Sunday, April 30, 2006

Mindless knitting

Hey look, a blog post!

So after the Great Apartment Flooding of 2006 (hopefully the only one!) I started going through my things and dispairing of just how much CRAP I have. I had an excuse to throw a lot of it away due to flood damage, but some of the things that are left, that I don't really want but can't really bear to get rid of, are still hanging around.

Which brings me to the yarn stash. It's not really a ton of yarn compared to some stashes, but it's stressing me out. I love all my yarn, really I do, but there's a lot of stuff that I know I'll never knit. I keep telling myself that I'll put it up on eBay someday, but I just never get around to it. Which brings me to the Mission Falls Cotton. I bought a bunch of it when I first found out it was being discontinued, because it looked so fun to work with and came in such delightful colours. I didn't know just what I was going to make, just something. Then I found out that hey, Mission Falls is back!, and I felt like a bit of a jerk for jumping the gun that way (BTW, have you seen the "new" Mission Falls cotton? Does it feel....harder and twinier to you?). So I had to knit up what I had, ASAP. And hence the birth of the Mindless Mission Falls Log Cabin Blanket (log cabin tutorial courtesy of the fun new book from Mason-Dixon Knitting). It is VERY mindless knitting (great for long car trips and watching tv!), yet very fun at the same time. And the yarn did indeed live up to its promise.

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I have a couple more edges to do before I run out of yarn, and I'll probably do a border using the red yarn in the central square.

Who/what is the blanket for? I have no idea. I just like looking at it and petting it. Maybe just a lap blanket. Or maybe I'll have a nice surface to decorate with it someday when I have actual furniture. =)

Here is a gratuitous sock shot. Remember those socks I was knitting at Christmas, out of the Lorna's Laces?

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

You know you're a knitter when....

....your apartment starts flooding and the first thing you throw on the bed, after your tote bag and laptop, is your yarn stash.

Yes, that's right, my apartment got flooded on Friday night! Something on the toilet in the apartment upstairs flew off, and water started gushing everywhere, and ended up flooding our entire apartment with at least an inch of gross brownish water. I'm happy to report that nothing too valuable was harmed, some shoes, books and papers, in addition to all the area rugs, and that all the yarn was saved. Our ceiling is quite a piece of work right now though, and I'm not sure how the living situation is going to turn out, but at least the important things are safe and sound. =)