Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Happy Back to the Future Day!

  I also have an update for the make-up bags.  I heard about similar eye-shadow made by this company on Instagram and went to Walgreens to check them out.  I didn't find them then, even though the person said she found them on the very top shelf.  I didn't know she meant the overstock top shelf.
  The ones I saw before were only four colors.  When I saw these I knew they were going to work perfectly.  I think the sizes of each shadow are bigger and will be easier to use than the ones I was looking at from Dollar Tree.
  Why, yes, that is the display of them.  Why, yes, that is the display in my house.  I had to get someone to get them down for me, then I just decided to get all of them.  While that means I will have four extra pallets, I could always save them for later.

   Here is my shout-out to Back to the Future.  Today is the day that Marty and Doc Brown are supposed to show-up.  I am seeing tons of cool pictures online of people posing with a DeLorean and it is so cool.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

I love yarn (yester)day!

  Okay, so I love yarn everyday, but yesterday was the official I Love Yarn Day.  I know Nature's Yarn was doing something for it.  I did not go this year though.  I have been busy sewing a costume for an anime convention at the end of the month.  Normally I would have some idea of how long I need to finish it, but since I'm winging a lot of it, I'm not sure.

   I did not go the whole day without celebrating though.  I don't remember if I linked this before, but it was a sample I made for work for a one hour Try Me class.  You pretty much just wind a bunch of super chunky yarn around some cardboard, then tie smaller pieces to help it keep it's shape.
  I was not surprised when no one signed up for the class.  Since that was back in May and it was the same color as the pink from my blanket, I though it could use another life.  Now I just have to decide if I want to add the dark pink as a border or not.  I think I will since I don't have enough of that dark pink to make another 10 Stitch Blanket, and I'm not sure what I want to use it for.  It would also mean that my mom and I would be working on the same pattern at the same time.
  Now back to work on that costume...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

It looks like it is smoldering.

  As anyone who has been here knows, I'm not the best at finishing things.  I have the sample from work to finish the 10 stitch blanket side, but I still don't know if I have enough to add a dark pink border.

  You can see that my mom has started one too.  The funny thing about this is that the person who bought this yarn had meant to make it into a blanket.  The same person had tried a few times to make a 10 stitch blanket but had gotten stuck on it.  Though she was not using the yarn my mom has, I still find it amusing that my mom is using her yarn to make a blanket she got annoyed with.
  Maybe this means that we are having our own mini-pre-knit-a-long knit-a-long?  I have no idea, but I think her blanket will be really cute.

  I took two similar pictures to try and show how cool this yarn is looking right now.  The brown was covering all the red/orange/yellow before.  I like how it looks like it is smoldering on the inside and then has the burned and blackened outer edges with a light layer of ash.

  I also have to plan my con knitting.  I'm working on a costume for Anime USA, but that doesn't cover having something during down times.  Some people might thing there wouldn't be any, but there can be some long lines at times.  There are also times where you are ready to go, but are waiting on other people to get ready.  I'm thinking of bringing a cute little shrug that I am test knitting.  Well, I will be test knitting.  I signed up for it but the yarn is still at my mom's house.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

"I want my needles to draw blood!"

  No one can say that knitters are boring.  In fact, that title was said when we were discussing needles and how pointed or blunt we personally like them.

  Another exciting thing about knitting is how we sometimes love on the edge...or close to the edge.  As you can see, I didn't make it to the end with that last skein.  Right now I'm hoping I can find that sample cowl I made for work months ago and use some of that yarn to get to the end.

  Someone donated this to K&CC through one of our members.  It was the two skeins of yarn in the bag with the started project and pattern.  No needles.  The stitches were just hanging out.
  I put it on some random needles I had close to me and assessed the project.  At first I wanted to just keep going from where they had left off, but then I took a closer look at it.  It was knit at a really loose gauge and there were too many odd things about it that I would not be able to live with them.
  It had pulled in where they switched from the garter stitch beginning to the pattern rows.  There were two spots where they had accidentally kept going with the garter stitch in the stockinette areas, and some how there were 13 stitches on the 12 stitch edge.
  Though I want to be able to appreciate all the work that went into what this person had started, I knew I wouldn't be happy continuing with it the way it was.

  It took about six hours, but I went to bed with the scarf back to the same point it was at when I ripped it all out.  I am so much happier with it.  I also used less yarn than had been used before.  I think that is a combination of re-knitting the yarn and my tighter gauge.
  I am also super excited for some of the color peaking through.  I don't have ball bands for either of these, so I have no idea what will be coming out of the gradient one on the right.  The picture also makes the slight gradient of the brown on the left more apparent.

Saturday, October 3, 2015


  Both my mom and I are working on knitting blankets right now.  She also gave me a yarn that I feel like would make an awesome baby surprise sweater. She has been wanting to make a baby surprise sweater for a while now.  The plan is to have a Baby Surprise Sweater knit-a-long once we are both done with out blankets.
   Once this is closer I am going to be posted a notice about it on the various Ravelry groups I belong to in case anyone wants to join.  Any readers are also welcome to join out knit-a-long once we figure out when it is going to happen.
  If you can't wait for us, head over to Knit Purl Hunter because they have a lot of knit-a-longs.  Right now they have a sports themed scarf going on.

  As you can see, the blanket has outgrown my backpack.  I'm still trying to decide if I want to add a different colored boarder around the outside or not.  I just keep going with the pink and I will reassess how I feel once I run out.

  As you can see in this picture, running out of the pink might happen sooner than anticipated.  I started the last skein I have of the light pink in the middle of finishing the last corner turn.  As you can see, it might not make it to the end.  Don't worry too much, I was knitting faster so I can beat the yarn to the end.  That's how it works, right?  If I knit fast enough I can get to the other edge before the yarn knows it has run out.

  I called in an expert to see what he thinks.  He got distracted by how soft and puffy the blanket is and couldn't give me a straight answer.
  if nothing else, at least it has been proven again and again that knitting/crochet does have health benefits.  Though I don't know why the article says to choose needles over Netflix, I usually choose both at once!