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Doom BagFO

knotI’m very happy with the way the Dice Bag of Doom! turned out.  I had knit two longer tentacles, and ended up twining them together to form the drawstring.  I gave one a bead to ‘hold on to’ and that gave me a nice cord stopper for when the bag is open – it holds itself closed pretty well, because I have one tentacle coiled around another.  It all works very nicely.

Doom Bag with Eyes

WIPs

So that leaves me working on the Belle Greene shawl and essentially nothing else (the Stereo Cuffs are still waiting on a wrist measurement for the recipient).  I love that shawl, and I’m almost done with the knitted on beaded border, but honestly I need a brainless project once in a while.  So I started hooking a mobius hat using some stashed Lion Brand Homespun yarn.  Yes, I am a bit of a yarn snob, and I generally prefer natural fibers, but that particular big box acrylic and polyester brand is one of the first yarns I really enjoyed working with, and I still really like it.  I suppose it’s a ‘guilty pleasure’ yarn, but I can’t work up a lot of guilt for that one.  True,  it’s not putting money into a small, locally owned business when I buy it, but the Lion Brand company is family owned and operated, and seems to have a good reputation within the industry.  What guilt I feel about it is centered around the fiber content – this stuff is unfortunately not at all biodegradable, so I do try to limit my buying of it.

Tools

Yarn ScaleSo I gave in and picked up a new yarn scale.  Actually I just got an inexpensive kitchen scale from Target.  It’s about the same price as a new ball winder or swift, and it is really useful, both to estimate the remaining yardage in a ball and to divide yarn into equal portions for socks, or to figure out when to start work on the border of a shawl.  Basically, the longer I went without one, the more I felt as though I really needed it.

Besides, I think it’s pretty (and I’m always a sucker for aesthetically pleasing tools and equipment).

Yarny News

You may have noticed that Neil Gaiman is on the cover of Knitty. It’s part of a promo for a new pattern book Geek Knits.  You should check it out.  I’ll be ordering my copy very soon…

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I’ve entered the This Knitted Life giveaway for two skeins of yarn (10 June).

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I’m almost done with the Cthulhu dice bag.  Doom Bag with EyeI probably would have finished knitting the inner bag yesterday if I hadn’t been dealing with a migraine.  Since that’s done with (only one day of migraine?!  Joyous music in the background) I hope to get the knitting done today, and then probably another day of finishing (this project will take a lot).

First of all, there will be the eyes (from Creations by Deviln).  As you can see, I installed the first one this past week.  I’ll have to decide on the placement of the second.  I don’t think there will be more than two eyes on this one, although I do have several smaller ones of the same design, so there’s a bit of decision making involved.

Of course, inserting even one eye takes a little bit of work.  They’ve got substantial posts which would be just fine for a stuffed toy, but really stick through the inner bag to the point where it would bother me.  A little bit of work with a flush cutter (from my beading tools) and a nail file took care of that fine for the first one, and I’m sure it will work with however many others I finally decide on.

Of course, I still have to decide which way to position the inner bag.  As I said way back in March, I wanted to use the yarn and stitch pattern from the Win Either Way instead of stockinette.  As hoped, it gives a very biological feel to the bag, which just adds to the delicious creepiness.

Lining Choices

I’m very happy with my progress on this one.  The group will be starting a new game, with a new system (Æternal Legends) with a brand new GM (new to running, new to the system, not new to the group).  So it’s an auspicious time to replace my old tea tin with a new dice bag.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I entered the Expression Fiber Arts giveaway for June – LOTS of gorgeous yarn and notions (30 June), and a shawl pin giveaway from Michelle’s Assortment (10 June)

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Or back to knitting, anyway.

What’s Done

I finished the TARDIS socks.  I’m very happy with them, even if they are long enough to be very tight on the calves – not the pattern’s problem, just a result of my body type.  In any case, they look wonderful, and will be quite wearable when the weather gets cool again – I’ll just push the tops down a smidge and it’ll all work out.

TARDIS socksI’m really happy with this short row heel.  It’s easy to remember, easy to knit, and does a decent job of not producing little holes…

What’s Doing

So now I’m just working on two projects.  The Belle Greene knitted on beaded border and the Dice Bag of Doom.  The shawl looks very much as it did in the last picture, but the dice bag is really shaping up.Doom Bag with Eye

I love the green of the Fiberoptic DK (Milkweed is the colorway), but I’ve got mixed feelings about the yarn itself.  It’s not nearly as soft as I’d expect a merino to be, but it pills badly enough that I’ve had to take scissors to yarn-fluff-balls in order to detangle it.  Given that the KnitPicks Diadem is the yarn I’m using for the inner bag, this project is rather um… sticky to work with.  Still, it’ll be gorgeous once it’s done.

The inner bag won’t take nearly as long to knit up, then it’s just popping in the second eye, stitching the tentacles in place and I’m pretty much done.  Once again, these are glow in the dark eyes from Creations by Devlin.  I ended up using the 21mm size, which means that I’ll have two pairs of smaller ones which will need a home.  I’m sure I’ll come up with something…

What’s Next

So with one project wrapping up, and another at the tv knitting stage, I’m starting to look over my Ravelry queue for figure out what’s really next.  I’m still planning to knit down from stash.  I’m thinking that I’ll use some SWTC Tofutsies I have to knit up socks which (theoretically) aren’t going to be too warm for summer wear, but I’ve got so much gorgeous yarn that I’m still waffling…

Blog Contests and Giveaways

There were a lot of giveaways which ended on the 31st.  I won the Plutonium Muffins giveaway for Owl Print Panda stitch markers, and am very excited about that.  No word yet on the others.

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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.

Lanternmoonbags

Today

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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Y is for Yarn (no surprises here)

Yup.  I love the stuff, and I’m going to briefly hit on the highlights of my stash.

Limon CakesI’m currently knitting with Premier Yarns Serenity Sockweight Solids, and Regia 4-ply for the TARDIS socks.  Not at all a yarn snob choice, but good, workable inexpensive yarn.  They are going on my feet after all.

The Belle Greene shawl, which I’ve mentioned every third post or so, uses Bohemia Fibers flowerBohemian Sock superwash in the Atomic Limon colorway.  This is the UV reactive yarn.  It’s gorgeous, but not particularly smooshy or soft.

My third and final WIP is the Cthulhu dice bag.  It uses Fiber Optic Merino Sport in the Milkweed colorway, and KnitPicks Diadem in Argent.  The diadem is super soft and smooshy, while the Merino is spun so tight it’s almost hard in comparison.

OUD Yarnther favorites are the organic Swans Island fingering in Tiger Lilly, which will probably become a Tesla shawl from Very Busy Monkey.  The DK weight buffalo yarn from Cottage Craft Angora, two skeins of unknown but (presumably) single breed sheep from the University of Delaware’s agriculture program, in school colors,  Bohemia ZombieBohemia Fibers Bohemian Laceweight Yarn in the Potluck Zombie colorway (mine is Bethany Richards who died from skin poisoning by makeup “less really is more”), and, of course, a whole lot of recycled sari silk.

Of course, I’ll be going to the Sheep and Wool festival this weekend, and I do plan to look for single breed and/or locally produced wool there.  Plus some more fingering weight of undefined composition.

I guess these are the most ‘interesting’ yarns I’ve got.  Truth to tell, I love it all.

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K is for Knitting (no surprise here)

This one is more or less a catch up post WIPs and Queue.

Current Projects

I’m almost halfway through the knit on, beaded border for the Belle Greene shawl.  I’ve slowed down quite a bit, because my LYS tells me that the blocking wires might not come in for a month or more.  Normally that wouldn’t be a thing, but I can’t enter it in next years MD S&W contest if I finish it before this years festival.  So I’m slowing down a bit.

Blue Short Rows

Just starting to turn the heel on my TARDIS socks.  It’s another no-wrap short row method, one which uses 1/2 the stitches rather than 2/3 of them like the Sweet Tomato Heel does.  I’m liking it so far, but we’ll see how it looks when done.

Laminated FootprintI finally got around to laminating the footprint, because I was carrying it around in the project bag.  That’s now safely back, tucked  into the Cat Bohrdi book I’ve got the chart all printed out, so ready to go.

Not a knitting project, but for the sake of completion I’ll mention that the pocket market bag is coming along nicely.  I should be running out of the blue just about the right time.  Worst case,  the mesh will be one round short…

Queue

I haven’t started on the Cthulhu dice bag yet.  I’m delaying because I think I migTiger Lilly Swans Islandht incorporate some leftover Atomic Limon from the Belle Greene shawl…  The next project after that will be either the beaded cuff kit from Laura Nelkin, or a shawl in some Swans Island fingering weight merino.  I’ve got the second Very Busy Monkey Scientist collection, and there are a couple of those which would look wonderful in Tigerlilly colorway.

Sheep and Wool Projects

Doll CowlEven though it looks like Belle Greene won’t make it to S&W this year, I’ve got a couple of others which will.  This little guy is basically playing to the judges.  The featured yarn this year (eligible for a special prize) is Leicester Longwool, and I had just enough stashed to make this little doll cowl.  Since there’s also a special prize designated for knitting for dolls and bears it seemed like a good plan.

Naturally, I will enter the Vexing Socks.   Yes, I did finish them.  There will be another post focusing on them later this week. I know it’s not amazing workmanship, but I’m really proud of the design.  Tam of Rassilon

I’ll also be entering the Tam of Rassillon, which is made of Maryland wool from Blue Faced Leicester sheep.  It’s not the breed of the year, but they don’t announce that very far in advance…

So that leaves three entries rather than four.  I’m OK with that.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the Moogleyblog Fiber Artsy giveaway, or the Made of Change crochet hook giveaway, or the Stana’s Critters giveaway.

I entered the Fiber Flux $50 Knit Picks gift card giveaway (19 April).  A drawing for a $100 Darn Good Yarn gift certificate (30 April).  The Red Heart Dream Yarn Package from All Free Crochet  (including reflective and bulky yarns) (4 May).  The Ficstitches Crochet Kit giveaway on Mooglyblog (16 April).  Finally, a bottle of maple syrup and a skein of yarn from Vermont Grand View farm (today).

Whew!  That’s a lot of giveaways.

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G is for Gingher

gingher

The Gingher company is newer than I’d thought.  It was founded in 1947, and family owned and operated for three generations before it was bought by Fiskars in 2005.  Fiskars, in turn, is older than I’d thought.  It was founded in 1649.

The particular Gingher scissors that I have are 3 1/2″ stork embroidery scissors with gold plated hstorkandles.  They are one of three ‘heirloom’ embroidery scissors which Gingher makes.

There have apparently been stork styled scissors around for a very long time. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the early ones were actually midwife’s forceps rather than scissors.  There was a site called creweljewels.com which had a history online, but it’s disappeared into the ether.

In any case, I have a pair now and they’re really beautiful.  They’ll fit beautifully into one of the Lantern Moon notions bags I got.  In fact, I now have one stocked notions kit (including scissors) for each of the four project bags I have.

scissors

At the moment I’m only using two of the project bags actively (for the Belle Greene shawl and TARDIS socks) and one passively (for the Dice Bag of Doom).  Which means one bag was completely empty and one full but lonely.

I decided  to get cracking on the WIPs, so I’ve started work on a pocket market bag.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the Madeline Tosh Vintage from Lisa Bogart, but she has a new giveaway for a Yarn Pop Messenger Bag (30 April). I also entered to win Bob the Bunny and his helper from Stanas Critters (11 April).

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