The Crafty Chemist

Me and my Crafting

I’d rather be knitting… March 8, 2011

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or crocheting or anything other than work. I’m sitting at work surfing patterns. The last thing I need is to add more patterns to my queue. It’s already at least 100 strong. Like I’m ever going to get them done.

Right now I’m working on a pair of Cable Lacy’s for my sister. I put my first Fair Isle on hold to get these done. They shouldn’t take too long. Besides, I needed a break from knitting two handed.

::sigh:: I have to get back to work.

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A little progress today February 6, 2011

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I made some progress on a couple of knitting projects today. I finally got around to felting a bag that I finished last month and I finished up a pair of fingerless mitts. I’m trying to finish up the projects I have started. I’m not going to embarrass myself and say how many of those work-in-progresses I have. It’s quite a few. I’ve got a short attention span when it come to completing knitting and crochet projects.

These are the mitts I finished today.


My bag that I felted is made out of Lamb’s Pride and Noro Kureyon. The Lamb’s Pride felts really fast. The Noro, not so much. My handles, which were done in the Lamb’s Pride were done after about 10 minutes in the washer. It took another 15-20 for the Noro. The handles look a bit small in comparison to the rest of the bag, but they are very, very sturdy. Right now it’s resting on a towel to dry. I don’t think it’s going to take as long as my other felted bag did. I’m really happy with it though. I think I’ve developed a love for Entrelac.


All I want to do is find more patterns using Entrelac. I do have one scarf queued on Ravelry to use up two skeins of Noro Tayio that I have in my stash. I’m anxious to start it, but I have a fair isle class coming up next weekend. You learn FI by making a cowl and mitts. So for someone only knitting for a year it’s a big project. Especially for someone who has never done Fair Isle.


Mittens and Mitts, oh my January 15, 2011

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I cast on a mitt for a “good luck” project on Jan 1st. The pattern is Cabled Lacy’s from KnitPicks. The yarn is also from KnitPicks. It’s their Stroll Sport in Jack Rabbit Heather.


I’m just about finished with the first one. Just got to pick up the stitches for the thumb and do 6-7 rounds. It worked up rather easy considering it included both lace and cables.

It’s not a real good picture for the cables and lace. I have to get a better picture when the sun is out.


I also started a cabled mitten class at the LYS. The first class was last Sunday. I’m almost done with the first one. I started to do the decreases at the top, but screwed something up on the second decrease round. I lost a stitch somewhere. So I successfully unknit the second row. My first decrease row has the right amount of stitches, so I’m waiting until the second class tomorrow to make sure I didn’t do anything wrong on the first decrease row. The teacher told us to at least finish up to the row before the thumb gusset starts, but I was only two rows away from that when I left class last week. So I kept moving. I’ve taken a lot of this teachers classes, she doesn’t mind if you work ahead, she just wants you to be at a certain points, at minimum. I figure it’ll give me a head start on the second one. I want to have them finished before I start the Fair-Isle class at the beginning of February.


Again, the lighting is horrid, but here’s a picture of the first mitten so far:

The yarn for these mittens is Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande Tweed. The colorway number is 798. It’s sort of a tweedy dusty-green.


I’m not your knitting machine, I don’t work for free. January 12, 2011

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I got a call from my mother earlier this afternoon. I’m told that we have to go to the yarn store to find a baby pattern for me to make her to give to someone. Maybe a blanket or something. I called her back a few minutes later to tell her, no, I’m not going to do it. I have too much other stuff I want to knit/crochet up. I just finished the giftmas projects, it’s now time for something for me. I know she’s pissed. I got all kinds of attitude in the short response, “okay, that’s fine.” I’m surprised I wasn’t called ungrateful or even a bitch for saying no. Was I asked if I could do this? Was I asked if I had the time to do this? No on both accounts. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind making something for my mother. Whether or not she buys the yarn herself. But when it comes to making something for her to give as a gift, that’s a different story. Blanket, sweater, hat, even booties take time. Especially knitted. I’m not to fast at that yet.


Awhile back, I took a few FOs into my mom at work because she wanted to show them to a co-worker who also knits. Next thing I know, there are a half-dozen people in her office looking at everything. One lady states she likes my Crocheted Crusher Hat. Another lady who I just met says, “I’m sure she can make you one. What color do you want?”


Um, ‘scuse me. I don’t know you, why are you volunteering my time to make someone else at hat? The lady who liked the hat is also someone I just met. Next thing I know I’m hearing “you can make me this” from every angle. Let’s see, the yarn I used for the hat was $10.95 a skein, I used almost 3 skeins. So right there it’s $32.85. I think it took me about 6-7 hours to make it. Let’s say I’m going to charge minimum wage, $7.25/hour. Total comes to $83.60. I know these ladies wouldn’t have paid that for a hat. I would hope my time is worth more than minimum wage to people.


I get paid a fairly decent rate at my full-time job. Why would I use my time to put an effort into something that may take me 10 hours or so for nothing or close to nothing? I don’t think a lot of non-crafters realize the time and effort we put into our handmade items. I have met to many people that think handmade always equals cheaper. Even if I would buy a $2.50 skein of Red Heart, the item made out of it is still worth more than that $2.50. My time maybe worthless to you, but to me, my time and effort are worth something. If someone doesn’t think the same way, they can head down to their local Wal-Mart or learn to do that specific craft themselves.



The First Entrelac Project January 5, 2011

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I just finished binding off my very first Entrelac project. All it needs yet is the felting. I took it as a class at my LYS. When I first read through the pattern, I wondered to myself, “how am I going to do this? It looks really difficult.” That wasn’t the case. I knitted it up really fast. Faster than I thought I would.

The yarns used in the Entrelac bag are Noro Kureyon in colorway 229 and Lamb’s Pride Worsted in colorway Plum Smoke (color #M166


I enjoyed knitting Entrelac so much that I added another project to my queue on Ravelry. It’s a scarf, but it looks perfect for the the two skeins of Noro Taiyo in colorway 13, (black, white, green and pink). It was in the sale room at the LYS and I couldn’t pass it up.



You gotta wonder about some people October 9, 2010

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I had my last sock knitting class this morning. We did the toe and we learned the kitchner stitch. (did I spell that right? Probably not) Originally the last class was scheduled for today (Oct 9) but when the class schedule went up on the web site, Oct 2 was posted. Apparently the owner of the LYS put the wrong date on. But the dates were discussed in class and the instructor had previous plans for a Knit-out at the shore with a bunch of friends on the 2nd.  So everyone agreed to coming in today for the last class. Two weeks ago, the instructor reminded us numerous times that the class was the 9th, not the 2nd. The website was never changed, it was supposed to be but the owner never got around to it. She’s got a lot on her plate, so it’s understandable.


So go to today in class. The one lady shows up and says that she thought the class was last week. So she showed up. Class started at 9:30am and the shop opens at 11am so there was nobody there. She then left and went home. Just as a side note, she lives in the same township as me and it’s probably only about 5 miles. So she didn’t travel far.


The instructor told us that she was going to call everybody and have us come in last Saturday since she didn’t go. The get-together was cancelled. One of the lady who organized the trip had been a few years in remission from breast cancer. Apparently at the beginning of the year she was having back problems went for tests and it turned out she had a tumor on her spine. The lady passed away last week and the funeral was this past Monday.  It’s totally understandable that our instructor didn’t want to come in on a day she had originally had off and teach. Especially after a friend passed away.


For the first half of the class, the lady that showed up last Saturday kept saying how disappointed she was that there was no class last weekend. How she planned to go somewhere after the class last Saturday. How she was so anxious to finish her sock and how upset she was that she wasn’t going to get to finish it for a week. She told us that she was at home that afternoon just slamming pots and pans around when she was cooking because she upset that there was no class. This was all after the instructor told us about her friend.


I felt so embarrassed that this lady kept acting like showing up for the class and being there on the wrong day (despite being told numerous times that the class was on the 9th) was the worst thing that has happened to her. The instructor’s friend passed away and by the way she spoke, it was very hard on her.


Show a bit of compassion, huh?


On a roll! October 6, 2010

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I bought a new crochet pattern last Wednesday before leaving the LYS after my last felted bag class. It’s the Fiber Trends Crocheted Crusher Hat. I bought some Berroco Blackstone Tweed in Plum Island for the hat. I did a few rounds on the hat on Wednesday night when I got home. I had it finished by lunch time on Saturday. At least I haven’t forgotten how to crochet since it’s been so long since I picked a crochet project up.

The hat is an upcoming class at the Yarn Gallery. But since the project is rated at the Advanced Beginner level (I consider myself between intermediate and experienced according to YG’s levels), and having done a dozen or so amigrumi plus a handful of hats, I figured this would be no problem for me. Besides, I didn’t want to take a spot in the class when I know the techniques used in the hat. It’s very basic. Crochet in the round (continuous rounds), increasing, single crochet and slip stitches.

I stopped by the LYS after work with a question on my sock that I’m working on and took the hat in with me. I carried everything in my nicely felted bag from the other class I was taking. I ended up getting my picture taken with the hat on and holding my bag. I guess the picture is going to end up posted on their blog.