Two dimensional representations of five dimensional objects

Monday, January 21, 2008

make your own spinning wheel?

My stepfather retired, and since he likes woodworking and similar, I'm going to see if I can get him to make me something like a bulky spinning wheel. He could use a bicycle wheel. This would be great - we'll see. I can't afford an Ashford Country Spinner, but desperately want something like that.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Ravelry lures me in

I just got on Ravelry.com, and I'm addicted. This will probably be the thing to get me back netted into the web.


This year, I did some stuff:
1. Lace: got a start on lace knitting
2. Socks: toe up short row heel: the best way
3. Entrelac: not hard, and fun to do

Next year, some goals:
1. More lace, smaller yarn. Try not to make a mess of it.
2. Socks:
a. Short row toe
b. Magic loop!
c. If b isn't a disaster, then 2 at a time on a loop!
3. Entrelac socks
4. Fairisle!:
a. Learn how
b. if a isn't a complete disaster, maybe (gasp) steeks...? EEK STEEKS

Sunday, September 30, 2007

go see the winner


Clearly, it is not me (though I think I got a couple of votes). I think the right creature took the prize. The whole thing was lots of fun, maybe I'll try the next one as well.

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I didn't think it was going to be enough yarn, but then it actually turned out to be a little bigger than I thought in height. It was particularly difficult to knit the bead cord/wool yarn (especially with short rows)! The lace pattern didn't exactly come out, but I think the wings worked pretty well considering (unfortunately, the beads don't show well in the pictures). The head and body are not in the proportion that I had expected, and the eyes ended up on the side of his head (as if perpetually looking over his shoulder), but I still like the final result.

If anyone's around, you can see all the entries here!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

handspun bug tales

So, I spun the yarn on a spindle.

I didn't think it would be enough

I started the crochet body, then began to knit the first wing. It was particularly difficult to knit the bead cord/wool yarn (especially with short rows)!

More soon!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Contest progression


I plan to crochet the body, but to knit the wings so that they can be lacy. The tail will be black wool, a red/purple merino/ingeo stripe, the main body a combination of greenish-grey merino, grey wool, and purple-silver sparklies. The wings will be blue merino spun with clear bead cord (for rigidity) with a few little purple beads (for beadiness). The head will be a mix of various pinks and purples in merino, ingeo, and nylon. The eyes will be some red beads, and the antennae will be black wool. About 7 inches in length for the body, and around 7 wingspan as well.


Now to spin!!