WIP Wednesday – PS3 Style

This sock has been chugging along. Although, what you saw last week is not what is now in the picture. I was knitting it on US 0 so as to shrink the pattern to my pals foot size, but I shrunk it a bit too much. Yes in deed I made her have midget feet. She does have small feet but this was insane. I frogged once after one full repeat, then knit half the lace repeat and measured the lace part to check that going up to a US 1 (2.25) was making it just big enough. To my shock, the sock had not gotten any bigger with the needle change. So I stuck the needles through a needle gauge and well I seem to have picked up the US 0s again. Rip went the sock and I started over with the right needles. Making sure to put those too small needles into their case before picking up the stitches and double checking the needle size of the needle that I was picking up the stitches with. Yes I was a bit paranoid but you would be too if you had made my mistake. So now I am half a repeat beyond where I was before ripping the first time. It is definitely going to fit this time and I think the colors will cause her to love them. Just so you know 2 of the PS3 colors are in the sock. I started gathering supplies for my PS3 ATC Swap. I have been missing my inks since I finished art school. I pulled them out laid them out on my bed to sit and contemplate what to do about them all. I love small work in pen & ink. It holds a preciousness that can’t really be expressed. Now all I have to do before I can start is to cut the paper to size. I can’t wait. Several people on ravelry started talking about a PS3 diet (ravelry link). Trying to incorporate foods that reflect each element. This element is, of course, fire and the suggestion was to make baked goods from scratch. Since I make bread every week, I knew this would not be too hard. I love fresh bread. In November, I decided that I needed to start making sourdough. The starter has stayed alive since then even with our crazy schedule. I think I only had to actually feed it once. All the rest of the times, it has been fed because we had used it. I passed this gourd as I was cleaning up a bit of the house so that I could set up my loom and realized this gourd would be a great PS3 pic. Don’t you love how it looks like it just got pulled off the vine with all the dirt clinging to it still? This last one might not fit with the PS3 fire theme, but I am excited that I have noticeable progress. I think it was barely 3 inches last time. This time I am sure it is at least twice that. I am so happy that it is growing. I don’t know if I don’t like the reversible cables or if it is the yarn. Only another project will allow me to decide. I...

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PS3: Fire – yarn aquisition

I took this lovely skein of yarn for a walk this morning. I saw this bright picnic table in the distance and felt it was the perfect back drop to the firey orange. I am thinking of coming up with a one skein firey project to make this into. Part of my plan is to create a project per segment of Project Spectrum. This bit of malabrigo was acquired in an avalanche of malabrigo that I stumbled into and spent my Christmas money on. My buddy and I hung out in Portland on Saturday. Since we were snagging the max at Lloyd center to head downtown, I convinced her to make a stop at Twisted. It was great. She was so great and started pulling yarn out that she liked to show me and she was stunned at how nice the yarns feel and how pretty they are in the skein. I think I smell a new knitter. The new yarn that arrived is below in the slide show: So far I have not really decided what I want to do. My Pomatomus sock for a secret pal is in the fire arena but I don’t know if it counts since I won’t show the colors till late March. The only other thing to arrive this weekend was a nice present from my mitten swap pal. She sent me wristies to keep my cold hands a bit warmer while I am knitting and doing computer...

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FO Friday – by a nose

This was hard. I needed this finished object and I worked for it. Man it is not good to be without an actually finished object for this long. Hopefully this new month will be better. So here is my new years project started 31 days and 12 hours before its finish right before midnight on the 1st of day of Project Sprectrum 3. Those of you who visit the blog might have noticed a color change. Do you like it? It is to celebrate PS3 starting. This month and next are Fire: red, orange and pink. Those who know me well. Know I love orange. I even have an orange bedroom. Pumpkin to be exact. The only squashy thing other than pumpkin pie that churchable cares to partake in. Pattern: Twisted Flower by Cookie A (ravelry project link)Yarn: ChickChick Studio Toes in the grass 1 skein 100 grams = 460 yds (60% superwash merino, 30% Bamboo, 10% Nylon) Colorway: Olive Oil [Gifted to me by my SP11 pal]Needles: Knitpicks US 1 (2.50 mm) circulars until Mr Bun cut the cable then DPNs.Mods: I love these socks. They are stunning. They are show stoppers. They make my day. I loved the flow of the pattern. It was super easy to memorize. The first sock, I needed to check every once in a while. The second sock only needed a glance at the cable on the foot, the rest was smooth sailing. I knit this exactly to specs with only one tiny mod. I kept the purl stitches all the way to the toe. On one toe I grafted in st st and the other in reverse st st. Can you tell which one in the very first photo? If so is one better than the other? If not I will go change to the st st because it oddly feels...

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Must knit not blog

Excuse me while I knit like a crazed person that hasn’t knit in a while. I have been too busy with a lot of things. The picture is of a sock that I started for a swap that I am participating in over on ravelry. It is Pomatomus by Cookie A done in Silky Sock. It glows. I am sorry that you can’t see a color pic but my pal knows who I am since she is the hostess. I seem to keep getting the hostess in the small swaps I have been doing. Ok I am off. Wish my hands speed so I have stuff to show...

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WIP Wednesday – on the road again

Do you ever find yourself saying something and a song pops into your mind because it has been playing in the background influencing the statements you say? Well one song in particular has been playing a bit too much in my mind. I keep coming up with odd sayings that relate to a video on youtube that churchable has been replaying for everyone who gets a second and can sit on the couch and watch it on the TV. Now I make comments about making a “tribute to the best chocolate milkshake in the world” since we were out of one ingredient so I got creative. And then while driving to Oly this evening, I stated to myself that I really like “hard rocking music me amigos”. Of course when I tend to drive alone my music is way louder than when churchable is with me and it is totally European techno pop music with a bit or goth-influenced pop-rock-metal. Churchable on the other hand is firmly in the classic girl vocal alternative music and talk radio. When we enter Seattle airwaves space, we fight over who gets to listen to what station. I always vote for C89.5, but then it is the only station like it anywhere I have ever been. This week I have felt productive, but I think these pictures will show you that I have not been productive with the knitting. I have been productive in getting food into the freezer so that I can knit more and cook less. I have also been productive in getting a pattern reworked and sent to my new tech editor and talking to my test knitter about specifics. Yeah me! So hopefully I will get a bit more knit this week. I really want to finish something this week. Probably not done by FO Friday but hey maybe by Monday. So here is the current status: The twisted flower socks have been plugging along pretty fast since they travel everywhere with me and now that they are on DPNs since Mr. Bun ate the cable on the circular, I don’t feel bad doing one DPN worth of stitches. The above photo was something that I had been thinking about since the color is called Olive Oil. I thought I should put them on a bottle of oil to show them off. Arwen has been plugging along. I finished seaming it before I allowed myself to cast-on the Zeebee hat that I made for Churchable. I hope the sleeve stretches a bit after blocking. I know my arms are bigger than Bud’s but this seems a bit too small. I know I read all the reviews on this and decided against adding more short rows to make them larger but oh well. Bud has skinny arms. She is only 16. I have picked the yarn for my mittens for the No More Humdrum mitten swap. The red is amazing. It is a beautiful Mountain colors colorway and then the black is one that I used way back when I first started knitting a pair of stain glass mittens. I plan on creating my own pattern. I have an idea and I will be releasing it out into the world once it is done. In other news, the Spring Interweave...

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Weekend Review – the missing FO

Churchable is trying to fix the silver brick, which is what he did while I knit a hat. Since churchable was going skiing and I had slipped two balls of yarn in his stocking for Christmas destine to be a ski hat, I knew I had to whip up a hat super quick. After knitting a bit on Arwen, I put her aside and start knitting the Short Row Hat (pdf), but got frustrated when I got lost in the design. Please forgive me but I wanted a quick pattern that could be on his head in a day. So by friday afternoon, I had ripped out that puppy and cast on for a Zeebee. Pattern: Zeebee by SchmeebotYarn: Jo-Ann Debbie Mumm Traditions 1 skein (75% Acrylic, 23% Wool, 2% Other)Color 08Needles: US 5 DPNsMods: I cast on 39 st and each eighth of the pattern was 26 rows wide. This was a fun pattern. Churchable liked if but felt it was not as warm as his other hat so I will have to knit this at a tighter gauge. I have one more skein of this...

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Rain and what a flatland girl does to escape.

If you are here to know if you won, it is at the end. I won an award this weekend from my good online buddy knittymuggins. Here’s how it works: Give the award to up to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel so happy about Blogland! Let them know by posting a comment on their blog so that they can pass it on. Beware! You may get the award several times! 1. Knittymuggins. I am sending this back to you because your emails and our friendship make me check on your blog even when you aren’t in my RSS feed just in case I missed something. 2. Robin of Yarn Crawl. I love to see what she produces even with all the classes she is taking. 3. Stitchywitch from Green Apple. Her pieces are amazing and I think I could sit on her couch and watch all her shows with her since I seem to already be doing that. 4. Cindy of Knit for Joy! She is a great friend and a hard worker. You don’t get to see a lot of her knits because she is a test knitter for a few people. Yeah PDX bloggers. 5. Carebear of MidWest Fiber Arts. Carebear is my online name for my best friend from Art School. She visits about once a year and we have a blast doing things new and different. 6. Non dairy Dairy. I love this cute little blog that shows adorable drawings. I try to read this blog as soon as it appears on my RSS feed. I even use the occasional desktop wallpaper. 7. Jess of Will Travel for Food. She is the wife of churchable’s hiking buddy. We love to go visit them and enjoy great food and good adventuring. She does not blog very often. 8. Rebecca of Socks-for-mum. Such a sweet woman a lovely projects and I am vicariously living through her photography classes. 9. Adrienne of Magic Pixie Knitter. This women is an amazing crocheter. I really love the stuff she has done. And she made my day when she pm’ed me on ravelry saying she was sad to miss my trip to Florida. Next time my dear I will make sure to alert you. 10. Lastly, the ladies of Crossroads Knits. They have great pieces and I love the camaraderie. I bet by now you are wondering about my title. Well, Churchable wanted to go skiing since he had not gone all season, which is a bit unusual for him. Last season he skied so much that he decided to do turns all year (where you ski every month for a year). He would have done it but June shot itself by making him sick the day he was supposed to drive to Mt Shasta to hike up and then ski down. So this year it looks like he and Cueball (one of his ski buddies) will be trying to do turns all year. I told churchable that I wanted to come but I did not want to ski. I wanted to go use my new snowshoes which I had gotten with my birthday money. I know I went snowshoeing in December but not in my shoes. I had such a blast taking...

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WIP Wednesday – Home at Last

We are back home tonight. Yeah. I am tired of traveling and being on the move. I think I have been gone a part of each week since the beginning of December. Why me? You came here for the weekly report so let me see. My knitting has been a bit slow, but I parked my butt on the couch today because I intend to not let the last Christmas gift drag out until February. You hear that Bud. I will be done. Ok so here is the belated present. It is getting a little big for my photo space. I had to shove some yarn out of the way just to get the whole thing in. Well I finished the left side and grafted the cuff cable. That was a bit harder than I thought. Now I have the right side and the hood left plus the seaming. I plan on seaming tomorrow so that I get it done in bits rather than getting annoyed at it all at once. Anyone interested in a little bit of Cable close-ups. I am a bit in love with cables right now. This here is me playing with ghetto lighting which I read about over on Socks for Mum. She is taking a lighting class. I really love the look, but I think my camera focuses a bit better with the flash. Lastly we have my Twisted Flower which I am knitting for SockDown! I am in love. The pattern flows so smoothly that my second sock does not even need the patten to be carried around. My endpaper mitts are stalling because I need to finish the present and the socks they call my name, but my hands moan about being cold. So I need to knit faster so that I can finish things and have some mitts to wear while knitting...

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Weekend Wrap-up – Seattle Addition

Edited to add: Don’t forget I will be in Seattle for till Wednesday The sun was shining but the air was brisk and clear yesterday. It was so lovely. Unfortunately we stayed within the confines of our friend’s house working on this. The weekend has been a bit busier with a long wedding and a missed trip to the store on Friday night. So we have not gotten as far as we would have liked. We had hoped to be putting the grout in tonight but alas we just put in the plumbing last night. I got to use the propane torch to connect the brass fittings together. It was alot of fun. Today was spent getting the wall board fitted and connected to the wall. Now it looks like this. On the knitting front, my socks are flying because I have only had time to knit while standing in line or for short bits. I really need to sit down and work on the cardigan. I have been hooked up with both my swap patterns that I will be knitting for in the next couple of months. Don’t forget that you have another week to post a comment to get into the yarn contest. I have missed posting FOs the last month or so. So let me share with you my small bit of delving into the dark side: Pattern: Boteh Scarf by Kathy Merrick (ravelry link) from the Spring 2007 Interweave CrochetYarn:Ellie’s Ewe Hues MemenToes (100% superwash merino) 490 yds in 100gram skein in Clover & HoneyCrochet Hook: G hookMods: I did 26 repeats instead of 16 repeats of the main motif. I also did not do the border because I felt that it was too thick of a...

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Blogiversary

I seem to have missed my anniversary to knit blogging by a full week. I noticed that I missed it when I went searching for my first post while in Spo Vegas. Instead I thought I would celebrate my one year and one week anniversary. And to celebrate I have some yarn to give away. I seem to have amassed a large collection of sock yarn this year. So I will be sharing some with all of you. These yarns are ones that can be found at my LYS – La Favorites. I decided that I would start going to the knit groups as much as I could this year so that I would have more in person contact with knitters. I went to my first meeting on Tuesday it was great. Leave a comment and you will be entered into the prize box. I will be drawing names on MLK day and sending it out after I get the winner’s...

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