WIP Wednesday ~ in which I am *that close*

I am so close. So close I can practically feel it. Close to what, you ask? Close to being done with crocheting squares for the Babette blanket! I still have a small handful to make, and yes – then I have to sew in starting ends and assemble the blanket – but I AM SO CLOSE!

For proof of progress, here are the squares I’ve made since my last photo update:


I’m not going to take a photo of all of the squares until I have finished making them. But still, this is definite progress. I really can’t wait until I’m done with this project, and this is a really good start to being done.


(another glamour shot of the squares)

I have also been knitting the second Circle of Love Cowl. There has been less progress on it, though, because the weather got warmer and it’s hard to think about knitting a mohair cowl on my lunch break when it’s in the 70’s. Also, I really have too large a crochet hook in the project bag, so while it works for getting the beads on the yarn, it’s not always easy. I need to remember to swap out hooks to speed the knitting along again.


There is the progress on the cowl, at any rate. I love the way it looks laid out, and am looking forward to trying it on once it’s done to see how the beads fall on the finished fabric. Well… I’ll try it on once it’s finished and the temperature gets back to something resembling cool weather. I might need to stand in front of the open freezer.

Have a great rest of the week!

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WIP & FO Wednesday

Today we have a combination post! Since there are both WIPs and FOs today, I’m just going to mix it up and show you everything all at once.

We’ll start with the WIP. This is the Psychonauts square for the 2016 Geek-A-Long blanket:

I’m enjoying working on it so far, but check back with me in a couple of days. I’m doing this with three colors (though only ever two at a time – I’m treating the center point as intarsia knitting and twisting the two contrast colors). I’m also going to be reversing part of the pattern so that the question marks are correct from both sides. Between the mods I’m making to the pattern and the yarn twisting around itself, this might get a little crazy. I’ll keep you posted.

Next is the most recent GAL square that I finished: the D20.

This one was a fun knit, partly because I loved the color combination, partly because I love D&D, and partly because I successfully learned how to do double-knitting with different patterns on the front and back. The difference was having a 20 on the front of the die, and a 1 on the back.

Other people have done this (and I borrowed the chart from one of them) but this was the first time I attempted this technique.

And my last FOs for this post are reminders that I do other crafts besides knit sometimes.

These are a couple of necklace and earring sets I put together over the weekend. They were fun, and relatively quick, and prompted me to actually use the Pintrest pins I’ve been saving. (I didn’t want to use Pintrest to pin things and then forget about them, so I made a point of using the beadwork stuff I’ve pinned as an inspiration.)

I hope you’re having a great week so far!

WIP Weds ~ East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Happy Hump Day!

I think it’s time for a WIP Weds post. There will only be one WIP listed today, because there hasn’t been much visible progress on any of the other WIPs. For instance, I love working on the Dark Side of the Moon socks, because the yarn is so soft and the striping is fun to watch, but I can only take so many in-progress photos of plain vanilla socks.

So, today we have photos of my East of the Sun, West of the Moon shawl. This is a Nim Teasdale pattern, and the yarn is Knitwhits Freia Handpaints Ombré Lace in the Ice Queen colorway.

I’ve been really enjoying this pattern, though I’m finding that I like the lace a LOT more than the stockinette sections. I knew I would. I mean, lace is FUN. I love knitting lace. But I thought that I would like the way the two sections differed enough to keep me interested in knitting the stockinette parts. This is not as much the case as I was hoping. So, even though I had planned to alternate all the way to the bottom of the shawl, I may do lace only from here out. It’s so pretty, so it’s not a hardship.

I’m also enjoying the beading. I’m so glad there are beads in this pattern. You may recognize the beads, in fact. These are the same beads as I’m using for the Semele shawl I’ve been working on. There are only two differences: first, I’m using only the opaque beads for this one. Second, the beads and the yarn for the Semele shawl are complementary colors while the beads and yarn for the East of the Sun, West of the Moon shawl are close to a perfect match. (Granted, since the Freia is a gradient yarn, the beads match one part of the shawl but not another. Also, there are a couple colors of beads I’m using, so they may match the bottom of the shawl but not the middle section. I love the way it’s working.) Actually, I love the way both color schemes are working. They’re just completely different from each other.

So that’s what I’m up to lately. Knitting shawls is great for binge-watching TV shows, since the rows can be so long, so I’ve been knitting this shawl while watching “Castle”. (I just started it. I know, bad author. But it’s a lot of fun!) Anyway, I hope you’ve been having a great week!

Wip Weds for 4/8/15

Happy WiP Weds! How about some knitting pics? Yeah, I didn’t think you’d mind.

This is the newly revised Semele Shawl, on a US 5 needle and beaded. The beads are from Joann Fabrics. Nothing special, mostly because I decided I wanted to bead it NOW and didn’t want to wait for a special bead order to come in. With the beads on it, this pattern looks more like feathers to me than leaves (which it looked like before). 

I’m really enjoying this shawl. The bead placement is essentially random, though I do try to make sure that no more than two beads of the same color are next to each other. The pattern is surprisingly easy to memorize, too. Or – maybe not “memorize”. “Intuit” might be a better word. I still refer to the pattern on each row, but I don’t have to study it the way I did at first.

 

I’m also still trying to decide whether I want to bead the edge of the Sweetheart Sweater. I have all but finished seaming it – I still have one sleeve to set it, but that’s it. And then I have to decide on the beaded edging. Sigh. Choices.

 

There’s also the Flutterby socks. I still like them, but I have to admit that I’m starting to get bored with them. I realize that this is partly because I have now decided that they aren’t going to be for me. It’s always easier to knit things for myself unless I have deadlines I’m up against. (And even sometimes then…) It’s also partly because the yarn isn’t super soft. Yes, this means they will be longer-wearing socks. But they are not as much fun to knit as super soft yummy yarn.

 

Not pictured today is the Pretty Thing Cowl, which is all done except for the blocking. I’m not sure how to block it so that there aren’t seam lines from where it’s folded in half. I’ll figure it out sooner or later, but until then it’s sitting and waiting for me to do something with it.

 

And, because this is me… we also have a not-yet-started pair of socks. I’m not sure what pattern they’re going to be yet. But they’re sure to be fun, because they’re Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Yarn (the Silkie blend). I love that stuff.

Update and Semele Shawl

Well, it’s been a while since I had the energy to blog consistently. First there was the rehearsal period, then there were shows, and then there was recovery time. Truth be told, I’m still not sure I’m fully recovered. I don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis anyway; throw in late nights at the theatre, and it’s really no wonder I was so exhausted for so long.

It was worth it, though! The show was fabulous, and it was so great to be involved with theatre again. Mr. Wyrm and I had taken a break to focus on health (mostly his, but I also needed an emotional break from drama) and so getting back was so nice for both of us. He seemed pretty able to handle it, too, which makes me happy.

One of the things that I did during the show was to start the Semele Shawl. Double-sided lace… not the kind of thing that one normally thinks of doing while Stage Managing a show. But this is me… so I started the shawl. This is the progress I made on it, though not all of it during the shows:

However, at about this point, I took a closer look at the shawl and decided that I didn’t like the fabric I was getting with this yarn on size US 3 needles. I should have known better when I started it – fingering weight on a US 3 makes a fairly dense fabric – but I was too excited to start the shawl, and didn’t pay much attention to the fabric density in the dark booth at the theatre.

So, though I loved the way the shawl was working up in this yarn (Dream in Color – Stardust, which was an experimental yarn blend and has been discontinued) I made the hard choice to frog it and start over on a larger needle. And since I was ripping it out anyway… I added beads. Because beads.

I do prefer the way this is knitting up already, so I think I made the right choice even if it was a wrench to have to start over. I can’t say that this is a super difficult shawl, but it’s also not an easy one – lace patterning on both sides – and the beginning is a little fiddly. So starting over was not what I really wanted to do, but it was what I needed to do.

Anyway, that’s what I’m up to. And hopefully now that the show has closed I will have a bit more energy to spend writing – both blogs and otherwise. I’ve missed having that energy. Hope you are all doing well!

WIP Weds Check-In and Shiny Things

Okay, time for another WIP Weds. But THIS TIME there is progress for the Round of Words! I promise!

MONTHLY GOALS:
  1. OCT: Prepare SF (novel project codename) characters & plot for NaNoWriMo. Working on it. I’ve even started an outline and Scrivener project.
  2. NOV: Write 50k words or more in SF.
  3. DEC: Finish the first draft of SF. When done, set aside. (No revision allowed until 1 month after completion date.)
WEEKLY GOALS:
  1. Work on writing projects a minimum of 5 days / week. 2 days so far. That’s Monday and Tuesday. Not bad progress. Not bad at all. Now if I can only continue to write during my work breaks instead of knit or read or play cell phone games, we’ll be all set.
  2. Visit and comment on a minimum of 7 other ROW blogs / week. So far I’m making progress. I’ve visited (& commented on) three ROW blogs to date.
  3. Write a minimum of 3 blog posts / week. At least one of these should be a ROW update. With this post, I’ll have made my three for the week and we’re only on Wednesday! And two of the three were ROW. Hopefully I’ll still get at least one more for the week (a book review on Friday or Saturday) but we’ll still have to see about that one.

Not bad for a Wednesday ROW check-in. And there’s still the knitting progress to show off!

Well, what I can show you, anyway. There’s one project that isn’t getting shown at all until after it gets gifted. But, there is progress. (Not on the Sweetheart Sweater, either. I’m still thinking about my options for that one, and thinking that black dye will be needed. And so I am waiting until I can be patient with the project again, instead of annoyed at it, so that I have the best chance at success with it.)

BUT, there is a new project.

This was a “cast on so you don’t explode” situation, as my S’n’B calls it. This is a pair of mostly plain vanilla socks. But I’m using Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel and star toe pattern from the Seeds in the Heart on Winter pattern. And I’ve gotten much farther than the picture shows: I’ve turned the heel on the first sock already. But I haven’t taken more than the one picture yet, so that’s all you get.

For the sock. You also get these shiny things:

I’ve been doing some more beading, too, mostly because Jen of Epbot posted about her latest experiments with resin jewelry and I HAD TO TRY IT. Looked so much fun. And you know what? It is. Here’s my go at it:

I got the metal bezels to use as forms instead of buying molds, because I figured they’d be easier and more forgiving. Now that I’ve used them – as long as the pendants turn out (they haven’t finished setting yet, and I may have overfilled a couple of them) – I will be buying some molds and making more things. Can you say Christmas presents? I can. This also has the potential for a fun project to do with my niece and my sister for a girls’ day in. Anyway, it’s been a good week so far. Hope yours has as well!

WIP Weds

It seems like I’m just starting one new project after another this year. The newest project is one that I won’t be sharing fully with you until it’s finished. Not because it’s a gift or stealth knitting, but because it’s a part of a mystery KAL and we’ve been asked not to post pictures of the WIP until after the last clue has been released.

Now, while I suspect that the main request meant “don’t post on Ravelry”, I’m going to be linking my blog posts to Rav, and so don’t want to show too much here. However, I can show you this much:

Mystery Shawl KAL

It’s the yarn and beads I’m using for the shawl. And the pattern is the Susanna IC January mystery shawl KAL.

I also started a scarf for my niece. It’s knit on US10.5 needles, so goes pretty quickly – when I work on it. But since I’ve gotten seduced by the lace alpaca and beads of the mystery shawl, I’m not working on the scarf as much as I could.

Scarf for niece

It’s a green scarf, though, which is her favorite color, so I think she’ll like it whenever I get it finished. And the reason for starting it when I did? She wanted to buy a scarf, but her grandma told her that “if you buy that scarf, your auntie will be sad.” Implying that I will be making her one. Um, thanks Mom. Warning would have been nice.

And then, something I didn’t just start but which is knitting up really nice and quickly (again, when I’m not being seduced by lacy alpaca goodness): the Waterfall socks.

Crazy Waterfall 1-8-12

It’s a fun pattern, and I love the way the yarn keeps surprising me with what the colors are doing. Zauberballs are fun like that. Every time I knit with one, I remember how much I love it and want to knit with more.