August Shop Update: All the Colors

August 27th, 2015 No comments

This month’s update was all about color variations.  Also the sale in the shop is still in its last days in celebration of my birthday. Use the code Birthday to get 15% off everything in the shop until 8/31.  Also I have changed the name of the shop. The new link is https://www.etsy.com/shop/OneGeekCraft  but midnightscribbles will still work.

The yarn skien markers are available in a few more colors as well as year of the sheep available in each color of the rainbow.

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I’m slowly adding multicolor yarn skein sets.

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Pop Art Stitch Markers and Earrings 

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A collection that has been out of stock for a while is back in stock. Some of  the houses of Westeros.

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Captain America Markers available in Knit, Crochet, and House Sock

 

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The Home Stretch

August 19th, 2015 No comments

Pumpkin Ale is coming along. I am working on the right sleeve now which leaves, the left and the front border. With three skeins of yarn remaining, my plan is to finish the sleeves which I am making full length and knit as much of the border as the remaining yarn allows.

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The sweater fits well, as far as I can tell at this point and it looks like it was a good plan on my part to go down a needle size.  Worsted weight sweater on  size 4s. Here’s hoping the next post about this sweater is a finished object post!

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Looking Forward

August 13th, 2015 No comments

The Pumpkin Ale Sweater is going well.  I am currently working on the left side panel and hope to be done with the sweater in another week or two.  I’m also keeping an eye on my yarn levels as some notes mention that you tend to need a ball more than the pattern call for. I still have five balls untouched so I think *knocks on wood* that I should be fine.

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So of course I am thinking about my next sweater. I have a few options. I do still plan on finishing Bayside. I have the yarn chosen for Alta. I just have to swatch again. I have sweater worth’s of yarn in grey, black, red, and black again. So the next step is to finish this sweater and cast on the next.  I think I will attempt to be sensible and cast on Alta. Who knows what the next few weeks will bring.

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Some Sewing Fun

August 10th, 2015 No comments

I’ve been sneaking some time at the sewing machine these last few weeks. Not to do something sensible like finish my dress but to start sewing notions bags.  I have a few shapes in mind but I have started with my first shape, a rectangle.

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I made my first prototype and I was hooked. A friend who also does quilting then brought me to her favorite fabric store. I want to say I was completely reasonable and restrained, but that would be a lie. Once a stasher always a stasher.  So with all my purchases the only sensible thing to do was, cut fabric and make more bags.

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Here you can see some of the fabrics I made off with in my one visit to the shop.  I started sewing and was having a great time.  I finished four bags this round.  A couple have some oddities in them but I think I am on track for a Sept/Oct release date in the shop.

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The bags are about 4″x3″ and can hold the usual notions, pretty easily. And as you can see from my fabric selection, Halloween and geekery will be well represented this first round.

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Birthday Sale

August 7th, 2015 No comments

On Sunday I turn 21! *cough* 31 *cough* I’m amused by that typo so I shall leave it there. So in celebration lets have a sale over at the etsy shop.  Use the code  Birthday for 15% off. The code will be good until 8/31!

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A Week’s Worth of Progress

August 5th, 2015 No comments

The Pumpkin Ale sweater continues to grow.  The back piece is now just under 18″.  With around 60 rows to go before I do the shoulders.  Then it will be the fun of picking up stitches for the rest of the sweater.

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If I continue to move at my current pace I think that will happen around Friday or Saturday. as I seem to get done about 40 or so rows of the sweater a day. Two of 11 balls of yarn finished and I’m still enjoying it so far. We’ll see where I am next week when I have to pick up stitches.

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WIPW: Heatwave Pumpkin Ale

July 29th, 2015 No comments

What better time to start a sweater than at the start of another heat wave? Probably any other time. But I have once again been bitten by the start something new bug. So I decided to make a Pumpkin Ale out of the blue sweater worth of yarn I purchased on Black Friday.

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Partly because the office/guest/craft room remains an impenetrable fortress of heat during weather like this. The new furry member of the apartment acts more like a puppy than a cat which means the door to the room must remain shut and not share the A/C from the living room. So sewing and beading are pretty much out for the rest of the week.  Clearly this means cast on a sweater…

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This is going to be an adventure as the last multiple day heat wave coincided with when I had planned to focus and finish my Bayside sweater. Granted this one is currently much smaller, and there will be no alternating skeins so much less wool to cover me.  I may come out of the other end with some progress. I also realized that I actually can have and use three Rhinebeck sweaters this year. I will be vending Friday night at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show, so what better reason to add another sweater or two to the pile with Rhinebeck deadlines.  I think this means I should also get working on my Alta which I swatched for ages ago. But never cast on as the swatch was way way way off.

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So surprise goal, or semi surprise goal I want, three new sweaters done by Oct. 15th. That’s 77 days or 11 weeks. Bayside is past the halfway point, as I did add a few more inches to the body before I decided it was much to hot to work on.  I think I am 6 inches from the edging then would need to add sleeves.

 

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July Shop Update: Hogwarts!

July 26th, 2015 No comments

This month there is a lot of Hogwarts as I rounded out the last 5 years of the collections. I had done Year 1 and 2 back in April I think. Here now are years 3 – 7.  These markers were really fun to make.  I may have to make more sets, like DADA professors, individual Death Eaters, the Order, the animals of the series etc…

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And I’m sure just the start of regular marker sets on the same theme.  Death Eaters

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Many Many more colors in the Yarn Skein Earrings.

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And Yarn Skein Pendants or Key Chains if you would rather.

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Spinning Progress

July 24th, 2015 No comments

So once I finished the baby blanket and lost all the images from the shower (my SD card died AFTER the party). I started spinning for the tour. Right before the tour started, I took stock of my projects in progress.

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I finished a few things from that list.

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The blue and green tidbits from Hobbledehoy plyed into a 33 yard 2 ply.  I also finished the rainbow fiber I started in May.

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I had been planning ply it with some glow in the dark fiber, but it is proving more difficult to spin than I had expected, so right now I just have the finished 2oz, and a plan for yarn that glows in the dark. It might be time to break out the hand cards.

 

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Where Does the Time Go

July 9th, 2015 Comments off

We are down half  of the year. So how are the 2015 goals progressing? I think pretty on track to show good progress on the next check in.

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1. Four more sweaters in 2015. That’s one a season, totally reasonable, and I would like at least 2 to be pullovers, and at least one to be done in pieces. its about time I got to building a sweater. And right now I have the yarn for a few sweaters!
1. Alta – Green Gloss DK –  swatch is done and wayyy off. I’m losing about 4 stitches every 4 inches. Math will have to be done.
2. Stripes Gone Crazy – Cashmere Wool Blend
3. Blue Wool of the Andes
4. Eco Wool
5. Bayside
6. Wine colored Sock yarn

Well I have one Sweater down, 3 to go.  Bug Warmer from Yesterday. 
2. More craft fairs – I want to do more vending (VKLive happened!) I vended at the BKCG WWKIP again, did Funday Sunday on Smith Street, and will be doing the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk show the Friday of Rhinebeck.  I now have an Events page where you can keep up to date on where I shall be popping up.
3. More Spinning. Joining the DSPAKAL means I will start my year spinning. The 680 yard loop bump seems to have that covered, even if I haven’t had a chance to spin since the tour de fleece started 
1. Six complete spinning projects for the year (knitting handspun or spinning a project) – Hitchhiker is done, the loop bump above, and a few squares on the  sock blanket. 
2. Get one of the spindles I have been eying maybe as a reward for hitting the 50% mark(Uh – I may now own two Turtle Made spindles, an Aaron Makes stuff spindle, and a Golding)
4. Socks!!!! I have two actual pairs on the needles. I have cast on Hermione’s Everyday socks…Now where did I put them…
5. As I mentioned yesterday, more collaborations.Clubs, Giveaways, Stitches South!
6. Updating the graphics of the blog and published patterns (new laptop should help get this going but its still a work in progress) 
7. Gloves! Both the designing of and knitting of other patterns – My Thrummed flip top mittens are a start right? a still incomplete start but a start
8. Designing – So many swatches guys – SO MANY – Submissions! Things are out, patterns are being written
9. Plan another epic birthday – there may be zombies  whiskey

 

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And the 12 in 2015
1. Alta Swatched
2. Stripes Gone CrazyBeen pondering making another pullover with the yarn
3. Bayside sleeves separated and approaching the body increases decreases
4. Handspun Socks take two
5. Blanket – Cozy Memories Blanket
6. Gloves – Thrummed flip top mitts
7. Flintshire Take II – well I used the yarn for mitts. but a red flintshire would work too.
8. Release a Cowl Design – couple different swatches floating around and a pattern on the needles 
9. Handspun Hat with Luxury tribbles – Cashmere! Yak!
10. Thrummed Hat! – I don’t wear mittens but a Hat would be great.Likely not as then there would have to be lining.
11. A Colorwork project
12. Christmas Ornaments – After setting up the tree this year we noted it was lacking in handmade, personal items. Especially in the home of two crafters.

 

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