Saturday, October 7, 2017

Still knitting

...but obviously not posting much.  The good news is that a pretty shiny new laptop is on the way.  A couple of weeks and I will be back to semi-normal here.

Skacel, the people who brought us Addi Turbo needles, has something new that I can't wait to try.  They are called addi FlexiFlips.  Imagine a cross between a dpn and a circular needle.  You put half of your stitches on one needle, half on a second, and you knit with the third.  I can't get a link to the exact page, but you can find them at  www.skacelknitting.com.

I got a new ball winder recently.  If they make yarn cakes, why don't the call them cake winders?  Anyway, I am happy with it.  I was using a used Royal which was a guaranteed to tangle and was a total nightmare.  I can see why the person sold it.  The new one is by Stanwood Needlecraft and I got it from Amazon.  It is much sturdier and will handle bigger skeins and thicker yarns.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

I'm back...

...but so far, my computer is not.  It isn't sure there's a hard drive.  Sigh.  In the meantime I am finally learning a thing or three about this iPad.  If the post is squirrelly it is because l haven't learned enough yet.

Tour de Sock is over.  I don't know my numerical finish yet.  I finished 5 of the six socks.  The last one was a total nightmare.  The fastest person took over two days to complete them.  If that sounds fast, the same person could usually do a pair in 12 hours or so.  Only 36 people finished by the end.  It was colorwork with a very particular way of handling the floats.  You couldn't work more than 3 stitches before having to change colors, making a stitch, or knitting two together using a specific color.  Basically you had to keep track of colors on both the inside and outside of the sock.  I admire everyone who finished.

Yarnia Blanket is up to date.  I'm reasonably sure it can be finished from stash.

Stash has been enhanced a little bit.  I got two color ways from Witch Candy.  They are Circus Act and Liberty and Yarn for All.  No pictures yet because I haven't worked out how to do it from here yet.

I started some socks after giving up on the Tour.  Shark Bite is done.  I tried two slightly different ways of doing the colorwork.  One came out better than the other so I know what not to do next time.
Shark Bite II is almost done.

I'm a fan of Hunter Hammersen so I got a copy of the new version of Silk Road Socks when it came out.  The designs are inspired by Oriental rugs.  I'm most of the way through a pair using yarn called Stars Hollow.

Coming soon:  a mystery shawl knitalong using a whole bunch of little leftovers.  Also,maybe a few pictures if I work out how.

ETA:  no luck with the pictures.  However, I was able to add them to my Ravelry stash with no problem at ALL.    Rav even knew I was uploading from an iPad.  Casey is my hero.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Tour de Sock 2017 - Sock 5


After having to reknit 2/3 of one sock due to a mis-crossed cable, I was in no mood to fight with the camera.  The pictures I took for judging show up really dark here and are even harder to see.  Perhaps in the morning I'll do a replacement.  Fingers crossed that I don't have to redo the judging pictures also.

ETA:  judging pictures went through.  76th on this pair, 50th overall through previous sock.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Finished Object Friday

It's Frida Kathlo.  She's propped up by the thirty or so squares for my Yarnia blanket.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tour de Sock 2017-Sock 4

Mosaic Marbles:
ETA:  second on my team, 60th on sock 4, 56 overall through sock 3.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Stash Enhancement Saturday

I had to have the whole set of the Beatlemania skeins.  This is the White Album.  You can order skeins where the stripes match exactly or two different ones.  I got the different ones, Disc A and Disc B.  The minis were not necessary, but they match the Sgt. Pepper skein and they are each named after a Beatle.  They might be fun to do cuff/heel/toe while using the White Album skeins.

I haven't used any of Must Stash's yarn yet.  It does seem like a good quality.  They communicate well and ship promptly.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WIP Wednesday

I got a couple more inches done on the Harley sweater.  At this rate, it will be cold enough to wear it when it gets done.

Yarnia squares are almost up to date:


I have the next clue for the Don't Panic shawl but haven't started it yet.  This is the first two clues:
It will continue to get more colorful.

The queue of things to follow is magically getting longer.  Several socks patterns and several yarns are calling to me.  I'm trying to not listen.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Tour de Sock 2017 - Sock 3

What you can't see are alternating sections of cables.  The top has a picot border and the heel continues the pattern down from the leg.  This got me a bonus point.  It was a minor nightmare trying to get the required pictures for judging because of the wild and crazy yarn I chose. 

I finished within an hour of the person on my team who finished first.  I also finished ten places higher overall, which got my team a few more points.  Yay!

ETA:  Overall standing, 69.  Standing on sock 3:  67.  Team TARDIS - Doctors 14th.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Is it just me?

I was disappointed in some yarn that I got today.  I ordered this:

 and got this:

It's close, I suppose, but much more brown than I expected.


I also ordered this:
and got this:
Not close at all.  Or is it just me?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WIP Wednesday

I spun all of the Phat Fiber samples into a single ball.  I thought that plying them together would result in mud.  I didn't feel like spinning something to ply with them.  I decided that I would use them with some DK to end up with something worsted-ish weight to use with the Yarnia squares.  Here's the first one:
The whole thing is a knit from stash project so it works okay for me.

I started a shawl knitalong.  I know, the perfect thing to do when I drop everything for Tour de Sock every few days.  It has a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy theme, so I had to do it.  I even have a project bag for it.  Also, it reduces my stash.  I bought a Lace Ball (laceweight version of Zauberball Crazy) by accident last year and really ought to use it up.  It looks pretty tame now, but I'm only 30 rounds in:
We get another clue tomorrow. 

On Friday there's a new Yarnia square AND a new Tour de Sock project.  I won't be around until the TdS is done and that might be some time.  The clue we got reminded me of the two previous  TdS projects I gave up on because of spectacularly difficult construction.

Here's what I would've posted on Saturday:
It is called Land of Submarines and I love it.  It is the second in Must Stash's Beatlemania series.  The paper in the background is a coloring page for creating your own colorway.  I'm going to save it and maybe use it for an embroidery project.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Stash Enhancement Saturday

I've been on a bit of a rampage.  I haven't bought a Phat Fiber box in awhile so I did.  I was a little concerned when it said it was a mixed box.  I wanted fluff to spin and not mini skeins.  I didn't need to worry.  It was almost all fluff:
Great, another fabulous photograph.  Sorry about that.  There were a bunch of stitch marker samples and some other goodies.


I have had the Shark Bite socks in my maybe queue for quite some time.  When I discovered there was a follow up pair, I got both kits.  This is the original, complete with cute shark stitch marker:
It came with a 100 yarn sample skein:
All came from Unplanned Peacock Studio.


This is the second kit, from Jimmy Beans Wool.  I was a little bit bummed out when I saw that the main color, a limited edition colorway, had been sold out.  Oh, well.  It's still Lorna's Laces and that's a good thing.


The Yellow Submarine yarn is supposed to arrive on Monday.  The National Parks yarn are still a week or two away.  I'm still stalking Witch Candy to see if any more of that Statue of Liberty yarn will appear.


This is some funky handspun to be used for my Yarnia blanket:



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tour de Sock 2017 - Sock 2

The pattern is called Kanteletar, which is the name of a collection of Finnish folk poetry.  I think it might actually mean "you mean there are people in other countries who are unable to knit a pair of colorwork socks in 8 hours?".

Now I am going to feed the cat and feed me.

ETA:  I made it through the judging check, yay!  I'm second on my team this time and 76th overall.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stash Enhancement Saturday

The last shipment from Mad Color's Who-niverse theme:
The colorway is A Different Kind of Living.  The bag from JessaLu is well made but I am so very tired of project bags that are light blue.  I have at least a half-dozen of them.

This is Sgt.'s Score from Must Stash:
The name refers to the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  This is the one where I want to get the whole set. They do a summer concert tour and this summer it is Beatlemania.  The other two colors are inspired by Yellow Submarine (gorgeous light blue/yellow/white stripes with a solid yellow for heels toes and cuffs) and the White Album.  Must Stash does self-striping where you get two identical skeins.  Perfect for those who must have totally matching socks.

I was on Etsy and discovered that the yarn I wanted comes from someone who was on vacation.  I started clicking and looking around and next thing you know, a couple of skeins are on the way from Knitted Wit.  There's a whole bunch of yarns that are inspired by various National Parks.  I was good.  I have no intention of buying the whole series.  I chose two from parks that I've actually visited, Acadia and Yellowstone.



Friday, July 21, 2017

Finished Object Friday

Shawlette is done:

I decided that I didn't want to work on the sweater that's my only current work in progress.  I dug out a braid of  wool and am spinning it.  Hopefully it will result in enough yarn to add to my Yarnia project.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WIP Wednesday

I'm caught up on my Yarnia squares with this one:


I'm 7 stripes from being done with the flag shawlette.

Nothing new on the Harley sweater.

I'm trying to not start anything new.  The next Yarnia pattern comes out Saturday-ish.  The next Tour de Sock entry begins at 3 pm on Tuesday. 

You know what happens when I'm not knitting anything?  Stash enhancement.  Only one skein is on the way so far.  It is the first of three Beatles-themed yarns and I have to collect the whole set.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tour de Sock 2017: Sock 1

Pattern is called Fins.  I can't help but wonder if it is a little joke referring to the nationality of most of the first people to finish.  (That last one wasn't meant as a pun.  My brain just does that sometimes.)

I've slowed down since last year.  Part of the problem was very splitty yarn and size 00 needles.  Not a great combination, especially when knitting for time.  For this round I am 77th out of a maximum of 1698 and 3rd of 7 on Team TARDIS - Doctors.

Speaking of time, welcome to the Whoniverse, Jodie Whittaker.  With all the foreshadowing in the most recent season, I would've been shocked had a non-woman been named as the next Doctor.  New showrunner, new Doctor, maybe new companions should make the next season big fun.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

WIP Thursday

Is this the start of a new trend?  I was all set to post yesterday when the camera wanted a recharge.  Then I wanted one.

Yarnia blanket:  One more square and I'm caught up and halfway done.  These are a couple of the bonus squares that aren't actually part of the Yarnia game:
 

These are the other ones.  I caught the cat asleep on them so they have the purr of approval:

I got the increases corrected on the Harley sweater and am working away onthe body:

Here's the flag shawlette so far:
The sweater and the shawlette are both boring so I've been alternating working on them.  Knit knit knit with an occasional row of cable twists for the sweater.  Knit knit knit with a couple of increases and a decrease on the shawlette.  I'm trying to keep from anything complicated so that I'm free to jump on Tour de Sock in two days.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

WIP Thursday

I was in the frog pond yesterday so I didn't get the post up in a timely fashion.  No, not an actual pond with frogs in it.  It was the taking knitting apart kind of frogging.  Here's what happened with last week's things:

Tour de Sock #1:  Swatch complete.  I will be using size 00 needles.  I am not happy about this, but the new carbon fiber needles may make it less unpleasant.

Zombie Kitty socks:  done.  That's all I have to say about them.

Yarnia blanket:  caught up.  No pictures of the new squares yet because they are sitting under the Zombie Kitty socks and I'm ignoring them.  The socks, not the squares.

Harley sweater:  I started working on it.  It turned out that I was not where I thought I was in the pattern.  This is what happens when something goes into hibernation suddenly and you don't write down where you were at.  I spent more than a few hours frogging and counting.  I'm about ready to restart.  I think I did two sets of increases where I should've only done one.  D'oh.

Protest is Patriotic shawlette:  I did start it and maybe I'll take a picture next week.  The one think I would recommend to anyone making it is to go stash diving for the blue.  It doesn't take that much, maybe 30 or 40 yards.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WIP Wednesday

With two and a half weeks to go until Tour de Sock, I'm trying to finish projects instead of starting new ones.   New ones are whispering Start Me, though.

Tour de Sock #1:  we got the technical information a couple of days ago.  I swatched and discovered I'll need to go below a size 0.  I ordered size 00 and size 000 dpns.  Delivery confirmation says they are in the mailbox (across the road) so I may be swatching again soon.

Zombie Kitty socks:  cuff done on sock #2.  I have second sock syndrome with this pair.  I'm alternating working a little bit on this with doing a section on the next one.

Yarnia blanket:  the first square of week 9 is just barely started.

Harley sweater:  remains untouched.  It is likely to go into hibernation.  It's a large garment made from a wool and alpaca blend.  It's summer.  I live in Georgia.  My air conditioning needs work.

Protest is Patriotic shawlette:  this one is whispering pretty loudly.  I bought the yarn which is all madelinetosh light.  Zombie Kitty may be sent to the litter box if it makes any more noise.


Frida Kathlo:  she's waiting patiently so far.  I need to dig out yarn for some tiny flowers and some for a tiny shawl.  I'm saving that task for the next time frustration hits and I need to walk away from the needles.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Stash Enhancement Saturday

It is three weeks to the start of Tour de Sock and over 1500 people have signed up already.  That's well over $10,000 for Doctors Without Borders.  How cool is that?  I got some yarn this week from two of the Tour's sponsors.

These two are from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  Both are BFL.  The pink one is China Rose.  The blue one is Stars Hollow.

These three are from Invictus.  The top one is TDS Party Confetti, MCN.

The middle one is Roll Credits, a merino/nylon blend.  This is Doctor Who-related so I may use it in place of one of the colors I already picked out for the Tour.  It should give us a point or two.

The bottom one is also a TdS special called TDS Party.  Merino and silk.  Mmmmm, shiny!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WIP Wednesday

I've dropped everything else so I can get the two Welcome Blankets done.  Part of it is because they need to be where they are going in July.  Part of it is because I don't want anything in the way when Tour de Sock starts.  This is the first one.  There's one more strip of triangles partly finished.


The second blanket is blue and white.  The squares will make diamond shapes instead of triangles on that one.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stash Enhancement Saturday

The May "Who-niverse" offering from the Mad Geek Tour:
It's called Singing Towers of Darillium.

New yarn that's gone directly to WIP are some red, white, and blue bulky weight.   Check out Welcome Blanket for more information.  The pattern designer is the same one behind Pussyhats.

My mug stash is almost as ridiculous as my sock yarn stash.  I'm tempted to get this one.  I don't care for politics, but I've found some running mates that I can get behind. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Yarnia blanket:  The squares with borders on them are not exactly from the Yarnia project.  They are by the same designer with a border someone invented to make the squares the same size as the blanket squares.  I'm doing 8 of these.  I think a 6 x 8 square blanket (48 squares) will work out better than a 5 x 8 (40 squares).





These socks are the Tour de Sock warmup pattern.  If they are done with two nicely contrasting solid yarns, they are really pretty. If they are not, you get Zombie Kitty:



The main color is Lorna's Laces Zombie BBQ, which I won in a drawing a couple of TdS ago.  The contrast is Wollmeise So Long Kitty.  That's where the name came from.

I have not worked on Harley this week.  I did get the new needle yesterday and I did get a picture of what's done so far.  The neckband is a braid (sandwiched between two cables) and the same braid runs down both sleeves.  The body/sleeve increases are done the either side of little cables:

Welcome Blanket is still waiting for the yarn to arrive from the UK any day now.

Frida Kathlo will be started just as soon as either Zombie Kitty or Harley does something to make me want to scream and throw things.  I discovered that I have just about enough yarn left from the Professor Meow sweater to make her.  Seems like the right use for the yarn.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Stash Enhancement Saturday

My order from Miss Babs arrived.  This is Mad Hatter:
This is Angelina:
Angelina was meant to go with some other colors for a Tour de Sock project.  It is a little bit more orange in real life and that doesn't work with the other colors.

On the way is an order from Blue Moon and this month's Who club item.  I'm also going to use my TdS code for Invictus for some totally unnecessary stash yarn.  I'm got until the end of July for that one so I'm attempting to hold off for awhile.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Finished Object Friday

I think I finished this last week.  There's no good excuse for it not to be blocked yet.  The original only has ribbing at the sleeves.  I made them a little longer.  The Professor Meow Sweater:

The only WIPs are the Harley sweater which I can't work on until the new needle arrives and it hasn't even been shipped yet, and the Yarnia blanket squares.  I'm on the last of some extra squares I'm doing so I don't get behind during Tour de Sock.

I've got yarn on order for a Welcome Blanket.  It's a lap blanket and they are being collected to distribute to refugees.  Don't build walls, knit blankets!

I'm debating on whether or not to do the Tour de Sock warm up pattern.  It's not required for the Tour, just a nice pattern to tune up everyone's fingers and needles.  Maybe I'll go see what I've got in stash that might work.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday. Not.

Yarnia squares are all up to date and the new pattern will appear over the weekend.

Rant begins:
I bought a series of sock patterns and am officially not going to do any more of them.  There were a couple of technical issues with one or two that I could live with.  What I could not live with was the most recent one.  The designer was unable to upload the pattern as we were meant to get it.  What we got did not have a picture.  She posted the picture on a social media site where I do not have an account.  If I'd had the picture, it would have been instantly clear that the written instructions for the heel did not work.  Apparently one needed to do two pages of math calculations to have it come out correctly.  We were not even given a link to this heel pattern.  It is supposed to correct a fit problem that I don't even have.  And did I mention that it was a short sock and the pattern called for a 420 yard skein of yarn? 

Life is too short to knit badly written patterns.
Rant ends.

I went back to working on my Harley sweater which I should not have done after my sock tantrum.  When I started losing stitch markers and spent more time swearing than knitting, I knew it was time to stop.  I'll leave it alone until the longer needle appears.

Yarn for Tour de Sock is mostly selected and in project bags.   I wasn't able to use a lot of sponsor yarn (team gets extra points if you do).  I did make my goal of selecting one Doctor Who-themed yarn for each sock, though.  Did I post that already?  Time for this crabby knitter to go fix some dinner.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Stash Enhancement Saturday

I got my order from Dizzy Sheep.  The needles that prompted the order in the first place need to be longer.  Totally my fault.  I'm still glad I ordered the yarns.

Malabrigo Mechita, colorway English Rose:

Schoppel Crazy Zauberball, colorway Pale Shimmer:
Lang Mille Colori:
That last one is a bit Noro-like, only with a more even texture.

I've used a great deal of restraint in the use of my Tour de Sock discount codes.  I've only done one order so far (Miss Babs).  My yarn goal for Tour de Sock is to have each pair use at least one yarn that has something to do with Doctor Who.  English Rose (above) is a little bit of a stretch, but it completes that goal.

We get extra points for using sponsor yarn.  Not many of them have anything beyond TARDIS blue.  I've got enough of that.  I think I'll knit fast enough to make up for not using that much sponsor yarn.  I still want to support the sponsors, so more may be purchased.  I think I'll go check on Invictus and see if she's got anything new that I must have.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Work in Progress Wednesday

Two new Yarnia blanket squares:


Just like last week, no progress on the Harley sweater.  A replacement needle is on the way.

I'm about 3/4 of the way through the Professor Meow sweater.  It's a big cat face on the front of the sweater.  It is just to the point where the face starts to shape into something, so nothing to show but a bunch of gray and black stockinette stitch.

June's Knit from Stash pattern should be showing up any time now.