Friday, July 31, 2009

I'm meltiiinnggg, meltiiingg...

It's been all kinds of ridiculous hot in Portland this week...up to about 110 the day before yesterday. I think it's slowing starting to ease off (it's been getting cool at night again, finally, after several nights of sleeping covered in wet towels.) As such, I haven't been getting much work done - the thought of putting wool or fabric anywhere near me is a bit unbearable, and my hands are too constantly clammy to achieve much of anything useful. I managed to re-read the sixth Harry Potter book while sitting in my undies eating popsicles. I did not manage to do my laundry or clean any part of my increasingly messy apartment.

I will, however, have a pattern for you soon...something I finished the majority of before the heat wave. Just as soon as it's cool enough to model it.


In the meantime, I will leave you with this-


Before heat wave emergency haircut:



After heat wave emergency haircut:



(I laughed for a pretty solid 20 minutes upon picking him up from the groomer, and it starts up again every time he enters the room. This picture does not quite do justice to just how ridiculous he looks. But at least he's cooler.)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Visiting! Yay!

Whew - it's been a busy week (and it's not about to stop just yet, since my friend Max gets into town tonight.) My boyfriend's parents were here for the past few days, so I spent the week (whenever I wasn't at work, anyway) traipsing around town and doing all the fun stuff you rarely get around to when you actually live there.


International Rose Test garden... never been here before. Didn't realize it was free. Neat!


Travis and his dear mum at the Japanese Gardens.


Ladybugs!

We did, in fact, do things that were not "Go to some kind of gardens", but I am a terrible documenter, as we all should know by now.

Travis's mother, because she is such a wonderful and generous person, bought me some of the prettiest yarn I think I've ever seen. Photos don't quite do it justice, but I'll try:


It's Punta Yarns Merisoft Handpainted, color HP71. As I was commenting to Travis yesterday, I find it kind of funny that when my parents come, they buy him booze, and when his come, they buy me yarn (our respective money-sucking impulse purchases.) No complaints here ;-)

On a beer-and-yarn related note, check out this old Schlitz advertisement they have at one of our regular bars:




Sorry about the photo quality... it's a dark room and an iphone. If you can't read it, it says:

"Yarn with a Happy Ending
Everything's bound to turn out all right for a fellow who's tied
to a girl who keeps Schlitz in the picture.
We think you'll like Schlitz best, too, because more people
like the taste of Schlitz than any other beer. That's why
Schlitz is...
The Largest-Selling Beer in America"


Aw, the good old days.

In other news, I fail at Tour de Fleece.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Shop Update

I'm a little behind, some of these have been up for a while...Oh well. As always, if anything catches your eye, these are up for grabs here.




I let Travis name one again- "Charmander vs. Squirtle" :-P


Handspun wool/silk blend


Silk lace weight


Merino handspun


Werewolf Bar Mitzvah- I've wanted to name something this since I started dyeing yarn but nothing had come out looking like a Werewolf Bar Mitzvah yet... I might be stretching it with this one, but it's time.


Crazy blend

Friday, July 10, 2009

Tour de Fleece!

I'm a bit behind the times posting about this, but what's a post about spinning without a few days work to show?



If you're not familiar with it, the Tour de Fleece is a bit of a spinning-community phenomenon orchestrated by my fellow Twisted yarn-slinger, Star. The point is to spin every day during the Tour de France. The Ravelry group is pretty huge, and it's been kind of excellent seeing the fruits of that many concurrent spinners. I wouldn't even know the Tour de France was happening now otherwise, so I'm not sure I'm spinning along with it, really, but it seemed like a good excuse to use up a bunch of my stash.

I've already burned through the exciting handpainted rovings that I picked up at Black Sheep:






And now I've moved on to spinning up a bunch of scraps:



Eventually I'll have to start carding the odds and ends together...ooohfun. I've had to slow down, though, or I'm going to run out of stash before this is over, and it's not quiiitte in the budget to buy a bunch more roving.

And this, my friends, is why I need a small flock of sheep. Don't you agree?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Emrigail Scarf/Shawl Pattern

NO LONGER AVAILABLE- SORRY (Needs rewrites- gauge issues.)



Been awhile, huh?



This little ditty has got a unique, diagonal-ish construction and is super versatile- you can wear it several ways, you can change the cast on number to get an all out shawl or a little bandana, you can change up the gauge and make it lacy instead, you can toy with the number of yarn overs... have fun, man!



Otherwise, it's a super cozy, pretty easy (I'd say "beginner with a twist") triangle scarf/shawlette made with three skeins of everyone's favorite yarn. (Malabrigo, I mean. It IS everyone's favorite, right? It's not just me that's crazy?)







And yes, I did have fun playing with fruit while I was taking pictures. Why do you ask?


(the fine print: Your purchase of this pattern constitutes your agreement to use this pattern only for personal, non-profit use without specific written permission from the designer (just email me!) Items made from this pattern may not be sold without permission, nor may the pattern itself be copied, sold, or distributed in any way. You may print one copy for personal use but may not print multiples to distribute, nor may you share the digital file with others. Thanks guys!)

If you need to contact me with questions, my email address is presentsknits@gmail.com - please email instead of commenting since it's much easier for me to reply that way! Thanks!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Weaving Project 2 (you will never see number 1)



I don't really like the process of weaving as much as knitting, but I do really like the result.

And it's fast. So freakin' fast.


(This is the Malabrigo Sock Archangel from Hood River, by the way)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Seems worth mentioning...

I've finally got my "stuff that has already been knitted or sewn or otherwise made" etsy shop up. I'm still not sure I like the photography... I had a specific goal in mind, sort of, but it's hard to be artsy and still show off the product, so "showing off the product" won.


But here it is: Dull Roar

And here's the blog that will accompany it, though I'm not sure yet what I'm going to put there to keep it interesting: dull-roar.blogspot.com


And here is a preview, both of the shop, and of an upcoming pattern ;-) (Does it still count as a preview if I just show you the whole thing? I don't know.)




So yes. That's a thing.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Of Hoods and Rivers

Whew! Been a while, eh? Moving is (pardon my french) a bitch. The internet is finally back, and I'll have to give you a tour of the new place one of these days, but for now... Hood River pictures!

I've been meaning to get over to Hood River for a while, since a yarn store there (Knot Another Hat) carries a bunch of undyed base yarns that I wanted to check out in person before ordering. Travis was more intrigued by the breweries, but in any case, we finally have the same day of the week off, so we traipsed down there yesterday for some yarnin' and beerin'.




First, a tour of the Full Sail brewery. Didn't take a lot of pictures, but it was interesting. Did you know they send all their leftover hops, malt, yeast, etc. to Tillamook to feed the dairy cows that make Tillamook cheese? True story. Those cows are drunks.

And here's a freaky looking dog that was outside:









They give you free pint glasses after the (also free) tour instead of beer. Good deal.

Then we proceeded downtown to check out Knot Another Hat, which didn't have a whole lot in the base yarn department, but did have some freaking amazing colors of malabrigo:


(The Selection Privada is Travis's...he bought himself yarn without any prompting from me! I'm so proud. He bought mine too, because he is super nice. It's Malabrigo Sock in Archangel, a color I've never seen before that is blowing my mind.)

I didn't take any pictures of the shop because I was too busy losing my wits. It's been a while since I've been in a new yarn store (or any yarn store besides the one I work in, really.) We walked around for a little while but it was probably the hottest day so far this year, so hanging around pavement was a little rough.






(Travis looking ticked because I'm taking pictures instead of taking my gelato out of his hand)


A whole store of alpaca stuff!!! I didn't actually go in, since our meter was running low, but it looked intense (and really, really warm. Ack.)


Brewery number 2, Double Mountain. Good pizza!


A seriously delicious beer, and this coming from someone who kind of hates beer. It's some sort of cherry lager.






And of course, a stop at the gorge on the way home (and Travis's turn with the camera)






This could have been a quite lovely picture, if someone hadn't screwed it up by making an intensely stupid face.












aaannd....home (that's the new place behind tardasaurus, there. We live upstairs.)

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