The Dalek has finally been finished and gifted. And just a couple days late. Just in time to take in another request from a friend. But I have some lovely Royal Blue Karabella Aurora 8 so I think this will be my first Worsted Dalek. It came out really well approx 5″ high. And the appendages are much stiffer than they were on the first two.
So while watching Ice Dancing I cast on for the shrug I designed and reading over the pattern I wrote? I seem to have made it to the end of the sleeve and had not decided what would be done next. Knit across then pick up stitches and knit down or increase until the back is reasonable. I ‘m leaning towards the second as I’m knitting flat anyway and it would be fairly simple to increase across. It will be interesting to see how to work the lace pattern into the increases.
I settled on some Malabrigo sock in Eggplant. It looks mostly gray to me but I have two skeins of it to bring my total to 880 yards. I’ve ended up with about a 3 hour commute tomorrow, so it should give me time to make enough progress to make some decisions about how feasible this shrug is or if i will have to just pick up someone else’s pattern.
I’ve also picked up a lace scarf pattern for this journey, in case things go horribly wrong with the shrug i will have something else to work on. Also its a good way to finish off what seems like most of the skein of the purple used in the dalek. Granted I will also have a novel, my laptop for writer’s group that evening, and possibly my DS. But I do have a bit of boredom fear. It leads me to have lots of large bags, and more things than I could get done stranded for days.
Though I also need to work on the Flash pattern. Apparently there isn’t one in the Justice League Scarf. I Know I used the Green Lantern outline as a base, but there seem to be no notes on the lightening bolt. And everything I’ve charted so far looks odd. Even when I tried to copy the pattern from the actual scarf. I think I have a solution to it. But it needs to be charted and knit.
The paid time for the pattern is nearing an end 13 people have ordered the pattern so far. And I think I shall be doubling the donation to Habitat for Humanity for Haiti come 3/1. Its more than I would have been able to do on my own. So I thank everyone who donated.
I was lucky enough to not have lost anyone, but their homes were a different story, and while basic needs are still having trouble being met, I hope that soon, food, water, and medical care, will no longer be the driving force, and instead it will be rebuilding.
So I have finally chosen my projects and finished a few as well. In the last couple of days I’ve finished a Slytherin ribbed scarf a friend asked for. And my dad’s Christmas hat! Woot. That means that the Dalek is the only Christmas project left.
Dad’s Hat- I improvised the design based on what I remembered from someone who wrote me a pattern at Geek Knitting back in November. I have to get back to Geek Knitting. Today I missed out because I got free screening passes for the sis and I to see The Wolfman. I enjoyed it but I love old school horror, though I did not remember Anthony Hopkin’s character from the original. Good old fashion horror. It’s in Cascade 128 which is a chunky weight and superwash.
I did the ribbing on the train to the theater, than most of the ST in the dark during the movie. There may have been a little popcorn on the hat, but I tend to wash my gifts before handing them off as I knit on the Subway a lot and live with a cat. I should have possibly done a bit more ribbing but I am not frogging that hat ever again. It fits. Its a hat I’m done.
Now back to the Olympics. I went ahead and joined Team Tardis. Just seemed right really. So my projects are 3 things I’ve designed but not done anything sensible like swatch. 2 sets of armwarmers. One with colorwork and cables and the other simply lace. Third is an office shrug for when I finally get employed again in a yet to be determined lace weight yarn.
And in the WIP category I’m entering the Dalek.
I could possibly also do my friend’s beret. And likely should as her birthday is 2/26. I Know I cast it on the first Beer and Knitting after the New Year so it meats the cutoff.
I finally used the only surviving camera held together by tape (I love how the two that don’t work look to be in perfect condition) to get a picture of the Dalek Ornament. I’m going knit a new one before I post on Etsy(possibly gold and black with purl bumps instead of color change or shudder bobbles) but yeah there it is. I should likely write up a pattern for it and the Tardis at some point.
Off to watch now!
So I’ll be heading to a Superbowl Party on Sunday, (me and everyone one else on the planet likely). Football is actually the only major sport I have no feelings for or understanding of. So instead I’m planning on what to bring to knit. And in planning what to bring to knit I went through a couple of my knitting books and caught sight of patterns I like and things I had planned to make for others and myself. So in conjunction with Stash Bust ’10 will be, my earliest Christmas knits ever.
Well I am not starting them soon, I still have a Dalek to finish but I tend to have theme years. This year though I didn’t noticed till right now seemed to be Who themed. Be it knit or Polymer. Last year was hat, scarf and mitten sets or some adjustment of that.
But I think next year will be the year of Christmas stockings. Likely filled stockings. But most likely they will be in colors other than red though I have a ton of red yarn, we’ll see what happens. I also fell behind on the geek ornaments that I was working on though I do have a Dalek and A tardis. There is no K9, Red Shirts, Science officers, capes, or Cowls.
I also have a vague October deadline to make the Marvel scarf as that is when this year’s NYC ComicCon is happening. I also had hoped to hit San Diego’s ComicCon this year but the whole lack of employment makes that much less likely.
I made it to Wine and Knitting tonight at Gotham Fine Yarns, and met some new knitters, had wine, and DID NOT purchase any yarn. And there was a sale. And another sale. And a discount if your items were being purchased for the Ravelympics or maybe it was a discount later? No idea. I didn’t buy anything and understanding the sales would have made me sad and tempted to buy Noro Cash Iroha by the pound.
37 Days Without Yarn Purchase in 2010.