I had purchased punis from Gourmet Stash, ages ago that I had accidentally exiled to the craft room, away from all my other fiber. Which meant anytime I pulled out some spinning to work on, I wondered where it was, but did not work on it. This weekend I had friends stay over which meant turning the craft room back into a guest room.
There I found the bag, with the punis and spindles all waiting for me to work on them. So I set off to finish off the punis and ply them together over the course of the weekend. And I was at least partially victorious right away. 92 yards of a two ply, with 50 shades of grey and luck of the Fry-rish. The only problem was that I had another 7 or 8 Grey’s left.
I continued to ply the last of those even as I wondered what I would do with them, when I remembered I had some spun up green from my Posion Ivy fiber that I had no idea what to do with. So I decided to ply the remaining punis up with that and ended up with 93 yards of a second mini skein.
Now two skeins that are ready to go become…something. The fun thing is that I still have some green left, and I am wondering if I should ply it with some leftover orange from my hitchhiker, or some white fiber I also have. I had been thinking fingerless mitts with the yarn, but now I wonder. This also meant I unearthed and freed a few spindles. A friend had given me what seems to be a trick or treat basket with a familiar logo, and I had thought it would make great spindle storage.
I was right, this was taken while I was still deciding what to do with the remaining grey punis, and there are two more spindles in there now. I am still thinking about getting my spray paint, and adding some color to the bucket as well. All in all a quite productive fibery couple of days.
Well mostly, or at least something that can’t be thought of as anything else. It has a heel that was turned and everything, and I am now working on the foot. So far so good after accidentally making the heel on the wrong side and having to frog it and start over. Small setback, and more progress.
Now I just have to pick up the pace. We are 22 days out after all. Though the chances of seeing my father on Christmas Day are slim as he is likely to be working. Similar to Thanksgiving. My two Thanksgivings happened and now my plot is to how to talk my mother into letting me host and cook next year. I have hosted a Thanksgiving esq meal for friends that was a hit so I know I can do it and do it well and as my birthday this year shows I have a thing for cooking large meals. That and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pies.
As Christmas approaches I have started compiling another list of 31 post prompts. I like starting the new year that way, and it’s time to start prepping for the posts.
I’ve decided to do a mini shop update today as the next update will likely be too close to Christmas to get items in a timely manner. I have a few new items and related restocking of items. Also for today with the code CYBERMONDAY15 get 15% off everything in the shop.
Now for the update. It’s all about the family business. “Saving People Hunting Things.” Sam and Dean Winchester Stitch Markers. Yes the Dean Markers have a slice of pie. Of course it has a slice of pie.
In that same vein the Impala stitch Markers and Castiel Stitch Markers have been restocked.
And completely unrelated. Hufflepuff Stitch Markers and Maleficent Earrings. Both in white and green.
I have no idea if I do or not. but we all know Harry does. Why is this relevant? I have finished the leg on my dad’s socks and I had an attack of what if they are too big. They are too big. Of course they are too big. Why? I have my dad’s legs. They are great legs, if he was a different person I’m sure he would look killer in a pair of heels (I have never seen my dad in a pair of jeans because ‘those are for kids’). And we have skinny calves. To the point that I love lace up boots so I can tighten them all the way and they will only be slightly loose.
So after an afternoon of panic, and a failed attempt to go see him (the post office had a line one tends to see April 15 or the last two weeks of Dec). I tried the sock on my own foot. It was loose, but nothing that wouldn’t fit man much larger than I was. Small holiday panic averted. Yes I will be seeing my dad Thursday to confirm. But that would have been a few knitting days lost. I still have another sock to make.
Does anyone else have tales of knitwear panic? Or maybe you know who gave you your knees?
Tomorrow night is the premiere of the 50th anniversary special. And I have been doing a lot of Doctor Who crafting. If you follow me on Instagram you likely saw many of the drafts as stitch markers and the final set Weds. night.
As I mentioned most of these are for a special order, but that did not keep me from making more doctor and companion related items, for the shop. And a few things that just needed restocking.
Earrings: Second Doctor, Classic Sonic Screwdriver (Third Doctor), Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Ninth Doctor, Dr. Martha Jones, and Jurassic Park because why not?
Stitch Markers: Dr. Martha Jones , Ninth Doctor
So take a gander at the shop update. The goal is to have another before the Christmas shipping window closes. We’ll see.
beads, craft, Etsy
When I make earrings and stitch markers based on characters I tend to make slight adjustments to each version. If I make Batman stitch Markers and Batman earrings, you will be able to tell the designs are related, but not always exactly the same. As I work my way through eleven sets of stitch markers, I have also been trying to work on 11 pairs of earrings, for the doctors. Some are harder to translate than others. Some don’t change at all, and some change just enough to make me smile.
Here we have all eleven doctors as a representative stitch marker. One through seven across the top and eight through eleven on the bottom. some are perfectly suited to be earrings. Three is actually a pair of earrings in exactly the same same style. Eleven already has earrings in the shop, but I think otherwise I wouldn’t change a thing.
The Sixth doctor and the fifth both had beads that while similar to what the stitch marker was, was made a little bit brighter for the earrings. Side by side, its easy to see how these go together. And I think that a person can enjoy both.
I really like the Sixth doctor stitch marker and the earring. Using crystal beads on the earring, gave me a great effect, and I think represent the colors of the doctor’s wardrobe and umbrella from that era really well. It was bright guys. Though in an amusing contrast the fourth doctor into an earring is giving me the most difficulty. I took forever to settle on beads for the stitch marker, and while I like what finally came together it doesn’t seem like an earring to me. Crafty problems.
I’ll keep working on it I guess.
beads, craft, Etsy, Geekery
So the socks are still growing slowly, likely a bit too slowly for Christmas delivery so I will have to pick up the pace.
I’m a little more than halfway through the leg so I need to get to work. So of course, with that in mind, I pulled out another project in progress. The Podster gloves in the Gnome Acres Joker colorway. I also found my metal size one needles, in the podster gloves of course.
I should also find my color affection and finish that off. But in the meanwhile I am still finishing my Doctor Who special order, and getting things ready for Friday’s shop update. Busy busy week. Here’s the 8th doctor as stitch markers as green seems to be the theme of this post. A set of 8th Doctor earrings will likely be in the update. Sadly very few doctor stitch markers will make it, this time.
I’m sure you all have heard of Craftsy. I’ve gotten quite a few classes from them, Fit to Flatter being my most recent purchase. Though I have classes, on sewing, knitting, bag design, and spinning in my account. I’m 1Geek2craftall there too. So I’ve become an affiliate, and every once in a while I get links like the ones below to share about sales and special bargains. This will be the occasional post before I return you to your regular posts about knitting and geekyness.
Craftsy is having a flash sale this Friday & Saturday on Yarn and Fabric products at up to 80% off! You can check out each sale here:
Craftsy yarn sale! Save up to 80% on yarn for 48 hours, November 15 & 16.
Craftsy fabric sale! Save up to 65% on fabric for 48 hours, November 15 & 16.
The sale only lasts 48 hours and products will sell out fast, head over to Craftsy today and check some items off your crafting wish list!
The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is fast approaching and I have bee crafting plenty of things in honor of the Doctor, his companions, and his enemies. It’s not like my love of the time traveling time lord is a secret. I could likely create a Doctor Who section of my shop. And it doesn’t stop there. My laptop background is still this from the End of Time. And until a short while ago my work background was this. I started watching Doctor Who the summer of 2008, I was on vacation in London with friends, and they sat me down and said I had to watch this show. I knew that the show existed, and had a notion of the premise. Well time travel at least, I think the space travel was a bit of a surprise. So during my time in London I saw three episodes, Silence in the Library 1 &2 (River!) and Midnight (Merlin!). I was sold.
When I came back to the states, I mentioned to a friend wanting to watch the show, and she handed me the DVDs of the current run. It was fantastic, absolutely fantastic. Since then I’ve learned I never like to see a doctor go, but will give the new guy a chance. I’ve seen all of the modern show (I’m counting 8 in this). And a handful of episodes of the Classic Who.
Though Dragon*Con taught me that I had watched at least some classic who on PBS. One of the cosplayers in the parade was the Master and I recognized him from a show I never learned the name of but would always remember the evil guy who disappeared into a white column. I don’t know if it was the end of a season or some kind of marathon but the next week there was nothing of the show to be seen. So apparently I was always meant to be a fan. My crafty side has fully embraced this. This post is very photo heavy. So click along to see my own history of Doctor Who in craft.
So for those looking forward to the 50th, how did you get into Doctor who? And who is your favorite Doctor? (Mine’s 9 but I love them all)
beads, craft, Etsy, Geekery, Knitting
My dad’s socks have grown some. I have worked on them a bit over the last day. I think based on my own personal sock attempts I will not run into delays until the foot. Turning the heel only slows me down insomuch as I have to look it up, but I like to complete the entire heel in one go. So…
But progress, in dad’s favorite color. Here’s hoping that I get it done in time and it fits. It is about three inches right now and every cable cross is about half an inch.
In other knitting news, the pattern for the lantern corp scarf is off at the test knitter and I am knitting it up as well.
Currently up to Rage/Hate. Red lanterns. Though this may get put aside as a cowl pattern has jumped out at me to be designed. Its very simple and may be a great starter project. It’s in my favorite colors and in Eco Wool and is already named, Harlequin. So you may see that soon.