I have a complete sweater dress.
One sleeve is longer than the other and has more ribbing. This is the sleeve I want to rip out. I bound off the other sleeves and it is theoretically at the moment done and has been since about 11:42pm on April 28th. This is important because it was a dissertation for Nerd Wars and the 28th at 12am is the end of the tournament.
Look at me taking late night pictures with my phone for quick uploading. But I still have to redo the bottom half of the sleeve. Mostly I want to decrease about 4 stitches around and match it the complete right sleeve.
I also have to decide if I want to make the belt. I had decided against it, then I got my last Steampunk club shipment from Gnome Acres and it came with some great wooden buttons that I think would look good as a belt button. And I of course still have to tack down the bottom of the skirt.
Ah, my nemesis, Finishing, we meet again.
I spent the weekend adding beads. Saturday was quite memorable for the beads and beer. We were at my usual Weds night beer and knitting bar, sitting at the windows with full sunlight streaming in, it was 5pm. We had just tried a new location for our writing group and post the meeting everyone wanted to know where one could get a beer.
I did quite well and around beer 4 or 5 I put the knitting away, because really there are limits. Also by that point the sun had gone down, and the light in the bar wasn’t the best to be stringing beads with though I have knit in said darkened bar. I had ten more rows left at that point, 5 of beads and that seemed a good stopping point.
Sunday night I parked myself on the couch and planned to bead my way to victory. And bead I did. I may have lost a few beads to the couch but for the most part I was binding off with an episode of Iron Chef. Apparently that is my late night project finishing TV.
So come Monday night it was time to block my finished shawl. I dug out the blocking wires and mats, and pins. Which reminded me I had planned to get more mats. Eh. I can make it work.
And we were done. It’s currently on the floor in my living room drying with the cat for company. And if any of you are wondering about my usual shawl blocking companion, she got her contribution in early.
So what have I gathered from this first adventure with beads?
- The crochet hook method is not so bad. Though I did have a couple moments of trial and error with too small hooks. They were so small that it was hard to hold on to the yarn.
- My preferred method is bead onto hook, pick up knit stitch so yarn and hook form a right angle, and slide bead down, and I can do it full of beer.
- Have some extra beads, and then some more, as an old hat with beads from other projects I know just because most beads are x size doesn’t mean they all are perfectly so. Even if you don’t lose a single bead some won’t fit. I never actually counted my beads but I started with close to 1000 of the one I chose, so even with use in various projects I likely had 800. The pattern called for less than 300.
- I want to play more with beads, and maybe even try gasp pre-stringing
- I have woken up the shawl maker and want to make more. I mean I don’t have a green shawl, or some other colors, I’m sure.
- Now were does one wear a their new fancy beaded shawl?
I have finished the hat! After spinning the yarn, just in time for Nemo. Well okay then. Snow? I have a hat for that. I weaved in the end on the subway this morning and now may wear this on my way home. Just because I can.
I made the ribbing twice the length that the pattern called for. Trying it on, shows I did indeed get it right. One nice and cozy Koolhaas to show for my time.
No more cold ears. Or so I hope. I have another 50 or so yards left of this yarn, no idea what I will be doing with it. But we shall put it aside for now. Also I am quite tempted to make another one of these. One can never have too many hats.
Also this does mean that my first Nerd Wars Project is done. 1/6 for Feb.
On Wednesday I had a few rows to do with the crown decrease remaining, and I thought without DPN’s I could not finish. On the train home I proved myself wrong and somehow worked down to eight stitches on my circular needles.
So very quickly I had a finished hat.
Another FO I made the swatch for my Allegheny Sweater. And have chosen my size. I got gauge in size 7 needles so I will be making it in that.
I swatched with 8′s much too large despite being smaller than the pattern called for, 7′s and 5′s. Each purl ridge is where I switch a needle size. Looks like I will be casting on tonight as the fact that I haven’t chosen a size other than ‘one of the first two’ won’t be a problem for the first 10 inches or so as they are all the same count.
We have yarn about 205 yards of a worsted weight in brown blue and teal, with sparkle. Because once you go sparkle there is no turning back apparently. Once it was clean plying the brown and the blue was the job of an episode of Top Chef and fighting the cat.
I used all of the brown and hand a couple yards left of the blue that I put aside. Who knows that could be the last eight stitches on the hat to be. The final yarn, Allons-y, came together quite well and its now drying in the craft room.
It should be dry sometime Saturday, or maybe Sunday. So I think it will be used for one of my nerd wars projects.
Now I just have to find a pattern that works well and will keep my attention. Maybe one of the categories will inspire me. And we’ll see if I can hold off casting on until next Friday. Though I still have the Gin and Tonic hat to finish and I want to work on the Podster Gloves which I think I could do the worsted version in a weekend. But this weekend is quite full so we will see.
I finished and blocked Trillian over the weekend. I had enough Malabrigo Sock left over that I likely could have gone another few rows before starting the lace and blocking, but I like the size so no big concern there.
Just in time as I plan to start hitchhiker Tomorrow as I get on my 6am flight to AZ with layover in MI, because what would work travel be without a layover. I shall be using my giant skein of handspun.
So we’ll see how that goes, likely when I get back on Friday and from random plane/airport tweets.
And I mentioned winning. Well part of this wasn’t actually a win, but an discount. Dollar yarn! At our Thursday night geek knitting group.
Each skein was a dollar, the two on the left are worsted while the rest of the yarn is sock. The downside is that the yarn is scratchy so nothing too close to bare skin, but perhaps a hat, or gloves with thrumming which is explained by the Yarn Harlot here were a couple ideas that came up. Or I can make something to be felted or that won’t be worn. I have been meaning to make a string of knit Christmas lights for decoration.
And for the win from Phat Fiber they host regular fiber/yarn/accessory giveaways, so if you aren’t following them yet why not? I found them through the Phat Fiber Sampler box, a monthly box of samples of fiber and yarn.
It’s by WishFox and the link actually links to this actual item, which is still in stock. I haven’t decided what I will do with it yet as they are curls. Maybe its time to learn some hand carding.
I finally finished the spinning project I started during the TDF. Yatta! I have 462 yards of a mostly fingering weight and I suddenly understand what took so long. I spun over 900 yards to get this yarn eep. I think my idea to spin my next yarn worsted is a good one for sanity sake. Also getting a 2yd Noddy was a very good plan. Now I will just start pondering a spinning wheel.
It’s now drying in the breeze of a window and if the yarn can be dry by Monday, which shouldn’t be a problem; I may attempt to wind it, and bring it on my rescheduled due to Hurricane work trips. I had planned to make a Hitchhiker and then I noticed the name of the pattern set; Hitchhiker – a Trilogy of Four Patterns . I had never realized in all this time that Hitchhiker was That Hitchhiker. Which is even more fitting as I won’t be in Atlanta this weekend having a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (all I can tell you was it was blue, tasty, and it was in the spirit of Dragon*Con at a nearby restaurant). Alas, I am also tempted to make Trillian. Decisions Decsions.
Well that also means I am ready for a new spinning project. I did pick up a Craftsy Class - Spinning dyed fibers that I want to work through with a grey and blue braid I picked up during a moment of high TDF goals. Photo by wskbyheather
Alternatively I have the colorway Jealously from Expertly dyed photo by Expertly Dyed.
Hopefully this weekend I will have some time to sit through the videos and if I prefer trying the techniques one one fiber or the other.
I’ve been experiencing a slight case of knit every pattern that catches my eye. Or at least start it.
The latest in a long list of things I’ve started. That’s one repeat down and seven more to go, before I have to start deciding on buttons for my Tilting Tardis Cowl. I should be done with it by the time I land in Houston. But, as the title says I finished something.
It is a very small cowl on fire made of red bulky wool my sister picked up for me while she was in Italy. Florence I believe but she was in a lot of places, Milan, Rome, Venice, so no idea. I had thought about adding a center section with some black or red Eco wool that I had and decided against it. I may just use this with a couple high collar jackets I have that still don’t completely protect against the wind but make a regular scarf or cowl odd.
There’s been a lot of Spinning. But I have been knitting things, that I can share. First up is my first project with my hand spun. My first loop batt that became about 132 yards of a mostly worsted single ply.
It is going to be a cowl designed using a stitch I think looks a bit like flames. Because the stitch is out of a giant dictionary the cowl is only worked on in my living room while watching Teen Wolf.
I also finished my Habitat in Midnight in Manhattan yesterday.
I haven’t decided if I shall keep the hat or give it away so I shall be sticking it in the gift bag. Which is a giant tote in the craft room.
But having made one before I know that I have enough leftover yarn for something small. I have cast on for a pair of fingerless gloves, using the larger cable from the hat.
Our office if moving so I will be home the next couple days as one office is disassembled and reassembled. It will mean a longer subway ride but a much shorter bus ride, less than half an hour so I will see how that hits the knit time.
I’ve been told I’m a fast knitter. My reaction is usually a shrug and a I have a very long commute. But I may just have to take the lightning bolt as my symbol.
In my last post I talked about, getting the yarn and picking a pattern for a friend’s baby blanket. Well that blanket is done. And I keep wondering how that is possible. Yes it was a simple pattern but it was still miles and miles of ST and I have a job.
It kinda makes me wish I took daily growth pics. I know I didn’t work on it every day, or even for the same amount of time daily but it’s done.
t kinda makes me wish I took daily growth pics. I know I didn’t work on it every day, or even for the same amount of time daily but it’s done.
One complete baby blanket waiting for a good soak to be be then shipped off to its new blankety life in FL.
And there it is with a mass market paperback for size comparisons. Now to start planning for the Tour de Fleece, the Ravelympics (whatever they are called now) and month 2 of Nerd Wars T5.