Sock Scrap Blanket

I find that it’s good to have at least one mindless thing on the needles, sometimes more than one. I have the scrap blanket that fills that spot, at least for now. It’s still small enough to be portable, simple enough that I can do it in the dark at a movie, and yet the stripy colors make it feel like potato chip knitting.

Each little section of color finished feels like an accomplishment. As does the corners. I did manage to do a bit of it while watching Wonder Woman. Though I did manage to miss a stitch and end up with one more on the needles than I was supposed to have. I tried to figure it out in the dark but Gal Gadot’s lips were incredibly distracting.

I should be working on the sea slug but I’m not quite mentally focused enough for that. My sinus’ are still chaotic with an infection of some sort and depression is running rampant in my brain meats, what with the housing stuff. I think I know what I need to do so that everything lines up though, so hopefully when I sit down to begin again it’ll fall neatly into place. Though I’m super glad I didn’t cut the yarn every couple of rounds as the instructions say, that would be quite frustrating to basically be out that yarn.

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WIP Wednesday: Simple Things

Knitting:
I just started this shawl so it’s super tiny. It’s a very basic pattern, The Age of Brass and Steam, but so far it makes me happy. I’m struggling a bit with the yarn as it’s a loosely spun single ply but I think it’ll look awesome in this uncomplicated pattern and the upcoming color changes will be pretty.

Speaking of color changes I found another tiny bit of the same colorway that I started the blanket in. I knew it existed, since I used two balls to make the socks but I wasn’t sure where it’d gotten off to. I added that in and kept the colors lined up and then added in the scraps from the most recent stripy sock finish. I’m a tad annoyed that a couple of the colors lined up the way they did but I’ll get over it. Once several more colors are added I doubt it will really be noticeable. I have the next pair of yarn balls wound up and ready to cast on but I haven’t started them yet. I should soon though, in case we have any surprise movie time that’s not at home.

Reading:

Wolves of the Northern Rift by Jon Messenger. I’m enjoying this so I’m torn between wanting to devour it and wanting to take it slow.

WIP Wednesday: Too Much

I’m equally overwhelmed with how much I have in progress and very much wanting to cast on new things. Of course, the things I want to cast on are sweaters so I’d have to buy yarn. Meanwhile, I know I shouldn’t buy yarn right now (despite indulging in the current KnitPicks Felici restock). Okay, I know I most certainly should not buy sweater quantities of yarn right now. On the plus side, I’m close to finishing a couple things.

I have the stripey socks that are missing one heel and weaving in the ends. I’m also considering taking out the last color change and rebinding off. On the one hand, maybe a tad tight will help keep them up, also I don’t want to do it, on the other hand, they’re a tad tight and that might be uncomfortable later.

I’m also close to finished on the hood that I’ve been working on. I have increases for the one side done which leaves the other side, sewing the top, and the edging. With the weather finally changing it will be a nice addition to the fighting garb.

With another pair of stripy socks nearing completion I have more stripy yarn to add to the blanket. Plus I found a bit of leftover from the last set while I was cleaning out a bag to store the in progress headbands in. So I’m adding that before adding in the newest set. At least it’s already joined and wound into a ball to add in as soon as I finish up this bit.

The quilt square for Harley and Joker is still sitting there mocking me. I have 2 of the 4 squares sewn. I need to recalculate my half square triangles for the other 2 squares. I keep freezing up on that because while it’s just fabric, if I’m wrong then it’s wasted time, if not fabric.

I also need to pull out the black duckcloth and cut the pieces for my new overdress. That also means I’d need to pull out the table and iron it all though and I’m not ready to deal with that much room being taken up by a table right now

I’m spending a lot of time either catching up on tv shows or sinking time into Lego The Force Awakens. One of them gives me some knitting time also, so that’s a bit helpful.

Wolves of the Northern Rift by Jon Messenger. I haven’t a clue what this is about. It’s just next in the list as I finished another book today. So I cracked this one open today, read perhaps 3 lines and we’ll see what’s next.

WIP Wednesday: Blanket and Socks

Knitting:
Well, I came to the end of my first sock yarn sooner than I thought. Of course I also had 2 four hour shifts at the event this past weekend so plenty of time to work on them while waiting for people to sign in. I knew this was a long term project but now I’m wanting to finish my current stripy socks super fast so I can add more to this. :laugh:

Speaking of the current stripy socks … I did also do a bit of work on these while at the event since I didn’t take another project with me. I thought about it and meant to ask the hubby to grab my other project but then completely forgot. Ah well, work on these is good and I still finished the other project shortly after we got home. Today I verified that I have quite a lot of yarn left though I should remove the lengths I’ll need for the heel before too much longer. I can’t wait to have another pair of socks to add into the rotation.

Of course, despite knowing that I should focus on the socks and finish them up I’m looking at using the last of the yarn left over from the smocked sweater to do a child’s hat, probably a beret, plus a sweater for a toddler, oh, and another facecloth from some scrap green cotton. Never enough to do I guess.

Gaming:
I’ve been playing Antichamber, an indie game that I  was super interested in when I first heard about it. It’s a puzzle / maze game. I love the various ways that you have to look at things to get through the puzzles and the little signs along the walls. I just found my first ring and I’m experimenting with that. I’ll probably give it a little break as I want to try other things as well but I’ll certainly be coming back to it and seeing if I can finish it.

Reading:

A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter. I just have a few pages left on this book. If I happen across the other 2 books in the trilogy I’ll certainly grab them. The story reminds me a bit of Twilight but better written with multifaceted characters.

WIP Wednesday: Smocked Sweater

Knitting:
The smocked sweater is coming along super fast I’m already done with the body and I’m about half done with the front half. I really love how adorable it looks and it’s so incredibly soft.

The 10 stitch blanket is also making progress. It’s still small enough to take with me to work and work on during my lunch break. When it gets larger I’ll have to find another portable project. Meanwhile I love it. I’ve finally figured out the way I want to join the sides and I like how it looks.

Gaming:
I’m trying to go through my Steam library and figure out which games I want to keep around and toss the stuff I’m less interested in. I gave 7 Wonders a try and it was boring, to say the least. It’s been shuffled off to the Don’t Bother folder. I also tried And Yet It Moves. It’s a fun physics game. I don’t know how long it will hold my interest but for the moment it’s fun to spin the world around and watch my dude fall.

Reading:

The Book of Coming Forth from the House of Rejoicing, Part 1 by Libbie Hawker. Historical fiction based in Egypt. The story is almost over and I will probably need to go hunting down the next one.

WIP Wednesday: Giant Catch Up

It’s been … a long while. Losing Kaela so soon after Nox, and then the wedding, attempting to cope with overwhelming depression (despite being happy about the wedding), and not handling feeling cut off from all the social sites with the lack of laptop, it all spun me around. But despite everything, I have managed to keep on creating, here and there. I’ve been trying to also keep up with all my friends on my phone but it’s not the easiest to comment with so I often left it at reading or dropping a like as I could. And now I have a laptop again so I’ll be able to post and keep up with everybody much easier.

Knitting:
Apparently the kitty has decided to help with the knitting. She drags some yarn out and around the house and rather than attempt to find a new place to hide it (I have most of my yarn in containers but she’s learned to climb and I don’t have room for the stuff that was up high) I’ve been untangling it and starting a project with it. The first of these is a Smocked Sweater for the niece. I think it’ll look adorable on her. I’ve just gotten past the seed stitch portion but it feels like it’s going to go quickly.

I also decided to finally start a long term project that I’ve been tossing around for a couple years or more. I’m using the little scrap bits of stripy sock yarn to make a 10 stitch blanket. So far I’m pretty happy with it.

And of course, speaking of stripy socks, I’ve a pair of those on the needles. They’re the same pair as before but with a lot more progress. The heel has been marked and the cuff has been started. I really need to buy a 0 needle to do sock ribbing with but I keep forgetting.

Gaming:

I recently finished Journey and really enjoyed it, despite finishing it in a couple days.

Reading:

Push not the River by James Conroyd Martin. I’m nearly done with this and have greatly enjoyed it. I love historical novels and a look at how things might have been.