It’s a Letter, Man

LizzieLou | crafty,nablopomo | Saturday, November 24th, 2012


This is my first real “intarsia” project, with the multiple strands of colors all hanging like spaghetti from the back of the design in progress. All I can say is, “whew” and “not as bad as I thought it would be.”

( And since Lolly wasn’t the only one who thought I was trying to spell out “hi” with the yellow yarn, I’ll point out that the letter inside the diamond is a “J.” )

Recent Needle Related Exploits

LizzieLou | crafty,nablopomo | Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

I haven’t knit too many items so far this year. I have been working on larger items, most yet unfinished. I have done some smaller things, e.g. some “wedding bells” for my friends’ gay wedding, and a stash-reducing scarf that came out kinda cute.

One item that I did finally finish was the first sweater that I started a few years ago. Back then, in preparation of heading out into the world of knitting on my own, I bought one brown and one white skein each of a nice organic cotton. I tested a couple swatches, trying out some different kinds of stitches, and decided that I liked it so much I started a sweater: v-neck, size extra large. I don’t remember if I tested my gauge. (I hate doing that. I never match what the pattern says.) But I did learn that dye lot matters and you can’t make a sweater with one ball of yarn. I went out and got some more and kept knitting after the first ball was gone. Yikes! Stripes! I thought maybe I’d finish it just for me, for wearing around the house, because I still hadn’t purchased enough yarn to finish completely so the front was going to have mismatched dye lots too. I put it aside again and meanwhile made four and half other sweaters and an ark full of animals. This year, I finally got the rest of the yarn that I would need to finish and did the front and the sleeves and stitched the whole giant thing together. Done! It nearly fit me but was too snug-in-the-boobs (not shrinking) so I sent it to my dad for his birthday. He’s skinny and cold all the time so I thought it would be a nice soft, snuggly, TV-watching sweater for him.

Mom took a photo, which she sent me. While she uses a digital camera, she doesn’t know how to move those photos to her PC and email them. But she can print them from the data card and give it to the USPS to deliver. Here is my rendering of my mother’s photo of my skinny dad in the giant sweater I made:

drawn to scale

Lolly Even More Revealed

LizzieLou | crafty,lolly palooza,nablopomo | Friday, November 18th, 2011

… This is how I amuse myself.

Lolly Revealed

LizzieLou | crafty,lolly palooza,nablopomo | Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Who is this Lolly of whom I so frequently speak? Well, she won’t permit me to take any pictures of her, much less share them with the world. So… I made my own simulacrum.

She looks just like this, except for having a whole face with a nose and mouth. And generally she wears more clothes. What are some things that Lolly might do during a typical Thursday? Well, I’m glad you asked. Because I prepared an answer…

After rising from bed and breaking fast, Lolly gets right to work, making the world a more companionable place for roommates and lesbians.

After working for most of the day, Lolly might have time to run out to the grocery store and make us some dinner. Here she is a little windblown from her trip.

After dinner and her chores are done, Lolly may take a relaxing shower. (NSFW!)

At the end of the day, Lolly enjoys snuggling on the sofa with the kitties to read a book or watch some tv.

The End.

Feeling Animated

LizzieLou | comics,crafty,nablopomo | Friday, November 11th, 2011

Today I have been making photoshop drawings, for a damn good portion of the day actually. And now I am trying to learn how to put them all together to make a little animation. My cheeks are very hot and pink. Perhaps I will have to make an animation of my face getting hotter and pinker as I try to figure out this animation stuff. If I do, I’ll be sure to share it with you. Unless it kills me first.

The Green Yarn Coat

LizzieLou | crafty,nablopomo | Sunday, November 6th, 2011

aka “the imperial robe,” as Lolly named it, is so large that no matter how far I stand back from it, and no matter how landscapey I make the camera settings, this is all that I can fit in the frame…

It’s so big I wouldn’t be surprised if hippopotamuses were living in its pockets.

My First Socks

LizzieLou | crafty,nablopomo | Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Last month I finished knitting my first pair of socks for Lolly. (I did make one sock once before, but it was more of a heavy woolen foot mitten than a sock.) They are super soft and fuzzy…

I thought socks were going to be too hard for me, but as it turns out, not so much! So perhaps I’ll make some more, but not on the tiny sock needles that are like knitting with long toothpicks. I tried to do a pair on those too, with the light sock yarn, but it took me forever to go a half inch for one sock. No thanks. For regular sport socks, store bought ones are like sliced bread. Socks can be pretty labor intensive. I now know why people would go to the trouble to darn the damn things.

Sittin’ & Knittin’

LizzieLou | crafty | Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

That I’ve been doing lots of knitting is not new news, but here’s a gallery of some stuff I’ve made since the post in November 2010 (including the Xmas set mentioned below)…

… two regular owls, one franken-owl, two squirrels, one large giraffe, two bunnies, one duck (with a bunny stuffed inside it), one hat, two tiny pigs, one scarf, one cup cozy, two toddler sized sweaters, one mother’s day dish cloth, and a hippo. I also knitted one green sock, but I didn’t bother to take a picture of it.

Why so many critters? I guess because they are easy to get rid of once completed. You can only have so many scarves and hats and it’s nice having small (except for the giraffe) completed projects while working on other bigger things like sweaters. Although, honestly, I’ve only made three sweaters and two of them were for a 2.5 year old. Someone once mentioned how annoying it is to get awful, unwanted, knitted things from knitters who knit, so I’m a bit shy about creating wearables for people.

On Ravelry? Look for LizzieLouToo.

All Natural Organically Harvested Craft Fiber

LizzieLou | crafty,lolly palooza | Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Lolly gave my in-laws two birthday gift suggestions this year and fabulously they sent both, one being “The Best Non-Required Reading 2010” and the other being “Itty-Bitty Toys: How to Knit Animals, Dolls, and Other Playthings for Kids.” I was discussing my enthusiasm for some new knitting projects when I had the following idea….

Me: …Maybe I’ll make the Santa Claus figures from the knitting book for your parents for Xmas.

Lolly: Yeah, I think they’d like that. They do ornaments and decorations. Nice ones, special ones.

Me: …Maybe I can do the set, or one for each of them or something. I wonder… I think the pattern is to knit the santa heads and stuff, but maybe if it’s just some stitching I could make them look like them. I could make one with a red hair poof for your mom and one with a grey hair poof and a mustache for your dad…

Lolly: I think they’d like that.

Me: …or I can glue on some of Weezie’s hair for the poof…

Lolly: I don’t think they’d like that.

Me: …and… no? No cat hair? Aww.

Lolly: Well, maybe if you didn’t tell them.

Me: It’s “craft fur.”

Lolly: “All natural craft fur.” Is is organic? is Weezie organic?

Me: Of course she’s organic!

Lolly: I think the brush you use on her is organic. “Organically harvested!”

Me: If I just comb her with my fingers and take the hair that way, that is totally “organically harvested.”

Lolly: “No! It’s not cat hair! It’s all natural, organically harvested, craft fiber!”

fancy pants

LizzieLou | crafty,nablopomo | Sunday, November 8th, 2009

So I’m shuffling through my folder of blog post drafts to see what I feel like working on this evening, but I can’t decide. Then I realize it’s been a week of nablopomo already and I haven’t finished telling the things I was going to tell about what I’ve been doing yet and here it is already time to move on to kitten photos. Although, they tend to get incorporated into things anyway. I’ll try to keep up….

I’ve been knitting this year. I know, I was knitting before, but it has really been since I was toddling around in my boot that I put in a little more effort. I went with a friend over to the local yarn store and picked up a ‘refresher’ class (n=1). Which means I sat on the other end of the table from the beginner class. However, when I gave the yarn lady a blank stare when she told me to cast on, I slid on down the table. I did get to the purling part of the refresher however because I KICKED ASS on my garter stitch. You betcha!

Then I began to make some things which included the purling.

First I made yet another scarf, but this time a k2p2 ribbed one. Came out pretty good and I mailed to my sister.

Next I made a bag for my mother. Squares are good. At work we started a small knitting circle (a triangle actually) for a time, but then we got the feeling that our boss, while demonstrating interest and encouragement for our crafting in general, had intimated that perhaps work hours were not the best time for our group to meet. It wasn’t much of a group really, given that I was the most experienced of the three, and alas we disbanded.

Then I made a tank top, the Stitch n’ Bitch Mud Flap Girl Tank Top without the Mud Flap Girl because I thought I would end up sending it to whichever member of my family it ended up fitting. I kept getting asked the question, “If it is cool enough to wear something knitted, wouldn’t it be too cool to wear a tank top?” Ok. Good point, but I was knitting with cotton so perhaps it would be appropriate for a Cool Summer Evening. I mailed it off to my sister and as far as I know no one has worn it yet.

Then, a sweater for Little out of the left over tank-top cotton. It is harder than you might think to get correct measurement for a cat. They are twisty and bendy and don’t hold still very well. Result: too small of a sweater. It’s too short and I had to wear it around my leg for a while in order to stretch it because otherwise it would have strangled him. He can wear it, and he’s very sweet about it, but I know he wishes it was larger:



Then I had even more cotton yarn that I got on sale, but it was too pastel for anyone in my family to wear so I started making baby items for my college roommate who had one on the way. More items from the Stitch n’ Bitch book; I think they came out pretty okay:



(not the baby)

Now I’m working on a full size adult sweater. It started off as a goof, but then I got some momentum. But then I didn’t have enough yarn. Dye lot? Yeah, it matters. So maybe this one will be for me and I’ll start doing some more sweaters for my sister since winter is coming and she is small.

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