Imagine RIT!

I’m so pumped to finally be able to share this project! Last Saturday, Hooks and Needles exhibited at Imagine RIT, a yearly festival hosted on campus.  Over 32,000 people showed up, and tons of them passed by us.
Our exhibit was three parts.  The first was Samson, who hung out all day and got to represent angora rabbits everywhere.
There was also spinning with drop spindles and Ash’s wheel (which she isn’t an expert at yet, so we made Nathaniel do it.)
The second was finger knitting lessons, which we gave to people of all ages.  I taught kids as young as two or three (who loved it but didn’t quite get what was going on) and a couple of ladies that were in their seventies.  The whole club pitched in!
And the third and most impressive portion was this:
A wall of knit bricks. 
We knit and crocheted over 1,000 bricks to put up as part of the exhibit, which was the vision of the club’s secretary and president-elect, Alysia.  This has been a process that started in September and has taken us through months and months.  There were several cases of carpal tunnel and tendonitis, and a few tears.
The day of the exhibit, we were there at 6AM setting up.  We were working almost to the finish line – that’s four hours of cutting duct tape, folding it, and pressing bricks against the wall
The end result was nothing short of awesome.  I think people were totally impressed, and we did a ton of good work spreading awareness for the club and teaching people about fiber arts.  

Christmas is Almost Here – and the Knitting is Almost Done!

Yes, that’s right – I finished my brother’s slipper socks. 
I cast off for the second sock, wove in all the ends, and knitted up the heels while at Ash’s house for an awesome slumber party 🙂  We ate delicious beef stew, hot cocoa, and raspberry peppermint jello with whipped cream! Oh, and of course, did girly stuff like read magazines, laugh at reality TV, and hang out with the best bunny on the planet:
(Okay, I didn’t have my camera with me last night, so this is a picture of Sammy from last week, when I picked him up from the vet.)
I also got some work done on the sample for my January pattern – and cast on for a new knit toy! It’s about time I started working again to bring my designs to life.
I’ve also started saving loose ends for the Totally Useless Stitch Along from It’s Daffycat! I thought about waiting until the new year, but while digging through my bag today I found these yarn bits, and I figured that I might as well – I have a bit of a disadvantage to cross-stitchers, since I don’t have as many ends (but, they are bigger… hmm.)
Anyway, if you’re interested in joining, you should check it out here! It’ll be a lot of fun, and there will be PRIZES! There are already 75 bloggers participating, which is exciting.

Vacation Update

I’ve had a nice time on vacation so far, time to craft and time to spend with family.  I’m pretty frustrated with a current WIP, which I’m thinking of abandoning (at least for a while.) Another is finished, and the pattern is being written up!
Good luck Rocky! Erm… Pinwheel!
Rocky has been passed on to Tanglewood, and I’m sure he’s happy to be there! They kept his original name, Pinwheel, which W and I gave him.  He seems happy, though it’s hard to see it through his huffly exterior.
Timid Bunny
And on the bunny front, we have had success getting Samson to use a potty pad! I woke up this morning to this sight.
Using the Paper!
His pee isn’t really that color, it’s the pen liner showing through ^_^;
Okay, his pen looks totally gross but I HAD to run and take a picture, I didn’t even think to clean his cage… whoops.
Well, I hope everyone is enjoying their week, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not! 🙂 We sure are.
Doorway View
PA Sunset

Burning Low

The Hooks and Needles Felting Party was Friday! I made roast chicken, corn, and roasted carrots and onions (assisted by Ash, of course.) Gillian brought brownies, and Rebecca, who’s moved to town, came!
I would show you pictures of our felted slippers, but I’m the only person who’s finished them, so you’ll just have to see pics of mine.  Other people’s projects were just these 😛
And, our special guest was Samson, fresh from the vet.
He’s coming home with me for Thanksgiving break, so there will be plenty more gorgeous angora photos then!
Right now, I feel burnt out… like, I’m a candle that’s about to die. I can’t wait for break! It’ll be nice to relax, visit family, and sleep without an alarm.  Then, next quarter, I’m cutting back on credit hours a bit, so that will be nice too.
Time to get back to studying and paper-writing.  I wrote this post while the rice for my soup was cooking 🙂

Knitting (And Other) Updates

Whew! It seems like since I came back from my trip I’ve been working double time to make up for all the stuff I missed! But while I was gone, I managed to finish a lot of stuff, and start a few new things, so here we go!
My first FO to share… I finally finished my mom’s socks! I managed to mess up the bind off twice, and ended up using a really nice sewn bind off that Joansie from Knitting By the Ocean told me about! And it worked awesomely! I’ve been plagued by too-tight bind offs, and she really saved my butt 🙂 Never more will I be fearing the end of toe-up socks.
My second FO is this hat, which I am test knitting through the Free Pattern Testers group on Ravelry.  I still have to finish filling out my comments, but I’m super happy with how the hat turned out! I’m so lucky that I got the chance to test it, and I’ll post up when the pattern is for sale to the rest of the world. 
This is meant to be FOR ME. Let’s see if we can keep it that way! If I had to knit it over again, I would add an extra repeat to make it a little more floppy. 
And now, a picture of a current WIP.  
It’s a baby sweater! The pattern I used was Little Coffee Bean, and I love the way this is going.  I used Cascade 220 Superwash and size 5 and 6 needles for a denser fabric.  I made the size for a 6 month old, but I really think that it lies somewhere between 3 and 6 months because of my needle change.  W’s sister is due in May… so I hope her baby gets a chance to wear it!!
 Off the subject of knitting: Samson is adjusting well to his new surroundings.  Ash brought him to club and he sat with us on the couch, and we plucked him a bit.  We’re thinking of shearing him, since he doesn’t like to be plucked very much… 🙁
 Also, I’m making these! Clothes for stop motion puppets! I have to admit, I don’t like sewing as much as I like knitting.  It doesn’t help that I thought I would be a kind of advisor to this: showing them how to cut out the patterns, lending them my machine, sewing the stitches – but it turns out that they want me to do the whole thing, which wouldn’t be a problem if I didn’t have 12,000 other things to do.  I don’t really know anything about their film, but I’ll show you guys when it’s done (I hope!)

Other than that, things have been gearing up at school.  It’s week 8 and I spent two hours today calibrating equipment for my sampling project tomorrow – I’m nervous! If a single thing goes wrong, I could fail the class… and so many things have gone wrong!

Phew.  Anyway, there’s where life is (right now at least).