Monthly Archives: May 2010

Pollyanna and the Random Weirdness of Baaa-d Things

Lyda here. Ah, Wednesday, bringing the Random Weirdness again. Today is:

The Random Weirdness of Baaaa-d Things*

* no sheep were harmed in the creation of this post

1.) My favorite sentence in this post is “Sheep face eternity unafraid.” Shouldn’t that be on a knitting bag? Plus there are pictures of sheep. So, really, including it in today’s post was a given.

2.) Read “The 7 Habits of a highly ineffective me“. No sheep, but there is a cat. And it’s a very funny post about being baaaaad.

And then when you have torn yourself away from Zodi’s Blog – because it is seriously funny and it will be hard to tear yourself away – we’ll go on with the Random Weirdness.

….. hmmm hmm a little lamb hmmm hmmm…

Oh, finally back, are you?

Me, no nothing, I’m fine, just sitting here in the dark, I hope you kids had fun…

3.) “I’m a Creep. I’m a Weirdo” – A cool story about being open to what life presents you… no sheep but defintiely coolly weird…

Not baaa-d enough? Okay, here’s the Running of the Sheep. I know, y’all are thinking “where is this and can I move there??”

4.) At this link, look at the columns. Now check out “If columns were…“. The children recognized that each white column had a right to its own specific nature. So they envisioned clothes for the columns. Maybe made out of knitted wool from sheep… Okay, maybe its a tenuous connection to sheep, but the whole Reggio exhibition link is too wonderfully weirdly cool for y’all to miss.

5.) Creepy sheep chair (apparently – according to my sketchy online research – made for a stage production and of course not made of real sheep). Come on. Admit it. You kinda want one. Be sure to read the comments section on that link for captions for the photo.

While at Richard Wiseman’s blog, check out the Monkey Business Illusion.

6.) Speaking of sheep chairs…  “Holds sheep in a relaxed position” indeed. Twelve!

They also have blankets for your sheep made of cotton duck. Does that mean I need blankets for my ducks made of cotton sheep? And if so, what kind of blankets do I need for my zombie army?

Wait, they have llama halters. I thought you just stood in front of your llama and said “Halt!” Although, come to think of it, that doesn’t work well for either the ducks or the zombies…

But I digress…

7.) Fun with Australia wildlife. Okay, there aren’t any sheep in this video, but there are a lot of baaad animals.

8.) Fun with Bighorn Sheep. Uh, that kinda sounds wrong. This is a funny little video of a sheep who’s sure he’s baaaad to the bone.

9.) Surfing for goats “Ah, sheep surfing. I’ve heard of this.”

10.) And for a truly triumphant end to the baaa-d weirdness – Extreme Sheep Herding – with fireworks and everything!

Pollyanna and the Potawamie … PommyTommy … Potimoni … Cookie A Socks

Hey, Anna-Liza here. Just finished the Pomatomus socks, the Cookie A pattern from Knitty.com’s Winter 2005 issue. I actually started them in April of 2008, intermittently made great progress, then put them aside for some forgotten reason at some point … can’t even remember when, exactly. I had already turned the heel on the second sock!

I finished some other projects for other people recently and really wanted to work on something for myself. I also want to keep whittling down my UFOs, either by deciding to frog them or actually finishing them (gasp!), so I picked these up again. I was afraid I’d put them in time out for some insoluble problem, but I couldn’t find anything wrong! I couldn’t even find a dropped stitch (and believe me, in this pattern, a dropped stitch is a major deal).

So I finished them. And they are beautiful! See?

Not my feet, darlings, the socks. The details are on Ravelry. If you’re not a Raveler, the yarn is Zitron Trekking Pro Natura in colorway 1604. Such an evocative color name, is it not? Anyway, Trekking Pro Natura is made with 75% superwash wool and 25% actual bamboo fiber, not processed bamboo pulp. Better environmentally and, I hear, better durability, as well.

I love love love the way these turned out. This is the first project for which I’ve used the Pro Natura, so we’ll have to see how well it wears and how comfortable it is for a full day’s wear. So far, so good!

I’ve got a Baby Surprise Jacket on the needles for Wee Sprite, using some pink and green mystery sportweight I had in my stash. (You can buy the pattern, updated and with extensive notes and photos, at Schoolhouse Press). I’ve also got a couple of half-done projects for other people, but what am I actually working on? This:

That gorgeous yarn is Plain and Fancy’s sportweight singles in Turquoise and Brown. (They don’t have a website, but this blog post shows a good picture of this yarn in another colorway).

You know what? I don’t even feel a teensy bit guilty.

Pollyanna and the Incovenient Robin

Hey, Anna-Liza here. It snowed last night, but I don’t have pictures. Taking pictures out the back window is a little restricted right now, because of this:

Wait, can’t see it? Here’s a close-up:

We’re avoiding going through the back door for a while. We’re all feeling very protective of Mama Robin! Daddy Robin is, too – Darlin’ K got dive-bombed the other day when he got too close.

In the first picture, you can see where another nest was started and abandoned. There were two proto-nests for a while, then no activity, and I thought they’d both been abandoned. Then one morning I looked out the window and there was a perfect bird’s-nest-shaped bird’s nest sitting on top of one of the proto-nests. With a bird in it, and everything!

I’m fine with a little inconvenience. It’s not just the kids that are enjoying watching over our small guests. I’m sure that mama appreciated having the roof over her head with the rain and snow falling last night!

Pollyanna and the Return of Random Weirdness Wednesdays

Lyda here. I admit it. I miss the Random Weirdness posts. So I’m reinstating them today.

Return of the Random Weirdness

Scary, kids!

1.) How animals spend a typical day

2.) My weird thought:  If your list of things to do before you die is a Bucket List, what do you call your list for the weekend? Two Pieces and a Biscuit?

This is how my brain works. No wonder I have a zombie army.

3.) Read this about office weirdness  “Sorry… what?

4.) Now go read Marin’s post on Barbie kitsch. We won’t tell.

5.) Weird and eco-cool : paper egg-carton furniture

6.) Hanging lights made from plastic yarn spools did someone say yarn? Also, Bonbons Chandeliers – new use for leftover yarn. What do they mean, leftover yarn???

7.) And a cool rug based on the view from an airplane of the land below – and made using scraps. A great inspiration for a quilt or… dare I say?… a knitting project.

Still a knitting/quilting blog.

8.) Cute but kinda sad weird: polar bear sugar cubes melt in your coffee to remind you of the melting polar ice.

9.) And for the twelve in all of us – I give you:  the Teat stool.

10.) inhabitat.com featured this sofa that’s not for couch potatoes. A sofa you are supposed to beat up – weird.

And there, in no particular order, is the Random Weirdness for this week.

Ta-da!

Pollyanna Messes with Ann Budd

Hey, Anna-Liza here. For all you Ann Budd fans (and I’m one of them), I haven’t done anything to perturb her in any way. Promise! I will say that, having met her, I think it would probably take a lot to perturb her, but I still didn’t do anything that could be in any way construed as perturbing. Entirely non-perturbing, that’s me.

What I did do was mess with her basic sock pattern. This was the project “involving Malabrigo” that I mentioned a while back. So far back, in fact, that I can’t actually remember what post that was. Oops.

First, this was a staff project. The idea was to take Ann’s basic sock instructions in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and come up with variations for kids’ socks. I volunteered to be one of the sock-messer-abouters and was told I could either use my own stash or, oh yeah, they did have a skein of Malabrigo Sock they’d just received as a sample. Duck on a Junebug? Nothin’ on me.

The socks are designed for Mr. R. He has slender legs and long slender feet, which is something he couldn’t escape, really. He has sensitive skin and hates socks that bunch up.

So I used a 1 x 1 rib all the way down the leg, to give them a close fit without being tight. I added a narrow rope-twist cable down each side for interest (both visual and knitting), and also decided to make these with reverse stockinette on the soles, for a little more smoothness against the area that takes all the pressure.

This last variation is sometimes called “princess foot”, but Mr R asked if I could call it “ninja foot” instead. So ninja foot it is. It’s nice for people with sensitive feet, and I am wondering if it might actually wear better than conventional stockinette. I guess we’ll find out!

I didn’t do the gussets in reverse stockinette, and I just kept going with that portion in stockinette until I was almost to the toe of the first sock. At that point, I realized the reverse stockinette portion would only be in the center of his foot and wouldn’t cover the areas with the most pressure, which would sort of defeat the purpose. So I did a little surgery – my preferred brand, where I rip back just in the columns that need to be changed and then knit them back up again. Tricky, yet satisfying. If I knit these again, though, I think I’ll do the gussets in reverse stockinette for a more smooth look from gusset to foot.

Once I had the soles actually sole-width, it went pretty well. The preview for the Summer issue of Interweave Knits is up now, so you can take a look – it’s the one labelled “Staff Project – Petite Feet” and the ones I did are the semi-solid blue ones on the far right. Check out the bonus photos, too!

They’re called “Cabled Ninja Socks” and you can read all abou them in the magazine. The pattern is already up at the free pattern library at Knitting Daily, too.

Pollyanna Chows Down

Lyda here.

Pan-Seared Salmon with Lemon-Garlic Spinach –  This sounds and looks yummy. And simple. I’ve been wary of cooking fish, but I think I could do this.

And speaking of food – check out this tale of compromising. Hey, y’all, marriage is a rough business… (Sidenote – love the blog art!). Maybe that’s why I’m single – – because y’all know I wouldn’t give up cake for anyone…

CAKE!

And check out this about 10 stressful jobs of 2010

Which I cite so I can include this post about America’s Most Stressful Job.Which isn’t really about food, except the food the kids throw…

Pig licking. Good fun, Maynerd.