Yes, I am still here. Mmm… Yarn still is, too, although I have been looking into migrating it elsewhere. Part of that process is getting into our virtual dedicated server and I got stuck on step 1 (how ridiculous) today. Now I’m waiting for an answer to my plea for help in that vendor’s forums. While I could say I am technologically competent, I work an internal help desk, meaning I answer staff members’ questions about or solve their problems with the software titles we use. And I sometimes help relatives. I am comfortable saying I am good at what I do, but I do not set up virtual dedicated servers nor do I know how to manage an existing one (any friend or family member reading this, if you know how to use a VDS, Plesk 7.5, and Linux, and have some spare time, I’d love to hear from you). The biggest part of the problem is that Mr. MmmYarn set up most of (= 95%) of our computer stuff and left behind no notes. So I slog through what I can find on the vendors’ websites or in general on the Internet and sometimes I get somewhere and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I get pretty upset over it all, with being stuck trying to figure out all the stuff Mr. MmmYarn set up, and when I get upset I go for the dark chocolate or an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or some knitting or all three, not for reading complicated and usually outdated documentation (part of my job is keeping our documentation up to date, and I’m good at that, too; hear that, vendors?) that makes it just that much harder to figure out what’s going on. Simply guessing the various user names and passwords and associated email addresses has been an adventure, although vendors who are unwilling to talk to me because I don’t have the magic combination of all three are certainly very happy to accept my credit card to keep the service going while I try to figure out what it’s for. Not that I’m bitter. But I digress.

On the knitting front, apparently I came over all stripe-y one morning a couple of months ago and kept it up since then. I didn’t even notice this pattern of behavior until I viewed my projects page on Ravelry and saw them all lined up in a technicolor row. So, let’s dive right in, shall we? Do not adjust your screen; everything here is indeed striped.

First up, a use-up-random-scraps-of-yarn scarf. I sorted my scraps into color groups:


Then I bought a skein each of bright, solid wool in rainbow colors:


And whipped up what I consider the Screaming Rainbow Scarf. This weekend is Pride; I wonder if I could have sold it on the street.


Some of the scrap yarns were fragile novelty types so I had to make twisted fringe to keep them contained. Well, I suppose I could have woven in all those ends instead of making a fringe but you know that just isn’t going to happen here at Mmm… Yarn. I like that I found one fluffy skein each in purple, red, and blue as it makes for a balanced effect. This sucker is bright!


Pattern: own: 1 to 3 strands of scrap yarn held together with the Nature Spun, cast on 260 and go
Yarn: scraps held together with Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport, 100% wool; .14sk color N46S Red Fox; .43sk each color N54S Orange You Glad, color 305S Impasse Yellow, color 112S Elf Green, color N36S China Blue, color N62S Amethyst
Needles: US 8
Size: 6.75″ wide, 64″ long without fringe and 72″ long with fringe
Started 4/11 and finished 4/15/2010 (makes for a happy Tax Day)

After that came a parade of hats, starting with two opi. I like “opi” better than “opuses,” so that’s what you get: two opi. The first one is a basic hat with my usual 8-point decrease at the crown:


The second has a brim and a 4-point double decrease:



Pattern: own
Yarn: 1.75 skeins Zitron Opus 1, 100% wool with aloe and jojoba, color 100
Needles: US 5
Size: adult
Started 3/24 and finished 4/14/2010

I made a couple of spiral rib hats. This one has a textured stripe only:



Pattern: own
Yarn: Karabella Yarns Aurora 8, 100% superwash merino wool, color 1530
Needles: US 5
Size: adult
Started 4/16 and finished 4/18/2010

And one using up some yarns I’ve had for quite some time. Two colors always gives me good practice in holding one color in each hand. I usually hold my yarn in my left hand. In this case, I purled left and knitted right:



Pattern: own (3×3 spiral rib)
Yarn: Cascade 220, 100% wool, color 7830 (salmon-y red) and 4147B (light yellow)
Needles: US 5
Size: adult
Started 5/9 and finished 5/26/2010

I made a spiral stripe hat using the same technique I learned in my Rovaniemi mittens class. Each yellow-green stripe is one strand of yarn so there are no floats inside although I did end up with 24 ends to weave in:



I wove in the ends very neatly so the wearer has the option of wearing it either way out. Here’s the inside:


Pattern: own
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, 85% wool, 15% mohair, color M-52 Spruce and M-135 April Green
Needles: US 6
Size: adult
Started 4/19 and finished 4/25/2010

And, finally, the comparatively plain gold and orange hat:



Pattern: own
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, 85% wool, 15% mohair, color M-14 Sunburst Gold and M-110 Orange You Glad
Needles: US 6
Size: adult
Started 5/5 and finished 5/8/2010

“Why, yes, I am very happy with my hat wardrobe,” says Sancho Panza, “although the light purple one did make me feel a little less manly.” Fortunately for me, he never complains and he always holds still.

I’ll stray from hats as I expect you’re tired of them and show you the last thing I’m showing today, my Sharks socks in a self-striping yarn. This yarn traveled with me on our vacation in 2008 and came back home unknitted. It finally gets to fulfill its potential:


Pattern: own
Yarn: 2sk Claudia Hand Painted Yarns fingering weight, 100% merino wool, color: Sharks (as in San Jose Sharks, the hockey team)
Needles: size 1
Size: my feet
Started 5/26 and finished 6/17/2010

This is my first time using Claudia yarn and I am happy to report I really liked it. It’s easy to work with (no splitting or weirdness) and feels soft and spongy. The label doesn’t say what her base is but my guess is Louet Gems.

There’s actually more, even non-hat items, but I think this is enough for one day. I do need to leave *something* for my next post, whenever I decide I have time to write it. I don’t have too much of an excuse for my long silence, although about 4 weeks ago, I picked up my guitar again after a nearly 2-year hiatus and I end up playing that in the evenings instead of playing on the computer.

Oh, and I have nothing to knit for the bus tomorrow, having spent yesterday and today actually finishing stuff. Le sigh.