Thursday, November 30, 2006

November 30 updates

First of all, I want to apologize to those who comment. I've just had to turn on the moderating function. When I first started the blog, I had some spam comments and until today, word verification was enough to keep that out. But I just had five spam comments on an old post, so now, I'm moderating. I hate to do it, because I don't want to make it harder for my friends to comment, but the bad guys keep finding ways to thwart the new technology.

On to the fun stuff
For the past bunch of days it has been unseasonably warm here, but very cloudy and rainy. It was so dark yesterday that I had to use the flash for yesterday's pics which I took on my screen porch at noon! And I still had to work on them in Photoshop to brighten them up enough to use. Today, it is 30 degrees colder here, but the sun is shining. So, today's pictures required no flash but they still needed work in Photoshop to reduce the impact of the shadows. The sun is at such an angle, even at noon, that every little stitch in the knitting, of bit of fuzz in the polar fleece, casts a shadow.

So, what is this stuff? First, the world's fastest sewing FO: a neck gaiter for the Little Emperor. He seems quite sensitive to cold air on his face, especially in the morning on the way into school. I had a remnant of this Sponge Bob fleece, so I made a double layer tube neck gaiter for him.


Next, an item from Area 51.

This sweater has been languishing for about two years and there's a reason. After I finished the first sleeve and tried it on, I realized that the patterning on the sleeves will look very ill-proportioned. It looks fine laying flat, but on me, the heavy patterning comes down the arm too far and looks wrong when the arm is by my side. I need to take out that sleeve and redo with heavier patterning on the bottom half of the sleeve and narrower designs circing the top. When I realized that 2 years ago, I shoved it in a plastic bag and shelved it. The neckline will have a little placket with buttons, so that funny business you see there if you look closely is the steek. I think I have the energy to take this on again, so I'm moving it out of Area 51 and back into active WIP status. And I find it much more exciting a prospect than the three pairs of socks and slow-as-molasses pullover for Mr. SABLE.

11 comments:

Carrie K said...

That Area 51 sweater is going to look so good when you're done!

Bezzie said...

Oh good grief, at first I thought you'd have to frog the whole Area 51 sweater there until I read on. Thank goodness only a sleeve! Your colorwork skills never cease to amaze me.

YarnThrower said...

Elizabeth, that sweater is going to be so great! You crack me up with your whole "area 51" bit. I have no idea if that's associated with a movie or something, but it's funny!

Elizabeth said...

yarnthrower, Area 51 is a place where a lot of UFO sightings have taken place, among other things. Do a quick google and learn more than you care to know.

Carol said...

that is one gorgeous sweater. Area 51 ~snort~ I don't mind the extra step to comment, hate spammers though!

Carol said...

That's one gorgeous sweater! Don't mind an extra step in commenting, hate spammers though! Love Spongebob too!

Sarah said...

That is a nice sweater, you really do need to fix it!

Eh, comment moderation. I haven't had new spam yet, but thanks for the heads up.

turtlegirl76 said...

Holy crap that sweater is amazing! But yeah, if I had decided I need to frog even an inch of it because I wasn't happy, I think it'd be put down for a while too. It'll look amazing when it's finished though!

How's Owen doing now? No residual migraines I hope.

Jenny said...

Wow. That sweater is so impressive. You definitely need to get that finished. It needs to be SEEN!

Leslie said...

That sweater is unbelievable! You have the patience of a saint. It'll definitely be worth the effort to finish.

Terby said...

That's a beautiful sweater. I'm very impressed! The pattern at the top of the sleeves looks like it would make a great hat, too.