Saturday, March 16, 2013

Big Crazy Fair Isle Blanket Part 4

   It's becoming a monster, and it's not even near finished yet!   


So, working up from the blue and gray this-woman-has-no-idea-what-fair-isle-means pattern, we have a pretty little rick-rack looking pattern I found in a magazine, a strange checker pattern that I invented while trying to work out a certain scarf (I know, it looks nothing like that.  But if you could see my notebook it would make sense.), and then a pink check that reminds one of the 1980's. 

  Keeping on this note, and the note of silly patterns I invented in my notebook, does anyone remember that wall the Destroyer comes from behind in Thor?  Because I can't get it strait.  Look at it!  It just looks like a bunch of X's.  One day!  One day I will get it right! 
   After that is a sort-of icicle pattern.  They can't all be winners.  I liked the idea of having fire and ice together, and even toyed with mapping out "Fire, and Ice, and Rage" and using it as a segway into Doctor Who...  But fandom wasn't really on my mind.  Or, at least, I didn't think so...

  Does anyone remember the X-men cartoon that used to be on cable?  Where everyone was super-skinny, so that the strong men looked like they would tip over, there was so much disproportionate muscle weight on top?  This X pattern was much harder than it looks, but it is also perfect in the fair isle world, because there is never more that 3 stitches of the same color at one time.  Cool. 
   When I ran out of white, I used blue instead.  I don't know if they ever did blue accents in the X-men, but if they didn't, they should have. 

   Next time- not blanket updates.  Maybe.  Let's see how things go. 

UPDATE:  As of March 2015 I began the second panel, though I am not sure I'll post any more pictures until I am finished.  

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Big Crazy Sampler Blanket- Part 3


   Now, for another instalment of  "How the Circular Needle Turns." 
Today is more of a continuation of the story; as life has been quiet, so has the knitting.


   To continue with the super hero theme, we work our way up with Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Batman.  What, do you say?  How can that be Hawkeye?  Have you ever tried to knit bows and arrows?  Would you tell me how?  After that flopped, the only thing I could think of were the pair of sunglasses he wore at the end of  The Avengers, red dots everywhere for the laser sights on his bow, and a purple background for his comic book outfit.  In the end, it looks like the Valentine card you thought was slightly too romantic to give to your third grade crush. 

  I knit the Batman row while watching "An Affair To Remember."  My brother was kind enough to copy out the pattern for me. 

  The last three were all from yesterday-  The brown/purple/orange fair isle and clovers during Ivanhoe, and the light blue and green while I was desperately trying to get a foothold on Downton Abbey.  ( I saw ep. 5 of season 2.  William dies???  They can't do that to me!)

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Big Crazy Sampler Blanket - Part 2

It's alive! 

Ok!  Four days, and over six inches knitted.  We are still going places, but slowly. 

   So next, going up from the Loki Houndstooth is a row of tesseract.  That's nice.  Please notice that the background changes from black to brown, linking the "dark world" to the in-the-past-everything-is-brown-and-colorless world of Captain America.  As for his row, could we just give a small cheer for the guy whose outfit is about something bigger than himself?  (The stars were taken from Fearless Fair Isle Knitting by Kathleen Taylor.  It's a really cool book.)  Part of this row is a testament to be crushed dream of making an accurate, zipper-up-the-side-and-Velcro-on-top Captain America sweater, which I have wanted to do since I saw The Avengers for the first time in theaters.  I also wanted to make a Thor cable-knit sweater and something for Ironman...

      This was another throwback pattern, when the original plan was a make a red sweater with a red-and yellow yoke, and an arch-reactor in the middle, like this:

  I quit this idea after the arch reactor proved to be trickier than it seemed.  If I were to do that now, however, I would simple use a duplicate stitch for that part.  Problem solved! 

   As you can tell by the triangle vs circle pattern, Ironman 2 was the very first of the modern Marvel movies that I saw, with the Avengers being the second.  From that context, triangles were just plain better, and easier to knit.  I guess I must change that now, but I still like the idea of a Norwegian Yoke Mark-Whatever Sweater.  Someday.  Once I get the yarn. 

   Next is Hulk!  I really like this pattern.  It has very little to do with him (besides colors), because his area of expertise is not liquids, but gamma rays...  But I like the Jekyll and Hyde idea.  In fact, I think Hulk would make an awesome steampunk movie.  Experiments gone wrong, giant monsters from nowhere, sympathetic women...  Hulk really isn't a super hero movie; it is a tragedy.  And a tragedy needs every bit of poetry a period movie would give it.  The only problem is that if it was based in America it would quickly become "Evil Confederates Want the Monster for Themselves!" which has been done so many times before it would loose all of it's originality. 

Boris and Bowler

Tune in next time for Black Widow and friends...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Big Crazy Sampler Blanket - Part 1

  I had this plan once that I was going to keep all of my knitting swatches and make a blanket out of it...  But that was too slow for me.  So, introducing The Big Crazy Sampler Blanket.

   Isn't she lovely?  It's not near done yet, but you may as well see it or not.  This is only half of once section of the panels-  The panels are knitted in the round, and then they will be cut (AH!) and sewn together, into one glorious bedspread.   

   Now, I love a good allegory, so naturally I cannot knit something without it having some extra, personal meaning.  That, and the fact that each row took a day or two to complete, without further ado I will explain each row:

First, we have Smuag.  Well, that's not true, first we have the bead stitch edging (not seen) and a little nonsense pattern that came with the dragon (which can be found here), but there we are.  The multicolored dragon did not go as well as I thought, because it is very hard to see the pattern.  But I still like it.  A dragon sweater may be in order. 

   This is one of my very favorite fair isle patterns, which I copied off a goodwill purse.  It allows for plenty of color, and never gets too boring.  As you can see, The Hobbit is still on my mind, because of the oh-so-Baggins colorway.  I know I said this above, but this needs a sweater vest.  I mean it this time.  Really. 

   Hedgehogs!  Aren't they cute?  The addition of black eyes was mine, but I am not sure it was a good call.  When my brother saw the hedgehogs in such close proximity with the dragon he (who often looks over my shoulder when I am on pinterest) said "SMAUGLOCK!"  In my defense, there was a hedgehog in The Hobbit.  And that makes more sense with my next pattern:

For those of you who do not know, the same actor who played the 7th Doctor played Ratagahst the Brown.  That same Doctor is well known for a very loud sweater vest that has several rows of red question marks, which is why there was a row linking the backgrounds of the hedgehog and this one. 
   The pattern is of my own invention, and is nigh-on perfect in the rules of fair isle-  Two colors per rows, no more than 5 stitches of one color.  It is also very fun.

This is my favorite so far.  Don't tell the others.  It's from this woman.

  The next pattern started as something quite different, with the green and purple edging going into a vine pattern, but I just wasn't feeling it.  I'm not sure why.  It could have been something about Kate and Leopold, which I was watching at the time.  The star and moon pattern was worked in a different, silky yarn, as opposed to the more harsh acrylic everything else is in.  I know, I know.  But I'm knitting through it! 
  In keeping with the Hobbit Theme, this could be for the moon writing on the map to Moria, but then again it could point to...

   Thor!  It is hard to see, but those are little hammers, with the diamond pattern for the tile pattern in his arms.  I invented this one a while back, and no blanket could be without it.  Please notice the red stripe, for him, and the green one, for his brother, who comes next.

  Poor Loki...  While I am in the Thor-is-about-Thor-and-not-Loki camp, I do pity the poor guy, and I will cheer with the rest of them if he ever repents...  but he won't.  We all know that.  And frankly, he's only going to get creepier.  But still, I made a little helmet pattern for it, using some super secret techniques that I may want to sell someday, and then I  knit hounds tooth for a while, which was painfully boring.  But this is what excites me:  I didn't quite know what yarn to use for the white, because the scarf Loki wears is a little fuzzy, which means the black and white fibers mix a little so it turns gray.  But a-ha!  You may not be able to see it, but the softer acrylic, above mentioned, IS fuzzy, which means that if you look closely, it has the same effect!  Yes!  Take that, vague accuracy! 

   So there you have it.  As you see in the top picture, I have knitted a little more, but I will save that for my next post. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

BORED Mittens

Bored! Bored! I don’t know what’s gotten into the criminal classes. Good job I’m not one of them.
So you take it out on the wall?
Ah, the wall had it coming.

   One day I was restless*.  There was nothing to do.  Or, that is, nothing to be done that I wanted to do.  The kind of restlessness that leads to destructive things...  like spray painting wall. 

   But I didn't spray paint a wall!  After all, this madness was only for lack of a knitting project!  So I looked online, using my very bordom for an inspiration, and I found this pattern.  It. was. perfect.  So perfect in fact, that I started right away, and since it is such a pretty pattern in it's own, that a sweater may be in order, eh? 

      Now these mittens are on Etsy.  Hopefully they will make someone happy, they certainly have made myself so. 

*This also was the day I made this cake.  What can I say?  My mind runs on common themes. 

Happy Valentines Day! with links

Blank Doctor Who Valentine's Day Card Rory the Roman "I Would Wait For You" 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" with envelope
"I would wait for you..."  Card
   Happy Valentines Day everybody!  I hope you are enjoying your holiday, and if not, I have things here to cheer you up!

Sherlock Inspired - Love Is A Vicious Motivator - A Hand Stamped Aluminum Bracelet
"love is a vicious motivator"
The Botkin sisters are at it again with their article All I want for Valentines day :

"So, we make our wish lists and pray that we get Missionary Martyr Malibu Ken for Christmas..."

Together, Or Not At All - Doctor Who Necklace
"Together, or not at all."

Leigh Kremer, a heartfelt blogger, writes a letter to the girl who has never dated.

Love is Patient 1 Cor 13:4 - 1" Copper Heart necklace -Made to order-
"Love is patient"

And just for a laugh, Jostie Flicks Single's Valentine Song.  You can't go wrong with that kind of humor, it's like making fun of fangirls.  But perhaps I am too much like Mrs. Palmer in that respect. 

Major Works of Jane Austen Poster 16x20.  Pride and Prejudice. Persuasion.Emma.Northanger Abbey. Mansfield Park
Jane Austen's Major Works

   So have a lovely day, and grab up tomorrows discount candy as soon as you can, 'kay?  ;) 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


     First it was going to be a vanilla cake.  Then it became an almond cake.  Then it became an almond cake with peanut butter frosting.  Then I was going to put a ring of chocolate chips around the outside because it looked plain.  And then I tried to copy the Sherlock Wallpaper pattern on the sides.  It just went downhill from there.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Perfect Mittens

    Serendipity.  That's the word.  When something wonderful happens that you did not expect, so you feel that you cannot really take the credit. 

    I have accidentally made the perfect mittens.  They are the perfect color.  The wool is from local sheep, locally spun and dyed.  They are fair isle.  And they fit better than most gloves.  On my first go.  Perfect. 

  Perfect excites me.  If the mittens are perfect, that mean I never, ever, ever have to make another pair of fair isle mittens for as long as I live because the last ones were not good enough.  Now I can just make whatever I like and not care about perfect.  Which I would have anyways, but it is a relief. 

Pattern, if you are interested. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Melting Day in January

The best part, and the worst, of January on the farm are those happy warm days, when the temperature slips above zero, and the country sighs in relief. 

And the next day the wind is as harsh and bitter as it has been the whole winter.

But for today, one bright shining day, we can indulge in the hope that maybe, just maybe, spring is here, even if it is impossible. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ok, so what's with the name?

     The name is very simple. You see, I am very fond of making soup, but there is always, or I should say, almost always this feeling that you never have all the ingredients. If you do, it is because you cleverly remembered to write them down on the shopping list, but, as often as not, you are short heavy whipping cream, or celery, or, most likely, leeks, which have to be the bane of all recipe books. Who has leeks on hand anyways? And who likes them well enough to pay an outrageous amount for only two of them, when you get home to find you really needed five? I digress. But you see, in the end, it is all for nought, because my family and I have never starved yet. Even when the problems went beyond "What's for dinner?" to "Who cares about dinner, how are we getting through the month??" we have always been provided for, and I thank God for that. Once you get over the initial "food prep panic", you always find that there are plenty of left overs, and perhaps, just perhaps, a little more faith was necessary.

     But I am running long. A simply introduction: I am a woman who knits quite a bit, sews a little, and reads a lot. Every part of my life is dipped in Christ, because He made me clean from my sins, and that needs no apology. He is to be Magnified, and not I. By this blog I hope to be profitable with my talents, like the woman pictured in Proverbs 31, without, I hope, compromising home concerns, like the above stated dinner.  Dinner is important.