Friday, September 23, 2005

The biggest cozy....in the WORLD!

So not much posting this week because last weekend I moved! It used to be when I moved that the most painful thing to move was the vast numbers of boxes of books and cds.

Oh, how things change. Now the most painful thing to move was 3 underbed boxes, 4 milk crates, a rubbermaid box, and several tote bags full of yarn, knitting needles, patterns, magazines, books, etc.

And just you wait until my latest splurge arrives. Since Mission Falls (my favorite!) is no longer in production, I had to get my hands on some of what was left. I have enough yarn to do 5 sweaters and then some on it's way to me from Ram Wools, which so far has the best price. I'm sad because Heavenly Creations had just announced they were going to carry MF, and now this. But now I have a stash. This to me is way worse than Lion Brand discontinuing Cotton Ease, which I didn't love anyway. MF had it's finger on the pulse of what I like in color. So now I must go elsewhere.

On Sunday, I went to the Ohio Designer Craftsmen Museum to pick up my supplies for the Extreme Knitting team. We are knitting a cozy to go on a VW bug, with lots of embellishments. It will be on display at Winterfair. I volunteered to do one of the car pieces (the trunk) because to me, that seemed a much less daunting task than producing things like rosettes and fruit. Perhaps I'm abnormal in that way though. About half a dozen people came up to me at the end of the meeting and commented that I was exceptionally brave for taking that on. They gave me a tissue paper piece that had been traced around the trunk, so I'm not sure what's so hard.

I figure I can just figure out my increases and decreases as I go, and then lay the piece down on the pattern to see if I'm right. And I have until November 11 to get it done, so that's plenty of time. Not to mention that this is on the biggest yarn I've ever seen. Lion Brand was a sponsor, so they sent all the yarn and needles. I cracked up when I saw the name of the yarn. It's just called "Big." Doesn't get more descriptive than that folks.

It's knitted on US 19s. 19s!!!

I tried desperately to wind this up on my ball winder, but that was pretty much a lost cause. The yarn was actually too big to fit comfortably through the guide on the winder, and so the ball wound way too loosely and came apart in my hands pretty much.

So I had to wind them all by hand, and that means I've only done three of them so far. This picture doesn't really give you a feel for how big those are. I'd say they are about the size of a cantaloupe. 44 freakin' yards of yarn. This stuff is effin' huge, as they say.

I love the color. This is going to be a very fun project. Although I think I'm going to need to find some 40" circs if I want to make it easy on myself as far as trial and erroring out the increases and decreases. I don't think the straight needles are going to cut it.

I should have some more fun photos next week. I am headed to Chicago this weekend with some girlfriends for the Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker Park. I'm so excited!


Blogger Steph said...

Are you feeling settled into the new place? I know what you mean about the stash being the biggest part of the move. For me, the worst is still (and will probobly always be) the books. The piano is bad, but the books are worse. Just this morning, I was trying to convince Bubby that he should get rid of some books before we move. No dice, and I am not surprised.

Have big fun in Chicago. We'll expect a full report with photos next week.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Leigh said...

What an awesome project! Seriously, that sounds like so much fun. Can't wait to see how it turns out...

3:31 PM  

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