Saturday, June 21, 2008

World Wide Knit in Public Day

Originally uploaded by ssplam
I organized (really just made sure the park was open and made a few giveaways) a World Wide Knit in Public Day in Fremont Park for my Sunday morning knitting group. We invited Ravelry members from our area and one of my group invited the Sacramento Knitting Guild. It turned out that we had about 15 women present.

Couple of people stopped in to visit, the guy you see in the picture was (I believe) Jason. He chatted with us for a while and helped Cindy to win 2nd place in a sock/photo scavenger hunt.

A lovely Russian lady stopped by to visit and also helped Cindy in her contest.

We also received applause from another person walking by. It was a fun morning that lasted from 9:30 am to well past morning at 3pm.

Look forward to trying again next year.

Flying Spaghetti Monster

Originally uploaded by ssplam
I finished him and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.

My inspiration is from a Flickr Friend's (Pockafwe) creation of the same thing. Slightly different yarns but simple to work.

Pipe-cleaners hold up the eye and the waving appendage, the rest of it is i-cord in a feltable wool, and a free-form meatballs made out of a fabulous boucle yarn.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Rainbow Sock

I finally made it through this pattern one complete time.
I really like the sock. I used the designers suggested yarn (and colorway), however I had to add quite a few stitches to make it big enough.

I am really looking forward to these being finished, worked really hard on them and I really want to wear them.


For some nicer things, and craftier things.

Been working on what is called CBE projects. This means "Character Building Exercises" and is a crafting challenge to use stash materials for assigned projects.

I've completed 3 so far.
CBE # 1 - Double Flower Cloth
A beautiful round dishcloth that I found worked up fairly quickly, and I really enjoyed it. Pattern here

CBE #2 is a scarf.
This is not a pattern I would have chosen for myself, but it did work up quickly and it was surprisingly comfortable. Nonetheless it has been gifted to a co-worker who expressed an interest in having such a thing for herself. Pattern here:

CBE #3 - simple sock
Again something I probably would not have chosen for myself (or even found I venture). But being worked in worsted weight yarn it moves pretty quickly, just a couple hours and the first one is finished. Haven't yet cast on the second sock, but will do that once I finish my Rainbow Sock pair. They are soft and mostly comfortable, not too keen on the heel. My changes to the pattern however, removed 2 stitches and used size 8 needles. 2 less stitches made for an easy 2/2 ribbing and the larger needles seemed to make the sizing right. I'm finding that "women's sock" in many patterns is not for big foot chicks like me. Pattern here: