Sunday, June 03, 2007

New "Toy"

Well, it's not really a new toy--my Mom bought it for me for my birthday about five years ago, but I just now re-found it and put it together. I'd been thinking about it for a few days, then decided to look in a box under some things I hadn't pulled out yet, and there it was!

What is it, you ask? It's a Colorcube, and it shows the "fundamentals of color" (but don't let that scare you) and I fell in love with it when I saw it. [No, Greg, not fall-in-love-get-married, but fall-in-love-oh-my-I-must-buy-that-and-put-it-together-and hang-it-from-the-ceiling.] There's something about color theory that I just love. It's so simple yet so complex.


When we were at the Snake River Fiber Fair, I must confess that I stalked some knitting. Not too much since I had to go to my classes, but I did study a lady's bag quite intently. I wish I'd asked her about it, but I missed my opportunity. I was THRILLED when I looked through the most recent issue of Knitter's Magazine, because there it was!! Her bag was quite a bit larger, I suspect, but I'll follow the directions for the first one. After that all bets are off.

Anyway, here's my third pentagon, with some stitches picked up around the edges and a purl round partially completed. I think I'm going to rip the black yarn out, though, and get something a bit heavier. I don't think I have enough to double strand the yarn, but I really should stop being lazy and measure. Then I'd know for sure! [Added later: Nope, not enough black yarn to double it--barely enough to do it single-stranded! It's been ripped and will have to wait until I can purchase more yarn. Ouch ouch, quit twisting my arm! LOL!]

The yarn is Manos, and I have to admit that I just don't get the obsession with it. Yeah, the colors are vibrant and beautiful, but the thick-and-thinness of the yarn is bugging me. Especially not at $15 a hank. We'll see if my opinion changes after felting.


My DS loves the vacuum. I'm not sure if it's because it's got wheels, a headlight, and makes a lot of noise, but he really wants to help me vacuum. Of course I'm not supposed to be vacuuming at all (I've got two herniated discs in my back), so I let him do a little bit this time around.

He was very intent and did a good job! Of course the fun wore off after about eight minutes, but he did help. He also ran around and picked up all his cars and toys that had been scattered around the living room which was a tremendous help (you can see some of them on the ledge in the background--he's got close to 100 Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars).

He's such a good helper when he wants to be.

Speaking of his obsession with all things with wheels, here he's taken parts from his Mega Fort and made a "car" that he "drives."

I helped him with the handle part, but he put the base thing on the bottom, made the bottom part, and drove it around all by himself. The way he holds it and pushes it, the base part turns around just like a wheel. Of course he ends up going around in circles with it, making vrooom noises. I love the way my kids find alternative ways to play with things!


I've got about 1/2" left on my socks. They're just plain top-down socks with an eye-of-partridge heel flap. They've taken me longer than I'd like them to, especially since the new Six Socks pattern is up, but I'm almost done. Of course they'd have been done long ago if I'd actually worked on them instead of working a few rounds, then picking up other projects. ;-) Hopefully I'll have pictures of them on my feet in my next post.


I've gotten a few guesses about what's different on my Swallowtail shawl, and I'll post pics of the prizes in the next post, so keep the guesses coming! If I get more than one correct answer I'll put all of the correct ones in a hat and pick one or two.


Romi said...

Ooh! Love the color cube!

Opal said...

The colour cube is so cool! I'm looking forward to seeing how the Manos felts too. It's got such beautiful colours.