So I got an iPhone and holy cow, this thing is MAGIC. I had no idea how much one little device could do. The apps alone have kept me fascinated for the 10 days since I got the phone. I can blow up balloon animals! I can count my knitting rows! I can train to do 100 push ups! I can listen to NPR live! Fabulous. And now I can also blog from my phone ( thank you, free WordPress app). It may or may not result in more blogging, but at least I have fewer things standing in my way.
Gotta run (literally…trying to exercise more) but I will leave you with a photo of a current WIP.
We had a “cold snap” today…dropped all the way to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Warrants some ginormous cabled mittens, don’t you think?
Pattern = Bella’s Mittens from Subliminal Rabbit Free pattern! I love the internets.
Yarn = Horstia Mogador (discontinued). Frogged from this failed Marilyn Sweater.
Needles = US 8 KnitPicks circulars, using Magic Loop
A few modifications made to adjust for my big hands, but otherwise the pattern is perfect as is. More deets on the mods in a later post…
Well Howdy! I realize most people who have been away from their blogs for as long as I have would begin with profuse apologies and excuses. I’ve done that myself in the past, after unplanned absences. But today, no apologies and no excuses. I’m just posting today. So that’s it.
Most of the time that has not been spent blogging has been spent at Flickr. The 365 days project continues, albeit with many fits and starts. Today’s photo features a recently finished knit of which I am quite proud. Thought it would make sense to share it here as well. It’s also a good opportunity to test out the “Blog This” feature on Flickr, which zaps a photo to my blog (hopefully) and adds in this text. Let’s see how it goes.
Pattern: Hermione Hat (Ravelry link) by atypically.knit, although I used the pattern in my copy of Charmed Knits
Yarn: Cascase 220 Heathers in a dark blue (for Ravenclaw!)
Needles: US 7 32″ Knit Picks options circulars using Magic Loop
Modifications: Used Ysolda’s tubular cast on instead of a regular long tail cast on. The pattern is written perfectly so there was nothing else to change!
This hat is my first experience with making bobbles, which thrills me to no end as I heard somewhere that bobbles cannot be made by machine and are therefore the true mark of a hand knit item. Is that true? Gosh I hope so, because otherwise there would be a bit less thrill.
I have been spending an inordinate amount of my limited creative time playing on Flickr. There are so many sources of entertainment, inspiration, introspection, and creative exploration available here.
The 365 Days project is a great way to force myself to take a pause and enjoy each day for what it is. Life is so busy busy busy that I feel like I sometimes can’t distinguish one day from another. Most days are quite ordinary, but ordinary does not have to be meaningless. This week was a good one to start on this project as Mr. Hipp has been out of town (returning today! yay!) and I’ve had a lot of time to myself. There are may 365 Days groups on Flickr. I chose to join the one for knitterly and crafty types because it has (relatively) few members and – duh – is crafty.
The Game is something I saw on my buddy Monique’s blog. The Flickr search is such a mystery…you never know what will pop up.
1. Untitled, 2. First find the Heart, then eat!!!, 3. Luz Bonita *by 15 year old student Colochon*, 4. llibreria – bookstore – Amsterdam, 5. Glen Hansard, 6. return for refund., 7. Follow the red line, 8. more than just little chocolate eggs, 9. Are You Fulfilled?, 10. Nearly 5 years of marriage and still in love!, 11. 013-365 | Distracted, 12. 372
Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.
Try The Game for yourself!
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker).
1. What is your first name? That’s a secret…can you figure it out from the photo?
2. What is your favorite food? Avocado
3. What high school did you go to? Bonita High School
4. What is your favorite color? Blue
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Glen Hansard
6. Favorite drink? Coke
7. Dream vacation? Rome
8. Favorite dessert? Cadbury Mini Eggs
9. What you want to be when you grow up? Fulfilled
10. What do you love most in life? Mr. Hipp
11. One Word to describe you. Distracted
12. Your flickr name. Mrs. Hipp
Happy crafting, all.
Thanks, Mom and lekkercraft, for your votes of confidence on the Oddments Scarf. I’ve continued to knit on it, despite my horror at how it started. The point is to use up those odd ends of old skeins so the end result is less relevant (…she tells herself somewhat unconvincingly). I’ll send it to my mom and she can wear it while walking the dogs and use it to wipe the mud off their paws or whatever — because there is NO way this thing can look worse.
Although, after an afternoon of baseball and a big ol’ cup of beer, the ugly scarf was starting to look pretty good.
That’s me at a Rancho Cucamonga Quakes game this weekend. Minor league baseball is GREAT for knitting. We even got to see two major leaguers from the Angels who were coming off the disabled list. Pretty cool. More photos from the game are at my Flickr site.
Hmmm, ugly knitted project + alcohol = a pretty scarf. It’s the beer goggle effect, but without the morning-after shame and STD worries.
In other crafting news, this Mod Podge frame for my brother and sister-in-law got tagged as a Mod Podge Project of the Week! Super exciting!
You ugly! (Hup hup!) You ugly!
The Oddments Scarf is not turning out the way I had hoped. Where is the Bohemian flavor? Where is the rusticity? Where is the beauty?
It sure as heck isn’t here. I think I made the color repeats too long while winding my oddball, so I got fat stripes instead of whimsical flashes of color and texture (oh, I was so optimistic!). It looks like a failed tribute to the girls’ apartment in “Too Close for Comfort”. I hate how the garter stitch shows of the color changes so dramatically – smack in the middle of a row too.
This project is making me nauseated…I think I am going to be sick…
(Pssst…Welcome to the new home of my crafting blog! I’m pretty excited. There is still some tidying and unpacking to do, but I’m pretty much moved in. Isn’t moving fun?)
Back in the early days of my knitting life, Michael’s craft store was THE place to get yarn. I collected balls of Lion Brand Wool Ease (Ravelry link) in just about every color available, usually without a specific project in mind. So I still have some of the OG* balls of Wool Ease lying around the house. Added to the Wool Ease are thrift store balls of unknown vintage, origin, and content. Can you tell I really wasn’t picky when I started knitting?
These loyal balls of yarn moved with me from Everett, Washington, where I first learned to knit, to Southern California at my mom’s house for a few summer months, to New Orleans for grad school, back to Southern California for Mr. Hipp’s grad school, and finally into our snug little condo. They have been waiting patiently all these years, sometimes pulled out to provide bits of color for a project here and there, but never completely disappearing.
Their time has come. It is time to unify these oddments into something useful, perhaps even gift-able. Enter the odd ball stole pattern and article of encouragement from Knitty. My mother-in-law told me about seeing – and admiring – a scarf like this on a friend a few years ago. It didn’t really click how it should/could/would be done until I saw this article. So now I have a ginormous ball of yarn, soon to be a ginormous (but hopefully pretty) scarf.
But there is still so much yarn left! Ack!
* You know how I roll.