FO Friday – Anarchy for Hippies

I finished the stupid black hat.  It wasn’t hard.  I didn’t hate it.  But c’mon…this is the most boring hat ever.

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As luck would have it, stupid black hat is directly adjacent to BAMF with one little tweak!

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Ta-da!  A little splash of red and it’s perfect now!  I love it…and so does Jerry!  Jerry definitely supports subversive knitting.  The juxtaposition of bad attitude and soft, cozy knitting really tickles my fancy.  It’s the perfect combination for a hippie who’s not really a hippie.

I can’t take all the credit for this masterpiece though.  The idea came from Debbie Stoller’s Happy Hooker crochet book.  I’ve loved it since the book was released, just never had the opportunity to convert it to knitting!  Glad I finally did though!

If I were to repeat this, I would do it differently though.  Recently, I’ve wanted to shrink all the motifs I’m using.  There’s no need to turn one’s head into a giant billboard.  A sly wink  does the job too.  Unfortunately this time, I think a little bit of anarchy could be mistaken for an Avengers plug.  LOL!  Unintended consequences, eh?

I love it anyhow.   If you love the Avengers enough to make that connection, I’m happy to fill that niche too :)   Knitting — the great equalizer,  if it can bring punks & geeks together in harmony, imagine what else it can do?!?

Is it Caturday yet?

 

It’s the internet, isn’t every day Caturday?  Because progress shots of a stupid black hat are not that exciting, today I have cat pictures for your enjoyment!

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I frequently have large piles of knitwear and yarn laying around.  The fur ball lays around quite a bit too.  Occasionally the two intersect.

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It gets me every time, he’s just so cute sitting on a pile of yarn.

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Cue the crazy cat lady music…

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…because I saved the best for last!  My sister’s kitty still loves to dress up!  This is the latest picture I’ve gotten from her!  Because what else goes with a unicorn horn and a floral sundress but heart socks?

 

 

 

 

WIP Wednesday – Black

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Way back on Monday, which seems like a lifetime ago, I finished a hat.  Another Grateful Dead hat.  By pure coincidence, just down the street, most of the Grateful Dead were scheduled to perform a free concert that very same night!  Add it all up, hometown crowd, historic venue, 50 years of music and it’s a free ticket…that means it’s a nearly impossible ticket!

I had to try though.  You can’t ignore these things when they happen in your own zip code!  I set off, to work the line that had been growing, in front of the venue since 6 am, maybe someone would love my handiwork and I could trade it for a ticket.

Actually, it worked out even better than that!  Someone I knew had a pair of tickets and offered me his extra just as the doors were opening!  Total Score!  Except he’s the ‘not a hippie’ kind of hippie.  No, Grateful Dead knits will not do in this case.  And so, today’s work-in-progress was born!

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It’s black!  I never knit with black, this is a big deal.  I’m bumping an idea to the top of the queue, something I’ve wanted to do for a while but never had the right home for it.  Now I do!  This is going to be the perfect!  It’s a tidy little puzzle that is fitting together just right.  I love when I remember the right idea at the right time!

Stay tuned for FO Friday, this promises to be a good one!

FO Friday – GGB or TMNT?

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My Golden Gate Bridge refinement continues, for better or worse!  I’ve improved the shape of my bridge line art.  I don’t think the green was the best choice though.  There’s something oddly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-esque about this.  LOL!  I think the next one will definitely be orange!  International Orange if I can help it!

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Assuming, of course, the hat binge continues.  I went to high tea yesterday.  Now I’ve got tea cozies on the brain!

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They’re just hats with ear slits, after all!

Happy Friday!  Hope you all get many fiber filled hours this weekend!

Rockefeller Expansion

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Sorry, no time for chatting today!  I picked up the needles yesterday and I just can’t stop!  My Rockefeller shawl is finally feeling like a shawl, the rows have gotten longer and the pattern is committed to memory!  I’m definitely gaining momentum on this one!

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It looks a bit like Pac-Man today!  Who am I to argue with him?  He doesn’t stop so neither will I!  Just keep knitting!

Work-in-Progress Wednesday: Art School Drop Out Edition

Since we talked last week, I wound yarn for a couple new hats.

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The next morning I cast on and set out for work.  There were some diversions along the way.  I worked on the ribbing as I sat on a stoop.

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I started the stockinette body of the hat next to a jukebox.

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I went back to the bus for the ride home.

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The next morning, back to work again!  The bus was hideous though, I had to get off.  Might as well knit on a park bench along the way.

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and then I went home again!  Isn’t commuting exciting?

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And finally the hat is done!  Now to embellish it.  I started with fish but it turns out sea weed is the only thing I’m good at drawing.  I tried lots of different stuff.  It all needs refinement though.

 

I would definitely be an art school dropout, assuming I could even make it through the admissions process.  I’m gonna keep working on my fish.  Instead, I decided on Golden Gate Bridge attempt #2.

That’s when picking yarn got complicated.  I narrowed it to three choices.

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A case could be made for all three, even after doing the black & white test.

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I’ve made my decision.  I definitely didn’t go with the safe choice.  Hopefully it works out.   Really though, All this non-knitting but knitting-adjacent stuff has me dying to pick up the needles…my Rockefeller is looking good!

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Yay Knitting!  I’m picking up the needles in 3…2…1…

 

FO Friday – The Landmark Series

I have a list of knitting ideas, it’s not short.  It’s pretty much knit all the things.  Everything is always on the list.  I can’t help it…I have big plans (at least when it comes to knitting!)  The list is so long, it’s a miracle anything gets done.  Winnowing down the list is a task that causes paralysis when faced with it’s sheer enormity.

Unless, of course, you keep in mind, it’s just knitting.  There are no knitting police.  I can do anything I want, including re-order the list at will. Twice a day if necessary.

What’s the point?  Early this week, roughly Monday, I had an Idea.  It got added to the list with little fanfare.  There’s so much on the list, I often forget large parts of it.  This idea though, it had legs!  It started marching itself right up the list.  It glommed on to the Hat Binge already in progress.  Smart move.  It made friends with the lonely Surface Crochet idea, a sweet thing to do.  The lynch pin though, parking itself right next to Mom’s Hand Dyed yarn.

 

Suddenly, there I was, knitting hats on the bus.  This is indeed Mom’s yarn.  It came to me balled up so I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the colors.  Turns out it spirals beautifully!  Some people hate this effect but not me, I love it!  Especially for this project — The San Francisco Landmark Series!  It reminds me of the fog rolling in!  I love the fog so this makes me happy!

The finishing touch is a local landmark done in surface crochet!  It’s a fiddly technique but I’m happy with my execution.  My art skills leave something to be desired though.

First, we’ve got Sutro Tower!  It’s a 977 ft antenna on the highest peak in San Francisco.  It’s generally considered to be ugly.  San Franciscans have traditionally hated it but I think the times have changed.  It’s a thing the locals (or those who strive to be local) love now.  Anyone can love the Golden Gate Bridge, after all.  Takes a true aficionado to love Sutro Tower!

I’m okay with it.  I’m even pretty pleased with my version of it!

My Golden Gate Bridge, on the other hand, needs a bit of work.  ggbinprogress

That is not recognizable as the Golden Gate Bridge.  It needs to be wider and just bigger in general.  After finishing the ‘Hat’ Hat, I intentionally went for a small motif.  Not a great choice.  The Golden Gate Bridge is not a trivial little thing.  It can’t be reduced to a little patch.

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I know what the Golden Gate Bridge looks like, after all.  I can do better!  I’m happy with one success and one work in progress though.  It’s still only Friday morning, I’ve got time.  This idea has grown leaps and bounds already.  It’s not as though I’ve run out of yarn!  Ha!


Now for shameless, self-promotion!

I’ve updated the shop!   Check it out here…FogKnits on Etsy!

You’ll find Sutro Tower, the Hat Hat and a few more beauties! There’s going to be a shawl update next week!

Thanks for looking!

WIP Wednesday – Rockefeller

 

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I’ve got a new, highly anticipated shawl on the needles!  Everything about it is exciting!  First the yarn, Sylph, a cashmere linen blend from Jade Sapphire.  As soon as I saw this color, I wanted it!

Right around the same time, I saw another knitter’s Rockefeller shawl (a WestKnits’ design) in the same yarn.  It was, literally, a no brainer.  A gorgeous, graphic, lightweight linen, warm cashmere, drapey, perfect no brainer!  Thanks, Gayle :) It’s taken more than a year to rise to the top of the queue but now is the time!  I’ve got Spring Fever and I must knit all the green.

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So, I’ve been toiling away on the bus.  I’m not sure what possessed me to knit short row intarsia on the bus though.  It’s not the most practical thing I’ve ever done.  I usually make it through a wedge and a half on the way to work.  This means as my stop approaches I’m frantically trying to finish a short row and deal with the entire rides worth of intarsia tangle while stuffing everything back in the bag and gracefully exiting the bus.  It’s a logistical challenge for someone who doesn’t drink coffee in the morning, to say the least.  There have been no disasters…YET!

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In spite of it all, progress is being made!  I’m about 2/3rds through the first section and I’ve come to my senses about the whole bus thing.  The bus will be for hat binging (which is going well!)  There will definitely be an FO Friday this week (maybe even two!)  There’s a sneak peek over on Instagram.  Hopefully idea #2 works out as well as idea #1.  Fingers crossed!  Now it’s time to get knitting!

Stuff on my Cat

 

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Of all the ridiculous things I’ve done in my time (Hello knit portrait of Bill Murray!), I’ve never submitted a photo to Stuff on my Cat.  I think I’ve found a new mission in life!   I’m envisioning the scene from ET when he uses stuffed animal camouflage to hide.

Rocky isn’t convinced yet but I think I can win him over with the power of knitting and an assist from Rebecca Danger!  Clearly, I’ve got my work cut out for me!  Today, I’ve got twice as many critters as I did yesterday…so I’m making progress!

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This little swimmer is the Fractional Fish from Rebecca Danger’s 50 Yards of Fun.  Yay Stashbusting!   And three cheers for instant gratification knitting!

Once the instant gratification bug hits, there’s not much to be done except ride it out.  I think it’s going to be another hat binge.  This blog has operated for 28 days without a finished hat!?!  It’s time.

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So I jumped in with both needles!  It took about two inches for reality to set in.  The yarn will absolutely win this round of yarn chicken so I quit while I was ahead.  I ripped it off the needles but couldn’t bring myself to undo it.  At least, not yet.  I really like the way the variegation is pooling & spiraling, maybe I’ll find a way to salvage it!   In the meantime, the needles are clicking away on this…

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…definitely enough yarn this time!  This is some of the yarn my Mom dyed for me.  I think the ‘special occasion’ I’ve been saving it for is finally here!  I’ve got an idea.  It’s a good one.  It involves surface crochet?!?  I rely on duplicate stitch too much.  It’s time for something new!

Fingers crossed that I’ll have something noteworthy to share for FO Friday!  I’m excited about this one!

 

FO Friday – Gradient Triangle with pattern recipe

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My latest shawl is done!  I couldn’t be more pleased.  It’s exactly what I envisioned!  I wanted to showcase the yarn and it’s subtle gradient.

It’s a Bugga Ombre remnant kit from Cephalopod Yarns.   The color shift is so slight, in low light it’s easy to miss.  Sometimes it looks like mismatched dye lots rather than an actual gradient.  I paired it with the grey yarn (Neighborhood Fiber Co. Cobblestone Sock, I picked up at Rhinebeck!) to stretch my yardage and hopefully improve the gradient effect/lessen the mismatched dye lot effect.

And it worked!  This shawl drapes beautifully and it wraps for days!  There are so many different ways to wear it.  I love the drama and the functionality of long tails.

As if that weren’t enough, it was super easy!  This was knit, almost entirely, on public transit!  Yeah Garter Stitch!!  Here’s my shawl ‘formula’:

400 yards each,  two colors fingering weight

US6 (4 mm) needle (or an appropriate size to give a loose, drapey gauge)

CO 6 sts

set up row: KFB, K2, PM, K2, KFB

row 1: KFB, knit to 1 st before marker, KFB, SM, KFB, knit to last stitch, KFB

row 2: KFB, knit to last stitch, KFB

repeat rows 1 & 2 alternating two rows per color, until just enough yarn remains to bind off.  I recommend any stretchy bind off you like.  I used the Icelandic Bind Off, my new favorite!

Viola!  Easiest shawl ever!  I love it !

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Simple & understated, it’s garter stitch at it’s finest!

And now, with this finished, I feel a cast on bonanza coming on!  It’s time to knit ALL THE THINGS!