Kitten + 2 Many Babies

Lately I have been lax in my picture-taking. There has been knitting, and a little bit of spinning, and good lord has there ever been stash expansion, but I don’t really have much photographic evidence of such. By the way, the amount of expansion is much less frightening if you don’t include knitting and crochet books as part of “stash,” which I happen to. There have been some good book sales lately.

I did, however, get some photos when my boyfriend and I were at the Magnetic Hill Zoo. Such as this one of me feeding some very gluttonous deer.

Kitten feeding deer

I wanted my boyfriend to get a picture of me with the baby goats, purely so I could caption it “Me and the kids,” but there were too many other people around at the time to get a clear shot. I took a lot of other photos, though, one of my favourites being of an alpaca that looks almost exactly like Tina Turner.

Tina Turner the alpaca

See? Does she (admittedly, I’m making an assumption when I say “she”) look like Tina Turner or what?

And although I didn’t take any pics of the fibre-y goodness inside London-Wul, I did pose outside of it.

I am a sheep.

Guess what. I didn’t buy any yarn at London-Wul at all.

Because I bought a new spindle and several small bags of roving. Yup, I really have to take some stash photos soon so that others may see the prettiness. The roving I bought at Singer the other day was especially pretty. Note to self: also take photos of my soap. I’ve just started melt and pour soap crafting. I’m not interested in trying any soapmaking methods involving lye anytime soon (by “soon” I mean “within the next couple of years”) because I am clumsy and messy. If you’re not into making soap, here’s the 411: melt and pour is soap crafting for morons (such as myself), but you can make really impressive-looking stuff that way. You take plain white or transparent soap base, melt it in the microwave (or in a double boiler on the stove, but really, which method do you think I use?), add fragrance(s), and usually colour(s), and sometimes other additives (i.e., honey, vitamin E, oatmeal, apricot seeds), mix, pour into molds, wait for the soaps to harden, and pop ’em out.

The current knitting projects include basic socks with Patons Kroy in Tutti Frutti Jacquard — hey, look, the Patons site has pictures of new Kroy colours; must find! — and a baby sweater.

light blue Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran

I’m attempting the Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. Too many people I know are spawning lately. My cousin’s wife is having twins; that seems excessive to me. I’m knitting the sweater in stockinette with a seed stitch border instead of garter stitch, and it started out fine because I am not a total moron, despite what I just said when I was talking about soap. The sleeves, however, are not going so well at all, so my plan is to throw myself on someone’s mercy tonight at Heather‘s and have them show me what would be a better way to increase for the sleeves than a backward loop cast-on, because that is totally not working out for me.

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2 Responses to Kitten + 2 Many Babies

  1. Heather says:

    Oh no! I forgot to help with the increasing! Have you figured it out?

  2. Kitten says:

    Don’t worry; you had (and apparently still have) important things on your mind. Right now I’m trying to use a knitted cast-on instead of backward loop for the increasing. We’ll see how that goes. Presumably I would be better at both of these methods if I ever used anything other than a long-tail cast-on…

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