Tuesday, April 21, 2015

hats hats hats

Hats are fun! I didn't know!

I've knitted a few, but they were not that fun.

but these two I am currently working on--FUN. FUN!

The first one is a Sockhead Hat: 4 inches of ribbing and then 9 inches of stockinette. Easier than pie. I have decided to double the ribbing so it can be folded over the ears, and I'm just about done with it (but I'm adding length because I always always seem to want more ribbing in my hats). Soon it will be stockinette in the round forever, which is by the way very soothing but also quite fast!

The second is my own design, but it's basically a dk/worsted version of the above Sockhead Hat. I cast on somewhere between 80 and 100 stitches, did ribbing for about 3 or 4 inches, and now I'm in the stockinette part. I actually had finished the top of it and I tried it on its intended recipient but he wants more slouch and I have plenty of yarn left (I used less than 3/4 of a skein of malabrigo arroyo or rios, I am not sure which). so I ripped out the crown and am back to stockinette in the round forever.

This is the one I've got pictures of:

see? not slouchy enough.


This is the type of knitting that's getting done lately, mostly because I can only squeak some knitting in before I fall asleep, while I am at stoplights, or during meetings.

other things I am working on:

-a linen-stitch-framed cowl of some sort in gorgeous hand-dyed sky blue cashmere bulky yarn that a friend gave me for my birthday ^.^

-a skinny Clapotis--I have less than half the required yarn so I've done fewer increase sections and will do fewer repeats. I always said I would never get into this trend, but the pattern shows off this gorgeous Handmaiden Casbah Sock in the Masala colorway very well, and I would definitely wear this as a scarf, so it is happening

-a new pair of socks for my twin

those are the active things. I'm also fixing stuff up:
-a pair of mittens for a friend that needs finishing. and probably another mitten, the first one was from a different ball and there's a noticeable difference in color between the two.

-a blanket that I've decided needs an edging--but the calculations are not perfect so it's in the *thinking* stage. wee ^.^

-a fiddly lace shawl that I really need to finish the edging on (meep. the beginning edge)

things I am avoiding:
-other socks for my twin
-socks for me
-another garter stitch blanket
-fixing the cat mittens
-figuring out the purple lace
-working on the unpleasant silk hankie mitts
-doing anything for two sweaters in progress

BUT. I am spinning. I borrowed the wheel from my friend for another week and I've knocked out 4.5 oz since Sunday night (so, you know, 32 hours). I am determined to spin some very lovely things but I need more hours in the week :D

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Spinning Notes

**Spin the Bin 2015 Declare Post**

My list is quite short because normally I'm a spindle spinner, and a slow one at that. I wanted to keep it realistic and still play! I hope that's ok.

I am NOT in it to u.i.o.l.i.

I am borrowing a wheel for a week (late January/early February)

BIN LIST

1) and 2): 4 oz of Thunderboom from Dyeabolical on this weird portugese merino base
3) and 4): 4 oz of Starrenicht from ITW--my first batt!
5) and 6)  4 oz of Lanitium ex Machina's Ethereal on 100% lambswool
7) and 8): 4 oz of Fibernymph Dyeworks' 100% Falkland in the Storm Warning colorway
9) and 10):  4 oz of Fiberartemis (eee!) corriedale in the Lotus colorway
11) 2.5 oz of Hobbledehoy compost batts that'll be crazy as heck
12) 2 oz of Solitude wool Border Leicester/Romney/Coopworth blend that's been ... pin drafted? combed? pin combed? something... that I'll need to spin on my spindle to try and reproduce the first half of it that I played with a year or two ago.


FINISHED LIST
(as of 11 April 2015)
1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

that leaves the Starrenicht Batt, the Hobbledehoy batts, and the Solitude rough stuff! to be done by the end of the year :)


Notes at the beginning of April 2015:
-finishing spinning and plying the last 1oz of Ethereal

Notes at the middle of March 2015:
-progress: nada, zip, zilch.
-I am trying to clear off a spindle or two so I can at least take a stab at some of my less intensive stuff
-unfortunately the spindles are all loaded with laceweight and it's taking a lot of time
-will probably borrow a wheel again--once some work stuff is done.

Notes at the first week in February 2015:
-I followed up with my plan for the epic 3-braid project, and spun up the second half of the corriedale a bit plumper, then plied with the falkland for my second skein. That turned out well, and Falkland was 100% used up.
-I had maybe 1 oz left of the corriedale from the skinny ply (because I had to attach the end to the plumper stuff to maximize yardage), so I spun up a matching 1oz of the remaining lambswool ethereal and plied those together for my third skein. Corriedale is 100% used up
-random ~1oz of ethereal remaining--will spindle spin this sucker and maybe navajo ply it to use up every bit.

Notes at the end of January 2015:
-I finished the Thunderboom; I will have to try to get a good picture of it soon. Three plied it and it turned out pretty nice. Portugese merino is pretty scrunchy/crunchy/dense/fluffy/sproingy/lofty Idontknowhowtodescribeit.

-I started my big three-braid project by spinning the Storm Warning 100% Falkland. Then I spun half of the Ethereal lambswool and plied them together (not too badly matched on the amount leftover, either). Then I spun up half of the Lotus 100% corriedale. I haven't plied it with the falkland yet--I spun it rather thin and I am thinking I will do the second half of the singles, make it a bit thicker so it matches better the width of the falkland. then I can spin up the second half of the lambswool and make it nice and skinny and ply it with the skinny corriedale. This I hope to accomplish by the end of the week, as I still have the borrowed wheel and some opportunities to use it.
-but the first plied bit is underplied so I will have to send it back through soon.

UP TO DATE By the Numbers:
15.8 oz of singles spun up; 15.8 oz plied into a 2ply, for a total of 31.6 oz worth of treadling (well, 30.6, and 1oz on the spindle) (work those feet). I have three projects  left in my <del>bag</del> *bin*. I am honestly thinking about setting up a spindle-only bin for later in the year... but I'll just have to see if I ever get around to wheel spinning again.

The borrowed wheel has been returned to its owner, although I almost cried when handing it over.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March isn't the most craftiest of times

Mostly because I'm so daaaaaamn busy.

And April's not looking so good either (in fact, I think my work load doubles in April. woot.)

Still, I finished my colorwork cowl.

This is a free pattern by Lion Brand, I think--called Hanna's Cowl.


This is v1 of the cowl, which I knit in 2013.
It looks ok in this picture but it was actually about 5 feet in circumference, which is far too long for my short frame. It also curled badly--not in the least because I knit too quickly in an eagerness to finish it in 13 days because it's really cool looking.

In 2014, I ripped it out. *sigh*.

So, this Feb I re-cast it on. far fewer stitches for the cast on, so it wasn't enormous. End result?


pretty! but too short (can't wrap it, alas) AND it still curls.

So, my choices are to a) rip it out AGAIN and knit it a third time to make it longer, but not too long (just right). b) leave it as it is and just fold it and be happy with it, or at least accept it for what it is or c) fold it (like in the image), then pick up stitches on the top edge and knit a seed-stitch band so that it stays folded and doesn't roll and is double thick and has the appropriate edgings on top and bottom.

I'm leaning for c, but I might yet convince myself that a is the right option.

I also finished a pair of socks for me and cast on another pair that turned out to be for me (I was knitting them on a plane. by the time I got to try them on they fit me and I wasn't gonna go back).
I ripped out 1 hibernating WIP (I don't know what possessed me, this yarn is hideous and I don't want to work on it. Wait, what if I added it to my shoulder cozy?) and made a wee cat toy out of the cast on edge, which broke instead of ripping back. And I am spinning the last 1oz of my 3-braids-of-blue fiasco from Spin the Bin 2015.

Between hibernating and active WIPs, I still have 15 things on the needles, and there's no counting the spinning projects in progress. *deep sigh* Don't get me wrong, I am not by any means a monogamous knitter and I love having things casted on so I can work on them when I want--but 15 feels overwhelming, and I really like having FOs. Maybe I could just *try* some monogamy. And I kind of like the idea of clearing my needles off--don't I *want* all these things? yes. yes I do.

still, some of them are epic (two blankets. a lace shawl. two sweaters that should actually fit me) and other ones require a lot of thought to fix because something's wrong (mittens+monsters; mawata mitts; witchy mitts; triangle of +2 luxury). Maybe I can just finish a few things and see how I feel.

Or maybe I'll hide from all the grading and research I need to do and cast on a third pair of socks tonight and watch x-files.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

oh, I mean, really a quick list of yarn things

Oops, this is a knitting blog, not a work blog. Let me plan yarn at you, I know you all love that.

Fiber on my spindles:
1) half-done peaches-and-bruises (want to clear this off fast to start something new)
2) green laceweight (not even done with the first half. this takes FOREVER)
3) witchy bits on my turkish spindle--not a lot here but it's spinning up skinny so it's also taking a while
4) gradient of bits from Phat Fiber: also very slow work

That leaves the crappy spindle and the heavy plying spindle free, but I can't really work on either of them, darnit

Fiber waiting to be worked on:
1) navajo ply the rainbowy sparkle stuff
2) add extra twist to rainbow rambouillet
3) add extra twist to first blue crescendo skein
4) add extra twist to fresh LeM in corsair
5) finish spinning and then ply last half of romney/longwool cross, brown shot w blue and green
6) plying the sparkly batts with the Loop fluffy stuff Nebula

Fiber I want to be working on:
1) Ponds batt
2) Finch batt
3) brand new finn fiber from TWF
4) black and purple Highland Handmades
5) spinneretta's crocus stuff

stuff on my needles:
1) pair of sister socks #2, both at once
2) red laceweight shawl
3) colorwork cowl
4) edging of blanket
5) brown gradient scarf
6) Garter Squish in random wool

stuff waiting to be worked on:
1) Harvest sweater --pick it up and think about it
2) yellow mittens -- knit a third one so that the colors match
3) small purple laceweight shawl--finish and frame or what?
4) witchy mitts --thinner stripes?
5) cat mittens -- probably frog
6) takoma--figure out if I want it to be something else
7) silk mitts--pain in the ass to kit--spin instead?
8) Fwoosh thing--fugly. maybe make the weirdo cowl instead of a huge ugly wrap

stuff I want to be working on:
1) hat for Jake
2) hat for L
3) red honey cowl for me
4) mitts for aunty judy
5) new socks for me
6) new socks for twin
7) socks  for J
8)  a completely different sweater than takoma out of the takoma yarn

*sigh*

a quick list

1) make agq graphs as a function of type, redshift, and field, with error bars
2) calculate average agq for types and redshifts
3) make a table with types, avg number of gals within 0.5 Mpc, and Agq and errors (ala wold+lacy00)
4) make a few plots that describe the sample
5) draft damn poster, send to jake, mark, mark2, carol, pallavi, etc
6) call to cancel shot
7) do bills
8) do travel stuff online
9) work on kz from various papers/markemail
10) work on normalization from various papers/markemail

I keep trying to work on those last bits 'cause they've been on my mind a lot but right now 5 is most important and for that I need 1-4

oh, yes, and 11: resist temptation to knit all day.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

bow chicka wow wow

oh yeah, yarn porn.

How about some Cascade 220? An internet buddy snapped this pic of Wisconsin Craft Market near Madison WI.


unf.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

ahh, yarn fumes

I needed a break after a long day of programming and going no where, so I poured my sock yarn bin out onto the bed to play with.

Let's be clear, though. That's not all my fingering weight yarn--that's just the stuff I've designated for socks. There are 27 pairs of socks a-waiting for me to get around knitting them, at least. I also moved three skeins into the too-pretty-to-be-socks-so-must-be-a-shawl bin, and another two into the I-need-to-make-cowls-because-I-wear-them bag.  Also there are five pairs of socks worth of yarn in the car (which is under some snow right now; I didn't feel like digging them out) that I haven't brought in, and also three pairs on the needles.

I didn't dump out the shawl bin, but I did reorganize it by color and then picked out all the heavier weight yarns. I have been splurging on dk or heavier this year as my stash was pretty deficient in these weights, but after a year of fun shopping this is no longer the case. I have just about as much shawl yarn as the heavy stuff now! this is good news, I think, though not everything has a project dedicated for it yet. I do plan on making some more cowls, hats, and mitts or mittens for myself though. I'm a big accessory fan.

For the holidays I was gifted nearly a sweater's quantity of yarn--Madelinetosh Tosh DK to be specific, in the glorious Magnolia Leaf colorway. I need two more skeins to have a proper sweatery amount so I will eventually be ordering those--but I'm going to wait until after May. I have plenty of things on the needles, I don't need to buynowbuynoweee


Speaking of things on the needles, I've lined up two new projects for when I feel free/restless enough to cast something on. The first is another Hitchhiker shawl, or similar--this simple pattern looks pretty good with variegated yarns, and this yarn has cashmere and is highly variegated, so a shawl/scarf would be great for it. A friend of mine has happily commissioned a slouchy hipster hat, and he's picked out one of my skeins of brown, so that's waiting around for me to work on as well. Maybe I'll make a Barley hat, or maybe just a plain stockinette hat with a ribbed brim. We shall see. I like knitting hats but I don't wear them too often, so I'm glad he was interested in buying one off of me.

Meanwhile, I drew another sock yarn from the sock yarn bin (before I tossed it around like a salad, above) and it's two skeins of some long-color-repeat paton's kroy that's designated for my twin, so I guess I have another pair of twin socks back on the needles. Just what I need if I ever want to catch up... our birthday is soon and that just means another pair of socks to knit to reach the goal of one-for-every-year-we've-had.

what's that? what about all the work stuff? it's still there. I'm keeping it together and making progress, but no finished papers/publications yet!