Saturday, August 1, 2009

Snape Snape Severus Snape (Dumbledore!)

Because I'm such a fangirl, this project gets a post allllll to itself. :)

Recently, my friends and I went to the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I was about the dorkiest among them, and I was the only one who (semi) dressed up. I wore a Slytherin Tshirt that I have, lightning bolt earrings, and I had pink hair like Tonks. I tried to dress up like as many people as possible. :) I had been considering knitting a house scarf for a while, and even had bought the yarn already, but somehow it got pushed to the back burner and I forgot (typical...). BUT seeing that movie inspired me to make one, so I immediately dug out the burgundy and gold yarn. What I really wanted was a Slytherin scarf, but since I already had the Gryffindor yarn, I decided to start with that. Unfortunately, I couldn't find my 16 inch bamboo circulars, so I had to go to Hobby Lobby and buy some new needles. It set me back about a week because it took me that long to save up the $4 (I had to count change from my change jar because I'm a poor about-to-be college student) and find a ride to the store. But I managed, and finally, using the wonderful pattern from atypically.knit, I cast on!
This is just after knitting the first golden stripe. It kind of looks like a hat at this point. It's less...purple in real life. The gold is also more, well, gold than in these pictures. I was so proud of getting that first 27 burgundy rounds finished that I took a picture of my stich counter to immortalize the moment. :) I was a little afraid of knitting in the round, just because I had never actually done it before, but I actually think I like it better this way. Whenever I knit flat, my edges are always loose, but I avoid that issue when using circs. I was also afraid that when knitting in the round, my joins would be loose because my edges are always loose, but other than the color changes, I can't even tell where my joins are, so that's good.

This is how far I am now. I've just finished the second set of gold stripes. This is what the real color looks like. It's actually starting to look like a scarf! Since I'm working on this and Clapotis at the same time, I carry them both with me, and work on one when I get sick of the other. I guess it's pretty obvious which one I'm more into right now. ;P this a BLOG?!

Haha I'm baaaaack! And while I haven't done much crafting this summer, I did do a little. So here it comes:

Here's my current crochet WIP, a pretentious, aloof, hipster Cthulhu!

He listens to bands so obscure, they don't even know they exist yet!

I still need to make arms and wings for him, but that'll have to come later.

"C'mon, Cthulhu, stop pretending you're too cool for me...I love you" :)

Also in that picture is a pair of delightfully mismatched fingerless gloves that I made with my very first skein of Noro Kureyon! I'm officially in love with that stuff, but unfortunately I just can't afford $10 a skein, so that's probably the only Noro thing I'll have for a while. Also, since I improvised the pattern for the gloves, they came out a bit big, especially the thumb hole. But I'm still proud of them. :)

On my knitting needles right now is a loverly Clapotis, which I admittedly don't like as much as I thought I did. I mean, I'll probably finish it, but only because I've already started it.
It's being made with Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Old Rose. It's a lovely yarn, but I only chose this yarn because it was the only one that I could afford to get enough yardage. I think that a sock yarn might be too thin. Other people have used it and it worked just fine, but I just don't think it works for me. Oh well, we'll see I guess.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Je ne suis pas pense...

I have been crafting, I swear. I just can't post any pictures up right now. And who wants to hear me talk about things I'm making? People want pictures!

Unfortunately, the "good" computer crashed, and now the only computer that works in the house is a ten-year-old iMac (which, I might add, is ten years old and STILL WORKS. I can't say the same for the BRAND NEW PC, which has crashed twice in as many years.) Sadly, the PC was the computer that I used the most because the iMac is just too old and small (it has a whopping 10G hard ipod is bigger than that...) and can't handle all my pictures/music. (Which are gone now, thank you very much Windows.) 

For those of you who are wondering (and by that I mean that one lonely, lovely follower I have (thank you Lauria, for making my day :) )) I have made a crocheted hat, and I'm working on two scarves, one crocheted, and one knit, with crocheted edging. I'd show you how good they look, but since I can't upload pictures, you'll just have to take my word for it. 

I'll try to get pictures up, but as it is, my relationship with technology is a little unstable at the moment. I'm afraid if I plug my camera into the iMac, it just might explode or something.


Upon reading over this post, I just became aware of how much I love adding things in using parentheses.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Weekend Knitting

Heavens to Betsy, I had no idea that school starting would put my knitting back so far. I mean, WOW. Senior year has been really busy, and it's only 8 days into school!

My schedule looks like this:

Free period
French 4
AP Environmental Science
World Cultures
AP Statistics
Geographic Information Systems
British Literature

And since we're on a rotation system, I have six of those periods each day, skipping a different class each day until the seventh day. Then the rotation starts all over. It's just a way for us to cram more classes into less time. Good idea, I guess. I'm going to start my application for UNC Asheville this Tuesday after school with my college counselor. Thank GOD I have her, otherwise I'd be SUNK. This whole high school/graduation/college thing is making me more nervous than a whore in church.

On another note, Close Knit just opened up in Gastonia, just off Franklin Blvd. YAY! Finally an LYS for me to call my own. :D I 'm about as happy as a mouse in a cheese factory. I went down there last week to check it out, and it's AWESOME! The owner is one of the nicest people I've ever met, and, as it turns out, her husband actually designed the performing arts center at my school. Small world, eh? Also, there's a girl MY AGE who works there after school sometimes and she knits! It's awesome, because I've never actually met another knitting teenager! She told me she hadn't either. They have a knit night down there every Tuesday evening (known as the "Chicks with Sticks" How cute. :) ) and I'm looking forward to going this Tuesday. :) YAY!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Knitting by Starlight

I think I'm finally getting serious about knitting. I'm currently working on two projects: a simple hat (knit flat and sewn up the back--I'm too scared to try knitting in the round yet) and a scarf knit in entrelac. I think I might be in love with it. Our relationship started off a bit rocky--I wasn't too good at picking up stitches because I got a little confused when it said "pick up and purl," but with a little counseling, we got everything worked out. :) We're expecting our first child soon. ;D

By the way, anyone who missed the Pleseids meteor shower last night should be ashamed (Mom, that means you!) It was BEAUTIFUL. I even saw one meteor streak across the sky and then break apart, leaving multiple, sparkling trails behind. It made my knees go weak, no lie. It's just awe-inspiring. I laid out in the grass in my front lawn from about 12:30 to 3 AM to watch the show, and even though I almost fell asleep during slow periods, and I got bug-bitten a little bit, it was SOOOO worth it.

I'll post pics soon, but for now, my camera battery is dead. (I'm seriously starting to doubt the abilities of Polaroid as a company. So far, I've had TWO Polaroid digital camera's and they're sub-par at best. C'mon Polaroid--You're a trusted name. Live up to it!)

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

I'm ending the not-quite-started hiatus when I get home from school...

In the meantime (what a weird word...) here's a 200 ft knitted bunny that's so big it can be seen from outer space. Old story, I know, but it's still a miraculous feat of artistry and such. :) (and I promise you won't get rickrolled...)

J'ai fini mon...hiatus

So I decided to take a break from knitting/crocheting after all the stress of prom...just a little time to gather my wits and calm down a bit. Unfortunately, not crocheting is causing more stress than I thought, so I'm cutting my hiatus off, barely before it gets started.

On another note; no word of my camera, but I did get my laptop fixed, and I got a copy of the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Facotry (one of the BEST MOVIES EVER!) so I'm a little happier. I just wish I had my wangdoodling camera back. And yes, I'm going to whine until I get it. Because I want to be able to take pictures of all the stuff I'm going to make now that prom is over and I can concentrate on such things.

First, I'm going to finish my Athenian scarf, then I'm going to design and make that scarf that I wanted to design (still got the notes for that in my room, so it's good), then I'm going to finish my second attempt at the Stone Path Hat, then I'm going to finish knitting the My So Called Scarf.

..Or more likely I'll start working on all of these at the same time like I usually do. :)

PROMISE PROMISE PROMISE to get pics up when I can. This whole camera hostage business is driving me nuts. JUST MAKE YOUR DEMANDS ALREADY POLAROID! I'LL PAY ANY PRICE, JUST TELL ME WHAT I HAVE TO DO TO GET MY CAMERA BACK!!!