I have gotten to the point on the Bayside sweater where all the balls are once again center pull balls! So that means I have knit my way past where it was on my second go around full of miscounting.
So four inches in and the third time is looking to be the charm. I’ll keep my fingers crossed but this will likely be the project I work on during the Superbowl. Well this or spinning. I have been neglecting my spinning lately.
I have been keeping track of my increases and better tracking of my color changes. Just by using a wedge project bag from KicksandGiggles (great bags and great geeky fabrics, give the shop a look see) where the three skeins line up side by side. So every other row I just pick the next ball in the line. They are tightly packed at least for now so I don’t have to worry about them moving. Every other row might be overkill on the color changes, but the increase are set that way right now, and it means I know when I get to the third ball, the first row is also the cable cross. Sleeves will be interesting…
The bag is an adorable Supernatural themed fabric. Saving People and Hunting Things, the Family Business (youtube link).
I tend to decide on new knitting projects and then grab the supplies as I’m running out the door. So I wind nearly all the yarn in my stash before I put it away. I wind the yarn loosely, and haven’t had any issues. The one skein I ever had be an issue, was wound for me and was so tightly wound, the cake actually felt hard and it refused to be a center pull.
So after winding the yarn, I decided I to a picture of each skein and actually add it to my Raverly Stash. Other than fiber, finished handspun, and the occasional destash I haven’t added to my stash in years. Part of that was because I was keeping the yarn spreadsheet, but I drifted away from that when I gave away a ton of yarn.
I had plenty of reasons, but I would have to take so many pictures, and have the yarn on hand so I could record the details, it would take all day, its not a big deal. It’s not important. Etc…Etc…
I lose yarn bands often enough that for that reason alone it should be something I do regularly. It would help me answer questions like ‘did I frog the tardis cowl and repurpose the yarn or was that another skein in a similar color.
Also I keep thinking my stash is getting smaller, and I think its more the older yarn is getting used and recent splurge aside I have been getting better at buying yarn for specific projects, and starting the project. But some new pretty skeins are falling into the abyss. I found a skein of Mardi Gras inspired yarn I completely forgot I own. Heck where is that green skein at the top?
The plan now is to make this a steady work in progress. A few skeins here, a few there. Until all the stash is accounted for. And then I will actually see if I am using more than I bring in or if I just have different storage corners and the main stash is the only one being depleted.
Inspiration comes in all sorts of places. I’ve been know to stare at and photograph the floor at a museum. I feel like if you are a fan of the cigar smoking, beer guzzling, rage filled Canadian you will recognize the markers I came up with, when I was supposed to be taking photos for shop updates.
The funny thing is, it was much more round about that just thinking, hey I need more than just the Gambit Stitch Markers, for the Xmen.
I was taking pictures of my Blue and Pink markers. and I started thinking of other things, that had spikes, then decided they looked a bit like claws. And who has the most famous geeky claws. Now back to working from home on the not so snowy snow day. For those who have it much worse stay safe!
So begins, the very very large shop update. Let’s start with the pretty colors. Ombre markers, in Flame, Ice, and Love.
Spider-Man in House Sock and regular sized markers.
Wonder Woman Crochet Stitch Markers
Rainbow Crochet Stitch Markers
Neptune Stitch Markers in House Sock
Ares Stitch Markers in Knit and Crochet
Can I call it a snow delay? The shop update has shifted to Tomorrow and Friday. In the meanwhile look at this lovely picture of Voolenvine Yarn I got at today’s panel. Dirty on Purpose and Mexican Hot Chocolate.
This is coming up quite fast. As I mentioned way back in the far away land of 2014; I will be speaking on a panel with Kristin from Yarngasm, Maria from SubwayKnits, and Sarah from KnitYorkCity on Sunday, January 25 from 1:30-4pm.
We will be discussing social media, blogging and how all that intersects with knitting. The panel is being hosted by the Brooklyn Knit and Crochet Guild who meet at the Grand Army Plaza Library!
Where was that? Less than five minutes from my front door? I have no idea how I’m not a member of the BKCG. . I will also be bringing Stitch markers and Voolenvine will be bringing some yarn to sell. I will attempt to not make off with more of her yarn but I make no promises…Just one Skein can’t hurt right?
There will be a few shop updates in the coming weeks. The first is today! It will be the smallest of the bunch, the next will be Sunday 1/25 and again Friday 1/30. Part of the reason is that I have a lot of markers to add! But the other is like after spending any weekend surrounded by crafty people I have IDEAS. So there will be new items cranked out even as I photograph and describe the new ones I have already.
For today’s update, its oldies but goodies back in the shop.
See you Sunday!
The number of times that without fail, I have settled in an airplane/train seat, pulled out a brand new knitting pattern, fresh needles and read the first line of the pattern and gone…’How do you do that?’ Crap. And then comes the waiting game, and hoping there is still reception for a few minutes, before you take off, or that you head above ground for a bit.
And in those desperate precious few moments before WiFi is gone for some time, there is nothing worse than loading a video link. I love video instructions when I’m at home and can rewind back and watch a few times, but when I have about 40 seconds of reception and an hour without knitting possibly looming I like pictures, and hoping they load. Sometimes the instructions handily come with the pattern. Or a link to a few places,
There are some help sites that may be linked a few times below, or if I am scrambling through Google the first that I chose.
And now for the individual technique, when I could find it I went with the original version I used. So for example The German Twisted Cast On and The Tubular cast on were both done via video and I never got to written instructions.
- Judy’s Magic Cast On Pictures Video
- Kitchener Stitch Pictures Video
- German Twisted Cast on
- Tubular Cast on
- Plying on the Fly
- Double Knitting Pictures (the first set, using both colors is my standard)
- Crochet Provisional Cast on Pictures
- Two Color Cast on
- Darning a Hole Pictures
I’m sure there are plenty of things I’m missing but this is a small start.
So I have finished clue 1B. I went with the combination of the Gnome Acres sparkle gnome, in Aurora Gnomalis and Fiddle Knits neon yarn. If you want to remain unspoiled for the shawl, scroll away after the next picture.
I was slow going on Monday as I didn’t cast on until after 11pm.
Spoilers to follow:
But I got the cast on done and did a handful of rows. I like to do any unusual cast-on at home where I can poke the instructions, and am sitting on a non moving couch. Once that was done and I had all my stitch markers in place it was ready to move.
By Tuesday night I had just 10 rows left to complete. Which I was able to do after seeing my sister get sworn in. Who knew lawyers got sworn in!
But clue one is all done and waiting for clue 2 on Monday and I like how it is going so far.
In the midst of all the VKlive madness I was knitting. Just a bit mind you but I made a lovely hat. It was actually a test knit for MK Nance Designs It might still be waiting to be blocked but it’s done. And that’s what counts.
I really am tempted to just start wearing it, as I’m a big fan of twisted stitches. Its called the Fernan Hat and is now available to purchase.