squibnocket is running a little contest for Knitting Without Tears, check it out – April 11
I’ve been a little overwhelmed lately. We’re moving in early May (yay!) to a very nice, place (has a diswasher! and a garage spot!) and while it’s too early to start packing, I’m not planning on starting anything new. I’m also struggling to keep up with the gush of information from the knitblogs group and getting to know all the new knitting sites.
But I’m sure once I’m settled you can expect updates on my attempts to make the new place a tad bit more exciting than the current white walls and sensible tan carpet.
p.s. the new place is within walking distance of a Restoration Hardware, which will receive many visits, but probably not too many purchases.
all about asparagus at digs magazine
Ugly Green Chair’s pictures of her garden are inspiring me. The new apartment (which I’m almost sure we have) has room for some pretty substantial container gardening. Or at least, nothing is in danger of plunging four stories onto the neighbor below. I’m thinking I’ll start with kitchen herbs. Time to head over to You Grow Girl and start learning. Are there other sites I should definetly take a look at?
Tragedy has struck my black Zucca scarf! But it was my own fault. I finished it on a train, and the cast off edge was too tight. I knew it was too tight but I had a few more stops to go and I wanted to wear it that night. So I went ahead and wove in the the end. Zucca is one of those fuzzy nylon/polyester – see for yourself here. It’s hard enough to see, maybe even extra hard when it’s black. I took it out this weekend to undo the end and start ripping away but this is easy only in theory. I could find the end, but I couldn’t find the point at which I secured the yarn through the last loop. I tugged, I examined it in direct sunlight, I attempted to backtrack as best I could with no luck. So I snipped the corner, and nothing would budge. I cut into one side edge and managed to open the yarn a little, but it wouldn’t start pulling apart. What did I do then? I cut the other edge thinking perhaps I had just got the wrong side to get it started. Same thing.
What did I do then? I cut the whole top end off (it was almost painful), hoping it would be easy to grab a hanging thread and rip it. This almost worked, almost. I managed to get it started, but I did the scarf on #8 needles (they suggest #10) and the yarn catches on itself and refuses to just be tugged out. Now, I could either tenderly unravel the whole thing stitch by stitch being careful not to pull. Or I could trash it and call the cost of the yarn a learning experience and go out and get more Zucca later. Guess which one I’m gonna do?
And so work continues on the fuzzy orange and pick Geisha scarf.
ljc is painting light bulbs for her new house, they are very cool, take a look. She has pictures of work in progress and talks about how she made them. Now I wish I wasn’t moving so soon, I have a bare bulb in the bathroom I could paint.
Dyeing yarn in Kool Aid! Check out the adventures of Chicknits [April 7th] and Bagatell, and go see the Kool Aid yarn dyed color cards here and here – links from the shiny new and fabulous Knitbloggers group.
Malika has great info on organic and grass fed beef, with wonderful links. Thanks! [April 5]
I have nails which are dry and split in the corners and ow it hurts when they catch on something. So, finding myself with another sharp little edge slowly and painfully ripping it’s way off I went to the drugstore to investigate options. I found silk wrap stuff, but it’s not a wrap, it’s more of a powder (?) you glue on kinda? I didn’t understand what it was so I didn’t buy it. But right there next to it were these cheesy little clear stickers one is supposed to apply over the split area therefore reducing eliminating the little edge which catches on stuff, and they work! They are tiny oval stickers, made of material rather like clear packing tape. I can’t a pictures of these little thingies anywhere. But they’re great.
I remember a reader suggestion in Sassy magazine about using the paper from a tea bag to strengthen nails. You were supposed to sort of glue it on using nail polish. This never quite worked for me, the paper would peel off.
Got any methods for preventing or fixing split nails? I could, ow, really use it.
black Zucca yarn scarf update:
I finished it on the train last night! But I don’t like it. The cast on end is too wide, and the cast off edge is pulled far too tight, the pull through slit is too small and the entire scarf is too short. However, the fabric the Zucca made is lovely and soft and appears as though it will hold it’s fuzziness very nicely. So, I will rip it out, make it thinner and not finish it on a train.
[ note: you may have to scroll down to March 26th, Blogger jump links don’t work all that well ]