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

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WIP Wednesday: Feet Things

Knitting:
First off, these needles! I got the Hiya Hiya interchangable set for Christmas and I’ve already knit two hats, a shirt, and a bootie on them. They are so incredibly wonderful. Smoother than any I’ve worked with before and the joins, oh so lovely and swively. Anyhow, this scrap of garter stitch will become the second bootie of the set and I’ll likely see it done before the day is out. And no, none of these baby things are for me, a friend is due this month.

I’ve also made a lot of headway on the stripy socks. For the first time I’ve switched to a size 0 for the ribbing. Hopefully this will fix the stretchiness that happens at some point during the day. I need to pull the yarn for the heel but I think these will be done fairly soon if we keep up with movie and game nights.

Sewing:
No pictures because it’s all black duck cloth. But I have cut out 4 tabards for friends for the event coming up on the 13th. I also have grey linen for a double thick tunic for another friend. So much to get done before then.

Reading:

Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher. I’m very glad I have several of these on my kindle and I’m finally making time for them. I’m quite enjoying the adventures of Tavi and his friends. I very much want to see what happens to their home.

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: Hood and Headbands

Knitting:
The hood is getting closer to looking like a hood. I separated for the face and I’m about halfway through that.

I also started the team headbands, though they feel like they’re going to take forever. I know it’ll be a long term project.

Sewing:
I was trying to make a thing …. though I again don’t understand math so have no clue why the squares didn’t add up correctly, despite using a calculator designed specifically for that. I think I might be done with this harebrained scheme …

Reading:

Shades of Gray by Jessica James. It’s a fun civil war romance, it’ll be interesting to see if follows all the predictable tropes or not.

WIP Wednesday: Scattered

Knitting:
I’ve a few projects on the needles at the moment First up is a hood that I’m making to wear for fighting. With the cooler weather coming up it’ll be welcome. The yarn is Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in Coffee. I think my flash is acting up as the color is not coming up right no matter what I do. The yarn is super soft and I think I’m going to love it.

I have moved my stripy socks to travel knitting to work on at work at the hood is a bit too large to easily carry around. I have made a bit of progress on these. I need to pull out the yarn and snip off the yarn that I’m going to use for the heels so I can not think about it and just knit until my yarn runs out.

I also have the yarn for some headbands to wear while fighting. I’m going to make them double sided, so we can easily see who’s on which team. I’ll start those tonight though, so hopefully pictures next week

Sewing:
I did a thing! The points came out better than I expected since it’s been a while since doing my last piecing. But it’s a start to several mini pieces I have in mind. The second set of fabrics are for that next one I have sketched out I just need to sit down and cut things out.

  

Gaming:
I finished Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians, review to come soonish. I think Book of Unwritten Tales is up next, plus something smaller and lighter as I think that one is fairly story intensive.

Reading:

Darkness in the Valley: An Uncanny Dossier by Gregory Miller. I finished the first in this series and just had to snatch up the second book. This one is more one cohesive narrative than the previous one. Though it’s still told from several viewpoints and so has the same feel.

WIP Wednesday: Chocolate Sweater

Knitting:
This has gone really fast! The body is all done and, despite some issues getting the sleeves started, they’re now on the needles and ready to zoom along. This is the first bottom up sweater with sleeves that I’ve done so I’m excited to see how it comes together.

Sewing:
I have a plot that I’m hatching, and hopefully it’ll work out like I have in mind. If so then I can add a new thing to my skill set and inventory.

Gaming:
Oh gosh! Im super in love with Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians! It’s bouncy and peppy, the art is lovely, and I want to play more and more!

Reading:

Sold Out by Stan R. Mitchell. I do like the occasional military based story. I just started this yesterday and things are already moving. I like a story that is quick to action.

WIP Wednesday: In & Out Progress

Knitting:
I finally got a good chunk of time to sit and work on these Monday during WWE Raw. I’m happy with the pattern, though it takes a bit more of my attention that I’d like. Hopefully I’ll still have plenty of time to get them and the next set done.

Gaming:
I don’t think I’ve played anything. I feel like I’m coming down with a sinus infection and somehow all my time keeps disappearing.

Sewing:
The top brown is knit cotton for a new dress for me. The brown and green duckcloth in the center is a tabard for Lycus. The brown linen on the bottom will become a new tunic for Jon. Lots of stuff to get finished before this weekend.

Reading:

Harbored Secrets by Marie F. Martin. I’m not sure what to think about this one. The story keeps jumping back and forth between the now of the protagonist and the then of her childhood, though each is told in order.  

Lycus’ Tunic

A new member in the unit means near gear. And the first thing that everybody needs in terms of clothing is a tunic. Parts are fairly easy but not just any shirt will do.

I experimented with a slightly heavier fabric plus gussetts under the arms. So far it’s holding up nicely. He’s happy with it and I’m happy with it.

I was a little worried the heavier fabric would be too hot for summer wear but it doesn’t seem to be too bad. Of course we also haven’t hit high summer temps yet either.

And of course my obsession with the neckline. :laugh:

Green Tabard

The prior green tabard needed was pretty much falling apart, fraying areas and ripped stitches. Hey, it’s hard to stay looking good when you get beat up all the time. So we put together a new one for Jon.

I angled the flaps again which he likes. I’m also doing the trim slightly different, so it lays a bit smoother.

It’s taking less and less time each time we make one. At this point we have the measurements set, at least for him. The slow part is the star on the front, but then I pop trim on and toss in a few seams for a completed tabard.

WIP Wednesday: Invisible Hat & Stripy Socks

Knitting:
The invisible hat is because I have the yarn and needles pulled, I just hadn’t started it by the time I took pictures last night. But it is now started. Somehow I have no black hat, thus I have to fix this oversight. Meanwhile I do have progress on the stripy socks thanks to Deadpool and Star Wars, plus random times when I had nothing else to work on during lunch.

Sewing:
Last night we cut the fabric for two tabards and a tunic. I’ll likely sit down and sew them up Thursday night, if prep for the day battle doesn’t take over.

Gaming:
Lots of Star Wars and Fallout 4 when Jon needed the computer. I’m finally feeling like game play is clicking for me a bit more in Fallout so it’s easier to line up shots and shot on the run, though I still go through bullets like crazy. I switched over to my Jedi on Star Wars to finish up her story since she’s in the upper 40’s and I’d like to see how Jedi Knight plays out before moving on. I plan on moving some characters around and deleting a couple, particularly ones that I created to play with step kid or ex interests.

Reading:

The Serpent in the Glass by D. M. Andrews. I’m less than 20% into the story so far so not quite sure what I think but so far it’s interesting for the age range it’s geared toward.