Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bum Gloves: One Down, One to Go

Yesterday I finished one of my Vancouver Fog fingerless mitts (or, as my friend Jennifer calls them, "bum gloves").

This has been a really fun project so far.  I was worried the cable pattern was going to be too complicated, but it wasn't bad at all.  I just used a row counter and all was good.  The next glove will be slightly more challenging because I'm going to mirror the cables, but there aren't written instructions for doing that - just a general guidelines to switch a right cross with left cross, etc.  But, I'm sure I can handle it.  I think I might be knitting multiple pairs of these gloves for Christmas gifts, so maybe I will take the time to just write out the instructions for the right glove so I don't have to concentrate too much while I knit it.  (In fact, I wonder if anyone on Ravelry has already done this?  I should check).

I'm also pleasantly surprised with the yarn I chose.  I bought it because I loved the fact that I got to  "meet" the sheep where the wool came from, but I was worried that it would end up being kind of itchy yarn, which I usually avoid.  No so.  It is actually very soft and lovely.  I can already tell that I bought WAY too much, so I might make a matching hat or something to go with the mitts.  I wonder if anyone on Ravelry has written out that pattern as well?  lol.  It seems that you can find anything on Ravelry sometimes!  If not, I'm sure I can wing it.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

WIPS Galore!

I've gotten a little crazy with the WIPS lately.  I think I have knitter's ADD or something - no patience to wait to finish a project before I start on the next one... lol.  Anyway, here is a brief tour of my WIPS right now:

My Yet-To-Be-Named Socks

Turmeric Socks

Yoga Monkeys

Vancouver Fog

Hue Shift Afghan

Crazy Striped Socks


Tropical Clutch

Monday, October 21, 2013

Maybe Monday: Cabled Arm Warmers

I think I totally neglected to mention that I got some really great undyed wool yarn from Shelburne Farms in Vermont when I went there for the wine and cheese festival this summer.  When I first saw it, I thought "hat", but then I thought, no - arm warmers!  So I picked up two skeins.

I decided to look up a pattern today and I have to take a minute to gush about how much I love Ravely.  I just did a search of all patterns and filtered by knitting, fingerless gloves, worsted weight yarn, and cables and it came up with nine pages of patterns for me to choose from.  Can you believe how easy that was??

I picked out four of my faves... can't decide which to knit!

I like the length of #2, but I think the cable pattern could get a bit boring; on the other hand, the cable pattern on #3 looks very exciting, but might be too difficult → frustrating → no fun to knit.  Same possibly with #1.  Number 4 might be a happy medium??

I put this to vote on my facebook page and so far #3 is winning.  Perhaps I will have to take on a challenge to appease my friends.  What do you think?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Photography Do-Over

My pictures on this blog vary from sucky to ok to pretty nice...  I have yet to take anything super great, but, in my defense, I really don't try very hard.  Anyway, I recently signed up for (yet another) Craftsy class, Shoot It, to learn how to take great pictures of my finished knits (yes, they teach a class entirely focused on how to take pictures of your knitting!  Love Craftsy!).

I decided to go back through and pick out my worst FO picture ever and try to redo it.  A quick glance through my gallery revealed that is was easily this pic of my red Classy Slip Up Socks:

Not only did I not take a few extra seconds to stretch these over a sock-blocker for the picture, but I didn't even bother to center them on the table so I could get an even crop without the ledge of the table showing.  This was an incredibly lazy attempt to take a FO picture!  .... and, here is my do-over of that shoot:

I would say the one of the left falls under the pretty nice category and the one of the right is just okay. It could have been nicer, but I didn't have a model, so it modeled it myself using a tripod and the self-timer on my camera... so focus was an issue.  Then I tried to cover up the fact that part of it was out of focus in post-processing by making all the edges look blurry, to at least make it symmetrical.  So, that's what's going on there.

Next time, I'd love to try shooting something with a nice background, instead of all white.  It would also be super helpful to have a model, but, since I have no friends, that's kind of a tall order.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

FO: Purple People Eater

Yet another adorable Fresh Stitches design slid off my hook recently - it's the super cute one-eyed, one-horned, flying Purple People Eater!!

I bought this pattern on a whim back in December, but never got around to starting it until last month. This was actually a really good project - just a little bit challenging to keep things interesting!  I would say it's one of the more difficult amigurumis I have crocheted - there were just a lot of little pieces to crochet and assemble, plus a bunch of color changes.  Luckily, the color change for the yellow tummy was exactly the same as what I did for Nelson the Owl, so I already had that skill under my belt.

Anyway, here are some booty shots:

yarn details
Knit Picks Brava in Eggplant, Canary, and Black
100% Acrylic
machine wash/tumble dry low
100g / 218 yds @ $2.99 per ball

polyfill stuffing

project details
pattern: "Purple People Eater" by Stacey Trock, $4, available in Stacey's shop.
finished size: 7'' tall (not including the horn...which would make him 8''), 7'' wide at widest part
hook: 5mm H hook
gauge: 10 st and 11 rows in single crochet over 2''
yarn used: this is very approximate, but.... 109 yds of Eggplant and less than 72 yds of Canary; negligible amounts of the white and black yarn.
duration: September 20, 2013 - October 3, 2013

  • The technique for making the wings was a little awkward, but very cool once you get the hang of it.
  • After the disappointment with the stuffing situation of Nelson the Owl, who ended up being too skinny, I packed this one to the max full of stuffing and I really like the result, however, his bottom is a bit rolly-polly which makes him have a little trouble sitting straight!
  • If I had it to do over again, I probably would have placed his wings a bit higher on the back.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tweet, tweet!

Look who woke up to her 200th twitter follower this morning!  Yay!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tess - Now with two sleeves!

It felt so good to finish up my Hexacomb Cardigan yesterday, that today I decided to pull another UFO out of the closet and do some work on the Tess cardigan.  Poor Tess, I started her back in 2009, knit all the pieces, then abandoned her when it came time to finish.  A few months ago I got crazy and started the finishing - I did the button band and set in one sleeve, then I got sick of it and put it away again.  Today, I set in the other sleeve and was about to seam up the sleeves when I got sick of it again!  See, the problem is, this sweater would have fit me 4 years ago, but now it won't even come close to fitting.  So, while I have a desire to finish it, just for the sake of finishing it, I have no real motivation to do these tasks that I hate so much.

All that's left to do is seam up those sleeves, add the buttons/snaps, and weave in about a million ends.  I'd give it another three years??

Just for fun, here are the beautiful buttons I bought to match the yarn.  I love them!  Almost gives me the motivation to finish the sweater I can never wear... just to see the pretty buttons.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hooray for me!

I started knitting the Hexacomb Cardigan back in July of 2008.  I finished knitting it about two years ago and it has just been sitting around ever since, waiting for me to sew the buttons on.  Seriously.  So today I said to myself, "Self, today is the day that you are going to sew the buttons on that sweater."  And I did it!  Yay!

(And yes, the task was just as horrible as I thought it would be, which is why I kept putting it off...)

Now I just need to decide if I'm going to block this baby.  It really doesn't need it, but I feel like I should do it, because that's what well-behaved knitters do.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

New Project: Turmeric Socks

I love, love, love the new socks I cast on this week!!  The pattern is called Turmeric and it was recommended to me by another knitter via twitter.  It is a slightly complicated 20-round-repeat lace pattern with a bit of cabling, so it's one of those projects that I have to pay attention to when I knit. I can manage to work on it while I'm watching Buffy reruns, but not anything I need to actually focus on to follow the plot.  Yesterday I actually just turned on Pandora and cruised through 10 rows much faster than I do when watching TV, so I might just do that from now on.

Recognize the yarn?  I accidentally ordered two skeins of this back when I bought it to make my Classy Slip Up Socks.  But, it turned out to be a happy accident because I love this color and I think it looks great with this stitch pattern.  So what if I have two pairs of socks in the same color!?

The only thing I don't love about this pattern is that the author put the lace charts on one page and the key to the charts on another page.  I like to have the key on the same page as the chart, so I did a little rearranging of the pattern pages in Photoshop and got it the way I like it.  No harm done.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Busy as a Bee!

You may or may not know that I have a side biz where I design blogs... well, I've been a little crazy with it lately and have taken on a ton of new clients, which leaves less time for knitting, which makes me a little sad.  But designing blogs is fun, so I can't complain too much!

Anyway, on the knitting front I actually have accomplished a fair bit.  I am making good progress on the Hue Shift Afghan and my as-yet unnamed socks.  I also started knitting a little hedgehog stuffie.... because hedgehogs are fun!  Oh, and I finished the purple people eater amigurumi that I was working on.... he is so cute!  I will post an FO post on him soon.

That's all, just a quick update for you!