Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Don't look back

Nikita and Rocky with looking aheadThe comment problems are over and the Wordpress version of Yarn Is My Metier is open for business. To receive notification of blog updates, you'll have to change your subscription.

Thanks for everything. Now go catch up on the latest post!

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

I can take a hint

Breaking up is hard to do, especially if you were best buddies in the beginning. I loved me some Blogger - so much so that I even got the hoodie and wore it proudly. Those were the salad days before Google and big development budgets.

Now they're pulling the plug on support for those of use who publish our blogs via FTP. They may just as well have said, "We don't care where you go, but you can't stay here." This is just the push I needed to revisit migrating to another publishing application. I tried it about 3 years ago but back then, this snappy export tool didn't exist. Makes the once-onerous task a whole lot easier.

I've spent the past few days putting the new blog together. You can take a peek if you like. I'm still having issues with comment notification but if you post, there is a way for me to see them. I do welcome your feedback.

There's another little hitch. I was able to import all previous posts and comments, but I cannot update your syndication subscription. If you want to get a jump on things, you can go ahead and subscribe to the new site by using the new feed. Aside from the "It's Alive!" message, this is likely my last post from Blogger.

Although this migration has taken the lion's share of my time, I did manage to finish one of the legwarmers. The second one is already on the needles. I know this falls under the category of "crossing the bridge before coming to it," but I couldn't resist the charms of "Citron" by Hilary Smith Callis. My only question now is should I make it in fuchsia, pale yellow or wine?

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

FO: Simply 17

When I was in my early teens, my friends and I would go downtown to the movies. Any remaining money we had would be pooled to buy munchies and drinks at the corner snack shop. I always remembered this place because it was a remnant of a bygone era, with its huge neon sign above the door in cotton candy colors, surrounded by blinking marquee lights proclaiming "17."

Today's project put me in the mind of that place because it was also made possible by leftovers. Say hello to "Simply 17," a striped garter stitch scarf:

FO: Simply 17 modeled by Rocky T. Cat
"Am I a super-model yet?" - Rocky*


Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Bulky (approx. 1/2 skein) in South Shore (MC) and Lilac (CC)
Needles: (2) 9 US / 5,5 mm bamboo dpns

1. Using MC, cast on 17 stitches
2. Knit MC back to RS edge
3. Pick up CC and knit up and back, creating one ridge
4. Repeat 2 and 3 until piece measures 36" / 92 cm, ending with CC row at RS edge.
5. Pick up MC and continue for another 14" / 36 cm. Bind off and weave in ends.

You'll end up with a petite scarf that is two-thirds subtle stripe and one-third softly variegated (or solid, depending on the yarn you choose).

FO: Simply 17 garter stitch scarf
By the way, Rocky's first turn on the granite catwalk lasted an entire 3 seconds. Harrumph! No cat pants for you!

FO: Simply 17 no longer modeled by Rocky T. Cat
"Whaddya mean I won't get paid in tuna???" - Rocky

*Thanks to Monica for the suggestion that Rocky needed a scarf and to domesticat's crew for showing him how it's done.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

The Little Things

If you've ever been away from something for a long time, you'll understand when I tell you how difficult it becomes to return to it.

When it came to relating crafting stories, I felt dried up; choking on the sameness and wanting something else. I kept waiting for the spark of inspiration or the kind of project deserving of your attention because I figured that's what was needed for me to legitimately re-engage. That is, until I observed the pure joy displayed by a 2 year old girl when I gifted her with a colorful pair of mitts the other night. She rolled around and modeled and mugged for the camera, all the while flashing her infectious smile.

FO: Luxy's Mitts
A girl and her new "sleevies"
They're little things - perhaps 4 inches in length - but they (and she) reminded me that I didn't need a grand gesture or an intricate something requiring serious examination. Yes, she put them on backwards but she no matter. Luxy was having fun. In that moment, I found clarity. This isn't life and death. It's just the occasional missive that I put out into the world; my "Hello. I've missed talking with you." Could it be any simpler than that?

Lorna's Laces Bulky (South Shore and Lilac) - leftovers from Thorpe (Ravelry link)
Four size 10 US / 6 mm dpns

Toddler Mitts in LL bulkyCast on 20 stitches, placing 10 on one needle and 5 each on the remaining 2 needles. Join in a circle and knit 12 rows of k1,p1 ribbing.

If you've ever made mittens in the round, you know the rest: increase for the palm, make room for the thumb then knit rounds until you reach the appropriate length. I topped out these mitts with 3 garter ridges and a little single crochet, but you can do ribbing or ribbon or roll edge - whatever your heart desires.

For those not comfortable with these loosey-goosey instructions, I heartily suggest you add Ann Budd's "Knitters Handy Book of Patterns" to your library. It can be a lifesaver!

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