Fruitcake Knits

A sporadically updated blog that encompasses many creative activities

so much for the frequent updates

she says a week later. remembering to take pictures in daylight is hard!
So I’m back home. This can only mean one thing: CATS!


Knitting news. Pathetically neglected Blanket Of Doom has been picked up again! A few months ago, I almost finished one side but didn’t want to do the crochet bind off. Sad but true. Now the third of the four sides is done –

I intend to finish the blanket this month, but… things happen.

Things like shawls. The Garden Shawl is growing faster than expected. If only I could remember how I blogged shawls like this when it’s so hard to show the thing when scrunched up on a needle.

Finally… hobbit rulz t3h earth.

Comments (18) December 13, 2006 @ 9:21 pm |

happy gnu year

Zibi Bois orders yarn pr0n, Zibi Bois gets yarn pr0n. Such is life.
The doily has been slow going, but hopefully will be a FO by the end of the week so I can get back to whatever I was doing before starting this doily.* At round 121, I keep counting 29 stitches x 24 repeats. I don’t want to believe I have 696 stitches per round – that would take ages to knit each round, no? So behold – thread pr0n. Does this suit your fancy, Zib?

Perhaps you want to see it getting cozy with some Knitpicks laceweight?

I tried pairing it with some worsted weight yarn, but the heavier yarn was such a bully, trying to overpower this innocent 44/2 linen. Big meanie!

Linen thread and laceweight not quite your style? Uhh… ummm… how about some HPY. Edjido 160 in Capricornio… picked up two hanks of it while I was ordering a Festivus present last month. I’m not usually attracted to multicoloured yarns, but it cried to me.

Think that’s all the pr0n I can muster for today.

In other news – have you ever looked at your keyboard? Really, really looked at your keyboard? Peered between the keys, wondering what lurks beneath? I did. It wasn’t pretty. My keyboard is a beautiful creature, but what lived beneath the keys did not reflect that beauty. What’s a gal to do but pry off all the keys and take a picture. Most of that seemed to be cat hair and corn chip dust. Pretty much describes this house. A trip through the sink and the keyboard was much happier, though some of the smudges refused to come out. The real excitement came in putting the keys back on. You’d think this would be easy, all of them being lettered and numbered and such. Well… uhh… most of my keys were painted purple or blue. Just one of those things that makes sense at 2AM. So could the keys be reattatched in any order? No luck again… they have different shapes to make them fit on different rows and such. Grr. I never though I’d need to use fingernail polish remover on a keyboard. The worst part? The arrow keys. I hadn’t painted them, but they were the most troublesome to put back – they’re all… arrows. The way they’re shaped, they each have one home. They all look the same. Can’t really tell it’s wrong until it’s stuck back in place and you’re using the arrow keys for something useful and can tell it’s not the correct key. D’oh! But my keyboard is clean now. When I look between the keys, I see plastic, not… gunk.

Fritty is a bit irate that more people don’t adore her. Must be my fault for not updating her blog often enough – taking it out on me by abandoning my bed for Brotherling’s. What a traitorous wench.

* I haven’t touched the socks in a full week. Still sitting in whatever bag I took to the SnB. The chart I’m using for Pi R Square keeps disappearing, and the magazine it’s taken from slipped behind some furniture. I have not cared quite enough to fish it out yet. The green sweater which I keep failing to blog about has 13″ of body done. The end.

Comments (165) January 3, 2006 @ 3:59 pm |

petroyarn shawl

This is the shawl Mom asked me to knit for her mom; she told me to make it like the blue KSH shawl I just finished and showed me what yarn she wanted me to use. 1000 meters later…

(yeah. 300 meters of kidsilk haze or 1000 meters of a worsted weight acrylic. I really don’t know how that works.)

I tried an edging, and it looked niceish – until I ran out of yarn. Froggity frog frog not that far! So that’s with as narrow of a knit-on edging as you can get short of it being a basic bind off… I think. For being acrylic, I almost like it. It’s lumpy, though. The parts where the yarnovers are right next to the decreases are fine; it’s where the row of decreases ain’t anywhere near the yarnovers that makes it lumpy. Don’t know if I like the lumpiness. Not sure what Mom thinks of it. I hope she likes it enough so she won’t ask me to knit the green furry version, too.

Anyway! Yesterday Michael’s had a… yarn event. Pretty much sitting around a couple of tables and knitting and/or crocheting. About a dozen people showed up. The main event? A competition for fastest knitter or crocheter. I’d really hoped to have met some good competition. No such luck. Come 2 PM… a couple of knitters on the opposite side of the table who’d been watching me refused to enter… leaving just me and one other person in the running. So the gourdess pulled out the boxes of needles and yarn… passed around the needles… let us pick a ball of yarn… and being the rodent I am, I held the needles as chopsticks and picked out a ball of yarn. This sufficently entertained the other to keep her off balance. Final score? 60 sts on #8 needles, working in stockinette for three minutes… 132 sts. The other person had 77. Mine is hardly a good time, considering how good some are, but being the second slowest at that Michael’s I scored an interesting gift basket. This, among other questionable treasures, is up for swap for anybody who can find my hoops and jump through them. Identifying what the hoops are is the hard part.

Someone I know who works at one of the Dallas-area stores said that the winner of hers knit 147 sts in three minutes. That I’d like to have seen. Fritty doesn’t care, though. She just wants to be adored.

(she threatened to leave a hairball on my bed if I didn’t post that.)

Comments (13) November 14, 2005 @ 11:57 pm |
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