Tuesday, May 31, 2005

You spin me right round baby, right round.

So, over the nice long weekend, I unravelled a sweater.
An off-white cotton/acrylic blend, GAP roll-neck small, bought on Friday at my local thrift store for 5$.
So...when I began the unravelling, I was a bit miffed. I was cutting and cutting and cutting little tiny threads on the seams from the BOTTOM of the sweater...to little avail. After an hour, I had unravelled about an inch of yarn. This was not really worth it.
THEN ... i decided to charge from the TOP of the sweater. After snipping a few threads, i pulled and whhishhhh...the entire seam came out in one pull! THEN i began to pull from the neck and oooh how fast it went. A very large skein of white beautiful cotton yarn within minutes.
All in all (with my mistakes included) I think it took me about 2 and a half hours to unravel. Was it worth it? I have yet to decide (i will when i begin the knitting) but I do know that I actually learned alot about stitches - how they are connected and unconnected. I think that any beginner knitter should unravel a sweater - I think it helps in the freak-out factor when you drop a stitch, gives you a much better understanding of knits and purls and also how a sweater might get sewn together.
all in all...good stuff.

The unravelling has yet to begin. Posted by Hello

Taaa-daaa. four big skeins. Posted by Hello

Wonder Skeins Posted by Hello

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

my second sweater ever...it is going pretty fast, except now i have hit the wall of double pointed needles land for the sleeves. ugh. Posted by Hello

Beads, Beads, Beads Posted by Hello

Wonder girls checking out beads Posted by Hello

Sunday, May 22, 2005

My first blog..and loving it!

Well hello all you wonder women! This is my first attempt at a blog-so far I think it is working-not ready to attempt the photos yet! As for my wonder knitting-I just finished a great poncho made out of chunky alpaca-I'm donating it to a Nursing Mother's group that is trying to raise money for a lactation consultant. Started a funky scarf yesterday with yarn purchased in San Fran-loving the texture-my plan is to make the fringe out of silk ribbon with wooden beads attached. This morning over coffee I started another pair of men's socks on those short needles-very comforting to knit with-they don't poke you. Wondergirl Art-thanks for the info about the Debbie Bliss book-I just ordered it from Amazon-now I have three knitting books scheduled to arrive here in the next week!!!! I'll keep in touch .

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Up and running!

Yes! Hooray for wonder girl art and henry for making their first appearance and blog.
As to etiquette on blogs - I am just not sure. Perhaps we can make a list of wonderful links that we like for others to connect to.

I did get to see pics of Henry and the sheep. I miss Henry and I only met him once.
This weekend we had our first annual WORLD KNITS SUMMIT. It was a crazed weekend of senegalese food, yarn shops, vintage stores, thrift shops, yarn stores, mediterranean food, yarn stores, wine and many many hours of knitting on Candi's porch watching the hills of Sonoma while knitting AND crocheting our little hearts away. Hopefully we will get some pictures up - once we get Pam and Bonnie up and blogging.

We came up with SO many fun ideas and I look forward to where our little world of knitting will take us - nationwide chapters of world knitters?? non-profit leagues of women teaching eachother to knit?? sending equipment and materials to women in need to design, make and sell their own crafts to help sustain their family and community?? There are many directions and I think if we keep moving forward - we can create change.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Ok, so I'm not sure how this works but . . .

I saw the first post, and responded with a short comment, I think it worked, at least I can read my comment when I log on - don't know if anyone else can.

My biggest news is that I just finished my first felted project!!!! I couldn't be more excited. I made the most adorable (if I do say so myself) felted slippers for Henry. He will love them, if I ever relent and let him put them on. I am also pleased with myself because I think I gauged the size just about right. They are still a little big, but as they can't be worn in the summer, I think they will fit perfectly next fall.

During the felting process I was very nervous because one slipper was felting to a smaller size than the other. But in a last ditch effort, I felted the bigger slipper one more time, and voila, a matching pair. Pleased. As. Punch.

Needless to say my coworkers were sufficiently impressed and amazed as I was regaled with a lot of "you made that? it doesn't even look like it was knit!" I have no shame; I basked in the glory of the compliments showered upon my knitting project.

People are inspired, borrowing patterns from me left and right. The bug is catching, soon our quest to take over the world will be realized U-Haaaahaaahaaahaaaa!

So, I'm suffering from withdrawal. After a flurry of projects, (a hat for Lucy, a blanket for baby Reese, a blanket for Annabelle, a sweater and slippers for Henry, a sleeveless turtleneck for myself - not quite finished) I don't know what to do next.

Pam and I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last weekend: - this is Henry wanting to grab that lamb's ear and chew on it. And for a most glorious Mother's Day gift, Pam bought me the most gorgeous yarn from the Brooks Farm tent. It is burning a hole in the basket I keep my yarn in, just dying for me to make something with it. But I'm torn, it is so lovely, I need to find the perfect pattern for it. I'm thinking socks with one of the skeins, but I need to go out and get sock needles, preferably the ones that the Harlot raves about.

Until then, I will buckle down and read the Harlot's newest book "At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much", (which I failed to have signed when I had the chance, I'm an idiot and forgot it at home, when practically the whole point was to bring it to Sheep and Wool to get it signed (ok, not the whole point)) surely it will inspire me.

On another note, I'm new to this blog thing. What is the etiquette here? Like when I mention the Harlot, should I create a link to her blog? Should I ask permission before doing so? It would seem appropriate to seek permission, but I don't know, don't you want as many hits as you can get? Thoughts?

Finally, I tried to blog a photo - did it work?

Henry at Sheep and Wool

Henry at Sheep and Wool
Originally uploaded by wondergirlart.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Anyone out there

This is a test. only a test. first blog post ever. a bit frightening. but good.
welcome to our wonder world of wonder girl knitting.