These are my final 2011 finished object. There's a long boring story about why I did the pattern and used this yarn. It comes down to wanting to do the pattern even though I don't care for it and using up some handspun. They aren't anything fancy, but they'll be warm and comfy.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The latest was a pair of Paris mittens I spotted on Ravelry. I've got this obsession with Paris, so anything with that theme is tempting. These are black on white with a cute picot edge. There are fleur de lys (don't know enough French to know the correct plural) on the cuff and thumbs. Both mittens have the Eiffel Tower on them. One has a stripey palm. The other has a banner that says Paris that goes across the Eiffel Tower. The palm of that one has a biplane which is towing the Paris banner. So clever! So Parisian!
Needless to say, they're now #1 on the queue.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Here's my advent banner. Today's pattern, a tiny wrapped present, will be knit later today. Eagle-eyed readers will note a snag in the lower left side. A cat sitting on the couch can reach that point. Both of them decided to do that at different times. Silly felines.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I went through my set of Knit Picks dpns with a needle sizer and was baffled by the results. There were two size 2.0mm and eight size 2.25. That's four needles that weren't what they should be. Four needles makes me think that maybe I've got a project on the 2.0s, but why would I have four extra 2.25s? It's a mystery. I ordered a set of 2.0s because I have to have a complete set. Since I didn't want to order just needles and pay a big shipping fee, I had to buy more yarn. Then I had to add a sock yarn sampler so I didn't have to pay any shipping.
I've got several SpillyJane patterns queued up plus one of Daniel MacBride's Ukranian Roses patterns. The SpillyJane patterns involve gnomes, cheezburgers (spelling intentional), and phases of the moon. No, not all on a single mitten. There are a whole series of Ukranian designs available, but I managed to only commit myself to one so far. I want to go cast them all on right now. Instead, I shall finish a half a sock and dream of January.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Here are the first 8 ornaments for the advent calendar. There are a few modifications, notably day 5. I crocheted a snowflake to replace the one in the pattern. I tried the pattern and it looks like a dead mutant spider.
The original is cute, so it is clearly my work that failed.
There hasn't been much Nerd Wars progress. I still am not clear on what is required for a couple of the challenges. I've decided to enter what I think meets the challenges. If it works, fine. If it doesn't, fine. It is simply not worth getting upset about.
Friday, December 2, 2011
One challenge involved finishing two WIPs. I'm going to have to finish a third WIP because the knitting portion of my second project was completed before I started finishing it. Does that make any sense?
One challenge involves trying something you haven't done before and you find challenging. I've been knitting and crocheting for about half a century. There isn't much I haven't tried. I wouldn't say that I do them all well, but doing most things doesn't challenge me.
And then there's this one:
Craft an item that is inspired by the physical landscape of your nerddom. Please include a pic of the item “in the wild” (IE:your FO shown in the type of landscape that inspired your challenge!)I've read through pages of questions and answers about this one and still have no clue at all about what would be acceptable.
My head hurts. I think I have the dumb.
Friday, November 25, 2011
I kept knitting those Christmas balls until I ran out of red and white yarn. There is one more pair that needs to be steamed and stuffed.
Work in progress: I'm using my spindle to spin some gray baby alpaca for a Nerd Wars challenge. As a spinning break, I'm working on a garland for an advent ornament thingy. Frankie Brown is a designer I found on Ravelry. She's releasing a tiny ornament pattern every day from December 1-24. The ornaments can be hung from the garland. The pattern for that is already available. Oh, and the patterns are all free.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
These are my first attempt at patterns from 55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne & Carlos. The basic pattern's pretty easy. I haven't gotten the stuffing quite right yet, but hope to get there next time. Arne & Carlos recommend using wool roving for stuffing.
They are fairly quick to knit. This makes them fun for colorwork practice. You can try out Scandinavian designs without committing to a pair of mittens, let alone a sweater. They have a lot of potential beyond the book's nice patterns. I'm thinking of using some of the stranger textured yarns in my stash to see how they come out. You can make your own designs.
I got the book and a related kit from Paradise Fibers.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The calendar gives a free pattern every day in December leading up to Christmas. There are lots of other things on their site including patterns and yarn. I'm going to head back and check out their Christmas Studio patterns to see if there are any I need to make.
By the way, there are both knit and crochet patterns in the collections.
Friday, November 11, 2011
I'm really tired of the lace scarf I started for my Nerd Wars dissertation. I was telling someone on my team that we were in the same boat. She wanted to work on her challenge (monthly) projects more than working on her dissertation. Someone implied that we were letting the team down by not working on the dissertations. That made me decide to not work on it at ALL unless I felt like it. Which I don't right now. This is a game, not negotiations for world peace.
I get emails from lots of fiber places and am usually able to delete them without indulging myself. There were two recent exceptions. Amy Gaines released a pattern of crocheted Christmas ornaments. There are reindeer and mushrooms and other things you'd find in the forest. I went into the new Michaels that opened near me and bought a bag full of Red Heart. I've been working on these instead of Nerd Wars stuff.
The other indulgence was from Paradise Fibers. They featured a pattern for felted bunny slippers that I had to have. One of my many odd obsessions is with bunny slippers. This may finally get me to tidy the house up enough to get a repair person in. My washer's been broken for ages (required for felting the slippers). I also ordered some yarn and a book for making these Dale of Norway Christmas balls. Do I need these things? Of course not. They are lots more fun than the same 24 row laceweight repeats in that darn scarf.
Friday, November 4, 2011
D'oh! I posted this on LiveJournal by mistake. Oh, well.
I worked on a lot of different things this week, but this is all that was completed. A Nerd Wars challenge was about anatomy. Since The Doctor has two hearts, my choice was obvious. The picture shows the back and front of the pattern.
Friday, October 28, 2011
The 3 month long project I'm doing for Nerd Wars is a lace scarf. It has been trying my patience, so I've been finishing up other projects in between.
The top two are from a set of 7 anklets from Knit Picks. I'd forgotten them for over a year.
The bottom pictures are of Owlie socks. Do you see the little owls with their beady (pun intended) eyes? These were knit from some Lorna's Laces sock yarn I got from the Cookie A sock club. I don't recall why I didn't use it for one of the sock club patterns.
I attempted to start the Double Heelix socks from Knitty late last night. I nearly threw a tantrum. There are four working threads and they never ended up at the right place at the right time. I think I'll go back to knitting the lace for a while.
Friday, October 21, 2011
I am getting better with the camera, but this shows I clearly need more practice. These are the latest from the Cookie A sock club. I signed up for another year of patterns, yarn, and cookie recipes.
I found a bag of projects that were set aside when Nerd Wars began. I'm alternating between them and the lace scarf I'm doing as my Nerd Wars dissertation.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Can you tell I've been feeling better? I finished all my Nerd Wars challenges already. There's the Allons-y scarf, a crocheted bow tie, a knitted bow tie (failed because I couldn't tie it), a crocheted cover for my camera, a mini K-9, and a pair of Cookie A club socks.
The socks are alpaca blend and I may never take them off. The yarn's from Alpaca with a Twist.
The K-9 has his own haiku (part of the challenge):
A little tin dog
K-9 always saves the day.
"Good dog!" "Yes, master."
Friday, October 7, 2011
It looks like I'm going to have to study my new camera's manual to get some better pictures.
The creature is a pteradactyl named Myfanwy, a Nerd Wars project. The pink socks are called Daphne. The blue socks are called Velma. Daphne and Velma are the previous Cookie A sock club projects. The gray socks are the Rose Bridge socks from Knitters Brewing Company.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
When I got back online after nearly a week, I found out that I won the Nerd Wars battle. It was that game where characters from various nerddoms battled each other in an imaginary tournament. River Song won (of course).
I have been knitting, but with no camera connection to the computer, there are no pictures. Yikes, with Nerd Wars tournament 3 starting today, I had best get on top of the camera situation right away. I finished the last two pair of Cookie A sock club socks plus the Knitters Brewing Company's Brige of Roses socks. Those are challenging and really cute. They've got a trellis pattern with a little bridge on each side. There are green "stems" on them and then you embroider little roses and rosebuds on them. Pictures coming as soon as I have a new camera.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Nerd Wars update: I melted all my cubes (completed 18 projects for Tournament 2). I think Team Tardis placed third. It is strange to think that had I gotten even halfway on that darn afghan, we could've been second. Nobody blames me but me, but I still feel a little bad. I did decide to play in the next tournament, but I'm putting less pressure on myself. I'm even volunteering to give up my place on Team Tardis so that one of the kids on the waiting list can have a go. I've also decided that the afghan is not going to be part of the tournament in any way. I'll finish it when I finish it.
Elyse and her volunteers have been making Nerd Wars extra fun. I participated in a Nerd Pride swap. I hope the person who got the stuff I put together had half the fun I had with what I got. Among the excellent prezzies was a hand-knit scarflet. I discovered that I really like these things. They're kind of halfway between a scarf and a shawl and drape nicely around the neck. My other most favorite-ist thing from the swap was limited-edition Hello Kitty Duck Tape. I have no plans for it at the moment. It's pink and printed with Hello Kitty and needs no other reason to exist.
The other fun thing right now is a hilarious nerdy battle whose name escapes me. You know how kids will argue about who would win in a battle (Spiderman vs. Batman for example)? The Nerd Wars crew has picked up a tough person from each of the teams' fandoms and set them up in this tournament bracket thing. They did a writeup on each participant. Based on that and prior knowledge, we worked out how we think who would win each encounter. I'm not doing badly so far. It is probably because I end up with River Song winning. She's too much of a badass and a wildcard for anybody to do much of anything against her.
Yarn indulgences have been minimal, but I have managed two. Knit Picks has re-released Time Traveler (self-striping, 6 of the 7 colors of the original Doctor Who scarf). I'm stashing a bunch because I don't trust them not to take it away again. The other is a yarn club. It's my birthday present to myself. I think it is called the Smartass Yarn Club or something like that. Yarn weights vary. You get a pattern. You get something yarn-related that is artisan made. It comes from Canada so who knows when it'll show up. It'll be a nice surprise when it does.
Knitting, yeah, that was what this was all supposed to be about.
- Jim the Fish socks. A Cookie A pattern knit from ooak Schmutzerella Yarns. Completed just before my leg started to misbehave, these just need a wash and a block.
- Tardis Afghan. Untouched in a month.
- Beekeeper Quilt. 45 units. This is mindless knitting that I keep next to the computer. Computer becomes slow, Paula picks up knitting to keep from breaking computer. Many units are completed.
- Pair 1 of the current Cookie A sock club have been cast on. That's up to the point where they are joined in a round. They've been set aside for higher priority work.
- Shedir cap. I'm using the softest, smoothest cotton silk blend yarn for this. The big C has come back to visit Cousin Patty and I'm pissed off. If you say prayers, visualize healing light, make wishes, or anything else of a positive nature, please include Pat the next time you do.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Done! Well, if you don't count the epic Tardis afghan, that is. There's a donation to Pine Ridge, a scarf, a shawlette, a bunch of handspun, a pair of socks (not pictured), four catnip Daleks and a sonic screwdriver (looks like a black blob in this picture).
I'm feeling a bit better about things and am considering playing in the next tournament. Or maybe it's just the coffee buzz talking.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I've got a knitted jacket made from Koigu that was an epic fail. I knit it once and it was too big (yeah, even on me). I took it apart and knit it again. It was still a little big and looked horrible on me. I put it someplace where I wouldn't have to look at it. If I can remember where it is, it will be a great source of yarn for this. I can't throw away that much Koigu.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Team Tardis finished round 2 in third place. We'd been first every other time. Hardly anyone seems to care, so I'm not going to let my epic fail on the epic afghan bother me any more.
I'm considering not playing in the next tournament. There are a bunch of things that I want to make that can't easily be used for challenges. I've got three pair of Cookie A club socks that I want to do. I want to try out Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato heel. I want to knit a baby sock monkey. And I want to work on that afghan without having to work on it.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I finished all six challenges again this round. There are earrings knit from wire, a cat cushion with a Dalek on it, a fish hat, a mini Dalek, and a River tam. The last picture was the scientific method challenge involving spinning.
I continue to slog away at the Tardis afghan. I'm about 110 rows in on my second try.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
These are before and after pictures of what I spun for Tour de Fleece.
The top one was about half done when I started the tour. It's about 415 yards of what I'm hoping is fingering weight.
The bottom one has about 250 yards so far. That's about a third of the braid.
Friday, July 8, 2011
- River Tam for Nerd Wars
- Mini Dalek for Nerd Wars
- 415 yards of handspun for Tour de Fleece
The big deal this week was deciding to start completely over on the Tardis Afghan. There's too much work going into it for me to ignore the mistakes. I'll find some way to do the border correctly. This means it's almost certain that it won't be done by the end of the current Nerd Wars tournament. I don't want to let my team down but I want to have fun. So far the afghan's mostly been Not Fun.
Spinning's been fun so I'm doing that. I got through the 4 ounces of alpaca/punta/merino in about a week. Today I get to start in on a big braid of many different colors.
Friday, July 1, 2011
I set it to one side and have been spinning with my new spindle. It goes much faster than my old one. I don't know why. I don't actually have to start spinning until tomorrow, but it is nice and soothing. Maybe the afghan will go better if I'm calmer. Hey, it could happen.
It's the first of the month. I knew that the next round of Nerd Wars started today, yet I was surprised to see the new list of challenges:
- Team Spirit: I have an idea for this. It involves The Master.
- Nerd Culture: I'm ready to start this one. We do something for another fandom and hopefully tie it to our team. My choice is the Browncoats.
- Giving Geeks: do something to make a pet's life better. I'll check to see what kind of donations the local pet shelters will take. My cats are so spoiled that they do not need any life-improving knit toys.
- Intellectual: do something involving a myth. Pandora's Box is the obvious choice, but I may do a little research. I think some of the earlier shows may have some good leads.
- Technical: knit/crochet/spin with something non-traditional. I may pull the yellow pages out of the recycle bin and crochet with paper.
- Scientific: use the scientific method on this project. They haven't given a sample yet of what this will entail. This is probably going to be the hard one. Yes, harder than crocheting with strips of paper.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
-a pair of baby high tops for Melody Pond, just like her mom wears.
-a Kitchmas Tree. It lights up and plays a medley of songs.
-a Tardis dishcloth.
-a beaded bag.
-a baby gator.
-an Adipose (our whole team made these).
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I bought this braid to have something new to spin for Tour de Fleece. It's 6 ounces of mohair (with a little nylon and merino). The colors are even better in person. I've been fluffing the fiber and there's a LOT of it. The dyeing is amazing. There are no spots of white at all. I'm used to having muddy colored spots where the colors change. There are no spots like that here.
Even if you don't share my wacky taste in multi colors, there are more conventional options. Visit Color Bug Yarnsand see for yourself.
I'm a more than satisfied customer and am not associated with Color Bug Yarns in any other way.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
What is Tour de Fleece? It's a spin-along that occurs at the same time of the Tour de France bicycle race. From Saturday July 2-Sunday July 24, participants will be spinning every day. We get two rest days (7/11 and 7/18) just like the bikes do. We set our own goals.
My goal is to spin for an hour every day. I'm going to use my drop spindle exclusively. Trying to learn to use my wheel will add too much stress and subtract a lot of fun.
I re-glued the hook in my drop spindle, but am not sure that it will survive a month of daily spinning. I'll do a more permanent repair some day because it is too nice not to use. In the meantime, I'm getting a souvenir TdF spindle from someone on Etsy that makes custom spindles.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
One day I get one of my least favorite color yarns. The next day I get one of my favorites. I think this is the universe balancing things out. It's inspired by Kaylee's ruffled dress from the Firefly episode Shindig. I'm extra lucky because I had a 50/50 chance of getting yarn inspired by Mal's outfit (probably brown).
Monday, June 6, 2011
This is Jim the Fish, a ooak yarn named for a Doctor Who character. I <3 it.
I got the new yarn from the Cookie A club today. The good news is that it is from a company I'd wanted to try. The length of the skein leads me to assume that I'll be able to use the previous shipment's yarn for one of the patterns. The bad news is one of my least favorite colors. There are hints in the recipe file of what this is, so don't read it if you're in the club and are avoiding spoilers.
10% of the afghan's done!
Friday, June 3, 2011
In no particular order (because I'm looking at html and not the picture) are a pair of origami slippers made from handspun (made from fiber samples), part of my Cookie A PB&J socks, an Adipose, and part of a baby gator. The last two are part of the new round of Nerd Wars.
I'm having a cranky day. I'm much too old to be throwing a tantrum, so I'll just list the things that are annoying me. It's therapy. Don't read any more if it annoys you, or you'll get on the list.
- Little bitty ants.
- People who have a different definition of the word "spoiler" from mine.
- People who don't realize that chocolate is very melty in the summertime.
- Myself, for being too lazy to do much of anything.
- ETA Blogger, for not letting me comment on my own comments.
I guess that wasn't that much of a list. I'm feeling a little less cranky already.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
I am on Team Tardis again for the next Nerd Wars tournament. I've been happily gathering up supplies for possible projects.
- Tardis Afghan. It's more of a bedspread, at 9'6" x 6'4". 5 to 10 rows of 337 stitches per day for three months in addition to the smaller monthly challenges. It's all ready to start. I'll be knitting along with a couple of other people doing the same project.
- Adipose. It's a little amigurumi type character. I spun the yarn for this one. A bunch of people on the team plan to do this one, too.
- Jim the Fish Hat. Pattern came from Knitty. Yarn will come from leftovers.
- Fez TP cover. As The Doctor will tell you fezes are cool. Yarn's left over from a Christmas stocking.
- Allons-y Scarflet. Named after a phrase often used by the Tenth Doctor. I expect to use one of my skeins of Dream in Color Starry. Ooooh, shiny!
- Wavy bag. It's a knitalong with several members of the team I've got some stash yarn and beads from a frogged project for this. We hope to work this into a challenge.
I'm off to print off some more patterns.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Only Ewe and Cotton Too is the most local of the four LYS here. It's even more local now. If you know where The Silos are*, that's where it moved. I haven't been there yet.
I finished one pair of my Cookie A club socks. I (re)started the second pair. Then the mail showed up and I got distracted.
The distraction was a fluff box from Phat Fiber. After a year of trying, I finally got another box. I gathered up all my little fiber samples and have been spinning them on the spindle (still too chicken to try the wheel again). They're going to be slippers eventually.
*The Silos are near The Castle. The Castle is a favorite of mine. From the intersection near The Silos, go west on Arnold Mill for about a mile. It's on the left. Watch for the garden gnomes.
Friday, May 13, 2011
- My second choice, the Browncoats, is also a Very Popular team.
- I don't have enough detailed knowlege of Battlestar Galactica to be a good player on Team Viper (third choice).
- The outgoing captain wants me on the team.
- The incoming captain says I'm Team Tardis' franchise player. I'm told that in the sports world, this is a player that can't be traded to another team.
- I already have the yarn for my dissertation. It is in the Team Spirit category so it will only work for Team Tardis.
- Two other potential team members also plan to do the same dissertation and we'd like to support each other.
- When we submit our dissertations, there will be serious questioning of our sanity. It'll be easier to keep track of three crazy people if they are in the same place.
- I'm going to do the dissertation project no matter what happens, but it would be much more fun to get points for the team for doing it.
- It makes me happy that I'm wanted. If you've ever been picked last, you'll know how important this is.
- I have nine skeins of yarn that match the Doctor Who theme. I do have three or four that would work for the Browncoats, but they've got lots of potential players (see Reason #1)
- I would be very sad if I was on another team. I haz enough sad already.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
There aren't too many things more dangerous than feeling a bit blue and having a PayPal credit balance. I've been trying not to reach SABLE (Stash Acquisiton Beyond Life Expectancy), but sometimes you just have to ignore that and go shopping.
The turquoise/pink/etc color is a yummy 50/50 silk/merino from Nerd Girl Yarns. It's called Bibbity Bobbity Boo and was the most indulgent in the pile.
In front of it is the latest shipment from the Big Damn Sock Club. I didn't know what was going to be coming for the club. The only yarn that I "needed" right now was something in a purple semisolid with more yardage than the average skein. This has 490 yards. It put the happy in happy yarn day.
The yellow yarn with the sparkles is Meta-crisis, also from Nerd Girl Yarns. It's Doctor Who themed (Meta-crisis = DoctorDonna) so I needed it for Nerd Wars. It's irrelvant that I won't know for a couple more weeks whether I will be on Team Tardis again or not. Well, not relevant to me. At least not very relevant.
The other two yarns are also Doctor Who themed (see above for why I had to have them). They, along with the Big Damn yarn are from Schmutzarella Yarns. The white with pale lavender is called The Fat Just Walks Away. The green/red/etc is called The Legs, The Nose, and Mrs. Robinson. Whovians will understand why that one makes me laugh.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The Camilla mittens are appearing again, because they have been honored. They have been nominated for a Nerd Wars fan favorite. There's no way in the world that they'll win, but it was a nice surprise to be nominated. It's no false modesty. There's this jacket that someone on the Babylon 5 team did that is freaking incredible. It better win. I hope it's a comfort to Team Rangers, because they are going down. It looks like they are the closest competition to Team Tardis. Close, but no banana, Team Rangers.
What have I been up to? I got out my drop spindle. I now have about 300 yards of mystery fiber. I think there's alpaca, bamboo, something shiny, and maybe more in it. I started the harder of the two Cookie A patterns in the latest club shipment. It's really challenging. Two different patterns come down at a diagonal and form an X on the front and the back of the leg. It's not going to win any prizes, but I'm having fun.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
It is required that swap recipients post their thanks on a thread on Ravelry. I'm going to do that. There are so many pictures that I want to share, though, that I'm going to put most of them here.
I opened my door this morning to find a priority mail box decorated with Tardises (Tardii?) from 1929-2005. Did it come by USPS or by Tardis?
Inside where a whole bunch of packages wrapped in Tardis-blue tissue. They were all decorated with quotes and pictures from Doctor Who.
On top was this wonderful hand-drawn/painted card. Inside it said:
Enclosed please find fantastic artifacts of the Doctor. Enclosed please find wonder, romance + intellect. Enclosed please find astonishment, terror, and glee. Enclosed please find a pile of good things to help balance your pile of bad things.
I found all those things. Well, maybe not so much terror, but that's okay.
There was a skein of Peace Fleece wool/mohair DK in the colorway Blue Jay. I've always wanted to try this brand of yarn and now I can.
There was a batt of blended merino in beautiful lavender and green from One Lupine Fiber Arts.
Those two square things are magnets, made from rows of plastic beads. How cool are they? One's a Tardis and the other a Dalek in Ironsides mode. To the fridge with you both!
Next we have a dishcloth that cracked me up. It took a couple of tries with the camera (it is perfectly clear in person), but you should be able to see the bow tie and the word COOL.
The handmade wonders just keep on coming. I kept this rolled up so I could get it all in the photograph. It's a double knit scarf. Since my Who knowledge isn't always detailed, the quote attached to the package clued me in on exactly what it was:
If you ever see a little blue box fly up there in the sky, you shout for me, Gramps. Oh you just shout.
It's Donna Noble speaking to her grandfather and the scarf is the one she was wearing in that episode. Love it!
This about made my head go sploidy-boom. In a package labeled "Would you like some tea?" were two Cadbury eggs and this. My spoiler likely caught a quick throwaway post about liking them. They were there because this is a Dalek egg cosy. I took many pictures, trying to capture the detail. it's an Ironsides Dalek. The plunger arm is holding a tea tray. On the tea tray is a tiny cup of tea in a saucer. So freaking cool. If there hadn't been anything else to open, I'd have been beyond happy. But there was more.
I'd posted that I'd like Doctor Who publications and that I didn't own any. Wow, I do now! I got a book called Torchwood: Another Life. Yay! I miss Torchwood. I got a copy of Doctor Who Magazine. I was just thinking last night about seeing if it was available in the US. I got comics (that's what us geezers call graphic novels) of Four and Eleven, my two most favorite Doctors. Happy, happy. I got a Gallifrey Road tshirt. This was offered by teefury when buying another Who tee shirt would've been overindulgent. I'm delighted to have it. I got coffee mug with Daleks on it. A Doctor Who mug I don't have to hand wash, yay! Not in this picture but also happily received is a bar of Trader Joe's organic milk chocolate truffle.
I knew from the shape of the last package what it was likely to be. What I didn't know was that it was the best of the best in this package.
If I was a decent photographer with a decent camera, this would be better (and it would show the front of the Tardis, not the back). This has been beautifully knit in fingering yarn. Maybe you have to see it in person to appreciate it, but it nearly brought a tear to my eye. It's that great.
I'll err on the side of caution and just say, thank you, Spoiler. You did an amazing job. My pile of good things today is huge.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
...this mess of mitts and mittens should be transformed. The goal is to have four completed pair and written instructions for making them. I'm cautiously optimistic.
I am looking forward to having a month off from Nerd Wars. I plan to think about Doctor Who only on Saturdays at 9 pm. I plan to knit both of my newest Cookie A sock club patterns and maybe nothing else.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Time out from work on the Doctor Who mittens to say goodbye to Elisabeth Sladen. The actress portrayed one of my favorite characters, Sarah Jane Smith. The cartoon won't mean anything to many folks. If you're a Doctor Who fan, you might end up with tears in your eyes as I did.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
With half the month to go, I'm done with this round. I'll be working like crazy to finish my 3-month-long dissertation project. There's a month off of the Wars in May. I'm having fun with this, but am looking forward to not having to do anything on a schedule for a while.
Team Tardis is still in the lead. I expect we'll win the first tournament.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Most of my fiber crafting time is in front of the tv. I've got a favorite spot on the couch. Getting a seat at that spot usually involves convincing a large gray cat to relocate to the arm of the couch. Once I'm settled, the cat drapes herself over my arm.
The coffee table in front of me has drawers stuffed with tools: Altoid tins full of stitch markers, multiple tape measures, a pincushion left over from my cross-stitch days, scissors, and more. The top of the table is chaos: patterns, my knitting journal, leftovers from previous projects, my Ouch! pincushion, TV guides, and a couple of remotes. I have my mother's knitting basket and it holds needles and UFOs. There's a Frieda Kahlo bag my brother brought me from Mexico. It's full of Knit Picks Palette and partly completed mittens. There's usually a Coke Zero at hand and sometimes some snacks (popcorn or chocolate).
I watch a lot of British tv (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Coronation Street, BBC America offerings). I get DVDs from Netflix. I'll have just about anything on if I'm absorbed in a project.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I aspire to knitting better. I'm right-handed. I was taught to knit by me left-handed mother. I also learned to knit after I learned to crochet. This resulted in a knitting style that is unique and fast, but doesn't always give me the results I want. The problem appears to be with how I purl. It is hard to describe, but it is like my knit stitches and purl stitches don't match. The sizes and shapes are a little bit different. I've gotten around (heh heh) this by working in the round. The knitting looks fine when it comes from just knit stitches.
I expect this will continue to only be an aspiration for some time to come. It's going to be a while before I want to give up a decades-old skill, even if it doesn't serve me well.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
I decided to look for something I'd posted about in the early days of this blog. Unfortunately, my computer is old and slow (much like its owner). I lost patience with Blogger and switched over to Ravelry. It was pretty easy to find early projects there, but finding the actual physical project was another tricky adventure. I'm a process knitter. Once the sock knitting process is complete, the socks get stashed in whatever sock stashing location still has room in it.
I pulled out a big dresser drawer full of socks. I didn't find any early socks in it. After removing a cat from the place where the drawer was supposed to go, I headed for the closet. The plastic bin full of currently used socks didn't have anything old in it. I tried a suitcase. I found a cute pair of origami slippers that I'm currently wearing. I found a couple of pair of socks that I really liked and have zero memory of making. At the bottom of the suitcase, I came up with these Snowflake Socks by Anni Design. They were part of Sockamania, a knitalong where Anni provided the pattern. I don't know if these knitalongs are still going on, but they were in 2007 when I made these and a couple of other pair.
The green has now bled into the white. The white's quite soft and makes me think it may be the merino with a little silk in it from Knit Picks. I didn't record the yarn in Ravelry for some reason, so I can't be sure.
There's no big dramatic revelation as a result of this exercise. I've learned that if I've got something with holes in it, I should toss it out and dig something new out of the bottom of a suitcase.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I like having things organized. Sometimes I like the organizing process better than performing a task with whatever it is I've organized. I think that's why I enjoy Ravelry so much. It fits right into the organizing scheme.
When I get some new yarn, I take a picture of it and enter the information on Ravelry. I have a bunch of buckets that used to hold cat litter and now hold fibers. The yarn gets stashed in the appropriate bucket. A note of which bucket is included with the Ravelry information.
Patterns are not quite so tidy. I keep as many as I can in my Ravelry library and try not to print anything out until I'm going to use it. I've got three or four big binders full of patterns in plastic sleeves. Most of them are grouped together where I can find them. (We won't talk about the stack of unfiled patterns that are piled up next to the binders.)
Crochet hooks live in a vintage silver baby cup, in a drawer in the coffee table, or hidden in the bottom of a yarn bucket. All dpns smaller than US4 live in the knitting basket, along with my Knit Picks interchangeable circular needles. I made a hanging needle holder following directions in one of the Stitch 'n Bitch books. It lives in a closet and holds most of the rest of my circulars. I rarely use straight knitting needles, but I still have a bunch of them. They live in a needle case that someone gave me a long time ago.
This blog is a part of the organizing process. I created it pre-Ravelry, when I was getting back into kntting a lot. It started out as a place for me to go on and on about whatever I was working on at the moment or something new I'd discovered. I still do that. Lately it has become the last step for many projects. My inner child wants to say, "Look what I made!". I let her show it off here.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I've always been drawn to knitting in different colors. I've tried it many times, but did not have a whole lot of success with it. The floats (yarn that floats behind the active stitches when a color isn't being used) were usually too short and tight. Over the last year, I've managed to improve. It involved a lot of little things:
- Reading how-to documents. There are books and blogs and videos that explain and demonstrate techniques.
- Practice. I worked on my tension. When I learned about yarn dominance, I concentrated on that.
- Yarn. Knit Picks Palette yarns seem to work the best for me for colorwork. I bought a kit for an Andean Earflap Hat that included that yarn. It was the first thing I'd made using multiple yarns that I was happy with. I promptly made a second hat and then designed and knit a third.
If I can improve at colorwork, maybe someday I'll be able to do ribbing that looks reasonable.
Monday, March 28, 2011
One of my favorite yarns is Socks That Rock lightweight by Blue Moon Fiber Arts. The people who dye these yarns are very talented. The colors and color combinations are terrific. The base yarns are spun in such a way that I don't split the yarn when I knit. The skein length is what keeps me from using it more often. A STR skein is 360 yards which is a shorter than many of the skeins in my stash. Patterns usually just list the yarn used to knit the sample, not an estimate of the actual amount of yarn you might need. If a pattern calls for a 400+ yard skein, I won't take the chance of using Socks That Rock.
One yarn I haven't enjoyed using was Knit Picks Comfy. It's a 75% cotton/25% acrylic blend. I knit the Susie Hoodie with this yarn and absolutely hated the resulting garment. It weighs a ton and I'll never wear it. I wouldn't put the blame on this specific yarn, but I would put it squarely on anything cotton. Cotton has no elasticity and I do not like it. I knit the similar Central Park Hoodie with Poems by Wisdom Yarns. That's 100% wool and I like the garment. Cotton's great for dishcloths and mop covers, but it's on the no-fly list for any more clothing.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Per usual, there are several projects in the works, but this is all that was completed in the past week. They are donations to the Knit-a-Square project and one of the Nerd Wars challenges.
Half a sock and several crocheted flowers will complete this month's challenges. The project after that will be to finish the main mitten design.
Mittens sounded like a good idea when I first thought of it in January. It's supposed to be 80 degrees today, which makes them a little less interesting.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
It's Saturday, but these were all done by Friday. These are all part of the current round of Nerd Wars.
- Project bag with crocheted trim. I got this adorable 11 Doctors fabric from Spoonflower. The challenge was to combine at least two crafts. I also made three other project bags this week. They all have their purposes, but some of them are super sekrit.
- Disappearing Tardis dishcloth. The challenge was to demonstrate capillary action. Dishcloths soak up water. This one was made to look like the Tardis on my coffee mug does when it disappears.
- Weeping angel. The challenge was called In Like A Lion, Out Like a Lamb. The point was to show two differing sides of something. I took someone else's idea of crocheting a Christmas angel to look like a stone angel. I modified it by embroidering the scary face and stuffing the arms with chenille stems. The weeping angel is well known to Doctor Who fans.
I chucked the sweater for the KAL in the frog pond and resigned from the KAL. One problem was the yarn. It was allegedly worsted weight, but was really somewhere between sport and DK. The other was the lace panel. When doing lace, I need to have a chart to see which way the stitches are leaning when they are knit together. This one didn't have a chart and my feeble attempts to create one were not successful.
Next in the queue: two pair of socks, two wee tiny socks, and a half dozen flowers.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
- Toys/amigurumi. A Doctor doll, a stuffed Tardis, K-9, a Dalek, or something else. I like toys.
- Charms. I like the little dangly things on stitch markers and earrings. However, I never use fancy stitch markers and rarely wear earrings. If you make things like this, leave the marker rings or earring hooks off. I'll like them.
- Wearables are a little problematic because a) it doesn't get all that cold here and b) I'm hard to fit. Someone made me some socks once and I still feel horrible because I couldn't wear them. I wear hats sometimes. Hats are cool. Big head: 23".
- A pillow or a pillow cover (I could get a form for it to go over) with a Doctor Who theme.
- Decorate a little box or Altoid tin with something Who-related. I like tins and boxes and use them to store various knitting supplies.
I hope those will give you an idea or at least launch you in the direction of one.
If shopping was also part of the problem, that's a little easier:
- Look under my Ravelry profile for a link to my Amazon Wishlist. There are several things on it that would work.
- If you're still on Amazon, do a search on Doctor Who books. I don't have any, so click on any paperback.
- Yarn. If you've seen my stash, you might not think I need any more yarn. Need, maybe not. Want is something else. Fingering weight in any color or combination of colors (no red or orange) in wool or a blend of wool or something else. I will like it.
- Spinning fiber.
- Check my Ravelry queue wishlist for patterns I want and don't have.
- Who-themed mugs (other than the disappearing Tardis because I already have 2).
- Fridge magnets.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Now for something completely different:
Team Tardis is in first place after the first round of the tournament. I am proud to say that I contributed 94 points to the total. Finishing all six challenges earned me the lovely icon you see here. It's the most fun I've had in a war.
Friday, March 4, 2011
The second round of Nerd Wars has begun. I'm way behind on my dissertation, haven't much of the Titania sweater done, and am still a few hours away from having my first challenge done. The challenges are harder this time. I have to remind myself that this is supposed to be fun. If it is not fun, as a LOL cat might say, URE DOIN IT WRONG.
I'm doing a Doctor Who swap. I know I swore off of them for awhile, but this one was too good to miss. The coordinator did an exceptional job in matching people up. My spoilee (person I send to) is so similar to me in her Doctor Who likes and her yarn likes, I could've filled out her swap application with my answers and it would've worked fine. I'm doing two handmade things for her (swap requires one). I think I've come up with a way for one of them to count as one of my Nerd Wars challenges, too. I had big fun yesterday, ordering supplies and goodies.
I wanted to knit the second pattern from the Cookie A sock club, but that project's on the back burner until I get some of this other stuff done. I got the ingredients for one of the cookie recipes, but haven't baked them yet. I think I'll make it a reward for when I finish that sweater.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
My current obsession is with Nerd Wars. The Head Nerds have declared that there will be a KAL for all warriors of the Titania Sweater in the next round. Everyone who finishes will get full points plus bonus for this project. I want to get full points for my team and I want to knit along with everyone.
The Tatiana Sweater is a pretty, lacy pullover sweater in a number of sizes. However, the design looks best on slender bodies with cup sizes in the very beginning of the alphabet. Neither of those qualities applies to yours truly. Some people in my situation are modifying the pattern. Having seen pictures of larger women in this sweater, there's no way I'm going to do it. It makes me think of that saying, "Just because they make Spandex clothing in your size doesn't mean you should wear it". No offense meant to those who do. I just don't do negative ease.
I still want to do the sweater, but do not want to invest a lot of money in something I'll be giving away. I Googled bargain yarns which got me to Yarn Paradise. Yarn Paradise appears to be where all the novelty yarn comes from. It also has some exceptionally inexpensive prices. The bag of worsted weight cotton/lycra yarn in the picture was $5.99. Not $5.99 a ball, $5.99 for the whole bag. Shipping was more than that. Even if you factor that into the price, the whole project is going to be around $16. I ordered the yarn over the weekend and it got here on Tuesday. From Istanbul.
My only regret is that I didn't pick a different color. This looked more green on my monitor. I conveniently ignored the more accurate description of the color.
Friday, February 18, 2011
The challenges for this round are:
- Team Spirit: Valentine's Day. I made a hat for Amelia Pond.
- Intellectual: Prime Numbers. I made Wilf's Hat, modifying the pattern to use the prime numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, and 43.
- Scientific: Nebulas. I'm working on a pair of Helix Nebula Socks, inspired by the Saturn Nebula. (No bonus points, couldn't link this to Doctor Who).
- Technical: A Bonding Experience. I knit a pair of Medusa Cascade socks with sock yarn and blending filament.
- Giving Geeks: Cold Hands, Warm Heart: I donated four pair of mittens I made last month to charity. (No bonus points, couldn't link this to Doctor Who).
- Nerd Culture: Nerdwarscon. The challenge was to make something that you might use at a convention. I did a badge holder. Whovians will get the link to Doctor Who and probably why I chose the person I did for the name part.
I've got the yarn I need for my dissertation, the project that will go through all three months of the first round. I have a good idea of what I want to do for this. All I need now is to do a bit of research on mitten and fingerless mitt sizes.
Monday, February 14, 2011
It was worth it, though. The colors are gorgeous. I especially like the aqua color in the middle bundle. It's soft and full of shiny stuff, so I'm a happy girl.
Friday, February 11, 2011
- Tea Cosy Swap: the recipient is a Doctor Who fan, so I knit this from a Who-related sock club yarn. She's in the sock club too, so she may recognize it. I was so low on appropriate green yarn for the leaves that I Russian-joined strands of it cut from the yarn. The tea cosy I'm getting in exchange is so cute that her toddler pulled it out of the shipping box and cried when it was taken from her. I'll probably go crazy over it. I'm relieved to hear that the child will be getting one of her own.
- Nerd Wars: The Bow Tie Cloche is a Valentine's Day gift for Amelia Pond. The bow tie is meant to remind her of her friend the Raggedy Doctor. This earned me 13 points for my team.
- Wee Tiny Sock Club: This is so much fun. The socks are tiny but they involve interesting techniques. This one is a Wee Tiny Steeked sock. I actually made a steek to create the button bands. I was doing this in the middle of the night and missed the instructions for wee tiny buttonholes, so the buttons are sewed into place. D'oh!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Lately I've been feeling like the whole world is looking at me with their fingers up in the L for loser shape. I don't mean to whine. It's just that I keep getting ideas and trying them out and then they fail. That's why it was nice to actually win something.
A week or two ago, I posted about a farmer in Vermont who lost nearly everything in a barn fire. Shepherd Susie at Juniper Moon Farm put together a fund raiser that brought in bunches of wonderful prizes. It also raised over $11,000 when the goal was 10,0000. How cool is that? It's even cooler when you win one of the prizes. It's a very pretty hat from Kate at positive purls. I can almost guarantee it won't fit me (smallish hat, biggish head) so I'm adding it to the door prizes.
Friday, February 4, 2011
- I want to check out the blogs of all of the lovely people who've commented on my OWOH post. I've only managed about 10% of them.
- I'm replacing the tea cosy in the previous post. If the intended recipient appears here, no worries. I think the replacement will be much more to your liking. Unfortunately for my other projects, this is going to the top of the queue.
- Nerd Wars: I'm almost done with a hat, I need to research colors and order yarn for my dissertation project, knit a pair of mittens, find someplace that wants mitten donations, and come up with up to four more projects for the remaining categories this month.
You can stop laughing at me any time now.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
If my partner doesn't like it, I hope she'll at least appreciate the effort. Now I've got to come up with some goodies to send along that might take the edge off in case she doesn't.
Monday, January 31, 2011
The random number generator has spoken. The recipients of the giveaways are:
- Martha in Toronto
- Halle in Minnesota
- Theresa in Conneticut
- Eileen in New York
- Jo in Cheshire
If you're one of these people, I've emailed you.
Thank you all for visiting my blog. Thanks also to Lisa, organizer of the One World One Heart events.
Welcome to my blog. I'm Paula and I'm obsessed with fibers. I'm currently into knitting mittens and my latest non-fiber thing is Doctor Who. I'm semi-retired which translates to I would work if I could find a part-time job I liked but I can't so I'll hang around the house and knit.
If you've just happened upon this post, then you might not know about One World One Heart. For all of the details, click on the link below the picture. The object of the exercise is for bloggers to visit other blogs and maybe find some new blogs to read. Participants entice people to visit by offering door prizes. Here are mine:
- Malabrigo sock yarn, colorway Turner. 440 yard of fingering weight merino wool.
- Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, colorway Wool in the Woods. 420 yards of fingering weight merino wool.
- Crown Mountain Farms sock yarn, colorway Born to be Wild. 400 yards of fingering weight 50/50 merino/tencel.
- Knitter's Grab Box. I have a lot of things around here that I'll never use but are much too nice to toss. I've popped most of them in a little blue box. They include: a pair of cherry wood knitting needles, size 17, a yarn ball key chain, a stitch counter, 4" scissors, a Ravelry Olympics Bobicus Maximus pin, 20 stitch markers from 6 different sources, and a combo ruler/bookmark/metric needle sizer.
Not pictured are three Cookie A sock patterns (Summer Sox, Maelstrom, and Stricken). These are duplicates of patterns I already had and are NOT reprints.
The drawing is open to all active bloggers worldwide. To participate, leave a comment to this post with a way to contact you if you win. A link to your blog so I can visit would be great!
Winners will be picked on February 17 via a random number generator. Winners will be contacted individually and a list will be posted here.
Edited to add another prize:
See my 2/8/11 post for the story behind this.