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November 26, 2007

Aes Sedai

Okay. More quizzes. But I got conflicting results.

If you're curious about the source, here you go.

This one thinks I'm a Brown

What Ajah are you best suited for?
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You scored as The Brown Ajah
You are best suited for the Brown Ajah. Dreamy eyes, and ink stained fingers are the mark of this Ajah. These Aes Sedai are the historians, librarians, scientists, and engineers of the White Tower. They are in charge of the Tower Libraries and as such are usually more negotiable than probably anyone else. These Aes Sedai are usually so caught up in their studies and research projects that they are oblivious to current events in the world.
The Brown Ajah
The Gray Ajah
The White Ajah
The Red Ajah
The Green Ajah
The Blue Ajah
The Black Ajah
The Yellow Ajah

This one thinks I'm a White

Which Ajah Are You?

The Aes Sedai of White Ajah are logical and carefully consider every option. They do not believe emotions should play a part in decision-making. Like the Gray Ajah, they are often found advising politicians.
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November 10, 2007

The Knitwit Papers, Chapter IX: Earflap Hat

Date Begun: 10/13/2007
Date Completed: 10/14/2007
Yarn: Patons Rumor in Fern Heather and Hawthorn Heather
Needles: US10 Circular (metal)
Source: Knitted toque with earflaps from Canadian Living
The Story:
I really enjoy knitting, regardless of the project, but I do like it when my projects are actually things that people want. So I asked Schondy if there was something he wanted, and I think we just happened to be watching one of my favorite shows, Survivorman!! It was the episode where Les is in the Canadian Arctic, and he had on this great intarsia hat with earflaps. And Schondy said he liked it. I was floored. A project like that could be loads of fun, but I never would have thought he was one for a tuque.

So off I went to find a suitable pattern. I was really hoping for something kind of manly (good luck with that!), and I actually wanted to try my hand at some color work beyond just stripes. I've done enough at this point that I really want to get into more interesting patterns. Alas, I couldn't meet both criteria AND be sure it was something he'd like. But then I found this thing with a teeeeeeeeeensy picture. There were NO pictures of this one any larger than half a postage stamp anywhere that I could find. So I went into this a little blind.

The really nice thing was that it literally took me 1 day to knit the thing - start to finish - but I have to say it's a bit more "crude" than what I really wanted. It's perfect for the hubby - has earflaps, is manly, has green in it - but if I were to make something for myself, I'd steer clear of this one and go for something with a bit more detail. The most interesting thing about this hat is that it's the first time I've ever crocheted anything that wasn't a test scrap (the green border around the edge is crochet) and I have to say I'm pretty proud of how it came out.

The Knitwit Papers, Chapter VIII: Formerly-Red-Scarf-Project Scarf

Date Begun: 08/15/2007
Date Completed: 10/01/2007
Yarn: Red Heart TLC Essentials in Autumn and Claret
Needles: US10 Circular (metal)
Source: My own design
The Story:
The Multi yarn was something I would never buy, but Schondy picked it up and said he liked the way it looked (he's colorblind, so I humor him). My Knitting Group was doing scarves for the Red Scarf Project and I decided to use up the Multi on that, but then realized I wasn't going to have quite enough finish. Enter the Claret yarn. By the end of it, I was extremely bored with the whole thing and desperate for it to end so I could move on to other things.

I call it the "Formerly-Red Scarf Project" because I completely missed the deadline for turning it in and by the time I'd finished it, it had kind of grown on me, to the point that I held on to it. Right now it belongs to the hubby, but it could be that I hijack it periodically.

A quick note about the photography: As you've probably noticed, the photos of my knitting have steadily improved in quality over the last several months, and it is entirely due to the growing photography skills of Schondy.

In these photos are two of my newest non-knitting creations - the decoupage heads. There are a total of 4 of these and I hope to post so pictures of the whole set at some point. You can see a better shot of the Yellow Head in the entry for the other knitted item shown in this entry: The Earflap Hat.

November 4, 2007

The Knitwit Papers, Chapter VII: Razor's Edge

Date Begun: 12/2006
Date Completed: 07/25/2007
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky in Onyx
Needles: US17 Circular (plastic) and US15 Circular (aluminum)
Source: Stitch 'n Bitch Nation, "Razor's Edge"
The Story:
I've always had something of a soft spot for all clothing flowy and dramatic. Could have something to do with my undying conviction that I was born in the wrong century or it could just be that sometimes it's nice to hide behind voluminous layers of fabric. Either way, when I saw this lovely poncho, I knew I had to have it, and the girl in the book certainly looked like she was thrilled to bits with it. :-)

This project had many, many "Firsts" for me, which was exciting, but also frustrating. I've done hats, scarves, socks and dog sweaters before, each of which took me a grand total of maybe 15-20 hours to knit (with the possible exception of the socks, which took a little longer because I'd never done anything that complicated before). This was the first thing larger than a scarf I'd ever knitted. And because I liked the way it looked so much, I declared I was going to get the exact yarn recommended. This was also the first time I'd ever worked with anything that wasn't acrylic, rayon or polyester. Say what you will about synthetic yarns, but they wash and wear like a dream and won't break the bank. But this gem is made of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride, which is positively gorgeous, but it's 85% wool (and sheds like a dog in summer. I've had my lifetime intake of wool at this point) and it's not what you'd call cheap.

Anyway, the pattern was postively rife with errors, and that made it a little frustrating to work on. I hightly recommend that if you try this pattern, print out a copy of the errata and keep it close at hand, though I found even the errata to have some errors. It could be my completely-self-taught knitting self that just read the directions differently, but I found the lace pattern particularly hard to sort out. Once I tried it out about a thousand times, it finally clicked and I was able to plow on through. I've seen a lot of other knitters in various blogs who slammed the Razor's Edge for being badly designed, for not having much personality, and for various other reasons, but I found quite the opposite. I'm inclined to believe it had a lot to do with the yarn I used, but now that it's done, it has a lot of "body" and personality and I'm really proud of it.
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