Saturday, December 15, 2007

Masala Chai Tea

I am in heaven. I have a masala chai tea in hand and the new Limenviolet podcast playing. I was graced with their podcasting presence 5 days ago and voila! there is another one!!! Life is so good.
I now have pictures of my yummy yarn from the wonderful Nancy. My mother basically put all the yarn on a table and we(me and sistas) took turns picking.
Yes, you do see some fun fur. I know many people view fun fur as a thing of acrylic evilness, but I have a confession. Fun fur is my guilty pleasure. There is something about its tangly-acrylicy-obnoxious colored- practically uselessness that makes me squee a bit. I actually did not end up with any fun fur, ironically. My weakness fell to the Moda Dea. GORGEOUS. Here's is an awful picture of my picks:
Sister #2 was ecstatic and kept snuggling her yarn.She started crocheting a hat out of rainbow fun fur (which only she can pull off wearing). Since I have never made a hat or any circular object out of fun fur I was unaware of its stretchiness in circular form. Even though she has stopped increasing it is still GROWING and not curving in at all. So she asked if Icould pull out like half the rows. Fun fur is the worst thing ever to have to frog. It get tangles and rips very easily. I ended up having to take scissors to it and it is still not done.Sister #1 decided to pile all of the yarn on her face. This included my yarn which almost sneezed into, but I saved it at the last second. By the by, she is now on ravelry as thelilcrocheter which is awesomeness. (I can't remember if I posted this before, but I'm Ithinktoomuch) This week has been pretty fun. My chanukah was good. Lighting the candles has always been my favorite part.My mother, sistas, and I went to NYC. This included a trip to the M&Ms store which is 3 floors of M&M merchandise. Also a 12 foot blue M&M. Sistas in front of said blue M&M:Only one WIP pic because I have been a lazy bum in the crocheting area.The Seraphina shawl for my grandma. It went so fast at first and now it's going very slowly and I can barely make myself do one row. I want at least another 6-8 rows. oy

And finally a new segment on my blog:
Crafty Sightings!
I went to the city(NYC) this past tuesday and sighted many crafty things that I had to whip out my camera and take pictures of while family members pretended not to be related to the crazy lady with a yarn obsession. (run-on sectences rock)

First off a skull intarsia scarf in H&M. I want to try to graph this because I'm in lurve with it.
This is a sign for blood donations at the train station. There is a grandma blood droplet in a rocking chair. Steroptypically there is yarn and knitting needles next to her.
And finally, we went to The Museum of the City of New York and in the children's section was this sock monkey.
One day I shall crochet/knit one... one day.Also, not so crafty but definitely inspiring:
Those tubes are filled with M&Ms... It was like chocolate heaven. It is also color inspiration.

The cherry on top of a pretty awesome week was one of my chanukah presents. My mommy in all her wisdom (or maybe it was because of my not so subtle hints) bought me the new Crochet Me book! While not all the patterns are things I would make, there were many cute things. The parts I really love are the essays. It makes me feel empowered by crochet.

Apparently, a northeaster is supposed to blow in tomorrow so I will spend the day crocheting and cuddling in blankets.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Dude, yarn

I have yarn. Like gorgeous stuff. My mother's co-worker (Nancy!) used to knit and everyone still gives her yarn, but she doesn't knit anymore. So she gives it to my mom who gives it to me and my sisters. It was a lot of fun fur and moda dea. We put it all on a table and each took a turn selecting a skein. I picked some really yummy stuff. And took a bajillion pics. Then we buried my sister is yarn and took pics. Unfortunately, my camera decided a while ago it does not like my computer and will not put pics on it. So I have to use my mother's or my sister's (brand-new!) computer, but last night my mom was out at a bat-mitzvah and her computer has a password. And I got into a fight with sister #1 so she wouldn't let me touch her computer. So after this whole long story I have no pictures of yarn to show you.

If you're depressed go look at this. It rox my crocheted sox.

Also, really funny convo between me and 11 year old(sister #2), while discussing the fun fur hat she was crocheting:
Me: I've never knitted a circle in fun fur.
Sister #2: You mean crocheted.
Me: oh yeah, I've just been knitting so much lately.
Sister #2: traitor!


Friday, December 7, 2007

Happy Chanukah!

Ahh, so I haven't blogged in a while and feeling very guilty about it. First, off I bought yarn:the pink baby yarn is for a shawl for my grandmother. It's the Seraphina shawl. There are issues with the pattern so I would only recomend it for someone who doesn't need exact direction. I'm pretty sure that some people re-wrote the pattern to be more readable on ravelry.
Here's the first few rows, but I'm actually up to row 26, but I didn't take a pic yet.

The dark navy yarn is hopefully going to be a scarf for my grandfather. I'm sending the shawl and the scarf to them for chanukah. They live in England so shipping is going to be a ton. :(
Did you notice the thing sitting on top of all that yarn? Dude, it's a light-up crochet hook...I'm. In. Love. I crochet on the bus ride home and it's always really dark so now I can crochet! I brought it to school and got mixed reactions (either "that's so cool!" or "what the hell?")Besides being awesomely bright it is also really comfortable. My hand does not hurt as much as it sometimes does with my aluminum hooks.

Here it is shoved in my pink yarn and shining through :) I love all things bright and shinySo, I woke up last sunday to this:
SNOW!!!!! It's been randomly snowing (well, really flurrying) lately, but not anything snowman worthy.
I started knitting the skull socks of fury and since these are my first knit socks I'm having issues. I probably should have picked a more professional pattern, but the skulls called to me.
(I attempted to show the snow in the background, but it didn't work.) I'm actually up to the heel now, but it is now frozen in time and I haven't knit on it since.
I have recently discovered something of awesomeness called StitchBook which is an application on facebook. It is pretty cool and seems to have a large community. Personally I'll stick to craftster and ravelry, but it seems interesting.

So I have recently discovered the wonder of knit and crochet podcasts. I have no idea what took me so long. Here are the ones I am currently subscribed to:
Cast On - very well done and interesting
It's a Purl, Man - male podcaster, very interesting
Knitters Uncensored - I only listened to one episode, but I wasn't so impressed
Limenviolet - beyond awesome. There are no words to describe my love for them. hysterical
Make magazine - very interesting crafts that are always ultra cool (video)
Pointy Sticks - well done, interesting to listen to
SSK - I haven't gotten a chance to listen yet, but I've heard it's very good
Sticks & String - love the podcast, the music, the accent, and the essays. very well done.
The Mosh Knit - a punk knitter. I only listened to about 10 minutes, and it seems okay so far.
YarnCraft - by Lionbrand. Very good and has recently interviewed Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee so they're in my good book.

Now I just have to find time to listern to all of them.
It's been a bit crazy over here what with applying for schools in Israel and dealing with school, but I have a bit of a break now for chanukah (I go back wednesday) so I'm so excited for some time to chill and craft a bit.

toodles and Happy Chanukah!!!