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Join me as I share my crafty journey with you. I continue to expand my repertoire of hobbies. I knit, sew, crochet, bead and probably most importantly am a lover of science fiction. Occasionally I even pick up a book. I play Nerd Wars for Team Stargate Command which consumes most of my time.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Chuggin Along

I've put the shrug aside for a bit since its getting to big to knit at work.  In the mean time, since I need to knit to stay sane, I have finished one dishcloth and started another.  The first was Lizard Ridge, a pattern I found on Ravelry of course and the second is Vineyard, also a Ravelry find.  Vineyard is also in French which threw me off at first because those directions are listed first on the pattern.  I am finding that pattern a bit tricky, mostly because I didn't read all the way through the pattern before I started... The pattern itself is a 16 row repeat so that is on my pile and not in my work bag.  So I am also working on a baby hat.  An exorbitant amount of people are preggers at work so I'm trying to get a head start on my signature gift, or at least its going to be my signature gift at this rate.  This has got to be the most projects I've ever had on needles at once and I defiantly find it disconcerting.  Lets count for fun:  1)The Homespun shrug I plan to frog, 2)The hubbies scarf he wont wear anyway so why bother, 3) The Knitch shrug I am undecided on, I like the pattern not the yarn, 4)Noro Striped Scarf, yarn is on back order, so not my fault, 5)Vineyard Dishcloth, 6)Baby Hat.  My goodness and that's not counting the half done ball-band dishcloth that's on a holder because I ran out of cotton.  I still have no more yellow cotton to finish that one with.  The short version of that story is that its Wal-Marts fault.  Then there are the baby thumless mittens that are only a few rows complete.  I thought maybe I should do those in the round instead of seam, I guess I'm still thinking.  Wow, I hate hate not completing projects.... hmmm.  Guess I have some unfinished business de-stashing to do. 
That's the Lizard Ridge dishcloth, with Peaches and Cream in Winterberry. 
"My Favorite"
 (A sci-fi reference for y'all)

That's a close up of the shrug, see why Dune is so appealing?  I think I'm going to block this one, see if it makes a difference.

Last but not least the Noro scarf.  I fall in love with it more every time I see it.  The wide array of colors are what get me.  Basically there is a different color for every one of my moods.  (Depending on who you ask that means a different shade of miserable for every moment.)  I like it and want to finish it badly.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Internets Win Again

     So problem solved!  I want to thank TECHknitting for the answer to the separating stands issue.  I did a random Google search with the hope that someone else has had the same problem I had and had the solution for it.  To say I found a gold mine in the TECHknitting blog is an understatement.  For any knitters new and old I highly recommend this blog.  There are excellent written instructions and wonderful illustrations that actually help.  I could write and entire post praising this blog...  It's going to be my go to for any issues I have in the future  Thank you TK!!!

http://techknitting.blogspot.com/

Check it out its beyond awesome.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

So, its been a bit and I've been productive

Work has been a bit nutty lately.  I've pretty much lived there for the last three weeks.  I finally have tonight off thanks to a scheduling error.  So in more entertaining news; I have finished the Cable and Eyelet hat!  It also fits my tiny head, which is great news for me.
I am quite pleased with the outcome.  I used only the one skein, so I have another one to do something else with or another one of these, whichever.  As I have stated earlier I found the Baby Llama to be on the light side for a worsted and I hold to that.  I wont be using this yarn for typical worsted projects again.  I'll probably substitute it for a sport(DK, whatever)  I still do like its softness though and the llama smell comes through just enough to be fun. 
I started another project of course.  Dream Shrug is the pattern name.  I am using Trendsetter Dune.  So far, I have very mixed feelings about this yarn.  It is double stranded but not plied.  Its mohair and then wool/polymide.  The mohair must be stretchier or something because it is separating from the other strand and making me nutty.  The knitted work is gorgeous but the ever lengthening divide is really getting on my nerves.  Plus the yarn was not anywhere near cheap so I defiantly don't want to waste a shred of it!  Suggestions or advise would greatly be appreciated.
Happy knitting everybody.