One more over arching look at my goals. So how are the 2015 goals progressing? Some good some not so good. The 12 in 2o15 needs some major help.
1. Four more sweaters in 2015. That’s one a season, totally reasonable, and I would like at least 2 to be pullovers, and at least one to be done in pieces. its about time I got to building a sweater. And right now I have the yarn for a few sweaters!
. Alta – Green Gloss DK – swatch is done and wayyy off. I’m losing about 4 stitches every 4 inches. Math will have to be done. Done and worn to Rhinebeck!
2. Stripes Gone Crazy – Cashmere Wool Blend
3. Blue Wool of the Andes Pumpkin Ale
4. Eco Wool Francis Revisited will be cast on later this week?
6. Wine colored Sock yarn
*Featherweight has been cast on.
Three sweaters done, two on the needles, one more going on the needles. It looks like everything is going to plan there.
More craft fairs – I want to do more vending (VKLive happened!) I vended at the BKCG WWKIP again, did Funday Sunday on Smith Street, and will be doing the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk show the Friday of Rhinebeck. I now have an Events page where you can keep up to date on where I shall be popping up.
More Spinning. Joining the DSPAKAL means I will start my year spinning. The 680 yard loop bump seems to have that covered, even if I haven’t had a chance to spin since the tour de fleece started
1. Six complete spinning projects for the year (knitting handspun or spinning a project) – Hitchhiker is done, the loop bump above, and a few squares on the sock blanket.
Get one of the spindles I have been eying maybe as a reward for hitting the 50% mark – (Uh – I may now own two Turtle Made spindles, an Aaron Makes stuff spindle, and a Golding)
4. Socks!!!! I have two actual pairs on the needles. I have cast on Hermione’s Everyday socks…Now where did I put them…
. As I mentioned yesterday, more collaborations. – Clubs, Giveaways, Stitches South!
6. Updating the graphics of the blog and published patterns (new laptop should help get this going but its still a work in progress)
7. Gloves! Both the designing of and knitting of other patterns – My Thrummed flip top mittens are a start right? a still incomplete start but a start
8. Designing – So many swatches guys – SO MANY – Submissions! Things are out, patterns are being written
9. Plan another epic birthday – there may be zombies whiskey There was brunch, there was Ethiopian, there were friends.
And the 12 in 2015 – hmm er…
. Alta Swatched Done!
2. Stripes Gone Crazy – I may have cast on featherweight with this yarn
3. Bayside sleeves separated and approaching the body
increases decreases ribbing
4. Handspun Socks take two
5. Blanket – Cozy Memories Blanket
6. Gloves – Thrummed flip top mitts One mitt mostly done. Just needs a flip top.
7. Flintshire Take II – well I used the yarn for mitts. but a red flintshire would work too.
8. Release a Cowl Design – couple different swatches floating around and a pattern on the needles
9. Handspun Hat with Luxury tribbles – Cashmere! Yak!
Thrummed Hat! – I don’t wear mittens but a Hat would be great. – Likely not as then there would have to be lining.
11. A Colorwork project
12. Christmas Ornaments – After setting up the tree this year we noted it was lacking in handmade, personal items. Especially in the home of two crafters.
The Pumpkin Ale sweater continues to grow. The back piece is now just under 18″. With around 60 rows to go before I do the shoulders. Then it will be the fun of picking up stitches for the rest of the sweater.
If I continue to move at my current pace I think that will happen around Friday or Saturday. as I seem to get done about 40 or so rows of the sweater a day. Two of 11 balls of yarn finished and I’m still enjoying it so far. We’ll see where I am next week when I have to pick up stitches.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. 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. Bowties are cool
8. A pair of socks ….
9. Finish Color Affection
10. Finish Bloomery er…
12. Finish Spinning Blue Fiber
Bonus: Knit items from books I own:
- Artichoke French
Sub bonus? Knit from patterns I own:
- Rocky Coast (also 2013 goal!)
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.
More Sweaters – Two done two on the needles
More Designing –
More Spindles – May have a Rhinebeck plot….
More Spinning Year of Handspun
- Knitting with Handspun. Um…I’m planning to make a hat or two?
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
Vacation – There is talk about doing a weekend in DC. We got a cottage, I’m counting Rhinebeck. 😀 Plus I have a bunch of long weekends in October.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Fingers crossed though I’m sure Instagram will know of my victory or defeat rather quickly.
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.’
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.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is still a chance. And tomorrow night is knit night so that is always extra knitting time.
If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this photo last night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since 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.