Making Monday: Racing to the Finish

April 21st, 2014

So T10 of Nerd Wars ends on the 28th. Seven days from now. I’m trucking  along as best I can. I’ve added  decreases to the back to give it some more waist shaping as I was ending up with quite the excess fabric in the back.

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This was the back of the sweat last week.  Around 4/5 excess inches in the back. The pattern calls for increases at the point I was at but that clearly wasn’t happening if I wanted a sweater I liked. With some backup from the girls at Knit Night and on Instagram I decided to do 3 decreases across the back.  And with such great yarn and a pattern I loved I should end up with a sweater I wear all the time.

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A much better fitted sweater another inch and I will be starting the increases for the hips. Hopefully on my way home tonight. The rest of the week will be all Bayside all the time. In the hopes that I have something to show for this month. And keep up my streak of always finishing a dissertation.

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April Etsy Update: Can’t Take the Sky From Me

April 18th, 2014

This month’s update is full of a group of people who are fans of Brown coats or something.  Also a couple of changes/additions to the shop. You can now order all earrings as clip on should you so desire.

I’m also increasing my stash of Crochet Stitch Markers. So tell me what you want to see as a set of Crochet Markers.  This update has Earrings, Knitting Stitch Markers, Crochet Stitch Markers, and the debut of my new camera and light box.

As the title says, let’s start with the Firefly Themed items.

Kaylee’s Parasol Earrings 

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Kalyee Stitch Markers 

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Captain Tightpants Stitch Markers

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A Very Cunning Hat Stitch Markers 

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A Very Cunning Hat Earrings

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Crochet Bifrost Markers

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Morsmordre Stitch Markers

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Crochet Impala Stitch Markers

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Harley Quinn Earrings

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Poison Ivy II Earrings

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True Blood Earrings

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Restocked Items:

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Making Monday: A Touch of Everything

April 14th, 2014

This weekend was full of bouncing around making a few dozen things.  I finished up a custom order, finally made a decision on plying the Hobbledehoy fiber. Resurrected an older project and made progress on my Bayside  sweater. Two weeks to go.

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On top of that I  finally got the new camera set up to take pictures for this Friday’s shop update.  Tripod, light box, and macro lenses. I really like how the photos came out once I had a groove going.  I mean look at these Kaylee Earrings.  I may take some of my mini vacation in May to go through the shop and replace some items with better photos.  I have already started on a couple.

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There was also spinning. I have decided to chain-ply the Hobbledehoy Fiber and have started with the first spindle full I finished. I also will be plying the last two remaining braids on the fly.

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And lastly I pulled out my poor neglected color affection. There is a small section remaining at least in relation to where I started though it is likely another few more hours of work at the very least. Who knows maybe I will try some spring cleaning project wise to get some things off the needles.

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A busy if  not random weekend of crafting.  That even included a walk in the park to enjoy the weather with a friend, and rearranging a bit of the stash.  How did your weekends pan out.

 

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Making Monday: Bayside Grows

April 7th, 2014

When I wake in the morning and the alarm gives a warning  and I don’t think I’ll ever make it on time.  By the time I’ve grabbed my books and give myself a look, I’m at the corner just in time to see the bus fly by

I’ll stop there, I’m surprised I lasted this long without a Saved by the Bell reference when making Bayside. I have made it through the decreases and am a couple rows from the increases on the sweater.

2014-04-07 12.01.29I’m still in love with the Neighborhood Fiber Co. colorway and likely get more to play with though I’m pretty sure there is another skein or two in the stash. Steady progress means I may make it to the 28th after all.

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WIPW: Bayside Grows

March 26th, 2014

Well with the 50% mark check in two days away it better be growing. I think I’m in the 40-45% mark and once I start waist decreases should be at 50%. I have finished the first ball of yarn and have started on the second.

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Two balls remaining  I also have about a little under 200 yards extra yardage, so I may go for a longer sweater which would mean finishing the sleeves before I finished the body. Not too much of a hardship.  I can’t wait to cast on  Artichoke French so I may work on that in the off month between t10 and  t11. Though I have been thinking T11 would be a break period for me.

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Polar vortexes aside I want more sweaters, and Nerd Wars seems to be a great way to challenge myself to do that. Maybe I can slip in a sweater in my off season.  Though I have had the thought be it T11 or T12 that there would be more of a focus on spinning.

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New Toys New Adventures

March 25th, 2014

In the last few months I’ve been researching and exploring the option of a DSLR.  I needed to get a new camera soon no matter what I chose and getting a few steps up from a point and shoot, I had a few but my last was a Nikion Coolpix S620 0ld enough it seems out of stock, and a Canon power shot I think I gave to my sister, who is still using it well if our vacation was anything to go by.

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So I finally ended up with the Canon EOS Rebel T3i.  One of the better recommended starter DSLR cameras.  Along with the class I won from the Down Cellar Studio podcast, for improving photography I think I am well on my way to being a better camera wielder.

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On top of that  I also grabbed a photo light tent kit.  its about 16″x16″ and set up on the desk in the craft room right now. I will likely be getting new bulbs for the included lamps, but even with the current lighting my camera took some wonderful photos.

I’m still a  bit away from epic photos, but here’s hoping April’s update shows a marked improvement.

 

 

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Finishing Things Oddly

March 17th, 2014

Way back, aka two weeks ago, I started working on another pair of Bowties are Cool.  And I was concerned about running out of yarn. I still have the tiny ball of remaining yarn.  But I do have a finished pair of gloves, in worsted weight  Madeline Tosh in the Nebula colorway I believe.

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So I have three gloves.  Er, we’ll just go with it. It’s finished right? Right.

2014-03-16 22.41.37Here is the finished pair of gloves.   They fall into the category of what am I going to do with these? Then again a friend was over this weekend and the temp too a sharp drop and I just draped her in a shawl, hat, coat, and only didn’t provide gloves as  she had those. So having some spare mitts or six can’t go wrong.

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March Etsy Update: Springfield is Coming…

March 14th, 2014

Wait, I don’t think that’s how that saying goes. D’oh. Well to the update. Remember way back in the last update I mentioned going wild bead shopping? I’m gonna blame that for this. There wasn’t any restocking in this update, as I lost a couple weekends so goals for April are to bring back some sold out items, and make some earrings. They have been quite neglected the last few updates.

 

House Simpson (what would their Game of Thrones Motto be I wonder?) – Each member has their own set, with Maggie being a smaller sock set of markers. Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie.

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Each set comes with six markers. Perhaps I’ve been playing too much Tapped out…

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And as I mentioned on Monday, the house socks sets with a regular and with  the lobster claw version.  Each version is listed separately to keep confusion down, as I can’t seem to find a way to list quantity per variation.

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The two sets of smaller stitch markers, lobster clawed and not. And the only earrings in the update.

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Hufflepuff

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Gryffindor

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 Slytherin

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A detour to superheroes. A sparkly set of the MCU Avengers complete with Agent Coulson.

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Hawkeye, Ironman, Hulk, Coulson, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, all with a little extra sparkle.

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Booster Gold Stitch Markers. Like when I created Aquaman – I have no idea where this came from but it happened, and they are pretty.

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Kate Bishop – Hawkeye though I have to say is due to reading the new Hawkeye run, and having the thought that I can’t unsee, of Alison Argent as a live action Kate Bishop.

 

And one day I may have an update without anything timelord related. This is not that day. There is an epic scarf we know quite well.

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And the start of a new collection of stitch markers. Introducing the Podcaster collection. This first set of stitch markers is inspired by Just One More Row. I’m sure I will be adding more to it as I go along.

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Blocking Fun

March 11th, 2014

In between getting everything together for Friday’s update I also finally had a chance this weekend to block my Follow Your Arrow KAL shawl.  The shawl has been finished since the first or the second, and I’m glad to finally get it spread out on the floor and blocking.

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I really like how the colors worked together and how everything came out on this shawl.  When blocking this out I realized just how long it had been since I blocked anything, as I couldn’t find my T-pins to save my life.  I finally gave up and grabbed my pin cushion, blocking wires  and got to blocking.  One day I will even remember to order more blocking mats.

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It was drying along nicely and as per usual had a friend to help it along. One day I may understand the cat’s fascination with drying shawls. WIPs, spinning, yarn, even finished knits she cares nothing about. But a blocking shawl is a siren call to her butt it would seem.

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I suppose it wouldn’t be shawl blocking without Molly to help.

 

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Making Monday: Eclectic Shop Updates

March 10th, 2014

This weekend in between running around doing other things I got everything together for this Friday’s shop update, which included making more items and taking photos of everything. This is going to be a pretty big update for stitch Markers though only one style of earrings. I am also debuting something new.

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Previously Bifrost, Hades, and Persephone, were the only markers that were occasionally made in a smaller size for sock knitting. Now I will more sock markers, these will only be able to fit  up to a US8 (5.0mm) needle.  I will be starting with the House Sock sets, and there will be two versions of each set.  One with a lobster claw attachment for hooking your marker in place.  And the reason they are called  House Sock? Well, a badger, eagle, snake, and lion start a school…

2014-03-09 11.36.10Are you wondering what about the above makes the shop update eclectic? Well its the other parts of the update. There are superheros, time lords, and a very well known family.

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I mean I think you can guess who they are. They’ve been on our television since 1989. And I may spend too much time playing tapped out at night. Each Family member gets their own set in this update.

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