Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Making stuff and making myself do stuff

Well, I was carping about low traffic on one of my blogs (the art blog) over on Knittyboard, and I got some positive feedback and advice that had not occurred to me before, and I realized that I post things about crft elsewhere without updating here. SO I'm updating here. I'll try to keep to an "every Wednesday or more often" schedule.

Now to the making stuff part - actually unmaking stuff. I have these two sweaters that I got from the "unsellable to due to defects" box at our church rummage, and I've been frogging them. I have several balls of lovely laceweight soft tan yarn (hmm, a lace shawl for me?) and several balls of a rich, warm coffee brown almost sock weight.

Last night I skeined up two balls of the tan laceweight, and washed it in HOTHOT water (the damage was moth holes), and it's relaxed into a lovely smooth yarn with a little bit of spring in it. Once it dries, I'm balling it up to get started on that shawl for me.

No idea what I'll make with the coffee-color yarn, but the wee bit I test washed already has a nice soft hand.

What got me started on finally frogging and recycling the sweaters (I've had them for over a year now) was sucking it up and rescuing the formerly lovely skein of cobweb weight chocolate brown romney handspun singles (mine, too, which makes what follows so much worse) that my dog ate. I untangled it, wound it into three small balls (she CHEWED the skein, how could she? Well, she's a DOG, and I should have locked my stash in a safe), and took another small skein of cobweb weight singles (this was a lovely purple, which I'd dyed myself ages ago), balled it up, and plied them up together into a nice sock weight 3-ply.

Not enough for a sock, of course, because they were sample skeins I'd done, but enough for an earband or something like that. Maybe I can pair it with the coffee-colored recycled yarn for something bigger...


  1. This is a really neat blog--the post on threadwrapping is SO useful--I've already rescued a cracked kitchen knife (bread knife) with your neat trick.

    I see you are complaining about low comment-ship. I hope you will not take it wrong, but it might be that some readers (like me!) have a hard time reading white print on a colored background. When you add the dark closeup of knitting swirling behind, your blog becomes almost unreadable.

  2. I fixed the text color issue. Hope it helps!

  3. Hats off to you for making a baby sweater out of sock yarn. I am on a worsted-super bulky bender lately, thinking that will help me complete a project. (Still doubtful)

    Anyway, thanks for playing! Here are your five questions:

    1. What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?

    2. What one thing would you make illegal if you had that power?

    3. What one thing would you never buy in a dollar store, no matter how much of a bargain it was?

    4. What is your dream job?

    5. What is your least favorite household chore?

    Want to play? Here’s the scoop:
    1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
    2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
    3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
    4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
    5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.


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