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Excited to be at Alamo Drafthouse for A Christmas Story feast — Chinese food and fuuuuudge. This is the first time my parents have been in town when a feast’s going on, and they love this movie, so now they’ll get to see why the Alamo is so awesome. (We aren’t big drinkers, or drinkers at all in my Mom’s case, so “they bring you beer while you watch a movie” isn’t a selling point as it is for most folks.

I’ve resolved to catch up on blogging this year’s knitting, if not by the actual end of this year, then in January. In the meantime, have a picture of the menu.

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Even as a beginning knitter, I never made a plain garter scarf, or even a stockinette scarf. BORING. My first project was a pair of fingerless gloves that had a cast off, cast on slit for the thumb. Despite my love of the franchise, I have never knit a Doctor Who scarf and probably never will.

The trendy new thing in yarn this year, at least going by my local yarn stores, is novelty yarn designed to make us re-evaluate the simple scarf with impulse-buy price points and nearly instant gratification projects. Which is to say, I’m kind of addicted to frilly scarves. Even though the pattern for them is basically, “cast on between 4 and 12 stitches, and knit every row until you run out of yarn”.

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This one is Flounce yarn, by Knitting Fever. It’s a ribbon yarn that unfolds into a fishnet mesh, which you crochet or knit by poking the needle about 1/4 of the way down from the top of the ribbon, so it has enough strands to not break. (I find this easier to accomplish with a crochet hook than by knitting.) As with all of these yarns, you don’t ever pull the entire strand of ribbon through a stitch, which leaves the rest of the strand to puff out and create the texture. Flounce looks like feather boa without the feathers, and tends to inspire people to hum burlesque riffs. I’ve made two of these now, both for five year old girls. They appreciate the pink and purple and frilly, and don’t yet know anything about stripper music.

cha-cha

This is Trendsetter’s Cha-Cha yarn. The store sample dragged me in because the ruffles stacked on each other so densely that it looked like brain coral. Brains! Around my neck! I’m not sure why mine doesn’t really give the same effect, but I’m still knitting this one so maybe it needs a good blocking/petting. This yarn is nice because it clearly delineates for you where you’re supposed to be knitting, and what part of the yarn you’re supposed to just leave alone to do its own thing. I find it’s just as easy to knit this as to crochet it. You have to manually place each ‘box’ on the needle, but since I’m a thrower I do that anyway. Unlike the other yarns, which are all acrylic, this one also has some wool content (and is priced accordingly).

The real show-stopper is Filatura di Crosa’s Moda tape yarn:
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The netting is bigger and sturdier than the fine strands of Flounce, and reminds me more of a chain link fence than fishnets. You knit into just the topmost link, like for the Cha-Cha. Some colorways have gold or silver sparkles on one edge. Everyone at The Happy Ewe said, “That’s a ridiculous looking scarf”, followed immediately by, “I have to have it!” The Wednesday night spinning group cleaned them out of the sparkle-added yarns when we saw them.

I’m not keeping this scarf for myself, though. I’ve entered it in the Magick4Terri auction over on Livejournal. I grew up reading fantasy and urban fantasy (which back in the day meant Faerie creatures in an urban environment, not the sparkly vampires and paranormal romance that seem to be stealing that label these days). Terri Windling’s name on an anthology always meant there would be Good Stuff inside, so even though I’m not a famous author or artist I wanted to contribute something to the auction. I figure the “ooh, sparkly” appeal, along with being able to get it to a US buyer before Christmas, should help draw at least a couple bids.

I know anyone reading this (Bueller? Bueller?) is probably a knitter who can make her own scarf, but maybe you have non-knitting friends that you don’t like well enough to spend time knitting for them. Link them here! The auction also has some handspun yarns, and projects spun and knitted, or woven, by authors like Emma Bull and Susan Palwick. And, y’know, original art from Brian Froud, Alan Lee and others, plus tons of signed limited edition or out of print books by all sorts of fantasy writers. Bidding doesn’t end until December 15th, so there’s plenty of time to check it out or offer something of your own.

PS- Apologies for the poor quality of pictures today. It’s been drizzling for two days, which, since we need over 17 FEET in the lakes to make it out of this drought, I can’t bring myself to be upset over.

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Someday I’ll get back to real blogging about knitting, but for now here’s a picture of Anne Hanson’s Longjohn socks pattern, made in the fabulous Ellyn Cooper’s Yarn Sonnets (brand name), Zohar’s Socks (yarn name), in Old Orchid (colorway). Whew, that’s a mouthful. Loving the lack of pooling in a colorful, hand dyed yarn… When I finish I’ll see if a vinegar bath will mitigate the bleeding that other Ravelers have complained about.

The Alamo Drafthouse creates their own pre-show reels, and we just got to see Elton John’s performance of Crocodile Rock on The Muppet Show. My very favorite! I’m just barely old enough to remember Kermit rushing onstage afterwards, flailing his hands at the muppet crocodiles, yelling “Don’t eat the guest star at the beginning of the show!”. Good times. And I have bacon and cheddar scones coming, so I’d better post this to get a few rows of knitting done before the show.

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I’ve been crazy-busy with knitting and spinning the last two months, and haven’t blogged any of it yet, but now that I’ve fixed WordPress so it will upload photos again, have a pic of my July Sock Knitter’s Anonymous sock. I’ve had to learn proper stranded knitting for it (I used to use the Philosopher’s woven, no-floats method) and I’m really pleased with how it looks. Not as hard as I thought it would be!

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Proof that I am crazy

Proof that I am crazy: the beaded edging of my Lalique lace sweater goes to see Kung Fu Panda 2 in 2D.

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I’m really trying to get this edging done so I can block and get on to knitting the arms, but a rare 2D showing was too good to miss. Fortunately this theater has good light levels pre-show.

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I really meant to post Monday about how awesome the classes with Anne Hanson were on Sunday. My mother-in-law visited on Tuesday, though, so Monday was Clean All The Things day. Then yesterday morning, I was settling down at the computer, eating a bagel for breakfast, and broke a tooth. So my day became rather over-involved with dentistry issues, and now most of the week is already gone and I get to look forward to having a titanium screw put in my jaw sometime in the next six months. (And, wouldn’t you know, I’m getting ‘bonk’ed when I try uploading pics for this post to flickr… I wonder if they’re on Amazon’s server cloud, which is also borked today?)
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In the wee hours of yesterday morning, I finished my first sweater!
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Please excuse the stupid expression on my face.
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