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3KCBWDAY1: Color Lovers

Colour is one of our greatest expressions of ourselves when we choose to knit or crochet, so how do you choose what colours you buy and crochet or knit with. Have a look through your stash and see if there is a predominance of one colour. Do the same with your finished projects – do they match? Do you love a rainbow of bright hues, or more subdued tones. How much attention do you pay to the original colour that a garment is knit in when you see a pattern? Tell readers about your love or confusion over colour.



I have a very different reaction to colors in different mediums. My wardrobe, is really on a good day six colors in total.  In order of decreasing appearance; Black, Red, Blue, White, Grey, Purple, and a sad splash of green.  When it comes to yarn I love colors. Jewel tones, bright colors, variegated yarns. Color! There has been many a day when dressed in all black I will grab an orange shawl, or purple, or red.

The brighter the yarn the more likely I am to wander over to to take a closer look and the more likely it will come home with me.  When I look at my yarn stash I see, some of the same colors that are in my closet but I also have, orange, gold, purple, yellow, pink, brown, gold and more.  Red is still a very dominate color, in my stash but it is closely followed, and may even soon be outstripped by purple and blue.

When picking a project I can be drawn to something by the colors it’s knit in but I also tend to look at my stash to see what colors I have to work with and what would look good with that particular pattern. If something would look better as a solid color, variegated yarn, or some thing else. As someone who has the yarn long before the project, it’s rare that I make something in the same color it was designed.

And then comes in my love for those in spandex, or armor, and such. And a lot of  those things are bright.  I may see a yarn and just think Superman like the one in the picture above. And one never knows where an idea will come from and its nice to be able to execute. Especially when one is in the midst of a project.

I had jokingly mentioned during 2kcbw that I could hope to have one more square of my oft neglected marvel scarf, and I do have that much at least. Let’s hope we have a full scarf before 10kcbw. And this time I really really  hope that isn’t a prediction.


Plotting on the Bus

For some reason that I can’t fathom the bus ride seems to be getting longer. On Monday I was on the bus so long that I was a couple of rows from finishing a fingerless mit, which I finished but for the thumb on the subway.

The on on the right, it started as a way to see if I could get an Iron Man inspired glove going and at some  point turned into that. But as I looked at I couldn’t help but think it looks more Flash than IM. What can I say? I had just spent the weekend at New York Comic Con.  Heroes are on the brain. I mean NYCC is to blame for this and this and that poor marvel scarf if it ever happens.

And it wasn’t as if I wasn’t wrapped in this when I got chilly. I find NYCC to be a mecca of nerdy inspiration. You may have noticed that WIP on the left.  Working on making of glove of big blue.  Seeing this guy walk around (I did a double take) you can’t help but have supes on the brain. I may redo the cuff in red. But these are just ideas I am spewing out on the universe.  I also have green and gold yarn calling out to be Loki.

Yes  I was at the Javits center all weekend, I figured it was safer there for the wallet. But I did send my friends who did head up to Rhinebeck  off with a mission to bring me something nice.  They delivered quite well.

Three skeins of yarn in red, black, and a red orange colorway.

The largest of the skeins being 1120 yards of  a fingering weight yarn.  That will be fun to play with. Possibly a sweater of some kind. My friends are awesome.


Day 6: Something to aspire to

Is there a pattern or skill that you don’t yet feel ready to tackle but which you hope to (or think you can only dream of) tackling in the future, near or distant? Is there a skill or project that makes your mind boggle at the sheer time, dedication and mastery of the craft? Maybe the skill or pattern is one that you don’t even personally want to make but can stand back and admire those that do. Maybe it is something you think you will never be bothered to actually make bu can admire the result of those that have.

The one thing that I always have a moment of pause whenever it comes up is color work.  Which is strange as I clearly do color work when I am double knitting but I find that easy and straight forward. Stripes are in that same place as not complicated.

Fair-isle and Intarsia  are two things I have done on occasion but it never comes out quite right, there is puckering and yarn too tight, forgetting to carry yarn, forgetting to wrap. Every time I do a project with a small amount of color work, I worry that I will never be able to work on a more complicated project.

It’s a skill I hope to take on soon as I have quite a few pairs of gloves that I want to make for myself that have color work,  and I think if I just buckle down  and knit I can make my way through it. I have gotten books, yarn and patterns.

Baby steps towards getting through this mental block.

There is always the chance I will get through it the same way I did with lace knitting. I will find a project or a crazy goal (11 shawls in 2011 anyone?) and I will forget what it was that scared me, and be blocking a new project before it occurs that I shouldn’t be able to do this.

First FO of 2011

The first FO of 2011 is a double knit cowl I designed and finished a little earlier today.

A Greek inspired cowl to get me going on my plot to design things that go with the Olympians. This was a simple 11 row pattern double knit across 84 stitches in Blue Sky alpaca in sport weight. It took a little over one skein of each color. I may make matching fingerless gloves of the remaining yarn.  We shall see.

Reversible and in my favorite colors. I have to put together the pattern though it is a straight forward one.

And I have a gift that had been kept under wraps the last few weeks but, now can be shared.

Another Dalek. This one made of Karabella Aurora 8 worsted, has been well received in its new home.

Version 1

Haven’t been around for a bit, but I have been knitting away. Most recently I’ve been working on a Captain America Shield Pie Shawl attempt.

It took about two weeks,  I worked on it a lot while at dragon con and on the flights, though I suspect less obviously nerdy then the hero squares I worked on last year.

I used the same pattern that was from the baby blanket then modified on a whim as I worked on it.

There a few changes I’ve decided to make. One thing I realized pretty quickly was that this one would be much too small. Its more like a shawlett at least when I fold it in half.

Its about 33″ in diameter  and I’d likely want to double that the next time around.  I also need to work a different kind of increase or at least switch to a KFB sooner than i did.

As you can see at the end of the blocking which took ages and a few tries to get right, the star wasn’t as sharp as i wanted it and nothing was quite as round as I had been hoping. I’m sure there’s a way to get that star done with the blue. I may go back to the old plan of a provisional cast on.

Though this update will have to wait a while. I’m working on a new Justice League scarf for a friend, and while its going quickly the train was actually so crowded this morning that I wasn’t able to work n it in the morning.

I’ve been writing on the bus so most of my knitting is done on the subway.

The amazing thing about this picture is that its of the first scarf but I am at the same point.  Or possibly a row shorter.  I still wonder if the pattern is as easy to read as I think it is. I had a couple knitters look it over, but I don’t think any of them actually worked on a square.

There is at least 1 person who is working on one but they haven’t uploaded any pictures so I’m still waiting to see what theirs looks like.

Once I finish that which I hope to do by next week I plan, to start Christmas/winter knitting.

I have a plan to make a bunch of stockings and get smaller stocking stuffers and gift that. As I still haven’t made a pair of socks it will be interesting. I also haven’t actually chosen a pattern just yet.  I’m sure they will be in a variety of colors to match my friends, my stash, and even traditional Christmas colors.

But I think if I start in October, I’ll know how doable it is by Nano and will be able to go, and re think gifts and possibly just do ornaments.

Anyone else already thinking about holiday knits? Been thinking about them for month.

Blanket update

So yesterday was knitting wonder woman Elizabeth Zimmerman’s 100th anniversary. It was also my 26th. I had a great time over the weekend, with multiple brunches, a get together at a bar lounge, and even a party for a friend leaving for basic training.

Now to the Blanket. It has gotten much larger which is good since I want to finish it by the end of the week.

The pattern is going well and I just have to count rows for the color change all the time.  It is already about 20″ from center of the star out. So I think I will just knit it until  Friday.

While the shower is not until the 28th I’m planning on going to Dragon Con and have decided to be Dr. Martha Jones. And to complicate my life I want to knit a lace-weight Dalek to go with the costume.

Here’s hoping I can make the 9/2  deadline.

Marvel Scarf – it begins…

So I have stopped the squares as I’m not quite sure what they will become and they were becoming quite addictive maybe they will slowly become a giant geeky quilt. Currently I have, Batman, Superman, Superboy, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, and Green Lantern.

There will be pictures once I get and SD card reader. I found my older camera that is being held with tape. But it works unlike the one that looks like its in perfect condition. Ah Kodak you perplex me so.

So to stop from making squares I have started a Marvel Scarf. Right now I have started with Captain America or to be more specific:


Of course its double knit, so there will be more fun with three color double knitting or as a fellow knitter has dubbed it triple knitting.

Next up is:

spider-man-logo Our  friendly neighborhood Wall Crawler or possibly the spider on his back that looks like a spider tracer.  spidertracer

Other Marvel people on the to do list include  S.H.I.E.L.D (ultimate logo), Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers), Fantastic 4, X-men, Phoenix (dark/light TBD).

On the maybe list are Thor, Venom, Wolverine, Dr.Strange, Spiderwoman, and Quicksilver.

On the if I can figure out something to represent you: Hulk, Ironman, Storm.

And I’m drawing a blank.

Lastly Follow me on Twitter: 1Geek2CraftAll You know if you do that sort of thing. 😀

Dragon Con and More Heroes

Move is done! Unpacking not so much.

So went to Dragon con over Labor Day weekend.  It was a blast. And of course I knit during the panels.  I knit a few hero squares. I somehow managed to find time to go to Strings and Strands, out on Roswell Rd. Lovely little shop. We got there right before closing and there was never any indication that we had to go and the owner ended up calling a cab for us to take back to downtown.  I ended up buying two skeins of 1500yd lace one in red the other in black (I do have a lot of love for those colors.)

Down to the squares knit at DragonCon. Met and Saw quite a few knitters and Crocheters. There was also a Superman Square that has been lost in the moving abyss. It was backwards (well the side that should have been correct was the reverse of the colors, blue S red BG) But I did double knit it with all three color. I’m working on another one so that should be done once I  Actually knit it.

Hero Squares

Are they potholders? Squares in a larger project? I haven’t decided. I may even felt them.


Lantern Corps Scarf

So the Lantern Scarf is done. I’m highly pleased with how it came out. Okay I might want to shrink the star sapphire star a little but otherwise highly pleased with how it came out :D.  Be warned this post is going to be full of pictures. Because well the scarf looks great and i took a ton. Its reversible in the true sense of the word.

Lantern Corps

Lantern Corps Dark So we have in order

Green – Will

Indigo – Compassion

Violet/Magenta – Love

Orange  – Avarice

Blue – Hope

Red – Rage

Yellow – Fear

Black (white) – Death

Individual pictures are beyond the cut.


Office Shawl vol. 2

Back from beer and knitting, it was still a bit more crowded than usual but not as bad as last week.  ( I found a knitting book with pint glass on the cover) The title already escapes me but it was something about simple knits for the social knitter.  The Devil’s Panties covers this well. Don’t let the name scare you, the worse thing about the image is some profanity at dropped stitches and not the @$%# kind.)

So I have gone with the three color vertical line plan.

shawl So we have  colors and I hope I have actually worked out how to keep the three edges about the same size.

Also hit up Barnes and Noble today to get Skin Trade. And while I was at it I picked up a copy of Reversible knits.

51owhoryysl_sl500_aa240_As you may remember it items created from the book by the author were at Gotta Knit the day I headed over there.  to get more shawl yarn. There are a couple techniques from it I want to try (it states 6 for making items reversible) though one seems to be garter. 🙁 I flipped through on the train and with my 35% off (20% Members discount 15% coupon) I am not complaining.

More on the shawl….