Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Chinese Lanterns, Irish Hikers and One Terrible Towel

Here is a shot of the little paper lanterns I made for Chinese New Year at work-20 of 'em. As per usual with my projects, they were a lot more futzy and time consuming than I thought they'd be, but they were fun. Something different, but I wouldn't do it every year.

I went to Charity Knitting at The Ear on Monday night and started this scarf. It's the Irish Hiking Scarf pattern that's all over the web. I think I'm the last one to jump on the train to make it. It's a great pattern though. Once it's established, you don't need the pattern any more. It's easy to just look at the fabric and see what to do. It's made out of Caron soft acrylic. I had originally bought the yarn because I thought it would make a good tan scarf for a guy I know, but when I got it home, I realized it had a little too much pink in it to be masculine. It's fun to knit something on size 8 needles so that you can see it grow quickly.
My boss is a die hard Steelers fan. He went to see family in Pitts last weekend and came back with a Terrible Towel which he hung from his desk. Someone has been desecrating it for the last two days under the guise of being an Arizona fan...There's been scuttlebutt about a kidnapping and a ransom note. It's been amusing to say the least, and I don't even DO football. For his sake I hope those Steelers take to the ice and get a lot of baskets in the 6 quarters they have to play. 'Cause if they get more bases than the other team, they'll get jewelry! I don't like football much but anything that earns you bling can't be all bad! Go Steelers!

9 comments:

Cindy G said...

What, is there some sort of game happening soon?

Cute lanterns!

dale-harriet said...

Baskets? I thought there were wickets in that game. Or is that curling? Oy. I 'spect I'll do what I do every year: tape the whole entire game, so as to run quickly through the game bits and watch the commercials. I hear tell there are 3D glasses for the commercials to be had. Hmmm.....(my verification word describes - kinda - how I feel about our Mollybee: "sists" -- well, you know, sistERS)

MadCityMike said...

Thanks Ms. Molly Bee for the mention.....I haven't used Kool Aid since my 1st dye experiment as I heard it wasn't light/sun fast. I don't know for sure, but I didn't want to take any chances in case it is. I have since used permanent dyes and a crock pot bought specifically for dyeing. I wish I had more yarn/fiber to dye more often. It all takes time though, eh?
Also, thank you for commenting on my blog, too. I just hadn't felt up to sitting at the computer too much, but am doing very well now. I "think" we may even be going out to dinner tonight! ;)

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

Simply Soft sure knits up nicely. That's a pretty scarf you've got there. I think you might be inspiring me to dye some yarn. I wonder if I can do maroon and gold.

YarnThrower said...

I love your Chinese Lantern! They look so fancy, and from the picture, they look like something I wouldn't know where to begin to make!

Also, nice Irish Hiking Scarf. I recognized it immediately, and the fact that you're working on one right now probably makes me the *last* knitter on the internets who hasn't made one yet.

tami said...

I just this minute put down the Irish Hiking scarf I am making for my DD to surf blogs. :D Mine is in Patons Classic Wool, plum heather.

Lisa/knitnzu said...

When I was in grad school I was totally clueless about sports (and now of course I'm an eggspert)... but I heard this physicist go on once about it... and his explanation had nothing to do with the actual games, just how the games impacted life where we were. My "office" (meaning space at the herbarium bench) looked out over (or more truthfully just across at) the Carrier Dome dome. I used to tell folks I knew it was a good day when the sky was a different color than the dome (because it was usually cloudy or snowing). But these last years I actually like watching football. maybe that's because it gives me an opportunity to knit. And nap. I sleep through about half of any given game.

DPUTiger said...

These silly people don't realize. The Towel has magical powers. If you mess with the towel, it's going to come back to haunt you!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Molly Bee, I think you're deserving of the Lemonade Stand blog award, so I'm passing it on to you. It's over at my blog....