LATE BREAKING NEWS! PICS NOW WORK! YAAAY DH!
We'll start with the pretty:
I realied that the butterfly wings pattern uses what we call five ply or maybe even 8 ply yarn, so I searched around for a wool blend (I don't have 5 or 8 ply tightly spun wool and worry that what I do have would felt and or pill and self-destruct quickly) and only came up with a 50 wool:50 acrylic that I could dye up. Ooops, forgot to get the yarn out of the dyepot. It's been in there since yesterday. I did turn the power off though. I'm not going to ruin more yarn by forgetting to turn the crock pot off, and then burn the house down....
Now for another rant. Not that long ago, I set up a knitting project for a person who will remain nameless. I managed to recruit a number of knitbloggers to help make the project. Two lovely ladies in LA took on the job of finishing the project and making sure it got delivered just before New Year.
Have any of us heard about it? Has anyone received thanks? I've had a few emails from the participants wondering what has happened. I don't know either, cos I can't exactly rock around to the person's place since I live in Australia and they live 15 hours away by plane. (Plus I am danged if I will give up my fingerprint until I really have to, soon to be retinal print as well, and I object to being treated like an enemy alien considering the amount of brown-nosing our govt does to the govt in question.)
So I am a bit ticked off (as used by my family, cos saying pissed off was enough to get your backside belted and a spell in your bedroom in my family home) with the whole deal. Lots of people made a lot of effort and got rewarded with a big fat NOTHING! No thanks, no I appreciate the effort you went to or anything!
Good things to come out of it? I got to meet a few new people (sorry if I am not keeping up with your blogs - it's been hectic here and I've been somewhat busy), and I discovered some nifty ways of blending colours to make knitting change from one colour to another.
To all those people who have started commenting on my blog, thanks! Nice to meet you :-) There are so many of you out there now that it is hard to keep up! I am going to cull some of my bookmarks and elevate others, and change my list of links too cos I am really enjoying some blogs that are new to me this year. I should also use bloglines more often, but setting up a hundred blogs on it is soooooo time consuming! (Then again, it is like the story of the man who is so busy he can't stop to sharpen his axe - is spending two hours setting up bloglines better than just randomly choosing a blog to visit and finding it hasn't been updated for days?)
I've stalled on the lurid uglee socks as I suddenly realised that Valentine's Day is coming up and I need to knit up DH's Valentine's socks - some Opal Prisma F1197 in orange with white stripes dotted with black. And then it will be time for the Knitting Olympics! (BTW, I've put the buttons on the side bar now or will quite shortly so you can find them and download them to your own server)
Here's what Martina's sock yarn paradise has to say about Prisma: New Wool, 25% of polyamide, 425-m run length, washing machines-firmly, 40 degrees fervently washably, softy and absorbent, does not guarantee frisking, extremely fertilely, not wearing, sympathetically to skin, durably, 100 gs of ball.
I am a bit worried about the "does not guarantee frisking" and a LOT worried about the "extremely fertiley." Ah the wonders of a babel-fish type translator! I also love the way half the page is in German - must learn to read German sometime.
I took the pic this morning (Friday) after I sat at the dr for half an hour waiting - I did 10 rounds in the waiting room.
This is sooo much easier to knit than the lace sock. It is now almost ready for the heel shaping. I am starting to think maybe I like doing fairly plain socks cos they are quick and easy.
Finally, today's date, 3.2.06, is special - 3 X 2 is 6!