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WIPW: Purple So Much Purple

December 10th, 2014 No comments

So this week’s works in progress are both purple. Well one is a long term WIP but as I mentioned Monday I am weakly attempting to finish my Bayside for VK-Live, Jan 17/18. So how much progress was made before I put the sweater down and wandered off to knit some heavier weight sweaters?

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Yeah, that’s it, and there is a good chance I will have to frog that as the stitch count seems to be off.  I have printed out a fresh copy of the pattern and will be double checking my numbers before I do anything drastic so we’ll see what happens.

On to more sensible projects.  The Snapdragon Tam is growing. I’m hoping to finish  it by the end of the week and move up to the matching honey cowl.

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In other less purple news Christmas is Coming. I’ll be putting together Christmas Cards. So drop me a line with your address at 1geek2craftall [at] gmail [dot] com, and I will pop a card over to you. I will likely drop them all in the mail some time next week. So let’s say email me by Weds Dec 17th and I’ll mail everything out Thursday the 18th and yes international addresses too!

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WIPW: Handspun Hat

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

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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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.

2. IMG_0531 Artichoke French

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

7.  2014-04-16 18.27.06  Bowties are cool

8. A pair of socks ….

9. IMG_6871 Finish Color Affection

10.  Finish Bloomery er…

11. Wurm

12. IMG_7016 Finish Spinning Blue Fiber

 

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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Rocky Coast Progress

September 12th, 2014 Comments off

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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WIPW: Lavender!

July 9th, 2014 Comments off

Yes Lavender, the plant not the color. A friend went out of town and had Lavender growing wild on the family’s property.  She knows I’ve been going wildly anti-moth after cleaning out the stash and finding a couple of leftover (thanfully!) skeins infested.  They were all isolated from the rest of the stash but I had a plan of attack.  I have cedar and lavender satchels in the yarn, fiber, and FO drawer. One must always remember, There is no ‘overkill.’ There is only ‘open fire’ and ‘I need to reload.’

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So I opened the box she had grabbed and I started working based on the instructions on this Wiki-how article. I decided to do both methods, with the majority being hanging lavender to dry in the liquor armoire.  I didn’t have rubber bands so instead I used really tightly tied acrylic yarn.

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This is the longer method taking two to four weeks  but seemed like a better plan as one thing that sun drying recommended was a not too humid area. Summer in NYC that’s not humid? I wish.  Dry heat is something I have only ever experienced in  TX and AZ.

 

IMG_6897I placed the leftovers in the craft room widow which gets the most sun of the entire apartment. I figure if it fails no worries. So the armoire set should be ready right about my birthday.  I’ll keep track of it int he coming weeks, maybe daily progress on Instagram if something interesting happens.

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I think if nothing else the armoire will smell great every time I open it to make a drink. and I may make off with a sprig to hang on the wall over the stash.

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WIPW: I Was Not Expecting This

June 18th, 2014 Comments off

So I was really expecting to show off finished lace, and working my way up through the ST section of the body. I was moving ahead of the 9 rows a day schedule. But the skein kept looking dangerously light. When I got home last night I decided to check it out.

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Six grams of yarn left. Even with the planned adjustment of doubling up the decreases I would have had to somehow knit 38 rows with six grams of yarn…uh no. Then I took the shawl off the needles and it all made sense.

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It was about twice as long as I was expecting about 40″ when not folded in half. I tend to knit shawls on short needles, so I hadn’t noticed just how much it was scrunched up. It looked so nice before  I started frogging too.

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Now I have frogged, and cast back on. I have this time cast on 201 stitches as oppose to 273. I have made it to row 11 so far. In theory I am working  89 rows and I’m thinking of possibly stopping at 25 rows of lace but we will see how that looks. I may aim for closer to 40.  With all the adjustments I actually would need to work 9.75 rows daily. Not counting the ten already completed.

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There is still a chance. And tomorrow night is knit night so that is always extra knitting time.

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WIPW: Sweater!

June 4th, 2014 Comments off

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this photo last night.

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I have 97% of a sweater.  I just have to knit the neck band, and seam the underarms together.  And then I get to put the sweater away for a few months I guess. The down side of finishing a sweater in June.

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The neck band is worked by slowly decreasing along the live neck stitches, but after the Follow Your Arrow KAL this should be speedy. Though its not the easiest to work on a train as I don’t have the pattern memorized. I suppose this means I should get back to poor Bayside. And start working on all the projects I want to get a go on for the holiday season.

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WIPW: Approaching the Finish Line

May 28th, 2014 Comments off

It’s surprisingly  chilly today in the greater tri-state area. Enough so that I pondered using my lunch break to finish my Artichoke French.  I am currently working on the yolk decreases and am fast approaching the end.  A giant tangle of wool that I can still tote around in the fluctuating weather and wonder if I can get the yolk done enough that I can throw it on on the way home tonight.

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The first picture is more for the color of the sweater than anything else. This is looking more and more like a sweater that will be finished in a month. Just in time to start Nerd Wars.  Currently my only issue is that there are an uneven amount of decreases available on either side of the sleeve. I will just work to match them up in the next set of decreases so hopefully that will work out.

IMG_0519Since that photo was taken there have been a couple more inches added to the sweater and I’m getting closer to the point where I can pull it on without dropping a ton of stitches. Not yet though. My new favorite sweater won’t likely get any wear for a while but I for one am amazed at how quick and great a knit this was.

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5KCBWDAY1: A Day In The Life

May 12th, 2014 Comments off

Day 1: Describe a day in the life of a project that you have made, or are in the process of making.

So let’s talk about a project 13 days in the making. Or perhaps talk to.  Artichoke French. A sweater I have wanted to cast on since I saw the preview of it in the Rhinebeck Sweater book.  At Rhinebeck I grabbed the yarn to make the sweater and after the disappointment of having to frog Bayside cast on a new sweater.

 

2014-05-01 11.32.39There was even a moment when the new sweater and the the frogged sweater were near each other in size. That moment only lasted a day or two as Bayside was put aside and I started working on Artichoke French with gusto. As the days went by, it traveled with me to and from work, to and from the couch and it grew.

 

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In a couple days it had grown past the ribbing edge and the pattern was memorized which just made it even faster to work on. There was no pattern to pull out on trains, and increases/decreases happened spaced far enough apart that when I started thinking about them I was usually a row away from needing to make one. I quickly got to the point where there was nothing but inches and inches of  knitting, with just enough pattern work to keep it interesting.

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And now as Monday gets started, its time to divide for sleeves and work my way to the end of this sweater, just in time for 80 degree weather and putting my new favorite article of clothing in a drawer for six months.  C’est la vie d’une tricoteuse.

So that’s been its life so far, using a little time magic let’s talk about how its Monday will go. Starting at the far end of Monday, midnight, Artichoke French is slowly being worked as I drift off the couch to bed. As the clock ticks and the start of the work day looms ever closer, the sweater and I head to bed. The sweater so it’s packed in the morning rush is placed near my purse.

Then it’s off to the actual morning rush, and between sips of ice coffee, and reading, a stitch or two may be worked.  Really the sweater knows at this point it’s time to shine is the evening rush. After having a photo shoot in the office, its left alone for hours. Then the evening rush comes. There is no coffee.  No reading is done, stitches are worked. The time to create the sleeve opening has arrived.  Best not to do that on a moving train.  I’ll go back to reading for a bit.

Home again, back to the couch, dinner, and Television.  But waiting at my side is the sweater. It is time to grown. Scrap yarn is within arms reach. It’s time to find/buy the DPN’s as sleeves are fast approaching.  It’s time to start carrying the next ball of yarn, as the body begins to be wrapped up. As midnight approaches, its time to head to bed, and place the sweater near my purse, to repeat again.

WIPW: Growing Artichoke French

May 7th, 2014 Comments off

I’m becoming addicted to my Artichoke French and its showing in the growth since Monday.  I’ve tried it on and there will be no surprise frogging  when I get to the sleeves.  It’s always nice to go back to thicker yarn after spending time with sock weight.  Also I need more of Tess’ Designer Yarns in my life. So glad a friend pointed me at them this past Rhinebeck.

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I’ve completed the waist increases and, am knitting my way to the underarm separation. Soon it will be time to cast on sleeves and start knitting those as well. At the rate I’m going could I finish this sweater in a month? Fingers crossed, knocks on wooden needles.  I suppose as long as I don’t lag on the sleeves or make two left sleeves it should be doable.  I’m already at 10″ and the 36″ calls for a 16 1/2″ body.

If I can finish this that quickly it might be time to pull some things that have been languishing in WIP hell and wrap them up. There were a few times during the polar vortex where I really wished my color affection or my Lothlorien cape were done. And running out needles and cables is a silly thing to do, though it did give me an excuse to order some Caspian needles and cables from Knit Picks.  I didn’t even get free shipping. I was restrained for once.

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