Multiple Craftgasm

Wherein Karida knits, crochets, embroiders, quilts, does cross stitch, and paper craft (It's not scrapbooking damnit!). But mostly she knits.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Fo' shizzle my knizzles (actual knitting content)

Bombshell and I are on hiatus. We're taking a break and seeing other people. Our relationship will resume after a reasonable separation period. I'm thinking August 15. Because right now, our lives are just going in different directions. Below find my new commitments.

First, the Deep V Argyle vest by Eunny. We're in it for the long haul. I'm thinking serious long-term relationship. We're still not monagamous yet, but the courtship is quite nice. My first fair isle project and I'm in love with the pattern as well as the quick slip and slide of the multiple strands of yarn through my fingers. The BS Sportweight Alpaca is perfectly suited to this project. So soft and just the right amount of tension. Lovely.

This is the Sizzle tank pattern. A Wendy Johnson pattern that Jess has re-named Fo' Shizzle. So that's what I call it in my head. And then I make a rap song about knitting in my head. Fo' Shizzle is a summer fling. Short and sweet. I'm halfway through the back of it. I'm using the Cascade Pima Silk. It's a bit fuzzier than I'd like, but I think it'll chill out once it's blocked.

And this. My back-up project. Kinda like a back-up date. That guy in high school you knew you could count on for a last minute Homecoming date. The Duckie to my Andie (you can tell I watched Pretty in Pink this weekend). It's not to say I don't love it. It's just that I only work on it when watching TV. And now, I only work on it when I'm watching old Buffy the Vampire Slayer eps with Rebecca. So, there's no sense of urgency. It's the Counterpane Carpetbag from Handknit Holidays and it's actually much better looking than this picture suggests. The colors are a lot warmer. It's Handmaiden Stretto yarn and the bag will be much smaller than the one pictured in the book. No hurries to finish it, but it's a fun knit.

And why didn't anyone tell me I sound like a cross between a crazed stalker and demented fangirl in the last post?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

some people just suck.

do you read eunny jang's blog (here)? because if you don't, you should. her patterns make me want to rise to new challenges. i'm dying to make the deep v argyle vest and can hardly wait for her to write out some of her other sweater and sock patterns. the way that she visualizes and explains things makes me drool. i love a well-written pattern, and apparently, so does she. plus, she's friggin' brilliant. she uses stitch patterns to make the shaping happen and appreciates the good things about seamless construction without seeming too lazy to sew seams.

all that said, i was just sighing in awe over her latest sweater, the twisted stitch sweater, and scrolling through the comments. of the over 200 comments, most of them are like me. full of gushing love and compliments on her awesomeness. but some are a bit haughty. jess pointed out one in particular. it says, "SO . . . to make a long story short Eunny . . . you're young, don't waste too much time knitting, or else you will age quicker than you thought and your body will show it! The hours of bending forward and looking downward is killer on the shoulders, bustline, and neckline! Ya heard it from me -- a living testament to the dangers of compulsive knitting!" umm, wtf?

and now someone has responded and they're conversing in her blog about the link between knitting and a sedentary lifestyle. i have no serious opinion on the subject, but i do wish they would shut the hell up and stop distracting me from the gloriousness of the knitting. and frankly, you just don't tell someone that their masterpiece of artistry is great but all that talent is gonna make her fat. it's just tacky.

i still can't find my camera cords and the bombshell is pissing me off. i think i need to work on small projects for awhile. like socks. and dishcloths. and other tiny shit. i'm just grumpy.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Anachronistic Knitting

Because who wouldn't want a knitted motorcycle. More random awesomeness at Extreme Craft.