Sunday, December 28, 2008

To rip or not to rip

Rainbow Thunder

To rip, or not to rip, that is the question;
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The mismatched seams and poor finishing of outrageous knitwear,
Or to take arms against a sea of clashing colors and poor yarn choices,
And by opposing, end them. To rip, to frog;
No more; and by rip to say we end
The heart-ache of the thousand dropped stitches
That slippery acrylic is heir to — 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To rip, to frog;
To frog, to rip! Perchance to cast on again.

So, finish or frog? That is my plan this afternoon
to lay out the blanket and determine the next steps
A red border I need to call it finished.
A Babies-R-Us gift just as well?
All that garter stitch? To die! To die!
A million ends to weave in, a bad choice.
What if it pills? What if it bleeds?
I ran out of yarn. The dye lot doesn't match.
A great idea at the time, the time has come for a new idea.
Again I ask, a cash gift just as well?

[I have clippings of all the yarns soaking right now to make sure they don't bleed together. I probably should have done that before I ever cast on. I recognize this is fully a case of knitter's nerves. You know knitter's nerves, right? It is that sinking sense of dread you get right before finishing a big project that you've poured a lot of time and resources in to. It is similar to that sense of dread right before you put a finished garment in to water the first time. Will it be absolutely fine or will you discover that you devoted a month of your life to making something headed to the dumpster? It's nerves, pure and simple.]

[Update: I have been soaking the clippings in hot water and Dawn for hours now. I shook the jar they are in vigorously. No bleeding and no pilling. w00t! This is definitely just knitter knerves. I've started the border and onward we go! Remind me again what I was worried about?]

Speaking of

This post is picture heavy. I apologize to dial up users.

In no particular order:

  • I dyed a few colors of a thick and thin wool base up for two friends. One was a color called Elmo in royal blue and purple, which I failed to get a picture of. The other is called Mardi Gras Mambo. This base yarn is fairly inexpensive as far as base yarns go. It is a soft spun single plied with a thinner wool. The wool is just regular old wool. It seems sturdier and less prone to haloing than other softer wools, such as single spun merinos and BFLs. and I wasn't planning on introducing it as a permanent line, but the final product turned out so nicely that I think I might dye a few more up later in the year and call the line Rufus. Maybe. I gave Mardi Gras Mambo to Deborah for her birthday and in no time flat she had made the bag below. The color of the pictures are a little off. I'm not sure how to fix them. I have always had trouble getting good pictures of these particular colors. Aside from the colors, doesn't this bag look great?

  • Speaking of weird colors in pictures, Cindy mentioned yesterday that the pictures of my yarns on my blog don't do the colors justice. I confess I have had a terrible time getting good pictures since daylight savings. The winter light just has a different quality that makes good pictures difficult. Luckily, I received a new light tent for Christmas. As soon as I have the lighting set up my yarn pictures should start looking much more professional. Woohoo! No more waiting for the sun to be just right, no more setting up every light I own and hopefully less monkeying with Photoshop.
  • Speaking of Deborah, she bought the yarn and I crocheted this Ann scarf. I love the way it looks, but the yarn was a knot-filled pain in the neck. Luckily the yarn spliced easily and the scarf turned out well.
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  • Speaking of friends, the shop has been hopping with a steady stream of knit blog friends this week. It has been so nice seeing seeing everyone. I only wish I had more time at work to sit with a cup of coffee and catch up with old friends. Of course, if I were sitting and catching up with old friends then it would hardly be work.
  • Last winter I discovered several soap makers on etsy and promptly developed a handmade soap habit. For the most part the essential oil soaps are gentle, nourishing, smell better and clean better than harsh commercial bars. Artisan soaps are also more winter friendly than my summer standard, Dr. Bronner's All-in-One. Unfortunately, they are also more expensive. So when I received a Whole Foods gift certificate last week I promptly went on a soap bender. Kitty thinks they smell good, too.
I went on a soap bender this morningCurious Cat iz curiousCurious Cat smells sniffiesCurious Cat iz in ur face
  • Speaking of work and being professional, I have well and truly messed up my website. I clearly do not know what I am doing. I can't figure out where it is hosted or what I need to do. I signed up for a quick and dirty web site builder and can barely figure out what I'm doing. This is not my forte. I can bold and italicize with the best of them, but give me an html or drag-n-drop template and I am lost. LOST, I tell you. HTML for Morons won't be of any help because truly I don't even know where my website IS. What I need is someone who can speak fluent godaddydotcom to help me out. Where do you find such a person?
  • We are supposed to be at our in-laws Christmas gathering this afternoon. Unfortunately Scott has an awful cold and has been in bed all day. I'm not feeling that great myself. The weird weather has really wreaked havoc with everyone. Blargh. This calls for a day of hot tea and Buffy watching. Or maybe a nap first.