Thursday, April 10, 2014

Speak Friend, knitting related!

Hullo, Readers!

Yikes...I'm getting terrible about keeping my blog updated!

The Year of the Sweater has taken a bit of a detour, ever since I started THIS:

BEHOLD, the never ending Evenstar Shawl!

Pattern found here:

I started this project about a month ago; all things considered it's been a fairly quick knit. I'm still working on my lace skills and shaping skills, and as such I'm kind of flying by the seat of my pants with this pattern.

It's amazing how much your pattern can get mucked up by missing just ONE yarn over.

It's also amazing how much a bumpy bus ride can mess up your knitting! Yikes!

I'd like to level up on my lace skills and eventually enter something into the Washington State Fair.Once I finish this (there's NO WAY that the finished project here is State Fair worthy), I'll get some more yarn and give it another go, if I'm feeling more comfortable with the lace work.

Until next time, Readers!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Knitting Projects and Lace Doodles in Progress...

Hello, Readers! It has been entirely too long!

It's true that I've been neglecting this blog, but I haven't been neglecting my knitting!

The Year of the Sweater is off to an excellent start, I must say! Look what I finished a few weeks ago!

Pattern found here:
I'm still waiting on some blocking supplies to arrive in the mail before I model this sweater properly. I'm VERY pleased with how the sweater looks, but I have to say that the yarn I picked out is....itchy. VERY ITCHY. If I want to actually wear this sweater outside of the house (which I absolutely will, once it's been blocked), I'll have to wear a long-sleeved shirt underneath.

Plus, I'm going to re-attach some of the buttons to make it just a bit more aesthetically pleasing. I'm not going to wear it with the turtleneck buttoned up, anyway.

Too itchy.

Serves me right for picking out the cheapest yarn. Ah well. It looks lovely, at the very least.

I'm making very good progress on sweaters two and three as well! I'll be posting those in the coming weeks.

In addition to the Year of the Sweater, I've been knitting lots of little lovely things for all of my family members who are having babies.

Three cousins have had their babies within the past two months. That's THREE knit baby gifts!

I'm VERY pleased with knit baby gift number one:

Pattern found here:

Just needs buttons and blocking!

I'm also working the kinks out of a new crochet snowflake pattern. I've been inspired by some gorgeous macro-photography shots of snowflakes; one Russian photographer in particular has been catching my eye lately:

His name is Alexey Kljatov, and oh my sweet holy mother he takes gorgeous pictures.

I've crocheted a flake that's based off of this photograph here:

...and the finished result, I find, is just kind of "Meh".

The flake was also VERY sloppily starched. Yuck. 

The flake NEEDS just a little something, but I don't want to over-work it and make it into a jumble of un-necessary do-dads. In the few years that I've been designing crochet lace, I've learned a few things:

1. Less is More
2. Always make one more chain than you think you need
3. The popcorn stitch doesn't starch well.

I'm thinking the best thing I can do for "Kljatov 1" is to make it bigger, for one thing. I want the negative space in the center of the flake to stand out a bit more, and making it larger will give me a little bit more freedom in playing with the shapes that the negative space can create.

I may also do a row of single crochets along the outer-most edge, but I think that may draw the eye away from the center.

If anybody has any suggestions, I'm all ears! Leave me a comment, Readers!

Until next time! <3

Friday, January 10, 2014

Out with the old, in with the sweaters!

The tree this year <3

A very happy new year to you all, my dear Readers!

Hoo, what a wonderful Christmas! Mr. Orb Weaver and I spent the holiday in Massachusetts, enjoying a nice long break spent with family and friends.

Now that we've returned to the lovely non-frozen Pacific Northwest, (we left Massachusetts JUST before the Polar Vortex set in), I can turn my attention to the fact the Year of Using Up the Stash is officially over!

Whoo hoo!

I have to say that I haven't been as successful as I'd like. A great deal of the Stash was used up, though, and I'm proud to say that I've been (reasonably) good about not buying any yarn. I purchased a ball of lovely hand dyed wool from a sheep/goat farm in New Hampshire when Mr. Orb Weaver and I flew out to the East Coast this past fall (with the understanding that I was going to wait until the Year of Using Up the Stash was over until I would use it), and a bunch of yarn has been gifted to me for various reasons throughout the year. My friend (who I made that wedding cake for a while back) gave me a few skeins of a lovely wool acrylic blend as a thank-you gift, and Mr. Orb Weaver's aunt VERY generously gave me at least an entire sheep's worth of wool that she wasn't using.

Now that the Stash has grown exponentially, I think that I'm going to challenge myself a bit as far as my knitting projects go. This year, I'd like to focus on knitting sweaters.

At the moment, I've got three sweaters in the making: one for Mr. Orb Weaver and two for myself. Mr. Orb Weaver's sweater is simple enough;  but I'm a bit nervous about knitting an actual hoodie. Never made one before!

In addition to the sweaters, I've got a new snowflake pattern in the works! It needs a few revisions, but it's almost finished!

Until next time, Readers!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Naaaaa na na na na na na na...

Pattern found here:

Katamari Damacy is, in my humble opinion, one of the very best video games ever made. It's delightfully colorful, fast-paced, clever, and has cornered the market on WEIRD FUN.

You guys know who else is delightfully colorful, fact-paced, clever, and full of weird fun? My sister!

This awesome anigurumi is my sister's birthday present! I had a ton of fun making it, and will definitely be making more!

I used up the last of the purple mercerized cotton (as well as a bunch of the green, and all of the light blue when I made my first attempt at the magnetic nubs around the side) in my stash to make little piece of adhesive-star-magic. Woo!

Until next time, Readers! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Introducing: Sir Keiko Von StashBuster.

Hello, Readers. This is Keiko Von StashBuster.

I finished him yesterday, and he is absolutely adorable.

This cute lil' oceanic dolphin is made from a free pattern on Ravelry! Readers, I don't know why this pattern isn't more popular; it was super easy to follow, was VERY forgiving (I skipped over some pattern repeats but the finished project doesn't show it), and used up ALL of my leftover black acrylic yarn, as well as my white acrylic!


I've also finished another softie; I finished this one last week, but haven't found the time to post it:

Recently, I've been in contact with one of the donation.volunteer coordinators from Seattle Children's Hospital. I shot her an email, asking if Seattle Children's accepted knit hats/booties. She told me no, they don't accept knit hats/ booties for preemies and newborns (because their little hands can get caught in the knit fabric), but they DID accept all kinds of knit/crochet toys!

I was absolutely delighted by the details she put in what it was they were looking for in the knit toy donations: the toys should be:

1: Machine washable (for obvious reasons, they are a hospital after all and want things to be kept clean/sterilized),

2: Snuggleable: nothing quite like holding a soft toy to help take a sick child's mind off things, and

3: Meltdown proof. Readers, when a child (especially a small one) is sick or injured, it can be a very scary and overwhelming time. It's inevitable that at least a few patients will have a bit of a meltdown moment, and when this happens, parents/caretakers/nurses will try to distract the child with a stuffed animal, which may or may not be chucked across the room at the medical equipment.

Which is perfectly okay with me :-).

The dinosaur I posted last week, the rocket ship, and Sir Keiko Von StashBuster will be donated to Seattle Children's hospital, just as soon as I finish knitting up a few more things. I'd like to have a basket of at least five toys to donate.

I'll keep you guys posted, Readers! Until next time!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Apple Peeerrrr...

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch,
You must first invent the universe. 
                                     -Carl Sagan

 <3 Until next time!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

October in review:

Hello, Readers! It's good to be back from a month-and-a-half-long hiatus!

Let me go ahead and give you all a rundown on what I did while I was away from Blogger:

This October, Mr. Orb Weaver and I:

Moved! We've found what may be the Holy Grail of apartments in Seattle. We're renting a condo in Queen Anne that has a dishwasher, a balcony, and.....

wait for it....


awwwwwe yis.

Plus, I have a REAL KITCHEN. One that is larger than a porto-potty! 

Also during the month of October, I have:

Knit this dinosaur:

This little nugget is going to be donated to Seattle Children's Hospital, along with a few other knit softies that I have in the works. 

Knit these gloves for co-worker Pop:

Built up quite a bit of Lace Mountain 2013:

Knit all of these Warm Up America squares:

Made and wore this Star Trek Red-Shirt:

Yes, I did knit my communicator pin :-)

Carved these pumpkins:

Gawked at this stellar view:

(I work on the 49th floor of a very tall sky-scraper in downtown Seattle. When it gets super foggy, it feels like I'm working on Bespin).

Knit this pincushion:

I'm really happy with how this one turned out, and I'm definitely going to make more!

...and knit this bunny hat:

Cute, but the ear flaps ended up being in kind of a weird position...


It's good to be back, Readers!

<3 Until next time!