Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stash Enhancement Saturday

The last shipment from Mad Color's Who-niverse theme:
The colorway is A Different Kind of Living.  The bag from JessaLu is well made but I am so very tired of project bags that are light blue.  I have at least a half-dozen of them.

This is Sgt.'s Score from Must Stash:
The name refers to the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  This is the one where I want to get the whole set. They do a summer concert tour and this summer it is Beatlemania.  The other two colors are inspired by Yellow Submarine (gorgeous light blue/yellow/white stripes with a solid yellow for heels toes and cuffs) and the White Album.  Must Stash does self-striping where you get two identical skeins.  Perfect for those who must have totally matching socks.

I was on Etsy and discovered that the yarn I wanted comes from someone who was on vacation.  I started clicking and looking around and next thing you know, a couple of skeins are on the way from Knitted Wit.  There's a whole bunch of yarns that are inspired by various National Parks.  I was good.  I have no intention of buying the whole series.  I chose two from parks that I've actually visited, Acadia and Yellowstone.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Finished Object Friday

Shawlette is done:

I decided that I didn't want to work on the sweater that's my only current work in progress.  I dug out a braid of  wool and am spinning it.  Hopefully it will result in enough yarn to add to my Yarnia project.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WIP Wednesday

I'm caught up on my Yarnia squares with this one:

I'm 7 stripes from being done with the flag shawlette.

Nothing new on the Harley sweater.

I'm trying to not start anything new.  The next Yarnia pattern comes out Saturday-ish.  The next Tour de Sock entry begins at 3 pm on Tuesday. 

You know what happens when I'm not knitting anything?  Stash enhancement.  Only one skein is on the way so far.  It is the first of three Beatles-themed yarns and I have to collect the whole set.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tour de Sock 2017: Sock 1

Pattern is called Fins.  I can't help but wonder if it is a little joke referring to the nationality of most of the first people to finish.  (That last one wasn't meant as a pun.  My brain just does that sometimes.)

I've slowed down since last year.  Part of the problem was very splitty yarn and size 00 needles.  Not a great combination, especially when knitting for time.  For this round I am 77th out of a maximum of 1698 and 3rd of 7 on Team TARDIS - Doctors.

Speaking of time, welcome to the Whoniverse, Jodie Whittaker.  With all the foreshadowing in the most recent season, I would've been shocked had a non-woman been named as the next Doctor.  New showrunner, new Doctor, maybe new companions should make the next season big fun.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

WIP Thursday

Is this the start of a new trend?  I was all set to post yesterday when the camera wanted a recharge.  Then I wanted one.

Yarnia blanket:  One more square and I'm caught up and halfway done.  These are a couple of the bonus squares that aren't actually part of the Yarnia game:

These are the other ones.  I caught the cat asleep on them so they have the purr of approval:

I got the increases corrected on the Harley sweater and am working away onthe body:

Here's the flag shawlette so far:
The sweater and the shawlette are both boring so I've been alternating working on them.  Knit knit knit with an occasional row of cable twists for the sweater.  Knit knit knit with a couple of increases and a decrease on the shawlette.  I'm trying to keep from anything complicated so that I'm free to jump on Tour de Sock in two days.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

WIP Thursday

I was in the frog pond yesterday so I didn't get the post up in a timely fashion.  No, not an actual pond with frogs in it.  It was the taking knitting apart kind of frogging.  Here's what happened with last week's things:

Tour de Sock #1:  Swatch complete.  I will be using size 00 needles.  I am not happy about this, but the new carbon fiber needles may make it less unpleasant.

Zombie Kitty socks:  done.  That's all I have to say about them.

Yarnia blanket:  caught up.  No pictures of the new squares yet because they are sitting under the Zombie Kitty socks and I'm ignoring them.  The socks, not the squares.

Harley sweater:  I started working on it.  It turned out that I was not where I thought I was in the pattern.  This is what happens when something goes into hibernation suddenly and you don't write down where you were at.  I spent more than a few hours frogging and counting.  I'm about ready to restart.  I think I did two sets of increases where I should've only done one.  D'oh.

Protest is Patriotic shawlette:  I did start it and maybe I'll take a picture next week.  The one think I would recommend to anyone making it is to go stash diving for the blue.  It doesn't take that much, maybe 30 or 40 yards.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WIP Wednesday

With two and a half weeks to go until Tour de Sock, I'm trying to finish projects instead of starting new ones.   New ones are whispering Start Me, though.

Tour de Sock #1:  we got the technical information a couple of days ago.  I swatched and discovered I'll need to go below a size 0.  I ordered size 00 and size 000 dpns.  Delivery confirmation says they are in the mailbox (across the road) so I may be swatching again soon.

Zombie Kitty socks:  cuff done on sock #2.  I have second sock syndrome with this pair.  I'm alternating working a little bit on this with doing a section on the next one.

Yarnia blanket:  the first square of week 9 is just barely started.

Harley sweater:  remains untouched.  It is likely to go into hibernation.  It's a large garment made from a wool and alpaca blend.  It's summer.  I live in Georgia.  My air conditioning needs work.

Protest is Patriotic shawlette:  this one is whispering pretty loudly.  I bought the yarn which is all madelinetosh light.  Zombie Kitty may be sent to the litter box if it makes any more noise.

Frida Kathlo:  she's waiting patiently so far.  I need to dig out yarn for some tiny flowers and some for a tiny shawl.  I'm saving that task for the next time frustration hits and I need to walk away from the needles.