Tuesday, January 25, 2011


I'm at university, in a dorm room. I have limited space and my stash has officially reached ridiculous proportions. I have two baskets overflowing with yarn, a drawer full, and about 7 rolls here and there. I also have a large ball of yarn and a 12 pack of eyelash yarn being mailed to me at some point (I couldn't fit them in the luggage to bring them home). This is awesome.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


I had my first experiences with blocking fabric the other day. Again, my partner's mum who's been doing this since way before I was alive. We used the ironing with steam (on acrylic, which would freak me out so much) and it is just so amazing how well she did it. We couldn't stretch it enough to pin it to the right dimensions without the pins flying off and she managed to iron it out to an inch longer. Not the best thing, but that is just amazing.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Provisional Casting on

I've been spending the winter break with my partner at their mum's. Their mum's been knitting & crocheting for decades, and it's damn sobering to watch her work. I'm not bad, but after watching her I know I'm definitely still an amateur. And not even a talented one.

I picked up a book of knitting patterns that was on sale here and one of the things it has is something called crochet cast-on that I've never heard of and may use from now on. I knit very tightly, so generally my stuff ends up very narrow at the start from the casting on and it seems like this reduces that. Very nice.

I've been working on a circular crocheted blanket for 2 weeks and it's getting kind of tedious, the rows take so freaking long to finish and there's no corners or anything to break them up. Occupational hazard.