Hey, there my lovely followers. I’ve hope I’ve not neglected you too profoundly, I’ve quite a bit on my plate as of late and just now have a brief moment to let you in on what I’ve been doing.
Firstly, there’s school obligations;
- Reading Candide and A Modest Proposal for Literature
- Selling my previously needed, and now obsolete, books.
- Working on making multiple webpages to get ahead in Web Design.
- Trudging through Network terminology and practice that I don’t understand
- Working on Psychology Study Guides by repeatedly taking a 50Q quiz. [this alone takes upwards of 5 hours sometimes.]
Then there’s my Craft time that’s spent on
- Working on a Cable Scarf made with Lion Brand Homespun Yarn [Windsor]
- Making slow progress on ANOTHER cable scarf in the same pattern but with Caron Simply Soft [Bone]. I’m trying to figure out which I like more and am considering doing both and selling one. Or both. I don’t know.
- Working on that Seafoam Scarf [Caron Simply Soft Paints Peacock Feather].
I’m about to add a couple more to it;
- A Link hat from Legend of Zelda that I quite like.
- A Link hat from Legend of Zelda that my beloved favors.
The two above are crocheted, because like Hell I want to play with DPNs right now and I don’t know enough about adjusting loom knit things to be able to make my own pattern. In fact, I know next to nothing about making hats, so….Patterns it is. One day though- I will make my own patterns.
Oh right-then my personal endeavor to learn the flute. I’ve put music theory on hold so I can learn to make noises with my flute. Still working on the low E. Let me tell you, it’s hard. Requires insane amounts of air, and I can do it on one flute but not my main one. I have a cheap little Hisonic that I play with at work, and just…Maybe the pads aren’t sealing right? My Gemeinhardt is an open hole flute and I can’t get it right.
Anyway, I just wanted to update everyone on the crazy crap I’m pulling right now. AND. AND. AND. We’re moving this weekend. So, I get school work, packing, crafting and oxygen deprivation all in one fell swoop. I am ecstatic!! WOO!!
Slip Slope Scarf; A beautiful crochet scarf pattern. really. I can see this being beautiful in autumnal colors, like shades of tan and orange.~
All kinds of Knit Cast-ons!; So far I’ve only used the Long tail cast on, but apparently there’s a lot more. This should be a useful link to anyone curious about knitting, or someone like me who really hadn’t thought about other methods of casting on.
Gorgeous Crochet Wave Cowl; The stitch in this is gorgeous, and I think variegated yarn would be perfect for this. But, then again, I think that variegated yarn is perfect for all the things. :3
Tree of life; one of the best tutorials I’ve seen for the Tree of Life pendant. One of these days I’ll have enough wire-confidence and time to try to make one or ten of these.
Doll House Mini Necklace tutorial; Hm….never thought of making jewelry with the little dollhouse things. To think, I used to work in a thrift shop with access to lots of stuff like this. What a wasted opportunity.
Easy Polymer Clay Necklace; This is cute. Really pretty cute, actually. I like this idea- and if I’m not mistaken it’s actually what I was looking for a few months ago. Awesome!
Sorry for the unwarranted hiatus on my roundups, guys. But, I’m back and I’ll be doing roundups again [on Mondays!] and I’ll be starting another project, aside from my drop-stitch experiment. Probably this gorgeous shawl. I’m in love- but have no idea what kind of yarn to use. I’ll also be using size eight needles, which isn’t the called for. I may have to increase the number of stitches, but it’ll be okay. I think.
Yes, yes, I have the knitting bug. My yarn addiction is even worse and this project is annoying and confusing. I started this about 3 weeks ago, and frogged it. I didn’t like how it looked. But I started it, got into two repeats and then waited. Gravity worked its magic on it and I started to like how it looks.
Honestly though the yarn overs concern me, because I lose count I’m afraid I’ll screw the whole thing. I keep counting the stitches and some of the occurrences of K6 feel like k5 or more. But so far so good numerically. Started at 26 stitches and I still have 26 stitches. Thankfully.
I think I’ll like it, but I might end up selling it. I’m not entirely sure. I’ll probably try to make it really long. But I have no idea. What do you think I do with it? Make it rally really long or a modest 4 feet or so? I’m considering knitting until my yarn’s depleted but I have absolutely NO idea.
LOOK AT THIS
And, if you don’t want to look at it. Look at these.
That’s right guys. After a little over two months, I finished. Finally. That link up at the top is my Ravelry project page, feel free to keep an eye on projects and such. I have a lot on my “need to make” list so…
That one ear is crazy, I really don’t like that one ear, but it only took about five minutes to make each grey part of the ear. I’m not terribly worried about having to make it. Also, the dye lot on each grey was different. Which hit me when I was trying to attach the hood. The hood is more blue…I guess the dye lot really does matter. Well- I learned something.
Anyway, I just wanted to post this because I’m super proud of myself. With in 15 minutes of leaving my house, I got a compliment on it. So I’m psyched-even though it’s off center and the ear is screwed up.
I’m still counting this as a SUCCESS! And, next up on the completion list? The Seafoam scarf. :3
There’s some of the knitting I’ve been doing. The pretty peacock thing is a Seafoam scarf [eventually…]. I’m only at the start of the third repeat, so this one is obviously not priority. The super flat knitting, is the Stockinette stitch Left side of the hood for my kitty project. I swear I’m going to finish. But I had to take a break to work on that Cross Stitch in the background and I STILL need to finish that. Which I need to do tonight or tomorrow. [Right after I settle on a nice corner Motif]
This is just so you know I’m not dead. School started back up, so I’ve been kind of stressed. Sorry!
I’ve started the left side of the hood, and I have to say it’s been perfectly annoying. Mainly because of how inattentive I am when I look at patterns. I saw alternating decreases of 2 and 1 and was doing one after another. I got through five rows and noticed the decreases were every other row. I managed to rip back to the proper stitch count  and start over. I had to rip back one more time and then it was fairly smooth. I think I’m about 6 rows into the decreases, so long as I remember that the decreases are only ever k2tog and not p2tog I’ll be okay.
I would post a picture, but I’m at work right now and I don’t have any pictures of the half hood. Actually, it’s more like 2/3 of the way done, since it’s 40 rows of straight up Stockinette, which curls like the devil. Then there’s 19 rows of Stockinette with decreases, so it’s a fair ways done. Then I get to work on the right side and do my favorite thing; stitch it all together. Then start up on the ears.
When it’s done, I’m going to take some Bulky (6) yarn of some pastel cutesy color and whipstitch the whole way around, to solidify the attachment of the hood to the scarf and to embellish. I really don’t think I need pockets since I’m probably going to have the thing wrapped every which way, rather than hanging loose. Besides, after 2 months and 3 complete thingies of yarn I’m a bit exasperated with just grey. I would say I’m tired of knitting at the moment, but the fact that my secret side project is on my mind makes that untrue.
I promise there’ll be pictures tonight after I finish this portion of the hood and also, I’ll reveal my pretty peacock thingie :3
You read right, I finished my scarf. The bind off is a bit sloppy, but I’l go in with some chunky yarn and a tapestry needle and pretty it up. BUT IT’S DONE. THIS SIX FOOT LONG MONSTROSITY IS DONE. I finished the hard part! FINALLY. AFTER TWO MONTHS. SERIOUSLY.
My solace is in the fact that the hard part is over. The hood, which is two pieces connected, is the easy part. And the kitty ears.
See? I’m not lying. There it is. I’m proud, you guys