New Shawl, Yarn Hairz, and Spinning. Oh My.

Posted on Aug 20, 2009. 10 comments

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This shawl is knit from the point to the long edge, which is great when you want to savor ever last inch of your favorite indie dyed, hard to get sock yarnz.
knitting notions hair
When I was a Teenager I went through some serious manic panic hair color envy. But since I was in charge of my own rent and supplying myself with food, I had to work at the mall (taker of all things good) who was firmly in the no manic panic (or any other joy) camp. During those days I had a brief fling with a nose ring until my martial arts thing took over, but never ever did I have purple hair.
For yesterday's 365 photo I decided to wear the shawl as a head covering affixed with a pair of straight knitting needles (cause really what the hell else am I going to use straights for?) in homage to all the purple hair I saw at Sock Summit. It's sort of amazing just how many knitters had brightly colored hair.
This is for you, my sisters.
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I picked up this yarn in the Stitches West Marketplace, from Catherine (who is an absolute delight) of Knitting Notions. I wanted to use every, I mean every bit possible and wrote the pattern around that desire. I'm really happy with the results and my favorite way to wear the shawl is in the front, bandanna style.
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Pardon my expression, it's been a few testy days lately. Maya has been overtired and throwing fits left and right. In between takes she was lobbing easter eggs at my way and hollering about going to the beach.
It doesn't take long for her to get back in my good graces, thankfully. Because she does cute stuff, a lot. I think it's a built in toddler safety mechanism that kicks in 20 seconds after they do something really terrible like rip up a paperback book that you cherish.
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Thankfully all is forgiven until the next time. Besides, she likes to sit on my lap while I spin. She knows exactly the way into Mama's (bitter, cold, little) heart.
Speaking of spinning, I've produced yarn that I really, really love. (Fiber from Abstract Fibers, and worth every stinking penny.)
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Judith Mackenzie McCuin made an offhand comment about reducing twist in singles when I was in her class. She said to increase the wheel take-up and that'd address the problem. And really it is THAT EASY. I wanted to slap myself. Or someone else. EUREKA! Instead I thwacked the hell out of this newly spun yarn and by god it may be used as a single (or as purple yarn hair).


  • Posted by mindy on Aug 20, 2009

    Cuteness is most definitely a survival mechanism. It also automatically turns into instant memories of how cute they were as they get older and cause even more stress…
    Not too late for purple hair- bet Maya would love it!
    Fantastic shawl and yarn.

  • Posted by Carrie K on Aug 21, 2009

    The shawl looks good as both a shawl and wig. :)
    Why haven’t you taken Maya to the beach? Heartless wench. I’d throw fits too.

  • Posted by AlisonH on Aug 23, 2009

    Wigging out over the purple hair. Heh.

  • Posted by catherine on Aug 20, 2009

    ooops, sorry about the multiple posts. Feel free to delete. Don’t know what appened there, since I only submitted it once. shrug

  • Posted by Clumsy Knitter on Aug 20, 2009

    I never had purple hair either…neon orange chunks, yes: purple? No. The color of your shawl is beautiful!
    Also, I LOVE that yellow and black skirt you’re wearing!!! :)

  • Posted by Mildawg on Aug 20, 2009

    Lovely shawl! I, too, enjoy amusing myself with my knitted items.
    I’m also digging the skirt.

  • Posted by Imbrium on Aug 20, 2009

    Yanno, it’s never too late for purple hair. ;) In fact, I have a jar of purple Manic Panic in my bathroom at this very moment…I could send it to you, if you’d like.

  • Posted by marri on Aug 20, 2009

    i never had purple hair, but i did have neon yellow once, and streaks of cobalt blue another time. i now work in a corporate office but somehow i’ve managed to hang on to my industrial/scaffold ear piercing!
    i agree with imbrium – it’s never too late!
    (pretty shawl & yarn!)

  • Posted by catherine on Aug 20, 2009

    It’s beautiful as a shawl or hair, LOL! I noticed all the colorful hair at SS too, and it’s funny that while my livelihood is centered on adding pretty colors to fiber, I have never been tempted to do my own hair before. Hmmmm, what color would look good on me? :D

  • Posted by Ida on Aug 20, 2009

    The shawl is gorgeous, and it does make beautiful hair. I had purple hair once, but not on purpose. I dyed my hair red too close together, and it kind of developed beautiful purple tint.

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