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I’m still crafting

I was still crafting throughout the long dry spell, and I have had had other things to blog about since I started posting again, so this seemed like a good time to join in Paula’s WiP Wednesday push (as started on the Tangled Mess blog).  Depending on how this goes I might join in FO Fridays as well.

Mont Royal Socks

I always have a pair of socks on my needles.  In particular, it seems that I always have this pair of socks on my needles.  I started them in July of last year, they’re toe up and I haven’t reached the heel turn yet.  I’m generally a slow sock knitter for whatever reason, and this pair is not ‘mindless knitting’, so it’s been a row now and again.

Slow going or not, I do like these.

Mont Royal status

Charming Crawling Eyeball

One of the things I did during my posting hiatus was to join in the Charm City Yarn Crawl.  I didn’t hit six shops (so I didn’t join the drawing), but I did pick up a skein at each shop I visited. It did kind of break my heart not to get more, but reality intervened. Here was my tour:

Clover Hill Yarn Shop: I picked up a skein of Hikoo by Skacel Abracadabra.  This is a photosensitive yarn.  Mine turns pink in sunlight and, as soon as I had it, I had the idea of the theme project for my crawl.

All About Yarn: This is my LYS. I grabbed a skein of Berroco Linus (which is a ribbon yarn) in a color very similar to the Abracadabra when it’s not in sunlight.  The texture is very different.

Lovelyarns: I got a skein of JoJoland Tonic in an amazing blue.

The Knitting Boutique: One skein of Kraemer Yarns Perfection in the sand colorway.

Have you guessed the project?

Captain models crawling eyeball

Captain graciously modeling the (Yarn) Crawling Eyeball Hat

Guinan Hat

Guinan Spiral

This pattern has been one of my Ravelry favorites for a long time, so when my friend Kay asked if I had any suggestions for a Guinan costume it came to mind immediately.  It turns out that Kay didn’t think she had time to finish it before the event, so I told her I’d gladly do the work in exchange for the pattern, so it’s a win-win.  It’s also my 200th Ravelry project.

The construction on this one is interesting.  I used split ring stitch markers to keep four strands of yarn ‘live’ at a time.

I expect to finish it up today

Guinan unassembled

 

Millers Fire

My one spinning WiP is using the Millers Fire colorway from Alpaca Joy on a mini destiny spindle from Snyders Spindles.

August 8

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the Slipped Stitch Studios giveaway.  PhatFiber is hosting a  number of giveaways for 20 August.  I entered the “shiny briny” giveaway, the “Golden threads breed study” giveaway

 

 

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The Pattern Posting Lessons

It’s been almost a week since I posted the Vexing Socks pattern.  More than 500 people took advantage of the coupon code, and three missed it.  People visited the blog to get the coupon code, and many of them took a look around the blog.  I don’t know how many ‘followed’, but there wasn’t a noticeable uptick in comments.   I had one individual ask if I would knit the socks for him.  (The answer to that was no).  Two of my test knitters linked their FOs to the pattern in the Ravelry database, and it’s in 9 queues with 96 favorites.  Not bad.

If I do publish any more patterns I think I will do the coupon code thing again, but just for three days (since the vast majority of the activity on the pattern took place over the first three days).  I think, on the whole, it went well.

In Other Knitting

I finally succeeded in using the crochet cast on for Kris Hanson’s Dino Cap. I’m having a lot of fun with this project.  The toddler’s parents are big fans of the Washington NFL team, so the cap is in burgundy and gold.  I’ve called my Ravelry project “The Dino Who Shall Not Be Named” in honor of the current controversy.  I cast on in gold, but switched to burgundy in the middle of the first earflap (just after the decreases).  Since the short rows in the flaps are done without yarn overs or other methods of smoothing there is a built in picot edge, and it makes a nice transition point.  I switched back to gold and did the same process for the second flap.   Knit to the same depth in burgundy as I had in gold, and attached the working edge to the cast on edge with a three needle technique.  I’m rather pleased with the results.

Nameless Dino Hem

Space and Organization

Five Explosion

That cool snail thing you’re seeing is a Debra’s Garden needle gauge. The blue blob is a yarn bra – which is pretty helpful when you’re working with cotton in particular.

I’m making good progress on the cricket sweater as well.  I’ve worked through the underarm decreases on the back, and I’m

enjoying it very much.  I’ve already switched that project into the new project bag. It did still fit into the previous bag, but the Illustriation shawl was cramped in the next smaller bag, so I did a bit of shuffling around.

I also had to admit that the Altoids box was no longer working as a notions tin.  I had blown the hinges on one, and replaced it with a new Altoids tin, but even handling it gently I had trouble getting it closed consistently.

So I replaced that with a Lantern Moon knit aid case.  I already mentioned that I had ordered up a Namaste Better Buddy to have one notions case per project bag, and that came in as well.

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My sets obsession has driven me to order yet another Debra’s Garden gauge so that every Project Bag which is actively in use can have one clipped to it.  I know it’s pretty silly, but that’s what I’m doing with it.

I could go off and talk about the pen and notebook thing, but I’ll save that for another time.

Blog Contests and Yarn Giveaways

I didn’t win the Thick and Finn, Swan’s Island or Kangarth knits giveaways.  I entered a giveaway from Hands Occupied for a skein of Silverspun yarn (30 October).

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Life is full of frustrations

Well, the not-ready-to-talk-about project has hit a snag.  I feel that I’m handling it pretty well, but I’m not quite ready to blog about it yet. Other areas of my life aren’t much easier. This morning DH dropped me off at the Motor Vehicles Express office.  It’s a mile and change from home, across the street from a weekly coffee-and-yarn meetup I like to go to.  The office had barely opened, so there wasn’t too much of a line.  The clerk couldn’t give me the duplicate title I needed, but she could write down the information I needed to order it online.  This was about what I’d expected, so I thanked her, tucked the slip of paper in my wallet, and went on the knitting meet up.

The meet up was fun.  I don’t know the other knitters (and crocheter) very well, but I’m starting to.  One woman there has a daughter who’s been a PCV twice, who is just starting a job teaching English in Indonesia.  We met each others, and both daughters, at previous meet ups, so we swapped stories and that was good.

I tried multiple times to create a provisional cast on for a lined toddler cap.  Honestly, I should be able to do this by now without referring to the internet, but no… no such luck.  I gave up and worked on the cricket sweater for my husband instead.

After I walked home, the paper was gone.  It must have fallen out of my wallet when I got my coffee.  Totally my own fault, but I didn’t want to walk down and back again so I called it a loss and I’ll just have him drop me off again tomorrow.

This afternoon I got the letter Abby sent me before leaving for Senegal.  It was lovely, but I found myself crying again.  This is going to be hard.

Knitting News

So now I have four WiPs, one for each project bag.  I expect the sweater is going to get too big for the largest bag pretty soon.  Even if it doesn’t, I have bought yarn for the Aidez, which is much bulkier.  So I ordered a new project bag.

The Exploding Tardis Project Bag from AmeliaXJIoy’s Etsy shop

Honestly, I think missing Abby has prompted a big bout of ‘retail therapy’.  I invested in a second CritSuccess counter ring (this one in blue – so pretty!). I also got a swift cover from Slipped Stitch Studios, because I’ve been kicking myself for missing the chance to get that one in the Exploding Tardis print.

So now that I’m going to have a fifth project bag, I naturally had to order a notions case to go with it.  I was torn between the Namaste “Better Buddy” case and the Lantern Moon “Mindy Pocket” case.  They’re both kind of expensive for notions cases, but they’re cheaper than drinking…

Anyway, I ordered the Namaste online, because I noticed that retailers were kind of low on stock.  Then someone at the knitting group told me that they’re stopping production because the Pleather doesn’t wear well.  Oh well, we’ll see how long I can get mine to last for.

Following a conversation on Ravelry, I’ve decided to add a pen and notebook to each of my notions bags.  Post it notes for the small boxes, handmade notebooks from Etsy for the larger ones.

4 map bound mini-journals from Carta Papiera on Etsy

For pens I’ve gotten a Fisher Space Pen stowaway (a neat, compact pen), an Ohto Petit B (a really pretty, tiny pen), a Xonex Piccollo (wow! is this thing tiny) and a keychain pen/stylus (the last of which I found at the checkout at FedexKinko’s).  The Namaste buddy is bigger than any of my current pouches, so I’ll probably get a larger writing implement for that.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the Mooglyblog “Cast Off Chemo” CD, but I did bid on (and win) a cowl kit their eBay fundraiser.  I entered a drawing for a chocolate hamper from Plutonium Muffins (21 October)

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Rainbow Connection

A pre-post digression, in regards to the Supreme Court decision

Love Wins

(based on work in the public domain as well as work provided under a Creative Commons 3.0 attribution share-alike license by Nevit Dilmen)

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WIPS

Picotty WIP

I really recommend not having a migraine as a crochet strategy.  Not only did it take a lot less time to replace the frogged mesh segment of the sock, it was also obvious where the mystery decreases had come from.  I was basically losing a full pattern repeat every two rows.

So, yeah, I made a quick, easy pattern much more complicated, and non-functional, than it had to be.  Working from the outside of the yarn ball also made it harder than it had to be – somehow my SWTC TOFUtsies was weirdly splitty when worked in the opposite direction.  I have no idea what that’s about.

I tried them on, and they’re definitely going to take some getting used to, but I think, perhaps optimistically, that they’ll be wearable.  They work up fast enough, and I had little enough plans for the yarn, that it’s worth while to find out for sure.

Teaching Crochet

My eldest daughter, who will be going to Senegal in the fall, has decided that now is a good time to learn a new craft.  She’s starting to take up crochet, which avoids the whole ‘needles on a plane’ issue.  I’ve been having much more luck teaching her this time than the last time I tried, starting with a bookmark pattern my grandmother taught me about 40 years ago.

Shockingly it’s not on Ravelry, so I might have to write it up eventually.

Notions

Debras RescueI’ve been continuing to work on my notions collection.  I picked up another Debra’s Garden needle gauge, this one in the “Purple Rescue” colorway.

I’ve corresponded with Debra, and the $2 per purchase goes to local animal charities in her area.  She’s assured me that she only contributes to shelters with a no-kill policy, so I feel every bit as good about the contributions as I enjoy the color.

They really do make fantastic zipper pulls, and I have actually used one of them ‘on the go’, but at $16 per I do feel a bit extravagant having this many. Well over 90% of the time I need a needle gauge I’m at home, with access to several.  Honestly the idea that all of my project bags be completely stocked at all times is just a little bit compulsive and excessive.

At the same time, as my younger daughter often says, when she’s trying to wheedle, I neeeeeed this.  I really do love them and will probably splurge one more time so that I have one for each project bag.   In a different color, naturally, because colors are half the fun.  When I do give in and get the last one it will probably be another full sized one, as very few of my projects use needles smaller than 2mm, and the full sized ones are so very pretty.

I do so love my pretty tools.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

Cute MarkersSpeaking of oh so lovely but hardly necessary notions, Corrie from Plutonium Muffins blog sent me the Owl Print Panda stitch markers.  They are impossibly cute and fun.  I will get a lot of enjoyment out of these.

Emboldened by my win, I entered a HUGE honking giveaway from Knitscene (1 September), The Mooglyblog Beaded Lace giveaway (2 July) The Mooglyblog Ergo Crochet Hooks giveaway (29 June) and the Happily Hooked Red Heart Yarn and Book giveaway (21 July).

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Summary for the squeamish:  I’m fine, my stuff is OK.  Verbal description of not goodness behind the cut below the (non graphic) picture.

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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.

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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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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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