. Sometimes you’ll see a mystery knit-along advertised where you know that it’s a shawl, or a pair of socks, but you don’t know the specific pattern. With this group, you don’t even know that much. A couple of days before the start of the month, you’re told what kind of supplies you’ll need: yarn, needles, notions, and maybe a note about what kind of yarn would be appropriate.

Then, once a week (for this group, at least), you’re given a “clue,” which is a portion of the instructions. A thread is started for discussion (“What is this thing?” “Look at the pretty yarn I’m going to use!” “I don’t understand R12!”), and another one for pictures.

Then, some time after the last clue has been posted, the mods will post a link to the pattern. Sometimes you’ll have already figured out what you’re making, but sometimes you might not.

I did both of the KALs for August, and it was really a lot of fun. I’m only doing one of September’s, since I have a lot of other stuff to finish right now, but I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, too. You should join us!

September 4, 2011

I’ve answered my own question.

609 stitches is quite a few, but I don’t think it’s a lot, according to the definition of “a lot” from my last post. It did take me several days to cast on that many, but that was, in part, because I kept changing my mind about what cast-on to use, and then because I have children.

I’m designing a shawl, if you couldn’t guess, and I was planning on submitting it to Twist (deadline on 9/8), particularly since the inspiration for it came from their mood boards. But, I’ve been changing my mind about just what shape it should be, and how to achieve the shape I want, and now I’m not sure I’ll have my mind made up well enough to make a coherent proposal. We’ll see what happens in the next three days. I figured if I could get the border done, maybe I could mess around with the body a bit and get an idea of what I think will work and get it written up. If I don’t make it in time, maybe I’ll hold on to it for the next Knitty, instead.

Wish me luck. I can use all of that I can get!