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.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Knit and Crochet Blog Week Day 3

Day Three:
Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers.

I'm not good at super spiffy pictures.  I'm lucky to get half-way decent pictures of my FO's before they get used or go to a new forever home.  I try to take close ups with a minimal amount of crap in the background.  If I have a good day with good light, my things actually look presentable.  As the proud person of three cats, I always have direction and assistance. 

I have a Nokia Lumia, it comes with Nokia apps, specifically Nokia Creative Studio.  I thought it was high time I played around with my pictures.  (I may have gone a bit overboard.)

I did some cropping, color adjustment and blurred out the sides.   I guess the blurr effect is supposed to make the focal object really pop.  I don't know if it really works with knitting...

This one is fun, its the color pop feature.  I had the app pull out just the orange from these multicolored mitts. 

More color pop.  I was trying to pull out just one set of stripes, it sort of worked. 

This is one of my favorite project pictures to begin with.  I used the Quartz color treatment to make it look like an antique, I think anyway. 

That was fun! 
Until tomorrow, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Knit Crochet Blog Week Day 2

Here we are at day two.  The prompt for today is:
Write a dating profile for one of your past finished projects.

I'll start out with this; I've never written a dating profile since I was lucky enough to stumble upon my husband at an early age and never had to jump through the veritable hoops that some other people have had to. 

Hi all, my name is Cassis.  I'm a spunky little shawlette who was knit up in the lively city of Syracuse.  I'm only three months old, a nice little catch fresh out of the cradle ;)  I'm just a small crescent shawl, a scarf if that's what you prefer, but I'm pure Merino so I'll keep you warm in a cool situation.  I'm also the proud owner of 987 cobalt beads.  I may be small, but I pack a sufficient amount of bling; perfect shoulder candy for that night out. 

I love to go out, be it on the town sprucing up the go to LBD, dressing up that blouse and jeans.  (I am the perfect shade of blue after all.)  Or just wrapped around the neck for warmth and style on a cooler day.  Don't be afraid to get out and have fun, I'm amade of superwash Merino.  I'm a pretty easy-going piece of knitwear, I don't have too many dislikes, maybe just the color red...  Where do I hope to go in the future, lots more parties that's where.  Of course being a shawlette, I could settle down, hang out in the rocker on grannies shoulders, but why waste these good looks on staying home?  Take me out and show me off baby! 

'Til tomorrow, Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Knit Crochet Blog Week Day 1

     Here we are at day one already.  The topic for today is: 

Describe a day in the life of a project that you have made, or are in the process of making.

So here goes nothing. 

I woke up this morning and she wasn't beside me.  My love, my only, my mate was gone.  At first I wasn't too worried, I thought, maybe, she had awoke earlier than me.  I got up and wandered around the Drawer.  Mr. and Mrs. FirstSocks were outside pruning the hedges together.  I could see the HermoinesMittens sisters down the way having coffee.  Where was my wife?  She wasn't to be found in our space.  I was starting to get worried.  I hurried down the way to the new high-rise to see if anyone knew where my wife had gone.  I found ThreeBelow first.  She had just returned from the Work Bin a few weeks back and was still nursing her new graft.  
     "Mr. Anklet," she greeted me.  "I heard terrible screams coming from the Drawer last night, is everyone alright over there?"
     "Screams?  I heard nothing and my wife is missing."
     "Oh dear, that's what I was afraid of.  I peaked out when I heard the ruckus.  I saw him, Anklet, it was the Troll."  I could hear nothing but the blood pumping through my ears, the room was spinning, I couldn't breath.  I found myself sitting on ThreeBelow's sofa.  She had called over Mr. IndiecitaHat and together they had managed to calm me down... a bit anyway.  My mind was racing still.  It didn't make sense the Sock Troll usually didn't mess with us.  He only attacked the commercial socks with his hoard of Underwear Gnomes in tow.  Why now, why us, and why didn't he take me?  
     "I have to go find her," I blurted out.  "She must be terrified, I need to go get her back."
     "Oh Anklet,"  soothed ThreeBelow "You know that's foolish, I'm sorry, but your wife is gone. "
     "NO, I wont accept that.  Just because no one has come back before..."
     "Anklet, be rational, where would you even start looking?" asked Mr. IndiecitaHat.
     "I don't know yet, but I have to try.  I owe it to her, you know she'd be looking for me right now, if this was reversed.  Are you going to help me or not?"  I was fuming, furious, I wasn't about to stand around and do nothing. 
     "Of course we will, dear.  Let's rally the neighbors and see who will join you."
     "Thank you Three, you've always been so great to us." 

I waited patiently for Three and Indiecita to go rally the neighbors.  Hermione's Mittens were the first to arrive.  I somehow knew they would be.  They had been separated themselves.  Left had some serious health problems a few years back, she was in and out of the Work Bin several times.  She's fine now. 
     "I'm so sorry Anklet.  We came as soon as we heard.  Whatever you need, we'll be here for you."  She really was a sweet thing.  She and my wife had always gotten along so well.  Dragon Skin was next followed closely by FanCowl, CozyThermal, the Elfin sisters and Hermione'sMittens older sister Hermione'sHat.  Even the Shawl family came over.  DragonFlyWings and Cassis both gave me a huge hug.  I was starting to feel a little better.  I looked around at all my neighbors.  I mean every single one of them.  Even Three was there and she still had a fresh graft.  I knew then that I had the best friends on Earth, they were going to follow me blindly into the great unknown just to find my wife. 
     "Thank you everyone for coming.  I don't really know what to tell you all about where we're going.  I know its something we refuse to talk about, but I think we need to head for the Portal.  It's got to be where the Troll and his Gnomes come from and its got to be where Mrs. Anklet has gone."  There were a few gasps from the crowd when I mentioned it, the portal.  Its true, its something no one ever discusses, but its there, looming off in the distance, ever watching and ever present.  They had all brought provisions with them, the few things they though might help them on our journey.  As the sun was streaming in through the window, we all set out.  We waved goodbye to the Gurdians; Pookie, Mongo and Jack.  They seemed pretty perplexed when the entire wardrobe of the Master strolled by, but this had to be done.  She was one of us and I had to get her back. 

I suppose I'll stop there for now.  This is getting plenty long.  I think its the age old question.  Where do all those lost socks go?  Maybe it's time for them to fight back and retrieve one of their own. 


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Knit Crochet Blog Week and Other News.

     It's that time of year again.  Its the 5th annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week.  It starts tomorrow!  Time for me to get planning. 
     I have unblocked pictures of the shawl I finished. 
This was the pattern I won by naming it; Phoebis by Laura Patterson of Fiber Dreams.  I thought that the yarn overs and cables of her green version looked like a butterfly.  So I picked out a green butterfly, Phoebis Sennae as my name choice.  Laura liked it and now the pattern is called Phoebis.  Since I made mine with purple yarn, I named this shawl after a purple butterfly Apatura Iris.  The yarn is Manos del Uruguay Maxima.  It is amazing to work with, soft, squishy and has great stitch definition.  It is also a fair trade yarn produced by women in Uruguay.  I think that I'm going to block at least the lace section of this one, so that those butterflies show up better.  The pattern list four sizes I made the third one based on the yardage I had.  It is nice and long, so I think my recipient will like it.  I want to knit up the pattern again with green yarn.  I was going to match the called for fiber content of 100% bamboo, but I really, really like how it turned out with the Maxima.  This was put into the Hieroglyphics challenge for Nerd Wars. 

I cranked out a quick, but largish, dishcloth for the Celestial challenge:
I used some of my real Peaches and Cream yarn for this one.  I really like the points, it turned out nicely.  The pattern is: Circular Facecloth with Lace Edging.  I knit the smaller of the two sizes and it is still at least 8 inches across.
The sweater I made for Kylie fits her perfectly.  It looks just a tad big, so she should get some use out of it before she grows out of it completely. 
Now that I've gotten to see this on an actual child I can't recommend the pattern, Entrechat, enough.  It's easy to follow and makes a great looking sweater that fits on a kid really well.  I'm going to be making lots more of these, for all the kids I know.  Christina is so far,my most knitworthy friend.  I always get to see my creations being worn and loved, which is the purpose of knitting for people!  The yarn was Malabrigo Rios in the Solis colorway, so its totally machine washable.
Tournament 10 has ended so I've been hibernating so far.  I've been working slowly on Holden.  This pattern has been in my queue forever and then some.  I'm using Malabrigo Sock in Playa.  I've finished the stockinette section, now I can start the lace.  I'm going to see if I can add beads near the bottom.  I'm a tad obsessed with beaded knitting.
Speaking of beaded knitting.  I'm going to be teaching a beaded knitting class at Yarn Cupboard on May 24th.  I'll be using the pattern Jeweled Cowl.  So far I think I have one person coming to the class.  I need to do some advertising at work yet.  I hope some more want to partake, I think it will be a lot of fun. 
Well I need to check out these prompts for blog week.  Come back tomorrow for day one, and check out all the other blogers who will be participating as well!
Until later, Happy Crafting!