WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday

Working hard on a new pattern. Not quite ready to reveal all just yet so this is a quick teaser:

And I’ve also been plodding on with the tapestry:

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Ten on Tuesday; “I feel… “

Ten on Tuesday; “I feel… “

I haven’t participated in a ToT in a long time. Nothing really took my fancy for a while, but I really like these free-form questions of late.

I feel…
1. Better than I have in a very long time, both physically and mentally. 2. Very lucky to have a roof over my head, clean drinking water and a free voice.
3. Pretty confident in my knitting ability, but I always like trying new things and testing myself.
4. That I’d really like a pet, but I can’t think of one that would suit my lifestyle and the space I have available.
5. More comfortable in my own skin than I used to.
6. That I’m glad I’m not a teenager living now with the ability to spout my stupid and ill-advised opinions in public via social media.
7. More optimistic, overall, than pessimistic about the way the world is going. Sometimes it’s a very close-run thing.
8. Happy that I have my views and opinions challenged thanks to my imaginary internet friends, and that they’ve allowed me to grow as a person.
9. Uncomfortable living where I do, and I’d like to move, but I’m trying to make the best of it while I can’t.
10. That the internet can be used for the betterment of everyone, if only it can be allowed to be free and uncensored.

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Music Monday: Regina Spektor Edition

Music Monday: Regina Spektor Edition

I woke up singing this song so I thought I’d share my earworm!

I’m really looking forward to season 2 of Orange is the New Black, of which this is the theme tune.

I’m busy working on a new (free) sock pattern which I’m hoping to release in the next few weeks.
Back to the needle-shaped grindstone!

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UFO Wall of Shame: February 2014 Edition

A UFO is an UnFinished Object, usually in the context of a fibre craft.
I was doing some moderate redecorating recently and as part of that, I sorted through the ottoman where I keep my works in progress. Well, that’s the idea, anyway. In truth it’s a repository for UFOs and the top of the lid is where the WIPs live.

Without further ado, here’s my Wall of Shame.

(There is a gallery of images next. I don’t know if it will show up in your feed reader. If it doesn’t, hop on over to the full site. Ta)

Reading from left to right and top to bottom we have:

  1. The overview.
  2. Birch entrelac stole (not really TV knitting because of the turn and the lace!).
  3. Advent 2010 scarf (I’ve only got 4 more days/patterns to do. Good job, because this thing is HUGE).
  4. Corelli crocheted laceweight scarf (it was a mystery crochet along. Not sure what I was thinking but I’d abandoned it and had planned on ripping it out. I’ve changed my mind and will, at some time, pick it up again).
  5. Knit and crochet hexagon blanket (yet another blanket).
  6. Knotty gloves (all it needs is a thumb. A thumb. What the hell is wrong with me?! Don’t answer that).
  7. Two not-really-UFOs (I haven’t started them) that were in the box; a cowl to match my Mini Argyle hat/mittens and a crocheted washcloth.
  8. torirot mystery mittens.
  9. Leaf it Alone socks (my own design that are finished apart from weaving in ends and tacking some things down). I’m hoping to release this as a pattern and I’m being cagey in case I submit it somewhere.
  10. Liquorice & Nougat socks (my own version of my Strawberries and Cream pattern).
  11. RaeAnne crocheted wrap top (didn’t realise how much I’d done on it!).
  12. Rainbow Shetland stole (this doesn’t see much action because it’s knitted lace – i.e. lace patterning on every row).
  13. Rooiboos/Swartboos long line waistcoat (just one armhole and the neckline welts to do).
  14. Fall Anniversary 2012 shawl (this is supposed to be a gift for someone in return for a knitting-related RAK. Good job they don’t know I’m doing this!).

You’ve already seen one item that has gone from UFO to FO (finished object) status in the Trilobite socks. Let’s see how many more I can knock off this list!

FO: TOFUtsies Trilobite Trainer (t)Socks

FO: TOFUtsies Trilobite Trainer (t)Socks

Sorry about the title, but I wanted to keep the alliteration going!

Wearing black socks to show off the pattern better.
Wearing black socks to show off the pattern better.

Well once I’d rediscovered these socks in my UFO (UnFinished Object) pile it didn’t take me long to finish these bad boys.
Pattern and project: Trilobite Socks by Wendy D Johnson from the book “Socks from the Toe Up”. My Ravelry Project Link.

Fits perfectly with these cotton tennis shoes!
Fits perfectly with these cotton tennis shoes!

Yarn and needles: South West Trading Company TOFUtsies (50% Wool, 25% Soy, 22% Cotton, 3% Other) in colour 723. Light Fingering/sock weight. Approx. 37 g used (172 yds/157 m). 2 x 2 mm short circular needles. Set of five 2 mm bamboo dpns.
Dates and dimensions: May 10 2010 – February 17 2014 (well that’s embarrassing). To fit UK 6.5/Eur 40 foot, size M made.

Close up showing the lace trilobite pattern
Close up showing the lace trilobite pattern

Notes and modifications:

  • Obviously, I omitted the leg!
  • Short row heel, no gusset increases.
  • Set of short rows worked on back of leg, immediately above the heel. This was done to raise the back of the sock up to help keep it on the foot.
  • A few rounds of 1/1 rib worked at the top.
  • Russian cast off method used.