Saturday, January 30, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
My friend Jhada got the Dreamscope app, and has been having all manner of fun with her already-amazing portraits.
So you know, it's an app that takes photos from your phone (camera or memory) and applies one of many (so very many!) filters over it. The upload and convert process takes about three minutes, then your results are thrown all over the world.
As I don't necessarily want pics of me all over (this blog and G+ don't count - really, who sees it?), I opted to use a few of the more normal filters to see the results.
Here's the original photo:
Um, no. I know it's just grabbing a splash color, but the brick red makes it a little too Stephen King.
I like this one much better full size. The tire tracks in the foreground are cool.
Ding ding, we have a winner! You'll be seeing more of this in the future.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016
Today's blizzard-recovery knitting: The Easy Ombré Slouch Hat by KFI. Free pattern via Ravelry.
The yarn is Rowan Alpaca Merino DK and it is SO SOFT. I'll be making one of these for myself!!
And yes, those are the Neko DPNs, and they make hats SO easy!
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016
As a easy visual reference, I put my car's antlers on before it started snowing. (By about a month, but hey, Antler Car Has Antlers.)
After a few hours...
Forget the 16" antlers, they were invisible as of 2am last night. Since the photo above, the car is completely covered: it's just a white lump in a sea of white.
Digging out is gonna be fun.
Friday, January 22, 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016
So the store got all 14 colors of the new Cascade 220 Superwash Effects. They are gorgeous.
Thirteen are pictured here:
The 14th, Lava, is already sold out. Not solely because I wanted it for a Six of Swords shawl. But I accounted for at least two....
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
... is a snow squall coming out of nowhere and black ice the whole ride home. In 15 minutes, "outside" went from no snow to this:
... and the snow kept falling for the next hour and a half of the ride home. (SO glad I wasn't the driver, I wouldn't have been able to do it.)
That "clear pavement" isn't. 200 wrecks in the DMV and counting - six of which we drove by (and two of those we saw happen).
Y'all stay safe now, y'hear?
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Last trip to Tuesday Morning (a name-brands-for-less chain), we stumbled upon DIY rubber bands - allegedly for those looms all the cool kids have these days.
Mom and I thought "STITCH MARKERS!" at the same time. Small elastics work for knit or crochet as row markers, too - knit/crochet them in place, snip them out when you're done.
We spent about 15 minutes this morning sorting 1200 rubber bands (metallic! neon! glitter!) by color.
And now we have six sets of markers for whatevs. The green and orange are mine, the purple for our friend Lynell, and the pink, blue & yellow are Mom's.
They'll probably only last a year, two at the outside, but not bad for two bucks!
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Universal Yarns had some pretty amazing stuff on the runway at VKLive. As in "I must hunt these down and knit them". More available on their tweetstream!
Friday, January 15, 2016
I found some Lion Brand Homespun in an amazing green at JoAnn's on Tuesday. I am one skein (of 4) into what is going to be a very green sweater.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
TopShop had this really cute coat-cape thing that will be perfect for my Avalanche sweater. The cloak part will let me do the sw-inspired pattern without seams (hooray!), and the front will actually be jacket-like.
So this will happen!
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
AAAAAAAAARGH. I missed a K5tog... it wasn't caught properly. I noticed two rows later. Naturally, that meant frogging the longest possible row and picking up all those stitches....
Fox Paws is in time out for the rest of the day.
Monday, January 11, 2016
One of the balls of yarn I got at Yarn Basket no longer exists. During the course of yesterday, I had some waiting time, so I pulled out my Neko needles...
... and made a hat.
Then, as I had more time, I started some mitts...
... and finished those, too.
This turned out to be a good thing, as it is COLD this morning!
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Hopped into the Yarn Basket in Annapolis, MD yesterday. (www.yarnbasketmaryland.com)
It's a pretty little shop, on the small side. The yarns are organized by color - very pretty, but can make getting four of the same yarn in different colorways more challenging than I'm used to. The owner is friendly and knows her stuff, and, like me, is an escapee from the business world.
The shop models are GORGEOUS, and for sale if you want to buy. (I almost got the Phoenix Wing.) Regular Hiya Hiya circs and Brittany hooks (and a small notions assortment) are in a side nook.
She offers finishing services to customers (blocking, sweater assembly), and small repairs. Reasonable requests only - bringing in three bags of half-finished sweaters - NO.
On to what I bought!
My mom gave me some cash in case I spotted something she'd like. I got two colorways of EuroBaby Maypole for ponchalettes:
Then, there was a colorways of Olympia we don't have, so yay, another hat for me:
I don't know why we didn't get this, I may special-order a bag.
Then... Fox Paws. As it turns out, I was using two different weights of yarn in my first attempt. The first repeat went ok... the second, not so much. So I totally has to buy yarn. The Viking Nordlys came in 5 colors, 4 of which will be Fox Paws.
It's a nice little single-spun, pleasant to work with, and the color changes should make a pretty thing. I'm doing the full 121-st cast on this time, fingers crossed!
So, if you're in Annapolis, it's worth dropping by the Yarn Basket!
Friday, January 8, 2016
So, there's this adorable crocheted owl:
... and I totally want one. Mine, however, will have more, um, intense coloration.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
So, there's Xandy Peter's "Fox Paws". (Ravelry link)
It's not easy. Counting pretty much every stitch every other row is critical. Frogging is a bear. After the first two days, I finished one pattern repeat:
That's halfway through a pattern repeat. The SECOND pattern repeat. The odds of getting through a pattern row at work are bad. The odds of getting through rows 4, 6 or 8 on the first try are improving, but still not good.
Stephanie Pearl McPhee explains it best: "I think I know now what Fox Paws wants. It wants to be alone with me. With just a cup of tea, and no distractions, and nothing that could interrupt our time together. It wants me to say “SSSSHHHHHH!!!!!!!” to any member of my family that tries to screw me up by saying really inconsiderate things, like “Hi”. It doesn’t like the TV. It’s not sure about Audiobooks. It doesn’t care for the cat." (read her whole post here)
Fox Paws: one of the "most intense" patterns on Ravelry for a REASON.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Got a couple of holiday Bucilla ornament kits. Finished one in the wee hours: