Friday, September 16, 2011

New Yarn!!!




OK. I know I said I wouldn't buy anymore yarn until Rhinebeck but I couldn't resist. I'm a yarnaholic and goddamn it I don't want a cure!!!!!

My friend Petrina and I went on a micro yarn crawl. We went to La Casita and Brooklyn General. I've been to LC a couple of times before; small shop with awesome people and a limited selection of yarn. I originally went to get some replacement DPNs, as the ones I was using for the PJ I'm working on were shite. I saw that sprinkle-ly yarn and fell in love and decided to give it a home. We sauntered over to BG (after a fabulous late lunch at a Cuban restaurant). It's a bit out of the way, and we got there just 15 minutes before closing. Good thing---I could have spent all damn day in there! The prices were reasonable, the yarn nummy. Marcie, the sales associate was super nice and very helpful. I must say it's the best LYS experience I ever had! I got the cheerful orange-y yarn there. I also got some Brittany DPNs which knit like a fucking dream!!!♥


The multicolored yarn was hand dyed by a local. It reminds me of birthday cake ice cream---it looks so fun! I have decided to stock up on sock yarn and let my worsted collection dwindle down to nothing. I'm addicted to making socks and other numminess with fingering weight yarn. It's so versatile! As I've grown as a knitter, I've come to appreciate finer gauged yarns. It may take longer to finish a project, but it's time well spent.

So much has been going on with me craftwise; I just lack motivation to post on a regular basis. Not like I have a fan base to appease *Mumbles*

More posts this upcoming week. I have mucho to share!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

WIP it Good: Clap Edition #1

And now... THE CLAP!!!

Please ignore the wrinkled bed >__>

This is the most current picture I have of the Clap. 

For those wondering why I keep referencing an STD (or STI as they say these days -__-) it's this pattern. I believe it is the most worked pattern on Ravelry... if not in the top three. I like to be crass, so calling it the Clap is just an awesome bonus, You should see people's faces when I talk about it in public XD

Whew! I made it to the straight rows! I actually did one less repeat than the original pattern called for. I, uh, also am using thicker yarn and bigger needles so I had to compensate (...and I am a lazy hoar. Sue me). This is gonna be huge.... the right ride of the triangular shape in the picture (which will end up being an edge/end) is already 19"... after two dropped columns. Yikes. I got  1 1/2 straight rows out of the first ball of yarn... meaning I am probably going to end up doing about 18-20 straight rows in all. 

This is going to be my favorite fall/winter scarf! I can hardly wait! Nummy nummy thick yarn in an awesome pattern... the knitter's equivalent to a wet dream. It is going to be heavy... ~1lb. It is already kinda heavy now.  Good thing it's my home project--- heavy pjs do not make for good subway knitting unless you can grab a seat 100% of the time... in other words, never. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

WIP it Good: Sock Edition #1

ZOMG I FINISHED MY FIRST SOCK!!!!!!!!

Squee :D
 Yes, I have big ass feet :P
I even managed to do a half assed kitchener stitch... it wasn't hard, just a bit tedious. 

I call this my mistake sock. I still love it though :) I am casting on for the second sock tonight. 

It's official---I am hooked on making socks!!! It's a good thing I have a sock yarn stash of 30+ skeins already :P 

I started this on 7/31. It has taken me a little more than two weeks to finish the sock. I have done most of the work on my work commute... the only reason it has taken so long. I could have finished it a week ago or so I reckon. But, per usual, I am doing a zillion different projects at once (fucking a. I still have that damned featherweight cardigan to finish. I might end up frogging the sleeve I started too... I was using magic loop and there is laddering and epic FAIL. *sigh*).

Hell, I was even tempted to CO a pair of fingerless mitts last night, but I talked myself out of it and decided to work on my Clap some more instead. I am up to my third straight row, second ball of yarn. The KAL moved the deadline up to October, but I want it finished juuust in time for the first few weeks of Fall :) The socks will be done by the end of the month---sooner, if I can manage to not add any more projects to my WIPs. And cut back on the embroidery :P

I already have the yarn and pattern for my next pair of socks lined up (lol). I will do monkey by Cookie A and I plan to use my Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Blue Yonder. ZOMG That yarn is sinfully soft, and the blue tones are gorgeous! I crocheted myself a pair of socks using it,and they are the softest, warmest socks I own. Looking forward to making a knit pair :)

Progress update on the Clap tomorrow.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Store Review: Michael's Madness... Sort of


I went to Michael's on Friday.

I've always wanted to go to one; when I lived upstate, I'd heard about them but never stepped into one (Joann's was my go-to back then). They opened one in the city (aka Manhattan) a few years ago, but I always put off going. It's all the way on the Upper West Side, and I live smack in the middle of Brooklyn. As you might have guessed, I have a major case of the lazies.

Thing is, there just aren't any decent craft stores I know of in Brooklyn.

Well, there's Save-a-Thon... they have two locations here. The one closest to me is a total shithole. They have a very limited collection of things, and no one that works there knows anything. Seriously. I only go there if I need some sewing needles or something basic. The second location is near Kings Plaza (another trek for me; nearly an hour on a bus to get there. There are no goddamned trains near the place -__-). That one is HUGE. They have three floors chock full of stuff, and a decent selection of (acrylic) yarns, fabrics, and assorted crafty goodies. I don't get out there too often, mostly because of the journey it necessitates.

I get out early on Fridays, so (still gripped in the throes of cross stitch ecstasy) I decided to head out there and (finally!) check out Michael's.

 Check out this yarn bombed bike rack in front the store.
Close up view; a little frayed, but still awesome..

It took me awhile to get there (~1 hr) and it was an up hill walk from the train station to the street the store was on. The store is on a lower level (so no cell phone service past the entrance...boo). The store was bright and reasonably neat. It was a medium sized space, chock full of stuff. It seemed like they were in the middle of switching over to Halloween shit... there would be a kit here, some banners there, and a witch hat mixed in with the yarn :P

Speaking of yarn, they had a disappointingly small yarn section. They had your standard fare of acrylics (red heart, Lion Brand, Caron) and some Paton's wool worsted. There was a small corner of sock yarns (90% Paton's, 10% house brand), none of which were worth the purchase. I, however, was not there to purchase yarn, so I didn't linger long there.

I asked someone if they sold embroidery hoops, and someone briskly pointed me in the right direction. On the way there, I passed more holiday stuff... what is it with stores putting up stuff 2-4 months early??? I get it, you wanna get rid of it before the date, but Jeez. Let me enjoy what is left of the summer! //tangent

So I get to the embroidery section.

I was kind of bare... a lot of stuff was out of stock (including white 14 ct aida cloth! Reallly? Seriously?? Grrr...). I did manage to get a pack of 105 embroidery threads (house brand. Damn skippy. DMC is expensive. They are $1.30 a sk for their plain cotton colors. Compare that to the multipack I bought for $15. Exactly.), sz 24 needles, 4" and 6" embroidery hoops, and some fancy silver thread. I really wanted that aida cloth... I was all  T__T about it being out of stock. They had every other count but 14 in white. If it's so popular, why not order more 14 ct white than any other one?? Well, they had 14 ct in "oatmeal"... I could have gotten that---NOT. Ugh.

After than I lingered and dawdled. It was like being in Toys R Us, man. I wish I could have afforded to get more things... there many other crafts I could have added to my repertoire... like clay sculpturing. Or tie dye. *sigh* I sauntered over to their beading department. The selection was alright, the prices varied from cheap to WTF. I got some findings I needed for making stitch markers, and hopped on the checkout line (conveniently right by the beads. I apparently did a 360 degree tour :P) The cashier was a little blase, but she did like my hair color, so I guess it evened out?

Check out mah new embroidery swag:

Squee! :D

All in all, I am ambivalent about my experience there. It was out of the way and I didn't get everything I came for. I probably could have gotten this shit cheaper online as a matter of fact. Sure, I got some nice things, but was it worth the trek?  Eh. Would I ever go back? The jury is still out on that one.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Stitch Markers! :D

I haven't made any markers in a while.

I have to be in the mood to make them... after I got the findings I needed yesterday (head pins and jump rings), I decided to make some.



My favorite is the one with the stars, of course :P I specifically made a set of six for the next time I make a Clockwork :)

I have made many more to sell; I need to take good pics and put them in my (now) empty Etsy shop.

Friday, August 12, 2011

This is How I Feel Sometimes...


Ahh, if only I could get away with it...

But-but---this is why I craft. Escapism. If I didn't... I'd be behind bars.

Just saying.

Knitting Update #1

I have been knitting up a storm.

I have knit more than I've done any other craft this year so far... which is great 'cause I have gotten so much better at it as a result. I made my first sweater this year, and am almost done with a second, I Plan on making at least one more before the end of the year... and I promised my sister a sweater too :P

If you're on Ravelry, you can check out my project page to see what I have been up to, but there are two projects I especially want to share.

Clapotis
In progress; this is the Clap's increase section, three repeats from the end of the section.

This is my second one. I love this pattern! It is mindless knitting, but not boring.

The best part is unraveling the stitches! It is an excellent pattern for any skill level, and great for people who detest pooling yarn colorways. My only regret is not trying it sooner. There will be more Claps made in the future, both for me and as gifts. I promised myself not to repeat any patterns (with the exception of amigurumi, of course) this year, but I had to make an exception (Plus, it's for a KAL).


Jeck
This is right after the heel turn. I am 75% done now. 

This one is special.

This is my first attempt at knitting fingering weight socks :D  I love it. I looks like a fucking sock! I've made socks before; I made a pair of worsted weight socks using an online tutorial. It was easy enough, but I was scurred to touch le fingering weight.

This year has been one of milestones for me. Before, I wouldn't have touched needles below a #7 if you paid me. I made a scarf using fingering weight and sz 6 needles, and it was awesome. Then, I made one using fingering wt and sz 4... it took me almost a month to finish (it was my commuter project) but the results were worth it. My gauge was nice and even too; I knew I was ready to try socks again. I dithered and dawdled. I treated myself to some nice sock yarn for my birthday, and decided to use it for my socks. (This is Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock YarnOriginally, I was going to make a shawl from this yarn, but the label said it striped.

I love striped socks.

What better, thought I, than striped socks that I made myself? I was going to crochet them, but I decided to be brave and try to knit them.

So far... I have made a few mistakes. I am from the "fuck it!" school of knitting so I didn't frog and I didn't let it deter me from chugging on. None of the mistakes are that noticeable (certainly not to a non knitter...) I have gotten progressively better though; the sock's twin won't have as many mistakes as this one.

I have a decent selection of sock yarns, so I am officially in the sock making club!

I am working on two other projects, but they are currently on hold and I can't find any pictures, so another post I'll share them. Maybe.

Embroidery: (Yet) Another Obsession? I Think So.

I bought a kit from Subversive Stitches a few weeks ago. I started it on Sunday during True Blood.

I surprised myself: I really enjoy cross stitching!

When I was younger, I used to cross stitch pillowcases with flowers and ducks...but it was kinda boring and I gave it up. But this---this ain't your mama's cross stitching.

*evil laughter*

Isn't it awesome?  I have to iron this and get a frame for it, but stick a fork innit!

I got the deluxe kit with the hoop. It took me four evenings to complete. By the third night, I was a total pro at it :P I plan on ordering more patterns and kits. I've even downloaded some software to make my own patterns... I have so many ideas.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

New and Improved!

*que sparkly jingle*

Howdy y'all! I have decided to start blogging again... craftwise, anyway. I don't think you WANT (or care... *sniffle*) to know about my personal life. I have been obsessed with my various projects, and since I have nothing better to do (and all my non crafty friends must be sick of me telling them about the shit I make...), Voila! Back to Blogging.

I couldn't begin bringing you to speed since my last post... so we'll start where I currently am. Posts with picture SPAM to follow.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cutie Cupcake

Mmm, Deelicious!


The pattern... as is. I have several people testing it. If you find anything wrong, please let me know :)

You can find the pattern on 4Shared, or on Ravelry.

Due to the FPHDC stitch featured, I would rate this advanced beginner/lower intermediate.... If you're an adventurous beginner, you can do this! It's not as hard as it looks, promise!

Happy Hooking!


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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cutie Cupcake Revistied

So I am still trying to figure out the cupcake from my last post.

Another prototype. ta-da!

I think I am getting closer to getting the top *just right*... In any occasion, I took notes this time. I need to see if I can duplicate it. I also will have my friend Bambie test it for me. She said it would be perfect for Easter, and I agree :)

Once it's all tested, I'll post the pattern.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Berry Warm Hat!




This is my Berry Warm Hat!

I had a hankering for a chunky knit hat with flaps. I browsed through ravelry and couldn’t find one to my liking, so I decided to fudge one… and I think it came out amazingly! Hopefully you like it too. This is more like a recipe than a pattern (as I took no direct notes; this is all from memory, see..) and you can modify it anyway you like (length, width, etc).

PDF available on 4shared and Ravelry

Here’s the recipe:

You’ll need:
  • At *least* 110 yards of super bulky yarn (yarn pictured is Kraemer Yarns Bear Creek in Berry Blast. I used most of the skein. I dunno how much. The yardage is 130 for this and I guesstimate I used ~100-110)
  • #15 16-inch circular needle
  • Either #15 DPNs or a 36 in circular needle (I have an interchangeable set, so I added cords to make a 36 in and used the magic loop method;  easy peasy! Look it up on YouTube. The KnitWitch’s tutorials are the best!)
  • Four stitch markers [few places have markers big enough for 15’s; luckily I make some. Check out my Etsy shop for some ;)]
  •  Four locking stitch markers
  • A large eyed yarn needle
  • A 4x8 in piece of cardboard (for the tassels/ bootleg pom pom) [if you have a pom pom maker,t hat works too…]
  • Scrap super bulky yarn for tassels (I used LB Thick and Quick in black for my tassels; you can use whatever the hell you have on hand, or even the same yarn from the body)
Abbreviations:
CO=cast on
BO=bind off
St= stitch,
k=knit,
p=purl
k2gth=knit two together
ssk= slip slip knit
pm=place marker
ST st= stockinette stitch
Dec=decrease
sl= slip

Hat Body

Using the Long Tail Cast On, CO 50 st, join for knitting in the round and pm, making sure your stitches aren’t twisted.
  1. Knit six rounds of garter st, starting with a k row (in the round, that’s one row knit, one row purl. I started with a knit row by accident; technically, when you use the LTCO, the first row looks knitted. This worked out to my benefit as you will see later).  Six rows of garter gives you three ridges. You may do more or less as you like; I liked the way three looked.
  2.  Switch to ST st and place remaining markers as follows:  k 12, pm; k 13, pm; k 12 pm; k 13, pm. Knit until the piece measures 5 in (or longer. Mine fit right to my hair line; I wanted it a little longer. I should have done 6!) from CO edge.
  3. To decrease, simply either k2gth or ssk after each marker. My dec look like ssk, but that’s ‘cause I knit bass ackwards. Dec as established every row and switch to DPNs/longer circular when necessary (my point of change was after two decrease rows). Dec until 14 st remain. Cut yarn 8 inches from work, thread yarn needle and pass through remaining sts. Past needle through hole in hat and draw tight. Knot and weave in end.
Flaps

Turning the hat so the tail of the CO is in the back-middle of your head, try on the hat. Fit well? Great! Place the locking markers so that you have two in the front with 14 st between them, and place the remaining two in the back with 14 st in between those; you’ll be fussing with the 11 stitches in between the sets of markers.

(sl the first st of every row and use the circular or DPNs for this part… you’ll thank me later ;))

  1. With the right side facing you, pick up 11 st [starting from the right going to the left], then purl your way back.
  2. Commence ST st for about 2-2 ½ inches, and then: sl 1, dec, k to last three, dec, k 1. P wrong side. 
  3. Keep dec in right side rows until you get to five st left, then dec, k1, dec.   
  4. Slide the stitches down to the other end of the [circular or DPN] and start i-cord. Do i-cord for as long as you like. I did it for 10 in. BO i-cord, leaving 6 inches of yarn behind.

Repeat for other flap.

Tassels and Pom Pom

  • For the tassels: With scrap yarn, cut two 8 in pieces of yarn and set aside. Take one of these and tape to the cardboard lengthwise, or hold in place. With cardboard, wrap yarn around the 4 in side of the cardboard 20 times.  Untape/unhold long piece and slide up to the top of the wrapped yarn and knot tightly. Cut the other end, trim to even out if necessary. Repeat for the other tassel.
  • For the pom pom, fold the 4x8, so it becomes a square (haha). Wrap the yarn around the side where the fold meets. I wrapped it like 25-30 times, but you can more or less accordingly. Cut a 10 in piece of yarn and tie at the open end of the fold. Tie it tight! Cut the other end.  Voila! A bootleg, floppy pom pom. Sew to top middle of the hat.
To attach tassels, sew one of the ends into the tip of an i-cord; try to get it as centered as possible. Tie a securing knot and trim remaining yarn (if needed) and add to the fringe. Wrap the tail from the i-cord BO around the base where the tassel meets the i-cord, do a loop knot once or twice, trim off extra yarn.

That’s it!

*whew*

This pattern is untested, reconstructed from memory so if you find any issues, please let me know and I will try to correct it the best way I can. I'm tastee.chaos[@]gmail.com.

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