This weeks post theme is Ugly. I saw this and had quite a bit of pause. What does one talk about on a blog where they make /photograph everything where does ugly fit in. Then I thought about other meanings of the word and of all the places my mind went I settled on socks.
Spring is here. In theory. It has at least gotten warmer since my pictures from the first day of spring.
Earrings – To Boldly Go with the three TOS uniform colors, Science, Leadership and Engineering. And the Skein Earrings are coming back in a variety of categories. There will be sparkle yarn in the next update. This time, we are adding neon!
Stitch Markers - Spring Showers, Hogwarts House Pride, Vera & Jayne, Wonder Woman, Agent Carter, and To Hogwarts!
Restocking – Fourth Doctor Earrings, Single Skein Earrings,
Cast on on labor day 2012 using hand spun that took three months to finish even with the Tour de Fleece right in the middle of that. My Hitchhiker is finally done. Finally!
I ended up with about 2 grams of fiber left after binding off. The last time I mentioned working on it was back in August where I mention it has 23 teeth currently and the finished skein of handspun was 462 yards. I think I added another set of teeth or two in that period. Maybe.
A garter shawl is a great project to complete in the dark, which is one of the reasons I chose it, as the Lothlorien Cape has just a bit too much detail to go wild on in the dark and why not finish a long languishing project while hearing the story of Frodo and the Ring set to live music? We even got a speech from Howard Shore, at the end of the show on Sunday. I actually finished the shawl on Saturday, and then began my new addiction of knitting #justonemoresquare every night.
Beginnings is a fun theme. I pondered writing about the start of the blog. The start of my crafty adventures. But instead I decided to focus on a new crafty adventure. A new project I cast on Saturday.
We are down a quarter of the year. So how are the 2015 goals progressing? I think pretty on track to show good progress on the next check in.
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
6. Wine colored Sock yarn
More craft fairs – I want to do more vending (VKLive happened!) I have applied to another fair, and am researching more.
More Spinning. Joining the DSPAKAL means I will start my year spinning. I seem to be on my way to making a cozy memories blanket where at least a few of the squares will be handspun.
1. Six complete spinning projects for the year (knitting handspun or spinning a project)
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.
. 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?
8. Designing - So many swatches guys – SO MANY
9. Plan another epic birthday – there may be zombies
And the 12 in 2015
1. Alta Swatched
2. Stripes Gone Crazy – Been pondering making another pullover with the mail yarn
3. Bayside sleeves separated and approaching the body increases
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
9. Handspun Hat with Luxury tribbles – Cashmere! Yak!
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.
Heck even some items in the frogged or not frogged list have been worked on already; okay just Bayside and my Hitchhiker but its a move in the right direction.
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.
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.
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
Regular Stitch Markers Mermaids, Poisoned Apple, Wine and Chocolate, Impala
Half Elven Markers: Union Jack
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.
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.
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.
I ended up with a 40 yard mini skein. There maybe indeed be mini skein blanket in my future.
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.
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.
Along with my hobbledehoy titbits I received this sampler tribble that I may have spun up most of it during knit night.
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.