Friday, July 20, 2007

Meanwhile, back in my knitterly life…

I have been making hats. I have been making many, many hats. Lotsa hats. Wee little hats. Plain hats. Stripy hats. Ready-for-the-slopes hats. See?


Lotsa hats



I am becoming {glances around furtively, drops voice to conspiratorial whisper} somewhat tired of hats. But! Undaunted! I shall have thirty-one hats by the end of the month to send to the preemies in Texas. I shall persist because I have been informed that the facility we’re sending these to recently ran out of stock.

NOT ON MY WATCH, PEOPLE!

But as I am actually a couple days ahead (twenty-two hats thus far) and no, seriously! getting completely over making hats (completely over), I’m taking a small break and making a patchwork preemie blanket. It is just as basic as it sounds, and uses up random balls (or takes a good whack out of stash yarn – this is going to be mostly white with sprinklings of yellow and blue). And it is a refreshing change from the hats. Hopefully, about the time I’m sick to death of making squares, I’ll be ready to get back to hats.

If you hate seaming with a mad passion, then you’d hate this kind of work. I don’t mind it (much), so I just make bunches of squares with whatever yarn comes to hand. It’s something I’ll do when I don’t know what I want to do next, just grab a small ball of remnant and whack out a square. I usually make them 4” exactly because it takes very little yarn and makes my life easy when it comes time to put the thing together, but more creative and/or intelligent knitters will even make randomly sized squares and then (somehow) get them all together in a blanket.

They tend to turn out ridiculously cute, actually – although I have occasionally put colors together which cause my husband-the-artist to clutch his head and reel out of the room shrieking, “My eyes! MY EYEEEEEEEESSSSSSS!!”

This is because I do not see the subtle things. Like that I’ve put a blue with a purple that was not itself based on blue, but was rather based on red. OH THE AGONY.

(I do not understand the foregoing statement. Which is part of my problem, apparently. I just took a bunch of squares out of the basket and seamed them together. They seemed fine to me. Until he went into theatrics about it. Sheesh.)

In other news, in spite of engaging a pest control company to rid me of them…I still have a major wool pest in the house. One pest in particular is truly becoming an issue with me, especially because it camouflages so well.

The innocence! The purity of spirit! The ‘what, me? nuthin’, just hanging out here…with you, Oh Beloved Mumsie-Wumsie of mine…’ expression…


Innocence, personified



Uh-huh. YARN MONSTER!!!!!!!!!!


YARN MONSTER



The instant he thought I wasn’t watching, BANG! He’s digging through the superwash trying to find the alpaca.

Worse than a thousand moths, that kid...

6 comments:

Amy Lane said...

Hee hee hee hee...too funny--and he's too adorable, the little two-legged moth that he is! When I crochet, I'm a sucker for what I call "ugly" blankets--it's not that I can't color coordinate, I can...it's just that I am perfectly aware that some of the things that go together in my eyes look like color-fiber violence to people with taste...but I just can't stop myself...I know what's good, and I know what's crap...but the crap is just so much FUN to look at...

Steph Bolinger said...

But he's so stinkin' CUTE!

Kris said...

You have trained him well

Mrs. H said...

I think we knitbloggers should take up a collection for a small stash for the Yarn Monster. We could all donate some leftover stuff in balls or small skeins so he'd have his own little stash of yarny goodness to cuddle and love. LOL

RachelW said...

Gosh he's cute! Love the whole post! "Not on my watch" - you're too funny. I also have a problem matching up colors - they make it look so easy in all the books, but when I do it, I have to go out and spend money to buy yarn that actually goes together, or end up with ugly combinations. I can't even make stripes look good. Oh well.

21stCenturyMom said...

I don't know if this would help or just make the yard more irresistible but I thought it was cute and kind of handy

http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2007/07/crafty-trash-bag-holder.html