bumble bee

Mar 30th, 2009 motif monday
bee

I figure it’s been long enough since the penguin to release another animal for the Motif of the Week. I’m trying not to overload you with too many animals/foods too close together, but there are a lot of those on my list! While animal motifs seem like a really obvious choice because of how cute and universally appealing they are, they pose a challenge because…

summon sleeves

Mar 26th, 2009 knitting
tempest fronts

Ever time I take out my knitting in public recently, people ask if I’m working on the sleeves of my Tempest. Actually, those tubey pieces of knitting in the picture are the two cardigan fronts, and I still have the sleeves to go. The loose gauge from knitting sock yarn on 6’s makes the stockinette really curly, so they do kind of look like sleeves…

april showers

Mar 23rd, 2009 motif monday
umbrella

For those among you who are strictly orthodox in their observation of holiday and seasonal themes, I am probably about a week early with today’s motif. Maybe the umbrella would have been a good way to inaugurate April’s charts with a little seasonal rain. I just couldn’t hold this post back, though! The simple lines and plain colors of this graphic make for a really…

orangey appeal

Mar 22nd, 2009 dyeing, knitting

What is this strange-looking yarn caterpillar? Why, that’s the Maplewing Shawl in its infancy. I cast on all the 600 stitches last night, and absolutely held my breath during those first few looong rows, praying that the numbers worked out and no stitches dropped off into that cast-on edge oblivion! Now that I am a little ways into the charts, the stitches are more secure,…

malabrigo march

Mar 20th, 2009 yarn p8rn fridays
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I couldn’t let the month of March go by without doing a fiber Friday post featuring Malabrigo, right? It is Malabrigo March after all. Today’s yarn is my most recently acquired Malbrigo, though certainly not my only skein. I bought this to make Pasha the penguin, since I already had all the other colors I’ll need in my stash. I haven’t had the chance to…