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, December 30, 2012

2012 Year in Review

     With only two days left before 2013 I thought it would be a good idea to look back at 2012.  I made a list of goals back in April so lets see what I accomplished:

-Double Knitting
-Socks! (There is a deadline on this one 12/21/12, its a long story and it involves the Zombie Apocalypse)
-Color work, stranded knitting and I think its called Swiss Darning, where you follow over existing stitches with a different color.
-Real lace knitting, shawls or wraps with small needles (I have a small needle phobia)
-Knitted Ami, not sure if my little Red Blood Cell counts.
-Sweaters, I tend to do smaller projects so I want to do some more time consuming ones.
-Crochet, I was intending to keep focusing on knitting but I found out I do enjoy crochet.
-Finishing, its what makes an item look handmade not homemade, as they say.
-Traveling cables, the Celtic ones

Socks check:  August 2012
Felting check and check:  July 2012 

Knitted Ami check and check:  December 2012 (The RBC does count)
Sweater check:  December 2012
Traveling Cables check: July 2012 
More Crochet check and check:  September and October 2012

     So I need to think about my goals for next year.  Lace is at the top of my list, I already have yarn and a pattern at the ready.  All in all 2012 was a good knitting year!  Happy Crafting!  Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year.

Friday, December 28, 2012

T6: El Fin

     The world didn't end!  Christmas is over!  (In theory Christmas music should also be done, but alas, St. Joes didn't get the memo.)  Hubbs and I celebrated Christmas early.  We don't do much to begin with and we normally wait 'til January since we can actually get home to Lo'ville and have some money.  We exchanged gifts a couple days before Christmas and I went yarn shopping on Sunday.  I gave him two Xbox games and volume 7 of Futurama.  I got two History Channel sets and diamond earrings.  (Really nice ones too!)  My favorite yarn shop, Sheep Thrills! Yarn Company, was having an open house on Sunday 12.23.12.  There were cookies, eggnog and a chance to win a $50 gift certificate.  I got called into work that day, but told them I had to go to the yarn shop first.  (Ya know priorities.)  I really did need to go though since I needed 32" US8s for Abalone.  While I was there I splurged and got myself some yummy yarns.
Cascade Heritage Silk, which I already have earmarked for Cassis Shawlette.  I really enjoyed the scarf I finished and need to show you, so I got yarn to make one for me.
Malabrigo is becoming an addiction for me I think...  I had good light and the cats were helping me.  I think this pic turned out cute, Pookey has good taste. 

     So, on to the scarf I finished which means on to Nerd Wars!  I figured out how to stuff this one into a challenge.  I used it as the Team Unity Project.  This round we did a crossover with Team Mythology.  So we had to draw from actual mythology. 

The Asgard god Freya had a Falcon Cloak that allowed her to fly.  I figured a personal flying cloak would come in handy on the planets where the Stargate is miles away from anything.  The Asgard are an alien race in Stargate, a nekid alien race.  If life support ever failed on one of their ships a scarf may come in handy.  I used the pattern 2 Row Reversible Scarf, which I plan to use again with the Malabrigo.  The only down side of the pattern is that it shows mistakes really well.  I made a couple with this scarf, I hope they only bothered me. 

     I finished my dissertation!!!  I cant decide if I love it or hate it.  I picked up too many stitches for the body band so it ruffles around the hips.  I'm sure I'm just being overcritical of my own work.  Everything else is great.  It fits me, the knitting is great, the colors are great.  I think it'll grow on me.

  I was able to find another person out there who also likes the band Five Finger Death Punch, so I got to use them for the Intellectual challenge:  With a little help from my friends.  I used the line from Stranger Than Fiction
Of all the things you took away/
I miss my mind the most.
This of course made me thing of the Goa'uld, the parasitic alien race in Stagate who enslave the Jaffa and use humans as hosts.  They are very nasty bad guys.  I made a larval form Goa'uld much like the one Teal'c carries.  Jack always refers to him as Junior. 
My Junior is a little disproportionate.  His mouth/jaw flanges are a but long compared to his head.  If I were to do this again, I'd make the largest part of the head longer before breaking off for the mouth sections.  I'm quite happy with it though considering I winged it completely.
     My last project for T6 was for the Technical challenge:  A blank canvas.  We needed to embellish a project for that challenge.  I made a mini Christmas stocking and embellished it with a button.  I was going to incorporate beads, but 6s and worsted don't work well together.  I did however find out that two of the three tiny crochet hooks Mom gave me do work with those beads.  I used the left over yarn from my first pair of socks.  Now, every year when I get out my Christmas ornaments I'll have a tribute to learning to how to knit socks.  The ornament will probably outlast the socks too.  
This was a great little pattern.  It has directions for worsted and fingering.  The only qualm was it didn't tell you when to change yarns to get a contrasting cuff, toe and heel.  (It is however easy to figure out where to do it if you've done socks.)  I didn't pay close enough attention and realised I should have changed colors for the heel after I turned it...oops.  It still looks good.  The pattern is:  Mini Stocking Ornament.  I have some more scraps of left over worsted weight yarn, I should make a few more of these. 
     We finally got some snow here in CNY so snowmobiling is in our immediate future.  Huzzah!  I'll leave you with one final image more to come in the month off from Nerd Wars.  This is Teal'c with Junior.  Happy Crafting!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Round Three... no mercy, its the way of the fist...

     Maybe at some point I should mention that if anyone can name the song and or band that I throw into my tittles I'll give you brownie points.  (Note that brownie points in my household actually turn into brownies.)

     So anyway, round three started back on the first of December.  I've already made two challenge submissions.  Hooray for me, motivation!  I finished the Twisted Wristers, which were the KAL for the Fingerless Glove Fanatics Group in November and what I sent to my Swappee Hale.  I used these for the WIP challenge.  I also busted out a dishcloth as a stash buster for the other project in order to get max points.  Here are the mitts completed and blocked.  The mock cable was very crinkly so I wet blocked them to make everything even out and lie flat.  I'll show you before and after pictures so you can see the difference.
So that's the right mitt completed minus the thumb.

Here they are blocked and dry.  They look uneven, but I think its the angle at which I took the picture.  They were the same size.  I still have a whole skein left of the yarn I used, which was Alpaca With a Twist; Baby Alpaca.  So, at some point I will be making another pair.  There are yarn overs in these just above where the "cable" curls, I was thinking of putting beads in those YO's.  

     The second challenge I submitted to was the "I will survive" challenge.  I made some warm weather gear to survive the (hopefully) coming winter weather.  I repeated a pattern I had done ages ago upon the request of a co-worker.  She liked the other purple scarf I made but wanted one in a neutral cream color.  The pattern is on the ball band of the yarn and since I made the first scarf it has been uploaded to Ravelry.  It is Raindrop Eyelets Scarf.  There is an error on the ball band, so if you knit this up go from the correct Ravelry pattern.  The yarn is Loops and Threads Dewdrops.  Its a super bulky and has sequins incorporated right into the yarn.  It's quite nice to knit with despite being a "big box store" yarn.  
Finished and all rolled up.  It was just shy of six feet.

The sequins don't shop up very well on camera but here's a close up so you can see the eyelets.  They are made by creating a stitch, knitting it for 6 rows and then dropping it.  Dropping stitches is fun when its on purpose.
     I'm working on another scarf now.  (I had another request.)  This one is a chunky weight brioche stitch scarf.  I'm using Berroco Vintage Chunky, which I feel is light for a chunky.  I do really like the way the scarf is turning out so far, its very squishy, which is perfect for a scarf.  Sadly I don't have progress pictures yet. 
     That's it as far as crafting is concerned.  I have two cakes to bake in the next few days.  The Nafziger Christmas is this Saturday, so if I have my wits about me I'll take pictures.  I'll have my knitting with me and usually so does my aunt and one of my cousins.  Until later, Happy Crafting!