Saturday, January 13, 2018

Stash Enhancement Saturday

I bought a sweater at a Goodwill store in Seattle about 10 years ago.  I washed it and unraveled it and basically ignored it.  I pulled it out yesterday and caked up most of the yarn.  There are a lot of knots, but more than enough yarn for a new sweater.  I haven’t picked a pattern yet.

I designed some socks inspired by the new Doctor’s costume in Doctor Who.  This is a ridiculous amount of yarn for a single pair of socks.  Her shirt has multicolored stripes so most of them were needed.  It is the first project in awhile that seems interesting, so I’m off to cast them on.

Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 already?

Here's what has been finished recently.
  • Gnome pillow.  Knitting done, needs a pillow form.
  • Frankensocks.  These were done with one section per day between December 1-24.  Definitely Frankensocks, but fun to do.

  • Three French hens:
  • Alaska hat:
  • Fairy Lights socks:
  • Lucky cat.  If I tried it again, I'd do it as a plain white cat and not as the mutant calico that this one turned out to be.

Photo skills with the iPad mini have not improved, but I have hope that practice might help.  It didn't with my camera, but it could work.  

I'm not knitting or crocheting anything at the moment.  I've got a shawl and a sweater ready to go for possible Ravellenics projects next month.  I've also got a Jimmy Beans sock kit on the way that will also be done for Ravellenics.  It's a knitalong where a cable is added every time your country gets a medal in the Olympics.  I'm considering a Valentine knitalong, since it should be done before all this other stuff starts.

I may be embroidering for awhile.  I've got a kit on the way for a Frida Kahlo pillow from Sublime Stitching.  I've got some other stuff from Sublime Stitching that I want to dig out.  My craft room looks like my stash exploded, so perhaps that will happen first.  Fewer things to dig through if I do that first?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 in Review

I did less knitting, spinning, and crocheting in 2017 than I did in 2016.  My energy level has dropped some and I've been doing other things.  I guess that's why.

My favorite project for the year was the Yarnia blanket.  It came out a lot better than I expected it to.

My favorite new-to-me yarns came from Must Stash.

Happy fibery new year to all.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Stash Enhancement Saturday

The yarn for my Sock Arms sweater arrived yesterday.

The stripes arm color is Good Guys and is on the left.
The tonal body ranges from brown to pale pink and is called Star Lord.
The yarns came from Must Stash.

Friday, December 15, 2017

F O Friday

My Yarnia blanket is done.  It really is a blanket because it fits my bed.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WIP Wednesday

I’m still slogging away at blanket assembly.  It may require reknitting one or two squares.  One is bigger than all the others.  One is shorter than all the others.  It would be nice if the two could be used together to make two normal squares, but that isn’t going to work.

The gnome/Santa pillow is still in time out.

Frankensocks are up to date.

One project that has been rattling around in my head for a couple of years took a step forward this week.  It started with this book:
It’s all about finding inspiration for colorwork patterns.  Inspiration can be anything, from obvious things like nature to things like technology or architecture.  I’ve been wanting to try this out, but did not know what I could do with patterns once they were done.  A sweater sounded promising, but l try to avoid horizontal stripes.  Eventually I thought that a solid sweater with coordinating patterns on the sleeves would be good.  I didn’t want to concoct my own pattern and had not run across one that was suitable.

I got an email from Must Stash about sweater kits it is doing.  They are for a pattern I saw on Ravelry called Sock Arms.  Plain body with self-striping sock yarn for the arms, what does that sound like?
The size range goes beyond what l need, so Santa is bringing me one of the kits.  Well, maybe not quite for Christmas.  It will be here in plenty of time for Ravellenics.  At the rate this is going, my colorwork arms should be ready to do by the next Ravellenics.  The winter ones.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

I’m still knitting

...posting not so much.

Apple blossom hat is drying.  Cat tried to barf on it, but I was mostly able to get it out of harm’s way in time.  

Meadow bed socks that were finished a couple of weeks ago.

The squares for the Yarnia blanket are done.  Now I have to arrange 48 squares and sew them together.  Fun.

I’m doing the Frankensock advent socks again this year.  Again, I’ll be making two pairs of short socks instead of one pair of long ones.  I’m not terribly crazy about the toes, but whatever.   Clues 1 and 2:

The fringed shawl pattern turned out to be a scarf. I don’t know if I want to finish it.