Monday, August 03, 2015

Men Who Crochet

Honestly, I've always thought the crochet world had a large number of strange people in it (me included).  When you look at the world of male crocheters, it can sometimes be even more odd.

Best In Show

If you've ever seen the movie "Best In Show", it describes the crazy people that breed and show their misses out a bit on the mean, gossipy nature of that group, but it definitely shows how crazy they are.

They need a similar movie for crocheters or crochet designers perhaps.

Anyone that's participated in on-line crochet forums knows what I mean...Reading the article about the man on the cover of this magazine only confirms the quirky nature of people in the crochet world.  He made an afghan for his mother-in-law who taught him to knit when he had a nervous breakdown, and then took it back when she died.  I don't know, it just sounds like stuff I wouldn't want in print if I was the cover story.

Fortunately, I fit right in with this community and I'm proud to say so!

Current Knitting

Despite my crochet-pride, I put down the Rowan LDK Crochet Afghan, to cast on for Kieran Foley's latest amazing design, Zanzibar scarf.

I opted to use multiple colorways of Koigu KPPPM, since I love it so and it works equally as well (if not better) than the Zauberball Crazy the pattern calls for.  In fact, the back looks amazing as well (even though much of this pattern is stranded knitting with two colors).

This last photo reminds me a bit of Van Gogh's Starry Night.  I would caution, that this pattern is complex to figure out (at least it was for me) and it doesn't lend itself well to trying to fudge mistakes.  I still highly love how this design mixes colorways in such a chaotic and lovely way.

I mentioned on Facebook that I wished I had thought of this design first...but after seeing what it would take to write this up and all the questions Kieran will probably get...I'm glad I didn't.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Healthy Opposition or Hater?

It's been truly eye-opening as I expanded my friends on Facebook that there are many more haters than I would have thought, who were willing to accept my friend request.

Definition of Hater

To be clear, opposition to the ideas of progressives, liberals, the President, etc. are healthy and I am open to listening to what they have to say.

I am, however, growing less and less tolerant of the folks that look for every opportunity to insult, undermine, smear or destroy the current White House administration or other liberals or progressives.

You may be a hater if:
  1.'ve ever insisted the President is a Muslim.
  2.'ve ever stated that the President is a socialist.
  3.'ve ever said publicly that the President is "race baiting."
  4. think the President is trying to "take away our guns."
  5.'re planning for the day when you'll need to defend yourself against our government.
  6. think it's okay to pay oil companies huge subsidies, or give them multi-million dollar tax credits, but we should drug-test anyone on social welfare.
  7.'ve ever flown or displayed the confederate flag as a symbol of "Southern pride."
  8.'ve never once...not once...given the President credit for doing anything good for this country.
  9. think it's okay to allow Donald Trump to call Mexican immigrants rapists and murderers, but not okay for former Attorney General Eric Holder to ask for reviews of police brutality toward the black community.
  10. believe we should guard against all Muslims when Mohammad Abdulazeez shoots multiple people, but didn't say the same thing about Christians when they gun down doctors at abortion clinics.
Please don't stop opposing laws and practices and points of view you're opposed to...but you might want to reexamine your motives if you find yourself in any of the 10 situations above.

Current Crochet

Moving right along on the Rowan LDK crochet blanket (no, I resisted starting a new, smaller, faster-moving project to make the blog entries a bit more interesting...sorry).

I added nine color stripes to the afghan, and now I'm at about 38 inches long.

I also paused for a little bit of time working on this project to weave in a few ends and wind balls of yarn for future color stripes

Believe it or not, after this project, I need to start another niece of my nieces saw me giving her younger sister a finished blanket last week, and she was all like, WTF!?!? I assured her I would be glad to make one for her as well...and I am.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chantarelle Mushroom Season Again

The most abundant edible wild mushroom in our area is the beautiful chantarelle mushroom and Thaddeus is in his glory during this time of year when they appear.

Nature's Bounty

This lovely egg-yolk colored, trumpet shaped mushroom keeps us in mushroom goodness for a while each year.

Thaddeus went out foraging this past weekend with a friend of his and they brought in a huge haul of these beauties.

Here are his:

Here are his friend Lena's:

And they also found some of my favorites at this time of trumpets!

I already ate the black trumpets and lived to blog about it...they made an excellent omelet.

Current Crochet

Continuing work on the Rowan LDK Afghan.

Again, I'm sure from a blog reader's perspective, this progress is like watching paint dry (yes, I think I've added 3 color stripes since last blog post photos), but I really like the ease of working this project and I've always thought persistence is the main quality a knitter needs to be successful and prolific over a long period of time.  Persistant, I am.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Ambition and the iPhone 6

One of the things I didn't realize when I bought my iPhone 6, was that it had a health tracking app built in.

Constant Improvement

Given that I'm a bit ambitious when it comes to tracking my health, I check this dashboard often, and I"m constantly trying to increase my average steps, average walking/running distance and number of flights each day.  Ideally, I'd like to keep my average walking/running each day at about 3 miles and climb at least 12 flights of stairs per day.

If I get too obsessed with these figures, I may just have to try and delete this app, or hide it.

Current Crochet

More "continuous improvement" when it comes to the Rowan LDK Crochet Afghan.

This one I'm completely okay with being obsessive/compulsive about.  I've only added 6 color stripes since the last update photo.  This project definitely grows at a snail's pace, so I may need to start a new sock project, or get back to spinning or design a new scarf to have some project(s) where I can show obvious progress.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Family and Family

Many in the gay world have both family-of-origin and family-of-their-own-making. I have both, and I'm extremely grateful that both are wonderful and loving.

Texas Family Visit

My brother Steve is turning 60 next week and decided to bring his brood up to visit.  He's not in the photo above (he took the photo) but he and his wife Lori have done an amazing job of parenting and now grandparenting a new generation of Wilcoxes.

Based on the photo he took, I have a tip for anyone getting their photo taken by an iPhone...make sure you're more to the center of the photo than the outside edges...the lens on the iPhone 6 camera definitely makes things on the outer edges wider!

Project Open Hand Family of my non-biological family organizing a HUGE project in support of an amazing organization called Project Open Hand.

He's asking for any donations of handmade shawls or wraps that could fetch $150 or more in an auction.  Read all about it here and especially what a great cause it's supporting.

I opted to donated a Niebling design I did years ago in a gorgeous silk yarn from A Verb for Keeping Warm.

More photos can be seen from the original blog entry here.

Current Crochet

I saw a crochet stitch pattern on Pinterest that incorporated a crochet stitch called The Solomon's Knot that I thought might look good using one of Koigu's amazing colorways:

While I love the way the colors look fantastic, I am not overly thrilled with the stitch pattern itself.  I'll have to keep working on it...but I did realize one thing...I love colorway P801 in Koigu KPPPM.