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Crafts and Cats

Posted in knit, life on October 18, 2010 by DecepticonKnits

Ah, my two favorite things (well, other than my DH).   I have been busy with both recently.

First, I have finished somethings, are half way finished with things, and starting some new things, in my craft world.

As most in my area have discovered, the weather is starting to be bipolar.  Random warm, random cold, some days are right in the middle.  Because of this I have decided to make a pair (maybe two down the road) of fingerless mitts.  I have not had a real moment to use them yet, but playing around in them I have discovered they are very warm, so I can’t wait for a day to really wear them.

As always, I have to have a sock going (okay, I have multiple socks going, but this is a new one!)  This one is inspired by Professor McGonagall, the Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts.  I even made it in red to show of her house.  I only have one so far, and I am sad to say that second sock syndrome has kicked in.  However, I have not yet cast-on another pair of socks, and hopefully I won’t until I finish these.

I may not be starting a new pair of socks, but I have started a new project.  I was inspired a bit when a friend came to town and had finished a lovely lace shawl.  I have always been intimidated by lace, yet I spin and purchase lace yarn quite often.  So I finally got the nerve to cast on a real lace project.  It looks great in my handspun that I have been dying to use for quite a while.  I am so worried that I am going to mess up on it that I move my life line after every repeat of 6 rows.  I really want to finish this one because it is so pretty!

 

And now, CATS!  I have had my cats for about 4 months now.  I’ve taken very few photos of them because they want so much petz that when they do cute things they quickly move out of it and to me to be pet. I have gotten a few though by force and some are just not that great, but I have them.  I have also had to put them out recently and that has had me going kind of crazy too.

School Block and a Slight Craft Block

Posted in knit on October 24, 2009 by DecepticonKnits

If you are a friend on facebook, or have seen a couple of my past posts, you may have noticed that I am having trouble finding motivation towards my school work.  Well, I decided, after attempting to work then getting my self into an emotional mess over my lack of motivation and the fear of ruining my GPA and having to leave grad school, that I am going to continue to not do school work until Monday when I am stuck at school and have nothing from home to distract me.  Since I had that emotional brake down this morning I have even found the lack of motivation in my crafting(horrible I know!) I don’t want to spin any of my beautiful fiber or work on my Wanida sock.  So, since the weather is starting to cool down, I plan on making a hat.  But I have so many hat patterns I want to knit!

1-MacDuff

2-Frivol

3-Cap Karma Hat

4-Noodle Cozy

5-Swirly Hat

6-The Amanda Hat

7-Holding Hands, Feeding Ducks Hat

8-Corrugated Rib Hat

9-Bloody Stupid Johnson

10-Weasley Twins Ski Cap

11- Nottingham

Thanks to Haley I do have a way to settle my dilemma. Random.org.  Very helpful when I have a list of things to do and don’t want to make a decision.  Random number was 1! So I shall cast on MacDuff tonight.  I actually have a yarn that I want to use for this one.  It is Country from Caron. I don’t know if it is a “heavy worsted weight yarn like the patter asks or not.  I think I will go down to a size 7 needle just in case(and I don’t think I own a set of 8 dpns).  Hope this works.  I need help getting out of my slump.

Later: This yarn is lovely, but I think it will be too thin for this hat.  I wonder if I have something that would be just as nice, but thicker. Meow 😦

Productive Saturday

Posted in knit, spinning on October 19, 2009 by DecepticonKnits

Wow, with a title like that I feel like I should have posted Saturday or even Sunday, I must have ran out of steam.

My Saturday was filled with more simple experiments and finished objects (or half finished objects).

First I found one of my older CD spindles that had a very small amount of single wound onto it. I had more of this single wound on a knitting needle to save for the plying process because it had gotten to heavy for the spindle.  Well I was curious to find out if I could use the ply on the fly technique for already made singles, rather than doing a regular Navajo ply which I find to be very fidgety and not very constant in plying. Started with something like this:MedowsNavajoStart

And ended with this:

MedowsNavajoEnd

Lovely, lovely ply.  So this procedure is much nicer than attempting to do a traditional Navajo ply, and this spindle is now ready to do the ply on the fly with the rest of the unused fiber (like 4.5 ounces).

While I was experimenting on that, I like to switch stuff around sometimes so I don’t get board to fast, I was working to complete my Sam Socks:

SamSock1

I also completed my first half of Cross Roads:

WanidaClose

This one is a bit snug on my foot.  So on the next sock I want to continue the pattern before starting the toe.  Later on I will rip back on this sock to make it a little longer and more of a comfortable fit.

I also managed to order for four upcoming birthdays and one past birthday.  I am debating on weither or not to add links to what I bought.  I know some read my blogs(when they show up) and others don’t.  Maybe I can mark the links with their names so they can stay away.  I will think on it.

So that was my busy Saturday, followed by a very blah Sunday.  Today I plan on getting my hair dyed some fun color by a friend.  I will hopefully put a pic here when I get it finished.