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WIP Wednesday 3.27.13

I’m not getting much done this week. It’s spring break, which means Yuji’s friends are all over the place, all day long. Let’s just say I’m getting all the fun of having more kids, with no ability to smack ’em.

So none of the stuff that I listed as “in progress” last Friday has made any notable progress. The Adventure Time stuff and some yarn I need to dye has to go out Friday, so I need to get my butt in gear with that.

I also started another test. It’s for a crocheted chao!

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It’ll look something like this when it’s done. Hopefully.

Here’s how it looks so far.

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It should be pretty quick once I have a chance to actually sit down and focus on the pattern.

Oh, and I got a PO box… well, that is to say, I signed up for one. I have to go over this afternoon and get the key and box number. So I guess even that is a WiP! But after I do that I’ll have a nice PO box for you all to send me stuff 🙂

Knit and Crochet this year

I just realized that other than showing off my yarn organization (which doesn’t count), I have not posted about knitting and crocheting at all this year! Since I post about it on Ravelry, I forget to blog about it. Bad me!

Here are all my finished objects for this year:

Valentines Nyan Cat scarf, which is for sale in my Etsy shop

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Knitted “Vlad,” a vampire that turns into a bat, which was a test knit

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That test knit sweater for Yuji. The belt took forever >.<

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A baby hat for a swap that ended up not wanting it (long story I’m not going to get into), leaving me unsure what I am going to do with it…

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And finally, avert your eyes if you’re in the Reddit Gifts Adventure Time Swap and don’t want potential spoilers.

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Among other things, they are also getting a hand-drawn postcard.

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Currently in progress:
– A pokemon for a swap, which just needs to be stuffed and sewn together.
– That mystery KAL sweater, which I am way behind on.
– 3 Afghans for the 6-afghans-in-2013-along… they have been very neglected.
– Socks for Chance. He keeps asking me for some, because he hates store bought socks. I have only swatched.
– A commission scarf which I am painfully behind on
– A Jake to go with the Finn.

I was planning on working on the Jake today, but the power went out. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned on here that I got a Kindle Fire, but I did, and I’ve just been looking at the pattern for the Finn & Jake online using that, rather than downloading or printing out the pattern. When the power went out, that meant I had no internet, which meant I couldn’t work on it.

It also meant I couldn’t make coffee nor have my morning smoothie (as I often have for breakfast). Fortunately I had soy Frappuccino, but as that is more soymilk than coffee, it was not a pleasant morning. But I did play around with Mod Podge for the first time, and made an ant charm…

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Looking at all my finished knit & crochet objects, I really feel like I have been slacking off! But I have to remember that I have started/re-started several other crafts this year, and so have been learning and practicing those. Now if I would just blog more about them…

Post-christmas stash

Gift knitting/crocheting is done, Christmas related yarn swaps are done, and presents are received – so I organized my stash again last night.

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This looks so much better, doesn’t it? So much more pleasing and soothing to look at. And everything is now easy to actually get to, and easy to add to while still keeping things organized by color!

I got some reds in swaps and as presents, but I’m still lacking in when it comes to oranges and pinks.

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The exposed stuff is worsted acrylic and the ones in the clear thing in the upper corner are sock yarns. There’s also some variegated and sparkly acrylic, but that’s now in the drawer where the sock yarn use to be. I plan on getting rid of all the “fun” yarns and the red/green/white stuff – both the Mistletoe and some other of a different brand I was given. I made 2 ugly sweaters from it, but the novelty of it is over and I don’t want to store it anymore. I will be finding somewhere to donate all that soon.

I like this new setup a lot, but I think the worsted wool and alpaca looks kind of lonely over to the side by itself…

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And I don’t know what to do when/if this box gets filled.

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(Doesn’t really look like it, but it’s organized by color with variegated is on top.) I plan on focusing on buying wool & alpaca this year (both worsted and sock yarn) and like I said, making a lot of afghans – which should use up a lot of the acrylic – so we’ll see what happens.

Oh – what I was going to talk about that I realized (see, 2 weeks later like I said) is that my local Michaels actually has a pretty good selection of worsted wool, and that my local Walmart has Fisherman’s Wool at a really good price now. I finally decided to take a look at the local Michaels – which is actually a little closer than Joanns – when I got a great coupon for there. I had been to other Michaels, but never went to the local one because at the others the selection was the same as Joanns but with higher prices. But at this local Michaels, their acrylic selection isn’t too great, their sock yarn selection is pitiful (Joanns is getting better about that now, but still leaves much to be desired), and their prices are still a couple of bucks higher than Joanns, but they have a much better variety of worsted wool than the local Joanns. And the Fisherman’s Wool is cheaper at Walmart than Joanns even with my discount. So all that should help with my worsted wool buying.

Not that I’m giving up on supporting the LYS, indie dyers, etc. – just switching gears a bit. The money that I usually would have spent on acrylic at Joanns will now instead mostly be going to wool at Michaels and Walmart, and instead of buying worsted wool online and at the LYS I will get sock yarn from them.

I don’t even what to go through and try to figure out which Christmas gifts I mentioned being finished and which I didn’t. They’re all on flickr. So I’m just gonna move on…

Last night I finished a “For Good Hat” for a KAL

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and started on matching mittens. The Vancover Fog kept my hands warm enough until about a week ago, at which point it suddenly started feeling like what I’m used to in winter around here, and my fingers started getting frozen. So those will be more of a fall/spring wear and I will be wearing this hat with the matching mittens for awhile.

I’m so glad that Christmas is over and I can just decide to start something new without thinking “Will I still have enough time to finish [x Christmas gift]?” I really have to knit/crochet Christmas gifts throughout the year next year. But I don’t even want to think about that right now…

Been so busy…

… that I haven’t had time to post!

– I have been working on an “advent garland” (Which has so many pieces, I’m not going to bother posting them until they’re done, but they’re on flickr) knit along with the Reddit group on Ravelry.

– I’ve been working on sweaters, because I decided for the third time to change my plan about Christmas sweaters. Instead of crocheting to get them done fast enough, I’m knitting in bulky yarn. I’ve finished this one for Yuji

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and plan to modify the pattern a bit to make one for me and one for Chance.

– Yesterday I got my “Christmas 2012 Swap” package out, and as the mailman picked up the one I was sending he dropped off the one I was recieving! A wonderful package from BoricuaKnitter!!

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Some coffee and a bag which will be great for carrying around projects!
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Daphne and Delilah. So cute! They were inside the bag. The pattern – which I’ve been wanting – was also included as well as the leftover yarn! This is great because my daughter wants a set of her own now 🙂
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A great notions case and some beautiful stitch markers from http://www.etsy.com/shop/blingyourstring!
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A cute cat notion bag that came with more stitch markers! I was JUST considering buying some kind of notions container this morning! That is some darn good stalking lol!
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3 skeins of Lorna’s hand dyed 100% superwash wool!!
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– I have also gotten my Reddit Secret Santa gift out, and the one I’m receiving should be here Thursday! The guy (person?) messaged me a couple of times and seemed so nice, I just can’t wait to see what they picked out for me. I’ve also got at least 1 other thing coming from a swap, don’t know when that will be here though.

– I finished these mittens for Yuji, in the same stuff I used for my Vancover Fog.

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I’m half finished with some red (to go with both his Muno hat and his Cars hat) 100% wool mittens for Chance. After that I will work on a red cowl for Chance (because the ends of scarves keep slipping off his neck and tripping him), and then a purple cowl for Yuji if I have time.

– Oh, I finished that mystery CAL. I never did mention on here that the other colors didn’t work out unfortunately (too squishy, they just wouldn’t create a fabric that the stuffing wouldn’t poke through) and I ended up using different ones.

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– I finished a rainbow afghan for Chance for Christmas, and also a doll afghan for the doll he will be getting for Christmas. Yes, my son is getting a doll for Christmas. It’s a boy doll, if that makes it any better? …An anatomically correctly boy doll. Did I just make it weird again?

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(There’s purple in there too, it’s kinda hard to see in the pics.) Guess I didn’t upload pics of the doll afghan… I’ll do it later. Or forget to ever do so. Probably forget. But it’s a big, basic granny square in a lighter shades rainbow with white on the edge.

Anyway, I plan to finally finish that American Flag afghan – only 9 rows left! I cant believe I thought it would be possible to finish that thing by July 4th if only I had enough yarn) and give that to Yuji for Christmas, along with a red, white and blue doll afghan.

Let’s see. what else did I finish or am I working on? I’m sure I’m forgetting something. Oh, I did organize my stash.

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As you can see the acrylic no longer fits in the two storage totes. And I have more on the way, as someone kindly is sending me a box of free acrylic they wanted to destash 🙂 🙂 Which is wonderful because I am hoping to make a lot of afghans next year. But I need to figure out some way to store it. The worsted wool use to be in one of the clear drawers, but it no longer fits in there. It is now in that zippered comforter bag on top of the cube shelf. I don’t want it to be in there. I’m hoping to get more clear storage totes soon. The bag of wool is actually much fuller now than it was when I took this pic a few days ago, in small part because of the wonderful wool BoricuaKnitter sent me (thank yooouuu!!), but mostly because of a realization I had the other day. But that’s another post that I don’t feel like typing right now. So, I will leave that for tomorrow… or more likely, a week or two from now 🙂

Xmas sweater and My first mystery along

I will be participating in the “Archer Mystery CAL” with the Freshstitches group on Ravelry. This will be my first mystery along! It starts Thursday (November 15th), and should give me a finished, rather large (It look slike it will take at least twice as much yarn as that sock monkey!) amigurumi in time for xmas. I’m so excited! This is what I plan to use for it…

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I started on another Christmas sweater with Red Heart mistletoe. I love the various ways it’s pooling!

Begining of Xmas Sweater for Chance

Last night my grandmother in-law bought buy some vintage acrylic yarn! I didn’t take pics as my camera was dead and I wanted to get them put away. But there were a few discontinued colors in there, including a full skein of a great orange, which – though not the same brand – matches another vintage skein I have! (I am so about to have a discontinued orange afghan!) Why are so many great colors discontinued? I recently realized that I LOVE vintage yarn. Is that weird? This yarn mostly has the Venture (a defunct discount/department store) logo, and a couple have the Kmart logo. And I’m talking actually printed on the label. How old must this be? The Venture logo bought back memories… when I was a kid, I would always do my back-to-school shopping at Venture.

Welp, I got all the Skyrim DLC last night – an early xmas present from my husband – so I’m off to play it!

FO Friday on Thursday

Well since tomorrow I will either be shopping or feeling to bad to shop and laying on the couch being hungry, and I have seen that I should not attempt to read patterns while feverish (more on that later), I’ll do an FO Friday today!

Last week I finished the Nyan Cat and Tac Nayn scarves. I didn’t get pictures of the Nyan Cat before he flew off to his new home, but it looked just like my other one. Here’s the Tac Nayn –


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So I got a new vaccume cleaner, and I decided not to get Halo 4… but that’s a long story for another blog.

After that I finished that baby blanket. I’m still finding it hard to believe my nephew is old enough to be married and having a baby. Surely there is some mistake.


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I spent Monday’s stitch and bitch working on a sock monkey for Yuji for Christmas. This is the biggest amigurumi I have ever done. It was kind of difficult to finish off the body… I have no idea how people make things even bigger than this, or those ones the size of beanbag chairs! I got it pretty much done, but on Tuesday everyone started getting sick, so I didn’t finish it until yesterday.


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Trying to show how big this thing is...
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That actually used up the last of my fiberfill. Fortunately I am armed to the teeth with Joann coupons. And self, when you go to Joanns this time, just get the sewing patterns you want and some fabric, instead of not getting them and then wishing you had, as you did the last 3 times.

Anyway… With that completed, I wanted to work on something else, but most things I had to choose from need to be stuffed (either with fiberfill or pellets, and though I got the pellets last weekend, I have to get nylons to put them inside of first) and I didn’t want to get to a part that needed stuffing and not be able to continue. So despite the fact that I was feverish, I attempted to finish off my Vancouver Fog.

And I would have finished it – I was just going to ignore an error in the cables I’d made – if I hadn’t realized, just 4 rows before the ribbing at the fingers, that I’d made 2 left gloves.

Now I do have 2 left feet, but I don’t have 2 left hands. So, by those errors combined, I am captain frogger! (Okay, I’m still feverish, give me a break.) I completely restarted the right glove, because I hate picking up stitches just that much. I decided not to go any further than the beginning ribbing, so as to not screw it up again, but my completion of that leads me to believe I would have surely finished it last night had I done it right. Sigh.

Ah well, live and learn. Now I need to go make a grocery list. And then I’ll probably work on some dishcloths, which are a little more forgiving.

Busy

I’ve been busy! I finished one of those Vancouver Fog gloves,
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and procrastinated on starting the second, but I finally started it.

I finished Yuji’s Halloween costume

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and started on Chancey’s.

I finished a commission, a Halloween hat for a redditor

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and he loved it so much he paid me more than I asked for.

I finished one of those trigger gloves for my husband,

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but I’m not sure if I will ever finish the other, nor the matching scarf I was working on, as he was kind of a baby/jerk about the one glove, because it wasn’t perfect enough… it’s not black (he originally wanted these to smoke in – though he has since started to try to quit smoking – so they had to be wool, and I didn’t have black wool in that weight; and besides, I wanted them to match the scarf), they’re too big and he doesn’t want to wait for them to dry so we can shrink them, etc. etc. If he’s going to be ungrateful then fine, there are people that do appreciate my time, and that 100% wool in that awesome discontinued colorway, that I can give it to instead.

Anyway… Today is the end of week 2 of Sock The Vote, and though as you know I can knock out a pair of socks in 3 days if I focus, with everything else I’m doing I am just keeping up with Sock The Vote…
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And now I have another commission to do – a Nyan Cat scarf and a Tac Nayn scarf. After that I have yet another commission to do, a Space Invaders scarf. So, I’m busy. But that’s a good thing; I’ll be able to get Halo 4 on launch day, November 6th, as well as a new vacuum, which I desperately need. That got moved up to the top of the “stuff we need for the house” list. Hopefully after that I will stay busy so I can cross more off the list 🙂

Now that my feet are warm it’s time for my hands

Saturday I took Yuji & Chance to a nearby alpaca farm where they saw in person how alpaca fur is made into yarn.

Then last night I finished sock #6, making Six Sock September a success!

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I guess they are different dye lots. It isn’t noticeable in person…

Well now that my feet are warm (and yes they are very warm and comfortable!!) it’s time for my hands. Today I cast on those Vancouver Fog (in purple), and immediately after I finished the sock I cast on some “trigger gloves” for my husband.

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I think it’s kinda funny how they start off the same and serve the same purpose but will end up so different.

On the crochet front, I will be crocheting Yuji & Chance’s Halloween costumes this year. Why? Because they each want to dress up as something where the costume is $25, I’m not about to pay $50 for something they will only wear once, and I already had appropriate patterns. Yuji wants to be Pikachu, and Chance wants to be Muno from Yo Gabba Gabba, so I plan to crochet Yuji a yellow sweater and Pikachu hat, and Chance a red sweater and simple red hat with an added Muno eye. Then they will not only get the costumes they want, they will get sweaters and hats they can wear year-round! (Well, not in the summer. But you know what I mean.)

Recently I have been wishing I could use voice commands to browse the internet so I could browse while I knit and crochet… and today I discovered I can, and it is actually built right into Windows 7! Just go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Ease of Access > Windows Speech Recognition! And it actually works well enough to use it! Can you tell I’m excited about that?! 🙂