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Sheepy Chucks July 25, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — crazymonkeycreates @ 2:29 am

I first saw the sheepy Chucks on another knitblog. I knew then I had to have them. Today, I convinced my husband to take me to the place of evil — I mean, the mall, to Journeys, which has the blue sheepy Chucks. has the pink ones, which Ellen showed off last week. I figure the blue ones are more “me”. (The link around the picture goes to the “large” 800×600 photo.)

Sheepy Chucks

I got both this pair and a nice all-purpose grey pair, which are my first new Converse All-Stars in about 5 years. I was down to a single pair of shoes — the green ones I’ve been wearing now that the weather’s hot. My blue ones that Ben bought me for Christmas 2002 are getting tossed because they’re shot, the black ones he bought that Christmas have already gone… so I was down to the one pair, which weren’t doing too well. (Yes, he got me 3 pairs of shoes for Christmas, and the kind I wanted. He wasn’t even married to me yet!)

I’ve since laced them the way I like it — over the bottom, then under each set of eyelets, skipping the top pair.


Knitting Podcasts July 21, 2007

Filed under: podcasts — crazymonkeycreates @ 11:59 pm

In addition to my monthly audiobooks, I like to listen to podcasts while I commute. I’ve been trying, REALLY trying to listen to knitting podcasts, but… I don’t know.

Knitting Uncensored: I had to turn this one off after the really bad “green eggs and ham” parody. At least, I think that’s who it was. I know I had to turn off whatever podcast it was after that. I was trapped in the car with a ‘green eggs and ham’ parody. That’s all I knew. And then they talked about socks. Which, fine, whatever, but no, I couldn’t listen. If it wasn’t knitting uncensored, I apologize, but I didn’t have the attention span. It might have been Socks in the City, but that podcast is labeled “shawls”.

Lime n’ Violet: I know a lot of people like them, but I’m not one of them. I dialled back to pick up some of their earlier stuff, and picked up the latest one, too. I just felt like I had walked into someone else’s knit group, where they thought something was funny, and I just didn’t get it. (You know what I mean, you walk into a group of people, and someone says “And then I said ‘peanut butter sandwiches’?” and everyone laughs except you.)

Socks and the City: another one I had a hard time listening to. I think she was in her husband’s studio, but it was still kinda um yeah like that. Hard to hear in some places, and then too loud if I turned the volume up to hear. I had an audiobook like that once, and had to resort to turning it up and just dealing with it. (I complained to audible, and they credited my ‘credit’ back.)

The Knitpicks Podcast: It’s probably just me, but Kelly Petkun sounds a little like my friend Anne from knitgroup. She’s a little stiff, but she’s interesting –without being giggly. I think as the podcasts go on, she’ll be able to stop reading her podcast so closely.

I tried very hard to like these knitting podcasts. I like some podcasts — I have a couple in my list that I listen to every week, but I’m very picky. The only one from this list that goes on the ‘keep’ pile is the Knitpicks Podcast.

Anyone have a favorite knitting podcast that isn’t on this list? I’ll take a listen to pretty much anything once. If it gets put in my regular rotation, all the better. I have ~2 hours a day of commute to fill, 4 days a week. I usually get through a month ok on This American Life and my audible subscription, but sometimes there are lulls. I’ve been filling them with music from my ipod, but I’d like to be able to find a good knitting podcast that I can listen to without feeling like I’m the last one to the party, and listening in on other peoples’ conversations, or feeling like I’m being talked down to (a problem I had with some of the gardening podcasts).


Handspun Goodness July 19, 2007

Filed under: 2007,spinning — crazymonkeycreates @ 7:08 pm

May I present … Colorado Sunrise.

Dyed Roving - Colorado Sunrise
Colorado Sunrise - Detail
4 skeins of merino goodness

Weighing in at a total of 8 oz, and 360 yards, the yarn is beautiful and squishy and … BALANCED. Not too terribly surprising, but my handspun is getting prettier and prettier. I did ‘wet-finish’ my skeins, by letting them have a nice bath in some no-rinse wool wash, and drip-dry, but there were no weights applied, no stretching mechanisms to make the wool sit up straight and be balanced. Why am I bragging about my yarn being balanced, when I’m definitely not? Because balanced yarns don’t bias. Balanced yarns’ stitches don’t lean. They’re pretty and give great stockinette. 😉

Edited to add: All 4 skeins have been sold… woo hoo!


Secret knitting and in-progress spinning July 14, 2007

Filed under: 2007,photography,sock,spinning — crazymonkeycreates @ 12:13 am

Sigh. No yarny pictures with this one, either. My sock pal’s socks are done, and the second pair on the needles from the NOT VERY CHRISTY colored roving.

I threw some merino roving (from the llama store, of course) into the dyepot this morning when I got up, and used the microwave for the first time to dye, because my normal dyeing rig was covered with bottles of dye powder, sheet pans, and the dye pans I usually use. We’ll see what comes out.  I’m planning on spinning yarn that I’m going to call Colorado Sunrise. Blues, purples, greys, and a pink and orange mixture, all proportioned according to the ‘golden ratio’. The smallest piece of the roving was 24g, and I made each successive piece ~1.618 times larger, the largest being101g. The roving was cooling when I left, and will be rinsed, dried, and photographed pre-spinning.

While I don’t have yarny photos to share, I figured I’d share these non-yarny photos that I took at Black Forest Regional Park.

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It’s done, it’s done… July 1, 2007

Filed under: 2007 FO,game,pdf — crazymonkeycreates @ 2:54 am

Oh, you don’t know what I’m talking about. Ok, I’m talking about Sheep – Rock – Grass, the print-and-roll dice.

While we were out driving in the middle of nowhere, we came upon some sheep in a field. I squinted at them. “Are those sheep?” I asked my husband. “Or rocks that look like sheep?” Because, you see, from a distance, groups of granite boulders have a similar look to sheep standing in a field. A few minutes later, we passed some sheep nearer to the road. “Those are sheep,” I said. “You can tell because they’re eating grass. Rocks don’t eat grass.” And to that, my husband said “I don’t know. I’ve never played Sheep – Rock – Grass.”

An idea was planted. A few days’ work with illustrator, and *BAM* a cute PDF for you to print and play.

Edit: Click the sheep to play.