More Plotting and Planning

First – obligatory photo of shawl you’ve seen in any blog posts already but I added in the third color last night and it “melted” in very nicely with the 2nd color so I’m so happy with it.

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I’ve been plotting my Great Loopy Knitting/Sewing Challenge projects and materials for them.

My current plan is to finish two Sewing Challenge projects.  One is the wallhanging I’m making to include all my badges and buttons from various knitting/sewing events and challenges.

The second will be a new purse/bag for me for the Technical Challenge “All in the Bag.”

The outside of it will be wool., the inside cotton fabrics.  The pattern is the MacKenzie Bag.  Grommets for the straps to go through are also on order.

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The putty colored wool will be the main outside fabric.  The houndstooth checks are felted wool pieces and I will use those for maybe an outside pocket I plan to add and perhaps some appliques added to the outside.  The two bird prints are for the lining and inside pockets.  I think this will be a fun project to work on and I so need a new purse.

Aren’t those houndstooth wools pretty colors.  I could see using some leftovers to make this Easter Egg pattern I found on line at Martha Stewart.  And now that I’ve stuck the link here maybe I’ll remember to make a few small ones since I should have scraps left over.

I also pulled the yarn for one of the two Loopy Knitting Challenge projects – the Newly Noted challenge which requires a pattern published in 2017 or 2018.  I plan to make another Toph hat  – this is the one I made last year for a hat KAL

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I found in the stash (yep from the stash not newly purchased!)  some Crackpaca in a color called Muddy Rainbow, and some Baa Ram Ew Dovestone in a color called Bramley Baths.

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Looking forward to making another one of these hats since I so enjoyed making the first one.

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Saturday 1-13-18

You’ll get tired of seeing this shawl before I finish it but I love the colors so much – here’s a day light shot that shows the colors better.

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The two hanks in the middle are the ones I ordered “hoping” once of them would go well with this project.  They both would work equally well.  I don’t know that I’ll be able to use both of them – I want this shawl super long (it’s a long and fairly skinny shape – which is the shape of shawl I love and wear the most) but there is a limit as to how long.  But will have to see as I go along whether I use just one of them or both of them.

And here’s the progress shot of my Vine Ripened Red Yaski, Simple Yet Effective cowl pattern.

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The zipper of my bag I carry my knitting in has gotten ruined and keeps snagging my yarn so I decided I really need to make a simple project bag or two to throw my projects I that I work on during my bus rides, etc.  Now we both know I have plenty of fabric in my sewing room to choose from to make some bags.  HOWEVER…. I am on the “Herknit” Crabs team in the Yarnathon so I really do NEED a hermit crab bag.  And I found a couple other “knitting” looking fabrics I could not pass up because how fun to have a knitting project bag out of knitting stitch printed fabric.   It’s my first time ordering through Spoonflower but I have heard good things about it.  These are the fabrics I ordered.

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The hermit crab print and brown cable print will probably be used together for one bag.  The bottom two a separate bag or maybe mixed with some other prints.  I also want to include some squares of the two knit print ones in the wallhanging I’m making to hang all my Yarnathon, Camp Loopy, etc. buttons and badges on.

Knitting progress

I started on the cowl in the Vine Ripened Red yarn I showed in the previous blog post but haven’t taken a photo of it – its only about 2″ wide at this point.   I’ve been mostly working on the Linus shawl.   This shawl will earn several badges, once its done, for the Yarnathon.

Since the last photo,

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I have gotten a lot done on this.  It is probably only about 12″ long on the top long edge in this first photo.

Last night I added in the second color of yarn.  Originally I was going to use just two different yarn colors but then I realized if I added in a third color, it would qualify for my “fade” project badge too.

My first color was Hollyhock – fairly solid colored purple.  My second color is a variegated called Anniversario.

20180112_2It has some of the same purples in it as the Hollyhock so it matches rather well when knit together.

I wanted to use the same kind of yarn, Malabrigo Dos Tierros which is a DK weight merino and alpaca blend.  I love the feel of it and the texture is a bit different so another brand of yarn would not have looked very good.  So of course I had to order a third color since I don’t have any other colors of it.

There are several Malabrigo colors – multicolored yarns – that vary greatly from hank to hank – just the nature of this hand dyed yarn.  The Anniversario above is one that varies. So the color in a photo when shopping on line, may not be truly representative of every single hank.  Knowing this, I took a gamble and ordered two different multicolored hanks hoping to get one of them to work for this project, and I put a note on my order asking that if there were any with more dark purple in them, those were what I was looking for.   They arrived today – I haven’t taken a photo yet – but I think either one will work – I just need to take a closer look at them in broad daylight.

So here is where I am at tonight – the long edge which was 12″ in the above photo is now about 45″ long.   And the colors faded perfectly together to make the transition from one to the next so I’m really pleased with it.  Hopefully a third color will blend equally well.

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Brrr…. I can feel the cold emanating through the floor as I’m sitting at the computer.  50 degrees yesterday – 10 today!  That’s just very mean of Mother Nature.  So tonight’s plan, a big bowl of popcorn, flannel jammies and quilt for the couch, more binge watching of Dr. Who (I’m up to the appearance of the 4th doctor) and more knitting on this.  I live such exciting Friday nights!  But in my opinion it’s a perfect way to start the weekend.

Knitting Notes – Sunday 1-7-18

My first 2018 Yarnathon project is finished.   It’s never too late to join in the Eat Sleep Knit Yarnathon – it’s just started and you can participate as much or as little as you like; make one project – make all the projects – or somewhere in between.  You follow your way along a map that has store credits and other prizes when you reach certain levels.  You get scratchy tickets in your order that may also win you things.  Customer service is great also.  You can find the information about the Yarnathon at eatsleepknit.com and more discussions and teams in the Eat Sleep Knit Ravelry group.

The first project I finished is the Simple Yet Effective Cowl in Mad Tosh DK and the colorway is Outlander.

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It needs a little bit of a steam block but I’ll wait until the second one is done. This one will go in my gifting pile I think.  It is the larger of the two sizes on the pattern.

Once I get the second cowl done I will be able to earn multiple badges for submitting both of them to the Yarnathon page.  The pattern is a Tin Can Knit pattern  and we can use any TCK patter for the  1st QKAL – so my quarterly project will be covered.  Plus it will also qualify for “Speedy Crafter” (since I finished the first cowl within a week of starting it) and  “Cowl Me Maybe” (badge for making a cowl).

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The second cowl one will be the smaller size (and perhaps a bit taller) and will be a gift to me! 🙂  (and it will earn a bonus star for my QKAL).  Stars are good and go towards team totals.  The second cowl will be made out of BMFA Yaksi – a blend of wool, silk and of course….. Yak.  It’s supposed to be lovely to knit with but I’ve never tried it before so will be interested to see.  It will be in this lovely color called Vine Ripened Red.

But I decided to work on something different before starting the second cowl.

I’m going to be making Linus as my CopyCat Badge project (copycat meaning you make a project from a pattern that one of the ESK Ravelery group moderators has made).  This is the project that  I favorited long ago and actually bought the yarn for early last year.   (If you are not a Ravelry member the second link will likely not work or you since it’s to someone’s project page and not the main pattern page.)(

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I’ll be using Malabrigo Dos Tierros (sport weight) in Hollyhock (solid and Anniversario.  It will sort of fade from the solid color into the multicolor.

This is a super simple shawl pattern.  There are just two rows to alternate (which give you the shaping edges) so great project to take on the go – it will be my bus knitting.

I wound one of the hanks last night (which is why one hollyhock is missing from the photo) and got a bit of a start on it.  The top edge and side edge are finished in a way different than other shawls I have made and I really how they are done.

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But before I get back to knitting, there’s a spinach and bacon quiche to make and some laundry to fold but then an afternoon of movie watching and knitting under a cozy quilt – I just can seem to get warm today even tho it’s actually warmer outside than it has been.  Once I turn the oven on tho that should solve the problem since it really warms things up.

 

It’s getting monotonous!…

What you ask is getting monotonous?  This dang weather – since Christmas Day it as been in the single digits or below.  This coming week it’s supposed to warm up (double digits – wahhoooooo) 😉  but I  bundled up about an hour ago to go get the mail and take garbage out and despite the fact that the sun was shining brightly and there was a bright blue sky – it was frigid.  And now – the sun has set so it’s dark and frigid. Oh well….

My trip to the mailbox resulted in some fun goodies tho.

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The bag of badges I had earned for projects made in the 2017 Eat Sleep Knit Yarnathon.  I think there is 56 or so badges in that bag – of course one project could earn multiple badges depending on what it was.   Now I do need to get stitching on the PB&J Quilt so I can pin these on it  along with all the other pins I have for other things I’ve been involved in.

And since I’m on team Herknit Crabs for this years Yarnathon, I couldn’t resist getting some new hermit crab stitchmarkers.

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And the last few days my mailman as been busy delivering things to my door.  My two orders from Miss Babs gratitude sale at Christmas finally arrived earlier this week and my Under the Sea yarnathon yarns also arrived.

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These are my Miss Babs the be below yarn is the yarnathon yarn – Ariel Sparkle and Sea Witch.  If you’ve seen Disney’s Little Mermaid you can probably figure out which is which. 🙂

Hmmm in looking at the two photos above I seem to be in a aqua and purple frame of mind at the moment.

Progress has been made on my first QKAL project – I just might be able to finish this tonight.

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Great Loopy Sewing and Knitting Challenges

The new season of The Loopy Ewe’s Great Sewing and Knitting Challenges has been announced (playing on the various levels of challenges in the Great British Baking Show).  You can find all info at the link to the blog on today’s blog post there.  I don’t know that I’ll do any of the sewing/quilting challenges – I have other projects I want to sew on that won’t fit the criteria.

But I do know I’ll be making at least one knitting challenge project – the Gardens of Giverny wrap has been on my list to make after the first of the year.  I have two different yarns in the stash for the multicolored sections and ordered some plain black (which will go with either option).  I’m really looking forward to working on this project.

I did get to a bit of cutting and sewing today on the PMJ wall hanging – nearly all the squares are cut and the 4 patches made.

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I think I’m going to take out the fussy cut TLE Camp fabric pieces.  The pirate ship ones are too large a print so I have to cut it in sections and the Safari ones aren’t working real well either.  I think I’ll just use a plain fabric for those sections since they will have some large buttons pinned over them anyway.  Need to finish cutting the background sections and then lay out the rest of the colored squares and 9 patches to see if I need to switch any colors around.

Taming the PB&J

In this case, PB&J does NOT mean peanut butter and jelly.  It stands for the pin and button jumble that I keep finding all over.

I have all kinds of badges and button type pins from participating in various KALs, other knitting events, Camp Loopy, and the super big buttons that Quiltmaker 100 Quilts used to do when you had a block in one of the issues.  They are scattered here and there in my sewing room, in drawers, in little baggies, on the bulletin board, on a tote bag – they are everywhere.

So the plan is to gather then all in one place and turn them into a decorative thing for my sewing room.  The graphics on the buttons and badges are great and fun so my plan is to make this wall hanging to pin then all to and corral them all in one place.

This is the simple design I will be using.

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I plan to use some of my Grunge and Grunge Dots stash and some of those larger background type spaces will be filled with the special Camp Loopy printed fabrics.

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Now on to some pressing and cutting of fabrics.

 

 

Several hours later….

You know if I say I’m going to refrain from doing something, I likely will do it anyway….

The special yarn colors for last year’s Yarnathon didn’t really interest me but you know I ordered some Sea Witch (minutes after midnight – the first 2018 purchase) but I went back later this morning and had to get some of the Ariel too because I love all those colors.   ariel super sparkle

And it’s the Super Sparkle base so it has a bit of glitz in it.  I got it because I need another DaVinci Cowl – this looks like it should pool very nicely from the photo — time will tell.

I can safely say I will NOT be buying either of the other two limited edition Under the Sea themed colorways – truly I won’t.

I did cast on my first project after midnight – the Simple Yet Effective cowl – just rows of garter which make it look sort of like an I-cord roll on the bottom, alternated with garter sections.  Very simple.

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Okay – I had to take a short break from writing this to go mix up some Raisin Bran muffins.  Turning on the oven will definitely help to warm things up in here and well… muffins… who doesn’t need those warm and yummy from the oven when they haven’t had breakfast yet.

I need to make a few finishing touches on a new quilting project drawing I’m going to work on today and then I’ll show it to you.  Only way to start off a new year – with some knitting and some quilting and some muffin eating! 🙂

 

Happy New Year – 1-1-2018

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Happy New year!   I was knitting along on my sweater and suddenly realized it was after midnight.  Since I was streaming something from Prime, I never did see any of the ball dropping or other new year’s festivities on tv.

But it was after midnight and that means…….

the new year of EatSleepKnit’s Yarnathon had been announced.  🙂

 

I’ve gone from being a Gumblebee in 2017 to being a Herknit Crab in 2018.  crab

(Do you suppose that’s a helical stripe knit shell?)

Anyway my brothers used to have hermit crabs as pets when we were little.  We lived in an old house with those big black cast iron ornate grates over the heat ducts.  My brothers had their crabs out crawling around on the floor and all of a sudden there was a “clunk”.  Yep – hermit crab had crawled through the grate and fell – luckily the grate could be removed and he was rescued.

The theme, as you might have guessed, for 2018 is Under the Sea.  And seven minutes into the new year, I had to place my first yarn order.  Really I did – it was one of the special colorways to go with the theme which are only available a short time (sometimes already gone by the time I receive the advance notice email that they are available).

seawitchSo some BMFA Medium Weight (sport weight) in Sea Witch colorway is headed my way.  It won’t linger in the stash because I’m going to use it for my Touchstone in the Fogbound Knits Jan/Feb Shawl KAL and that shawl will also qualify for the Yarnathon Shawl badge.

 

But now to go cast on my first Yarnathon project – the first quarterly KAL is any pattern from Tincan Knits.

outlanderA lot of their patterns aren’t really my personal style but I found a cowl pattern which will likely go in the gift or donation pile.  And it’s from stash yarn (yes I really am planning to use a lot of stash yarn this year) and is Mad Tosh DK in Outlander.  The pattern is Simple Yet Effective Cowl and I’ve had it in my Ravelry library since 11/2015 so about time I got around to making this oh so simple design.

 

 

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Hope your have a healthy and happy and stress free 2018, spending your free time doing what you love.

Knitting Roundup 12-31-17

Well here it is the final day of 2017.  I posted the outcome of my quilting finishes yesterday (abysmal but this year I concentrated more on knitting than on quilting – next year I hope to strike more of a balance).

Knitting projects – well I was very productive and the final stats are as follows:

(click the Tangled Strings button in the right side bar to see photos of all my finished projects for 2017)  Some of my favorites are shown below.

20170616_6I used 26,452 yards of yarn (updated after posting this because I forgot a pair of slippers in the tallies)  That is made up of mostly knitting but it also includes four woven projects I did.  That’s just over 15 miles of yarn.  Last year I used 22,597 yards and completed 40 projects.20170603_5

This year 55 projects were completed that break down as follows:

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12 Shawls, 18 Cowls, 5 pairs Mitts, 10 Hats, 4 sweaters (child size), 1 pair of socks, and four woven scarfs/tablerunners, 1 pair of slippers.

For those familiar with the ESK Candyland Yarnathon – most of my projects knit this year qualified for Yarnathon badges or KALs.  The ones that are colored in (not gray I earned. (And I didn’t know it until the end but I hit a level where I get actual pins (button type pins) with the graphics on each one for each badge I completed).  (I already have a new quilting project planned to make a wallhanging that all these buttons and my TLE buttons/badges will get pinned to.)

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At midnight the new ESK Yarnathon game gets announced.  New teams are assigned, new themes revealed, badges and KAL info, etc.   I do plan to participate but only if an item I want to make fits the criteria and if I plan to make it out of ESK yarn.

I have several sweaters on my list I want to make in 2018 among other things.

Any who knows that The Loopy Ewe will come up with now that the Great Loopy Knitting and Sewing Challenges are ending too.  I finished four knitting challenges and one sewing for that group of projects.

When I started the Yarnathon this year I did not have much of a stash of ESK yarn — I have remedied that and now have choices from both ESK and TLE so of course the plan, as usual, is to curtain yarn shopping.  But I think with the projects I have planned I can stick to it.  I’m not saying I won’t buy any yarn – we all know that won’t happen.  For instance I love doing Camp Loopy and there’s always special yarns for the Yarnathon each year that I might need to get some of but I shall strive to use stash.

So I’m knitting away on my sweater while waiting to see what the new Yarnathon will bring.

I also plan to join in Fogbound Knits (Laura Aylor) January shawl KAL which lasts through the end of February.  This month’s shawl pattern (by popular vote) is Touchstone.  I have already made two – both of which I love – one in worsted weight and one in DK so I think I’ll make a new one in fingering weight.  I’m just waiting for some Miss Babs I ordered during the gratitude sale to arrive to make a final decision on what yarn I want to use.  You can get all the info about the KAL at the link above and if you finish the project you get a choice of free pattern.  I love the shape of this shawl- although I wear it more as a scarf I guess I’d say (on top of the shoulder not wrapped around the sides of my shoulders) scarf.  With its elongated shape it stays in place nicely.  It’s a super easy knit  and plays so nicely with variegated yarns and I love the eyelet lace parts in it – definitely a tv watching easy project –  have I talked you into needing to cast on your own Touchstone yet? 🙂  Seriously I love everything about this pattern.

Okay – enough about yarn – I need to go start clearing a path into my sewing room – wish me luck as I try to find the table that is buried under much stuff.