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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Multicolored Yarns

Wiki has these definitions to ponder

Yarn  a wide selection of variegated yarns:
  • Heathered or tweed: yarn with flecks of different coloured fiber
  • Ombre: variegated yarn with light and dark shades of a single hue
  • Multicolored: variegated yarn with two or more distinct hues (a "parrot colourway" might have green, yellow and red)
  • Self-striping: yarn dyed with lengths of color that will automatically create stripes in a knitted or crocheted object
  • Marled: yarn made from strands of different-colored yarn twisted together, sometimes in closely related hues
What is this hand-dyed and hand-spun then?  Multicolored and marled?

I never know what to do with these types of colorways. I thought these would be socks, but it's rather thick for socks. I was thinking something along the Jaywalker pattern stitch to break up the colors. I settled on this hat, and I'm quite pleased with the way the colors added more texture to this mock cable pattern.
Pattern: Tapestry Hat, by The Knit Nook Free:)!! Needles: Size 6 Yarn: 100% Rambouillett, 3ply, hand spun on my Majacraft Rose, and hand dyed with acid dyes, alpine blue, purple and oxblood) I purchased the wool from Certified Cute. Mods: none. This beanie just covers the tops of my ears. I'm sure I did not get gauge (if I'd bothered to check on it) and if I had to do it over I would add another pattern repeat or two. The pattern is quite airy and very stretchy. 

I'm looking for a nice pattern make with my Twisters.

After watching one last Asian flick, the classic Sword of Doom, I watched a cute Walt Disney movie with Jennifer Garner, and Joel Edgerton called The Odd Life of Timothy Green.   Somehow this movie made me think of the movie Little Otik, but with a Walt Disney happy ending and no one getting eaten. Perhaps I'll go see World War Z next week.  I'm not sure about a happy ending, but in two words...Brad Pitt!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

TV Void and Cream Puff Temptation

It's come to my attention that I somehow managed to make it through adolescence without ever reading a book by Beverly Cleary.  I wonder how that happened?  She was born in 1916 so age can't be a factor.  I read a lot when I was younger, and it is rare now for me to read a book.  I was captivated by Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, and of course I can read pattern/craft books all day long.  I do remember reading Homer Price, which is listed on Cleary's Goodread page under "people who liked this book also liked....I was devoted to Marguerite Henry, Walter Farley and Albert Terhune.  After that I had a long streak of SciFi...A Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, A Wrinkle in Time and Red Planet, are just a few titles that stick in my head. Perhaps that is why I am deficient in Beverly Cleary. 

There is a void on the the TV since Game of Thrones ended.  I'm a little over Dexter and True Blood but I will watch them until the end.  I had Asian Movie week and watched House of Flying Daggers, The Emperor and the Assassin, Hovering Blade, A Better Tomorrow  and Musa the Warrior.  I hope not to spoil these for anyone, but everyone dies, and and no one gets the girl.  I'm ready to watch a silly movie with a happy ending now.

Here's another Queensland Pima Fresca FO.

Pattern:  Oana Shawl, by Kirsten Kapur, from Knitscene, Winter 2011. 
I've been on a roll copying projects by Nanea at Aloha Yarns.  This issue of Knitscene just happened to be on sale at Interweave when I looked, for $4 bucks so it must have been karma.
Needles:  10 1/2
I went a little bonkers until I found the errata.  If I'd only read the comments on Ravelry...heh.  I finally had to blow up the chart, add markers to set apart the pattern repeatmand move those markers every chart repeat.  The purl row is usually not very busy so that saved the project for me.  I did have to concentrate but the the project went quickly with worsted weight yarn.
The yarn is very soft  to work with.  It does shed so I decided not to do the fringe.  Cotton has such a short staple and am afraid it will really fall apart.  I love this yarn and have one more color to knit up!

I'm gearing up for Tour de Fleece.  I have a bunch of cotton to comb.  I want to try the lace flyer that came with my Majacraft Rose, but have never used.  I also have the jumbo flyer to try.

I'm been so ambivalent about whether to continue to work my two days/week. It has been a year of big expenses, so a paycheck is nice that respect.  I also met my certification requirements for this year.  I have one more set to do by 2016 and would have to take the big test in 2017.   So why not continue?

My Vitamix has come and I'm trying to kick start some weight loss.  The first kale drink I made tasted horrible, but they've gotten a better.  I downloaded the Loose It app for my phone and I can't tell you have much pleasure I get scanning bar codes.  Cheap thrill.  Some local foods are a challenge.  I was given some Pancit Bihon for lunch and the nutrition info on line varies so much or measures portions in gram.  My sister is hot on chia seeds, so I got some of those.
They got stuck in my dishrag and a few sprouted a several days later.  I was sad to see that a Liliha Bakery coco puff has 255 cal, but I decided to just budget goodies in, instead of obsessing about them.  In life there be coco puffs, and sometimes it's better to just go with the flow.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Food and Fiascos

From Urban Dictionary:

Bubble brain:  A person with a brain as empty as a bubble. Both girls and guys can be bubble brains, but it often refers to a girl. A bubble brain may not remember what you say minutes after you have spoken. If she is thinking at all she is thinking about herself
Senior moment:  A lapse of memory, logic or mental function which is atypical or unusual. The individual suffering the event, may not necessarily be advanced in age, although senior citizens are more likely to experience an occurrence.

Sheila at Journey Wheel sent me an email declaring herself a bubble brain and Blogless Sandy and I can really relate.  Now at our age, though, I believe this is actually called a senior moment.  I kind of like bubble brain better as it connotes youth and this aging thing is for the birds.  

1.  Concentrating on patterns and following instructions.  Case in point.
Crochet African Flower Hexagon.  Ravelry has a couple tutorials, Heidi Bears and Barbara Langer. (one makes a hexagon and the other makes a square.  Craft passion has a cute little purse made out of them here.  Making these motifs is quite fun and addicting and making use of my Plymouth Jeannee stash.  

Hello!  I made row 4 a different color when is should be the same as row 3.  Now what.  Do I continue along or change make them "correctly".

2.  Calendar fiascos:  not checking the calendar, not putting events on the calendar, not getting the date or day of the week correctly.  Concentrating really hard helps these things...well usually it does.  I missed my first quilting meeting yesterday :(

Well enough about that.  

I'm very sad to say my lichen dyeing experiment was a flop.  I ended up with smelly yarn the color of a dirty sheep.  If I can get the smell out, I'll over-dye with some other type of dye. 

I did learn some things with my acid dye attempt.  

I started with some Rambouillet Natural Roving from Certified Cute Etsy Store. I used acid dyes Oxblood, purple and alpine blue that Blogless Melody had left me from her silk scarf dyeing class.  I picked colors I liked and and envisioned them blending together.  Didn't happen.  Next time, I will dilute the colors more.  Also, just because I like certain colors, doesn't mean they will make a yarn I can knit something wearable with.  Perhaps I can make socks with this yarn.  Or perhaps I can over-dye it a bit.  Dunno yet.  I'm just happy the fiber did not felt in the process and it was a joy to spin. 

Sistah Rita was in town and we had yummy ramen at Lucky Belly, the new trendy ramen place in Chnatown. The menu is small.  We had a lovely beet salad.  Instead of just piling the beets on the micro greens with the goat cheese, they layered the beets with the goat cheese and cut the layers into rectangles and sprinkled candied pumpkin and sesame seeds on top.  These were the bomb!  The staff was very friendly and attentive, too.  The ramen is quite nicely presented and very tasty.  No mabo tofu ramen on the menu for the Landcaster, though.

We stopped at Daijingo Shrine, left a donation,  and picked up a traffic omamori.  
Her son rolled his car and walked out with just a some stitches on his head.  He had one of these in his car.  With the traffic what it is here in Honolulu, only no. 2 behind LA, it can't hurt.  Every little bit helps a bubble brain.

Blogless DiveDoctor had a birthday, so we took her to 3660 On the Rise.   The meal servings are huge, and we just had enough room to taste desert.  I hate when that happens.