Monday, March 31, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
It looks like I can still cross-stitch correctly. It helps that the pattern has no partial stitches and only 3 back stitches in the whole thing.
I have been knitting a little bit. The mystery pattern I'm doing is knit flat. It got me interested in unusual sock construction. The mystery sock looks a little like General Hogbuffer's Verizontal sock. I think that's what I'm going to use for April's Use it or Lose it project.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
I wasn't overly happy with how it came out, but I made myself finish it. I'm going through some odd thing with my knitting lately. The latest pair of Op-Art socks are within inches of being frogged. I can't seem to get my tension right for some reason.
The plan's to switch over to cross-stitch for my next project. Maybe things will knit better if I take a break.
Friday, March 14, 2014
I finished my Necker socks for the Op-Art project for February:
Thursday, March 13, 2014
This is what came in the mail:
It's from Biscotte & Cie, a yarn company in Quebec. I don't remember exactly how I found them. I've been wanting a self-striping yarn in a watermelon colorway for a long time. I even tried to dye some. It came out okay, but more like strawberry than watermelon. Anyway, I that saw Biscotte & Cie had some really great colors in self-striping yarns. I also saw that they had a mystery sock club so I signed up. The club yarn is the blue/green color. It also came with a cute heart shaped tape measure. Look, even the retractor button is a heart!
I've got the first clue. It's mysterious for sure because it's a small number of stitches knit back and forth for the leg.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
You will stay off of etsy. You will stay out of The Cyborg's Craft room and you will not buy Sidewalk Chalk or Rainbow Unicorn Glitter Fight. You will stay away from FabFunkyFibres and you will not special order Dark Side of the Moon.
You do not need more yarn. Behave!
Friday, March 7, 2014
I'm working on the February socks from the Op-Art book. The pattern's written in a single color and people have been doing amazing two-color versions. I'm going to continue to knit along but not post pictures of mine.
I'm also working on the double knit sheep pillow. It's going okay, but I'm not happy with the way the stitches look. I've long suspected that I need to learn a different way of purling to better match my knit stitches. I think that's the problem here. It's one of the nine zillion things I'm avoiding doing.
One of my favorite ways of avoiding doing things is to check out recommended patterns on Ravelry. I was sulking about all the baby and children patterns that appear. I have no baby or children projects, so why do I get recommendations to make them? Sulk, sulk, sulk. Scroll, scroll, scroll. Then I happened on this:
Browncoats will no doubt recognize these as a perfect pair of mittens for Wash. They might be a good thing to wear with a Jayne hat, too. The designer also has a pair of mittens for Whovians. One says Wibbly Wobbly and the other says Timey Wimey.
I like the colors in the mittens, but a change might make them work better with the Can't Stop the Signal scarf I mentioned awhile back:
This one might actually motivate me to learn a different purl.