April 30, 2009

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

We have a gold standard for WTHIS. A litmus test. I must say to myself each week, "It's bad but is it Carnivorous Poncho bad?" This week's selections truly are.

First the Swaddle Pod.

The baby looks peaceful enough not yet realizing that is being absorbed into the pod. Soon it's lifeforce will be consumed and it will grow to maturity. Which I imagine looks like this.

Both patterns available for download so you too can be an emotionless pod person.

"They're here already! You're next!"

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January 3, 2008

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

Oh, Louisa. No. No, no, no. You make pretty things. Lovely things. You should not have made this.

This looks like fungus. It looks like alien pods that will explode and transform the hat into a brain sucker. Or worse, like it will grow into a carnivorous poncho.

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March 23, 2007

Rose-Kim Pets

Zasu has been completely baffled lately. She used to sleep all day on top of my monitor. I replaced the monitor a few months ago and got a flat screen. She spent several days standing on my desk peering behind the new monitor waiting for the old, warm resting spot to come back. When she realized that it wasn't coming back she took a new perch--the paper tray for my printer. I'm pretty sure this will void my warranty with HP.

Hugo's still hanging in there. We are constantly watching him for signs that he is uncomfortable or in pain. So far, so good. He still has a great appetite and breaks into the closet where we keep Zasu's food everyday--sometimes more than once--to eat all of her food.

I've started the twisted stitch and cable pattern on the Am Kamin swatch cap. Only a few rounds so far so not much to show you. Poppy sleeves, knit two at a time, are about 5 inches long. Just a few more days of knitting time on those. Estonian socks are a few inches longer. Lots of dabbling going on. Not a lot of progress.

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March 18, 2007

Dulaan and On

Signs of Springtime

Janine graciously hosted a Dulaan Project knit-in at her house yesterday. It was a cozy afternoon of knitting, laughing and stuffing our faces. Between the brownies, the cream puffs, the chocolate tofu pie and warm bagels, I barely had room for the curried almonds, homemade cheese crackers or any of the other wonderful things people brought.

I finished my 18th Dulaan item for this year while there.

A simple hat knit in donated plain white wool. I keep one of these hats--no pattern required--on the needles and in my car at all times. I knit on them while waiting for the kids at school, at the orthodontist's office, sitting at lunch, whenever. Apparently I do a lot of waiting.

There were 83 items dropped off in all.

I cast on for my next hat. I'm going to kill two birds with one stone. It's a swatch cap for Am Kamin. Remember Am Kamin? Back in those heady days when we all thought we could tackle this mystifying pattern in Japanese? Well, I'm going to give it a try.

This is Cascade 220. I wanted to try a k1, p1 tubular cast on. Surprisingly no one knew how to do this off hand but Janine looked it up online for me. It's so nifty and easy to do. I'm still working on the ribbing.

When I got home I knit more on Poppy while watching Holiday with Wes. (Oh, Cary Grant. Oh, Katharine Hepburn. You slay me.) The upper back is just a few rows short of being done. It practically looks like a sweater already. But then I remember, "Oh, right. Sleeves."

Thank you everyone for a great afternoon!

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February 8, 2007

Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the world's least appetizing tea cozy.

Possibly related to the carnivorous poncho. Or the origins of penicillin. And it appears to be multiplying!

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