Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Stitch Along - February 13

Well I keep missing weeks......

I have one finished object, My Shelly Valentine....which I'll wear on Thursday and get a good picture of it. But this is before blocking

Started: Feb 10, 2016
Cast Off: Feb 9, 2019 (almost three years!
I used a pair of straights from Lantern Moon...love their wooden needles...
Pattern: Ribbed Shell Cowl
Yarn is from Knitmona, not sure she is dying any longer....it was a special order called Red Velvet Cupcake...it has a bit of a sparkle....blocked, it's just stretched a bit....

So several months ago, I wrote about my Stash Space....well I just looked back to link and it seems like I never published that post! Anyway, I was going to have a Stash Space in the attic of our house.  Since we are moving, I am going to be using the master bedroom as my space.....there is still a lot to do...but little by little...
The bed will eventually be moved out of the room.....but this is where it was today....I moved the cedar chest over to the wall, so that I can use my ball winder and swift...

So there is still a lot of work to do.....this house has three large "crawl"spaces (we can stand in them) full of stuff....but most of the rooms are 80-90% done.....

So I'm working on that big project, as well as trying to complete my WIPs....




Sunday, February 10, 2019

Year of Projects: Year 6 Week 6

It is blocking now, this was before blocking.....

2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)
My Shelly Valentine: 2/10/16-2/9/19 (almost three years exactly!!!)

Look at that!  I have another finish!  I am trying hard to work on the WIPs....so this is my third WIP done this year...and I have not cast on anything new...yet!  I will be casting on a few new things during this long weekend....

Took a break from writing this to run back to House #1.....we had to feed the birds, Hubs had to drop off his car for an oil change.....and I was picking up some more stuff....we are slowly moving into House #2 - the Homestead.....and going back to house #1 is like visiting my own LYS...but my stash is split....so today I am going to update my Stash on Ravelry with the "Where it is Located" option as I watch The Walking Dead marathon....I did bring back a bag and a basket of yarn.....


Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18, ripped out and restarted next size up 1/26/19


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Northampton Socks - 5/26/18, sock one done 2/9/19
 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn, may have to frog.

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Year of Projects, Year 6, Week 4

Well I missed last week, had some personal stuff going on.......But I did finish two pair of socks last weekend!  We ended up having a four day weekend, as we had a snow day on Tuesday, after the day off on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The blog post for the finishes went up on Friday, if you'd like to give a peek....
Sorry so dark.  I had to rip out the baby sweater I had started.  It's been so long since I worked on it, I had to go up a size! 

I really have been on a sock kick and got past the heel on the first Northampton sock
I was also catching up on podcasts...

I pulled out the yarn for the baby projects...these are not on my list yet, as I have not started them yet...so I have two girls and two boys to make for...one is the Elephant sweater that I had to rip out and restart.
Probably going to make two Cria, one for one of the boys and the other girl....not traditional baby colors...
The last one is the Teddy Sweater

Only one of these babies has not been born yet...

So those are my plans, what about you?


2019 Finishes!!!!!
Muertos: 8/13/17-1/19/19
Who Socks: 10/7/18-1/22/19 (the Who socks were never on my list)

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18, ripped out and restarted next size up 1/26/19


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Northampton Socks - 5/26/18
 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy

Friday, January 25, 2019

Finally Finished - First of the Year!

So I did finish two sock WIPs last weekend...one long languishing one and one I'd recently started.

These are my Muertos socks:

Cast-on: August 13, 2017
Kitchenered: January 19, 2019

So a little under two years...;/

Yarn: Desert Vista Dyeworks Dia de los Muertos on her Viso base
Pattern:  Vanilla with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel, yarn from TwoSisters Sister Sidekick in Red
Needles:  Karbonz 2.25mm

I was amazed at how well the heel color matched the red in the stripes!

Of course these lived in my Sugar Skull bag from Jessalu

My second pair of socks are Doctor Who themed....

So I kept hearing about Felici yarn from Knitpicks...I have an issue with the company, so had never ordered from them.  But I gave in awhile back when they brought Time Traveler back....I actually bought three colors (2 skeins of each), but I have gifted the others away...
Cast-on: October 7, 2018
Kitchenered: January 22, 2019

Yarn: KnitPicks Felici in the Time Traveler colorway
Pattern:  Vanilla pattern with a slip stitch heel
Needles:  9 inch circular 2.25 mm

Okay, so I'm glad I tried it, but I won't order any more from them....The yarn is super soft, I'm assuming it wears well, since so many people rave about it.

However, I was still working on the cuff when I ran into a knot...
Obviously I was not happy.  Also, which I'm sure this is me just used to matching skeins, but I did them side by side on two 9-inch circulars and the skeins did not start at the same place.  So I had to run off some yarn to get them at the same starting point.

Yes the knot is still in them....I'm living with it.........Oh and they lived in a Doctor Who bag from Jessalu

I am working on some more socks now...I came home early today with a stomach bug, so in bed with a sock WIP.....

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Stitch Along - Jan 23

So two of these projects are DONE!!!!!!!  I'll do a Friday Finish post, if I can get good pictures of the socks...So I'm down to 8 sock WIPs!!!!  And trying really hard not to cast on a new one....I'd like to finish two more before I cast on another, but I did bring one of my crates of self stripe sock to the Homestead.....(I have 3 self stripe crates)

I think I'm either going to work on my Beekeeper Cardigan or the Elephant sweater for my friend's daughter next...

but tonight I also decided to wind some more of the minis from the Knits4Comfort Advent shawl...
So how was your week?  I'm going to throw up the link this week if anyone wants to hook up and share their WIPs...



Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Stitch Along _First of the Year

Good early afternoon!  I am home today thanks to a PsA flareup...It started Monday night, I went to work yesterday and left half day and I'm letting myself continue to heal today.....it's been awhile since I've had one last this long....the weather has been really sucky for me, with all the rain.....and we do have some nasty weather coming in...I also have my infusion in about a week and a half...and usually around the 6 week mark, I start hurting more....

So I've been working on socks....My Dia de Muertos socks are almost done!  I have the FLK heel, foot and toe to finish on the second sock....but again, I stopped at the heel!
I had two stripes to add this morning before starting the heel.

My Time Traveler socks are also almost done...I am working on the second heel flap today...
I've got some things to say about the Felici yarn when I do my Finished post....

So that is what I have worked on so far this week.....so many socks, so little time...but I have been wearing them more this year than I have in the past...so need more and more!!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Year of Projects - Year 6, Week 2

This was my first full week back to school after the holiday break.  I was exhausted most days and asleep by seven each night......

so that means I really did not work on anything this week...a few rows here and there....but that is all.....I did make my first yarn purchase of the year....but I'm going to do a stash post on Saturday.
My current sock WIPs, except for Kai-Mei, as I couldn't find the bag.....So, yes, I do have an issue with self-stripe yarn....only one is not self-stripe, well the Kai-mei is also not self stripe....so this is part of my WIP 2019.....I will cast on more I'm sure....as I have an issue with stopping at the heels....I did start a heel on the Time Traveler socks...I elected to do a heel flap and it seems to be taking forever!  It's been so long since I did one...And two of them only have cuffs started......

I have been doing a lot of reading on Instagram the past couple of days around the issue of the knitting/crochet community and racism that rose from the Karen Templer blog post.  It has been very interesting and enlightening.  If you are on Instagram, it is worth your time to read some of the posts...@duckling.designs, @ladydyeyarns, @labienaimee, @su.knitter, @nappyknitter, @tina.say.knits...I have added many new people to my feed....

Works In Progress:         
WIPS: Crochet:
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)-not sure he'd want this anymore, being a high school freshman and all, but I think I'll finish it for him. He is now a sophomore.
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done - I looked at this recently and I'm still liking it, so I'll keep it...maybe make it a baby blanket instead.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done. I still love the look of this.
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14) - Haven't made a final decision on this yet.
Throwback Poncho 2/19/17 - would like to finish for the fall

Venetian Cowl (July 1, 2018)

Knit: 
Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done, I put this in the giveaway yarn bags..not thrilled with colors....will use squares at school for water bottles..
Shark in the Woods (11/27/14)- I really love this, but it's a lot of cabling and I'm not a fan..about 1/2 done.
Vanilla fingerless mitts (12/25/15) - Think I'm going to frog and do different mitts or crochet them.
Zombie Vixen mitts (10/17/15)- why I may crochet the others...have these and still working on them, again cabling
Garter Path Shawlette (5/30/16)- I have frogged this a couple of times...
Swinging with Winkle (6/4/16)- I love this so much!  Just need to finish it! Added a few rows
Meandering Top (5/20/16) - Took it out, at the separation of arms, looks really big!
Bulky Cowl - this hurts my hands to work on...think I need slippery needles...
Splediferous Blanket - (4/15/17) Roald Dahl club, mitered blanket
Selbu Mitts - 3/26/18

Beekeeper Cardigan - 7/1/18 
Lucy's Elephant - 7/24/18


Socks:
Kai-Mei: (April 2012) - has not changed, 
Espalier Socks (Jan 10, 2016) - started and stopped...
Muertos - 8/13/17
Games Socks- 2/15/18
Cloudy Rainbows - 5/11/18 

Sunny Skies - 5/12/18
Northampton Socks - 5/26/18
 
Scarves/Shawls:
Splashy Flowers: (May 2011) - add a motif scarf, don't see that being finished soon...
Light in Shadows (1/14/14) - I love this so much...need to start the new direction, so need to sit down and figure it out..
 
Willow Fields (9/6/14) - ran out of yarn, waiting on yarn 
My Shelly Valentine (2/10/16) - should finish for this year's Valentine's Day, yeah, that did not happen

Bags:
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in, I used it this year without the lining...so may just call it a day on this.... 

 KAL/CALs:
 
Fire and Blood (5/4/14) - not anytime soon
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  - possibility of finishing this..the yarn is so yummy