WIP Wednesday: Confession Time
This won’t come as much shock to anyone who is a facebook friend, or who has been assaulted by my messages on Twitter. . . (BTW, if you aren’t following me on Twitter, you totally should. . . And if you wanna be my facebook friend, let me know!)
But, uh, I seem to have somehow (I blame the hubs) succumbed to the world of Harry Potter. And anyone who knows me well can pinpoint the two things that did it (one concept, one character). So at this point, I’ve given some thought (mostly jokingly) to renaming my blog. . . Going from Writing, Yarn, Pucks, and Diapers to something like Writing, Yarn, Snape, and Snape. It was a thought, anyway. So I suppose my dear friends and poor subscribers should be warned that Harry Potter-related crafts will be infiltrating this blog. Um, well, effective this post.
Onto WIP Wednesday goodies!
I’ll start with what I’ve done so far with that Kool-Aid dyed roving from last week’s WIP Wednesday post! I wish I could say “I totally intended for the yarn to be thick-and-thin,” but that, my friends, would be lying. Instead, I will admit that I am a very new spindle spinner with very little experience. I will also state that I looove this merino/silk blend. I have a little of the dyed roving left to spin, and then I have the other half of the roving (which I left white) to spin. . . I intend on plying the dyed single with the white single. So far, when I look at the yarn on the spindle, I am reminded of cotton candy. What do you all think?
For the record, while I wish the yarn was a consistent thickness, I love, love, love how the colors have spun together. . . in some places really concentrated, in others, mixed with a different color for a stripey look.
Next, a brief hexipuff update. In response to my last blog entry, I was asked to explain why the hexipuffs are so addicting. This is a perfectly fair question to ask, and one which I, myself, posed to others before I downloaded the pattern and actually knit one. I can’t speak for others who are in on the hexipuff craze, but I can certainly tell you why I adore them. They are highly portable, and very forgiving of stupid errors. But more importantly: the hexipuffs are fast and easy, which makes them the ideal mate for a knitter who is slow and simple (yours in humble knitterlyness–because that’s totally a word). I’ve been able to keep with my one-a-day regimen, and I can get one done in around an hour. Today’s hexipuff brought with it a little drama:
That tail you see in the photo? Well, that’s not what I cut off the ball of yarn to pull into the hexipuff. That was all I had left of that yarn to work with. I weighed the ball before proceeding, knowing approximately how many grams one hexipuff calls for. I knew it would be close. I had no idea I’d almost have a heart attack by this point in construction. But all’s well that ends well. . .
I was hoping that the variegated yarn would comprise the bulk of the toddler-sized beekeepers quilt. . . But with a grand total of 14, I’m leaning more toward those being accents with the bulk of the quilt being done in yellow baby yarn. (Happily the same yellow that’s used in the variegated yarn.) So from now on, hexipuff updates will be very. . . yellow.
Among other things I kept myself busy with this week, I did something that made me very, very happy–and incredibly proud. I taught the hubs to knit. (I am pleased to say he asked me.) This was partially because he kept piling on the Harry Potter-related knitting requests and was getting the idea that either I’m going to need a knitting machine or I will need to grow at least four or six more arms. . . Or, you know, have another person in the household knitting. And since Contini isn’t quite at a knitting-teachable age (or is he? Barely 3 is awful young, isn’t it?), that kinda left the hubs to pick up the slack. I was thrilled how well and how quickly he caught on. Not only that, but I taught him how to knit on circular needles. . . in the round. Here’s his progress (shared with permission):
Hubs is making the year one Slytherin scarf for Contini. What do you think? I think he’s doing incredibly well! He also complained about hand cramps. It’s been about four (?!?!) years since I learned, and I don’t remember that. Suggestions for knitters cramps for the hubs? Praise for the hubs is highly welcome. :)
And lastly, my contribution to my household’s Harry Potter obsession:
Yes, the anti-scarf knitter is. . . knitting a scarf. So far, I’m not in kill-mode, but it’s still very early. I also have a massive amount of gratitude to express for a wonderful knitter named Dori. After I posted about my m/c on facebook and mentioned that I was hoping knitting might help heal some emotional wounds–alas for not having the money for the Cascade 220 the above scarf pattern called for!–Dori came to my rescue with a wonderful gift of the very yarn I needed. My resolution this year is to somehow pay that gift and blessing forward. . . The bad thing is, I can’t do anything like that quite yet. The good thing is, I have 11.5 months in which to do it. :)
And so, I embarked on the Ravenclaw house scarf. Tada! (Watch my enthusiasm wane week by week!) ;)
I actually have something to share on Friday, so I hope to see you all then! Happy Hump Day!
Don’t forget to click the image below to see what other people are up to this week!
Posted on January 18, 2012, in Contini, DH/Earl, knitting, photos, WIP Wednesday, yarn and tagged contini, Earl, harry potter, hexipuff, knitting, kool-aid dye, merino, ravenclaw, roving, scarf, silk, slytherin, spindle, spinning. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.