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.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Short Update

     I'm limited on time, so I'll do a quick update on what I've been up to.  The short answer is not much.  I finished up a dishcloth order, which is what I had been working on at home.  I couldn't decide which project to start after that so between startitis and work getting in the way...  Not much happening on the home front.  On the upside, I now have everything in place to start one of three projects, I just need to choose and dooo eeeettt.  

     So I mentioned in my last post I'd be picking up something nice for my mother.  That has been done and I have pictures.  I got buttons that day too.  I was going to start that project, but I have some requests in the queue, so to speak, and I figured a scarfette would make a really good Nerd Wars project.  So this one is on the back burner for now.  (Not too far back though since I really want to work with this amazing yarn.)
If I could sum my mother's color tastes up in one skein of yarn, this is it.  (She did pick it after all.)  Pink and green, a cream background and some gray for interest.  She is very simple but classic in her tastes.  I really just want to surprise her with the FO, I think she'll really enjoy it.  I've told her I'm making her something but I didn't give her any details, so shooosh everyone I want to keep it a surprise. 
     As I said, I finished up a dishcloth order.  I made simple Grandma's favorites and one fun one.  (The request was for square dishcloths.)

This pattern is:  Checker Square Garter Dishcloth. It ends up ginormous but pretty nifty looking when done.  The pattern repeat is over 12 stitches, so next time I'm going to do a 38 or 39 stitch cast on. (Cant remember the numbers off the top of my head just now.)  This cloth actually went to a totally different person in the end... which is another story.

     I've been plugging away at the cuffs for my aunt.  I've been working on them only at work, which winds up being 15 to 20 minutes a day.  I did just finish the mohair portion on the first mitt today.  I don't have pictures but they are turning out nicely.  I love the Extrafine Heathers, sooooo soft.  I've also taken some pictures of my stash and did a complete re-organize of the big blue "nice yarn" bin.  It was getting too full.  (Which is a good thing.)  So, I went through my "crappy acrylic" bin and have decided to get rid of some of my first yarns.  RHSS, Caron SS and some monstrosity Patons put out.  Oh, and vile vile Homespun (Lion Brand).  I am keeping all the red and green RHSS and various other red, green and white acrylics for Christmas ornaments and Lion Brand Hometown USA, 'cause that's actually nice acrylic.  At this point I'm also keeping the Fun Fur...  not entirely sure why.  I also have some left overs from my two Jayne Hats.  Love them!  With that other yarn out of the way, I was able to spread out the nice yarns in the large bin.  They are organized roughly by weight again and are only a layer or two deep so I can actually find what I'm looking for!  I also didn't realize that I had acquired as many nice yarns as I do now have.  The battery in my camera died so I haven't gotten around to uploading the pictures yet.  (That's also why the dishcloth picture is a crappy cell phone picture.)  So as I said not much news here, just rambling...  Until later, Happy Crafting.
 I'll leave you with a pretty picture of buttons.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy New Year

     So, I'm a little late on wishing everyone a happy New Year but here it is.  I've been wanting to do a resolution post, but just haven't gotten around to it yet.  Based off the list I made last year, this is what still remains:

-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)

I already have yarn and a pattern picked out for a lace shawlette, its just a matter of actually doing it.  I've found a nice pattern for a color work cowl as well.  I've read that its a good pattern for beginning color work.  Of course only two goals isn't much of a resolution list, so I need to add to it. 

     I think 2013 is the year I'm going to learn to spin.  I have several resources at my fingertips, its time to take the plunge!  I want to keep going with sweaters, I've learned alot with just the two I've completed.  I've picked out Cables and Garter Cardi for my Tournament 7 dissertation.  Yes, I'm already looking forward to the next tournament.  When I was at the yarn shop on Saturday I picked up the yarn for it.  I should have picked up some Cascade since I went for the yarn tasting.  More on that momentarily.  I went with Berroco Vintage again.  This time in a solid color.
Once I got home and stashed this via Ravelry I discovered I had one skein of this color (and dye lot) already.  So I actually have five skeins of this.  I don't expect the sweater to take that many, so I'll have left overs for co-ordinating accessories, huzzah! 

     So on to the yarn tasting...  This past weekend was my company's annual Holiday Party.  I've taken my mother with me for the last four years now.  Hubby is anti-social and doesn't enjoy them.  I took him to the first one and he made me miserable so, I take my mom.  Being dairy farmers neither of my parents get out much so this is my mother's annual vacation.  So, hubbs and I pick her up, we all go out for lunch, then I take her shopping.  This year I took her to Sheep Thrills! Yarn Company.  They were celebrating their 5th birthday with a Cascade Yarn Tasting.  I've never been to a yarn tasting before, just heard of them thanks to Ravelry.  It was set up as an open house, which I knew in advance.  I assumed we would all get to sit, a small amount at a time, and knit swatches of the yarns we wanted to try.  When we got there, there were a huge group of people all stuffed into the "class room" bumping each other and feeling the yarn.  A few people were placing orders and no one was really giving directions of what was supposed to be going on.  I should mention that I really don't like crowds.  (To be fair there wasn't a ton of people there, just enough to make moving from room to room difficult.)  Since nothing was really happening in the yarn tasting area I decided to get a move on with my shopping.  I went that day with a purpose.  I needed a 16" US6 for two hat patterns that have been in my queue for some time now, I needed another skein of Ella Rae Extrafine Heathers.  I also wanted to get the yarn for my dissertation.  I accomplished all three of those things.  I did find out that the Eco Alpaca is very soft and I would buy that.  I'm sort of disappointed that I missed out on the 20% discount but it was pretty disorganized.  My mom enjoyed herself.  Cascade brought samples to look at and I took her around the shop to see all the different yarns.  I found out she has expensive taste just like me.  She had her eye on a skein of Madeline Tosh Pashmina (worsted).  Its over $20 a skein.  So, I'm going to get some and make something just for her.  I have a pattern in mind that calls for a now discontinued yarn.  The fibre content of Pashmina is close and the pattern has been in my queue forever.  I've been hoping to find an excuse to try Mad Tosh, here it is.  All in all I did, very much, enjoy going and I think mom had fun.  I'd like to take her again some time when there are less people and we can really look around better.  
     I've been working on getting my list of things I owe people pared down in January.  I've been working on the cuffs Aunt Linda asked for.  She wants two more pairs of Elf Clobbers.  Thats what the Extrafine Heathers are for.  I have a few requests from co-workers and the Hubbs has been asking for a scarf since I started knitting almost three years ago.  I really need to make him those knucks too.  Until later, Happy Crafting.