New Cross Stitch Gallery

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When it was suggested that I have a page with all my cross stitching on it, I agreed it was a good idea!  And now, here it is finally…

FogKnits Cross Stitch Gallery

You can also find a gallery link at the top of the homepage.  In the gallery, there’s individual pics of each hoop and notes on where the designs came from.  It’s a work in progress but I’ll keep adding to it.  Turns out there’s a lot of cross stitching that hasn’t made it onto the blog, yet.

These two for example,

 

Sent off as a housewarming gift.  Leslie Knope approves, obviously.

The second hoop, started when I was messing with beads a couple weeks ago.  The beads were the first element in place.  I picked a song lyric to match the stars.  I wouldn’t pick Coldplay intentionally.  I rather dislike them but the sentiment matched the star beads.  I picked a pretty font and a pretty color for no reason other than I liked them.  I really hated those beads though.  They were dreadful and tacky.  I just couldn’t.

Once I got rid of the beads, I was left with a font that just screamed Little Prince to me.  I didn’t have room for him but I did manage a lovely replica of his asteroid, B-612.  That’s about as artsy fartsy as I get.  Despite my intense dislike of Coldplay, I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Then there’s stuff like this…

 

You can see where all my knitting time has gone :)  I’ve been doing a lot of cross stitch this summer.  And I’ve got pages and pages and pages of notes with more ideas!  It’s just so fun…I can’t stop.  I’ve got plenty more to add to the gallery but I’m off to a good start!

And, many of these hoops aren’t for my permanent collection.  Check out my Etsy shop to see what’s currently available to purchase!   FogKnits on Etsy


 

No Finish Friday

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Didn’t manage to finish anything but at least, I made progress.  Nephew sweater now has two sleeves!  Only the front bands are left.  That’s not too much.  I’m aiming to have it in the mail Monday.  I can make that happen.

Then it’ll be time for Vogue Knitting Live homework.  I’m taking Franklin Habits Zipper & Steek class.  Both techniques I’m comfortable doing but I’m always happy to add polish.  That’s always my goal with classes, little finishing tips that elevate a garment.  I suspect Franklin is great for that stuff.  He seems like an attention to detail guy.  I’m looking forward to everything he has to say.  My expectations are high.  I have a feeling Franklin is an exceeds expectations kinda guy!

 

With that in mind, let’s talk about sock details!  I’m not a sock knitter so when our yearly knitting group swap rolls around, socks are the obvious answer.  This year I got another pair of fun rainbow socks.

The interesting detail here is the Fleegle Heel.  It’s a short row heel, touted for leaving no holes.  It results in a little triangle shape at the back of the heel, where a heel flap would normally be rectangular.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was how long these socks were.  No one wants to criticize a gift before it’s out of the box but they were clearly too long for my feet.  I said something like ‘huh, is my foot really this big?’  To which the response was, ‘um, yes.  you said it yourself’   Ok, let’s give it a try.  To my surprise (and relief), they fit perfect.

I don’t know how to describe the most comfortable sock in the world.  Until I put these socks on, I didn’t realize other socks were even lacking.  This is the most comfortable heel I’ve ever worn.  I’ve never felt like a heel flap was uncomfortable but somehow this heel shape, contours my foot perfectly.  I could tell instantly.  It’s amazing.

So, all you sock knitters out there, I highly recommend trying out the Fleegle Heel.  I’m a convert!  If I ever tackle another pair of socks, I’ll give it a go!

Happy Friday!  Have a great weekend!


 

All the WIPS Wednesday

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Remember this sweater?  I started it waaaay back in June.  At the time,  I wondered, ‘which can I do faster…get a job or knit a sweater?’   It’s now September and I’ve done neither, so the debate rages on…

I found out, last night, I did not get the job and, that’s okay.  It wasn’t a great fit.  It was a really good practice interview though.  I’ll be dialed in when the next one comes.  Plus, now there’s still time to knit a sweater!  It probably won’t be mine but this little nephew sweater is rapidly coming to a conclusion…

The pattern is Newborn Vertebrae, with KnitPicks ‘Hawaiian Shirt’ Felici self striping yarn.  It’s the cutest darn thing!  I’ll be finishing it ASAP!  Turns out babies grow quick and I want him to get plenty of wear out of this sweater.  I got this picture of the newborn size socks I made him…

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Time for new socks too!  So much knitting, so little time between growth spurts!  Of course, there’s non-baby knitting too…

Nothing motivates me like nearly losing my free time to work.  After all the recent interruptions, it’s been especially nice this week getting yarn into my hands again.  I think, my annoyance at the Wonder Woman wrap has subsided and I’ve decided to press forward on it.

I’m starting to remember what set me off in the first place.  It’s a garter stitch pattern, which one typically assumes to be all knit stitches.  Well, You know what they say about assumptions.  Turns out, in order to maintain the stripes properly, a portion of this pattern is the oft-forgotten all purl garter stitch.  m*$@F*$^er.  I was so pissed when I got there.  There was a lot of cursing that day.  To say I did it begrudgingly was an understatement.  And there’s no way around it, in order to construct the iconic stacked WW, it has to be done.  It was immediately following that section, the project went into the timeout corner.

I mean, c’mon…all purl garter stitch???  Who does that?  Clearly not me.  UGH.  I’m never in the mood for all purl garter stitch.  NO.  Never.  I’ve finished working that portion of the pattern.  It’s done so hopefully, I’ll get over it mentally, too.  :) Maybe it won’t be as disastrous as I thought last week.  The yarn is an amazing 50 silk/50 merino blend and the colors perfect together, even if they aren’t classic Wonder Woman.  Or I could just put it back in the timeout corner!  I want to finish my Dragon Fade Match & Move.  I’m getting really close now!

FO Friday…Here I come!!


 

Back to Stitching…

It took a few days but I have recovered from last week’s interview stress!  A gorgeous weekend and lots of outdoor time helped!

The interview went well.  I’m not sure I got the job but I’m not sure I want the job.  The company is doing really neat science but they’re a very early start up, currently only 10 employees.  So, they’re thinking things over, I’m thinking things over.  We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

In the meantime, I’ve got plenty of crafty ideas to keep me busy!  Last night was our annual knitting group anniversary party.  9 Years of stitching and bitching!  Wooo!  As part of our annual tradition, we pick names from a hat and then knit for each other.

I really struggled with what to knit this year.  My gift recipient is a total process knitter who loves to knit for other people.  I spent a lot of time thinking about what she would love and find useful.  After considering everything, I decided on a Wonder Woman wrap.  Check it out here, if you aren’t familiar.  It’s a free pattern!

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Like most knitting, it got to a point where it went to the time out corner.  I was happy enough with my progress but our party was months off.  I had plenty of time.  Of course, a quick trip to the time out corner turned into a complete shunning.  My intention was to pick it up two weeks before the party and crank it out.

And then the interview came up.  Keeping the deadline in mind, I was still confident I had time to get the knitting done so my project continued to languish.  I didn’t give it a second thought.

Until…I got home from my interview, ready to knit.  That was about the time I decided I didn’t like my progress and wanted to start over again.  D’oh!  96 hours and I wanted to scrap the whole thing.

The sticky wicket here was sizing.  I picked the smaller size in the pattern and I knit to gauge so I wouldn’t run out of yarn.  As a lover of large shawls, this barely scarf sized piece just wasn’t cutting it.  I was unhappy with it.  I wasn’t motivated to move forward with something I didn’t like so back to the drawing board.

I decided to start an entirely new project…this time, cross stitch.  I should have just started at cross stitch.  We’re both happy with how things ended up…

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A Star Wars collection of cross stitch!  Once I got started it was impossible to stop.  This is so fun!! The series will definitely continue…Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?  It’s a trap!  and Han shot first are all on the list, with a few others being considered as well.  There’s just so many options…

I love the Millenium Falcon on the black aida.  Colored aida is such a simply idea but you really don’t see it much?  Why is that?  It can’t be because cross stitchers lack imagination and creativity.  I refuse to believe that.

So, a couple weeks back, I suggested to my dye master Mother that aida is cotton, like yarn and t-shirts…no reason she can’t dye it.  Yesterday, this came in the mail…

Hand dyed aida in a glorious array of colors!!!  I’m so excited about this.  There might be a Millenium Falcon in a deep purple outer space in my future!  I can’t wait to play with it!

I haven’t decided what to do with my Wonder Woman wrap yet.  We’ll talk about that more tomorrow!  I’ve got knitting goals too!  If I could just have two extra arms, I could be knitting and cross stitching at the same time…A girl can dream, right?


 

Stash Enhancement

After a period of losing local yarn shops, San Francisco got a new shop over the long weekend!  Woo!  Firebird Yarns…right on Haight Street…a great location for tourists and locals, alike.   I can’t wait to see how things develop there.  I hope the shop continues to grow and sticks around for long time.

It hit a lot of current trends…indie dyers, gradient yarns, mini skeins, speckles galore!  All things I like.  The indie variety was impressive…Loft Twenty Two, Houndstooth Fiber Arts, Hula Hut Yarn, Mad Science Yarns (great color names here–tesla coil, genetically modified berries, perfect mad science names!).

And now, here’s my plea to those indie dyers…please, please, please expand your offerings beyond superwash.  There is a market for non-superwash yarns, especially considering how many of those superwash yarns are labeled ‘hand wash cold, lay flat to dry’.  That’s not how superwash works.

With that in mind, the shop did have one special yarn, non-superwash, sheep raised in Texas, milled out in the Sacramento Valley.  It’s a great color too, so I had to buy a skein.  It’s a bulky single ply with a bit of thick and thin happening.  No idea what I’ll do with it, but I’m sure it’ll be good!  It’s a nice soft yarn!

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Of course, I can’t resist a good speckle so I picked up a skein of Hula Hut Yarn too.

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I’ve got a good collection of green yarns now, this could be my next cast on!  Perhaps at the end of the week, after my job interview.  I’ve got 48 hours left to prepare…so it’s all work until then!  I’d say ‘wish me luck’ but this is definitely the type of situation where you make your own luck.  I’m feeling good about my presentation but I’ve still got lots of fine tuning to do.  What I really need is two days of distraction free focus.  (that might be where the luck comes in!)  I’ll keep you posted!  :)