MIT Stitch & Bitch

Friday, January 27, 2006

MIT's Knitting Olympics Relay Team

Here's the tentative roster for the relay event in the Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics:

Jess, Fearless Leader and co-anchor: 2-4 squares (confirmed)
Crystal: 2-3 squares (confirmed)
Paula: 3 squares (confirmed)
Gurukarm: 1 square (confirmed)
Claudia: 3 squares (confirmed)
Susan: 3 squares (confirmed)
Katie: 1 square (confirmed)
Danielle, Anchor: blanket borders (confirmed)

We are definitely interested in taking in more members, so if you want to join the team, send me (Jess) the questionnaire I sent out to the group list.

The project: a blanket for the Afghans for Afghans project

Go Team MIT!

and Rhonda's KnitPicks order for her entry came in today ... swatching begins ...

UPDATE 5:09pm: Um, favor, guys? If you edit my post, please sign the part you added. I don't mind Rhonda's information being added to my post, but I don't like having something with my name on it changed and still attributed to me.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

olympic team buttons!

come and get 'em while they're HOT.

i tried to make them sexy and nerdy at the same time. killer combination.

Knitting Olympics Buttons

If you're interested in grabbing a button for the Boston Knitting Olympics Team, go to Obsession Du Jour to download one. If you're interested in the project team buttons, check out JenLa's.

With everything on my plate right now, I'm desperately trying not to get pulled into this insanity, but it's hard. But I'm a great cheerleader, so I'll be jumping around and screaming on the sidelines. See -- look at the cool cheerleader button I got from JenLa's:

(doesn't the MIT team need a button? someone ... anyone ...?)

Joining The Knitting Olympics ...

There are at least two of us right now that have decided to enter
The Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics.

Jessica is trying to decide which project to do and needs your vote.

Rhonda (that's me) has thought about how challenging this should be and since I have already ordered the yarn for the
"Andean Treasure Sampler Vest"
from KnitPicks (it's on it's way in the mail) ... guess I'm going for the Olympics! I've never done fair isle knitting before and I think that's what this is. Right? Well I've certainly never work with so many colors in knitting before. So I'll give it a try.

If there are others in our MIT knitting group, just add yourself to this page.
Let's all get in on the event!

Mr. Furry Forearms

What would you do if you had 48 skeins of Lion Brand Fun Fur laying around? Why, knit your own bearskin rug, of course!!

Also, would someone please advise Mr. Metrosexual that if he is going to wax his chest, he should suck it up and hit the forearms too??

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Hats on girls!

Gave my grand daughter the knit hat I made for her and it went over really well. I do think she'll be wearing it with all the compliments she got. And I think the scarves were a big hit also. Aren't these guys cute?

THEN..... I finished my FIRST felt project ....... a hat for myself!
So easy, I'll be making more I bet and I'm already making plans ....

Pictures before & after felting .....

Next felted project? I think I'll make a bag.

Knit on girls & guys!!


If I may toot my own horn, I've just posted my first (successful) pattern.

This is for a steamed bun cat toy (inspired by Feline Dim Sum in the Spring 03 issue of Knitty)

A very big thanks to Christine for test knitting!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

We don't like your stinkin' hat!

Originally uploaded by stacy's plate.
Sam isn't too pleased with the hat I knit for him. It's actually a little too small.

Dad looks really tired...

Monday, January 09, 2006

handspun llama!

i always knew growing up that georgi otis, a lady i knew from church from back home, owned some sheep and llamas, but that didn't quite register as much as it does now as a knitter! i got back in touch with her (her kids are about my generation, out of school and working / marrying / the like), and she excitedly sent me a bunch of her handspun sheep wool and llama. she doesn't knit, though she just got a loom off ebay (ha!) and i promised to whip up some things to show off her yarn potential!

in a package from last week she sent some chunky (think size 13/15 needles) gray/black finn/shetland wool, and worsted llama in plain camel- llama-colored and also a chocolate brown striped yarn. all of it is hand-dyed, and the natural colors are super! i also like her 'novice' spinning since it makes it nicely thick-thin and textured. and look at her card! she is truly a llama mama.

here are pictures of her sheep (almost too cute):

so i did an earflapped hat (pattern on in the beige llama and trimmed with the brown (moliné?). size 7 needles, in the round, and kind of whimsical fluffs here and there.

i'm sending it out in the mail to her today, though for the curious, the llama is very soft, probably between the texture of wool and alpaca. i imagine it is as warm as alpaca (in terms of warmth versus thickness) and i love how it smells, the natural oils in the fiber. all of the yarn smelled so nice -- no vinegary dyes, of course, but very clean. you can almost smell the smiling animals!

an interesting tidbit: the yarn is from an llama 'no longer with us.' interesting to muse upon that when you are knitting it into an object that may last much longer, and loved.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Another Knitted Gift...

In one week I'll be seeing a grand daughter I haven't seen in over 6 years. She's a beautiful 14 year old now and I wanted to make something especially for her. I had to make it quick tho because I had so much going on and I had (only) 2 weeks to make it in.

I can't wait to see her, but of course I was undecided on what she might like. I settled on a scarf ... made it a little on the wild-funky side and thought, "What if she doesn't like wild & funky?"

So I made a conservative scarf ... to go with a black leather coat I saw her wearing in a picture. THEN I had more time to make something else. Why not a hat to go with the conservative scarf? Finished it yesterday. Maybe the hat's a little on the CUTE side rather than conservative ... pushing toward the funky, but I liked it so much I had to make it anyway.

Well it remains to be seen if she likes any of them or will even wear them.
I can only hope so, huh?! What do you think?

Love & kisses to Catelyn (just in case she sees this)