Yay! I finished it! I actually finished it two Fridays ago. I soaked it Friday night and put it on blocking wires Saturday. Sunday, after it was dry, I steamed the begiebies out of it.
This is the second one of these I’ve made and it really isn’t rectangularly shaped when it is done. You knit from one corner to the opposite corner (in this case from one purple corner to the other) and then block the hell out of it to make it a rectangle. I keep forgetting to take a finished, pre-blocked picture. It still isn’t completely a rectangle, but it is much closer.
I need to take a picture of me wearing it, but it is currently summer in New Mexico and this is 100% wool.
The ravelry.com page for this project is: http://ravel.me/scitchet/zbe9k
I love Laurel Hill’s knitting needles. I’ve gotten a bunch of gorgeous strait needles from their awesome clearance sales.
They seem to be more into crochet hooks than knitting needles. Evidence, they are starting drawings for free crochet hooks! There are even free SETS of crochet hooks.
Click through the image to go to their page and read all about it (and sign up).
These mittens on eBay are awesome! They came up in one of my automatic searches because they are made with Kauni wool (I LOVE Kauni). Click through the picture for the listing. There is also a link to the ravelry pattern if you want to make them yourself.
The tree house!
The base was finished the weekend before last. We did finishing touches this weekend. There is a trap door, and a pulley system for a beer bucket.
There are “floating joints” for the main supports where they attach to the tree. Ideally, you want to put all of your supports on one giant branch, but the branches big enough were not well positioned. The floating joints allow the tree house to move with the tree when the wind blows.
My husband thoughtfully used me as a measuring tool to make the foothold placements. The near foot difference between our heights makes a big difference when climbing the tree. Rock climbing was always fun. Neither of us could help out the other very much.
We have also put up a “safety” rope. It isn’t an up-to-code safety rail, but it helps me visualize where the end of the platform is (I was having some trouble with that when standing), and it is an extra hand hold if one of us does something stupid. Craig even almost fell out of the tree when putting it up. ;-) He has some wicked bruises.
We also grabbed some patio chair cushions and tied them to convenient branches. The tree house is up above the houses, so it gets an awesome breeze. It is exceptionally comfortable.
We put up some cool solar lanterns that flicker all candle-like too.
This past Sunday evening we lounged up there with beer and comic books for an hour. It was awesome. Had a storm not moved in, we would have stayed up there longer.
Oh, and the wifi reaches out there. It isn’t the best signal ever…
OH MY GOD I JUST GOT A BOX OF YARN AND FIBER AND TWO SPINDLES FROM scitchet
She is amazing. She is my favorite. (Sorry everyone else, but sending me fiber is like giving someone who likes taking recreational drugs free drugs. (My similes and metaphors need work. I’m too happy to bother.)
I AM SO HAPPY!
IT’S SO FLUFFY I’M GONNA DIE!
Scitchet, I love you forever! <3 <3 <3
I want to roll around in pretty yarn now.
I wish I had taken a picture of everything I jammed into that box. But I basically just had a big pile and put the stuff you needed at the bottom and then just shoved stuff in until I couldn’t fit any more. :-D
Also, I’ve been updating the tracking every 15 minutes this morning. ‘Cuz I’m pretty sure that my role in life is to be a fiber enabler and I wanted to enable the shit out of you. And it needed to GET THERE!
Uh, so, good luck with that mess of yarn everywhere that I just added to. ;-)
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This is in line with so many of my interests. Also, this would be amazing in a kid’s room. Throw some glow in the dark stars on the ceiling, this rug on the floor, and suddenly we don’t have to worry about monsters in the dark.
I would love to do knitted bags of all types and varieties, but I know as soon as I got to the add fabric and zipper part, I would set it aside and never finish. I really need a sewing friend who wants knitted stuff (or embroidery, I like embroidery) but doesn’t like knitting very much, and we could just swap stuff like once a month and put in orders with each other.
This is a super awesome bag though. It gives me ideas about journal covers and book covers.
Via Geek Girl Fibers
My email seems to be filled with cool embroidery this week. :-D I’m definitely not complaining. This Dandelion Puff is super cute. There is a pattern and everything, just click through the image. You will need some knowledge of embroidery stitches or a good reference.
Work in progress …the new improved meaner looking Dragon yarn bowl by popular demand …more teeth..more head spines…better gripping claws…and dangerous facial attitude.
I’m just going to continue to state that following earthwoolfire on Tumblr is seriously dangerous to my bank account. I definitely can’t stop though. EVERYTHING is amazing!
jabberwockypie seems to prompt a lot of my posts at the moment. :-D
She was asking about a pattern for toe-up socks and I thought, Andersson Heel! ‘Cuz seriously, it is the only way I knit them now. The great part of the Andersson Heel for me is that it is a recipe, not a pattern. You can put in any stitch pattern you want, use any yarn you want, any gauge you want, and still make awesome socks. I have a pair of socks I’m knitting this way right now that are a two-color stranded rib.
If math and/or making stuff up as you go aren’t in your comfort zone, I suggest that you start here. Yarmando does a great job of charting everything out and puts in a TON of description that the Knitman doesn’t include in his instructions. He also has sock patterns for sale and other cool stuff on his webpage.
There are two versions of the Knitman’s Andersson Heel: The original and the reloaded version. Hopefully, between Yarmando’s version and the Knitman’s versions, something will make sense to you. Everyone has different ways of processing information and they are VERY different.
If anyone runs into trouble, I knit socks like this all of the time and I am trained in differentiated instruction and multiple learning modes, so hopefully I can help you figure it out, just send me a message.
This is a nice tutorial about pistil stitch (click through picture).
My FIRST thought was, “That needs some LEDs.” I have several soft circuit projects sitting around in various stages of done-ness. I think that I need to finish up a few so I can make fireworks with pistil stitch and LEDs.
This is awesome! Look at all of that beautiful lace!
Via Flint & Pyrite
Tree house progress! Okay, so not that much. At the moment it is mostly just some strategically placed scrap wood to make standing up there and working more manageable and the two main support boards.
You’ll notice the sliding joins for when the wind blows.
At the moment there is a little bit of rubbing and creaking when the wind blows, but everything seems to be working the way it is supposed to.
Also, I am not doing all that much work on the tree house, I’m mostly just assisting at tricky bits ‘cuz I have ladder issues and there isn’t that much room up there right now. However, I will be using the tree house.