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.

FO: Wonder Beanie II

September 17th, 2014 No comments

Posting finished  objects on Wednesdays, posting works in progress on Friday. What’s next? dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria.  I finished my second Wonder Beanie last night while watching Chopped because what else would I be watching.  I wanted to cast on a couple more hats so I told myself to finish the ones on the needles. The Rikke hat is next on the to wrap up list.

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I just had three rows of the chart  and the crown decreases left. I thought I was going to run out of yarn for the 10 seconds it took me to remember that it was red cascade 220. There was a slim chance I didn’t have more in the same shade, but I doubted it. Its the same red being used in the forever in process Marvel scarf.  In my head its Superhero red. There should always be some lying around.

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I even weaved in the ends. Then I went to find the first beanie to see how it compares. I have no idea where it is. NONE. Its not in my bag of gift knits, its not with other recent fos.  There will be tearing things apart the next couple of days to find version 1 of this hat.  Sigh.

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Making Monday: And Now Sleeves

September 15th, 2014 2 comments

This weekend I had a few dozen things on my plate that were not knitting related and still need another day or 12 to get them all done. Wee… but I did manage to get some knitting done on the Rocky Coast Cardigan and now all that is left is to finish the sleeves.

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Just as the weather turns so I may attempt to cast on a third Rhinebeck sweater. I have a whopping month and 2 days, or whatever time is left once I finish the sleeves.

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Anyone else thinking about casting on a last minute sweater?

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Rocky Coast Progress

September 12th, 2014 No comments

Well usually I would post a FO on Friday, but I have finished the body of the sweater. And Have picked up the stitches to knit the collar. And I was smart enough to get pictures before I had a weird bowl shape with oddly placed holes.

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I’m quite pleased with this sweater and how quickly its going. I’m already far enough along with the collar that I think I can finish it tonight and then just have the sleeves  to knit then I shall cast on Pumpkin Ale and see how that goes.

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Fingers crossed though I’m sure Instagram will know of my victory or defeat rather quickly.

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Road to NYCC: Wigs

September 8th, 2014 No comments

So its the beginning of September so of course its time to start thinking about NYCC and cosplay. I’m planning on bringing back my Mystique costume.  As well as a few others but only two involve wigs at least so far.

First up Mystique.

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I’ve only ever worn this costume in New York during the Halloween Parade so it will be interesting to ride the subway in blue from head to toe. As you can see from the above photos the wig wasn’t in great shape. it was  horribly damaged but could use some TLC.

So I decided to use a wig washing tutorial I had picked up from Tumblr.  It was a mix of tutorials, but the basic idea was, Cold Water, a dedicates cleaner (I used Eucalan), Fabric Softener/Conditioner, Time, and a Wide Tooth comb.  My wig is 100% synthetic from Ricky’s and can be found here

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Firs up was a cold water wash with Eucalan, then a 6 or so hour soak in hair conditioner (I may have forgotten about it for a while); lastly, it was rinsed clean and left to dry overnight before I brushed it out.

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It is now brushed and ready for action. I just have to re attach the skull at the front and I even made myself some earrings.  I may spray paint the skulls white and change the beads to yellow or white but I doubt anyone will see them through the wig.  I will have to figure out some better long term storage but that is a problem for a later day.

2014-09-06 22.07.31So the first step towards NYCC is done.  And we know if I want to resurrect Storm, the Mohawk is ready and waiting.  Perhaps I should take an inch or six off the top.

2013-10-12 00.01.30So far the convention is shaping up to be a mix of universes:

  • Thursday – Dalek or Marvel Dress
  • Friday – Dr. Martha Jones
  • Saturday – Mystique
  • Sunday – Punk Storm
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Halloween Spinning Time

September 3rd, 2014 No comments

I like Halloween a lot. I feel like if I didn’t cosplay I would still have elaborate dedicated Halloween costumes. I spent part of the weekend cleaning the blue off of a wig to get it ready to wear again.  I am already planning a Halloween party.  And my costume is more which shall I wear than anything to be concerned about. So its no surprise that on top of a pile of things.  So I have Halloween Fiber ready to go.

 

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These are two batts of actual mystery fiber.  They were gifts of thanks for teaching at Maker Faire last year.  The black bump is 1.35oz and the orange  is 1.25oz.  With a shine that makes it clear its not just wool. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m sure I will get a better idea after handling it some.

The plan is to make a two ply, and maybe knit something up in time for Halloween too.

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Rhinebeck Sweater II: Rocky Coast

September 2nd, 2014 No comments

Well I have a Rhinebeck Sweater ready to go finished way back in June. Artichoke French. So of course on Friday I decided I needed to make another one.  I was torn between The Rocky Coast Cardigan and Pumpkin Ale. I had two yarns and a pile of indecision. I chose the red and black cascade 220, as I figured it would obscure the cables in Pumpkin Ale too much.

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So on Saturday after swatching I cast on for the sweater. And have already made good progress.

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Four inches of a sweater ready to go. So far, *knocks on wood* its going well and I have at least not done anything obviously wrong. Quick moving sweater for the win though it does mean I have two sweaters from Costal knits on the needles right now.

 

Lastly according to Random.org the winner of the bday giveaway is 3 – Kaiya who should have just recently turned 26. So woot.

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Friday Ponderings

August 29th, 2014 No comments

It’s the Friday before a long weekend, so of course I’m considering things like, casting on two more sweaters, starting a Halloween themed spinning project, and also reorganizing the craft room and my bedroom. Because you know one extra day means cramming a week worth of work into it.

What sweaters do I want to make?  Pumpkin Ale and Rocky Coast Cardigan The thing is I do have two sweaters worth of yarn.

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Six balls of cascade 220 that I think would  work for the Rocky Coast.

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And a giant skein of Dark purple yarn for  Pumpkin Ale.  Its a darker yarn than the one I used for Dark and Stormy but the same brand.

I want more sweaters always, and I keep working a row or two on Bayside and putting it down for a week. Not the most conducive to have  a finished product.  For those of you who have a long weekend, what are you planning for the Labor Day weekend?

 

Also the Birthday Giveaway closes Sunday. Go enter.

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Making Monday: Lavender Satchels

August 25th, 2014 No comments

I finally had a  chance to get the lavender out of the liquor cabinet and  get to work putting it in satchels. As  everyone saw before it has been hanging to dry since July 8th. IMG_7210

So on Saturday I decided to finally take it down and get it ready to be bagged. I also grabbed the window lavender which had dried as well.  I started separating the buds from the stems.

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Something  that was actually pretty easy now that it was dry. I pretty much just rubbed the branches together, and the dried flowers fell right off.  Sometime just sliding my fingers in the opposite direction of where it grew.  Then I just tossed aside the remains of the stems. Which also had dried nicely though I have no idea what I would do with them.

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Once I had a bowl full of buds except for one bundle, I decided to keep, I just bagged the lavender in some organza satchels.  These were pretty small satchels at 3″x3″. I was able to get five mostly full baggies. And one bundle to hang in my bedroom, since it kept the great color.

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After adding a purple ribbon I was ready to hang it up.

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Things I gathered for the next lavender adventure:

  • The buds from the liquor armiore  were much darker which makes sense
  • They were also stronger smelling
  • I hadn’t cleaned the lavender before drying it, so the idea of using any of it to make something edible has been tabled  (my hands were covered in a light film of grime so no)
  • A small scoop would help with the bagging process
  • The scent of lavender will overpower the room for a couple hours

 

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August Etsy Update: Addams meet Sunnydale

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

After last month’s update a few other characters decided to join the fun and I figured it was a good time to put out the Halloween items as well when you have Sunnydale, and the Addams Family influencing your update it only seems right after all.

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So in this update  we have sets for, Thing, Lurch, Pugsley, Wednesday, Gomez, Morticia, and Grandmama.

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Most of the scoobies were available in the last update but this month we have Cordelia and Oz joining the ranks.

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And where there are scoobies there are villians. For now the Mayor and Glory

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Still more Buffy items in the works like earrings, and more markers if my season representatives are anything to go by.

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Now then what do we have for halloween?

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Lots of pumpkins so far.  I want to find a Halloween-A-Long. I have some black and orange fiber that I always planned to spin into a two ply together.  And the most wonderful time of the year is approaching.