Thursday, January 02, 2014

Mid Project Distractions

Yesterday, I posted the Doctor Who Scarf I am working on. Today, I got a text from my sister-in-law asking if I could make her a hat and scarf in Bronco colors in time for her to wear them on the 12th of this month. So this is what I am working on right now and I almost forgot to make a post today! Pictures will be forthcoming when I'm done.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Tom Baker Scarf

Aka, The Fourth Doctor Scarf. Also, a sneak peak of my finished yarn bowl in action --I'll post bigger pics on Friday of the finished bowl.

I got the yarn online, which I do not recommend unless you are using the exact recommended yarn brands and colorways from the pattern. I am also using sock yarn instead of worsted weight, so it won't be quite as ridiculously humongous --especially since my 12-year-old daughter has claimed ownership. If I even make another one, I guess I'll either use the yarns they recommend, or find the colors in person. It's just straight knitting with a slipped stitch at the end of each row, so it's great to do while catching up on my DVR queue.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Diva Donna's Day of Decadence

The Wordpress Daily Prompt is:

Daily Prompt: Festivus for the Rest of Us
by Krista on December 15, 2013
You have been named supreme ruler of the universe. Your first order of business is creating and instituting a holiday or festival in your honor. What day of the year is your holiday? What special events will take place? Describe YOU DAY in as great a detail as you can muster: the special foods we’ll consume, the decorations we’ll use…everything.
If I'm going to go about creating a festival in my honor, it won't be about what I try to do: Eat healthy food in healthy serving sizes, and get regular exercise. The Official Foods will be: Guacamole and Dark Chocolate.  Not mixed together. Just anything that complements those items. Oh! And there must be garlic, and something with melted cheese --but not too much melted cheese or the evil gods of Lactose Intolerance will visit revelers when they least suspect. And eggs with runny yolks. Perhaps starting the day with some sort of egg, bacon, sausage and potatoes bake, where the eggs are left whole to bake in the oven, so that when it's done and you slice into it with your fork, the yolk runs all over the potatoes, bacon and sausages. There will be a commercial tie-in with Carl's Jr. (Hardee's) and their Six-Dollar Guacamole Bacon Cheese Burger. 
For those who can afford fancier meals: Steak! Preferably medium rare. Preferably filet mignon. 
Dessert? Dark Chocolate Anything. 
Music: Beatles, Eagles, Billy Joel, Ludo, Pat Benetar, The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer, Mumford and Sons
The Princess Bride and/or Episodes of any Steven Moffatt series, preferably, Doctor Who and Sherlock will be playing in the background. If those are not to the taste of the revelers, there are many alternate movies and TV programs...Too many. 
As for decorations, Diva Donna has eclectic tastes. If revelers choose to go more traditional, hand knit and crocheted decorations might be fun--but make it awesome, like perhaps Science Fiction themed. No doilies! (Unless you are knitting a stack of doilies in reference to Diana Barry from Anne of Green Gables --or if the doilies are not too precious and are knit in filet with references to the Diva's favorite pop-culture references from the 1990's through our current time. 
Really, just have fun, revelers and do whatever the hell you want! 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Yarn Bowl (Part 1)

Last night, I took my daughters with me to an event at Painted Earth that was organized by my Stitch n Bitch group. We painted yarn bowls. A yarn bowl is a bowl that has a slit or hole in the side. You put your working ball of yarn in the bowl, thread your yarn through the hole if it's a new project, or through the slit if it's a work in progress, and it helps keep the ball of yarn from bouncing all over the place or from rolling away as you pull more yarn from it. Click here for some examples of lovely yarn bowls.

Being the Doctor Who fan that I am, I attempted to paint the Exploding Tardis that was painted by a fictionalized Vincent Van Gogh in the episode, The Pandorica Opens.  Part of the problem, aside from a severe lack of formal art training, is that when painting on ceramics, the paints appear to not only be much lighter before they are to be fired in the kiln, but often a slightly different shade. So, here is the before shot of my yarn bowl:

The front of the bowl. Notice the slit with the hole at the end. The hole is supposed to be at the center of the explosion.

Aaaaaand, here's the back.

My daughters painted mugs. We are supposed to come back in a week to pick up our finished products. I'll post more pics then.

Friday, December 13, 2013

It's a Record!

If I don't do anymore posts this month, I will have broken my previous NaBloPoMo record of posting 12 days in a row before I let the day get away from me and forgot to publish a post. Tonight, I'm meeting my Stitch n Bitch group and we're going to paint yarn bowls at a local paint your own ceramics place. I'll post the preliminary results tomorrow, maybe. We don't get them back for few days while they are being fired in the kiln.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Love Me Dead

This is one of the songs that I can listen to over, and over, and over, and over. You will see me singing along and rocking out to it while I'm driving. I feel like I've experienced both sides of this. Is it a bad thing that I feel a little twinge of pride when I imagine this being sung about me? Is this a first step to becoming a Super-Villain?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Work In Progress Wednesday - The 4th Doctor Scarf

The colors looked closer to the correct colors when I was ordering the yarn online. This is why I don't like to order yarn online. A few days ago, I posted a pic of my yarn that had arrived (scroll past the mug pics). The colors look closer to how they looked online in the photo, thanks to lighting and my flash. For some reason, I ended up having to edit this one just to get it close. So this is my scarf so far. I'm using fingering/sock weight yarn instead of worsted weight and size 2 needles instead of...well the pattern suggests size 5 with worsted weight, but I think I'd end up using size 8. I cast on 66 as the pattern suggests. It is still going to be a fairly wide scarf in spite of the lighter weight yarn. I am pretty sure I'd cast on fewer stitches if I was using a heavier weight. I almost used a size 5 needle with this yarn, but my daughter, who will be wearing this scarf, preferred the tighter knit.