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Zombie knitting...

Posted on 2013.08.29 at 23:06
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(For someone who actually dislikes zombies, I seem to be talking about them a lot. Also, the best zombie movie I have seen lately is ParaNorman. It's adorable.)

kseenaa pimped out this journal in her latest post, telling people to watch this space for some knitting. Which made me think "I haven't knitted a thing for bloody ages, why did I name the journal lady_knits?" But thinking about it for all of three seconds made me realise I have knit things. Not anything I actually think about, I only use the stuff every gorram day... Which brings us back to the zombies. Also known as my computer knitting.

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These are the wash rags I have knit in the last couple of years. Most of them anyway, about six or seven of them are in the wash or in use, and thus even less photogeniqué than these... There are 43 rags in this picture. Four different categories. Left, no hank for hanging up: for general cleaning, scrubbing sinks and stuff like that. Middle, with hank: For face and body. Right: Linen instead of cotton, dishrags. Top, mostly green: The odd ducks, those are crochet.

The majority of the rags are knit in garter stitch, which is nothing but knits (räta maskor). That I can do without looking at my work - my hands do it without me needing to think. Which equals zombie knitting that I do when reading long stretches of text on my screen. And suddenly I have another rag finished... (The orange and tan one bottom left is the latest, it haven't got ends woven in yet. And it is square-ish like the others, but folded for some reason.)

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Ok, these don't exactly look like I can keep the number of stitches, or my tension, even. But they are washed and tumble-dried and then tossed into a bag. Straightening wash rags are even more wasted energy than ironing underwear... And the so-not-me colours? Is anybody surprised to know that these are made of left-over yarn, mostly from my inherited stash? (Some of these yarns are older than I am! Lovely seventies shades of brown and orange...) And that the only ones of these I have bought new for myself is the black and purple?

Didn't think so. :-D

And yes, some of these are a more complicated pattern. I have to think about what I do when I make those, so they rarely happen. Usually I only do those as gifts.

So I have actually finished stuff! Stuff that I use, even. I must try to remember this when I feel like I never finish anything crafty.


kseenaa at 2013-08-29 23:56 (UTC) (Link)
I'd LOVE to see this zombie-movie to be quite honest... Warm Bodies.

And isn't that the best kind of craft? That are things you can use in your every day life? I got a pile of those really lovely rags in black and various kinds of purple. They are AWESOME! And I still use them. :-D
Lady K
lady_knits at 2013-09-01 17:01 (UTC) (Link)
I'm a bit curious about that one too, seems like a very different thing from other zombie movies.

Yeah. That's one of the reasons I never felt quite at home in art school (Estetiskt program på gymnasiet), because I wasn't political enough. My classmates wanted to do Art that changes the world, or at least talks very loudly about the changes they wanted to see. I realised I wanted to do beautiful things for everyday use, to surround people with beauty. Because I believe that people who have nice things around them become nicer people by it. ( I want to change the world too, but in a much subtler way...I'm not the type to stand on the barricades and shout.)

And I'm glad to hear it was a good gift, that you still use them. :-) (See the pink rag in the top middle? You were supposed to get that one too, but when I took it off the board I had it pinned out on it left a pink square on the board, and the bottom of the rag was light pink. And the topside was still the original hot pink. I won't be buying that yarn again, I think.)
kseenaa at 2013-09-07 22:48 (UTC) (Link)
Different takes on classical monsters are always fun! (As long as it don't get stupid like in Twilight... *cough, cough*)

Surrounding people with beautiful things is also important! Should not be underestimated that. It makes people feel better about themselves and all that. Which is important to!

Weird yarn though... Bleeding colour all over the place!
Lady K
lady_knits at 2013-09-08 12:42 (UTC) (Link)
Have you read "Pride and prejudice and zombies"? Apropos the different take on classic monsters? It's way more fun than the original Austen... And Twilight is it's own little category, to be ignored as much as possible. (I wrote "poosible" on the first try... pretty much sums up my thoughts about Twilight, I think. Pure crap.)

Yarn or fabric that bleed or run are always a risk. But this yarn did it in such a weird way! It didn't bleed much in the wash, it was still a nice hot pink when I put it on the board to dry. I mean, that's where things usually go wrong - the colour ends up in the washing water, or on anything white in the same load. But this kept the colour beyond that point, and then it ended up "falling off" the backside of the knitting. There was even a sharp line down the side of the rag, something I didn't know was possible! Really, really weird.
kseenaa at 2013-09-11 13:43 (UTC) (Link)
No I haven't! Maybe I should read them books (whenever I'll have time to do that...) Twilight is indeed in it's own category. I am currently struggling through 50 Shades of Grey as a challenge from spicehobbit. Twilight SHINES in comparison... X-/ Also, she SOOOO owes me a nice dinner when I am done.

Edited at 2013-09-11 01:44 pm (UTC)
Lady K
lady_knits at 2013-09-13 10:20 (UTC) (Link)
You're a braver woman than I! I'm keeping as far away as possible from 50 shades.... I don't think I could read the entire thing.
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