Thursday, January 22, 2015

Crochet Doily

I bought a ball of crochet thread for gift bookmarks awhile back and had 90% left. I decided I wanted a crochet doily for my desk at work with the leftovers. Of course, by the time I got around to the project we're in an open office setting and have no desks to call our own, but I still made the doily:

Pattern: Large Pineapple Doily (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: DMC Cebelia Cotton Size 30
Hook: US11 steel hook/~1.1mm
Timeframe: November 14, 2014 - January 19, 2015
Mods: None.
Problems: Only when I miscounted a few times.

64 pins to go in all 64 points. That final round, making all the points, took quite some time, and boy am I glad it's done! I have 10% of the ball left, just enough to resupply my almost-gone gift bookmark stash.

Of course, the cat thought it was hers. As always.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Itty Bitty Sock

I made it to Sunshine Peak as part of The Loopy Ewe's 2014 rewards system. That means I got a mini sock kit (pattern and yarn) along with my Sunshine Peak button. The little sock is my first cast on of 2015, after I stole some needles from the Wonderland Sock that I'm just not feeling.

Pattern: Loopy's Needle Case (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Pretty sure it's The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Lilac, 6 grams
Needles: US1.5/2.5mm
Timeframe: January 17 - 18, 2015
Mods: 2.5" foot, Kitchenered the last 8 sts of the toe
Problems: None, very cute!
It will hold the prescription pill bottle that houses my notions in my backpack. I think it will look much better in the sock and may make a couple more little socks from other scraps for other notions-holding pill bottles.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Finished Handspun

I finally skeined and washed and measured the finished handspun that's been hanging around for months. 961 yards in, but coming from the fiber stash and getting a step closer to their final form:

Copper Moose Mountain Magic
  170 grams/412 yards
2-ply, 11 wpi, DK-ish
The colors are quite a bit more muted than I had hoped. It's also a bit rough, so I'm planning for a hat (Newsboy Hat Hannah) and potentially matching cowl using the cable from the hat with any leftovers.

Unknown Roving (first fiber purchase from eBay)
  172 grams/549 yards
2-ply, 16 wpi, light fingering-ish
I'm really happy with how this one turned out. It's not perfect, but it is quite nice, and exactly what I was hoping for. Mostly grey with pops of color. This will be a nice little shawl, Autumn Flutters, as soon as I finish the Simplicity Cardigan that is using the necessary needles.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Darn Sweater

It's cold here. Really cold. Cold enough that I got out my Lopi cardigan, one I don't wear that often because it's pretty warm. As I was sitting in a meeting in my lovely Lopi cardigan, a sweater beetle larva wandered across the desk I was at. I quickly dealt with the offending insect and assumed that I carried it in, as carpet beetle larvae eat wool, and I was wearing a large quantity of wool that lives in a dark closet and doesn't get moved too often.

Later inspection revealed definite carpet beetle damage. I'm wondering what the best method for fixing this is. Needle felting a bit of wool in there? Trying to spit splice the ends? Grabbing more of the yarn and actually darning it? I'll have to think on it a bit more. I just hope there aren't more larvae hiding, waiting to attack again!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Clogs of 2014 (and 2015)

I made five pairs of clogs this year, three as gifts and two for myself and my husband. The two for myself and my husband were made from scraps, so have interesting stripes but really helped me cut down on stash yarn entries and mileage.

Our washer/dryer does NOT do a good job fulling the slippers! Patons Classic Wool in Peacock with Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool in Nature's Brown, Patons Classic Wool in Harvest with Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool in Brown Heather

Pro tip: Don't fly with a head cold. Seriously. Really, don't do anything with a head cold. I managed to leave a cord from my interchangeable set at my in-law's so couldn't finish the clogs I was working on during the plane ride and couldn't do anything else. I knew my gauge would be off and following a pattern would result in multiple rips and re-dos. Then I thought I lost my travel scissors, but I apparently put them in the pocket next to where they are supposed to go, so couldn't finish the cuff of the clog I was working on.

Patons Classic Wool in Navy and Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool in Brown Heather
I then stole a cord from an in-progress project, taking it from "Sure it's a WIP, it's on the needles!" to "Exactly how old is this UFO?" status and allowing me to finish the final two pairs.

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Harvest, Peacock, Navy, Royal Purple, Old Rose, Leaf Green, and Taupe; Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool in Nature's Brown and Brown Heather
Needles: US13/9.0mm
Timeframe: November 7, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Mods: I use Judy's Magic Cast-On to start the soles because I hate seaming.
Problems: None, love this pattern!

In the two prior pairs of clogs I made for myself and my husband, I added a third sole for more warmth. Looking at other pairs of clogs I made, it seems as though our clogs have worn through much more quickly. We might use them more often, but we've worn through two pairs while my in-laws are still on their first with minimal wear! I decided to just make the two layers to see if friction from the third layer actually makes them wear out faster.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Loopy Academy Hat & Mittens

For the first semester of Loopy Academy, you needed to knit a cowl in self-striping fingering weight yarn, mittens in a semi-solid worsted weight yarn, and a hat from a new-to-you designer in sport or DK, all using at least 175 yards. I finished the cowl earlier, and managed to find a yarn company that dyed their worsted and DK yarns the same as well as a mitten pattern that matched a hat pattern, all calling for the correct yarn weights. Score!

Yarn: Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool DK in Great Lakes, 1.52 skeins
Needles: US6/4.0mm for the brim, US7/4.5mm for the hat
Timeframe: December 13 - 21, 2014
Mods: Added four pattern repeats around the hat and two in length to make it slouchy and take up enough yardage.
Problems: None!

Yarn: Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool Worsted in Great Lakes, 1 skein
Needles: US4/3.5mm
Timeframe: December 4 - 27, 2014
Mods: Added the liners but used the same yarn by picking up after the cuff, bound off the thumb stitches instead of making thumbs on the liner.
Problems: None!

For the mittens, I made the first liner a bit long and had to rip back to make it fit inside, not outside, the mitten. I decided I did not want extra bulk at the cuff or in the thumb, so started the liners after the cuff and bound off the thumb stitches. It was a good decision, both comfort- and yarn-wise - I had just enough yarn for what I wanted!

Friday, January 2, 2015

2014: Not Too Shabby

Since I had no goals this year, I met all my goals! Wooo! I also completed Camp Loopy and Loopy Academy, though I still have to photograph a couple Camp Loopy projects and add an edging to one of them.

I finished over ten miles of yarn and added 8.5. 2014 Closeup:

I finished 98 total projects, 95 of which were new in 2014. Not a good year for finishing UFOs. With 14 leftover projects adding to the 13 from before 2014, it seems like it was a good year for making UFOs. I knew I'd end up with a few, with my cork board project and an Art of Disney cross stitch started this year, but 14 is a bit much. Projects hanging around into 2015:

Cork Board (needs more wine with real corks to be consumed!)

Four Cross Stitches (each one started because I got bored with the last one)

Two Dragons (I was hoping to get these done for Christmas so I wouldn't have to ship them for birthdays, oops!)

Shawl (it was considered done, then I decided to add a border, so it's not actually done)

Doily (if I didn't have to rip back the longest rows (twice!), it'd be done)

Socks (a second pair of socks using the same illusion pattern to use up the yarn - unfinished due to boredom)

Two Clogs (I left the cord on vacation, so couldn't finish them on the plane home)

Two spinning projects (one just needs to be washed)