Tuesday, October 31, 2017


I had no incoming yarn in October! I also had next to no outgoing yarn as the things I worked the most on aren't finished for one reason or another.

It's time to start focusing on any holiday gifts and/or WIPs that I want to finish by the end of the year. I have ten 2017 WIPs and there's still 30 from previous years - I haven't made much of a dent in my older WIPs this year. 80 FOs and only six of them were things I started before this year. I think my goal is to finish at least 20 more things this year and to have under 30 total WIPs. Two months, 20 things, sounds like a lot but I do have a lot of half + finished items, small holiday things, and a flight to and from India. If I can just keep from starting all of the available projects, I just might make it!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Apparition: Clue 3

This shawl really is cursed! I got a message from the bead seller saying that they can only get two more tubes of beads. I need four more (and ordered five more to get free shipping). They're going to refund the extra three tubes and I seem to have found more elsewhere, so hopefully I'll be able to finish the shawl.

I do like how the beads look against the yarn. I can keep going for now, but I have no idea when I'll be able to finish!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Interlude: Airplanes!

One of the children that I make holiday things for really, really, really likes airplanes. I was happy to oblige!

Fabric: No-Sew Fleece Blanket kits from Jo-Ann's
Timeframe: December 22, 2016
Mods: Didn't measure it out perfectly, but I think it's fine!
Problems: None, unless you count the fact that I find the cutting to be a bit tedious.
Pattern: Save the Baby Whales! (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Skyline Blue and White
Needles: US4/3.5mm & US6/4.0mm
Timeframe: July 13 - 31, 2016
Mods: Different colorwork chart
Problems: None! 
And with the leftover yarn, we have a matching pair of mittens and a hat! I should have used the last of the white to make a pompom, but oh well, it's cute anyway!

Pattern: Kids' Blue Ice Beanie! (Ravelry mine) and Guris simple children's mittens (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Skyline Blue and White
Needles: US5/3.75mm & US7/4.5mm & US4/3.5mm
Timeframe: November 9 - 10 & December 17 - 23, 2016
Mods: Cuffs of mittens to match hat.
Problems: None!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Interlude: Nuvem

I have been slammed at work, with extra things to do at night and all my meetings cancelled, so I've had minimal knitting time. I'm still working on the -alongs, but they're just not growing that quickly!

For the past year, I've been knitting for others every so often through Ravelry's Will Work for Yarn group. In that group, people send you yarn to make them something, and also send you the equivalent yarn as compensation. The last project I've done through that group (probably the last I'll ever do) used a full skein of Wollmeise Lace-garn.

This is one mile of yarn. I made a shawl using a full mile of yarn.

It took a very, very long time.

Pattern: Nuvem (Ravelry mine)
Yarn: Wollmeise Lace-garn in We're Different (probably Mond im 7. Haus)
Needles: US4/3.5mm
Timeframe: May 1 - September 27, 2017
Mods: None!
Problems: None!
Now I have another skein of the same yarn, in a slightly different colorway, for myself. Another full mile of yarn - maybe another Nuvem?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Apparition: Clue 2

This time the purl patterned bits are much less visible in the photo, and still not great in real life. The pattern is transitioning to a beaded lace, so I'm going to keep going.

Hopefully it stays like that for the rest, I do enjoy how these beads look on the yarn!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Apparition: Clue 1

Unsurprisingly, the designer was right and this might not be the best yarn for this shawl.

There are little areas of purl stitches scattered in this clue and they aren't all that visible looking straight on. They are somewhat visible at an angle. I'll give it at least one more clue before I decide whether this was a good idea or if I'm going to hold off on knitting this one until I have a more appropriate yarn.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

More -alongs? More -alongs!

I happened across a Boo Knits Halloween Mystery Knit A Long and, unsurprisingly, jumped right in! I had some yarn that might not show the pattern as well as intended, but it's what I had on hand and unmatched to any other project. I did have to get more beads as it calls for about 800 beads, but beads aren't (yet) a problematic part of my stash, so I'm not complaining!

This shawl may be doomed. First, I tried to go to a local bead shop, but they had no reasonable beads. The ones I did order, the lovely purple ones, are actually partially on back order. I'll get the other half in about a week or so. Also, I found when I was setting up this picture, the dye lots are not the same. The skeins are actually a bit light too, only 21 and 23 grams versus the expected 25, and 50 grams was a little on the light side to begin with. I'm hoping that the yarn both shows the texture well enough and lasts enough so I only need to use the white I have for the last row or two and bindoff. It should have the ethereal quality that the pattern says it's going for, but it might obscure the textured portions. I'm hoping it's a bit of texture and a bunch of beads and lace. Fingers crossed!