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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tour de Sock prep

I dug out my TdS mug and a bunch of Doctor Who yarns.
It isn't just me and my silly camera making a dark picture.  Many of the colors are TARDIS blue and kind of dark.  I'll only need six, but this way I won't have to go digging when the time comes.  Time?  Signup is three days away.  The actual Tour is going to be later than the bike event and is about six weeks from now.  Guess who will do anything to avoid cleaning her house?

The yarns are:
  • Allons-y by Skeined Alive
  • Allons-y by Knitcircus
  • The Magician by Mad Color Fiber Arts
  • Oncoming Storm by Sheepy Time Knits
  • The New Time Vortex by Quaere Fibre
  • Medusa Cascade by Mad Color Fiber Arts
  • Slim and a little bit Foxy by Mad Color Fiber Arts
  • TARDIS blue by Knitivity
  • Bad Wolf by A Hundred Ravens
  • Six, a funky handspun by yours truly
If these aren't enough, there are more:
  • Time Traveler by Knit Picks (several skeins in stash)
  • June Doctor Who Club by Mad Color Fiber Arts
  • July Doctor Who Club by Mad Color Fiber Arts
  • English Rose by Malabrigo
The last one was another one of those things that had to be purchased even though I obviously didn't need it.  Dizzy Sheep is having a sale.  I needed a replacement needle and they sell Addi Turbos.  I couldn't buy just a needle, could I?  Don't answer that.  You'll see the three skeins on the next Stash Enhancement Saturday.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Finished Object Friday

Albion socks:

These were fun, although I am not sure I got the heel quite right.
Portwenn socks:

Yarn choice left a lot to be desired.  The designs don't show up at all (socks are even darker in person).  The amount of yarn was clearly a problem.  At least I found some stuff for the toes that has a shade that's in the main yarn.

May Knit From Stash socks:

I was knitting away on the Harley sweater last night when the needle separated from the cable.  I hate it when that happens.  They were some freebie needles so I've been pushing my luck using them.  I'm off to order some replacements.  Meanwhile, the sweater is on four short needles.  I don't think I'm crazy enough to try to work on it until the new needle arrives.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WIP Wednesday: yawn

I started the Professor Meow sweater.  There's nothing but several miles of gray stockinette stitch so I won't take a picture.

I did not work on my Harley sweater last week because I was working on Professor Meow.  Also, I completed three pair of socks.

Despite being kind of tired of socks, I signed up for Tour de Sock, Team TARDIS.
I've got several Who-related sock yarns, plus two more on the way before the Tour is done.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Oops

I've got three pair of socks going and no progress on any of them for this week.  The Knit From Stash ones are in the middle of a plain foot and I'm too bored with them to pick them up.  The two mystery socks were the oops.  They both are not set up so you get a notification that there's an update in Ravelry when the updates are posted.  I didn't think to look for them until a few minutes ago.  They are now printed out.

The Harley sweater is moving along, but not much to photograph.  It's half braids and baby cables and half plain knitting.

Here are the two latest Yarnia blanket squares:

The yarn is here for the Professor Meow sweater.  I wonder how long it will be before I'm tempted to start working on it?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stash Enhancement Saturday

I opened up the first package from Mad Color's Who-niverse club this week.  I said, "please don't let it be red" as I tore open the tissue.  I'm happy.
This colorway is called The Magician.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Finished Object Friday

I'm having a somewhat crabby day.  The pictures are what they are. 

I tried repeatedly to get a decent picture of the smallest cross stitch piece and you can see the lack of success.  It's on 40 count silk gauze (that's 40 silk threads per inch in both directions).  The jar lid is about an inch and a half across.  I'm not working that size ever again.

This one isn't quite done.  The wood is a needle box.  I haven't come up with a good way yet to mount the stitching in the oval-shaped recess.  I think I'll make some twisted cord to put around the edge.  The stitching itself is done.  That's 30 count fabric.  I don't think I'll be doing that size again, either.

Both of those sat in a box for somewhere between 10-20 years, so it is pleasing to me to have them done.

This is Dobby's Hidden Sock, a mystery knit along.  They look fairly ridiculous but fit pretty well.
I decided not to put backings on my Hygge shawls.  One is done.  I'll take a picture when I feel like using the camera.  Which I don't right now.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Socks and Shawls and Sweaters, oh my!

Socks:  both of the mystery socks are up to date and about half done.  The Knit From Stash sock is partway through the boring plain foot.
 Albion (mystery sock)
Portwenn (mystery sock)  Still can't see the anchor, but it is there.

Shawls:  I'm working on the borders.  Next task will be digging through my fabric stash for backing fabrics.

Sweaters:  yes, more than one.  Harley starts with a neck band with stitches picked up around it.
I'm going to do the Professor Meow Pullover and have yarn on the way.  I got some extra yarn and plan on extending the sleeves.  Some of us of a certain age have to give up on cap sleeves.  Can you say Bingo Wings?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Startitis Attack

I'm caught up with my Hygge shawls.  I think it gets finished this week, border next week, and backing the week after.   I'll take pictures when they are done.

I'm up to date with my Yarnia squares.

I started the May Knit From Stash sock:
This is when the Startitis began.  Two free patterns for mystery sock knitalongs suddenly appeared in my queue.  Why?  One was from General Hogbuffer and I enjoy his stuff:

The other was inspired by the tv show Doc Martin, which I like.  Can you see the anchor made by the purl stitches?
Then there was some yarn that I wanted to use immediately.   I am really close to frogging this and making myself wait until I find a better pattern.  I still like the yarn but this looks a bit too close to clown barf for me to continue with it.
I still have yarn and a pattern for a sweater that I haven't started yet.  I really do need to finish something.