22 February 2008

Clowning Around

New project!


Yeah, I'm manic and keep casting on new projects. But this one's happy and fun and I'm learning something new!

"But Lilith, it's your standard toe-up, short-row sock," you say... or would say if you were one of the voices in my head.

"Look again," I say,"for things are not always what they seem!" And then I pull out...




That's right, two socks at once on one set of DPNs! Shiny, eh? It's very much like double-knitting. Half of the stitches are for sock #1, the other half for sock #2.


On the near needle, the purple stitches are sock #1 (with the knit side showing) and the yellow-to-blue stitches are for sock #2 (with the purl side showing).

Why am I doing this? Several reasons:

a. I wanted to try a new skill, and this is a pretty nifty one.
II. I love making socks.
3. I am in love with this yarn. It's the Ashabee's Fiber Oasis superwash merino in the Clown Wig colorway that I got in Portland.
☺. Anything that helps avoid Second Sock Syndrome has to be good, right?
V. I had a set of #0 DPNs lying around with nothing on them.

So yeah. Clown socks! Yay!

11 February 2008

Painting and Pictures

Okay. Two bits of news.

I've started Babette's makeover. She made her public debut at a local business and community expo (pics here) on Sunday where the Connecticut River SnB (newer, shinier version of TVSnB) represented the area's fiber folk. Here we have before and after:

babeinroom2 rightside

There's still some work to be done, but everyone says she's beautiful. More pics here.

Second bit of news: I have a new camera! Last year, David gave me a Nikon L3 point-and-shoot digital camera so I could shoot my projects without having to beg to borrow my sister's camera. It's a nice little camera, and it works well. I've had my eye on a digital SLR, though, so when (December 23rd) my father asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I asked if he'd consider a moderately expensive Christmas-and-birthday present. He agreed, and so last week I became the proud owner of a Canon Rebel XTi. Yum. Yum, yum, yum. Again, before and after:



I'm a happy camper. A happy camper with aching shins from six hours of spinning yesterday. Owwie.