Tag Archives: Knitting

A Plan to Finish

If you couldn’t guess I am not even remotely a monogamous knitter. Let’s not even discuss the other crafts. Have I mentioned I added sewing to the list? I’ve added sewing to the list. But, for one week only I’m going to try. My goal, for the rest of the week to work on my Bayside.

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As you can see, I have more than half the body done,  looking at the pattern, I have nine inches to knit before the ribbing then the sleeves. The plan is to knit all this week, and see how I do. It might be easier if I hadn’t also started a new spinning project yesterday.

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The  2oz of cheviot roving from Painting Box Fibers that I grabbed at the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Festival. Though I suppose technically spinning is a totally different craft, so it doesn’t count right? Fingers crossed, I really want to finally finish this sweater. It fits this time, and I would like to start some other sweaters.

Bayside Growing Yet Again

I have gotten to the point on the Bayside sweater where all the balls are once again center pull balls! So that means I have knit my way past where it was on my second go around full of miscounting.

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So four inches in and the third time is looking to be the charm. I’ll keep my fingers crossed but this will likely be the project I work on during the Superbowl. Well this or spinning. I have been neglecting my spinning lately.

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I have been keeping track of my increases and better tracking of my color changes.  Just by using a wedge project bag from KicksandGiggles (great bags and great geeky fabrics, give the shop a look see) where the three skeins line up side by side. So every other row I just pick the next ball in the line. They are tightly packed at least for now so I don’t have to worry about them moving.   Every other row might be overkill on the color changes, but the increase are set that way right now, and it means I know when I get to the third ball, the first row is also the cable cross. Sleeves will be interesting…

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The bag is an adorable Supernatural themed fabric.  Saving People and Hunting Things, the Family Business (youtube link).

 

 

Making Monday: DownEast

On Friday I frogged the work I had done for The DownEast sweater.  It was only about 4 inches of the collar which I had twisted.  I also had mixed feelings about the size 11 needles. Especially when I read ahead and learned  that the entire sweater would be in the same size. I went down to 10 1/2 and we’ll see how that goes.

This was also my first experience with the tubular cast on, which I really like and may use in a sweater design I’m working on.  We’ll see how I feel about the cast off.

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Currently I’m about  ten rows from the sleeve separation and I have hope to get that done today on my way or while waiting at the doctor’s office.  I’ve been trying to post progress daily on Instagram as a method to keep me from shoving the project in a corner for a week.

So far so good.  Here are the first three days of posting.  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

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There was only about an inch of growth between day two and three, but I figure today will be the big jump.  And once the sleeves are separated the body will pick up speed again.But I’m enjoying the project and will have a great sweater, hopefully in time for Rhinebeck, and if not in time for the next polar vortex.

Making Monday: A Touch of Everything

This weekend was full of bouncing around making a few dozen things.  I finished up a custom order, finally made a decision on plying the Hobbledehoy fiber. Resurrected an older project and made progress on my Bayside  sweater. Two weeks to go.

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On top of that I  finally got the new camera set up to take pictures for this Friday’s shop update.  Tripod, light box, and macro lenses. I really like how the photos came out once I had a groove going.  I mean look at these Kaylee Earrings.  I may take some of my mini vacation in May to go through the shop and replace some items with better photos.  I have already started on a couple.

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There was also spinning. I have decided to chain-ply the Hobbledehoy Fiber and have started with the first spindle full I finished. I also will be plying the last two remaining braids on the fly.

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And lastly I pulled out my poor neglected color affection. There is a small section remaining at least in relation to where I started though it is likely another few more hours of work at the very least. Who knows maybe I will try some spring cleaning project wise to get some things off the needles.

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A busy if  not random weekend of crafting.  That even included a walk in the park to enjoy the weather with a friend, and rearranging a bit of the stash.  How did your weekends pan out.

 

On Writing

It seems this week’s posts all feed into each other. So onto the next topic  writing. I don’t tend to mention it much on this blog except for in November, when many of my nearest and dearest  endeavor to write 50,000 words in the company of many other writers old and new. We take over cafes, bars, deli’s across the boroughs and try to make it happen with varying degrees of success.

 

I don’t write as much the rest of the year that I would (remember all those other crafts? And work? And sleep? Oh and sometimes I like to talk to/see other people) but I am trying to fit in a better schedule then November’s insanity but I made it so. I  overbalanced for writing but I was still knitting, crafting, reading, though my social time and writing time were the same and that helped immensely.

 

So what is it that I do write when I get around to it? Fantasy, urban fantasy to be exact. Modern day, set in the “real-ish” world, usually, New York. It’s a good city for hiding things, or showing how out in the open things are. And I like that the city is built for building the most diverse and disparate cast of characters and still seem believable.

 

I have stories in the works about, gods, werewolves, superheroes, aliens, witches, humans +, wars, global warming, angels, demons, and then some. I have to finish and workshop these things long before I can start shopping them around and in the meanwhile I’ll keep pounding away and someday hope to post a book announcement.

 

For now I just hope to write something I can show my writing group before 2013. Things that I want to get done. So many things.

 

But I do have a goal of editing 1000 words or writing 500 new ones a week. As someone who has days when she had written 8k words in a day part of this is a bit of shame. That little voice in my head will just tsk and say “really? 500 words? 1000 words you already did? How fast can you read and you had no time in 7 days? And how long were you on twitter?” At this point the voice gets snarky-er.

 

Last week I tore down about 19,000 words to about 8,000. So I know I can do it. I also know if I don’t have an reason to stop, like getting off the bus or going to sleep I will go past 500. I enjoy writing and I always think I should do it more often as if  there is someone other then myself stopping me. I tend to work out scenes when I can’t do anything else, like walking home or showering.  Granted I tend to say this after every NaNo so we’ll see how I do this time around.

 

Granted I have a new toy that should help as the CEO at our company gave everyone iPads as a Christmas/10th anniversary present.  And I just read a post on how to link my scrivener to Dropbox and make magic happen.  And there will be a scrivener app for the iPad in the future. All I can say is yes please, do you  need a beta tester?

 

So it turns out I had to frog the mitten for a different reason.  I had the colors alternating in the wrong way. I’m almost black to where I frogged from so that mostly works.

And so Begins the New Year

Happy New Year all!  I hope you all had fun last night and are only paying for it a little today.

There are a lot of things I want to get done in the new year. Take a vacation, learn some new things finish some old. I tend to not make resolutions but instead set goals for things I want to accomplish in the year regardless of if I do that on 1/1 or 12/31. The more important thing I’ve found is having things I want to get done.

The newest goal I have has to be the desire to learn to spin. Vogue Knitting Live has a class that I registered for on Sunday the 15th at 8am (I’ll be the one with the espresso IV); so that’s going to be fun but that may be the fastest that I was able to make good on what I was sure would be an epic goal. Perhaps the goal should be modified so that, i spin and knit with the yarn I spin.

I also want to finish my first and knit my second and dare I say it third sweater sometime in the year.  Socks are a thing I should make for myself. And gloves, I just need more gloves.

So Goals:

– Spinning
– Sweaters
– Gloves
-Socks
– The usual stash busting

I’m sure the list will get longer as the year goes on but it’s a start.

What are your plans for 2012?

And here’s some gold silk lace weight  cause it’s pretty even if it was a nightmare to wind all 3500 yards of it.

Day 7: Your knitting and crochet time

Write about your typical crafting time. When it is that you are likely to craft – alone or in more social environments, when watching TV or whilst taking bus journeys. What items do you like to surround yourself with whilst you twirl your hook like a majorette’s baton or work those needles like a skilled set of samurai swords. Do you always have snacks to hand, or are you a strictly ‘no crumbs near my yarn!’ kind of knitter.

I seem to have developed two standard knitting environments; while traveling and while drinking. I have a long commute to work.  About 2 hours each way and, I don’t drive. So I start out my commute on the subway and usually have pulled out my needles while still on the platform.

Then starts the second part of my travels into the wilds of  New Jersey.

So I do have plenty of knitting time on my commute, though there are times where I spend that time reading, sleeping, writing, or playing video games.  It just all depends on my mood and what projects  and other distractions I have with me. The same is true if  I am doing something like flying.  I tend to plan what knitting to bring on a flight long before I decide on what clothing to bring.

In all these places I also have my other staple. My iPod. I always have music playing when traveling and knitting and it is something that helps keep me calm and keep me focused.  I find outside sounds distracting and harder to tune out then a play list I have put together.

My other knitting time is spent while drinking. I’d like to say something like I have no idea how that started, but I joined a knitting group that met in a bar. Not just any bar mind you, Burp Castle.

With Beers on tap and murals of Monks gone wild, we would meet here every Weds (we have since become a roving band of wild knitters) drink chat and knit.  We became regulars, it was the bar where everyone (at least weds night) knew our names or our habit.

“There are those knitters again.”
“What are you making this time?”
“Is that a TARDIS?”
“But you knit, in a BAR?”

So with beer, Pommes Frites, and hopefully a light colored yarn in hand, we knit. We chat and we drank.  It was something that I came to look forward to. Wednesday wasn’t hump day, it was Beer and Knitting.  And that made it a good day.  I joined this group, less than a year after I started knitting, and it has gotten me in the habit of knitting in bars with other friends, who either pull out their knitting as well, or shake their heads in amusement.

It’s amusing to see that my other knitting group, while it meets in a yarn store, said store has a bar in the back and it is quite often that you can find me with a bottle of cider, or a glass of Riesling as we knit and chat away.

Not so geeky Hat

Every once in a while I do knit normal things ;).  Like this hat. Simple black flip top with cables.  For dad. Let’s hope he likes it, cables might be too fancy for him.

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Dad's Hat

The Pattern is South End Knitter’s Hat By Amy McElwain which is available on Ravelry.

Carnage

Well the next double knitting scarf will have to wait until I get the rest of the yarn colors I need. But for now I’ve stared on a more inspired project. I blame USM 21: War of the Symbiote.

So the beginnings of the carnage scarf. Braided cables and my favorite colors how could I not do it?

Carnage Scarf

Carnage Scarf