The Crafty Chemist

Me and my Crafting

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.