Just to Watch it Dye

February 25, 2009

The Macalester College knitting and crochet club got together to dye yarn with Koolaid this past weekend, with almost entirely good results.

It was a fun project – two packets of lemonade flavor and two of lemon-lime, plus about 10-15 minutes in the microwave turned this bowl of yarn soup into this lovely skein:

I purposefully put a twist in the skein to get a few white spots. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it. I thought of making a hat for myself, but I definitely don’t have a scarf or mittens to match.

Quite a few interesting results, with few mishaps (some skeins got tangled), but a few odd side-effects.

Moldy hands, for one.

In other news, I did manage to churn out another FO for February.

A cat sweater, from the the pattern Cats Love Sweaters, by Christine Landry, available for free. I knit it from Plymouth Encore Colorspun, my one falling down so far on the No New Yarn Rule this year.

I usually put it on Boomer in the evenings to keep her from sitting in front of the heating vents. During the day however, I just leave the front door open while I’m here so she can lounge on our porch. Must be 70 degrees in the sun out there.

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The Bravest Cat

January 29, 2009

Well.

So apparently it’s harder to maintain a blog when all you want to do is knit, sleep, and watch TV in English. Who knew?

Since my last post, I’ve finished four of the items previously featured, my cousin has both had her baby and received the items I knit for her, and I have moved myself, two boxes, and a cat up to Minnesota for the spring semester of my junior year.*

As you might be able to tell, the cat was not pleased.

I’m living in a house off campus this year with two of my friends, one whom I made at college, the other I’ve known since 7th grade. So far things have been going well, save for the house being…slightly chilly. The heater is rather inefficient and the others have succumbed to space heaters. I’m being a penny-pincher and holding out for a bit longer in hopes that it will miraculously warm up.**

Boomer*** spent the first three days or so living under my bed. Her territory has been slowly expanding as time goes on, to the point that she’ll follow me all over the house and occasionally explore on her own if the three humans are out in the common area. She also seems to enjoy being able to sleep on my bed without the interference from our four older cats in Arizona.

Classes started on Monday and seem to be going well, though I was put out to discover that not only is my biology class being taught by the same professor I’ve had for the past two and a half years, but is in the same classroom that we’ve been using for that same time period.

That’s all for now, I’ll try and get a post up tomorrow about the finished knitting and my extracurricular activities.

* Random side note – as I type this in the library, I am not five feet from a text entitled “The Complete Book of Fingermath.”

** The fridge has joined the house in the warm resistance – my tea had ice floating in it this morning.

*** Brownie points if you know where I got the name. No fair guessing if I’ve already told you.