Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tour de Fleece Win!

I finished spinning and thread-plying all three batts I planned to for Tour de Fleece. Small, easily attainable goals for the win!

They're all fingering-ish weight, together enough for a shawl but my husband thinks the colors clash. I was thinking of a wrap, maybe with black to break up the colors. He recommends cowls, one with the red and blue, one with the yellow. Any ideas?

Gaslight Dyeworks Intergalactic Planetary Anarchy
  44 grams/140 yards
2-ply, 14 wpi, Fingering-ish

Gaslight Dyeworks Intergalactic Planetary Anarchy
  49 grams/185 yards
2-ply, 15 wpi, Fingering-ish

Gaslight Dyeworks Intergalactic Planetary Anarchy
  70 grams/236 yards
2-ply, 15 wpi, Fingering-ish

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Steotchalong the Third: Clue #6

Chewie's done, and I wasn't quite right about there being no more cross stitches - there were a couple more to go!

Getting so close I can taste it! I have some good friends who I think will appreciate the final project more than I, and have a good reason for giving them a gift of some sort in the near future. Hopefully the final product will be as excellent as it seems and perfect as a thank-you for them!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Black Socks

I seem to be in a new pair/second sock pattern for finishing off all those mateless socks waiting in the WIP pile. I finished the Shelves Upon Shelves pair (and have worn them a shocking amount, considering the fact that it's summer), then finished a pair of black Thelonious, and now I'm trying to finish the stranded socks before starting another new pair (so I can go back and finish Cauchy). Here's the black Thelonious:

Pattern: Thelonious (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll (now Essential) in Black
Needles: US1.5/2.5mm
Timeframe: June 14 - July 15, 2015
Mods: I fudged where the motifs cross because I didn't end at the correct row on the cuff.
Problems: None, if I had read the pattern correctly the first time!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Baby Booties Everywhere!

I had a commission for a few pairs of hats and booties, so here they are! I may take a break from these two patterns for awhile - I've knit nearly ten pairs this year alone!

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Ocean, Pagoda, and Mint Blue
Needles: US8/5.0mm, US6/4.0mm
Timeframe: June 6 - July 7, 2015
Mods: No stripes on the booties.
Problems: None!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Steotchalong the Third: Clue #5

I'm pretty sure that the cross stitching is done so I've finished off all of the threads I kept live in the previous clues. Not all of the colors were used in subsequent clues, but enough were that I think it was a good idea.

My prediction for the next three clues are backstitching, more backstitching, and then the saying(s). Bros before hos? Maybe.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tour de Fleece 2015

I'm not really participating this year, or at least, I am not planning to spin every day along with the Tour. Instead, my goal is to spin when I can (when I'm not out of town!) and finish the three art batts I bought last year.

So far that's one batt down, two more to to go, then plying. I so got this.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Needle Minders

I've seen needle minders on a few projects around the internet and always thought they were cute. They're a magnetic doodad with a picture of some sort that you put on your cross stitch (with a second magnet on the back) and it magnetically holds your needle when you're not stitching. No need to find a spot on the outside to hold it, no worries about making extra-large holes in the work, and they can be adorable too! Yesterday I found out that they are pretty easy to make, and I already owned all the materials needed. Today I have four needle minders!

They're smaller than your typical needle minder, about 1/2" rather than 1". I had both sizes of buttons and magnets but wanted the smaller ones so they fit nicely on smaller projects. I did a "fling it around wildly" test and they don't have the gripping power that the larger magnets would, but I don't anticipate flinging around the project much unless it's in the Ziplock I store it in. Anybody else need some? I have more supplies and a few other motif options!