Saturday, March 28, 2015

Stash Enhancement Saturday 3-28-15

I got my February and March club shipments on the same day this week.  This is the Firefly Club:
The yarn's called Thrilling Heroics.  Browncoats will recognize this as a Jayne Cobb inspired shipment.  It's hard to see the little stitch markers.  They have the colors of the cunning hat that Jayne's Ma made for him.  One includes Jayne's favorite gun, Vera.  I was amused.

Doctor Who Club:
The colorway's Alloys-y! and inspired by the Tenth doctor.  The object below it is a necklace with Yarncircus written in Gallifreyan.

Next week: a whole bunch of Knit Picks.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Nothing Finished Friday

I've been keeping up with all the yarnish projects.  Nothing is done, but I am working on them.  Sewing's another story.  An old, long, boring story.  What does one do without any objects to talk about on Friday?  One goes shopping!

I got the new What Would Madame Defarge Knit? book today.  It's called Defarge Does Shakespeare.  The patterns are all inspired by Shakespeare's work.  I decided that I must start the Fairy Queen Tea Cosy as soon as possible.  The recommended yarns were Knit Picks, so you can pretty much figure out the rest of the story.  It was time for the free shipping game.  I got the yarns I needed, plus a ball of Chroma for my mystery afghan.  I needed to buy a little bit more.  I checked through the tools.  The only things I wanted were backordered.  I ended up in the books.  Socks a la Carte - Colorwork was on clearance, so I got it.  It was more than I needed to spend, but the heck with it.  Now I've got all three Socks a la Carte books.  Who cares if I haven't used them yet?  I've got the whole set!

This was on top of an earlier KP trip this week.  I saved a little bit on that sale and I now have a good set of yarn on the way for my Alice in Wonderland pillow.

It's all in celebration of having survived yesterday.  It involved many hours, two different companies, and a new car battery and alternator.  I do a happy dance every time my car starts.

Here's where to go to see some things that people have actually finished:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday 3-25-15

Sewing:  Project bag's been cut out.  Messenger bag has been cut out except for the interfacing.  I might need to buy some.  Van Gogh mini pillow is ready to sew together.

Alice in Wonderland pillow has been put on hold.  I want to start if over with yarn that's all from the same line of the same manufacturer.  Using stuff from my stash didn't work.

The Name of the Doctor scarf has gone from 45% complete to over 55% complete!

This week's Mystery Afghan squares are done.

Work almost in progress involves Time Lord Travels.  That's the new Doctor Who crafting game.  I've signed up for a big project (3 months) starting April 1.  It'll be the Oswin shawl.  I started it last year.  When I saw how other people's shawls were coming out, I decided to put it away and start over with a smaller crochet hook.

I don't know what the shorter term projects will be yet.  I bought an ebook of three Companion themed socks in hope that they'll work out.  Even if they don't, I want to do them anyway.

Check out Stitch Along Wednesday to see what other stitchers have been up to.

Friday, March 20, 2015

FO Friday-Spring Edition

Much to my surprise, I do have something finished this week.  These are Geek Socks (pattern in the latest Knitty):





The yarn isn't available anymore, so don't ask.  The colorway's called Caprica.

Geek Socks is a great pattern for that skein of self-striping yarn that you just had to buy.  It's much more fun than a plain vanilla sock.  You don't keep track of where the round starts.  The pattern changes when the color does.  It has an afterthought heel, so basically you knit a tube, finish it off with a toe, and go back and put in the heel.  The only thing that you have to be careful of is the length of the color repeats.  You need at least 3 rounds of each color for it to work.

More finished stuff at Freshly Finished Friday.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WIP Wednesday 3-18-15

The mystery afghan continues.  Here's week 12:


I'll do a lot of things to avoid a bunch of cross-stitch backstitching.  I finished the Geek Socks and then started on an Alice in Wonderland pillow.
It really would work out better if I used all the same kind of yarn from the same company.  It's a stashbusting project so I'm hoping it'll all work out in the end.  At least I'm getting lots of much needed colorwork practice.

Go see some more WIPs here.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Stash Enhancement Pie Day

It's the ultimate Pi day:  3.14.15.  Hee hee.  Pie to be made and consumed later today.

The Doctor Who yarn club from Knitcircus arrived today.
It's nice and soft.  I can't begin to guess what I would do with 230 yards of stripey DK weight, but you never know.  I am baffled by the colorway name, Bigger on the Inside.  It doesn't look like the inside or the outside of a Tardis.  The needle sizer is a US version of the metric one I already have.  It'll made a nice addition to a Doctor Who swap package.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Finished Object Friday the 13th

Memento Mori, my LYL socks for March.  The pattern's really fun to do.  The designer thought the little elements look like skulls.  Mine don't, but I like them anyway.  I probably did them wrong.
Arrgyles.  I did my usual thing with making the legs shorter.  The original pattern would have had two of the pirate skulls on each leg. 
These are the Seoul Brothers.  They are going with other little gnomes on a diplomatic mission from Mochimochi Land to Seoul, South Korea.

See stuff that people finished this week at Freshly Finished Friday.