Archive for July, 2008

I am in love!

posted Monday, July 21st, 2008

Look what came today!  I ordered this not quite two weeks ago (I think it’s two weeks tomorrow?) from Crazy Monkey Creations.. and it was custom built for me last week, and shipped to me on Thursday!  Talk about FAST service for something built to order 🙂   I ordered the 2 yard electric model.  It’s not enormous either – which means it will be easy to keep out of the way when I’m not using it, unlike my PVC monster.

New toy!

It is beyond fabulous.. beautifully designed and beautifully crafted, and much much much better than my super cheap PVC skeiner that I kept whacking my hand on while skeining 🙂

I love the “fingers” on the arms.. so graceful.  I think that’s my favorite part (well, after the whole being electric bit)!  There are marks on the arms to easily measure out 1 yard, 1.5 yard, and 2 yard skeins, but you can go anywhere inbetween there, even smaller and a little bit bigger.  There are little clips on two of the arms to hold your yarn too – no more tying knots, and the clips actually hold VERY well!

New toy!

And I repurposed parts of my old skeiner.. to make a yarn mast to assist in winding cones!  Since the skeiner goes faster than I could ever hope to safely hold the yarn to guide it off the cone, this was sort of necessary.  I am going to redesign it a bit when I feel like cutting the PVC to work better, and then I plan on filling it with plaster to weigh it down and stop it from wobbling, but even considering that, it still worked very well (oh yeah, and the scale… that’s how I measure skeins.. shh!)

Yarn mast

After assembling it (took about 5 minutes), in less than 10 minutes I had skeined nearly 2lbs of BFL, and 2 4oz skeins of laceweight.  Yeah, I think this is an improvement – all that would have taken me well over an hour before!

Little Longies

posted Monday, July 21st, 2008

I love how these are working up, and the colorway is doing perfectly spiraled stripes 🙂

Zen String Longies

I cast on this morning, got about 1″ into the waistband, and got that much done while chatting with our knitting group this afternoon. I’m actually a few rows into the legs now, after watching some TV this evening, but I didn’t feel like taking another set of pictures before putting it away. I expect the rest will go fairly quickly now, but I still need to think about how I want to finish the cuffs and what sort of embellishing I want to do. Since I think the colorway is slightly on the girly side of gender neutral, I would love to do something simple and swirly.. I think it would be really cute.

Step One :)

posted Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Acquire fencing!


It is beautiful, isn’t it?  It was free, which makes it even better.  Not sure how much we have, but it’s a start, anyways.



  • Step Two: Install Fencing
  • Step Three: Get Sheep

I’m sure it will be a little while!

Another ribby pair, and some blog tweaks :)

posted Thursday, July 17th, 2008

I am thrilled with these… 2×1 ribbing, all the way down the foot. I had some (serious) issues with each sock, but thankfully because of where the problems were located, I did my best to just forget about it while my work was on the machine, I was able to confidently handle both of those when I was finished – which was MUCH simpler than trying to deal with it on the machine.  These are short ankle length socks since they are knit from the leftovers of the first pair.. I tried a picot hem on the top to see how it would work/function, and I think it would be fine on a taller pair of socks.. it’s a little loose around the ankle though, but this pair was more of an experiment than anything else, so I’ll just keep that in mind for next time.  Aside from being a smidge loose at the tome, these are a nice length though, and the hem even looks cute folded over, so it’s all good.

short ribby socks

Blog Tweaks

I don’t know how many readers there are out there that might have noticed, but my progress bars have been MIA a few times over the past few days as I have been tweaking the code for them (a lot). I’ve generally made a grand mess of things and I need to sit down and clean up my both my CSS and my code (I have bits commented out all over the place, and I’m doing with three files what I think *could* be done with just one), but I got a few things working that have been bothering me for a while.


  • Added day of the month to the started/finished dates (originally ravelry had no day field)
  • Added finished date to FO’s (since this was recently added to the JSON, along with a few other fields)
  • Added a “recent FO’s” section to my sidebar – since a lot of my projects don’t actually end up being “in-progress” at all, I thought this was a nice addition
  • Added happiness info (thanks to code provided by pocketsize on Ravelry) to my sidebar and on the FO’s gallery page
  • Overlayed happiness/comments/favorited info on my project thumbnail on the sidebar images.  That’s something I’d been wanting to get working for a while, I just abandoned it a while back not wanting to deal with the CSS (it really wasn’t that hard though, I’m just lazy).  I even made super tiny icons to go with that, but I’m not completely happy with the smileys… I wish they were clearer, but I haven’t yet found any the size I want, and attempts to make my own have ended in failure.
  • Added titles to the comments and favorites, so you get a ‘tooltip’ with more information

Things I want to do:

  • Show the medium flickr image when you rollover the thumbnails.  Not sure how I want to do that exactly, or where to even start with the code, but since I added the little rollovers to the comments and favorites, it had me thinking about those thumbnails. Solved this by using lightbox, and tweaking my code to include a link to flickr in the image caption to abide by their TOS.  Pretty happy with this, though I’d like to include more project information in the caption, but I’ll work on that later.
  • I’ve been trying to decide if I want to do anything with my notes info as well.  I don’t reliably utilize this on ravelry now – sometimes I include useful information, and sometimes I don’t, and sometimes what I put is a little bit cryptic. Decided I don’t need to do anything here 🙂
  • I would also like to get some math working to display the amount of time it took to complete a project.  So if something was a one-day project for me, I think it would be nice if my FO page reflected that… and likewise, if something took a while, I think that can be helpful to see as well. Done!  I’d like to make it a little better (display weeks and days for projects that take a while – say more than 30 days) but for now it’s a good start – most projects only take me a few days anyways. Ok, I’m really DONE now!
  • I want to break hibernating projects out and reformat them.  Currently they are marked as hibernating by a small addition of code, but I’d like to be able to apply specific CSS to them that would be different than the “active” progress bars.  Currently the recent FO’s and the active bars use essentially the same CSS, and I’m fine with that – the FO’s of course just don’t include the progress bar itself. Done!

Ribby Socks!

posted Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

I got brave and tried a pair of ribbed socks this morning. I only dropped one stitch, and that was when I was transferring the ribbing stitches on the first sock onto cylinder needles – I didn’t make sure the last one had an open latch, and thus it dropped when I went around and attempted to knit it. BUT, being a purl stitch, it was super easy to pick those stitches up (since those are knit on the inside), so it wasn’t a problem at all.

Rib Socks

I’m quite happy with them, and it was WAY easier than I expected! Maybe tomorrow I’ll try a pair with a ribbed foot too 🙂

Rib Socks

The yarn is the new Imagination sock yarn from KnitPicks – it’s really nice, very soft, and the colors are pretty neat too!