Archive for April, 2010

Ballwinder Woes

So, this afternoon, I busted my ballwinder.

I was balling some of the Malabrigo Sock I mentioned in the previous post, and it wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do, so I got frustrated, hit it a few times, and then, when I tried to use it again, the handle snapped off.

I did what any other frustrated knitter would do, and immediately unclamped it from my desk and threw it across the room.

(Okay, maybe that was just MY reaction, but I’d like to think that other frustrated knitters would have done the same.)

I initially felt horrible (because this ballwinder was a Christmas present from my parents) and called my mom all upset and apologized for breaking something that was a gift. My mom just said, “Well, now you get to get something new!”

So, devoted (read: nonexistent) blog readers, which ballwinder should I get?

I had a used Royal ballwinder before I got the KnitPicks one for Christmas, and despite being slightly busted (I got it as a hand-me-down from Dani when she got her super-monster of a baller) it worked well. I’ve run across Lacis ballwinders that seem comparable, but for half the price of a Royal.

I am 100% NOT interested in one of the Nancy’s Knit Knacks winders. I don’t need a giant wood contraption. Plastic is cool with me.

Leave me a comment with your preferred ballwinder!

ps: I’ve had a super-crafty-failure weekend. Give me some ideas for instant-gratification-super-easy projects to shake me out of this funk!

April 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm 2 comments

Yarn, design, and poll!

So, we’re gonna ride right on past the part where I apologize for not blogging for 3 months, and get straight to the point.

This point comes in, like, 4 bullet points:

  • I recently bought 4 skeins of Malabrigo sock. (One is already spoken for – I bought it with a project in mind, so it is not eligible in this poll. I’ll post pictures of the eligible ones at the bottom.)
  • I will not be using the Araucania Ranco I used before, even though I unraveled it all and it’s in 2 separate balls already. (I think it has a different destiny.)
  • I want to use one of the 3 eligible Malabrigo Sock skeins for the Azures.

The one skein that is spoken for is in Tiziano Red. Oh lordy, it is GORGEOUS. I’m going to use it to make another set of my Untitled Mitts.

The original pair were knit in KnitPicks Palette. There are some changes I need to make to the pattern, so I’m going to make another pair, and they’re going to be awesome.

So, on to the poll! The 3 skeins I have available are Turner, Stonechat, and Impressionist Sky.

Each colorway is gorgeous and would make an amazing pair of socks (and probably will someday) but I can’t decide!

Personally, I am leaning towards Turner. BUT. “Azure” means blue, so Impressionist Sky is a close second.

HERE COMES YOUR PART. Vote in this handy-dandy little poll for which colorway YOU think I should use. I can’t guarantee I’ll go with the results of the poll, but let’s just see what happens.

Tonight I started swatching for Magic Mirror Socks with Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball (both Ravelry links). Um, REALLY EXCITED about it.

And lastly, I designed the Firebending Hat. Pattern forthcoming.

April 23, 2010 at 9:22 pm Leave a comment

April 2010