WIP Wednesday: Larger Blanket

Knitting:

The blanket has pretty much been my life in terms of knitting. Or crafting at all. I really, really want to make sure it’s done and handed off before the baby arrives in Aug. I just added in the 4th skein of yarn and I think I have 2 more to add in. After that I just have a small left over portion I’m planning on using specifically to bind off with. I also extended my cable so I have a better idea of size, it feels too small. I’m hoping that once the acrylic relaxes and the yarn overs expand it’ll grow a little bit.

Reading:

Of Moths and Butterflies by V. R. Christensen. A dash of drama and romance thrown into another time, forever my candy. I like this one more than the other of this author that I’ve ready.

Super Simple Headband

One of my fighting guys requested a headband. Well … it took me far longer than I’d like to admit to sit down and knit it but the knitting took only a handful of tv episodes.

The pattern is super simple. I start with one stitch and increase every other row until I have 5-7 stitches, knit it to length, decrease every other row. Also I slip the first stitch of the row to make the sides neater.

Project page: Ravelry.

WIP Wednesday: The Blanket Grows

Knitting:
The blanket has grown a bit, the sections aren’t feeling impossible yet but I can tell the difference. Now if I could just remember consistently when I’m supposed to do the yarn over row. I always catch it about 2-4 sections in. Luckily it’s an easy fix.

Sewing:
The plan is to start cutting the fabric for an altered version of this overdress. I’d like to have it done by this Saturday since we have an event and I’d like pretty, plus my current overdress is in need of alterations and repairs.

Thought, because I want a new overdress I need a new rank device. And now that we have an embroidery machine I have a better chance of creating what we want So .. I designed a thing!! It needs a little cleaning up of threads but I’m still pretty stoked about it.

Reading:

The Last Paradise by Antonio Garrido. I only just started it yesterday so I’m not very far but it’s interesting and based in a time period I enjoy reading about.

However! I just finished Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor and … wow! It’s a broken girl and broken boy story, and at times it feels a touch slow moving. But the story was just so compelling and wonderful that I didn’t care. I felt that I had plenty of time to learn each of the main characters before they meet each other and then we’re shown how they both grow brave. I loved the writing and the story itself. I’d certainly recommend this to pretty much anybody

WIP Wednesday: Neverending Yarn

Knitting:
I’m hard at work on 2 blankets. The sock blanket is progressing at work because it’s small and I haven’t gotten around to finding a bag for the baby blanket. I just keep putting up on the shelf at night so Hestia kitteh can’t get to it. She’s been quite a pain getting up to my alpacas and pulling those down as it is. But! There’s progress on the baby blanket, a lot!

While the blanket itself is not all that interesting, not a ton of color and not a difficult or changing pattern .. I’m interested in the yarn. That little squiggle of yarn to the side is the last of the first ball of yarn. For several times around now I keep telling myself it’ll run out soon. Yet I keep getting another round and another round. I suspect this is neverending yarn. The waiting ball will be the second. I have 4 or 5 others waiting. This blanket just might end up epic.

Reading:

Diary of the Displaced Books 1-3 by Glynn James. An interdimensinal traveller chasing after an evil monster but with the small problem of having lost a lot of his memory. I’m nearly done with book 3 and I’ve quite enjoyed it. If this doesn’t tell me how the evil is defeated I’ll have to be on the lookout for more of the story because I really want to know.

Tiny Baby Set

When I heard that a friend was expecting a baby I instantly thought of the baby yarn sitting in my stash and knew I could make a few things from it. Gifts for friends + using up the stash = double win!

First up was a tiny hat:

This knit up so fast and cute that I had to do another one, naturally.

i love the colorwork and the corrugated ribbing, even if it’s not a stretchy as normal ribbing. It’s freaking adorable. But at this point I had a whole lot of yarn left over and I was about done with hats. No matter how cute they are.

So I found a tiny shirt.

This was an absolute delight to knit and it happened so fast! It’s so tiny and cute.

And yet … I still had yarn left over. Not a lot though. Tiny feetses! Those need covering too! So booties it was!

Finally! The set was complete and all the yarn was gone! I think it’s such a cute little collection of baby things, either together or on their own.

Patterns: 2 Hearts Newborn Hat by Kelly Forster, BQ Baby Tee by Sabra Morse, Seamless Baby Booties by Becky Rudella
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Beige and Pink
Project Pages: Hat, Hat, Shirt, Booties

WIP Wednesday: Baby Blanket

Knitting:
I still have my stripy socks, and the sock blanket, and the color work gloves … however a friend is expecting a baby in August so naturally I had to drop (nearly) everything to do up a baby blanket for them. I’m using some of the yarn from Talesia’s stash that I found in her boxes. I still miss her dearly .. but passing along something she loved in a way to wrap another in love feels fitting.

I don’t feel like getting out the posterboard and turning on all the lights so you get a phone pic from my lap. That’s also why there’s no pictures of the progress on other pictures. I’m curled up under a fuzzy blanket and don’t wanna move.

Reading:

Diary of the Displaced: Books 1-3 by Glynn James. I’ve blazed through book 1 and started book 2. It’s an interesting story, though not one I think I’d pursue had I not had the chance to get the first 3. Again, I’m in a weird headspace so no idea.

As a reminder I’m offering charting work as well as my standard sewing and knitting commissions, as per my post yesterday.

Services Offered: Charting Patterns

I know we all can read or chart our own patterns. However, if you don’t have the time or simply don’t wish to be bothered with it, let me know!

Free patterns only, unless you want to purchase a pattern for my use, in addition to the cost of charting. I’d absolutely hate for any designer feel that I was getting their paid patterns for free.

Here’s an example of my most recent work:

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Format will be Microsoft excel so easy to open with Google docs or Open Office. Benefits for colorwork include seeing the stitches laid out before you, in knitting reading order, all repeats listed, with increasing and decreasing notes, plus the ability to hide completed rows. I have not yet done lacework in color, but that is likely the next thing for me to figure out. Though I can do a chart of the symbols, if that’s needed.

2 colors: $5; 3 colors: $8

More than that and we can work it out. And of course I’m always willing to knit on commission, particularly small things. Anything I can do to earn a bit more at the moment is up for discussion.

Last Years Finishes

There were a couple things I finished last year but didn’t share here because they were waiting for gifting. Mid January our friends got together for our gift exchange.

One of my friends gifted me this gorgeous purple and green yarn to see if I could do anything with it. I happened to come across a picture of this exact colorway in The Age of Brass and Steam shawl and knew it was perfect.

I had so much yarn left over when I bound off that I did a bit of math. I picked out the bind off and added in another half section of the first part and all of the second part before binding off again. I absolutely love how the stripes work beautifully with this pattern. Plus it’s super soft and snuggly. She loved the return gift of a finished thing with the yarn she fell in love with.

Pattern: Age of Brass and Steam
Yarn: Red heart Unforgettable in Dragonfly
Project: Ravelry

In one of my stash rummmages I turned up this lovely alpaca yarn in a cream color that I knew I wanted to work with but it’s not particularly a color that I wear often. However … I have a another friend that looks amazing in this shade. So after finding out that she would like either a hat or gloves equally I decided on a hat so I could use up as much of the yarn as possible.

it worked out fantastically as it’s a great use of the yarn, it’s warm and cozy, and she loves it. Also, it’s stunning on her. She’ll be getting a lot more knit gifts as I have lots of odds in colors that aren’t my style but are perfect for her.

Pattern: Latu
Yarn: Unknown natural Alpaca (the cat stole the ball band)
Project: Ravelry

WIP Wednesday: Gloves and Socks

Knitting:
I’m kinda creating again. Mostly I’m starting things and losing steam or finishing things and not being happy with them. I don’t know that I’m getting past the grief or coping any better .. maybe I’m just hiding behind a giant mask, it’s hard to tell. Anyhow, I am actually a bit happy with the gloves I’m working on. Specially since I charted out the pattern in excel with notes for when the thumb begins and when the hand is done. The chart doesn’t match up from side a to side b so the number were quickly going to be off. Plus with it being in excel I can hide the rows I’ve already done.

   

I’ve also started new stripy socks, which means the previous socks are finished. Though I didn’t do enough of the leg and not only do I have a ton of yarn left over, they’re shorter than I’d like. Plus I went down a size for ribbing and forgot to go back up a size to bind off, so they’re a tad too tight. I’ll pull it out and redo the binding.

I thought about re-connecting the yarn and making the socks longer .. .but then I’m not sure the stripes would line up just so and apparently that bothers me more than I expected it too. It makes sense after all, that’s why I’m so careful to start the exactly in the same spot. Just means I have more to add to the blanket.

Gaming:

I’ve been spending a lot of time in Borderlands, mostly on the hunter, he’s finally up to level 21. I wanted to punch things so I started a bezerker the other night and he’s level 7 or 8 now. Though I know sniper will always be my favorite of any character.

Reading:

The Night Bird by Brian Freeman. I’ve been reading a bit more, it’s easier to insert myself into a different world. I’ve liked this one, the way the author strings the words together and the pictures he paints with them.

And … if you’re still hanging around after all this silence on my part. Thank you. I’m trying to get back into things. The grief hits at odd times and I still don’t know how to deal with it. Thank you for sharing this part of things with me.

Grief

I have no pictures for you today. I have finished the gloves and I restarted the heels on my socks. But I’ve been creating very little.

Normally creating is a balm to the soul. Currently I find myself sleeping a lot.

My stepdaughter from my last marriage took her own life at the beginning of the month. She would have been 16 at the end of March.

I’m very slowly coming out of this depression; creating, friends, and family have been a boon in this time of grief. But at the moment I don’t know when I’ll have more pictures.

In lieu of knitting pictures I give you pictures of this beautiful girl and ask that you share the link, donate if you can. And if you have young ones in your life … hug them tight and let them know you’re there for them, you love them. There’s never enough time.

 

Talesia Memorial fund.