WIP Wednesday for 4 April 2018

This week it has been all sock knitting, all the time.

I have been knitting essentially exclusively on my second Minecraft sock this week. (There may have been a row here and there on the GAL square.) I really want to get it finished sooner rather than later. I’d love to have the pair done before I start on the Nessie Sock Expedition MKAL, but I doubt that’s going to happen, especially as I have to undo the toe of the finished Minecraft sock and fix it before the pair can be considered finished.

Side note: I just love how the pattern detail carries down to the heel. So fun and squishy.

Still, I’ll get as far as I can on it before then. (And then it will still be nearly all sock knitting, all the time, except it will be on the Nessie socks.)

I did “work on” another project: I frogged the Vanilla is the New Black socks as I planned to do last week and re-wound the yarn into two more-or-less equal balls so that I can knit toe-up socks from that yarn and go until I’m out of yarn. I still haven’t picked a pattern for it, or taken new photos of the wound yarn. And that sock project will have to wait until after Nessie. But still, it is progress of a sort.

Happy first Wednesday of April! I hope you have a lovely day.

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WIP Wednesday for 28 March 2018

 

Right. Remember the Vanilla sock I started using Chroma Twist fingering yarn? The one that I started and then frogged and restarted? Well… it’s going to get frogged again. I’m just not happy with how it’s turning out as a vanilla sock. I’m going to frog it, and wind the yarn into two equal balls, and then knit some as-yet-undetermined toe-up pattern that actually has a pattern instead. I like the yarn and the fabric it’s making, just not the way it looks in stockinette.

I did like the way it looked against a backdrop of a Bahamian island, which is where I spent a good deal of time knitting on it.

Knitting in the Bahamas

Since it’s been two weeks since my last WIP Weds post, there has been other knitting progress as well. I’ve gotten a little farther on my Groot GAL square:

And the Chroma Entrelac Scarf has been growing as well:

For the most part, though, the knitting of the month has been fighting with the Chroma Twist socks. Alas.

Have a great rest of the week!

 

Sunday Summary ~ 25 March 2018

I am not entirely sure how it is already the end of March. Ah well, these things happen. Here are some highlights of the month:

  1. I saw the Disney movie version of “A Wrinkle In Time” and, while it is not the book I did enjoy it a lot. The movie takes the bones of the book’s story and fleshes it out with visuals that a modern audience can understand. It dumbs down the science. (A LOT.) And it takes liberties that I didn’t think I’d like (such as making the cast multi-racial) and it turns out that I LOVE. (I really wasn’t sure about Oprah as one of the Mrs. But she does a good job. I was also worried about the child leads, since I didn’t know them. But they do a great job, too. This one is worth watching… and then go read (or re-read) the book.
  2. Mr. Wyrm and I saw “Frozen” and “Hamilton” on Broadway. So excited! I love seeing plays, period, but seeing them on the Broadway stage seems so much better. Perhaps because they have semi-permanent homes and so the sets and stages can get more elaborate than the traveling shows. We’ve taken to calling this NYC trip our visit to see Hamilton and Brrr. (A play on words. Because Hamilton also features Aaron Burr. Yes, we think we’re funny.)
  3. I kept starting knitting projects instead of actually finishing more of the ones I have on the needles. This will eventually change, but it does seem that spring is a traditional time for knitters to get startitis.
  4. Reading happened. More than I had expected, to be honest. It included graphic novels, too, which I enjoy but don’t usually remember to read.
  5. I survived a trip to IKEA (and the assembly afterward). Suzy is not so sure about her new IKEA cat furniture, but either she’ll decide to use it or we’ll have a new shelf unit for other things.

March 2018 Status:

Side note: since the February Summary was posted with three days left in the month, this one includes a few items completed in February as well. I’ll put an asterisk at the end of the ones finished in February.

Knitting

Knitting projects finished:
  • Periodic Table GAL square *
  • Thor GAL square
Knitting WIPs:
  • 2016 GAL Blanket (current square: Studio Ghibli)
  • 2018 GAL Blanket (current square: Groot)
  • Lacy Entrelac Chroma Scarf
  • Purple Majesty Boyfriend Sweater
  • Raw Honey Mitts
  • Minecraft Socks
  • Seeta Mitts
  • Vanilla is the New Black socks

Reading

Books read:
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (paper, re-read)
  • Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner (audio, new)
  • More Cute Stories Vol. 6: Knott’s Bear-y Tales by Rolly Crump (audio, new)
  • Frostbite by Joshua Williamson and Jason Shawn Alexander (paper graphic novel, new)
  • Sabaska’s Tale (Tales of the Travelers #1) by J.A. Campbell (e-book, new)
  • “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare (paper, re-read)
  • Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (paper, new)
Reviews written:
Books in progress:
  • Cosmos by Carl Sagan (audio, new, 50%)
  • Stand the Line by Lazette Gifford (e-book, new, 1%)
Challenge update:

While the rest of this status update has been for the current month only, this is my year-long progress on all of my reading challenges.

  • Books read: 18/60
  • Shakespeare plays: 1/10
  • Percent new books: 72.22%
  • Bucket List Books: 5
  • Backlist Reader Challenge: 6/40
  • Book reviews posted: 8
  • DNF reads: 2

FO Wednesday for 21 March 2018

Okay, this is neither a WIP post nor a knitting post. But it’s a craft FO post, and I have nowhere else I’d rather share it, so here you go.

In addition to knitting and crochet, I do cross-stitch. I don’t work on my projects very often anymore, but I learned how to cross-stitch before I learned just about any other craft. I’ve been doing cross-stitch since I was very young. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know how. (To one degree or another of complexity, anyway. My early projects weren’t done very well, but I did them all myself.)

This is my latest cross-stitch FO. And they were a UFO for way, waaaay too long. (They stopped being a WIP years ago.) The only thing that kept me from finishing them was… well, the finishing. Doing the cross-stitch wasn’t a problem. It was the sewing them into ornament pillows that was daunting. (I don’t know why. I also sew clothes and costumes. Sewing shouldn’t be a big deal.)

Anyway, these have been all finished but the sewing for a couple of years now. Maybe as many as 5. (Or 10. I’m not sure, but a long time.) I finally decided that I was going to finish these before I allowed myself to start any new projects, and what do you know? That got them finished really fast. I am pleased with how they turned out. I’m only a little annoyed that I didn’t bother to get out any Christmas decorations to use in the photo shoot. Still, they look good just sitting on the counter, too.

Happy Wednesday!

WIP Wednesday for 14 March 2018

Plenty of progress this week, but not a whole lot to show in pictures. First of all, the Thor GAL square is done, which means it was time to start a new square. This one is Groot! (Dancing baby Groot, to be specific.) I think the colors I picked work well for the square, but I’m hoping that they aren’t too similar. I think I’ll be fine. (At least under good lighting.)

GAL Blanket - Groot

Next up is the reworked vanilla sock. You may remember this as the sock that I started as a toe-up two-at-a-time pair last week. Well, I remembered why I haven’t been knitting socks that way: I don’t like the needles I have for that method. So, I got rid of the needles, ripped the sock back, and have restarted the sock as a cuff-down one-at-a-time pair. They also are now not plain vanilla, but are the Vanilla is the New Black pattern. (Which is vanilla except for a fun heel.) Anyway, it took a bit of backwards progress to get there, but I’m happy with where they are.

Vanilla sock

Have a great rest of the week!

 

WIP Wednesday for 7 March 2018

Okay, I have decided what I am going to do with the Raw Honey mitts that I made a mistake on (keep knitting the correct one, and hope then frog the first one and hope I have enough yarn to make it the correct length instead) but I’m still annoyed at it so I haven’t been knitting on it this week. I also decided that there’s now no way these will make it in time for the birthday, so they will be a Christmas gift instead.

I have been knitting on the Lacy Chroma Entrelac scarf. I really love this project so, so much. I may have to knit more of them in all the colors of the rainbow so that there’s a whole color palette to choose from.

(This one is my travel knitting, which is why I take pictures of it on my car seats. At least it’s in natural light.)

And I have been knitting on the Thor GAL square. Almost done with it, now that I’ve pulled out the second ball of the background yarn and am using that to finish it. I think I know how I’ll handle getting fewer squares out of each ball of yarn than I’d expected (some of the GAL patterns switch yarns part-way through; I’ll just incorporate more of those) but I’m still loving this project so it didn’t have to sit on time-out for long.

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And since last week I finished the Periodic Table GAL square, I’ve cast on the Studio Ghibli square to fill those needles. (As a quick reminder, the Thor square is for the worsted-weight version I’m knitting as a gift. The Studio Ghibli square is for the fingering weight version I’m knitting for myself.) You probably can’t tell, but that white yarn is sparkly. It seemed appropriate for a square about a magical ghost-like spirit creature. (The square features No-Face from Spirited Away, which is Mr. Wyrm’s favorite Studio Ghibli film. (My favorite is Castle in the Sky.))

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I haven’t really knit on them much lately, but here’s a current picture of the Minecraft socks anyway:

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And I have done something I didn’t plan to do: I started a pair of plain vanilla socks. Um. Oops?

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(Yes, okay, doing toe-up two-at-a-time socks isn’t entirely plain vanilla. Close enough.)

WIP Weds for 28 February 2018 ~ the FO edition

Okay, so this week I have been knitting on the Lacy Entrelac Chroma Scarf (because lace and color change yarn and fun fun fun) and the Raw Honey Mitts (because gift knitting) and the 2016 Geek-A-Long blanket (because it’s 2018 and I’m still working on a project named after 2016).

The Chroma scarf has no new pictures because I could spam you with the pretty but since I took one last week there hasn’t been *that* much change since your last picture.

The Raw Honey Mitts have no new picture because I realized that I made a mistake on the first mitt and started the thumb gusset way too early, and now I have to decide what I’m going to do.

That leaves us with the Geek-A-Long blanket.

KNIT / TINK GAL Square

This is the “Periodic Table” square from the 2014 blanket. As the square was written, the back side would be a mirror image of this side. (AKA mirror writing, with the letters not readable from the back.)

Well. I couldn’t have that. Instead, I tweaked the charts a bit and made this one Extreme Double Knitting, and ended up with this for the back side of the square:

KNIT / TINK GAL Square

I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.