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September was rather a crazy month for us.  I’m not going to go into too much detail, but we saw Abby safely off to her Peace Corps staging, and waited breathlessly to learn that she’s arrived safely in Senegal.  It still churns up all sorts of different emotions to think about it, so I’m just going to get back to blogging about knitting.

It’s been a month since I’ve posted, so here goes.

Finished Objects

I finished the Stereotypical Shades in September, and that’s it.  Yup, a whole month, and only one FO.  Not that I’m down on myself, or the project.  It turned out beautifully:

Stereotypical FO

It was a stashbuster project.  I used diadem (leftover from the Win Either Way cowl) and Pagewood Farm Denali sock yarn (left over from the Wayfarer shawl) on the outside, and Old Maiden Aunt laceweight (from the Bigger on the Inside shawl) for the lining.Stereotypical WIPAs you can see the color values are very close to each other.  If I knit this one again I’ll go for something which pops a bit more, but I’m still pleased with this one.

Works in Progress

The Mont Royal socks are just starting to come together.

Mont Royal WiP

The cricket sweater for my husband is coming along, but slowly.  I haven’t gotten to the armholes yet.  Since I’m working it in pieces that means very slowly indeed.

I’ve cast on another shawl.  This one is Illustriation, by Wooly Thoughts.  It’s a fun striped and textured shawl, which does the standard Illusion thing of looking different depending on the angle of observation.

Illustriation WiPShades of purple for this one.

Row Counter

What I’m really excited about right now is my new row counter.  It’s definitely an indulgence, but I’m thinking I’ll have to budget and get one for each project bag.  It’s a ring

CritSucessIt’s made by a CritSuccess, which is a high end RPG supply company, the other rings they sell are dice. How cool is that?!  (watch for them on Geek and Sundry this holiday season!).  I really cannot fangirl enough about this.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win any of the giveaways I had entered.   I entered Lisa Bogart’s latest giveaway, for a copy of her book Knit, Purl, Pray (end of October).  I also signed up for another Mooglyblog giveaway, this one for Yarn Happy (7 October)

So, yeah.  That was my September.  Hopefully I’ll do better about sharing October as it unfolds.

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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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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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So I got another wonderful colorway from Bohemia Fibers.  It’s called Atomic Limon and it’s quite brilliant.

I nearly messed up with this yarn.  I bought the first skein without checking the yarn requirements of my project, so then I bought the second one separately.  You guessed it, the dye lots didn’t quite match.  So I put a note in my Ravelry stash description that I’d just alternate skeins as the stitch pattern changed and that I was pretty sure that would work out.  As it turns out, Amy from Bohemia yarns saw the note and offered to swap the two skeins for two new ones.  She even told me that if I put a note on the skein I preferred she’d see if she could get the skeins she sent me more like that one.  Talk about amazing customer service!  So I made the swap, and I’m absolutely thrilled.

The website says it’s blacklight reactive.  I haven’t had a chance to test that out yet, but as you can see it’s pretty bright.

Limon WInding

I wound the two skeins of fingering weight yarn on the nostepinne. Limon Swift I actually dug out the swift for the second one, which took a bit of hunting, but was oh, so worth it.  I had been resorting to using the back of a chair, volunteers hands, or even looping the yarn around my neck for a while.  That was ok when I was winding the diadem yarn, which is super soft.  Not so much for superwash wool…

I had actually forgotten how much easier it is to use an umbrella swift.  The second skein (on the right) took about a third the time to wind that the first one had.  As you can see the shape of the two balls is a bit different.  I think that has to do with the angle I’m winding the yarn onto the ball at.  I’ll have to experiment a bit and see if I can get it consistent.  In any case, they’re both perfectly useful center pull balls.

Limon Cakes

I cast on the Belle Greene shawl from Stitching in the Stacks. The pattern was inspired by an historical figure I’d never heard of before, but she sounds fascinating and the shawl will be amazing.  I’ve finished the stockinette section and have put together an image which shows how the yarn reacts to sunlight – LimonAtomic

No image manipulation, just two pictures taken on my iPhone 5 in burst mode as the car rode under a bridge on a sunny day.  So, yeah.  I figure I’m going to use very bright beads on this baby, because subtle is l-o-n-g gone.

Missed Projects

I’ve made two more Elizabeth Zimmerman patterns.  The Tomten jacket for my two year old niece Margaret, and a co-ordinating Baby Surprise Jacket for her newborn sister Anne.Orioles BSJIn case you hadn’t guessed, the family are huge Orioles fans.  The BSJ is as much fun as I expected, and very simple to knit.  It took a little bit to figure out how to seam it – just a brief struggle followed by an “ah-ha” moment.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I entered to win a skein of Madeleine Tosh Vintage yarn from Lisa Bogart (end of March).

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Current Projects

So I finished the Win Either Way cowl.

Inside Out 2

I am really happy with the finished product but, yes, it’s definitely a love/hate relationship with the yarn.  Still, I think this yarn and stitch pattern might make an appearance again when I finally make my Cthulhu dice bag.

Next WIP is a small handbag I’m making to take to the live Welcome to Nightvale performance.  I have tickets to the March 28th show (and I’m really looking forward to it).  If I have time, I might have to come up with additional tentacular accessories to make, and I’m planning to wear my purple dress…

Missed Projects

Since there was a lot of time I wasn’t blogging, I figure I’ll just hit a few of them every post or so until I’ve covered the highlights.   First up, the Tam of Rassillon – Tam of Rassilon

This is, of course, based on the Time Lords’ Seal of Rassillon from Doctor Who.  I knit a fair amount of this while listening to audio drama from Big Finish Productions.

I used the Blue Faced Leicester I picked up from the Feederbrook Farm booth of the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival last year.  It’s one of the pieces I plan to enter in the festival’s contest this year.  The picture isn’t quite true to color, so maybe I’ll be able to post a better one sometime.  On the other hand, the blue really is that variegated and the green that pure.  Somehow the dye absorption was blocked by the way the skeins were tied for the blue yarn and not the green. This was my first time working with BFL and I like it a lot.  I really like the way it works on this piece, and it made it much easier for me to decide which should be the background color and which the featured.  I enjoyed the pattern as well, it was a quick and easy knit.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the $1000 giveaway from Expression Fiber Arts, the yarn and poncho giveaway from Crochet Ever After or the tote from AllFreeKnitting.

Since the last post I entered the Expression Fiber Arts  March giveaway for $1200 worth of yarn. (March 31).  I also entered Interweave’s National Craft Month Giveaway (7 individual giveaways) (March 9). Anastacia Knits Designs has a crochet pattern giveaway.

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So the shiny got me, and I just had to cast on with that gorgeous skein of Diadem from the Knitpicks swag bag I told you about. I consulted Ravelry for  one skein projects using this yarn.  One user talked about a change in texture after blocking, so I looked for no block projects which would work.  I found a beautiful (and simple) piece, the Inside Out Cowl by Nicole Dupuis (cocoknits blog)..  The sample photo even has it in similar colored yarn.

First I had to wind it, using that Nostepinne I got at the Sheep and Wool Festival last year.  First I wound a single layer of yarn around the pinne, then began winding at an angle turning, crossing over the yarn.  The idea is to build up a center pull ball (note the strand tied around the tip of the nostepinne).

The problem is that this yarn didn’t want to form a nicely centered ball.  As you can see in the third and fourth pictures, it just didn’t layer well.  What you can’t here is that this yarn produced a lot of ‘fluff’, just from winding it.  Serious lint producter.

So when I removed the ball (picture 5) there was a little layer hanging back.  It ended up with the bottom of the skein looking like this: problemNot only was it not terribly attractive, it was also damaged, snarling yarn.  I ended up cutting off a moderate amount while casting on. It should be fine, the pattern won’t use anything like the whole skein, but it’s a pity, and it colors my perception of the yarn.  It’s beautiful, it’s delightfully soft, but it’s fussy.  Fussy to the ‘no frog’ point – I can’t count on reclaiming this yarn if I make any mistakes.

I still love this yarn, but I wouldn’t want to knit a sweater from it.

On the other hand, now that the cast on is done, it’s going pretty smoothly.  True, there’s a distinctly unpleasant ‘crunchy’ sensation if I happen to split a stitch.  The yarn is put-up without any plying, it’s basically unspun fibers lying parallel to each other.  But look at the color and stitch definition –

Inside Out WIP

I’m developing a love-hate relationship with this yarn…

Yarn Contests and Giveaways

The Knitting Pipeline is giving away a copy of Home by Pam Allen.  Post a comment to the Ravelry thread saying which project you’d knit first for a chance to win.

I entered to with the Expression Fiber Arts $1000 February Yarn Giveaway (February 28).

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