Not a man or a goth

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

On Sunday I fixed the sewing machine. Or at least, it wasn't working before I touched it, then I randomly screwdrivered and oiled some parts, and now it does in fact work.

This is freaking awesome. I feel like an engineer.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I saw the coolest thing at the Asian grocery store today.

Jay Chou potato chips!

I bought some, even though I don't know what one of the flavours is. Piquancy flavour? Okay.

Celebrity advertising DOES work.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

* You signed up on August 17, 2007
* You are #26504 on the list.
* 11 people are ahead of you in line.
* 15684 people are behind you in line.
* 60% of the list has been invited so far

So close! I'm at the doors of Ravelry with my nose pressed against the glass. Looking at all the wonderful people having their knitting party.

I'll have my invite by the time I wake up tomorrow :)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

FO - Waving Lace fingerless mitts

My roving from Mandie finally became something, albeit something small. I've been spinning since May-ish and this was my first Navajo ply. It wasn't a great job, since the singles broke quite a few times during plying, but it was consistent enough and felt soft to knit with.

These are my computer mitts for next year. I dragged my heels a little too long, and now it's too late to use them this year.

Pattern: I used my generic glove recipe with the Waving Lace stitch pattern from Favorite Socks. It was easy to memorise and really intuitive, so I think I might use it for socks eventually too.

Yarn: Spun from "Neptune's Nemesis" merino roving from Ewe Give Me the Knits. Navajo-plied to about 16 wpi.

Needles: 2.75 mm dpns

Komentar: I think it would have been better if I'd reversed the lace pattern, so that the mitts would be mirror images. Oh well, next time. It would have been awesome if the colour changes lined up too. I blame it on my n00b spinning.

The slit is there for no good reason; I was just playing around to see what it would look like.

In this pic the left is blocked, the right isn't. Although I thought I'd finished the yarn carefully, it still bloomed a little after washing. The mitts were a tiny bit tight pre-blocking, so now they fit great.

I still have a bunch of this roving left over, but I won't be spinning it for a while. I'm too distracted by all the other pretty colours and fibres. My wallet hurts :(

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

It's definitely hot enough for this...

Srsly. I can't knit, I can't spin. I can't even wear clothes in this heat. My laptop is awful to use now because the keyboard keeps heating up. It's making worrying whirring noises too.

I left a USB key in for 20 mins, and when I took it out it felt like a seatbelt in a hot car.

I'm really unimpressed by the hot winds too.