It’s finally warming up here. It even rained. So of course I am well on my way on two projects for the bitter cold, and plan on starting another sweater soon. Just in time for spring? Assuming we don’t get another cold snap or a snow storm on April 1st.
The thrummed flip top mittens are going pretty well. I started on the second cuff and the thumb and flip top are all that is missing from the first glove.
I also cast on the Urban Forest Hat in Zealana Kauri. I won the prize from the awesome Pigskin party BostonJen ran for the NFL season. I have two skeins of the yarn, and have started on the main chart. I went up a few needle sizes so I am making the child’s size as its around the usual number of stitches I cast on for a hat with those needles. We’ll see if there is frogging in my future but so far it looks pretty good.
Casting on this hat, did get me to realize there are quite a few more skeins I have to add to my Raverly stash as these weren’t in there. I was starting to think I was nearly done. Silly me.
Friday night I cast on a Rikke hat for the Rikke hat along that was happening on instagram. I seem to have finished said hat by Sunday afternoon.
This is my second Rikke Hat, the first I made for my sister, and somehow took a few months to finish it as I kept working on and off on it. This time, on Saturday I had a few hours at the salon, so I was a captive knitter. I worked my way through the needle changes and had about 5 inches of hat.
And on Sunday I ended up at the yarn shop for a couple hours and I finished the hat! One complete Rikke in Dirty on Purpose. So another hat made. Now for the gloves.
In the midst of all the VKlive madness I was knitting. Just a bit mind you but I made a lovely hat. It was actually a test knit for MK Nance Designs It might still be waiting to be blocked but it’s done. And that’s what counts.
I really am tempted to just start wearing it, as I’m a big fan of twisted stitches. Its called the Fernan Hat and is now available to purchase.
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!
Today feels like I am earning the title to this blog. Not only am I crunching novel words all month today, I sleep nano’d. Seriously I dreamed a scene and wrote it down before I got out of bed… I am also working on a very familiar Viking Hat.
It’s the Nano viking hat. I sorta used a pattern. I say sorta, because I changed the stitch count, the stitches used, the layout and pretty much altered the pattern to what I wanted. I already have an idea on how to make the horns, and I this point I am using the pattern to keep notes on all my alterations.
I started knitting last night about five minutes after I finished my Corwith in red Rowan felted tweed.
In other WIP news, I have a turkey to brine, granita and pie to make. And if you were wondering my current word count is 34,639. I’m behind, but not so far back that I can’t make it up in the next couple days.
As I’ve been mentioning recently I have been on a hat roll. I’ve even started tagging all of this year’s gift hats Hatseason. So I suppose it was only a matter of time until word started to spread, and a friend commissioned a hat after seeing another friend in Corwith.
Made last year, in a skein of grey worsted it became the predecessor to Hat Season. As much as I enjoyed knitting it, I am more of a black or wacky color hat girl. So it went into the bag to find a good home and clearly it did. So good I’m getting requests for more of them. So I have cast on the next hat, in Rowan Felted Tweed.
Funnily enough even with it being a special request I had a few skeins in my stash that fit the request and this was the chosen winner. I have finished the ribbing and from what I remember this hat will be a very quick knit. Which is good, as I have another surprise on my plate.
And as the title of the post says, there is also prep! I will be at a Holiday Fair in two weeks. The Grace & The Arts at Christmas Fair on 11/15 and 11/16. More details as the date approaches, but it is off Broadway and 10th street. So a couple blocks from, Forbidden Planet, Strand, and other dangerous shops. So there are a couple of Christmas things, I need to get working on that I think would do well at a fair. Oh and I start NaNoWriMo this weekend. Just a couple things on my plate. I think I have to skip the first write in, to start getting ready.
I finished the Rikke hat for my sister. This was one of those projects I put down, and completely forgot about. The sad thing was I had put it down at the crown decreases as I had been working in the dark and that seemed like asking for trouble. Between my commute, untangling three balls of the yarn, and a conference call I finished the hat. Mostly.
She wants the hat lined, and I never did buy any fabric for that. But the knitting part is done and that is what counts right? Right?
I finished the blue handspun hat, though I didn’t work on it too much during the convention which I guess shows it was a quick knit. I am casting on a second hat with the leftover yarn.
Now how was NYCC? Fun! The crowds seemed smaller this year, but that might be because there was a lot of strategy being applied when hitting the vending floor. There was also, some time daily spent in the Mary Sue lounge. And it was great, my favorite conversation happened in that room while we all worked our way around friendship bracelet making. Seriously the ladies at the table were all fabulous. The jokes, references, and snark few far and fast.
If my convention had ended at this table it would have been plenty fun. But there were panels, art, trips to the Waystation and cosplay. So much cosplay.
There was some slight alteration to my cosplay and I was running around as Zoe from Firefly on Sunday instead of mohawk Storm, as the Mohawk needed some glue dipping and that took about 48hrs or so to dry last year so learning that Saturday night was not going to help.
I also totally forgot to take pictures of myself Sunday. But Thurs., Fri., and Sat. were all covered. In other people’s cosplay, random things caught my attention, like crochet pumpkin bombs.
Because crochet props are awesome.
Doctors at the Waystation, Five, Six, and Seven. And my friend is Five and she did knit her vest herself, as well as sew/alter everything else. She makes me a cosplay slacker. Now this week is to prep for Rhinebeck. Wooo…
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.
I finished the Claudia Hat I cast on Monday. Its a free pattern on Raverly and I knit it in a mystery skein of Plucky Knitter worsted weight. Mystery as I lost the tag, and if I recall correctly it was an odd/one off ball.
I feel that despite the pattern name with the yarn choice I ended up with a very masculine hat to throw into the gift pile. Currently my plan of attack, is to make hats, and maybe mitts with all the wild single skeins of worsted I keep finding as I make sense of the stash.
There looks like there could be enough yarn to make matching fingerless mitts, and the ribbing pattern at the edge would be simple enough to repeat. That would be an adventure for the weekend. I’ve also gone and cast on Down East today, and will see if I can magic up a finish by 10/17 – 22 whole days. Why? To see if I can really, I have plenty of sweaters to wear to Rhinebeck if I fail. You know like the one I finished Sunday.