Saturday, June 23, 2007

More new yarn

Here's my new soaker yarn. None of them arrived looking remotely like the colors on the website, so I was a little peeved. You aren't seeing the nasty baby caca brown skeins that are being returned. Don't buy "maple syrup" Wool of the Andes of Knitpicks! Ick. These will become shorties to sell on

New Yarn

Super soft machine washable cotton blend from Plymouth. A steal from Hill Country Weavers. These will become baby gifts. Stay tuned.

Cheeto Shorties

Cheeto Shorties, originally uploaded by Ladymama.

Here's why the cheeto wool soaker shorts don't work. See all that diaper? They're worthless unless I frog them and try to do something. As you know, it won't be the first modification! Oh, well. Part of the learning curve and the road to pattern design.

Cheeto Shorties

Cheeto Shorties 2, originally uploaded by Ladymama.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

What kind of knitting needles am I?

What kind of knitting needles are you?

You are bamboo.Warm, cozy, and thoughtful, you take your time and enjoy how things feel, smell, and taste. You love the craft and beauty of traditional things, and you value the comfort and experience of knitting as much as the results. But while you are reveling in your warm cozies, don't get stuck. Warm is wonderful, but so is the whole wide world!
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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Ask me what I think

Last week I had the privilege of being part of a market research group lead by celebrity crafters and Austinites Jennifer Perkins and Vickie Howell. Not sure why they picked me, as I'm certain they had loads of volunteers and only ended up doing 2 groups of eight. Having DVR-ed Vickie's show Knitty Gritty religiously last spring, I was pretty psyched to get to sit around gabbing with her. I hadn't seen Jen's show, but she was actually really cool, someone I'd like to go out for drinks with. So we got to eat Thundercloud and M&Ms and talk about where we like to shop for craft supplies, what we don't like about the stores, what we buy, what we think is cool, etc. So fun! The focus group ended up being for Michael's Craft Store, and I got a $50 gift card, which I plan to use for knitting books and maybe needles. If Michael's were to ask me what I think again, I'd tell them that I think they should enable web shopping from their site instead of just telling you about their merchandise. Come on, now.

2nd Pair of Wool Soaker Shorties- Wasabi!

Wool soaker shorties, originally uploaded by Ladymama.

This picture is kinda blurry, so I'll be sure to get some of the Bun wearing them up here soon. I improved this pattern by shortening the ribbed waistband, changing the position of the drawstring, and most importantly adding a gusset for the crotch. I definitely feel that I changed the pattern enough to call it my own. Yay!

The Cheetos shorties (the orange ones), are kind of worthless, as the pattern was intended for pants, and there is not enough covering in the crotch to prevent leaks. I would rip them back and fix that part, but I since I dyed the actual finished shorts and not the yarn, I don't have any left. Lessons learned.

These were knit with Cascade 220 in a color that I am referring to as Wasabi. The legs are really cute. I embellished the ribs with embroidered daisies.