Sunday, March 15, 2015
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Hey you! You say you're hardy, but Troops, you've been selected for hazardous duty. I'm pretty good with kids and dogs even though mine smell like they've been rolling in something dead (dogs, not kids). But plants? HA! You'll be lucky to live until June.
There! The challenge has been issued--let's see what you're made of.
Posted by ann I am at 12:42 PM
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
If you've somehow stumbled into AnnWorld, that must make you want to read on and anxiously await as the snappy thoughts just tumble from my fingertips to your eyes through the magic of electrical impulses.
In the vein of snappy original thoughts, I ask:
Posted by ann I am at 6:22 PM
Posted by ann I am at 5:48 PM
Saturday, November 30, 2013
I happened into Whole Foods sometime in mid-October and what should I see, but acres of stunning non-standard pumpkins. There were Cinderella pumpkins, and Fairytale pumpkins (maybe they were the same), white pumpkins, and green pumpkins, but the very best ones were the Rascal Pumpkins. I picked out the best Rascal.
The best feature of the best Rascal was the great stem and curlicue.
|THIS COULD HAVE BEEN CINDERELLA'S COACH|
|TWO STOCK POTS FULL|
|I GOT A BLISTER FROM CUTTING UP RASCAL PUMPKIN|
I'm thankful for you Rascal Pumpkin, you looked cool and your sweet meat will be soup and bread and muffins and maybe even a pie. I've saved a few seeds and maybe I'll grow you a cousin next year.
p.s. the Rascal Pumpkin is very very tasty.
Posted by ann I am at 12:26 PM
Sunday, May 26, 2013
So for the curious I offer this pictorial essay about weaving.
|Start with an idea--here a scarf pattern found in an issue of Handwoven Magazine|
|read the instructions and decide to make dishtowels, not a scarf, and further decide to use cotton, not the fibers used in the scarf|
|Rewrite the pattern (draft) in Ann-speak to||accommodate the changes|
|Select hopefully appropriate thread from the shelves in the workroom|
|Measure each of the 400+ threads to an exact length, here 6 yards|
|Move the threads to the loom and HOPE this doesn't happen--it does.|
|Wind the threads onto the back beam keeping them in order and untangled as they are here, even though it doesn't look like it.|
|Thread EACH of the 400+ threads through the eye of a metal device called a heddle without crossing the threads and whilst keeping them in the correct order for the pattern|
|Another shot of the lovely threaded heddles|
|Cut the towels off the loom and hem up the ends. At this point they are stiff and somewhat disappointing--not at all dishtowel-ish. They need to be washed and dried.|
That's it, except it takes hours and hours to dress (thread or warp) the loom. The weaving goes really fast unless you discover threading errors that have to be fixed or threads break.
Yeah, I know Walmart sells dishtowels. And, I was lying -- People don't really ask me to tell them how it's done, I just offer that info, but they do really glaze over and run away, can't understand why.
Posted by ann I am at 8:20 AM
Thursday, October 25, 2012
No, despite my BEST EFFORTS I did not get the vest done in time to enter it into the fair. I knit & knit & knit all day and until after 9:30pm the night before it was due and came to the realization that, despite having spun more yarn, I was going to run out again with just inches to knit and further, the whole thing looked
a bit incredibly wonky. The wonk-i-ness might be solved by a proper soak and blocking, but there wasn't time for that and so I went to bed, slept soundly, and put the vest in time out. It's still there . . . probably plotting to not be completed for fair time again NEXT year.
Since it's fall now, and since that is prime knitting time, I've taken a partial inventory of my yarn stash. Oh WoW! I have lots and lots of onesie and twosie skeins that are fit only for small projects--while those yarns make quite a mountain, they are not the subject of an oh WoW. The piles that evoke oh Wow-ness are those where the number of skeins of one type and color of yarn exceeds 10 and the yardage exceeds 1000 yards, or 1500 yards, or in one case 3000 yards. These piles are the sweater-worthy piles.
The sweater-worthy oh WoW yarn might have been purchased with a particular project in mind, but more likely because it was a good price. (or my favorite color, as most of it is green). I have spent
hours days pouring over patterns and have assigned suitable patterns to each pile. So, right now I have 3 cardigans, a vest (or two) and a shawl assigned to the oh WoW yarn. I've documented the yarn/pattern pairings in several places so I won't get off track. Thus, I am FIRMLY committed to stopping the endless pattern search, going with what I've decided, and ACTUALLY knitting the stupid lovely sweaters. (the success of this plan is not hampered in the least by the fact that for the third Christmas in a row I'm knitting on the same sweater for Sister Daughter).
BUT, as I was writing this post I noticed a new book on the shelf: Top Down Sweaters. I cannot proceed with my plan until I have ruled out making any of those sweaters with the oh WoW yarn.
Posted by ann I am at 9:28 AM