Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Started and Finish Line

What has crossed the Finish Line?

The double-stranded Navy Fleck Shannon that I had started.  Washing it made it grow quite a bit, and I have about a skein or 2 left... which I suspect may go to make a mindless-shawl like the All Shawl.  The ribbing at the collar and cuffs was done in white.

The 11 stitch blanket in Tunisian is done.

A shawlette that was a test-pattern for someone.

Between Starting Line and Finish Line:

Soft Serve in Black - 55% wool, 45% cotton yarn used.  I need to finish the body and do the sleeves

toe-up socks

The Stella I started ages ago is still in progress.  double-stranded cobweb weight = laceweight.  The pattern calls for sport or bigger.  So... this will take a while.

Universal gloves - these don't get worked on often AND it's on a B hook with laceweight yarn.

Crimson Cape done in Navy - the original pattern calls for crimson or scarlet.  I started it in Navy.  So there.

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Original paragraph from the letter the USOC sent to Ravelry:
We believe using the name “Ravelympics” for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games. In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.

Resulted in:

Excerpt -

The letter sent to the organizers of the Ravelympics was a standard-form cease and desist letter that explained why we need to protect our trademarks in legal terms. Rest assured, as an organization that has many passionate knitters, we never intended to make this a personal attack on the knitting community or to suggest that knitters are not supportive of Team USA.

We apologize for any insult and appreciate your support. We embrace hand-crafted American goods as we currently have the Annin Flagmakers of New Jersey stitching a custom-made American flag to accompany our team to the Olympic Games in London. To show our support of the Ravelry community, we would welcome any handmade items that you would like to create to travel with, and motivate, our team at the 2012 Games.

The definition of 'denigrate' is:
‘denigrate’ - den·i·grate/ˈdeniˌgrāt/
Verb: Criticize unfairly; disparage: “there is a tendency to denigrate the poor”.
Synonyms: blacken - slander - defame - vilify - asperse - malign

So... WHICH party is being denigrated?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Long overdue update.

In the period of time since my last post here, I have:

  • Finished the 3-way wrap and given it to a friend going through chemo
  • Started and finished a felted hat (dark blue with a light blue "hatband")
  • Finished a wrap skirt that was cut out last summer during a rough patch
  • Started a 10-stitch (mine's actually 11) Tunisian Spiral blanket
  • Finished spinning one ball of singles for an eventual 2-ply yarn (I'm working on the second ply already)
  • Get comfortable using a sewing machine
  • Started a pair of gloves in lace weight
  • Started the editing process on my 2003 NaNoWriMo novel 
  • Started the editing process on my 2004 NaNoWriMo novel

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Projects Completed and in Motion

Projects completed recently:

Mesh Yarn spiral - AKA FLL Kelp Forest Shawl

From Doris Chan's Everyday Crochet:
Tall Latte
Sweet Tea

Still in progress:
Stella in Laceweight - two strands of cobweb weight
Three Way Wrap in Tunisian