Friday, April 20, 2012

Proof

I love this time of year, especially when spending much of my time in long hallways and dark, little rooms. Sights like this one make me very grateful to the people who put the thought into landscaping nursing homes.


For shut-ins, these sights are a real saving grace- better than medicine. And that also goes for the people that care for them.

This afternoon we got to take a whole lot of people outside, and it provided a great chance for me to work with one woman on a few more squares to add to the little pile shown below. Please pardon the lousy picture; I try to give my time to the people at work, rather than my phone. Still, I managed to snap this shot as a bit of proof of what we've been doing at the home.


Enjoy the sights, and maybe think of someone who can't enjoy them without some assistance. Cheers!

The one where I crochet!

See the light green border on this lapghan? It was crocheted by yours truly!
The lady wearing it had quite a blast telling me about her crochet days.
And I felt so much better after putting a border on this bugger.
One of the ladies at work is a hardcore crochet fanatic,
and she crocheted the bulk of this little blanket.
I rather like it, now it has that color pop.
And of course, it's a green pop.


I survived quite well. Actually, I'm enjoying a fair bit of crocheting around work. Last week I held my second "crochet and knit circle" with the elderly, and even shared a bit of EZ's The Opinionated Knitter with them. I could tell who the die-hards were; they kept lusting rather loudly after the acrylic yarn I had bundled into color combinations.  I may be the only person at my job who understands their condition, and I'm happy to humor them - when I can bear to part with the colors myself.

I hope this post finds you well and working that yarn happily, whatever your age and yarn orientation may be.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bunny Time!

Yes, Easter was yesterday, but there's another Bunny that's been haunting my knitting.  It's Carol of Black Bunny Fibers!

Here are my Aquaphobia Socks:
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The name of the pattern refers to an aversion to pools; however, this yarn, knit in a delightful Falkland wool base, needs no slipped stitches to break up the pooling.  That's because I am finding that Carol is a master at her craft.  I'm currently using her yarns a fair bit.  One I'm still working on is the 198 Yards of Heaven pattern.
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I also recently knit up a Dustland hat for myself using Swan's Island Organic Merino Worsted.
Dustland 1
The yarn is naturally dyed, and the coloring is very reminiscent of the yarn the dearie and I dyed up on Fat Tuesday. (Yes, I still owe you a report!)
Dyeing 1
The amazing thing about the Swan's Island is its incredible softness.  It's a wool that feels a bit more like cashmere, I daresay. It's become my go-to hat because it can cover my ears when I need it, and it is loose enough that it doesn't give me irreparable "hat head."

I make that "hat head" distinction because - drumroll, please - I have also been in the process of writing up a pattern for a slouchy hat! The first version smooshes my hair beyond help, requiring that I continue to wear the hat until I can get my next shower.  I'm currently working on my third prototype and sampling a different yarn.  While the pattern's simple enough, I want to try do a decent job with it. It's my first foray into designing - at least that I've gotten beyond the sketchbook stage.  It's not, however, the only design I've been working on. I also have some armwarmers knit up, but I need to work out some details with sizing and finishing. My desire to keep these private until they are finished is part of the reason I've been so quiet, though I also have to admit that it's been more an issue of carving out enough time to say hello.  My apologies.

I also got to teach a class somewhere in there! It was a lot of fun, and I'm glad I had such wonderful help to step in and answer questions. Here's a special shout out to the lovely folks at the Wooly Monmouth! I learned a few things in the process - important things like the fact that I have a crooked mouth when I'm speaking.
crookit face
This came as a bit of a surprise to me, though apparently everyone else knows it.  Now I'm that much more self-aware.
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Thanks, Grace.