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Monday, May 21, 2007

Odds and Ends (knowing me, the emphasis should be on "Odds")

No, don't worry, I'm not going to spend the entire week showing you what comes off the drum carder. I just wanted a picture of something for a bit of eye candy for you. This is what the Romney and Merino look like all blended up. I have just over 6 ounces of it ready to ship to my mom. Of course, I have another 6 ounces of Romney and Merino that hasn't been blended for myself, but I'll do it over the weekend or after I've worked on some blog fodder so you don't have see each excruciating detail of blending.

I have been trying to figure out what to do for my Sockapalooza pal and I've got some ideas now, I just need to narrow them down and get going on one. Since I won't reveal who my Sockapalooza pal is, I can knit those on the blog.

I mentioned that I've got some Stealth Projects going and I was working on one of those Saturday night. Let me just take a minute to say that Dawn of the Dead is not a great movie to knit even a simple pattern to. I've got the chart memorized and it's not that intricate, but when the zombies jump out, the stitches jump off the needles. By the way, while we're discussing zombies and such, if you've never seen Shaun of the Dead you should. It's by the same guys who did Hot Fuzz so that should give you a clue for what you're in for. I think of the two zombie movies, I prefer the zombies in Shaun of the Dead to those in Dawn of the Dead - they move slower. And if you are concerned about the level of zombie preparedness that exists in the USA today, take a look at this article that my brother so thoughtfully sent me. Caleb already knows that to stop a zombie you must destroy the brain. We're making sure he has a well rounded education.

Naturally, when I mentioned Stealth Projects, your thoughts turned to Mystery Stole 3. At the moment, it's not one of my ongoing Stealth Projects, but on Saturday inspiration struck and there is a definite theme and direction for this stole. I need to ask a question about how you wear stoles to make sure I get the design right side up though. If you could just answer in the comments that would be great. The question is, if you wear a stole and take one end across your front, throwing it over the opposite shoulder, which shoulder is it that the end gets thrown over? And (yeah, it's a two part question), are you left handed or right handed?

No dates for MS3 at this point, but I'll update you as soon as I have something figured out.



Blogger Vanessa said...

I am left-handed - so I throw my stole/shawl over my left shoulder (the second throw)! Great-Question!
Now on with the Zombie!

7:28 AM  
Blogger Knitting in Pink said...

I'm right handed and throw my shawl over my right shoulder. Glad to be of help! : )

8:19 AM  
Blogger thinlady said...

I'm left handed and throw a shawl over my left shoulder. I loved the last mystery stole.. can't wait for another. karen

8:25 AM  
Blogger Abby Franquemont said...

Some years ago, my better half played a video game called "Evil Genius," in which one of the minion types was a lady who walked around knitting, and when she'd become enraged his computer would shriek, "AUGH you made me drop a STITCH!"

Ever since then, anytime I jump and drop a stitch while watching a scary movie or something... well.

FWIW, I'd be thrilled to see photos of what's coming off your new carder. ;-)

8:48 AM  
Blogger Sarah Ditum said...

Without a stole in my hand, I can't figure out what I do with it. But I do know that in the event of a zombie invasion, that drum carder would make a pretty mean undead-shredder (I love Sean of the Dead too). So when the apocalypse comes, you can clothe yourself and defend yourself!

9:54 AM  
Blogger Rachael said...

I throw it over my left shoulder & am right handed.

On the zombie note - have you seen the Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks? It's really good to have on hand...just in case.

10:05 AM  
Blogger MizLu said...

I am right-handed and throw a shawl end over my left shoulder.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooray for MS3! (Guess this means I should block my MS2, doesn't it?)

I'm right-handed and I throw the end of the stole over my left shoulder.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! Right handed and left shoulder.
I was curious about Shaun of the Dead, it sounds like fun. I am definitely going to look for it.

10:40 AM  
Blogger KarenK said...

HI Melanie -- I'm right-handed and throw the right end of my shawl over my left shoulder. It feels "weird" to do it otherwise. You can see a picture of my daughter modeling your design "Scheherazade" here:

To confuse matters, you can see that she has done it both ways, without any coaching from me as to the "proper" way to do it. She's right-handed.

Looking forward to your new design!

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am right handed and would throw the stole over my left shoulder.

I haven't yet done one of your mystery stoles so I am very excited about this; I think your designs are beautiful

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm right-handed, but I throw stoles, scarves, etc. over my left shoulder. I'm looking forward to my first Mystery Stole!

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Left shoulder.
Although, in all honesty, I've usually wear my MS2 with both ends hanging down in front, attached by a nifty shawl pin. Get lots of compliments on it that way.

Oh, and I'm Right handed.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm right handed and throw over the left shoulder. Can't wait to start another mystery stole!

2:08 PM  
Blogger marianne said...

I'm ambidextrous - and most often throw the end over my left shoulder - can't wait for the enxt mystery!

4:01 PM  
Blogger Hope said...

I'm right handed and would throw the stole over my left shoulder.

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm left-handed, and the outer side of a stole/scarf would be on my left side. (Also, I wouldn't mind seeing details of fiber-blending.)

6:17 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

oooo sounds mysterious! Another lefty that throws her shawl over her left shoulder here.

Also can't wait to see how the new carder is working out!

6:42 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm right handed so over my left shoulder.

I finally finished MS2 on Saturday, it was blocked and I wore it. I was so proud of my first lace project.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yipe! MS3! I am excited and looking forward to another of your patterns - I have enjoyed the other shawls so much. I am right handed and throw the shawl over my left shoulder.

Are your four legged babies entralled with your drum carder?

5:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YeeHaw MS3! This will be my first mystery shaw. I'm right handed and I throw my shawl over my left shoulder.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Right handed, left shoulder. I am really hoping to participate this time. Last time it didn't really work out for me, but this time I have the laceweight ready and waiting!

5:49 PM  
Blogger Edna said...

I am right handed and throw the right side over my left shoulder!

7:27 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Right handed, left shoulder -- but this is because (if you're interested) I like to pin my stoles to keep them in place, and I like to wear pins on my left side, not my right -- because if wear a bag, the strap goes over my RIGHT shoulder, and the bag strap catches on the pin.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

I tend to like my stoles longer rather than shorter, and I'm right handed. I stopped by today to see if you had any plans for MS3, and I'm delighted to see that you do. I'm looking forward to joining you again.

But I guess I should finish MS1 one of these days...

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Left handed, right shoulder (I get the feeling right shoulder is losing).

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

right handed, left shoulder -- hope this helps!

10:09 AM  

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