Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The Fug

Wen, just for you and red Lacey Lamb do I drag the fugly out of the closet.

This loveliness is the first shawl I ever knit. Back in the L.B. (Lion Brand) Era, when I'd first started knitting but didn't know such things as Local Yarn Stores existed.

This next one is a bit blurrier but truer to color. I haven't messed with the color saturation/hue/brightness at all. Natural but slightly dark lighting.

I telecommuted to work and at that time I was a new knitter, obsessed, and didn't have anything to knit (patterns? Where do I get those from?). Hadn't yet discovered the knit blogs, knitty, just about anywhere except the Lion Brand Pattern site. Oh yes.

I also was on the phone in boring meetings A LOT and was desperate for some knitting. I picked that shawl pattern and went to find some yarn. Yes, some L.B. HOMESPUN a.k.a Acrylic Wonder.

What possessed me to choose the orange/green with Maleficent-purple highlights, I have no idea. Probably it was on sale. I seem to remember a clearance of some kind. I think the name of the colorway was "Renaissance". Let's see a close-up (this one is with flash):


Knit on US size 11, a bunch of YOs and K2Togs. There's even a crochet edging on that puppy.
To give it some credit, it's warm and soft... and is that awkward shawl size that will never stay on your shoulders. Poor thing spends its days balled up in the closet.

7 comments:

Wen said...

Ah, Homespun. The scene of my first fiber crime.

Did I ever mention how much I love Haloscan? No? Ask Kisten...

Kristen said...

Wen, are you referring to my recent Ode To Haloscan right here in Alice's comments? Because if you are...

well, if you are, she already knows.

I gave up peekaboo posts for Haloscan.

Alice, I think I've looked at that colorway before in the store, but I learned a long time ago not to touch the Homespun. People say it's soft before you knit it, but I squoze a skein once and it kinda squeaked like poly-fil batting or whatever that stuff is inside cheap pillows.

That's not to say I've never bought any. There was a supervisor I didn't like and I made a baby sweater out of the stuff.

I digress. If I remember correctly, the greens in that colorway show up a lot more in person, making it even more 'ew'. Good job!

Kristen said...

Hey, I didn't even notice yesterday that you have the old blogger. Haloscan will totally do ALL THE WORK FOR YOU. Like, you push a button and BAM! There's Haloscan commenting goodness on your blog.

With the new blogger, they rewrite the code and have you upload the rewritten code to your template. It's easy, but not as easy as having someone else do ALL the work.

Wen said...

Actually I was talking about how I bugged you to put haloscan back. I hate blogger. Forget haloscan and blogger and move to Wordpress!

Carole Knits said...

We all went through knitting phases we'd just as soon forget. I can't even tell you how many scarves I knit from Lion Brand Homespun - ick!

pacalaga said...

Interesting. I am still feeling the homespun love. I have some at home waiting to be some sort of snuggly wrap for me. I must be fiber-sluttier than the rest of you gals.

zoe said...

now, as far as I am concerned, that is one damned nice shawl, especially for a first project - you are great...