Thursday, June 15, 2017

This time it's too big!

I'm getting a jump on Christmas with a dress/top for my niece. Version 1, way too big:

There's nothing that really shows the scale here, but it's on the seat of a car and could almost fit me - not suitable for a five year old! Trying again, one size smaller!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

May Wrap-Up, Finally

The last two weeks got a little hectic for me. Just about everything in the Stash Dash preparation post looks the way it did back then - I didn't get those quick high-yardage wins I was aiming for, but they're still close.

And the yarn count technically went down this month. A little. Remember when my goal was to get under 40 total miles of yarn? Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

Still hovering where it's been pretty much all month, with a couple of changes due to frogging and the two things I did finish. I've also acquired a large quantity of yarn this month, so I'm reconsidering how I want to keep track of projects and queued things. What I really want to do is comb through the ENTIRE stash and give an approximate number of all WIPs, UFOs, and queued projects. Approximate because you never really know when those two skeins of sock yarn are actually going to become one shawl instead of two pairs of socks or that you'll have enough leftovers from one project for three more small ones. Mostly, I want to change it up because there are a few things that have been coming out of the Deep Stash and some of the newer sub-stash yarns should probably head over to the Deep Stash - I got a lot of lovely bamboo sock yarn that is just not giving me gauge for the socks I want to knit with it thus far, and that shirt I just had to knit hasn't yet touched the needles.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Train of Thought, Second Try

And second fail. This project just is not going to happen!

Again, the yarn that calls itself a DK weight wasn't giving me anywhere close to the required row gauge. The yarn and fabric it made was nicer than I anticipated, and I very much considered just knitting until I was happy instead of following the pattern. I decided not to. Now I just need to find something else to do with it. I think a Baby Surprise Jacket might work well!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

What was I saying about focusing on WIPs...?

They just aren't getting done fast enough. This is what happens when you make mistakes or bounce from project to project instead of dedicating your time on a single project. So instead of fixing the mistakes and being more careful or picking a project that is near completion, I started something new.

On the plus side, it uses some very old stash (from my mother, probably from the '80s) and some unloved stash (that blue is just not a nice yarn and the red is not a color I'm likely to use!). It's also a lovely quick blanket for a cousin who is due in two months whose family I'll be seeing in the next week. After all, it'll all get done eventually, right?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Just Be You MKAL

Still not finished! I found an error.

This is not the kind of error that can be easily fixed. It's making seven stitches out of one, the beaded stitch right there. On the last Right Side row. This means I have to rip back a row with 76 beads in it, and the purl row below that, being careful not to drop the other 20 7-from-1 stitches that don't enjoy being on the straight knitting needles, and then, thankfully, not much of the row below that. While I'd usually just pull out the needles, rip back, then carefully get the stitches back on the needles and fix any dropped stitches as I go, the combination of beads and 7-from-1 stitches means I'm slowly, painstakingly, tinking back over 1100 stitches. It's a lot slower to un-knit than it is to knit. Or purl for that matter.

Annoyingly, I checked that row about 3/4 of the way through it, thinking it would be an easy mistake for me to make and a real pain to fix. I just never checked the final 25% when I was done. I was right, it was both an easy mistake to make and a real pain to fix.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stash Dash Preparation!

Stash Dash has begun! I'm planning for a couple of quick finishes to start off strong and if I participate in Tour de Sock and Tour de Fleece, I'll have a pretty solid showing.

One sock down, one more to go!

I can't decide whether to set a goal to begin with or to just wait and see where I get. The levels are all measured in kilometers, 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, and 15. Over a three month period, I generally work through just under 5k in stash, so 5k would be a safe bet. I can finish more, especially if I'm spinning yarn and focusing on finishing some high-yardage WIPs. 7k would be a good goal if I'm trying to stretch myself. 10k is highly unlikely, but not impossible. That's a little more than six miles, double what I typically do in a three-month period.

Nine more heavily beaded rows, then a picot bindoff.

Between Camp Loopy and the Will Work For Yarn projects I've agreed to, that's nearly 5k as it is, and Tours de Sock and Fleece will certainly push me over that goal. There's also a good amount of traveling this summer, both by car and by air, though I'll be driving for many of the car travel hours.  There's also this year's Steotchalong which will take time from yarn stash efforts.

Morvarch, about 130 more rows to go, 54 stockinette and the rest lace ribbing.

It seems like a good time to pull out all of the WIPs to try to knock a few out. Of course, this means that what I really want to do is cross stitch (doesn't count for Stash Dash), spin (yardage counts, but it doesn't decrease my stash yardage), and start new projects instead of working on ones that are already half-finished.

Table runner, center nearly finished, beaded edging needed.

Of course, no one is surprised by this. I guess we'll see where I end up in August!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Warm Necks

Yes, I'm stalling on the Boo Knits MKAL. It's because Stash Dash starts soon, so the shawl counts towards that if I finish it on the 26th or later. I finished the pig because it was only a little bit of yarn, but everything else is getting close to finished, then waiting for Stash Dash to start!

In lieu of a finished shawl, here are a couple of other things I've made, one recent, one from a year ago. Yes, that's another Gap-tastic Cowl, it was a request from one of the original recipients for another one!

Pattern: Double Layered Braided Cowl (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather and Blue Mint
Hook: USH/5.0mm
Timeframe: April 1 - 9, 2017
Mods: Did the initial chain for each segment in the accent color, did not string all the pieces together due to having an accent color, did not make the connecting part as long so it would be snug against my neck instead of lower like a necklace.
Problems: None!

Yarn: Big Twist Yarns Chunky Solids in Chunky Black, one skein
Needles: US13/9.0mm
Timeframe: October 15 - 18, 2016
Mods: Worked until the yarn was gone instead of a set number of rounds.
Problems: None!