06 December 2008 @ 02:30 am
Christmas knitting, Rd. 1  
1) I never actually got to my yarn therapy last night, because I couldn't make up my mind. I have some sportweight yarn in my cart to re-knit those black mitts with the double ruffle at the wrist, but that's a "business purchase". *snort* I've decided that I'd like to knit the Butterfly Dress by Jennie Atkinson*, only not in kid mohair, because mohair makes me want to rip my skin off when I wear it. It's that itchy. So, I'm thinking Peruvian Baby Lace Merino from Elann, because it's merino and baby alpaca and therefore soft. It also won't shed as badly as mohair.

The only issue is that I can't pick a color. I'm leaning toward 1418 Merlot, 1297 Admiral Blue, or 0419 Dark Chocolate. I really like the teal used on the Knitpicks site, but my wardrobe has a serious teal overload right now. Does anyone want to weigh in on this and guide my hand? The only colors I'm really opposed to are the Banana Cream and Cafe Au Lait, because they're really close to the same color as my skin.

2) I started the doily for my grandma's Christmas present tonight. (Yes, I gave her a doily last year, but the woman loves doilies! She used to crochet them, but her eyes aren't good enough anymore to do it.) It's the one at the bottom of this page, the Wheat and Grape Doily.

Wheat and Grape Doily, 1950s


Size 20 thread, size 9 steel hook. It's about six inches across now, so I think 16 inches is going to be the rough finished size. Maybe a little smaller.

I got halfway through round 11 before my hands cried, "Enough!" Crochet really makes my hands hurt in a way that knitting does not. There's a lot more movement with it for me, whereas with knitting, it's pretty stationary. My knitting movements are very conservative. I think I'm going to have invest in some of those big squishy ergonomic crochet hooks if I keep this up much longer, because my knuckles and wrists really hurt me when I crochet.

Anyway, there are 24 rounds in the smaller doily, which is the one shown on the page linked. That means I'm already about halfway done, and I got this far while watching Sky High** on The Disney Channel tonight. So, what? Two hours or so of crocheting? There are only 30 rounds for the larger version, so I think I might aim for the smaller version, see how big it is and how much thread I have left, and then make a decision.

3) Agh! Celt's Vintage Crochet closed! From the Rav thread:

Due to personel problems and my whole site being sold on ebay by a bunch of money grubbers, I have decided to close Celt’s Vintage Crochet. I spent hundreds a year in fees and thousands buying vintage books in an attempt to preserve all the wonderful vintage patterns out there. Too bad some people are more interested in making a buck off someone else’s site then in saving these precious patterns. Thank you to all those who supported me in this project..you are most appreciated. Celty

That's really sad. There were literally hundreds of vintage crochet patterns there, in the public domain, and now they're gone because jerks had to go and sell them and piss her off. Fortunately, the site is still available on Web Archive for a bit, so take a look and download anything you'd like to crochet from there in case it disappears again.

*Didn't I start off looking for DK yarn to knit some fair isle? I seriously love fair isle knitting, but I guess I love lace more? Or maybe I'm feeling really body positive right now and I'm longing for spring. I think that last one's most likely.
**I'm semi-embarrassed to admit I loved it, though I really think that Layla should have ended up with Warren Peace. Really. Vastly more appealing than what's-his-face.
Current Music: Because the Night Belongs to Lovers -- Natalie Merchant
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[identity profile] newgarb.livejournal.com on December 6th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
"...I really think that Layla should have ended up with Warren Peace. Really."

Someone put it in the DVD player during our post-Thanksgiving festivities. Can I just say that Warren Peace is VERY popular with the 30 something crowd?

Yes, Mrs. Robinson was mentioned.

That aside-your doily is lovely and people do, indeed, suck.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on December 6th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Warren Peace is very popular with this mid-20s crowd of one! I wanted to be his inappropriately college-aged girlfriend.

Thanks! I am fond of it. I'm glad my grandma likes doilies so much, because I don't really decorate with doilies, as much as I enjoy making them.
tedeisenstein[identity profile] tedeisenstein.livejournal.com on December 6th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
You know, if she's tired of putting up with all that crap, and if the stuff is really as valuable as you say, I'm sure someone [cough][ahem] could be found to transfer all of it over to his place, say, some nice, kind [cough][ahem]individual who's working on setting up (slowly) an online bookstore....[cough][ahem]
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on December 6th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)

I'm not sure she wants to charge for it at all, given that it is all in the public domain. I'm not sure what a deal with you would consist of, but I'll try to track down her contact info and pass along your e-mail address, if you like.
[identity profile] jennnlee.livejournal.com on December 6th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
Looking at the yarn colors, I actually love the Aubergine, but I'm on a purple kick right now. That dress would be gorgeous in any of the three colors you mentioned, though I'm leaning mostly toward the Merlot of the three. I think a darker, jewel-tone type color would work best with that pattern.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on December 6th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
I love the Aubergine, too, but dark purple emphasizes all the red in my skin. Every little blemish I have suddenly becomes a huge blotch. Very disappointing, as dark purple is an awesome color.

The Merlot is the best choice, isn't it?

Random: Red wine gives me really bad wine flush. About the same as wearing dark purple, really. Heh.
[identity profile] ciorstan.livejournal.com on December 6th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
If I weren't such a sausage in shape, I'd knit that dress. My daughter has the figure, but NEVER in a million years would she wear such a pretty and feminine thing.


Go for the merlot color. It will look spectacular with your complexion.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on December 6th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
What? You mean you don't do the mother guilt-trip thing and force your daughter to wear clothes you have acquired? My mom does that, and then pulls the, "Oh, but you look so pretty!" thing when I'm about to tell her I don't.

Merlot it is. Ciorstan has spoken. :P
[identity profile] ciorstan.livejournal.com on December 6th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
OHHAILNO. My mom used to pull that kind of crap, but the opposite. I couldn't stand the clothes she provided because they were 50s style and I wanted bellbottoms like everyone else had at school. Or even if they were remotely in style, they were highwaters.

I got teased a lot for my clothing. I was also a nerd, so I got teased for that, too. Kids are cruel, as you know.

My mom, the science teacher, said-- who cares? You wear what I provide.

And I won't do that to MY kids. If they're old enough to have their own taste, then they're old enough to choose their own clothes. Yes, there are limits (decency and budgetary), but neither has ever been an issue with them.

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ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on December 7th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)
Oh, my mom doesn't do stuff like that. She just doesn't like some of the clothes I wear, so she attempts to replace them with clothes she does like. She'll come home from shopping or take me shopping, and does the "Oh, but you look so pretty in this!" thing.

She has this crazy idea that I look good in blouson tops. My brother calls me "Puff" when I wear them, because that's what I look like. Puff puff!

I really don't mind it, because I wasn't teased at school for being either too smart or ugly. I mean, I am a dork, but I'm a sweet dork with soulful eyes or something like that.
[identity profile] saraic.livejournal.com on December 9th, 2008 09:24 am (UTC)
That doily is lovely!
Thanks for the crochet link - it is just too bad about the vintage crochet site - there were some really cute patterns there!
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