An exploration of my life as I know it. Knitting, working, creating, and cat-wrangling.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Productive Weekend


First off, I'd like to thank everyone that commented on my last post.  It meant a lot to Ray and I to know that so many people were thinking of us and of Zombie too.  The house just isn't the same without her and I think even Sam (reluctant as they were to like each other) misses having her around.  Oh, she was such a sweetheart.

Well like a lot of grieving people, I tried to keep myself busy, so as to keep my mind off things.  Aside from going for several bike rides, breakfasts, dinners, and movies this weekend; I also worked on some knitting projects.


This is an inner tube from Ray's bike tire that went flat this weekend.  I had seen inner tubes made into straps for bags before, but just never had one lying around.  I attached it to the Spork Felted Courier Bag that I knit ages  a while ago and never got around to finishing.  Well, technically it's still not done.  I need to put the buckles on the flaps still, but it's a little closer.  And now I have a motive for finishing it too, this bag is going to be sold at the market.  I have a gajillion bags and I don't really need another one.  Plus the money will help to pay for Zombie's final medical bills.  Not the most cheery of causes, but necessary none the less.

In the there's-no-way-this-going-to-be-anyone-else's category of knitting news:


Ewww, what the hell is that?!!  And why would you want to keep it?!  Well, "that" is just over 100 yds of Malabrigo super bulky thick & thin (color: Rosa viejo) knitted into a scarf that kind of looks like a really pretty tape worm.  That is until you do this:


Ahhhhhh.  Much better.  This is the Alpine Cable Scarf from Andrea Tung's Hats, Mittens, & Scarves Deck.  It knits up really quick (which is good for the crazy person that decides she just has to knit a Malabrigo scarf in the middle of summer), and looks great once it is blocked.  I'm not sure how well it will keep it's shape once I'm wearing it for a while, but I won't have to worry about that for at least 3 more months (fingers crossed).

I've also started working on the second half of my Seven Deadly Ribs Wrist Warmers, and after trying to follow my own pattern realized that I am an idiot.  I totally had to fix the whole pattern, and it's still not quite how I want it.  However, I can live with it because it's pretty much my first real design pattern.  Plus I'm too lazy to go through and figure out how to make that crazy cable cross in the other direction (I have a feeling it would require starting the 1x1 rib with a purl instead of a knit.  Don't ask me why, apparently working on that pattern immediately turns off my brain and I can't even figure out the simplest repeat.)  I'll have pictures of those up when they're done and Maura has had a chance to photograph them properly.

Well, it's now late and my bed is calling.  Off to cuddle a kitty.

1 comment:

Little Hen Knits said...

Hi Tina, Thanks again for you listening to me the other day. The photos of Zombie are very nice and I hope you are doing better. Your Malabrigo Cabled scarf is also quite lovely.
Big Hugs Girl!!!