Wednesday, May 24, 2006

My Quest

The Blue Blob is done!

And it was a photo finish. From ten skeins of yarn this is all I have left.

so close

I must confess I was sweating a little bit at the end. Worried I would run out of yarn. I'd already bought all the skeins the LYS had, so if I needed more yarn than what I had on hand I was screwed. But luckily it worked out just fine. It was even a bit of a rush to cut it that close. I'm so excited. It's all grafted, and ends are woven in. It's beautiful and I can't wait to show it off.

But I need a picture.

This one simply won't do.

blobby goodness

The Greatest is out of town this week, so he couldn't take a picture of me with my masterpiece.

In the absence of The Greatest I turn to Pork Chop to be my photographer. She's actually really good, but alas, she had school today.

My Knitting Buddy was supposed to come over to knit, and she could have taken my picture, but "supposedly" her "daughter" was "sick" (a likely excuse) so she bailed on me. (just teasing, I love you girl)

In desperation I tried to get Bounce to take a picture, and I honestly wish I hadn't deleted her pictures from the camera. They were quite interesting. One was just my butt (I really need to buy some butt flattering jeans), another one was the dog with a bit of my shawl in the lower corner. The best one was of the ceiling. Then she dropped the camera and in fear for my electronics I quickly assessed my options.

I could have given the camera to Bird, but she was asleep.

I could have handed it to Meaty, but I was afraid he'd scamper off with it to indulge in his new favorite past time: fun with the bathroom sink. Teaching them to wash their hands after they go to the bathroom is a double edged sword.

So lacking a photographer to take a picture of me with my shawl I turned to alternative models.

I tried Bounce.

Bouncy Bouncy

But true to her name, this was the only shot she held still for.

I tried Meaty.

My future GQ Model

But then there was a siren out the window and he had to go watch the ambulance.

I turned to the dog.

Pretty Girl

She held for one shot, then the cat walked by and it was all over.

So I gave up and turned to inanimate objects.

Rocking Chair

Useless couch

But none of it did my beautiful knitwork justice.

Meaty is horrified by the entire ordeal.

Oh the humanity

I'm still searching for a perfect picture, but here are the specs on my masterpiece.

Pattern: This one was a Frankenknit. I started out with the center square from here, I added a Chalice border from Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Knitting, and finished with the hem from Eunny's Print O The Waves Stole

Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Dolce Amore, 10 skeins, color 31 (My Christmas Present from The Greatest)

Needles: Size 6 Addi Turbos

Review: I love this yarn, absolutely love it. It is 100% cotton and wonderful. I love the thought that since it is cotton it will just get softer and softer as I wear it and wash it. I enjoyed picking out the different element of the shawl, matching the curvy border to the center piece, finding a hem that mimics the center border. I was worried that the hem would ruffle a little bit, and it does. I was afraid the ruffle would ruin the entire piece, but the ruffle is very light and feminine and I think it adds a nice touch. Someday I'll show pictures of me and my precious, but for now this is all I have to give you.

The things they make me do


TrixieG said...

Wow, that is just gorgeous! I love it! You should be very proud of yourself, you excellent knitter, you. :-)

I love that you call it a "Frankenknit". I'm way to timid to try doing something like that. Hats off to you!!

Bitterknitter said...

Truly lovely work, Mamma! Can't wait to see it on you, but the photos you posted were a great mix; some hilarious, some cute, and some just teasing us with a suggestion of the true magnificence of the Blue Blob!

shizzknits said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! Cant' wait to see a pic of you in it. :)

kimberly said...

You crack me up! I love it. I'm also a fan of 100% cotton. I'll be waiting to see you in it.

Pyewacket said...

Gorgeous work, from what I could see... and hilarious photo montage!

Lynda said...

Wow - that blue blob is AMAZING! - and loved the whole story and pics!! What a great photo essay - better than the "perfect" picture!

Areli said...

Gorgeous! And I loved the commentary and pics :-)

turtlegirl76 said...

Oh God that was one of the funniest posts I've read in a while. Thanks for that. Poor Meaty.

The Frankenknit look gorgeous! And just enough left to keep for any repairs down the road! Fabulous use of the yarn. It's alway so disheartening to have like 1 skein left of something and no idea what to do with it.

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

I saw your post on Lacevember and thought "Waving Whispers" as a name... Not sure if you would approve, but I do think it fits.

kate said...

i love the dog wearing shawl pictures! i'm glad to see that my pup isn't the only fashionable one in knitting blogland!