Posts Tagged ‘Blog Week’

I posted this before, but somehow it got swallowed by the ether, leaving only the tags behind…

Today’s question is “Where and when do you knit and crochet?”

It might be quicker to talk about where I don’t.  I tend to take a WIP with me wherever I go.  It’s gotten to the point where if I don’t have a project with me my friends and family express concern.

I work on my projects as a passenger on a vehicle (private or public) and in waiting rooms of all kinds.  While carrying on conversations or listening to podcasts.  While waiting for a meal or watching TV or playing (tabletop) role playing games.

When the weather is nice, I like to sit outside in the sunshine and stitch away.

KIPping Fish

That’s it for the 6th Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week.  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading (and posting) as much as I have, and that you come back and visit again once in a while.

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Today’s blog post is to publish a poll.  I’ve designed a ‘how do you use my blog?’ poll on Survey Monkey.  It’s pretty quick and easy, so if you’re up for providing some feedback on this blog, please visit Surveymonkey.

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What Came Before

With all the posts I’ve given to my project bags and notions cases, it’s not really surprising that blog week asked for another one.

First, to review.  My sister made me four really lovely project bags for my birthday this year.

bagsI already had a Nancy’s Knitknack case for notions.

KnitNackboxI ordered a set of three more Lantern Moon clamshell notions bags from eBay.



I said I’d be stocking the bags and report back.  This seems like the perfect opportunity to do just that.  I’ll start with the smallest project bag (as currently stocked) and work up to the largest.

Bag 1 – striped bag

This is holding the almost finished stereo cuff.  To be fair, there are a few beads and findings which are packed separately in their own sub-bags, but that’s the way this project worked out.

KnitKnacks StripesYou can’t see it in this picture, but I’m using a Debra’s Garden needle gauge as a zipper pull for this bag.  What you can see is that I use a lot of KnitPicks notions.  Honestly, their interchangeable circulars are my go-to needles, so I like to keep a tightening pin in each notions case.  The cable needle is from their Harmony series.

I got the KA mini crochet hook from Paradise Fibers.  The adorable embroidery scissors come from Salty Yarns in Ocean City, Maryland.

Except for a single large lockable one, all the stitch markers are sock needle sized.  Some I made, some are blue glass beads and some are silicone jump rings from Michaels (these, sadly, are discontinued.  I should have gotten them in more colors). I should probably get a couple of larger ones for this case.  In the back of the case is a failed attempt at a stitch marker/row counter which I should probably disassemble.

Bag 2 – peacock feathers

This bag holds the cthulhu themed dice bag.  Because of project specific notions, I’m using the largest Lantern Moon bag for this one.

Largest PeacockI’m using the needle gauge as a zipper pull again, this time it’s a HiyaHiya. The safety eyes are from Devlin’s Creations, and they glow in the dark.  I posted about the needle tag back in March, and that system has been working out fine.  The Peace Sign is a discontinued Lantern Moon tape measure.  I stuck a few needles in the Knit Picks connectors pouch, and that’s been working well.

My youngest gave me the Cthulhu Mints, and the stitch markers include the ones mentioned above, a few larger ones I’ve been gifted with, and a working row counter I made.  I should probably put that one back in the KnitKnacks box because, as you can see, I have room for an over the needle one here.

The only thing which hasn’t worked with this one is the Tonic Studio Scissors.  They are a great product, but they are a bit long for this bag, and if I don’t pack them just right every time they poke holes in the lining.  They’re long enough that I don’t think they’d fit in at all with a sheath, so I will have to find a replacement.

Bag 3 – flower bag

The Belle Green shawl is no longer hibernating, but it’s going very slowly.  This one uses the middle sized notions bag.  I’m showing a few of the beads here too, along with the really tiny crochet hook, the rest are still strung and the strands are in the bottom of the project bag.

Medium FlowerAnother KP cable needle here, along with the connector pouch with a tapestry needle stuck in.  This one has a commercial box of stitch markers.  I have one home made split ring marker stored in there just in case.  The stork scissors have been working out very well.

Bag 4 – London bag

I’ve said before that it’s silly to have socks in the largest bag, but given that they’re TARDIS socks I just went with it.  Which is why the smallest notions case is in the biggest bag.

Smallest LondonThis one uses the sock sized Debra’s Garden needle sizer as the zipper pull.  The cable needle is a different style, and hidden behind the tape measure here.  Those are foldable scissors (very compact, no pokes).  They are perfectly functional, but not beautiful.  I have the needles and stitch markers in an Altoids mini tin. So even the smallest one is big enough for everything I need in a ‘plain vanilla’ project.  I could fit a few more stitch markers in the tin, and the row counter (which is on the socks needles right now) nestles snugly in the bag.

Wanted/Needed for the Notions Bags

I would like one more needle gauge/zipper pull.  Probably another Debras Garden, but I’ll keep my eyes open for other options.

I need one more pair yarn snips.  Either scissors with a sheath or some sort of guarded blade – there are plenty of cute ones out there.

I don’t need them at the moment, but I would like more bigger-than-sock-sized stitch markers.  I *used* to have a bunch of them, and hope they’ll show up with a hibernating project.  I know I can make more cute ones.

It would be nice to have a crochet hook/stitch rescuer for each bag, so three more.  The one I have is small enough to fit in event the tiny bag, and it was cheap. On the other hand, there’s something nice about having different tools for each bag, and there are probably other mini hooks out there…

Blog Contests and Yarn Giveaways

I haven’t done a contest update in a week, so I might as well stick one in here.  I didn’t win the pattern and yarn from While They Play.  I haven’t entered the Homeless Bridge Yarn Bombing giveaway, but wanted to post  it here so you’ll still hear about it even if I don’t get around to it.

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Today’s assignment was to photograph my knitting in a different way.  As it happened, I was down in the US Botanical Garden with a WIP and an FO today.

TARDIS with Iris

Here are the TARDIS socks in progress, taken with some Iris outside the conservatory building. I love the blues and purples, and I also love how much richer the socks look in natural sunlight.

Cable with Cactus

This is the Seaglass tote. The picture was taken inside the conservatory, but also in natural light as it’s basically one huge greenhouse. I love how the division betweent he green and aqua is clearly visible here, as well as how the succulents seem to glow with their own light.


I published this one before, but I couldn’t resist bringing it up again. It’s the Belle Green Shawl as I’m knitting the stockinette portion. This is two pictures of the same piece, taken while driving through an underpass. You can really see how this yarn fluoresces in the sunlight.

This has been a fun exercise, and a good reminder that I should photograph my knitting in sunlight more often.

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Oh, goodness.  This would be a lot easier to write if I hadn’t just finished the A-Z challenge.  I revealed a lot of stuff about what else I am besides a knitter in those posts – scroll down for some of that info.

Things to know about me. The letters EFBQ,although NSFW, are a pretty good representation of how I choose to present myself here.  I reserve the right to let loose on occasion when it’s called for, and when I do I expect others to take notice.  Because I do expect others to take notice I keep myself calm and demure (at least my online presence) most of the time.

I am middle aged, married, have two grown daughters and two cats.  I struggle with chronic depression and obesity.  I don’t usually share my struggles here, but I don’t want to deny them either.

I am an unrepentant geek.  I love science, fact and fiction, as well as the fantasy, horror and mystery genres.  I’ve been playing tabletop RPGs for nearly forty years now.

My politics are lefty-libby.  My worldview doesn’t include a supernatural element.  My mother describes me as ‘pathologically tolerant’, and my husband agrees.

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If I were a yarn, I would be a first attempt at handspun.  Thick and thin, funky, funny, smelling oddly, because of the Kool-Aid dye job,   I’m not finished yet.  I’m not to everyone’s taste.  Take me for what I am or walk away.

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I Don’t Like to Talk About My Flare

Not true, actually.  I just like quoting Office Space about my flare.  Astute readers may notice a new piece of Flare, because I’m going to join the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, which is next week.    The A to Z challenge went well enough, so I thought I’d jump in and try the next one.

Moving Right Along

The plan is that I will go on a ‘yarn diet’ over the summer.  With the exception of one skein per vacation trip (my customary ‘yarn tourism’ thing) I won’t buy any more yarn until I buy the yarn for Aidez at the end of summer/beginning of fall, which will mark the beginning of winter knitting.  Since it’s a bulky yarn, I expect to have the sweater done well before we hit the freezer…

Right now I’ve got four WIPs.  The Dice Bag of Doom, the Stereo Cuffs, the TARDIS Socks and the Belle Greene shawl.    I’m planning on using the Swanns Island Tigerlilly fingering weight for a Very Busy Monkey Tesla shawl.  I’ve got the co-ordinating Cavey Family worsted weight from Sheep and Wool which will be either a hat or a bag.  The Flying Goat cashmere (which also goes with the orange) will be something stranded and probably felted – also thinking hat or bag, but it might be really cute as mittens or cuffs.

If that doesn’t last long enough, I can work on the Bigger on the Inside shawl, using the Ashton Gallery wool with the glittery black as the Vortex section, and the blue  for the TARDIS section (though I might go for a row of Daleks with just one TARDIS).

And if that’s not enough, I have the Octopush pattern.  I definitely have enough odds and ends of fingering weight in different colors to make it work.  And there’s always Mrs. Beaton.

So, yeah, I expect I’ve got a good four months of knitting stashed away to make this work.

Blog Contests and Yarn Giveaways

I didn’t win the Red Heart package for May, or the pattern from Plutonium Muffins.  I entered a drawing for a $25 gift card from Loopy Ewe (31 May).

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Skill +1 Up

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. 

These kinds of questions are always a bit tricky for me. I’ve tried my first cashmere shawl, and I suppose I’ve learned a bit specifically about knitting with cashmere, and had a harsh reinforcement about lifelines. More than that, however, I’ve gotten more practice with improvising and changing projects as I go on. I’m more willing to frog back when things don’t work (excepting for that cashmere shawl, which is still hibernating in my freezer…) I’d have to say that I have improved a little in skill, and a lot in confidence, over the past year.

Blog Contest News

I did not win the Sylphia Shawl giveaway at Sunset Cat. Nor did I win Vegan Craftastic’s minimalist knitting pattern, but she has one for Twig and Leaf Botanicals which I entered (closes April 4). There’s another giveaway for Quince and Company yarn and pattern at Knitting Pipeline.

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“Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.”

2011 Knitting and Crochet Blog Week Today I’m going to talk about two of the three yarns I’m using for the “H” in the “You Are Chosen” yarn square. These are yarns which I’m holding together and knitting in garter stitch, and all three of them together match the gauge of the Lion Brand Jiffy I’m using for the background. Both of these yarns have come from my stash, and both were sitting around for a long time, waiting for an appropriate project. They were both picked up ‘on spec’, because they were cheap and intriguing. Other than that, they don’t have much in common.

Yarn 1

I picked up this ball of Lion Brand Trellis long enough ago that I can’t recall which chain store I bought it from, probably before I joined Ravelry even.  I remember that it was a good sale, and I grabbed a couple of yarns just because they were really cheap.  I chose this one because of the ‘shiny’. It’s pretty, but to be honest it’s not really something I’m likely to wear.  So I’ve used it here and there for a bit of trim on something, and the only issue I’ve had with it is that my needle occasionally catches in the ladder.  Not a show stopper by any stretch of the imagination, but it slows knitting down just a tad. I picked it for this project because I wanted to add a little bit of ‘bling’ to the letter, and am happy with it. I expect there will be enough left over that I’ll keep using it for contrast. I wouldn’t mind picking up another ball sometime, but only if I had a specific project for it.

Yarn 2

This is a bit of mystery yarn I got about two years ago at a church fundraiser.  I was looking for something to round out my days buying (I’d gotten an adorable handbag, but thought I should contribute a little bit more), and didn’t find anything I really wanted.  It seemed like a nice, innocuous half ball of some unknown yarn.  I thought the nice, quiet gray would work well in something, and it was soft, and fuzzy, and pleasant enough.  I took it home and did a little bit of research on how to identify “mystery yarn”. I thought (and think) that it is probably an animal fiber, but really didn’t want to chance the ‘burn test’ if it might be synthetic. I mean, I’ve smelled burnt plastic before, I don’t have to do that again. So I put it aside, I figured I’d get to it eventually. Finally, I picked it up to try a swatch… and found that it had been cut into little lengths. As in a large part of the ball had been cut into snippets of less than a foot. Pretty useless, really. But I didn’t want to trash it, so I just tossed it back into the stash bin. I pulled it out for this project thinking that it will be a small enough bit of work I can stand joining yarn every few rows for just a while. I figured that sooner or later I’d get to the end of the chopped up portion, so I pulled out lengths and wrapped them together. Now I’m down to the actually ‘balled’ portion of the yarn, and, although there is nothing else wrong with this yarn I’m just hoping I’ll use it all up in this project.

Blog Contest News

I’ve entered a drawing for a mystery prize from Royal by Grace (deadline April 1) and Dolce Handknits from Knit a While (deadline April 2). I did not win the Knit 1 Blog 1 sock yarn.

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