Archive for May, 2007

While the scarf yarn untangles, a familiar face stares out from a beading loom:

Totoro Beading

I actually made this some time ago to bust my bead stash AND earn my sister’s eternal love. As she is an avid Totoro fan, I find it appropriate that she is also chubbily adorable.


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Now that I’ve whisked off to spend some time with my family, my yarn must sit with my roommate.  Sad sad sad, the cathedral afghan did not muster up the energy to tag along.

But some skeins did manage to hang on to my luggage, and they passed the 6-hour ride home doing this:

I do hope the three skeins will last the scarf.  I wanted to try length-wise stripes, but threw in basketweave to make it a little interesting.  Interesting in the good way, but I should have thought enough to place the knit-purl change off away from the color change.  Having both changes coincide takes longer (more switching to front or back) and makes it easier for the skeins to tangle.

This move also means that, for the next few weeks, this blog is at the mercy of my sister’s camera.

Exams and homework give way to getting not only my yarn but myself out of unemployment.  Also in the meantime, I’ll be doodling and staying happy as a bookworm.

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The dreaded sewing.  I didn’t have a tapestry needle nor the patience to wait for one, so I grabbed a crochet hook and started stitching:

Depending on whether it’s attached from the front or the back, the fabric either pops out or sinks in.  I kinda like the dimensionality, but I guess we should stick to one or the other.

At this rate, the afghan will reach completion in–oh, say, 4 years?

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If we put some wonky accents on the vowels in Minirug, it could be from MiniIkea:

A needlepoint miniature rug I stitched back in high school. Just goes to show just how long I’ve been meaning to make a miniature house. I’m leaving the fringe-cutting for a [mini] housewarming occasion.

For now, the rug lives in the tract housing in the chaotic CD-Rack district:

Once we get the house going, though, I’m thinking more of a “walnut-hued panelling with a deep desk and green lamps ” study type of setting.

The Details (Now with more devil!!): stitched on 24-count canvas with choice of yellow, red, purple, green, and white. Pattern from Janet Granger’s Miniature Needlepoint Carpets.  Unblocked.  Finished around 2001.

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It is surprisingly comfy.

Today marks the debut of KnitPicks yarn in Misa’s stash.  The colors are a bit off from both the catalog and the site’s pics, but that doesn’t dash any plans.

The cathedral afghan grows.

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More Skeletons

Thought you’d never see the light of day, did you, poor little afghan in progress?

Would anyone like to join me in sending this afghan to crochet heaven?  I’m setting my deadline for the time I leave my college town.

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Sweet Dreams

I dreamt that my first KnitPicks yarn order arrived, so that my first glove project could plunge into progress.

The waking world is not so kind.

But then again, the weather hasn’t been too cooperative of late.  We’re trudging through a baby heat wave.  The weather isn’t enough to sunder me from my yarn, but it does make cooler pursuits higher on the list.  Say, ice cream.

But then again, any weather is ice cream weather.

But then again, this blog is about sweet concoctions of the craft kind.  Let’s continue our tour of Misa’s stashbusting:

It may not look like one, but I use it as a laptop slip when my laptop comes along in my purse (which snugly fits the laptop already).  Improvised with bits of leftover acrylic; I think it was Caron for the green and ancient mystery acrylic for the blue.  The reverse side looked far less dinky and rather happy than the front stockinette.

My favorite part is the color:

I’m particularly fond of blues and variegated colorways.  This fits the bill daintily.

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