WIPW: The Road to Rhinebeck

October 15th, 2014 No comments

It’s that time of year again. Time for the NYS Sheep and Woo Festival. The weekend after  NY Comic Con, because all my favorites happen in October.

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The weather report makes me think it will be more like my first Rhinebeck where I had gotten down to a T-shirt and my lovely cabled Vivian was around my waist.  I have an insane plan to buy nothing but another Bosworth spindle at Rhinebeck. We’ll see what actually happens, if last year was any indication… I kept to the yarn rule. The fiber one not so much.  I have yet to touch any of that fiber. Sigh.

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So what am I planning exactly if not a plan of attack:

  • Car/House knitting is a must
  • What/if any spinning to bring
  • What meetups to go to
  • Okay one possible purchase (yarn for Alta)
  • Clothes to pack
  • Snacks to bake/pack – I’m hoping I can make deep fried tequila shots
  • Notebook for NaNoWriMo plotting
  • Weave in ends on Rocky Coast
  • Weave in ends on DownEast

I look forward to it.  I have an easy Rhinebeck, I know a friend putting together a spreadsheet, and another has a goal to see demonstrations. So say hi!

 

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NYCC and an FO

October 14th, 2014 No comments

I finished  the blue handspun hat, though I didn’t work on it too much during the convention which I guess shows it was a quick knit. I am casting on a second hat with the leftover yarn.

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Now how was NYCC? Fun! The crowds seemed smaller this year, but that might be because there was a lot of strategy being applied when hitting the vending floor. There was also, some time daily spent in the Mary Sue lounge. And it was great, my favorite conversation happened in that room while we all worked our way around friendship bracelet making.  Seriously the ladies at the table were all fabulous.  The jokes, references, and snark few far and fast.

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If my convention had ended at this table it would have been plenty fun. But there were panels, art, trips to the Waystation and cosplay. So much cosplay.

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There was some slight alteration to my cosplay and I was running around as Zoe from Firefly on Sunday instead of mohawk Storm, as the Mohawk needed some glue dipping and that took about 48hrs or so to dry last year so learning that Saturday night was not going to help.

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I also totally forgot to take pictures of myself Sunday. But Thurs., Fri., and Sat. were all covered.  In other people’s cosplay, random things caught my attention, like crochet pumpkin bombs.

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Because crochet props are awesome.

IMG_7565Doctors at the Waystation, Five, Six, and Seven. And my friend is Five and she did knit her vest herself, as well as sew/alter everything else. She makes me a cosplay slacker.  Now this week is to prep for Rhinebeck. Wooo…

 

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WIPW: Handspun Hat

October 8th, 2014 No comments

I haven’t cast on a sweater yet…we’ll see how long that lasts.  I do have Bayside on the needles so I could start lugging that around again, but alternating skeins means its a big project to carry around.  For the weekend I have  pulled some hat projects.

I cast on a simple 1×1 rib hat using my hand spun.

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It’s pretty much going to be a free form hat as long as the yarn allows. I have about 230 yards, so it should be enough for a warm hat and a fold over brim. I also will be working on my sister’s Rikkie hat, and lastly casting on Flintshire again.  I think along with my hat adventures I should make a few more pairs of mitts. I always seem to be missing those.

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FO: DownEast Sweater

October 7th, 2014 2 comments

Eleven days later  and I have a finished sweater for. Which is pretty awesome.  I still have to weave in the ends and block the sweater but done! Done is always good.  I actually have progress for the end of every day via instagram.

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I think this is the end of  the high speed sweater knitting but I’m entering this winter with three new sweaters, and am actually wearing my Artichoke French today.   Next up shall be all the sock weight sweaters.

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Oh and I did finally block the Rocky Coast.

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Now to prepare all my knitting for sitting in panels at NYCC. The combination of compact, interesting, and easy. I’m aiming for hats.

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WIPW: Rounding Out Q3

October 1st, 2014 1 comment

How goes the progress on 12 in 2o14?  And the Goals for 2014? Pretty darn good.

1. I frogged the Flintshire since I had no idea what row I was working on. Seemed like the best plan of action. The yarn is waiting, and since I have decided to either make sweaters or hats, its a good time to pick  it back up.

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3. Alta I have been working on sweaters I have the yarn for. So this has been put to the back burner until I buy the yarn for it. I have five sweaters worth of yarn not on the needles and none would work (sock weight, bulky) But – Rocky Coast and Down East means progress right?

4. A project with sparkle yarn

5. Handspun Socks – Still spinning

6. Pendulum Shawl

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8. A pair of socks ….

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10.  Finish Bloomery er…

11. Wurm

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Bonus: Knit items from books I own:

  1. Artichoke French

Sub bonus? Knit from patterns I own:

  1. Rocky Coast  (also 2013 goal!)
  2. Bayside

 

Goals:

  1. More Festivals/Shows/Conventions (Last year was, Rhinebeck, Hallockville, VKL (NYC), & NYCC) I’d like to do all those again and add MDSW, and maybe Stitches East as a day trip.  No Maryland but maybe Stitches East will still happen. So Stitches East is the same weekend as NYCC, The Kings Fiber Festival, and the New York Yarn Crawl. Geez.
  2. More SweatersTwo done two on the needles
  3. More Designing -
  4. More SpindlesMay have a Rhinebeck plot….
  5. More Spinning Year of Handspun
  6. Knitting with Handspun. Um…I’m planning to make a hat or two?
  7. More pattern releases (I have so many half done design projects I need to start sharing)
    I’ve been doing a lot more submissions so I’m working towards that
  8. Vacation –  There is talk about doing a weekend in DC.  We got a cottage, I’m counting Rhinebeck. :D Plus I have a bunch of long weekends in October.
  9. Do the holiday knitting for the shop throughout the year – well I am signed up for Christmas in July, even donated a prize. I just need to cast on 
  10. Collaboration   If you went to Knit Dizzney I was in the gift bag. I’m one of the sponsors for the New York Yarn Crawl and have a few prizes out for KAL’s  Who’s doing the Pigskin Party?  I have prizes there.  Not exactly what I had in mind but all fun.
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Making Monday: DownEast

September 29th, 2014 No comments

On Friday I frogged the work I had done for The DownEast sweater.  It was only about 4 inches of the collar which I had twisted.  I also had mixed feelings about the size 11 needles. Especially when I read ahead and learned  that the entire sweater would be in the same size. I went down to 10 1/2 and we’ll see how that goes.

This was also my first experience with the tubular cast on, which I really like and may use in a sweater design I’m working on.  We’ll see how I feel about the cast off.

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Currently I’m about  ten rows from the sleeve separation and I have hope to get that done today on my way or while waiting at the doctor’s office.  I’ve been trying to post progress daily on Instagram as a method to keep me from shoving the project in a corner for a week.

So far so good.  Here are the first three days of posting.  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

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There was only about an inch of growth between day two and three, but I figure today will be the big jump.  And once the sleeves are separated the body will pick up speed again.But I’m enjoying the project and will have a great sweater, hopefully in time for Rhinebeck, and if not in time for the next polar vortex.

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FO Friday: Claudia Hat

September 26th, 2014 No comments

I finished the Claudia Hat  I cast on Monday. Its a free pattern on Raverly and I knit it in a mystery skein of Plucky Knitter worsted weight. Mystery as I lost the tag, and if I recall correctly it was an odd/one off ball.

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I feel that despite the pattern name with the yarn choice I ended up with a very masculine hat to throw into the gift pile. Currently my plan of  attack, is to make hats, and maybe mitts with all the wild single skeins of worsted I keep finding as I make sense of the stash.

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There looks like there could be enough yarn to make matching fingerless mitts, and the ribbing pattern at the edge would  be simple enough to repeat. That would be an adventure for the weekend.  I’ve also gone and cast on Down East today, and will see if I can magic up a finish by 10/17 – 22 whole days. Why? To see if I can really, I have plenty of sweaters to wear to Rhinebeck if I fail.  You know like the one I finished Sunday.

 

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Sweaters, All the Sweaters

September 24th, 2014 No comments

So this weekend I came down with a mild something. It didn’t keep me from going to Maker Faire and teaching spinning, though I was full of cold meds, and mostly had a scratchy throat at that point. Sunday I slept til noon-ish, roused myself to eat and finished my Rocky Coast very slowly through the day.

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The other thing I worked on was pulling out all my sweaters worth of yarns  and figure out exactly what I have. And lo,  have the yarn to make 5 more sweaters without buying anything. I’m planning to cast on Down East  next in purple.  Followed by finishing my  Bayside before I cast on another sock weight sweater. So currently my knitting plots have a theme.

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  1. Down East (one of the purples)
  2. Finish Bayside
  3. Stripes Gone Crazy (red/grey and maybe blue)
  4. Eco Wool Sweater   (red/black)
  5.  Sock weight Sweater (dark red 10 skeins)
  6. Anything but a  sweater with the remaining purple ( Down East and Dark And Stormy will be close enough in color that a third sweater will be a bit much)

There is no real schedule for these.  Perhaps I will attempt to slip on in for NaKniSweMo while working on NaNoWriMo. But that may be asking for trouble. Especially since I want to cast on the quick knit sweater yesterday.

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FO: Rocky Coast Cardigan

September 23rd, 2014 No comments

On Sunday I finished my Rocky Coast Cardigan.  So that’s a whopping 23 days from cast on to cast off.  Woo. All it needs now is blocking.  As I’m slowly wearing away a grey store bought sweater to the bone that has the same general shape of the Rocky coast I’m sure this is going to become a staple.

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I don’t really button cardigans so Rocky Coast appeals to me. And it turns out Rocky Coast was one of my goals from 2013 so yay.  I still have to weave in the ends and block it, but that is an adventure for the weekend. For now I will weakly attempt to keep the cat out out it.  Once that is done there will also be some better photos.

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Sept. Update: On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

September 19th, 2014 No comments

There are more earrings, which have been lacking the last few months, and there are more Crochet Stitch markers. And a few more stitch markers. This will be the last update until November, as I will be running around NYCC, Rhinebeck, and having Halloween adventures. I will attempt to double up the November updates. With the current plan being one update on Friday Nov 7th and the second Monday Nov 24 in prep for Black Friday.

Now to the update:

On Wednesdays  We Wear Pink – Crochet Stitch Markers – I mean we all love mean girls right?

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Iris – Greek Goddess of the Rainbow – Crochet Stitch Markers

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Knotwork Stitch Markers – Silver/Gold

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Simpson Family- Stitch Markers

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Age of Brass and Steam Stitch Markers

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And the earrings:  Queen C earrings, Candy Corn Earrings, The Fastest Man Alive  earrings and Pumpkin Spice Earrings.

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As per usual everything is now live in the shop and ready to be shipped.