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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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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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