Friday, July 29, 2016

Finished Object Friday

To celebrate the new episodes of Gilmore Girls, here are my Stars Hollow Xmas socks:
The lace pattern got a little more lost than I thought it would, but oh, well. 

This is a project that has been going on for months.  I bought a bag of animal shapes where the profits from the sales were going to Heifer International.  I happened upon a sweater pattern for some of the animals and faked it for the rest.  The yarn is all leftover from various socks I've made this year.  Not pictured is one bunny that hopped away while I was setting up the animals.  Also not pictured were the two T-rex.  Have you ever tried to make a sweater for a big dinosaur with little bitty arms?  Me neither.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Work almost in progress

My WIPs are the same this week as last week with a little more done on each of them.

I have a plan for Ravellenics.  That's the thing on Ravelry that runs concurrently with a certain event that occurs next month in Rio.  My goal is to use up abandoned yarns and projects.  I think I posted about the scarf I'm doing.  It was originally going to be an afghan but I couldn't get gauge on the yarn I wanted to use.
I've decided to do a stripe per day during the event.  The yarns I chose were all from deep in my stash.  One has been around for 8 years.

Then some people on Team TARDIS started talking about using Vincent and The Doctor yarn for their projects.  This is a colorway by Quaere Fiber.  I have three balls of it in my stash.  It was for a shawl that didn't work out.
I found a free shawl pattern called Vortex that looks like it will work out fine.  I have no idea if there will be enough time to finish it along with the scarf.  At least it will get enough of a start that it should be finished soon.

Sounds a bit like famous last words.  Hee hee.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

All the socks I finished...

...passed judgment.

Tour de Sock Stage 6

I won at yarn chicken but not by very much:

The numbers are the required twists and were put in to help out the judges.  They'll no doubt look better with some blocking.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Yarn Chicken

I finished the first of my stage 6 socks last night.  The awkward pose is to display all the crazy cables:
I was very discouraged when I saw the amount of yarn I had left.  I was pretty sure I would not have enough to complete the second sock.  I thought I would give up.

Then I weighed the sock and the yarn.  Sock is about 56 grams and the remaining yarn is about 59 grams.  I think I'll do the second sock, but not drive myself nuts getting it done fast.

The pattern is what we suspected.  There are 7 sections that can be twisted to the left or the right.  It's fun in a geeky sort of way.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tour de Sock Stage 5

I was 34th in this stage.  I'm 53rd overall, which isn't too bad considering I didn't finish the stage 3 socks.

There are almost 500 people in the Tour who have scores of some sort.  More than twice that many signed up for it.  That may sound odd, but some did it to get the patterns to do later.  Others did it because the sign-up fee goes to Doctors Without Borders.

WIP Wednesday

Here's a quick shot of what's in progress:
The pinkish one is Knit From Stash July
The purplish one is Knit From Stash June
The stripey one is Where You Lead I Will Follow

They are all sitting on the big bag with the afghan in it.  I was making good progress on it for awhile.  After the halfway point it was obvious I was not going to be happy with a woolly blankie on my lap in 90+ degree weather.  I wasn't that much in the mood to do socks, so I've been alternating between three different patterns.  It's goofy, but it works for me.

The final Tour de Sock pattern comes out at 1 am.  It involves solid or semisolid yarn, something like a 7-sided die or a spinner with 7 choices on it and a coin that will give clear heads or tails.  There was no mention of a cable needle, but we're all suspecting cables.  The heads or tails might give a left or right twist to the cable.  The 7 choices?  It might have something to do with the number of rounds knit or the number of stitches twisted.  We're all pretty sure that no two of us will have exactly the same socks.  Possibly even the pairs won't' match.  Anyway, I've got 7 stitch markers in a little bag and a 1 franc coin for heads or tails.