Thursday, February 1, 2018

It's only February?

January was... a lot. My laptop battery began to die. Obtained a new one. The heating element went out on my dryer.  Bought a new heating element and replaced it myself.  My printer started arguing with me yesterday. Still need to sort that out.  Darling Son needed his bed frame replaced.  A new bed frame is on it's way.
Even my knitting was not spared.  Apparently my gauge was off, waaaay off on this Tea Leaves shawl
I ran out of yarn.  I bought another skein, Malabrigo Arroyo in the Coffee Toffee colorway.  And proceeded to run out of yarn.  The shawl was ripped, re-cast on smaller needles and at some point I will take a picture of the finished item...once it's blocked.
While I was waiting for the yarn for the shawl, I cast on something else; of course.
That is the start of a V-neck Boxy in Stroll Tonal, Thunderhead colorway.  Because it seemed entirely sensible at the time to cast on a huge, fine gauge sweater as a filler project.

I also wound the yarn and swatched for the Auspice shawl that will be my 2018 Ravellenics project.
That is actually the called for yarn in the pattern.  Not something I normally do, but the yarn was so incredibly pretty!  It's Northbound Knitting in their merino/silk fingering, Tanqueray colorway.

As it's a whole week till the official cast on time for the Ravellenics; I cast on a Radiant Dragon in my first skein of Junkyarn in her Sophie colorway.  I would show you pictures, but the yarn was so lovely when it arrived yesterday afternoon it was wound and cast on by the time dinner was done.  Eventually I will be willing to put it down long enough to photograph it.  Must. Keep. Knitting!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

I was going to blog sooner....

But I got distracted and knit a sweater.
It's a Dockside sweater.  I started it last Sunday, bound off the second sleeve this afternoon.  Yes, it really is an adult size sweater.  I've tried it on and it sits quite nicely, though it still needs blocking.
The (almost) instant gratification of a sweater knit on size U.S. 17(12 mm) needles with no shaping and minimal detail work was really the counterpoint to the project I finished the first week of the year for Husband.
That is a pair of mens size 13 U.S. socks on my usual U.S. size 2 (2.75 mm) sock needles.  It's the Time Traveler sock pattern done in Dream in Color's Green Lantern colorway with an inserted Green Lantern device.  Yes, that is a standard size paperback book (good series by the way).  No, my colorwork skills are not as awesome as they could be.
We will not discuss how long it took me to finish these socks.

The sweater also has me off to a decent start for the 2018 Challenge on Ravelry that I decided I would participate in for some reason.  Admittedly, the list I have of projects to complete does not encompass all the projects I hope to finish this year, it's just a good reference to work from.  I've also decided that for some reason plain socks will not count against that particular official challenge.  Mentally, I've joined the Box O Sox 2018 hosted by the YarnGasm podcast.  I even have a boring cardboard box next to my knitting seat labelled, "Socks"...just in case they start randomly flying off the needles.  As there are only seven patterned socks on my official challenge list, that means another five completed pairs of socks that I only plan on counting for one of the challenges.

Talk about delusions of knitting time!  I suppose we will have to see what happens.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Starting the new year.....

In my new favorite pj's!  Once I saw the hedgehog onesie, it had to be mine!  It even has a tail!
Admittedly, I now think I need to try my hand at making a couple more.  Far too many of the ones I've found are pastels.  I don't do pastels and the patterns I've seen look simple enough.  Just more projects to add to my List (as it's hit rather epic proportions it deserves the capital letter).
The List is part of my vague plan to make all the things and get all the stuff accomplished this year; sleep may end up being optional.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

And a Happy New Year!

Please enjoy your festivities whatever they are!  May the new year bring you joy!

I will personally be enjoying the gingerbread cookies I made with the cookie cutters I found earlier this year,(my piping skills need work but I think they turned out okay):
Maybe tomorrow I will show off the hedgehog onesie I have been wearing.  It's been agreed upon that the hedgehog is my patronus; cute to certain people and decidedly prickly.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Winter has arrived

It snowed last night.  More is predicted for the next couple of days.  Happily, the grocery shopping has been completed; as has the holiday shopping.  Son has successfully completed his latest round of college placement tests.  Daughter's business cards arrived early.  Husband's things he'll need for the next year have been packed up and shipped off to where they need to be.  I need to make white chocolate trees for mini-cupcakes for what can be called Drunken WinterFest (participation does not require alcohol; just finger foods, tasty beverages and silly pajamas) on the 28th.
For all those who have been celebrating, are celebrating or will be celebrating your holiday of choice, from us to you:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

We went visiting...

It was just a week to visit family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

And then we all immediately came down with a decidedly unpleasant cold that lasted a tad bit longer than the visit had.
Boy spent much of his recovery time listening to Hardcore History and reading H.P. Lovecraft.  Both contained the phrase, "Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin",  which, while fun to recite, always brings to mind the scene from A Knight's Tale: "You have been weighed.  You have been measured.  And you have been decidedly found wanting," which makes me laugh every time despite the seriousness implied.
There was also snuggling with the cat:
As well as hurriedly decorating for upcoming Winter Festivities:
It is important we have the right ambiance, as we are inventing a holiday in between Christmas and New Year that involves eating and drinking tasty things (that don't require silver ware) while wearing ridiculous pajamas.

I've not taken any pictures of finished projects (three embroidery pieces and a sweater).  Though in my defense, things are just a teensy bit over-whelming right now, as well as the light being downright awful for simple photos.
I have to catch up at some point, right?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Trying to find a little winter spirit

With Halloween having left me feeling flat, I thought I should get a run up to the next holiday/season (especially with us now having company for Christmas).
So, I dug in the craft stash; grabbed yarn, a pattern book, some fabric, a handful of embroidery floss and a couple of embroidery patterns, then set to work!
The knitting project is the Gothic Glam Yule Hat from The AntiCraft book
I don't own any furry yarn, so a mohair blend it was.  I also have decided to braid red and black yarn and add green metal scales to the tip top instead of a pom pom.  My colorwork isn't great, but this is also still un-blocked.
For embroidery choices, I decided to go with a couple of less conventional pieces:
I have also been slightly productive!
I finished my Nuka Cola socks (with Quantum colored heels and cuffs, of course)
The main colored yarn is Nuka Cola from Nerd Girl Yarns.  The contrast color is Electric Blue Stroll (discontinued) from Knit Picks.
I've finished other things as well, just haven't taken any photos yet. 
I'm going to try and force the ooomph to come back and get things rolling again in December.

It's only February?

January was... a lot. My laptop battery began to die. Obtained a new one. The heating element went out on my dryer.  Bought a new heating el...