Saturday, November 12, 2005

The Knitting Confessional

All those stupid reality shows have a confessional of some sort. You know, a place where the pathetic participants can go and share how they hate Cindy's hair or the fact that Bobby just doesn't seem to pull his weight on the team. I think a knitting confessional is a good idea. All of us have dirty little knitting secrets. I think you all know what I'm talking about: maybe stretching the truth on the fiber content of your yarn, not bothering to correct a mistake but just forging ahead and telling everyone that "it's supposed to be a little lumpy." Here's my knitting secret: I am the World's Worst Knitter. Seriously. I'm not fishing for compliments. I really do suck at knitting. Like Salieri was to Mozart, so is my mediocrity in knitting to those around me. That's why my blog carries the title it does. (Just puzzle it out. If you don't get it, email me and I'll help out.)

Being the World's Worst Knitter is tough. It leads to lack of confidence in one's knitting skills and, most notably, the complete unwillingness to post a photo of a knitted garment on one's blog. So we have the second part of my confession: I just don't want anyone to see how badly I knit! I love knitting, but it doesn't love me back with the passion I'd like. That being said and this being my confessional, my act of contrition is to post some pictures of what I've knit.

Exhibit A: The start of Clapotis
I have never knit Clapotis before. In the world of knit/bloggers, it seems to be all the rage and, for the first time in my life I decided to follow fashion. (It's also one of the coolest scarves I've ever seen.) The pattern scared the hell out of me. As the Emperor said: "Too many notes," or in this case, too many abbreviations. (Lots of Amadeus references tonight.) For the life of me, I did the pfb wrong no less than 5 times. I frogged and knit 5 times. Hey, I may suck at this, but I'm tenacious with a capitol T. This is the Brooks Farm Yarn I picked up last weekend and I'm very happy the colors. I think it's going to be just beautiful once it's finished. For the record: those are not my hairy arms. I swear.

Exhibit B: My first sock.
I can't say that I knit a pair of socks because I haven't. Just this one lonely little sock. It's really more of a footie because the leg is pretty short. I knit this for Boogie months ago fully intending to knit it's mate. We all know what they say about the road the Hell? Right? Right? Knitting this sock was pretty tough. You can imagine what knitting on dpns does to the World's Worst Knitter. Talk about trauma! I had pretty much decided that I could live with having only one little sock until tonight when Boogie let me take this picture:

If that sock isn't the cutest little thing on the the cutest little baby leg, I just don't know what is. It positively screams for it's mate! I just have to knit it before Boogie's feet get any bigger.
Fortunately for me, I have plenty of sock yarn, (leftover from when I seriously believed I would become a sock knitter) and I'm willing to jump back on this wild sock horse so that my kid has cute feet. Isn't that the best reason in the world to knit a sock? I mean socks. Plural...'cause there should be a pair of them.

Exhibit C: A hat.
I mentioned this hat a couple of posts back and included a horrible scanned picture that came with the pattern. This hat was knitted with the wrong type yarn for that particular pattern so it doesn't fit me. Even though it flops around Boogie's head like a really bad wig, she looks cute as a button in it. (That takes the sting out of the fact that I can't wear it.) My plan is to knit a little flower to pin up the brim so that Boogie can see where she's going.

So thanks for sitting through my confession! Even though I'll always be the World's Worst Knitter, from now on I'll proudly post my finished projects warts, babies, and all.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Kids, ewes, llamas and car wrecks

Let's cover the car wreck before heading into yarn. Thursday evening on my way to my piano lesson, I was hit from behind by a girl who was in a hurry to get back to work. The good news is that I'm fine, Boogie was not in the car with me and the damage to my car is minimal. The girl who hit me was not injured, but we can't say the same for her car. It's inconvenient and I hate dealing with insurance companies, but both parties in this are fine and cars can be repaired.

Saturday, a group of us went to Boerne for Kid 'N Ewe and Llamas Too. This is usually a nice little event with lots of vendors, livestock, spinning wheels and food. Unfortunately, due to some problems with the contract for use of the fairgrounds, this year's event was a lot smaller than previous years. It was still wonderful because of this stuff.

This yarn is Brooks Farm Yarn . My pictures don't begin to do the colors justice. Seriously. It's just lush and beautiful and the price is outstanding. You are looking at 500 yard hanks. I'm not sure what the blend is here, but most of the yarns are a blend of mohair, wool, and silk. Check out the website for more info. Look, here's more:

If you look very closely, you can see a Clapotis
on display along with the fabulous yarn. All of us
just hung out in there putting hanks around necks to see if the color was right for us, carrying hanks that we weren't sure if we wanted to buy or not but the stuff just felt too good to put down! I was seriously struck by indecision. Here are the two I was considering:

Both are from the "Harmony" line and are composed of Mohair(55%), wool (22.5%), and a silk blend (22.5%). I actually had a project in mind for this beautiful yarn. Well, several projects but the one I'm aiming for is my very first Clapotis. I know what you're thinking. Any frenzied knitter would throw caution to the wind, buy both hanks and see what looks best. I may be frenzied, but I'm not the world's best knitter so I'm pretty conservative when I'm about to drop a considerable amount of money on yarn. (Especially since I used to do a lot of spinning and could probably make what I wanted, if I wasn't so damn lazy.) Anyway, I picked:

These three alpaca! I figure riding them around town is a hell of a lot safer than my car! Who would run over something this cute? I could hitch them to a wagon or something. They get really good gas mileage and their only pollutant actually fertilizes the land! Car manufacturers should take a lesson from these babies.

Okay. I picked this one. I love the goldish/brown earth tones playing against the pinks, purples
and browns. Just beautiful! I think that this will make a really gorgeous Clapotis!

In keeping with the whole Clapotis theme I've got going here, my last picture has to do with my most recent obsession; making beaded stitch markers. Originally, I was wrapping the wire per the instructions on Chris Knits. After some experimenting I changed things up. My wire wrapping leaves much to be desired. I bought myself some better tools, a few more beads and have pretty much lost my mind to making these things! I've branched out into earrings, too!!
This is just too much! Well, they are fun to make and I pretty sure I have more than enough for Clapotis!

I keep threatening to post FO pictures but keep putting it off. My model is teething right now so she's not at her most cooperative. This afternoon we're taking her out for ice cream. My hope is that this will engender a spirit of cooperation and I can at least get one hat on her! In the meantime, I'm going to snap off some pics of little knitted things and get them up here. I know, I'm like a lame husband who promises to do better but continues to drink beer, watch football, and scratch his crotch in public. Trust me honey, the pics are coming and I promise not to touch myself in public any time soon.