What the hell is a “Pogona” anyway?

Okay…so I dyed some yarn a week or so ago, as an experiment.  I wanted to see what happened if I combined several dyeing techniques

– Kettle Dye
– Pollack (free style squirting..ew, that sounds gross)
– Dip Dyeing

I had a skein of yummy 50/50 Merino/Silk laying around, so I thought I would test on that…  I mean, who doesn’t have extra merino/silk laying around to test on, right??  ::eyeroll::  Luckily, it went well and I LOVE what I got…

Love it, eh?  Yeah, me too.  Rich, sunny Autumn shades without being too “pumkin   patchy” or “Fall Leaves”…  I will use this combo of methods again…soon.

Since this was not a skein for sale…it’s all mine…  I went pattern hunting.  I wanted something that was going to show off the short color sections, sheen of the silk, the softness of the merino….something smooth and shiny like the yarn itself.  Stockinette.  ::sigh::  Boring…but just what this yarn needs.  ::sigh:: I could feel myself falling asleep already…  There had to be some pattern out there that used a significant amount of stockinette that wouldn’t make my eyes bleed out of boredom.

Then I found this:  Pogona

JUST WHAT I NEEDED!!!!  Big sections of stockinette…panels of reverse stockinette, so I’d have to pay a little bit of attention…a shawl that requires a yarn with a lovely drape…oh, I have that!!!!!  So I cast on…and fell in love…not only with the yarn (of course I would love it) but with the simplicity of this pattern.  The two elements (yarn and pattern) met and loved each other instantly… Love at first stitch, so it be.

What do you think???  Me, I love it.

But what the hell is a “Pogona”????

Well, it’s a lizard, apparently….at least that’s what the Wikipedia page says…

Personally, I like the shawl better.


Knitting Meme

I first posted the Meme a few years back…

If you’ve read it and you are a knitter…consider yourself tagged!!!!

Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing.

Afghan/Blanket (in progress)
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn

Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Sweater (not bold cuz I haven’t finished it yet)
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting

Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Cardigan (almost)
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding

Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars (done it, but never completed them)
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit

Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art

Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern

Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers

Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Now, what’s your list look like????

So…what’s up with me…

I am still unemployed and looking…  So if you know anyone that needs a ROCKIN’ administrative assistant /front desk supreme please let me know.

I am busy posting resume’s and interviewing, but it’s a tough market…  I’ll find something, I know.  But while I am waiting, I’ve been doing lots of other stuff…

What have I been doing, you ask??

I’ve started my own Etsy shop…called GirlGoneLoopy Yarn, Fiber and Stitchery…for all your hand-dyed needs.  Check it out….better yet, buy something!!   ; )

I’ve also been designing a fingerless mitt pattern using a friend’s hand-dyed yarn…  Here are a few pic’s for you!

It’s called Namaste and will be available within a month for purchase.

There has been some knitting and cleaning of my house…some cooking and some cussing my unemployed fate…but other than that… Not too much.