Archive for June, 2012

June 29, 2012

The State of the Knitting

I’m making a pair of Paraphernalia socks (Ravelry link). I finally got really started on them around the 16th. Last Friday, the good spouse bet me $19.05 that I couldn’t finish them by the time we left my mother-in-law’s house on Monday. I wasn’t yet finished with the first sock. I took the bet. I might have made it, even, except my cousin died, and her funeral was on Monday, and that took precedence. But, I figured I could at least get them done in time to turn them in for Nerd Wars last night. But then it became an everything that can go wrong, will situation. So, I am not yet finished with them, but I feel pretty confident that I can knit a pair of socks in two weeks, if I put my mind to it (at least, a pair of socks with no colorwork), and I will have them done by the real deadline, which is someone’s birthday.

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My pattern didn’t get into the Knit Picks Late Winter/Early Spring collection. Which just means I have to finish it so I can submit it to Knitty for the Spring & Summer issue next year. The sooner I get it done, the more likely that I can take season-appropriate pictures, but submissions aren’t due until January 2, so I’ve got time. Just so I don’t keep saying that and don’t get it finished.

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I am doing a dissertation for Nerd Wars this tournament, and it is a design that I’m working on for the Design Along group. At first, I was working with the idea of Medusa, and her snakes. I wanted to do a cowl on the bias, but the Medusa angle (heh) wasn’t quite what I was looking for, and I moved from there to the Midgard Serpent, and from there to Yggdrasil and Nidhogg. So I added leaves to the bottom of the cowl. This is what I came up with for my first sketch:

Cowl sketch #1

The clown colors are what I thought I was going to use, because I had it on hand. Then I did a little swatching, and found more yarn, and came up with this:

Cowl sketch #2

The proportions are off, but the colors are a little less clownish.

Then I kept thinking about it, and realized that the number of leaves was the same as the number of tails on the oldest and wisest foxes in Japanese folklore (Kitsune grow more tails as they age, to an apparent maximum of nine), and decided those weren’t leaves after all.

Cowl sketch #3

I’m still working with the pinks and green, because I have them, but I think a combination of reddish-oranges and browns would be perfect.

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Twist Collective has a call for submissions out for their Spring/Summer 2013 issue, and I’ve got an idea that I think would be good for that, too. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for at least a year, but this might be the kick in the pants that gets me doing more than doodling and thinking.

June 8, 2012

Hi there.

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

Let’s see . . . my spinning dissertation for Nerd Wars failed. The hook fell out of my spindle just as I was getting ready to start spinning the final thing. I tried using my mom’s little spindle, but either the fiber was too slippery, or the whorl is, or something. The spun yarn kept unwinding from the shaft. Someone on my team gave me a suggestion for wrapping the yarn around the shaft, above the whorl (a top whorl spindle). I tried that, and it worked, a little, but it was still very frustrating, and I gave up for the time being. I’d already decided that spinning is not really for me. Neither is World of Warcraft. Oh, well. You don’t know if you don’t try, right?

I am doing Nerd Wars again this tournament (#5), but I stepped down from being captain. It was taking up way too much of my time, more than it needed to be, probably.

I’ve been thinking about doing a dissertation for this tournament, but I’m not sure. I want to participate in the summer Design Along challenge, and if I can come up with something in time, I can use that for my dissertation, too. The problem is, I’m having a hard time getting inspired. The theme for the Design Along is mythology. Here’s the mood board. It looks great, and I voted for mythology (the other options were harvest, back to school, and autumn leaves), so I should be able to come up with something. But I’m stumped.

I submitted a pattern idea to Knit Picks for their Late Winter/Early Spring 2013 collection (there are links to all the important information here). The deadline is actually the 15th, but the good spouse bet me $5 that I would still be saying, “I really need to get that proposal together,” by the 5th. At first I refused to take the bet, because I know myself too well, but then I decided to go ahead and do it. I turned in my submission on the 5th, and I have five shiny golden dollar coins in my mad money coffer. If it isn’t accepted, I’ll probably try to get it all finished in time to submit to Knitty for the Spring + Summer issue (deadline is January 2, should be plenty of time), and if they don’t like it, I’ll self-publish, including through the Knit Picks IDP thing, if they’ll take it there.

I haven’t been reading blogs much more than I’ve been writing in this one, but I’m trying to get back into doing that. Since my mom died, things have just really sucked, in many ways, but I’m trying desperately to claw my way back out of the hole I let myself sink into. I’ve actually posted a few things on my LiveJournal recently, and I expect I will be commenting more on other people’s blogs, and writing more here, in the near future.