Wednesday, December 31, 2014
12.3 miles knit: I cut back on sock knitting when I saw how many socks I already own. I expected this number to be shorter than last year's 12 miles.
200 yards spun
4445 yards crochet: also an increase over last year.
Projects completed in 2014:
- Coin purse-1
My favorite new-to-me-in-2014 yarns were from Invictus and Cyborg's Craft Room.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Works in progress:
- Irma sweater: Needs blocking and buttons to be sewn on. I plan to do that tonight.
- Grandpa sweater: Needs buttons. They are on the way from Hong Kong.
- Bunny slippers: One foot needs felting and then they can be assembled. I plan on doing the felting tonight. Really. I know it has been nearly two years, but I will do it! First project to be finished in 2015.
- Name of the Doctor scarf: I'll finish it eventually. It'll probably take the place of the bunny slippers as the project I keep putting off. May be finished in 2015 at some point.
- Kaffe Fasset afghan: I keep reading the Ravelry group for this thing. I keep hoping that someone will have come up with a different way of assembling it that will work for me. As soon as I work that out, I'll finish it. Hopefully early in 2015.
- Van Gogh mini pillow: stitch count is off a bit and I need to take some of the cross stitches out and redo them. I'll probably pick this one back up in a day or two.
- Whovian messenger bag: I think my sewing machine needs a professional tuneup. I'll be putting sewing this together until I get that done.
- Spring flower quilt: I probably haven't mentioned this project in years. It's about half quilted. I've been putting it off because quilting is my least favorite part of making quilts and because of the Bernina misbehaving.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
The latest examples come from The Cyborg's Craft Room. May I introduce Unicorn Rainbow Fight:
The other four skeins I ordered last week are in the same vein. I like them. They make me happy. It bothers me not at all that I have no idea what I'll do with them.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
I bailed on that mystery scarf. Stitch counting got even worse, if that's possible. For once it wasn't entirely my fault.
I finished the cross stitch pieces for my bag. However, I haven't been motivated to get my lazy behind over to the sewing machine to assemble it.
The yarn showed up for the afghan I decided to make. It's been challenging, but fun. It's crochet. I seem to screw up less when I have only one loop to deal with at any moment. No lifelines are necessary when frogging must happen.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Four new skeins of sock yarn are on the way. I may have two new favorite etsy sellers.
Monday, December 15, 2014
I put down my needles and picked up a crochet hook. Jasmine the cat ripped the head off of her catnip Dalek. She must know what "exterminate" means. I made her a new one with Christmas colors.
Now I'm doing cross-stitch. I'm simplifying my original idea for my Doctor Who messenger bag so that it actually gets completed. Simple stitching, that's the ticket. Plus it will use up bits of those many Doctor Who fat quarters that I just had to buy.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Issue #1: The Kaffe Fasset KAL. My problem is obvious:
Issue #2: Blogger. I'm typing away on this and the screen freezes. Suddenly, I'm back four pages from where this is. I came back and the draft was here. The way my luck is going, this will disappear. At least I'll have had the therapy of ranting.
Issue #3: PayPal. I wanted to start in on something new and fun. I found a scarf KAL where the pattern's (allegedly) free with a code. I clicked Buy It Now on Ravelry. When I logged into PayPal, it charged me for the pattern right away and didn't give me a chance to enter the code. I'm not going to do anything about it because it wasn't all that expensive. If I try to get a refund, PayPal will charge the designer a fee for the refund and I don't want him to have to pay it. I'm still mad, though. I'm too mad to want to work on the scarf.
Now? I'll finish the stupid curtains and put all of my knitting stuff away and get out all the cross stitch stuff. I think knitting is telling me to go away for a while.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
I ended up at etsy. Clicky clicky clicky. Next thing you know, there's fun things on the way: a Tardis shawl pin, two skeins of sock yarn from the Cyborg's Craft Room, and a cross stitch kit from the UK. Do I need or even know what I want to do with sock yarn called Unicorn Rainbow Fight and Spontaneous Dance Party? No, I do not. I may just leave it here next to the computer and let it make me happy. Why did I buy a cross stitch kit when I've got virtually every color of DMC embroidery floss known to man? I was unwilling to wait and see if the chart alone would be offered for sale. It's cool. It's Van Gogh-themed. Maybe it will get me stitching on the pieces for that Doctor Who messenger bag I just had to make and haven't started.
It's back to the curtains for now. Yawn.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
There are also knit-alongs and crochet-alongs for lots of the patterns.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Part of the problem has been an old sick cat. I've known for the past couple of weeks that she wasn't going to be around much longer. I wanted to be able to drop everything and get her whatever she wanted whenever she wanted it. Misty's kidneys failed and she was euthanized this morning.
I am very sad.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
First is Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments by Elsebeth Lavold. The designs are what Lavold calls interlace patterns. Think of gorgeous, super-complex cables. There are photographs and sketches of her inspirations. Amid Viking pieces are bits of stone made by Mayans, Roman mosaics, carvings from Nigeria, and lots more. There are patterns for some really beautiful and challenging sweaters. I have no immediate plans to make something from this book, but I expect that I will. Lavold's book Viking Patterns for Knitting is coming out in paperback next year. I've already got it on order at Amazon. Maybe I'll start with that one.
The other book is Norwegian Knits with a Twist by Arne & Carlos. I enjoyed the previous Arne & Carlos books that I have, so I knew I'd like this one. The book explains the various parts of a traditional Scandinavian sweater. It's the kind with bands of patterns and then most of the body is one color with single stitches of a contrasting color on it. I learned that the single stitches are known as lice. Somehow, I think I could've lived my life happily without that particular piece of information. The patterns are based on the traditional sweater but with the twist from the title. Light and dark switch their usual places. Sweater designs appear on hats, pillows, rugs, socks, and even a teddy bear. That last one is probably what will get me first.
Friday, October 10, 2014
The other yarns are clue #2 in the Kaffe Fassett KAL. It's the same as clue #1 only with different colors. Bummer. I hope the squares aren't all stripes done on the diagonal. The good thing is that the rest of the yarn for the afghan has arrived. A couple of the colors are a different dye lot from the first batch. I can't see a difference between the dye lots. Even if I could, it wouldn't matter. It's highly unlikely that I'll run so low on yarn that knitting from two different lots would even touch each other.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
I've been cleaning out closets. This has resulted in the discovery of socks. Many, many, many pairs of socks. I never appreciated how obsessed I was with knitting socks until now. I actually have a lifetime supply of hand knit socks. I'm admittedly not a young person, but it's still a ridiculous number of socks.
I think this is why I've managed to complete one sweater start to finish without distraction. I'd have the darn thing washed and blocked except for the Elderly Cat Problem. Misty is 16 years old. Sometimes she chooses somewhere other than her litterbox to perform litterbox-appropriate activities. Most recently, she ruined my purse and soaked my license plate renewal forms. Gross! I can't think of a place where I can put a blocked sweater flat to dry where she couldn't get at it. I don't know what motivates her to behave like this. The purse ruining took some serious effort. I think the sweater will need to be pinned to the foam squares and leaned against a wall.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
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:
Monday, September 15, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
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
- 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.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
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!
Friday, August 15, 2014
The yarns were supposed to all be Cascade 220 Superwash. In my frenzy to find the last couple of colors, I screwed up. Two of them are non-superwash. The texture's a bit different between the two kinds. I might use them anyway. Hmmm, maybe somebody on Ravelry has those colors that they want to sell or trade. Stay tuned.
Update:I had the good sense to check things out on Ravelry. The Superwash is more of a light worsted, so the two yarns really aren't compatible. I found a place that had both of the colors. I don't think I would've run across it otherwise. It's called Coveted Yarn.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I worked on the back of my sweater for awhile, then had to take a computer break. That's where the mischief always starts. I spotted a new pattern by Franklin Habit. It's an illusion scarf called Longer on the Inside. If you look at it normally, it's a nice stripey scarf. If you look at an angle, Tardises appear. I've been wanting to try illusion knitting, so I attempted to purchase the pattern. Ravelry froze. I'm sure it was all my fault. Eventually it thawed out and I have the pattern.
Then the yarn drama began. I thought it would be too indulgent to make it in the Cascade 200 that the pattern called for. I spent a long time comparing the Cascade 220 to possible Wool of the Andes equivalents. I filled up my shopping basket at Knit Picks and saw the total. It wasn't terribly much cheaper and the colors weren't that great a match. Shopping basket was emptied and I then went on a Cascade 220 hunt. I got all the colors, but they are from three different shops. If you add shipping, it would've been better to stick with KP. What a silly knitter.
Now for something completely different, a groovy new knitting book is on the way. It's called The KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook. Knitsonik aka Felicity Ford is the author. The theme is designing colorwork based on things you see that might inspire you. It's a Kickstarter-backed project so I get updates periodically. The latest on had pictures. Wow. Even if I never actually use the book, it'll be worth having just for the photography. The colors and patterns are amazing, too. It's a good think that it won't be available for a few more months or I'd be off hunting down more yarn.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Speaking of SpillyJane, she's about to come out with a mitten book. I'm a big fan of her designs so I'll be watching for the book to appear.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014
- Bits of Color socks: There will be 12 patterns coming about every two weeks. They use up leftovers. This is the first one. The white was supposed to continue after the pattern, but I didn't like using the yarn. It's a 50/50 merino/tencel blend and lacks the flexibility of wool. The color's nice, though.
- Whovian messenger bag: I was going to paper piece a TARDIS quilt block for the back. I tried it and discovered that I don't have the skill level for doing teeny tiny little bits of fabric. A new idea popped into my head for something else that's mostly quilted, uses some little embroidered pieces, and will be much easier.
- Firefly mittens: I found the pattern and it appears I gave up on them when they came out way too big. I restarted them on 000 dpns and the size is good now. I alternate working on them with working on the Bits of Color socks.
- Name of the Doctor scarf: It's on hold until I'm in the mood for double knitting or until I finish up some of these other projects.
- Bunny slippers: Some of the pieces still need more felting/fulling. I'm tempted to toss the pieces in with some laundry and hope for the best.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Police Box Socks. It's a SpillyJane pattern. Alas, the blue yarn ran a bit.
Why can I take reasonable pictures and not so reasonable ones at the same time? Here's my JohnLock mittens:
What's next? The Bits of Color patterns are starting to appear. I've got one sock done. I'm thinking about getting all the embroidery stuff out for the Whovian messenger bag. I'm also thinking about doing the Firefly mittens with the dinosaur on them. Then I could do some weaving on my little Weave-It. I wonder if the squares might be the right dimension for the messenger bag? Hmmmmmmmm.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I was knitting away on a pair of Spilly Jane's Police Box Socks. I was knitting them to avoid working on the last pair of Tour de Sock socks. Why avoid them? They are double knitting. I joined the Tour to avoid working on my double knitting scarf. Yes, I see that I have a problem sticking to a project. I think half the reason I allow myself to get distracted is because I can. Nobody's going to take my needles away from me and make me stick to one project. Well, Jasmine the cat might swipe the needles, but I have extras. But I digress.
I was watching and knitting and I got a glimpse of the wallpaper at 221B Baker Street. lightbulb on. I queued a mitten pattern last week called Johnlock. As the designer says, it has Sherlock, John, and the wallpaper that had it coming. The designer, Therese Sharp, is the same person who did the Inevitable Betrayal Firefly mittens. I thought I started those. I wonder where they are? I got the pattern and starting hunting through my stash. What do you know, I have the perfect main color. It just happens to be one of the colors in the dreaded doubleknit Tour socks.
Guess what I'm frogging and not finishing? Say goodnight, doubleknit Tour socks. I'll let all those speedy Finns finish you while I'm knitting wallpaper for 221B.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
If the instructions tell you to work a chart 8 times, you work it 8 times. If the instructions tell you to repeat a chart 8 times, you work it 9 times. To repeat something you have to have done it once first.I'm officially done with both of those topics. Moving on, I got a couple of new books in the past few weeks. Coronation Knits by Susan Crawford is "A Hand Knitted Celebration for the Diamond Jubilee". Susan Crawford does some wonderful things with vintage patterns here. The Diamond Jubilee refers to Queen Elizabeth II's rein. The book's got a variety of patterns: men, women, and kids are all covered. They manage to look equally current if you were in 1953 or 2013. I've only done one pattern so far, the Crowning Glory beret. See the little crowns?
Pin Loom Weaving by Margaret Stump is my other new book. Pin looms are little hand looms. Let me go find a picture:
Saturday, July 5, 2014
I was working on a pattern I didn't like with some yarn I didn't like and had an aha! moment. I've got tons of patterns I want to try and tons of yarn I want to use. There is no point in doing anything with things that don't fit in those categories. I chucked out two balls of yarn. They couldn't have been sold or traded. I am happy and up to date with this project.
MOCKs (mystery socks)
I finished the ones I was working on and am cured of doing more. I'll go back to my queue or favorites next time I need a new project.
Tour de Sock
I finished the fourth sock and the fifth starts on Thursday. I think I finished a little lower than I did with the third sock. I think I'm close to the top 10%.
Tour de Loop
This started today. I've got more than an hour in already, so I'm good to go so far.
WIPs (work in progress)
Almost all the backlog have been cleared out. The Name of the Doctor scarf has been designated a long-term project. Double knitting on laceweight is a slow process for me. The Hopsalot bunny slippers only require felting/fulling and assembly. I may actually do the rest of the felting tonight. That leaves only The Birth of a Star socks. I grabbed them from my queue and started them last night. Oh, I forgot the Doctor Who embroidered and quilted messenger bag. got I need to review how to do paper piecing. I'll probably start that back up after Tour de Sock completes.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Round 3 starts tomorrow night. I've got a sneaking suspicion that it'll be argyle. Or as those of us dreading it, arrrrrgh-gyle.
I'm caught up on both of my Mocks and am past the 75% mark on my Fruity Oaty Scarf. I'm waiting for new yarn to come from Biscotte & Cie before I restart the Little Flowers socks. That watermelon yarn needs to be used for something designed to be stripey.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
We were given the option of using a more adventurous yarn than solid or semisolid. What I picked was obviously not a good choice. Over all, it's going better than the first sock. I finished it in time to get on the leaderboard. I think I'm 164th. I had my second annual German Twisted Cast-on tantrum, but it lasted a fraction of the original one. I still managed to frighten a cat with it. I really hate that cast-on.
Dream: It's the green cuff on top. I don't think the second clue's been released yet.
Akero: It's the silvery one on the bottom. One sock is up to date. The one in the picture is not.
Little Flowers: That's the one in the watermelon stripe yarn. This is for a contest that the yarn company Biscotte and Cie is having. It's another bad choice for the pattern, but I don't care that much. I probably won't bother entering it in the contest because the design is a bit too lost in the stripes. I like the yarn very much, though. It's a good thing I've got so much going on or I'd buy some more and start it over.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
June 1-2: Tour de Sock, stage 1
June 3: Akero, leg
June 4: Dream, clue 1
June 5: Bloom, clue 4
June 8: Akero, heel
June 9: Dream, clue 2
June 11-12: Tour de Sock, stage 2
June 15: Akero, foot
June 16: Dream, clue 3
June 21-22: Tour de Sock, stage 3
June 22: Akero, toe
June 23: Dream, clue 4
July 1-2: Tour de Sock, stage 4
July 7: Bits of Color, pattern 1
July 11-12: Tour de Sock, stage 5
July 14: Bits of Color, pattern 2
July 21-22: Tour de Sock, stage 6
July 23: Bits of Color, pattern 3
July 28: Bits of Color, pattern 4
August 1: Little Flowers, start any time but s/b done before August 16
August 4: Bits of Color, pattern 5
August 11: Bits of Color, pattern 6
August 18: Bits of Color, pattern 7
August 25: Bits of Color, pattern 8
September 1: Bits of Color, pattern 9
September 8: Bits of Color, pattern 10
September 15: Bits of Color, pattern 11
September 22: Bits of Color, pattern 12
The prospective Mock has clues released on June 1, 8, and 15. I think that doing it would be a Bad Idea. I think I'll keep this updated as a deterrent next time I get tempted.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
ETA: A mind's a terrible thing to lose. First I got SpaceCadet mixed up with Mad Color. Then I forgot that I'd signed up for another round of the Interstellar Yarn Alliance. This is the first of three packages, not the last of three. It's great to get yarn I'd forgotten about, but a bit odd that I managed to forget it in the first place.