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I iz Finished! Woot!

I finished these on saturday, but I was too lazy to post the pictures then πŸ˜›

Coquettish Crocheted Creation

They are way more comfy than the other socks I made...

Coquettish Crocheted Creation

Squee! ❀

Coquettish Crocheted Creation

Sorry for the shitty picture quality; Ash took this in her room πŸ˜›

Coquettish Crocheted Creation

Shitty picture of the bottom πŸ˜›

They took me way longer than necessary to finish… I got bored of them, I think. I did find two other sock patterns to get excited about though. I actuallyΒ paidΒ for them (shocking, I know!)

I attempted to start one on Saturday while I was at the laundry mat…. the way the pattern was written made it so there was an extra 4 stitches left over from the pattern repeat…which seemed to make no sense to me. I was also using variegated yarn (my nummy rainbow-esque merino handyed sock yarn<3), which did not mesh well with the stitch pattern… IΒ couldn’tΒ really see what was going on πŸ˜› . I frogged it and decided to start it over with another one of my handyed yarns, this one mostly solid (it has flecks of color, but not distracting πŸ™‚

I’ve also warmed up to Wisp. It has gotten easier (even on the train!) to work on. I’m up to my third repeat. There are supposed to be 17 panels of fisherman lace; I have three done, and am on my third knit panel… a little ways to go. I might just keep going and use up both skeins for this; IΒ supposeΒ it depends on if I can squeeze out the whole 17 panels in one skein or not.

I think this is more of a scarf than a shawl… I’ve been mislabeling it the whole time! (oh well).

Hopefully I’ll be done before the end of the month… I might be able to make that Β happen. I’ve pretty much finished up the one swap I have due this month. I have two swaps due in July… will start cranking out shit for those later in the month/early July.

I feel like making a hat. Having a bad hair week made me rediscover ,y love of hats! I’ll have to make a hat by the weekend… I’m getting my hair done, which will prolly defeat the purpose, huh? But I can make a hat in an evening…

I have the most awesomest idea for a crocheted hat, too! ❀

Stay tuned. Pictures of Wisp later this week. hopefully there will be more progress πŸ™‚

WIP it Good!

πŸ˜€

I’ve been a busy bee!

Updates on Wisp:

Wisp in Progress

I'm getting there...

Wisp in Progress

Slowly yet surely.

I’ve gotten up to the first knit panel! (gee, I only have like 15 panels to go :/) I’ve made this my main travel project, as I am just about done with the socks… which still need to be finished. I am so close, I can almost taste it—-

Sock in progress

So close!

I just have like one more row of the cuff to do, and then the heel πŸ™‚ I’ll try to finish it tonight, but I prolly won’t get to it until tomorrow, as I have a BBQ to go to later πŸ˜€

I didn’t bring Wisp with me today. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked πŸ˜‰

I just got a netbook this weekend (squee!) I got this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-1001P-MU17-PI-10-1-Inch-Netbook-Computer/dp/B00322PYW2

It was on sale at PC Richards for $289… good deal, and I really needed it so there went about half my paycheck :3

I needed a sleeve for my new baby, but (broke as I now am) wasn’t gonna spend $15-25 on one.

So I decided to crochet one πŸ™‚

Super Awesome Netbook Sleeve

Squee! Isn't it looking swell?

I’m a genius, what can I say?

I started it like I would a crocheted sock… but this time, I measured the short side, and chained 1/2- 1″ less than the length, then increased it until it was the length needed (I wanted a nice, rounded end). I chose to use Red Heart, as I needed a good, sturdy yarn that would cushion… the colorway (lipstick) is coming out in this amazing stripey pooling effect… I couldn’t have planned it better myself. People talk shit about variegated yarns and their pooling effects, but they have been nothing but good to me. This reminds me of when I made the Vertigo Hat… the colors pooled to make stripes! ❀

I’ve brought it along to work on…. I started it at 12:30 this morning, and I’m about halfway done now. Should take 2-3 hrs in total, tops.

I may make some to sell in the shop… I was thinking about making some with fabric linings and foam inserts for extra protection… Guess we’ll see.

More pictures when finished… which will more than likely be tonight.

Yarn!!! (and Other Things…)

I haz yarn!! ❀

I ordered some Malabrigo from TheCozyEwe.com. They have Mal yarn at fabulous prices… I was on a yarn diet for a month before I placed this order. I figured if I was gonna do a yarn binge, might as well do it fabulously with my fave yarn brand!

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Squee! [don’t mind my lunch int he background…

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Malabrigo Lace – Shocking Pink. I dunno what’s so shocking about it…

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Malabrigo Silky – Amaoroso. Very Valentine-ish, I know…

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Malabrigo Silky – Marrecuos I ❀ their variegated yarns!

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Malabrigo Lace – Azalea I wish I could find this colorway in the worsted line… gorgeous!

Squee!

I love Malabrigo (did I say that enough times already??!??)

I haven’t the foggiest idea what to make with it… but when do I ever? I stockpile yarn like I’m waiting for the apocalypse, and it is rare when I purchase yarn with a specific project in mind. Well, I’m definitely making some sort of scarves out of the Silky. I’ve been very fascinated with lace knitting, and making shawls, so… mayhap another lace shawl shall be made.

Can I even consider the eyelet shawl to be lace?

I think so…

I want to start something with the Mal I just got, like yesterday. But I’ve got a sock to finish, and a Wisp to pick up again… That wisp. I’ve been hesitant to pick it up again… perhaps I’ll work on it tonight while watching Law and Order: SVU.

I’ve been watching it on Netflix since Friday… I’m in the middle of Season 3 right now. It’s so bad, I didn’t even open the Season 3 Disc 1 I got of Dexter… and I love that show! I got like 12 seasons of SVU to get through… I’ll have to take a break eventually, I guess. (soon?) My friend Wallace burned me season 1 of Glee that I have yet to watch, and I also have a slew of bootlegged movies my mom got that I want to watch. They make for great background noise when I work…. until I get caught up watching and get no work done πŸ˜€

I am 70% done with the socks. I am less than an inch away from the heel breakdown, so I could prolly finish it tonight and start lugging Wisp around instead. Or I could start another project to lug with me. I dunno what to do…

I’ll figure it out.

Last night, I realized my Ravelry queue is hugemongous, so I whittled it down from almost 400 (!) to 219… and it’s still too high. I’ll never be able to do all of those projects! Besides, I have over 20 books filled with patterns that should probably take precedent… seeing as how I actually paid for the books and all πŸ˜‰ But there are so many awesome patterns, and my Rav friends are always making such nice things so I tend to stalk ’em and add whatever they did to my queue πŸ˜›

Business, business! I’ve made some charm bracelets for the shop. I’ve also made a paid of OOAK earrings I am loath to part with; they’re really ossum… I really have to figure a way to convert standard earrings to wear with my tunnels. It’s the only regret I’ve had about stretching my ears. I’ll figure it out someday. In the meanwhile, I have more than enough 2g ear ornaments (can’t really call them rings, n’est ce pas?)

Enough blabbing for now. Hopefully I’ll finish the socks soon. I reckon I might start another pair of socks, this time with that rainbow one I dyed up a month or so ago. Or maybe another shawl?? -__-

One Down, One to Go, Shop Open, and Wispy

I got one sock done! ❀

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Ta da! ❀

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This is really comfy ^__^

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Top view.

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Doesn't look too glamorous here... but *shrugs*

I’ve started the second foot, but I’ve been slacking. I should have been at least halfway done with it. This weekend was rather hectic, so I didn’t touch it once. I also didn’t work on it on the way to work today, like I always do. Huh. I hope the novelty hasn’t worn off…

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I like the other sock's toe better :/

I’m gonna start Wisp tonight, too…. I want to at least cast it on. It’s one of the patterns I’ve been dying to do! ❀

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The Beginning

Eek! I didn’t realize how late it is… time flies. I’ll only have the strength to cast on and nothing more 😦

Damn, I lost one of my point protectors when I was doing the Eyelet Shawl :/

I’m tired. Updates perhaps on Wednesday or Thursday, as I’m off both days this week.

BTW, the shop’s open! I’ve only put up 13 items so far (all stitch markers), aaaand I have a ton to go…. i have like 10 stitch marker sets alone left to put up, not to mention the earrings, fascinators, amigurumi and other assorted things…

I’ll be listing forever…

I got some new charms in today, too. Pictures this week, I promise!

Progress! (I Think?)

I finished sock #1!

As usual, I strayed away from the pattern I was working on and made something new…. it came out awesomely, and it’s extremely comfortable, so I’m happy πŸ™‚

I was too lazy to take pictures of it last night, so I’ll take a picture later and post it tomorrow πŸ˜›

Busting my ass to open the shop… I have made enough stitch markers to last a lifetime, it seems… not even done yet. I have another shipment of charms coming in any day now, and I still have loads of earrings to make. I won’t have everything ready by this weekend, I realize that. I’ll just have to post what I have at that point in time, which is already quite a bit. Some things (like some of my hats, and my scarf) won’t be put up until at least August, as it’s… well… it’s pretty fucking cold in NYC right now… I dunno.

I actually have to sit down and make an inventory list and fogure out witty descriptions, take pictures….

Arrrggghhhhh….

*headdesk* >__<

After this weekend…I have to start making something for my birthday swap. I also have a make-up swap package to finish this week (as my swapee’s package got lost in the mail :/), and then get the items for my Odd Duck Swap together…. has to be mailed by the 31st. Meaning I can get the items next paycheck and still have ’em out in time πŸ™‚

Time is mine enemy.

I don’t feel like doing work today… I’m tired. I didn’t do anything productive (biz-wise) yesterday; I was hanging out with my friend Doug at his studio… didn’t get home until almost 1am πŸ˜›

That means: double time tonight. I want to get as much done as I can… but I have two and a half days off next week (Jewish Holiday :D) so I can make some more hats one day, and finish making earrings the other. I reckon I’ll rest the half day, as I’ve had little time to myself lately.

I can haz Wisp now? Soon, soon my dear… But then I’ll need a travel project. I’m using my 13″ needles for this one. I think. I’m conflicted. I’ll cast on my 8″ and see how it fits. I really, really wanna start another shawl!! Grrr.

Addiction? But it’s better than crack …yes.

Just saying…

Crochet and Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Making :P

I must say, these socks are going by rather quickly!

I started them on Monday on the way to work… and I am about 45% done with the first one. I reckon I could finish it either today or tomorrow if I work on it at home!

I worked on it quite a bit when I was at the doctor yesterday, and some when I got up after my mini coma too. I dunno what it is about crocheting socks that bring me so much happiness… really.

It’s weird.

I was feeling all sad and defective, but once I started on the socks, whoosh! Bad feelings gone.

Mayhap they’ll be my lucky socks ^__^

I also got some new roving in! (again)

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Awesome yummy merino roving from SpinningAwesomeGood on Etsy ❀

I buy all my spinning/knitting supplies from small independent sellers. I stick by my Buying Handmade pledge πŸ™‚

Speaking of socks, I plan to put this sock pj on hold for a few days and start a pair for my mom. With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I need a fast, yert satisfying project to make that

  1. she’ll like
  2. she’ll actually use

I’ve made her so many things over the years; she barely uses any of the things I make her. She wears socks all year round, and she’s made comments (on the positive lol) on the pair of socks I made before, and also on the ones I’m making now. I haz some Berrocco Sox that has all her fave colors in it, so I’ll hook it up tonight. I shall be finished by saturday evening, I reckon.

Upside down, but still awesome :P

Upside down, but still kick-ass! πŸ˜› It's purple, red, blue and white. This is a crappy picture...

Keeping myself busy busy…

The Satisfaction of Complete :D

Squeeee! I’ve blocked and dried my awesome shawl!

Pictures? Of course.

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This is when I was pining it out to dry πŸ˜›

This is a close up before blocked.

This is after I blocked it.

This is after I blocked it.

Worn as a scarf πŸ˜‰

Worn as a scarf πŸ˜‰

After blocking, stretched out on my messy bed πŸ˜›

The after block glow

After blocking

In other news, I’ve made some progress on my socks! I was hesitant to use the Lion Brand sock ease, but it really works up nicely. I love the colorway I’m using, “cotton candy”. I must say I’ve never had cotton candy that was bright ass pink, pale pink, lime green and purple, but I digress. It looks fabulous!

I’m tempted to start a gome project so I won’t work on the socks at home… they’re calling to me…

I do have other fibertivities (I coined a word!) To do: yarn to wind into pull balls, and (yet again) reorganizing The Stash (its so massive it deserves proper noun status :P)

But, no. Until I open up my biz, I’ll not be starting another epic project.

I’m officially obssessed with shawls and socks ^__^

Project Updates and Hopefuls

I finally finished my shawl!!!

I haven’t blocked it yet, but even without blocking, it’s as big as the shawl I made for my gramma after I blocked it O__O I used the same type of yarn (Malabrigo) and almost the same amout of yarn (~300 yards)… but I used needles one size bigger. I didn’t think it would make that big of a difference!

Apparently I was wrong.

I’m blocking it tonight, so I’ll take pictures in progress and when it’s all nice and dry.

I started crocheting another pair of socks… it’s so much fun and will be way more portable than the shawl was… especially at the end of it.

Here is the beginning:

I started it this morning on the train πŸ™‚

The first pair of crocheted socks I made took about 8 hours. As I plan to work on this solely to and from work, should take me about a week or two to finish(?)

Opening a biz doesn’t leave much room for big home projects, even though there are a ton of them I’d like to do…. once I have my shop situated, I’ll start another shawl. I want to make this:

This is the first pattern I’ve

  1. bought a WHOLE BOOK for
  2. bought yarn specifically for
  3. been really, truly excited about
  4. feel challenged just by reading the pattern
  5. has a chart I’m [hopefully] able to follow

and as such I cannot wait to make it!! ^__^

(well, it’s been on hold for a few months yet, Getting the ambition up to make it, and now I’m uuber busy with my shop opening right around the corner and all :/)

Le Finished Soque! (#1 of 2)

Modeled by the unwitting model, Ashley. Oh, she'll kill me if she finds out this is lurking around the internets. LOL

Modeled by the unwitting model, Ashley. Oh, she'll kill me if she finds out this is lurking around the internets. LOL

LOL

I had to be all fancy πŸ˜‰

I finished the first sock about 12am this morning πŸ™‚

I got started on the second one already…in a whole other color set, of course πŸ˜‰

As a reward for modeling, she will acquire my first knitted socks EVAR!

Isn’t she lucky??

Ironically, the more I knit, the more I write….isn’t that funny? Keeping two promises to myself in one.

Heh heh heh.

More pictures of the other sock to come.