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FO: Hitchhike the Star V2

It’s done!

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Actually, it’s been done for 3 days. I bound off Friday night at Project Night at my LYS.

The picture doesn’t do justic to how big it is. The top edge is as wide as my arms spread. I’m not going to block it because I like the natural curve of it and it’s garter stitch, so who’s to know? Other than the people that read this post of course.

I used just under 2 hanks of A Hundred Ravens Iachos in the Starry Night colorway.

You can find the project page here.

This was my second time making this pattern and I’m just as happy with it now as I was before.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Knitting, Shawls, Yarn

 

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Dark and Gray – Also known as Spring (plus some bonus good news)

Spring here in New England has sprung. But not in the “flowers blooming in the sunshine” kind of way. It’s been dark and gray and for the last 24 hours or so, it’s been raining.

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For about an hour yesterday I got to sit outside in the sun while I worked but things rapidly changed and I had to scuttle inside real quick when I felt a few raindrops. But for about one glorious hour I got to bask in the sun. Sometimes working from home has it’s perks.

However, in response to the fact that it’s been grey out for ages, I’ve been working on the brightest project I have on the needles.

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My Hitchhiker. See that little ball of yarn? That’s all that’s left. I’m thinking 2 or 3 points at most. Also, the working edge? It’s almost 40″ (I know this cause I’m using a 40″ needle and it almost fills it from tip to tip spread out). Of course, me and my big mouth, I’ll probably be wrong about how many points are left, we’ll just have to see! As of writing I’m at 51 complete points, I’ll give you a final count when it’s finished (probably sometime this weekend, hopefully).

I’ve also dressed in some fairly bright clothes to combat the fact that it’s gloomy out. We each have our coping mechanisms. :)

On a completely separate note, I just hear back from someone who is selling their spinning wheel. They are quite happy to sell it to me. Since the seller and I are only about a 2 hour drive apart we’re going to meet somewhere in the middle rather than shipping it.

All this means I’LL HAVE A SPINNING WHEEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Can you tell I’m excited?)

So I bet you want to know what kind of wheel it is huh? Well, it’s an Ashford Joy Double Treadle and the best part is, it’s portable! Which is great since I live in an apartment and I don’t want to take up too much space

Granted, I’m not picking it up for a couple of weeks due to being busy this weekend and next weekend being Easter, but soon! April 12!

 

PS: Yes I know I said in the podcast I’d put up a page of blogs/podcasts I follow. I’m working on it. They’ll go live sometime this weekend.

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Knitting, Shawls, Spinning

 

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Serenova Crafts Podcast Episode 12: Quilt

First off, if you’ve already watch the video, sorry about not telling you about my nails even though I mentioned it. They’re Jamberry Wraps. I found out about them through someone I know here in town and she gave me some samples and I really like them. Look them up.

NOW for the actual show notes.

Finished March Socks

The Pi Shawl:

Now, for the giveaway!

The Ravelry thread is HERE. The rules are:

  • Must be a member of the Ravelry group
  • One comment per person
  • No chatter
  • Winner will be pulled on April 8 when I film my podcast. Thread will be closed around 8AM that morning.

Social media stuff:

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Podcast

 

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FO: March Socks

They’re done!

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I finished them on Wednesday night while I was watching the Sound of Music special.

I’m quite happy with them. They don’t match but that’s the nature of the yarn.

This was my basic vanilla sock that I use for just about everything sock these days. Toe up with a fish lips kiss heel.

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Knitting, Personal Sock Club 2015, Socks

 

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Knitting Urges

So, I follow Glenna C. over at “Knitting to Stay Sane“. Now, she blogged this week about finishing her fourth Pi Shawl.

Now for those of you that aren’t’ familiar with the concept… The person credited with it’s creation is Elizabeth Zimmerman and the pattern uses the principle of the mathematical constant Pi to create a circular shawl.

Now Glenna has made 4 of them. And that really makes me want to make one myself. I have in fact, technically made one before but it was more of a blanket than a shawl considering I used worsted weight acrylic and I was only just getting back into knitting at the time. The problem is, I could use really any yarn in stash but then it wouldn’t be terribly big. I also want it fingering weight which means I need at least 4 hanks of something.

So I spent a good chuck of my lunch break looking at sweater quantities worth of yarn on Ravelry to see if there was anything I liked at a decent price. If I don’t find anything I’ll probably see what my local shop has in great enough quantities.

I’m going to be good and not cast it on right away, but I’m still thinking about it.

 

PS: Yes, I am in fact working on my quilt blocks. I’ve cleared off my work space, I’m ironing the fabric and I’m going to cut tonight and sew tomorrow.

PPS: Also, yes the socks are done. That’ll be another post tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2015 in Knitting, Shawls, Yarn

 

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Serenova Crafts Podcast Episode 11: Wood Glue

Short podcast this week, but here’s what I talked about.

Projects:

Other things:

Bill Nye the Science Guy – UMass Lowell Commencement Speech May 2014

Social Media:

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Podcast

 

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Making A List

After finishing the test knit I was doing for Lisa over at Fibernymph Dye Works, I realized I’d let my number of projects grow again.

Nine total WIPs which means that, though I have plans for projects and I’m itching to cast them on, I’m going to be good and wait  until I finish TWO projects before adding another one. I figure if I get rid of two before starting one, I’ll have a net decrease in the number of WIPs.

The problem is, not all of the projects are portable. I can technically take my loom places, it is small enough to carry around but it’s awkward so I think I’m regulating my Merlot Hounds-tooth to the couch. That and my Giant Granny Square blanket. Both of those I’m going to keep either near the couch or on the couch and work on them there. Their both fairly simple and, really, the weaving should have been done by now because that goes really quickly, but well, things just keep happening.

While I’m really happy to be working 40 hours a week, my crafting has really suffered. I know, I shouldn’t complain, and I’m not, not really, but 4 months ago when I wasn’t working, I could whip through things like no ones business, and now I realized I have to think through what I’m doing and where and ration my crafting time.

I do have two portable projects. My March Socks and my Hitchhiker. And by portable I mean “fits in my purse”, not “it can’t leave the house”. The Hitchhiker is getting a little large but as it still fits in my purse and I don’t need the pattern as I’ve memorized it at this point, so I consider it portable.

Now, there are other projects I have, that while I can take them with me, require me to have the pattern in front of me while I work. Those are regulated to home and knitting groups. No standing in line somewhere with these. I have four projects that fall into that category. They are:

  • Granny Cheyne Shawl aka “the shawl of doom” which, really, at this point, I should just bite the bullet and finish the poor thing.
  • Evenstar Shawl which, while it has not yet reached “shawl of doom” status, I should work on it as well. The only problem is I can really only handle one massive shawl project at a time.
  • Catkin which is actually coming along I just need to actually work on it.
  • Neyera Cowl which is no longer a KAL and I should just finish the poor thing. I’ve only done like 2 of the 17 repeats the pattern calls for. And the friend I know who was knitting one finished her’s already (as far as I know).
  • Ginny Cardigan V2 I’ve only got an inch of the initial ribbing and I really want this sweater but just… oy veh, I need to knit more.

Read less, knit more, that should be my motto. I do need to figure out how to read and knit at least stockinette or something at the same time. I miss reading. I really enjoy reading. I need to read more. But I also need to read more. Hopefully you can understand my conundrum here.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I still have to do my quilt blocks as well! Those need to be done for next Saturday (week from tomorrow) so that I can go pick up the next block. Gotta get working on that!

Now to just figure out when to do everything!

 
 

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