There are apparently several random things on my mind, so how about a Random Wednesday post?

Random thing #1 – The moon must be retrograde in the customer service house or something. Between non-delivered train tickets, hotel reservations gone astray and reimbursements from large educational institutions that never showed, it’s a wonder I have any money or sanity left lately. Is it just me?

Random thing #2 – I really hate knitting the sleeves of the Boatneck bluebell.

Crafting 365.24 - Knitting with the sick

They are done flat instead of in the round and it is driving me crazy. I’m also not ever on the right row it seems although they are coming out just like the picture. Go figure. If I wasn’t so far into the first sleeve I would rip it out and do it in the round. I don’t get why the designer chose to do things this way. The only thing I can think of is that the bell sleeve needs the support of a seam. Thoughts?

Random thing #3 – HWJF has the flu. Rather badly in fact. While being concerned for his well being I am also somewhat afraid for my own. I certainly don’t need to be coming down with it as I drive to Rhode Island next week. So far so good. I’m going heavy on the vitamin C and trying to get some good rest. Keep your fingers crossed for us both, will ya?

Random thing #4
– Since HWJF was coming down with this on Sunday we didn’t go out so I decided to hit the dye pot. I got my dye kitchen set up.

Dye kitchen

And went to work. I dyed some superwash merino that I plan on spinning and knitting into a sweater for my best friend’s first kid who should be arriving in early May. They just found out it’s a girl, so I wanted to do something with pinks and purples. Wouldn’t you know, I screwed up the first batch.

The one time I *don’t* want blue, what do I grab?

Crafting 365.23 - Dye mistake

Blue!

Luckily I had more fiber so I fixed the mistake on the second batch. I just hope it’s enough fiber to make the sweater. Here’s how it came out:

Crafting 365.25 - Dyeing results

Clicky to biggie as always.

I drafted up a little bit of it and I think it’s going to work out pretty well. Here’s how the “mistake” came out:

Simba with the fiber

Simba decided the fiber couldn’t hog the spotlight alone. :) I actually really like how this came out, just wasn’t what I wanted for this particular project.

Random thing #5 – I started the hat the other night. It has a bit of a braid that was a serious PITA. No pics just yet.

I think that’s enough for today. Hope you are warm and doing fun fibery things wherever you are!

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11 Responses to “Random Wednesday”
  1. stacey says:

    seems like when one thing goes wrong, they all do – so I’m thinking that something has to be cosmically misaligned somewhere. i love the mistake job! maybe it will spin into more of a purpley blue? I’m guessing you are right about the sleeves – sometimes they feel more supported and structured with a seam.

  2. Ina says:

    I hope HWJF gets well soon – and you stay well! (In Zicam I trust – really seems to help if used at the very beginning.) What a great way to inaugurate your dye kitchen. FWIW, both batches or even both together seem fine for a girl.

  3. Dee says:

    Just keep washing you hands …. hope the flu buggies stay away.

    The dyed rovings are BOTH beautiful!!!

  4. Karen says:

    Sending healthy vibes your way. I hope HWJF gets well soon too.

    Your fiber came out great! Both of them.

  5. Kim says:

    When it rains it pours. So it seems with crappy things happening. Hope you get your train tickets and your $$$ in the mail. It’s baffling that the sleeves are knit flat and then seamed. That sucks. Although on thing I’ve found is that I can knit flat sleeves faster than sleeves knit in the round. Weird. The roving turned out so gorgeous even if it’s not what you hoped. A dye kitchen! Wonderful! Hope you don’t catch the flu. Eat garlicly stuff. I hear it helps prevent colds, etc.

  6. Mintyfresh says:

    You’re having a rough week! (And it’s Mercury going retrograde that causes all the problems. I don’t know if it is right now, but it’s not the moon–I don’t think the moon ever goes retrograde; it might be too close to us.

  7. Risa says:

    Bad things do seem to cluster about. Both rovings are gorgeous. I definitely need to learn this dyeing thing! As for those sleeves? Cozy V-Neck called for sleeves knit flat, which I ignored and did in the round.

  8. Sacha says:

    Yeah something is going around. I just got over a nasty sinus infection and some people at work…the way they cough scares me. So keep taking your vitamins and think positive.

  9. Lauren says:

    In Purell I trust. My husband’s got whatever plague is going around, and I’ve been Purell-ing for days now and haven’t gotten sick yet.

    Gorgeous fiber. I can’t wait to see it spun up!

  10. --Deb says:

    Airborne is a good immune-booster, too–all vitamins, so it certainly can’t hurt. And apparently Hilary Clinton swears by washing her hands a LOT and eating hot peppers. (She said so on 60 Minutes, and–politics aside–she’s shaking hands with a lot of sick people these days, so it could have potential!)

    Your fiber looks great! I’m never going to be able to try dyeing myself, but I love watching your efforts–they’ve looked good from the beginning but I swear they’re getting better all the time!

  11. Debi says:

    Try some Airborne if you can get it, it helps keep the “cooties” away. Simba is so cute :)

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