Saturday, April 29, 2017

Stash Enhancement Saturday

Say It Like You Mean It is the final offering in this month's Mad Geek Tour.  It's half Sherlock Holmes and half Molly Hooper and illustrates a very sad moment in the last episode of the most recent season.  It is really unusual and I like it a lot.  I want a pattern that is intended for variegated yarn and I want it right now!  This has got to knit up in a really interesting way.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Finished Object Friday

After over a year on and off, it is done:
When it is matted and framed, there will be a better picture.  There are a few mistakes, but I can live with them.

I finished these last week.  They are April's Knit From Stash socks:
The color's green in real life.  Silly camera.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WIP Wednesday, with pictures this time

Yarnia blanket:
Why so little done on the second square?  Part of it was a counting problem.  It is really hard to see a mistake until I'm about 10 rows past it.  The other reason was that I spent all my spare time on the cross stitch piece and it is done!  Picture will appear on Friday if the camera behaves.

Hygge shawls:

Each one has its own new ergonomic crochet hook.  I'm finding them much easier on my hands.

Harley sweater isn't started yet.  Dobby sock isn't started yet, but I do have the pattern now.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Work is in progress.  There are no pictures but many excuses.

Yarnia blanket:  no new squares until Friday.

Cross-stitch sampler:  I'm down to the last two bands and have some enthusiasm for finishing it.  Taking a picture would involve unpinning and unrolling it.  I don't want to do that.

Hygge shawls:  I'm up to date on them both.  I don't want to pull them out and take pictures right now.  I'll do that when I start today's patterns.  I'll start today's patterns when I finish the sampler.

Harley sweater:  yarn is now in a project bag with the pattern printed out.  I should take a picture of the printed out pattern.  It took me hours to get the printer and computer to talk nicely together.  I don't know why they were suddenly mad at each other.   I'll start it after I'm up-to-date on everything else, including the new sock pattern.

Dobby's Lost Sock:  as soon as I said I was burned out on knitting socks, I found another one I wanted to do.  Since the new season of Doctor Who starts on Saturday, it was the perfect time to use that skein of Hell in High Heels for it.  Everything is ready to go except for the actual pattern.  The designer set up everything except for a link to buy it.  If it shows up, it'll go in the queue after the new Hygge clues and before the new Yarnia clues.

See what I mean about excuses?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

It's not stash...

...if I'm using it for something. 

I got this yarn today from LoveKnitting:
It is a wool/alpaca DK weight from West Yorkshire Spinners.  The color's called Sea Glass and looks better in person than it did online.  It's an almost mint green but a touch closer to gray so it doesn't look like it is for a baby blanket.  I am going to make a sweater from it.

I wanted to try the new Felici worsted weight from KnitPicks.  It was extra tempting when I found out that there was a version of Time Traveler (third color down) available.  It's my Doctor Who addiction coming out.  I have the original Felici Time Traveler in my stash in very silly amounts.  The top color is Baker Street (also addicted to Sherlock) and the second one is, obviously, Rainbow.  All of these are for my Yarnia blanket.

I'd stay and rattle on about a new sock pattern, but there's a Doctor Who marathon on BBC America.  I just heard Ten say, "Don't blink!" so it is time for my favorite episode that I've seen dozen of times.  Bye!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

WIP Wednesday

The next two Yarnia squares.  The last two dice rolls were the same for both pieces so I had to knit yet another T Rex.

I'm working on the April Knit from Stash socks.  I hate to say it, but I've finally got tired of knitting socks.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WIP Wednesday

I caught the new Hygge piece up so both are up to date.
It is odd the way the lower right corner on both of them curled up for the camera.  Sharp-eyed readers will notice that the diamond dividers are different on each piece.    I think they are both wrong, but they look okay so I'll continue doing them wrong the same way on each.
We got the embroidery instructions to day for getting the piece to the middle.  I suspect that the other half of the piece will be the same as the first half, going the other way.  I might risk going on from the midpoint.  It'll give me something to do until the next episode of my Yarnia adventure shows up.  This might be the same day as the April Knit from Stash sock pattern arrives.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Knit Show

I miss tv craft shows.  I especially miss Vickie Howell.  I found her entertaining.  Despite being a long-time knitter, I learned a lot.  I still think of her wearing a big Russian fur hat whenever I do a Russian join.

I spotted a tweet a little while ago that announced a Kickstarter campaign for an online knitting show.  I clicked right over and made a pledge.  Good luck, Vickie & company.  Hope to see you on a screen near me soon.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Second part of the Yarnia adventure is done:

I started on Girls' Night In version of the Hygge shawl:
I like the colors better than the Jewel version.  The background color is more of a peachy pink and the pattern colors are a bit more intense than the photograph.  I had hoped that today's clue would involve embroidery.  Nope.  More freaking single crochet.  Guess what I'll be doing for the next week?

I don't intend to use either one as an actual shawl.  They'll probably be runners.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Stash Enhancement Saturday

Mad Geek Tour's Game is Afoot yarn for February is "Not Your Housekeeper".  Viewers of the Sherlock tv show may recognize this as a nod to Aston-Martin driving housekeeper Mrs. Hudson.

I don't know how enhancing it is, but it is in my stash now.  Handspun Funky Faerie:
Not in my stash since I'll start using it soon is my Girls' Night In kit:
I love the colors AND it came with chocolate.  Wool Warehouse shipped within a week from the UK again.  They also supplied a big organza project bag.  It is to blame for the somewhat fuzzy focus of the picture.  Jasmine the cat is right behind the bag and is attempting to bite it.  I like organza bags but unfortunately, so does Jasmine.  They are her favorite thing to chew on.  They also have ribbon drawstrings which are her second favorite thing to chew on.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Hygge shawl Jewel - week 5 of 14 is not actually done.  Picture another (yawn) 49 rows of plain single crochet on the end of this.

Hygge shawl Girls' Night In - stalking the letter carrier for the kit.

Yarnia blanket - square 2 of 40:
I decided to do each square twice with different dice rolls for each.  This way I'll end up with more of a blanket.  I'll also do one square a week instead of one every two weeks.  Best of all, there will be much stash used up.

Jack of the Green mystery socks, clue 2:

I've also started back up on my cross stitch project.  I've got several cross stitch things in progress that have been collecting dust for ages.  I'm determined to either finish or trash them.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Works in progress (or soon to be in progress) are:
Hygge shawl Jewel - week 4 of 14  nearly done.  This is week 3:
Hygge shawl Girls' Night In- kit ordered this morning

Yarnia blanket - square 1 of 20:

Jack of the Green mystery socks:  clue 1 (cuffs) done.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Finished Object Friday

The only thing I actually finished this week are the Yin Yang Kitty Socks:

Previously completed were the February Knit From Stash socks.  They are Tabular:

and Alluvial:

I'm itching for the first Yarnia quest to be posted.  I could work on my March Knit From Stash socks, but I think the quest will be more fun.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Two things are actually in progress.  I have this week's clue for the Hygge shawl.  I started March's Knit From Stash socks yesterday:
There is a pattern but it is lost in the stripes.  I didn't expect the yarn to be self-striping.  I like the stripes and am not charmed by the pattern.  The socks will stay as they are.

The first Yarnia clue comes out on Friday.  I'm looking forward to starting the game.

I know I said I wasn't going to do any more mystery sock knitalongs.  I did spot one where the pattern was free and the best yarn I had for it was from another abandoned knitalong.  I am not going to do it for sure, but the pattern is in my library.

Pussyhats Everywhere

They've taken on a life of their own.  I spotted this Kittenhat on Ravelry:

This is the runway at Milan Fashion Week:
Beyond the meaning of the hats, I also liked what Missoni did with the ribbing.  She says, "Pink is the new black."

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hygge Shawl - week 2

This week we did 24 rows of single crochet and then embroidered over what was crocheted.  The instructions have you crochet that red diamond section.  I struggled with it and then switched over to an embroidered chain stitch.  I found it much easier and it looks exactly like the crocheted method.

The cross-stitched part was very easy.  If you cross-stitch, imagine working on 5 count fabric with a single strand of thread.  It was that easy.  The hard part was trying to keep the back neat.  I hadn't planned on lining the shawl until now.  It definitely needs covering up.

I bailed on two knitalong projects.  The socks were coming out huge.  I didn't like them enough to start them over.  The yarn quantities were not working out at all on the shawl.  I didn't like the shawl enough to start it over with different yarn.

That brings my works in progress (or soon to be in progress) to:

  • Hygge shawl jewel - week 2 of 14 done

  • Hygge shawl pinks - waiting to order kit

  • Funky Faerie yarn - handspun from Phat Fiber kit, about half done

  • Yarnia blanket - pre-game information to be released tomorrow

  • Knit from Stash socks - March pattern due out next week

  • Saturday, February 18, 2017

    Stash Enhancement Saturday

    No, I have not any new stash.  Temptation is always there, though.  I found out that there's going to be one final colorway offered for the Hyugge shawl.  It's called Girls Night In and has a pink background.  I would've chosen it instead of the Jewel that I bought if it had been available originally.  It won't be available for purchase for a week or two so I might talk myself out of getting it.  (Like that will happen!)  Here's the first clue:

    I dug through my stash for the Yarnia blanket.  It looks like I'll be able to knit it completely from stash.  I'll have fun, a blanket, and two emptied-out storage buckets.  Woo hoo!

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    Work in Progress

    Mystery shawl, clues 2 and 3:
    Things are going well except that I've used up half of the speckled yarn and I'm not  up to the halfway point of the pattern yet.  I'm probably going to have to frog the last wedge and redo it with another color.  This will depend on what the middle clue looks like.  At least I have a plan.

    Valentine mystery socks:  clue 1 of the first sock is nearly done.  No picture because there's not that much to see.

    Hygge shawl:  clue 1 has been printed out.  I had to go down many hook sizes to get gauge.  This is not something that usually happens to me with crochet.  The hook does not play well with the yarn.  I have to decide if I want to spend many weeks fighting with a hook or moving up a couple sizes and risk running out of yarn.

    It's always something.

    Sunday, February 12, 2017


    I've signed up for yet another knitalong.  Yarnia:  The Grand Quest Blanket starts next month and runs nearly to the end of the year.

    The good news is that it will clear out a massive amount of worsted weight stash.  I should not have to buy anything.  I won't even need a set of multi-sided dice.  I have a Amazon Dot so all I have to do is ask Alexa to roll a 8-sided (or whatever) die and she give me the number.  I love the whole nerdiness of this.  I'll have a character just like you would in any role playing game.  I also have a cat companion in the game.

    The knitting part is double-knit squares done every two weeks.  I think I can manage that.

    If anyone happens by here that wants to play, know that there are discounts on the pattern almost to the end of April.  If you buy it early you get a bigger discount.

    Saturday, February 11, 2017

    Stash Enhancement Saturday

    It is actual stash yarn this time.  It is the Mad Geek Tour's The Game is Afoot for January.  The inspiration is the tv show Sherlock.  When I saw the colorway name, my first reaction was, "What does Franklin Habit's dog have to do with Sherlock Holmes?".  Rosamund is both a much-loved dog and a much-loved new daughter to Dr. Watson.  It is also a yarn in blue tones with just a bit of purple.

    Another lousy picture.  I promise to see if my little tablet takes better pictures than my little camera next time.

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    WIP Wednesday

    I made it through the first clue of my shawl.  I saw some other people's shawls and discovered that I'd missed a repeat of the holes in the pink stripe.  I was going to just let it be, then decided to frog and fix it:
    I'm struggling with the second clue.   Hopefully the second try at the second clue will work.

    It's becoming mystery knitalong time around here.  That shawl is one.  The crochet-along starts in a week, as does a pair of Valentine themed socks.

    Saturday, February 4, 2017

    Stash Enhancement Saturday

    I stopped trying to get a Phat Fiber sampler box some time ago.  In the rare case that I was online and thinking about it when the boxes were available, I usually clicked too slowly to claim one.   I checked on the boxes last month within a couple of hours of when they were released.  To my surprise, the boxes with mostly fluff (fiber, not yarn) were available.  Why not?  I went ahead and got one.
    The box has a fairy theme.  There are all sorts of mini batts and mini braids.  The pretty little bag at the upper right is full of goodies like stitch markers and buttons.  Apparently the bag also tastes good if you're a cat.  I had to hide it from Jasmine.

    Friday, February 3, 2017

    CAL Kit

    The yarn for the Scheepjes Hugge CAL arrived today.  Kudos to Wool Warehouse on the packaging.  The cardboard box was shipped in a plastic bag.  This is a big deal when one's mail deliverer tends to leave packages out in the rain.

    There must be a whole lot of people playing because the yarn (and buttons and charms) came nicely packaged like this:

    It looks like most of the activity will take place on Facebook.  Since I do not go there anymore, I was happy to see that there's another option for acquiring pattern updates.  I want to start right now!

    FO Friday

    I have been mostly cross stitching and not knitting.  Actually, I've been mostly playing (badly) various versons of Angry Birds on my new tablet.  Maybe I'll learn to use the camera part and take some better pictures.  It could happen.

    It's not fiber and I didn't make it as much as assembled it.  It's a Doctor Who charm bracelet.

    Feldspar socks, which I think are that last of 2016's Knit From Stash.  Or maybe they are January 2017.

    Slippery Slope socks.  This is a General Hogbuffer pattern and is a lot of fun.
    Leftie shawl.  It's a crescent shape and I lacked the space to spread it out to take a picture.  The Left in Leftie refers to leftover yarns that are used to make the stripes and leaves on the ends.  It is another fun pattern from  Martina Behm of Hitchhiker shawl fame.

    Started or almost started are two pair of February Knit from Stash socks. 

    I'm also in two shawl -alongs.  The knit one is the Not Seen Before MKAL.  I bought an e-book of patterns for charity.  I didn't have any big intentions of working any of the patterns until I got an email announcing the first clue in a knitalong.  Since it was a) not socks and b) something I could knit from stash, I decided to do it.  Seven different designers supply seven weekly clues.

    The other is Hygge Scheepjes CAL.  It is a rectangular shawl with patterns that are cross stitched on it.  Not only am I not knitting from stash, I ordered the yarn from England.  It is on the way.

    Friday, January 13, 2017

    FO Friday

    It has been more than a week since most of these were finished.
    O Dennenboom