Fuzzy Lightning

Bolting is finished! It only took 18 months and 4 days to do it. That’s not to say I was knitting that whole time. I wasn’t. For instance, I started the cast off back in September, and was just under halfway through it, and it sat there for months because I hated that fuzzy shit I was using for the edging. Don’t get me wrong, I like how it looks, I just didn’t want to knit with it. At. All.

Most of the details on it can be found on Ravelry as usual. Specifically, here. And now I am onto other things. I’ve had a sock started in waiting I’ve got to work on, a mistake ribbed cowl cast on for simple mindless knitting, I want to cast on a double knit hat, and mug cozy. I’ll be impressed if I managed to get all 4 of these things done by this time next year, but we’ll see.

Happy Holidays and what have you!

Climb – Jane Richmond

Holy shit I actually finished a knit! Two if you count them as individuals.

After a long ban from homemade socks, shmoo managed to wheedle himself back into my good graces when I said I was knitting socks because I wanted a small project for our traveling, and my current shawl I’ve been working on for the past year is just too damn big to be drug around everywhere now easily.

So, he got socks.
If you are intersted in more than the photos, the Ravelry link is here:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/soapturtle/climb

If you just want to see them, then I got you covered.

sockscolor

socksdone

Online Sheep and Wool.

This year MSW hit the same time it always does… the first full weekend in May.
The problem with that of course, was I was still pretty tired from the tonsil surgery, and we had Senators/Baysox games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and I knew I would not be up to all 3 games and MSW.

So instead I had a mini woolfest of my own online! It took several weeks to get all the items in as some were on back order, and now I can’t be bothered to take photos of them because I put them away as I got them, but I’m still going to list and link them here for you to pursue if interested.

First I picked up the pattern and a yarn kit for The Joker and the Thief Shawl. I got color option #3, Bloom.

I also picked up 3 skeins of Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Stovepipe and Rozetti Wicked Fur Yarn in #104 Zebra from Paradise Fibers, which is now in the process of becoming a Bolting, the pattern for which I bought a few years ago and just never made. This particular yarn combo was inspired by this version I found on Ravelry.

I stumbled across bone dpns as well on the Fringe Supply Co. website and ordered a pair of US size 4s along with a Etta-Billie Skin Balm in Bergamot-Ginger.

And no MSW would be complete with out some sort of purchase from Signature Needle Arts. Since I wasn’t going to be there to find them in the main barn, I found them online and picked up a pair if US 5 dpns.

And that is the sum total of my Online Sheep and Wool fest. :)
Tomorrow Tour de Fleece is starting up, and I am still undecided on how much I am going to participate, but I am least going to try and get in an hour or so for the first day. After that, no promises!

2013 wrap up

I may have been a craptastic knitter most of the year, but I finished December strong.

I knit a shawl, crocheted a hat, and then on Christmas Eve whipped out a dog sweater.

The shawl was Shaelyn and I knit it for someone at work who was getting married.
She loved it.

Shaelyn

The hat is named Blackburn and you can get the pattern for free from Craftsy or you can get a “kit” with the recommend yarn. It’s a quick hat, and I don’t really like wearing it, but the technique was new to me and I liked it quite a bit. It was interesting at least.

Blackburn

The dog sweater I just made up based on her measurements. I did a twisted rib where every stitch is twisted so it’s reversible because really, when putting her old crippled little body in a sweater, realizing it’s inside out just isn’t worth my time. She loves it. LOVES LOVES LOVES. She loves it so much and we had such a cold snap here, that the only photo I have is this one, as it’s drying after being washed because she wore it so much and it was very dirty. If all my knits were this well loved, I always feel they were successful.

Daisy Christmas Sweater 2013

A gallery of everything I’ve made this year can be found here.

Move along now, there’s nothing to see….yet

So, we’ve managed to unpack most things we can without committing to new furniture first, and life is chugging along.

I’ve managed to get Bronchitis but am finally in the last bit of cough that sticks around forever stage.

I’ve finished a knit! But it’s going to be a Christmas gift so it can’t be posted until January.

My current knitting is a secret rush gift knit that may or may not make it, we’ll have to see.

No spinning to speak of, I haven’t spun any since we moved, but I keep thinking about setting up my wheel in the living room so that I can use it there until I decide what I’m doing to the craft room.
I need to get it unpacked still, and that involves buying some shelves, but I am not sure what kind I want or how big I want them, or even what type of wood color they should be if they aren’t painted.

I made Butternut Squash soup and wrote up the recipe for it, but I did some tweaks to the recipe for things I wished I had done and didn’t so now I need to test it before posting that, and we’ve just finished the pot, so it’ll likely be months on that as well. It was tasty though!

I am thinking of trying a key lime cheesecake for Thanksgiving this year instead of the traditional key like pie I make, but haven’t had time to dig up a recipe. Does anyone know of a good one?

The state of things June 2013

So last month was MSW, and I bought some stuff. Not a TON of stuff, but certainly enough when combined with what I already had that I am really quite good for a while.

Right now I am spinning on the lovely gradient blended batts I got from Caroline’s Etsy shop.

gradient

But I’ve decide not to buy any more fiber until I’ve manage to spin up what’s pictured in this basket here, because really, it’s a lot. AND I still have 4+1+4.5 lbs of fleeces to spin and 2 alpaca fleeces to card and spin. One chocolate and one dark gray. So really, I have no business buying any more fiber. For reals.

spinallthethings

Knitwise I am currently working on two things, which I am fixing to drop for a third, but we’ll come to that shortly.

I am knitting an Entrelac Shawl with Tassles in Noro Taiyo colorway 1.

hastassles

I am also working on an All the Shades of Truth in greens.

alltheshadesofgreen

And finally, I’ve recently gotten a fitbit flex and I HATE the wrist thing it comes in so I am just going to knit a wristband to hold that little bastard instead. It’s probably not fitbit’s fault mind you. I don’t wear a watch and haven’t in many years because I don’t like non-fabric things touching my skin especially when there is a possibility I might sweat, so I am going to knit up a wristy holder for it in some nice handspun alpaca and see if that resolves how irritated I am with the thing. Who doesn’t like handspun naturally beautiful gray alpaca? Surely this will be great!

That’s it! You’re all caught up. Maybe more spinning results next time, especially if Tour de France/Fleece is soon like I think it is…..

Bertrand Louis likes buns.

I’ve finished my Bertrand Louis just one week after cutting my hair off at chin length again.
Despite this, I am very happy with both the hairs that are cut and the resulting hat/cowl thing.

I did normal brioche instead of half brioche and it is thick and stretchy and cuddly and yum. It’s a great stitch for handspun, and I can totally see using it again for another handspun project.


Gone in a flash

January has just ZOOOOOOOMED by.
And I’ve not completed a damn thing!

I’ve almost finished a Bertrand Louis, but I also got my hair cut so the need for a hat like object that allows me to have my hair up in a poorly done bun is gone.
I am about halfway on the Shmoocon HFC hat, and I’ve got 2 weeks to get it done, so I really need to get on the wrapping that up part of things, so I can do a post about it properly right about con time. The devil is definitely in the details on this one.
I’ve started a lace stole, then gotten angry with it and realized it was not the correct knit for the yarn, despite my love for it all. Maybe it’s just the time of year, or the needle size I was using.. no idea. I’ll have to come back to it later.
I’ve made a batch of soap that didn’t turn out like I wanted and got 2 more to do this week at the latest if they are going to make the staff bags for the con. I’ll save those details for a post later as well, because we all know I post irregularly at best so I’ll need something to say at some point…..
The first pair of socks I made shmoo, that he kept tucked away, was apparently found by moths, or something, because the knitting just randomly disintegrated in places when touching them, so he’s up for a new pair of socks at some point soon, and a co-worker I like is having a baby. I told him he was having a girl because I needed to make the little ballet slippers I found for someone’s child and he was up. I gave him the image to show to his wife to help it along and she loves them as well, so much so that even if they have a boy, it’s going to wear little ballet shoes! ;)
I also want to make the stuffed giraffe from Itty Bitty Toys, which I took a Craftsy class on, and it’s adorable.
Speaking of Craftsy…
I’ve been watching some of my Craftsy classes at night as I got to sleep because they have an app and it is awesome. The latest one I’ve finished is for Rigid Heddle weaving, and now I want to weave but just don’t have the time for it, so I am not letting myself even start anything weaving related at all. BUT I WANT TO!
I’ve had to cancel my guitar lessons for Feb, not that it’s a major thing, I only go every two weeks and Feb. is going to be a short month, but it’s getting crowded with THINGS THAT MUST BE DONE!!! and I like to have to time to practice before my lessons or it’s a waste of time for both of us, and I don’t want to waste my teacher’s time. He’s a nice guy and let’s me be cranky when I am struggling with a song.

So that’s January in a nutshell, lots of wanting to make/do different things from what I am doing as I keep plugging away at other things.

Wrapping this one up.

I’ve read a thing for someone on the internet.
If you like podcasts and Fantasy Short Stories, check out Podcastle.
In fact, if you like, you can start with the story I read here.

I have photos of the Rainbow Campfire Mitts finally.

I finished the Cat’s Cocoon thing, which he loves and will actually get in and not just lay on, but damned if he’ll stay in it when I am trying to get a photo of him using it.
It’s just not happening. He did make sure to guard it while I took a photo of it however, because he’s most definitely sure that it is HIS and he is NOT going to share it. Shmoo tried to raise it up a bit for me and Bri huffed at him and put his foot down on it so he could not.

I also knit a [Minecraft] slime as a Christmas Gift for a 2 year old, and it was a hit with most everyone but the recipient. This is to be expected of course, he’s 2. :) Even shmoo said he was really impressed at how it turned out, which he rarely says about any of the knitting anymore.

That’s it! Here’s your photos.

Let’s play Catch-up.

Ok, as mentioned in my Thanksgiving Recipe post, I’ve had a perfectly good reason for not posting the majority of this year.
I needed to move web-servers. We kept saying we were going to do it soon and then not doing it, and because it was going to happen “SOON” I didn’t want to add anything that would alter the backups we had already made. Never-mind that of course when we went to move the site, the first step was to take brand new backups.
Regardless, it is done now, so I should be back to posting with semi-regularity, aka, about once a month if prior habit still holds true.
I have broken this post into different sections below so you can just go to the sections you are interested in and skip the part you could care less about.
It’s a long-winded ride, so settle in!

ADMIN

I am no longer with bluehost. That felt so good, let me say it again. I am not longer with bluehost!! I am no longer paying anyone for a shitty shared hosting platform. My site is on my very own server in shmoo’s data center. We have complete and total control.
All back end work is being handled by us with him doing most of the SysAdmin heavy lifting since he got to choose the OS. We bought the server at the beginning of the year, got it up and running early February and have generally only used it as a Minecraft server ever since. Mind you, Minecraft was not the intent for the server, but it has worked out nicely to use it as such. I have migrated my WordPress and Gallery installations over finally this weekend, and made sure that they are up and working correctly.

Part of this migration involved upgrading Gallery2 to Gallery3, and this has killed the plugin that worked for using Gallery photos in my blog, which makes me sad, because I loved it and it’s silly to put the same photos in two places on the server, and now I have to go back to using full links again if I don’t wish to do this. While this doesn’t make me happy, it is liveable. I don’t care for any of the Gallery3 themes, but overall it’s still the best photo gallery software out there, so I’m still using it. What I won’t be doing is going back and fixing any of the links that worked with the WPG2 plugin. I used it for years, and I just don’t care that much about fixing it.

Blog-wise I am using a theme I used several years ago that really isn’t widget compatible. Well it is for the left column, but not the right, and I can’t figure out why, and after a few hour I just gave up and fixed the right column without widgets. I’ll likely be looking into other themes later, but for now, I don’t cringe at the thought of this one and thus it shall remain. I always quite liked this theme, I just moved on because I liked widgets more.

SPINNING

I went to MSW and bought a bunch of stuff.

I did Tour de Fleece this year and spun 40 ozs of fiber, but haven’t done much spinning since. Nothing really of note at any rate.

I did take Felicia Lo’s Craftsy class on Spinning with color, and found it quite useful. I wish I had taken it a month or two before TdF so that I could have planned out some of the techniques to try during that time. Also, Craftsy is pretty awesome. If you like taking classes on your own schedule, at home, in your pajamas, without other people… it’s totally the way to go. Pretty affordable too and they have sales every so often too.

KNITTING

Since the Dim Sum, I have knit a new Nalgene Cosy in broken rib.

The Misogyny Networks Mankini Top

Made with the finest acrylics money can buy!! This fabulous fun fur and fuzzy yarn creation filled me with a dirty shame.
It was so bad that shmoo said my knitting license should be revoked, and he didn’t even have to wear it.
Regardless it was perfect for its intent and I was happy to compromise my knitting standards to help make a point in my industry.
Sometimes you have to take one for team….

A Pair of Campout Mitts for my Nana.

Mod was adding the extra i-cord at the bottom.
The gray is Alpaca and the pink is the same stuff the nalgene cosy and tea pot cosy were made of. I am finally almost out of that yarn. ALMOST!

A Pair of Campfire Mitts for myself.
I still need to take a photo of these, or wrangle shmoo into doing so while I wear them. Maybe next week!
Made these with the two Rainbow yarn bumps I spun up.
I had finished one armwarmer at the end of last year. It got ripped when I changed from the made up as I went along pattern to Campout Mitts.
Made them longer and added a band of garter stitch at the bottom.

I’ve been working on an Entrelac Infinity Scarf for my aunt. She’s been waiting about 3 years for me to make something with this yarn, and I am about half done with it.
Hopefully I’ll wrap it up before 3 more years go by.

I’ve also started a cocoon thing for the cat, but it’s crochet using random scrap yarns. It might end up horribly ugly. It probably will be. If he likes it, he won’t care, and neither will I. If he doesn’t like it, the dog will.

PETS

Daisy and Bri are both fine.

Daisy had another spine/neck disc rupture this spring but seems to be ok and able to live with it. She’s old and has a more limited mobility than she used to but over all is still a happy healthy dog. We took her to Florida this year with us, and for a dog who absolutely hates water, she absolutely loves the beach and St. George Island. Even shmoo noticed how much she liked it there. We took her with us on our morning walks, and she wasn’t interested in touching any little bit of the surf AT ALL, but she would every now and then and not totally panic. Mostly she loved the warmth on her old bones, the sand itself, and the interesting smells.
A very content beach going Daisy

Bri is doing well. Evil as always. He’s gone to a meat twice a day diet and I am the one that feeds him. I am less worried he might kill me in my sleep and he has stopped peeing on my things, or rather, only on my things. Now when he gets mad at us, either of us might suffer the wrath. I am OK with this because I no longer feel targeted by him. Shmoo is less pleased, especially when I get to point and laugh at him.

OTHERWISE

Work is good. Always busy, always a challenge but I am happy.
I have stopped doing Letter Exchanges because I am a bad pen-pal and haven’t written a letter to anyone since I got sick back at the end of January from shmoocon. I was sick for over a month, ended up missing a week of work total, and did 3 different rounds of drugs. It was awesome, if by awesome I mean, totally sucked.
Facebook and G+ still suck.
Twitter is still my social network of choice.
I broke my Kindle3 keyboard and had to get a new one, just in time for the Paperwhite. I love it other than really missing the side keys for advancing the page quickly.
The game FTL is awesome.
We still aren’t playing WoW, though we have started playing GuildWars2 since they came out with a Mac client.
It’s not as fun as WoW but it doesn’t have a monthly sub price so I don’t much care.
Minecraft has replaced WoW for me for the most part. It’s the game I spend the most time in, and I like to see the things others have built.

That’s it, you’re all caught up!