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Friday, January 27, 2006

I got home from work this afternoon and found this on one of my potted plants outside.

Do you know what that is?

Wool.

Do you know what this means?

My house has officially reached overflow levels.

I brought in some fiber and handspun to show my boss (of the socks) at AC Moore, and she was so impressed she asked me to make a little display for a knitting event going on at the store tomorrow. The kindergarten teacher hiding deep within my soul was released, and today I did this:

It's tough to get a good picture, but across the top it says "Spin Me a Yarn!"

It starts with raw wool on the sheep.

Then the wool gets washed into roving.

Then spun into yarn.

Then knit into a sweater!


Well... I think it's cute. I mean sure, now I'm covered in spray glue and bits of wool and fiber are sticking to that, and I can't figure out what will take this glue off me (nail polish remover, soap and water, and various other household detergeants haven't worked so far) but the poster itself is pretty cute, don't you think?

In the meantime, I've given in to the tidal wave and started a pair of Jaywalkers. I know. It makes my skin crawl a little bit to do something so incredibly trendy (and not because I don't like the pattern - I do - I just have a deep rooted aversion to trends). But I'll need to be sitting and knitting at the store for about four hours straight tomorrow, I'll get interrupted frequently, and every single one of my other ongoing projects right now are either too big or require too much concentration to tolerate being interrupted by idiots. So I needed something incredibly simple, but still impressive looking. I figured since I memorized the pattern after looking at it once and I'm amused by the color combinations in my yarn this fit the bill. My only hope for surviving this is to put my own twist by doing them toe up, and with a slight variation to the zig zag pattern. I just got through the toe, so nothing exciting has happened yet. I'll take a photo tomorrow night... oops, maybe Sunday - I'm going to the opera tomorrow night after work.

13 Comments:

Blogger Jane said...

I think it's adorable.

And the birds will be happy to come across that wool. Let it remain free...

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your poster is cute! Well done!
Try GooGone to take off the adheasive (you can get it at the grocery store)

Have fun at the opera - which one are you seeing?
Can't wait to hear about it :-)

Nancita in PA

8:43 AM  
Blogger Martha said...

Great poster, Miss Amie (well, if you are going to feel like a K-teacher, let's name you ^..^ )
Let's all de-stash!
XOXO

10:12 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

If the goo-gone doesn't work, trying rubbing alcohol.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm thinking lacquer thinner, if acetone doesn't work. Or Skin-So-Soft, the ultimate product from Avon. Or maybe if you stuck a piece of tape on it, like lint..(ducking and running far, far away)
sallyjo

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Shea said...

I've got little wool-fluffs like that decorating all the posts and trees around the paddock and the birds really do love it!

M finished her first ever sock... so that's 1... I'll post a picture of it eventually :)

1:04 PM  
Blogger Kadiddly said...

I'd second the GooGone stuff as well. Cute poster! What kind of heel are you going to do for your toe up Jaywalkers? I've got the toes done on mine and am trying to decide if I want to do the heel flap/gusset or short rows if I ever get the feet done.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Great Poster!

7:36 PM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

i love the poster. i second all the other suggestions, except maybe one more? have you tried wd40? it's not the greatest lubricant, but it does unstick stuff like (gag later) tape.

and i see we are at over 25% of the socks, and less than 10% of the year! ooo rah! i'm doing jaywalkers too, and i'm having fun watching how my yarn stripes. no real pooling yet (darn, ilike flashing!) but very nice. come see!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Minh said...

Please add 2 socks to the counter from me -- my first toe up socks :)
What opera are you going to hear???

--Minh

4:05 PM  
Blogger elka said...

OK I finished another sock to complete the pair~ photo will be up tonight [Sunday] but isn't yet....

http://www.mamaliz.org/blogs/elkaknits/

5:38 PM  
Blogger erica said...

Amie, I love the poster. It's SO cute! I love the sheep's face.
I saw Brokeback Mountain yesterday and at the beginning when they are herding sheep I immediately thought, "Gosh, think of all of the wool that would come off those sheep. That's probably thousands of sweaters."

10:39 AM  
Anonymous LifeIncome said...

Interesting....I learn something all the time.

Thx......Steve @
LifeIncome

6:44 AM  

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