Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Mystery afghan's square is done.  It looks a lot like many of the previous ones, so no picture.  I'm using up the leftovers from my Central Park Hoodie for this and the yarn's almost used up.

Ravelry recommendations turned up another fun-sounding mystery KAL.  You make a mystery yarn ball of various weights and then we get a pattern.  I think it's going to be a shawl.  Here are my mystery cakes:
I think my yarn pieces are a bit longer than required.  I used up bits of handspun made from fiber samples.

I started a pair of mittens for my Doctor Who swap partner:
Those are sonic screwdrivers on the bottom and a bunch of tiny Tardises on the palm.  The back of one hand says Wibbly Wobbly and the other says Timey Wimey.

I made a weeping angel, also for my swap partner:

I'm not confident about her.  I'm thinking about repainting her eyes so they are closer to the yarn color.  The wings could use a bit of blocking.  I was thinking about doing a couple more by the same designer that my swappee wants, but want them to come out well.  Grumble, grumble, grumble.  It's back to the mittens or maybe a mini K-9.  I know I can do that one.



Saturday, May 16, 2015

Stash Enhancement Saturday

None of it is actually being stashed.  It's three separate projects for the Doctor Who Odd Duck swap.
I don't think that my partner will show up here, but just in case I won't say exactly what is happening.  Two are inspired by the Weeping Angels and the other by the Seventh Doctor.

I've already warned the swap group that I'll probably make too much stuff.  If one of these projects works out okay, there are two more related ones I'm going to do.  There's a sewing project.  Plus maybe a shawl if I can find a pattern that isn't made with laceweight.  Wheeee, big swap fun!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WIP Wednesday May 13, 2015

It isn't just yarn stuff in progress.  I've made two separate attempts with the camera.  Only the last picture in this post was one that looked in focus to me.

Week 20 of the mystery afghan is complete.  It's picture was a complete blur.  I was starting to think I needed to get to an eye doctor pronto.

The Oswin shawl made it past the halfway point.

Alice pillow is done through the second hedgehog (picture looked like a hedgehog was between me and the square) plus the first Alice (which looks like she might've already had a sip from the Drink Me bottle).
Seestra socks came out better if you don't count that the color's actually dark blue.
Helena:
Sarah:




The stitch marker charm bracelet is kinda sorta work in progress:
I was not expecting to end up with a bracelet that fit, let along one that was a little bit big.  I can hook the clasp in one of the links instead of the clasp.  The clasp looks like a fancy little charm and it is just fine dangling down with the little bit of extra chain.  I'm glad I decided to do this.

Links to other WIPs.



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Love Your Library - May's done

Hmm, not too terribly fuzzy.  Someday I will be able to tell before I see the pictures on the computer screen whether they are correct or not.  I haven't been able to figure out why one day I can take some that look right and do the same thing the next day and they are fuzzy. 

These are from a book where you pick one pattern for the top edge, one for the leg, and a third for the foot and toe.  It's fun.  You use three different yarns.  The multi colors are not the same wool blend, but they are from the same dyer.  I may try this again.

I haven't made plans for June yet.  We got our partners for a Doctor Who Odd Duck swap on Ravelry yesterday.  I've got tons of ideas of things to make for my partner.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WIP Wednesday 5/6/15

Oswin shawl, third attempt.  Picture's fuzzy, but otherwise I do think I've finally got it right:
Mystery afghan, week 19:
Alice in Wonderland pillow.  There are two of each square and I've started the second one of this.  They are hedgehogs.
More wips are here.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Seestra Socks

I enjoy watching Orphan Black, a show on BBC America.  Tatiana Maslany is the lead and does an amazing job.  She plays multiple characters and I actually forget that it is only one person playing all of these parts.  Normally when I watch something with a single actor doing multiple parts, I try to figure out how they get them all on the screen at once.  Not with Orphan Black.  The main characters are all clones who were raised in separate countries.  My favorite is an insane Ukranian called Helena.  (Note:  the character really is out of her mind and I'm not throwing rocks at Ukrainians.  I had Ukrainian grandparents.)  Sarah, another clone, calls her Meathead.  Helena calls Sarah seestra (sister).

That was my long explanation about the name for my Coexist socks.  This is the chose your adventure style socks.  I was surprised to discover that there are 8! different choices, four each in science fiction and fantasy.  I'm being forced to choose between Doctor Who and Firefly.  I can't do it.  There will be two socks, seestras, with the same yarn and different patterns.

Next week, will I choose Star Wars or Star Trek?  Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings?  Harry Potter or Narnia?  (Probably not Narnia because I've never read it.)  Stay tuned.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Arne & Carlos yarn

I didn't have anything in progress to show yesterday.  It's because I finished a few things and had one fail.  You'd think I could tell the difference between a single and double crochet in a chart I've started twice.  Turns out I couldn't.  Duh.

I still went and clicked away at links of people who had things in progress.  This is dangerous because you can easily find patterns and yarn that you must have.  I bought one pattern where the proceeds go to Nepal.  That was a Good Thing.  The not good thing was Arne & Carlos self-patterning yarn from Regia.
It comes in six colors.  It was designed by the guys who do those great Scandinavian pattern books.  I like them and I must have this yarn.  My frantic search gave me little information.  I could buy it on eBay for $24 a ball.  That's not happening.  I might be able to find some in Europe.  The cost of shipping will probably bring it up to the eBay price.  Again, not happening.  Sellers everywhere are running out of it.  It's expected back in the USA in the fall.  Oh, well.  Many shiny objects will distract me before then.