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Boy do I love life lines. I've used this one a couple times, but by Jove, I think I've got it. Some of the mishaps may have been caused by watching an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Man, that show is funny, and distracting.
Here's a closeup of the lifeline, subsequent filler stitches and Thea's paw.
The vertical row of locking stitch markers indicated decrease rows. I really don't want a huge amount of cinching required to hold this skirt up. When you have a 10 inch difference between hips and waist, that can be a substantial amount of extra fabric.
Here's a view of the whole skirt so far. There's only one spot in the house that gets much natural light and it's where Thea and Panda's bed resides. They seem to find it curious that the spot also becomes my photo studio, some days.
It's really easy to tell how far I've knit since I blocked the piece.
Tomorrow, I fly down to the greater San Fransisco area for a quick meet up with the owner of Stitch Diva Studios. We're finishing up another project together. That's all I can tell you for now, but I hope there'll be a sneak preview up in the near future.
A little while back, I posted this picture and lamented that my WooLee Winder wasn't filling evenly.
Well, June came through with a most excellent suggestion. If I twist the traveling loop so that it is angled towards the smaller end, it will shift everything in that direction, resulting in a more even feed.
It's going to take some fine tuning, but I'm definitely seeing improvement.
The skirt is progressing. After taking this photo, I threw in a lifeline and am now deciding how I want to work the chevrons into flat stitches. The key is not only making smooth transition from the zigzag to flat, but also adjusting the gauge which changes from 8 stitches per inch in chevron to 6 stitches per inch flat.
And look, my garden gave me another bloom. I am pleased.
Quite a few more buds have popped up and several look ready to burst open in the next day or two.
I don't know how obvious it is to you, but I think we have two different varieties of Cosmos here. The smaller flower actually has slightly different shaped petals than the bigger one. I may be totally wrong but since we dumped several different mixes of seeds here, I think it's possible.
I've worked with Donna before and am really looking forward to the interview. Expect lots of questions about the book and her travels and maybe some little tangents into her other interests. I just hope that I'm able to come up with questions she hasn't already answered a million times.
It seemed about time to move the skirt to some waste yarn and see how it's coming along. I have mixed feelings
- The crochet: I think the motifs are cute and hang nicely.
- The colors: While I don't usually buy these colors for myself, I think they are lovely and the colors compliment each other nicely.
- The chevrons: Who doesn't like chevron? It breaks up the horizontal nature of the subtly variegated yarn.
Things I don't like:
- Yarn choice: I feel like the main yarn should be a little drapier. I don't feel there's enough weight to the piece to pull off the effect I'm envisioning
- Skirts: I don't wear skirts. What the hell am I thinking?
- Shape: Would a-line instead of straight have been better?
I'll probably finish the piece, just to see how it comes out, but I'm starting to think there may have been a better project for these yarns.
On the plus side, I should have 300 or more yards of the main yarn leftover when I'm done. What will I do with it? I dunno. I'll have it nonetheless.
I've been spinning bits of the Corriedale, here and there. It's been quite relaxing and mindless.
I'm annoyed, though, with my Woolee Winder. It's great, don't get me wrong, but it really upsets my sense of balance that it doesn't load the yarn evenly. Some of it appears to be that the whorls from Schacht aren't perfectly machined. There's an ever so slight gap, but I'm realizing that it's not enough to account for the severity of the imbalance.
Has anyone else who has a Woolee Winder seen this and if so, is there a way to fix it?
Oh and Thea had her stitches taken out and has been taking full advantage of the ensuing belly rubs.
She's such a little floozy.
You know how I said that spinning puts Thea to sleep? Well, that seemed as good an excuse as any to spend some quality time with El Matchador.
But once I plied the yarn and skeined it, I had, what appeared to be, a relatively small amount of fiber remaining, so I figured, what the heck, I'll spin up the rest.
The result is a skein that is 297 yards long and a second skein that is 217 yards long. Added to the 225 yards I already have, I have a total of [insert calculator here] 739 yards. That should be plenty to finish the piece.
Thea helped me with the photoshoot. It's nice that we can have both an out of focus AND poorly lit image. She's really an artiste.
I'm not going to do another whole round up of the yarn, since I've already done one here and it's the same, only different, or whatever. I will say that I continue to really enjoy spinning this yarn. It is well prepared, with only a little bit of vegetable matter and the colors are gorgeous.
In my next post, I start doing the spinning equivalent to making a gauge swatch. Good girl, Marnie, here's a cookie.
Quick question, would anyone out there be interested in some very basic tips for using Photoshop to adjust color and exposure in an image? I'm no expert and I sort of wonder if anyone who can afford Photoshop, already knows it well enough, not to need any help, but if folks are interested, I'd be happy to do a tutorial. Just leave a comment with your thoughts.