Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Last June Update

I can't believe we're looking at the tail end of another month.  Sheesh,  it'll be Christmas before we know it.  I had a little slump this week, so not much progress to report. 

Sanctuary of Knowledge:

HAED Sanctuary of Knowledge

Nature's Little Helper:

HAED Nature's Little Helper

And the never-ending Monkey socks (no-purl version):

Housekeeping is done for today and I am planning to show Sanctuary some love.  I'm hoping to have a page finish by July 4th. 

Happy Stitching,

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Dear USOC,

Your mission of “a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.” (Olympic Charter 2004, Fundamental Principles, paragraph 1, 2) is admirable and I support it wholeheartedly.

However, your recent statement of "We believe using the name “Ravelympics” for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games. In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work." is also disrespectful of millions of crafters around the world. I fully support all the Olympian athletes, both US and non-US for their dedication, hard work and achievements in their endeavors. I cheer them on and feel for them when they feel they have fallen short (which they have not, they are the world's greatest athletes whether they go home with a medal or not).

I understand and respect your right to protect your trademark (within reason, and there is more than one instance where I feel you have lost said reason). But how is insulting millions of crafters, who, by the way, hold the purse-strings for your sponsors, promoting the preservation of human dignity? Let me tell you a few instances of how dignified, good examples crafters can be.

1. Knitters Without Borders
  which has raised $1,102,556 to date with a $2,000,000 goal.

2. The Linus Project

3. ChemoCaps

4. Scarves for Special Olympics (this should be a personal favorite of yours)

5. and a couple dozen others

So I'd say the 1 or 2 million people you have now insulted are very good at spreading their own personal version of dignity, goodwill and fundamental ethical principles. I think you need a bit more training before going up against them.

“Ravelympics” was begun several years ago in the spirit of the Olympics to support the Olympics and it’s athletes, not to take any glory away from them. A way for the masses to participate in spirit and unity with the athletes. To bring people together from around the world in unity and good will (starting to sound familiar here?). Yes, the name of the event will in all probability end up different, but do not think that you have gained anything. Just like the athletes who compete time after time, we will continue to spread our own version of “educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles”. And if you don’t think knitting, crocheting, spinning, embroidery and other crafts don’t require “a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind”, you’ve obviously never tried it.


Tamara, a proud multi-crafter

ETA:  if you would like to read the letter to Ravelry go here  (log in probably required).

June IHSW and Then Some

Here's my week's progress on Nature's Little Helper.

HAED Nature's Little Helper

The Monkey socks suffered yet another setback.  I was halfway through the foot when I finally came to the conclusion I really disliked the way the purl sections looked when it was on.  So after asking myself several times if I really wanted to rip it out, sleeping on it, Monday morning I ripped it out.  I restarted it with the no-purl version and so far I'm liking it better. 

Then last week I also spent entirely too much time on Ravelry and decided I could not wait another minute to try to knit a lace shawl/triangle scarf.  So I ran down to the LYS and nabbed some Blue Heron Bamboo Lace yarn.  Now, up to this point I have yet to buy yarn in a hank.  For some reason, I decided not to have them wind it for me.  I do have the ball winder I got for my birthday.  How hard can it be?  (Can you guess where this is headed?)  So, later that night I decided to wind the yarn.  I very soon discovered the benefit of a yarn swift.  Two minutes and I had 1230 yards of a tangled mess.  Oy.  I managed to get part of the skein hung over the banister and got a large part of that wound.  Then I spent the next two evenings untangling from the other end.  Honestly, I thought it would take me months to get it undone.  Valuable lesson learned about hanks of yarn.  If you do it right, it is quick and easy.  Done wrong, not so much.  So now I've cast on and gotten a good start on the Holden Shawlette.  I'm pretty sure I can do it if I can keep the project on the needles.  This stuff is super slippery.  But sooooo soft and pretty.

Holden Shawlette
Blue Heron Bamboo Lace
Summer Meadow

The colors in that picture aren't very true;  it's a richer teal color.  I'm almost halfway through the main body and then the lace portion will start. 

Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Monkey Takes a Vacation

The sock got a mini vacation while I attended a conference for work.  The sock and Nature's Little Helper lolled around in the hotel room whilst I sat through hours of lectures.  Hours and hours. 

At least the view from the balcony was nice.  This is as close as I got to the beach with the time constraints.  The sock very much enjoyed sitting out there in the evening.

After going for a short walk.

And greeting the locals.

Now I'm going to try to settle in for IHSW while I do laundry.  With any luck, there will be an actual needlework update for next week. 

Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

If At First You Don't Succeed...

try, try again, right?  The sock in the last post was ripped out Thursday night after I got the heel flap done (why is it looking so funky???) and realized I had only cast on to 3 needles instead of 4.  I've never been a whiz at math, but even I should be able to figure out 16 + 16 + 16 does not equal 64.  You'd think, anyway.  So, the sock was restarted on 4 needles and I started knitting away.  Until Saturday night.  When I had gotten a few repeats of the leg done, tried it on and saw that it was too big.  So it was ripped out again.  On to the size 0 needles.  I have the leg done and it appears to be fitting well.  I hope to get the heel flap done, the heel turned and the stitches for the gussets picked up.  Whew.  The pattern itself is not a problem, fairly easy as long as I don't zone out too much and forget when to stop at the end of the round (yes, even with a stitch marker to remind me).  For anyone interested, I'm loving my new Hiya Hiya DPN's I picked up last week. And this beautiful skein of Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk Paints (85% merino superwash wool/15% mulberry silk).  This stuff feels heavenly! 

And the sock:

Paton's Stretch Sock Licorice

The pattern doesn't show up well in the picture.  A tiny bit more progress on Sancuary of Knowledge.  I probably would have stitched on this more if it wasn't for the sock fiasco.

HAED Sanctuary of Knowledge

A little fairy is making an appearance in the lower left corner of this page at the edge of the column.  And a pitiful few stitches in Nature's Little Helper.

HAED Nature's Little Helper

Happy Stitching.