Thursday, September 18, 2014

Knit-a-Long

Did I say I was swearing off of KALs? I lied. Knit Rowan is sponsoring a Kaffe Fassett mystery afghan. Shopping lists have already been released for four different colorways: red, brown, turquoise, and pastel. Instructions will be in multiple languages, too.

I feel a little bit guilty for getting KnitPicks yarn instead of Rowan, but it is less than half the cost this way. At least I have several of Kaffe Fassett's books. He combines colors and patterns in such wonderful ways.

I wasn't able to match all of the colors, but I think these will work. It's my interpretation of the pastel colorway:

It may be called pastel, but I don't think it'll end up looking like a baby blanket.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blankie Who?

This was done to use up the leftovers from the Longer on the Inside scarf. It was also done to do a bunch of Doctor Who-themed dishcloth squares into a single thing. I ran out of yarn before completing what I'd planned, so I crocheted a border with the leftover leftovers. It needs to be bigger to be useful, so I may expand it in the future.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

I can't do bamboo

This is the very pretty yarn I got from the SpaceCadet Yarn Alliance:
It's 80% bamboo, 20% merino. I haven't met a plant fiber yet that I like. My odd knitting style doesn't lend itself to plant fibers. They cut into my hands as I knit and it's really unpleasant. Hmm, maybe I can play with this with one of my little looms. That would keep my hands pretty much completely out of the mix.

I've been sticking with the Grandpa Cardigan and am within about 5" of the body being done.

I bailed on my mystery mittens. I think I chose a bad combination of yarns and maybe a bad needle size too. The mittens that other people are doing are pretty. Mine are not.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Works in progress, sort of

In ascending order by date and why the lack of progress:
  • Hopsalot slippers, started 2/21/12. They have to be felted by hand and it takes an obnoxiously long time to do.
  • Name of the Doctor Scarf, started 2/7/14. It's too hot to work on a scarf. Also, it's double knit and I wanted a break from double knit.
  • Irma cardigan, started 8/14/14. I got distracted by the TARDIS scarf and this got set to one side. I'll probably finish this before the first two.
  • Heart's-Ease Boutonnière, started 8/16/14. Construction's a little tricky. I set it aside to work on the cardigan some more.
  • Blankie Who, started 8/28/14. I've been thinking about making a little blanket out of dishcloth pattern squares. I started it with the many leftovers from the TARDIS illusion scarf. It involves knitting 5 squares at once. It was just asking for me to be distracted by something. I think it was the new cardigan.
  • Toirot Mystery Mitten, started 9/1/14. The second clue came out today. I'll probably work on it when I get tired of what I'm working on at the moment.
What I'm working on at the moment is the Grandpa Cardigan. I was watching QVC and they were selling these pretty Irish sweaters. You couldn't buy the yarn for them for the prices the sweaters were going for. I had one of those sweaters in a pale pink merino wool. It became too big but I couldn't bear to put it in the charity bag. Next thing you know, the house is full of little bits of pink yarn and I've got enough wool for a sweater. It's DK weight and so is the Grandpa that I found in my Ravlery queue. I'll be working on it until the next shiny object catches my eye.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Finished Object Friday

Longer on the Inside scarf. It looks a bit odd because the scarf's on some steps and the picture's sideways to take up less space. It's an illusion knit which means that if you look at the scarf straight on the TARDISes don't appear. It was fun. I'm in the midst of another project that uses up the many leftovers.

Friday, August 22, 2014

It's Capalday!

Well, it is in the UK and that's what counts to a Whovian. I've been waiting almost a year for Peter Capaldi to take over the TARDIS as the 12th Doctor. Dinner was a bit of a challenge to plan. The only clue there was for a 12-themed meal was kidneys. Ewwww, no. I settled on fish fingers (that's fish sticks in the US) and bow tie pasta with alfredo sauce (renamed Alonso sauce for the occasion). Dessert is tea and Scottish shortbread.

My knitting project will be the Longer on the Inside scarf. The two remaining yarns arrived today. If I could hop back in time, I would've done the scarf in fingering weight because it's a tad too heavy for a Georgia winter. I don't have a TARDIS so I'll be happy that I've got all the correct yarn and that I can knit it on Capalday!