Friday, December 17, 2010
No, that is not a rare photo of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, but instead a seemingly infinite stack of yarn ends.
I spent most of my day weaving in the ends of my Na Craga. Note to self: When making a traditional aran you will have a billionty ends to weave in at the end.
I know I haven't been overly active here over the past few weeks, but the elves here have been hard at work making sure that all my hand knits will be finished in time for Christmas. I still have some work to do that I haven't spoken of yet, like finishing up the small but cozy collection of accessories I have for my sister. This collection includes and adorable and super squishy double knit cabled scarf. Hopefully I will be able to show that finished piece of here soon along with a completely finished Na Craga. Right now it is teetering on greatness.
With only 7 days left until Christmas things are looking pretty damn good.
Friday, December 3, 2010
This is the time of year when we consume the most delicious and mysterious of foods: stuffing. It's the best part of my Thanksgiving every year, and if I am very lucky, Christmas as well. The reason I say mysterious is that it is always questionable what consists of stuffing from table to table. We are basically consuming a bready, perhaps sausagy substance that has been stuffed up a bird's ass and baked, then only to be removed from said bird's ass to be drenched in gravy and stuffed into our more than willing mouths. I never question the mystery food and take a break from my overly logical and skeptical life to indulge in my favorite holiday food.
My love for stuffing is what gave me my most recent knitting related idea. I am sure this has been done before, but I have never seen anyone suggest it. I've recently been knitting many hats and, as a result, also had to block many hats. Usually after I finish a hat, especially a slouchy hat, I have always blocked them over a plate. First I would soak them for 15 to 30 minutes, gently squeeze them out in a towel, all done as not to harm the fabric; then I would shove a plate inside, stretching out the fabric of the hat as I wanted, but practically destroying the brims elasticity. It always came out perfect at the top and a uselessly stretch out mess at the brim. This is were my eureka idea came in at the Thanksgiving table: Stuff It!
Luckily, I have an unhealthy obsession with knitted toys and therefore have a baleful of polyfill stuffing lying around in my stash. After I finished my routine washing I delicately pushed handfuls of toy stuffing into my hats until I had reached my desired shape, then I propped it on top of my swift to dry for a day or so.
Although it looks like a little bit of a mess, this process yields great results, thankfully, leaving the brims unharmed.
I now have two versions of my red hat, and a lovely Christmas present for my sister made out of the blue, all to be revealed in good time. They all have a perfectly elastic brim, all thanks to the worlds most devily delicious food every to be created.