Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A mushroom hat

Okay, now I'm working on a baby hat shaped like a mushroom.  It's working out pretty cute!  Pictures when completed.

I'm using some of my "inherited yarn" to make circular ribbed shrugs.  I had this pattern that you sewed the seams..... bleh.  So.... in the interest of never leaving anything alone... I changed it.  (I should have that sentence permanently stored so I could just paste it in).  One provisional cast on and a reworking of the outer shawl edge and voila!  Seamless AND I can just knit fancy yarn until it's gone instead of having to split balls when I have an uneven nuber.  HAH!  Picture me smiling in a satified sort of way and buffing my nails on my shirt.

Both the mushroom hat and the shrugs will hit etsy.  I haven't sold anything, but I'm getting looks and that's fun too. Some day!

Speaking of fun, I'm gearing up for Knitting Club again this year.  I have at least 6 returning students and then space for some newbies.  Fourth through Eighth graders, mostly girls. People walk by the room and it sounds like a complete riot.  I explain, "Sometimes creativity can be very noisy.".  I love them and they really work hard (most of em).  they challenge me to come up with new patterns for them pretty much constantly.  I've got several who are ready for socks....!  We start on October 18th.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

YAAAARRRRRRNNNNNN!

I scored enough yarn to keep me knitting for about a year.  My friend Pat has moved to assisted living and gave me all her yarn (and patterns from the '80's which are definitely giggle-worthy).  There are three huge boxes, plus a couple of kits and a bunch of smaller boxes.  The whole mess almost completely filled my van.  It is an absolutely huge amount of yarn.  Most of it is wool or wool blend.  Some is extremely gorgeous mohair yarn and some is even custom dyed!  There is a price tag on some of the specialty stuff of $14.55 and I estimate that it was bought in about 1988, so the stuff was really expensive.

My knitting students are dying to knit socks, and some of this is light enough weight to make a nice sock.  I'm sure they will flip over some of this yarn!  There is some nice sport weight wool blend.

I want to sort through it, because I spotted some custom dyed mohair in there.  I haven't knitted in about a week.  It's been too darned hot.  I have spent all my time trying to keep cool.  We are scheduled for some cooler weather, so I am planning my next project.  I have a plan for a really nifty hat and maybe another pair of socks... still working on it in my fetid brane.