Back To Bayside

March 23rd, 2015 No comments

Hmm, with a title like that one has to ask if everyone has seen the  actual return to Bayside High on Jimmy Fallon.  If not, relive it, marvel at it how little the cast seems to have changed.  I remember the last time I got to sleeve separation wondering  of it might be too big a sweater but trucking along anyway.  This time I have tried it on, with an epic fail of dropped stitches despite the life line, and it fits well.

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The other pro is after I got to sleeve separation,  it was much faster. Juggling three skeins off yarn means this time around would never be as fast, and without the pending Nerd Wars deadline, I’m less inclined to work on it exclusively. It’s good progress, and well on its way to being the first finished sweater of the year. Alta is waiting in the wings to be  next in line.

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March Shop Update: Space Cowboys

March 21st, 2015 No comments

This is a bit of an eclectic shop update. The Supernatural, Fairy Tales, Browncoats, Archeologists, Princesses, and more. The two collections this month though are both about sharp shooting, space adventurers.

Collections: Firefly and Dr. River Song

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Regular Stitch Markers Mermaids, Poisoned Apple, Wine and Chocolate, Impala

 

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Half Elven Markers: Union Jack

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Another Mini Skein Down

March 18th, 2015 No comments

So I finished the sampler I spin up on my new Aaron Makes Stuff Spindle.  The hobbledehoy fiber was, varying shades of blue, brown, and sparkle.

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It actually made me think a bit of the 10th Doctor, and  his brown and blue suit. Or that may be more on my mind as I signed up for a sewing class to brush up on my skills.

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Winding the fiber up into a center pull ball had me thinking that there wouldn’t be much when I plyed the fiber.  With that in mind I decided not to do a 3 plyy and instead do another 2 ply.

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I ended up with a 40 yard mini skein.  There maybe indeed be mini skein blanket in my future.

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Spindle Problem

March 13th, 2015 1 comment

I may have purchased another drop spindle.  I may need to go cold turkey on spindle and fiber purchases for a while. It’s from Aaron Makes Stuff a spindle maker I have been following for quite some time.

 

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While I have been keeping an eye out to get one of his black colored pencil spindles.When I saw this Ebony and Holly spindle I may have jumped on it.

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Along with my hobbledehoy titbits I received this sampler tribble that I may have spun up most of it during knit night.

 

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It sparkles, and once I’m done I plan to add it to my mini skein possible yarn blanket plot. We’ll see how that goes.

 

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WIPW: Cold Weather Edition

March 11th, 2015 No comments

It’s finally warming up here.  It even rained. So of course I am well on my way on two projects for the bitter cold, and plan on starting another sweater soon.  Just in time for spring? Assuming we don’t get another cold snap or a snow storm on April 1st.

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The thrummed flip top mittens are going pretty well. I started on the second cuff and the thumb and flip top are all that is missing from the first glove.

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I also cast on the Urban Forest Hat in Zealana Kauri. I won the prize from the awesome Pigskin party BostonJen ran for the NFL season. I have two skeins of the yarn, and have started on the main chart.  I went up a few needle sizes so I am making the child’s size as its around the usual number of stitches I cast on for a hat with those needles.  We’ll see if there is frogging in my future but so far it looks pretty good.

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Casting on this hat, did get me to realize there are quite a few more skeins I have to add to my Raverly stash as these weren’t in there. I was starting to think I was nearly done. Silly me.

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WIP Weds.: Thrummed Mittens

March 4th, 2015 No comments

I have been making quite the progress on my thrummed mittens. Which is good. I’m getting bitten by the sweater making bug. Swatches will be happening now that my new cables arrived in the mail.

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This is my first time thrumming and so far it is going well. As far as I can tell at least.  The darker colors on the bottom are harder to see than than the brighter ones.

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Once these are done they will be puffy hand wear.  But I figure I will be wearing them on the coldest days, and have my black ones for regular days. Or…make another not thrummed pair. Its not like I lack yarn.

 

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Mitten Plot

March 3rd, 2015 No comments

I’ve wanted another pair of gloves for a while and I’m going to be making another pair of flip top mittens with  thrumming. I can’t even call what I’m doing a pattern anymore. I’m making longer cuffs, different stitches, possibly starting a pattern.  At this point I have to write it all down so I can make the other hand.

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I have  some of the fiber tidbits I got and hopefully I will be working my way along. For the more sensible, the two patterns I was in theory working  with are, Convertible Thrummed Mittens and  Chilly Podster Gloves both of which happen to be free.

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After  being a bit indecisive, and conferring with Instagram I am making the pair, out of Cephalopod Traveler, instead of the pashmina.

 

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Weekend Rikke

March 2nd, 2015 No comments

Friday night I cast on a Rikke hat for the Rikke hat along that was happening on instagram.  I seem to have finished said hat by Sunday afternoon.

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This is my second Rikke Hat, the first I made for my sister, and somehow took a few months to finish it as I kept working on and off on it.  This time, on Saturday I had a few hours at the salon, so I was a captive knitter. I worked my way through the needle changes and had about 5 inches of hat.

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And on Sunday I ended up at the yarn shop for a couple hours and I finished the hat! One complete Rikke in Dirty on Purpose.  So another hat made. Now for the gloves.

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Falling Into Place

February 25th, 2015 No comments

It’s cold in the Northeast. I know cold in February, you are shocked, I know.  It does  mean these stabilicers are my new best friend.

stabilicers_llbeanThey mean only plans will be falling into place and you know not me!  So I have been enhancing the stash. Remember when I mentioned making a handspun  memories blanket? Well I may have a jar where I have started collecting my leftover sock weight mini skeins, leftovers, samples, etc. And then I saw the hobbledehoy tidbits.

hobbledehoy-tidbitsWhy not make a pile of mini – skeins as I try to keep up the spinning,  quick gratification. I think I will try some spinning techniques and the like I haven’t gotten to.  Also making to keep up using my new spindles. At knit night I grabbed as skein of Madeline Tosh Pashmina in Spectrum.

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And I decided that flip top thrummed mittens were what i needed in my life. Needles and fiber are arriving in the mail any day now and I shall get started.

 

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One and a Half Clues Down

February 23rd, 2015 No comments

I’m making progress on catching up on my Follow Your Arrow 2 KAL.  I have finished clue 3A.  Which I decided to do in all black. I had pondered stranding but there would have been really long floats for a few few rows and that seemed like asking for trouble.

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I started on clue 4A  during the Oscars and made it through the first 14 rows. I kept getting detoured by things like dinner, cake, and the cat. Not a bad bit of progress for one night.

IMG_8863I also settled on what I shall be doing for clue 5. I will be working on clue 5B with in red the last couple rows and bind off in black.  A plan of action, now I just have to stick to it.

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