Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Somebody Had a Busy Day

While Ben and I were busy at a coffee shop all day (I was relentlessly reading about thymidine and folate and he was studying epidemiology), it seems that back at the ranch two kittens were also very busy. I'm not quite sure how long this took them, but it must have been hours.

The yarn looped around the kitchen table multiple times; it looped above, below, and around the legs on the kitchen chairs;

it went in circles around the desk chair, it was wrapped around the little rolling-storage thingy we have for school supplies;

there were layers and layers on yarn.

It seemed to take forever for me to get it all tidied back up, especially since the cats insisted on playing with/pouncing on/sitting on the yarn as I tried to ball it back up. Amazingly enough, NONE of the yarn had been chewed on or eaten, so other than being a bit linty (what can I say, we're busy and vaccuming hasn't been at the top of anybody's list) the yarn is no worse for the wear. I was planning on showing off some new projects today, but I figured this yarnapalooza took preference. But, I promise, next time there will be plenty of yarn to look at in all sorts of pretty patterns, not as part of giant knots in my floor.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

I'm Baaack

On my way home from Christmas break my camera apparently got crunched in my luggage (I say apparently because we think it happened in the luggage - the camera definitely got crunched). I finally got it replaced with a snazzy new Canon S5 that has tons of features I haven't learned how to use yet. I would include a picture, but, well, that would require a second working camera, which I don't have. I have tons of new projects and yarn (including the now-infamous Hill Top Yarn Fire sale), which means it should be pretty interesting reading as I play catch-up.

But, to begin, I wanted to show off a pattern that I had created over Christmas while watching football with my family. If you really want to impress non-knitters, designing and completing a scarf during a 4-hour football game is a great way to go about it. I call this scarf Serafine and the instructions are here. I love this pattern and the bulky yarn means that it is stiff enough to actually stand up underneath a coat, keeping my neck toasty warm and showing of a little bit of the color and texture. The Nashua Creative Focus Chunky I used is a bit itchy, but it is also inexpensive and colorful and warm. I've worn this scarf quite a bit and it is holding up very well, in addition to getting compliments from almost everyone who sees it. Not bad for 4 hours and a $9 ball of yarn.