WIP Wednesday – The Mash Ups

Six projects made it through the mass frogging last week.  About that time, I noticed my Ravelry notebook view had changed.   I recently upgraded to a modern laptop, instead of the decade old relic I had been using.   With my new laptop, I now see six projects across the top row of my notebook.

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Previously, I saw five projects across the top row.  My strict 10 project limit was decided upon because I saw 10 projects when I opened Ravelry.  That’s rather arbitrary.  And since I’m the decider, my new very strict project limit is 6.

Let’s face it, working on 10 things at once means you don’t care about at LEAST 4 of them.  So, there new rule, only 6 project around here from now on.

You saw the two rainbow stripe shawls on Monday.  Today, it’s two pattern mash up projects.  Both of these projects started as one thing and have subsequently morphed into something new.  Life is too short for uninspired knitting, after all.

First up, a 10-stitch turned log cabin blanket.

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I’ve tried the 10 stitch blanket a couple times now.  I never get very far.  It’s such a fiddly little pain in the butt and I give up easy.   This project, being a solid color, you can barely tell the difference so why do all that fiddling and get zero credit for it?

Nope.  I abandoned the 10 stitch portion at the center gladly.  It converted to the log cabin style readily.  No muss, no fuss!

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I really like the log cabin style.  Mindless knitting with a really lovely result.  The pattern is so forgiving.  And my yarn has a thick n thin quality which gives the blanket some extra texture.  Nothing distracts from the glowing orange but I’ve gotten quite used to it!  I’m looking forward to finishing this in short order!

My other mash up project:  The Jolly Roger turned Speckle & Pop

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This project started as a half pi shawl with a cable and lace edge that looked like a skull.  Yeah, have I mentioned I give up easy?  Cables and lace.  In the same row?!?   Oh hell no.  I don’t know what I was thinking when I started that one.  The top half is just a stockinette half circle…no reason to frog that bit.

It took a few days for inspiration to hit but it finally did.

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The answer, of course, is a question.  What would Stephen do?  Answer:  Clue 3 of his current mystery knit along, Speckle & Pop.  No matter that I didn’t do Clue 1 or Clue 2.   Clue 3 was adding an edge to shawl body.  That’s what I had, with only a few slight differences.  The type of differences that matter to people who count stitches.  I am not one of those people.  So I set out on my own modified version of Clue 3.

I kept the general shape and rhythm of the clue, just changed some numbers.   The next part of the clue is brioche.  I haven’t quite talked myself into that part yet.  I’ll let ya know how it goes.  Maybe this weekend I’ll get it started.

I bet I like it once I get going.

Famous last words, eh?

If not, I’ll just change my mind…

again.


 

Rainbow Stripe Shawls

What’s left after last week’s mass frogging?  Quite a few things it turns out!  The theme of the day seems to be rainbow stripes!  How can I argue with that?

First, the Gauge Dye Works self striping Hydrogen Shawl is moving along.

It’s my go-to carry around project at the moment.  It’s definitely getting carried around a lot.  It’s slow going but that’s okay.  It’ll get there eventually.  There’s something comforting about knowing it’s easy to grab and it’s just waiting there for me.  It’s nice to have one less thing to think about as I leave the house.

Rainbow Striped Shawl #2 is rising from the ashes of my frogged Spice Market.

It’s becoming Strickmich’s Match & Move.  So far, I’m loving this…Garter Stitch… WOOOOO!  One reason I was hesitant to frog my Spice Market was all the yarn cuts.  Instead of fussing, I’m just going with it.  Match & Move is written with color blocks more than stripes but my yarn is set up for stripes so stripes it is!  This would be lovely on the go knitting, if it weren’t for all the balls of yarn I’d have to carry.   It’s getting plenty of love here at home.

And, because my love of rainbows is not limited to my knitting…

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Mom sent me some rainbow gradient embroidery floss…it’s so fun!  Not sure what else to do with this canvas so I’ll just ponder it for a bit.  After all, it’s Monday…time to start the work week!  Wish me luck!  :)


 

Marled Magic FO

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You’ve seen lots of snippets of this one but here it is, finally, in all of it’s Marled Magic glory!  It’s amazing!  Several people have worn it and much to my surprise, they have all pulled the crazy marled mish mosh off.  It’s not over-whelming or too busy to wear.  It really is Marled MAGIC!

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The yarn is totally chaos.  It’s Unicorn Tails from MadTosh.  It’s Hedgehog Sock and Hedeghog Skinny Singles.  It’s MadTosh Twist.  It’s Westernsky Knits MCN.  It’s some crazy purple mohair.  It’s yarn my Mom dyed.  It’s Lana Grossa Lace Lux.  It’s some Miss Babs scraps.  It’s Superior Cashmere.  It’s Anzula Haiku.   It’s an amazing pool of color.  I have no idea how it works but somehow, it does!

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The braid took a bit of practice, but it was worth the effort!  I love it!

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The tassel is super fun and watching Stephen’s video on how to do to it was super easy (and helpful)!

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I cord bind off.  Even where 4 sections come together, this design was easy to execute neatly.  I really appreciate Stephen’s eye for the details we don’t really see because he gets them right.   The geometry of this thing is amazing and it all comes together easily.

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I’m definitely knitting another one of these.  Single stranded, all blues.  I can’t wait!  It’s super fun knitting.  I highly recommend it!

It’s a new week and I am under my 10 project limit.  I think I only have 8 right now.  New week = new cast on??  We’ll see…maybe I’ll have a new WIP on Wednesday!  :)


 

WIP Wednesday – Hydrogen Shawl

There’s a certain set of people who want you to buy their shit emblazoned with the slogan ‘I knit so I don’t kill people’.   Perhaps you’ve seen it on tote bags and buttons, mugs and t-shirts.  I am absolutely against it.  It’s the kind of hyperbole that is just idiotic.  I’ve never killed anyone and I’m not going to start just because someone took my knitting away.

That said, in these turbulent times, I do look to my knitting for a bit of therapy.  I enjoy the process, the repetition, the quiet state of calm my mind slips into as my hands take over and fabric just appears.

Not just any knitting will do though.  It’s got to be the right knitting.  For me, comfort knitting is simple stitches.  Garter stitch is good.  Stockinette works too.

Of course, not any stockinette will do.  As a reformed process knitter, I look to the final product to be useful and attractive too.  With my latest cast on, I’ve truly hit the comfort knitting jackpot.  (Just in time for the world to go to hell.)

It starts with the yarn.   Caterpillar Green Yarns (former name)/Gauge Dye Works (current name) Self Striping yarn in in the Concrete and Tulips colorway.

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It’s a self striping yarn where the stripes are not the same length.  They call this ‘shawl stripes’ because it’s dyed so you’ve got short stripes at the beginning of the skein.  As your project progresses the stripes get progressively longer.  The end result is a striped shawl with evenly spaced stripes throughout.   It seems complicated because it takes a lot of words to describe.  The pictures really say it all.

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I’m absolutely loving this.  It’s so amazing.  Those stripes are perfect and yet they are also one continuous piece of yarn!  This project will have exactly 2 ends to weave.  The icing on my comfort knitting cake.

And of course, it’s highly portable.  All the best knitting is.

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The real news here:  I am knitting exactly the same thing as everyone else who’s used this yarn.  The stripes work with any top down shawl pattern.  You could even work bottom up, if you wanted.  For me though, I chose the most common pattern, The Hydrogen Shawl.

 

It’s the pattern written for this yarn by the dyer.  I’ve got two more skeins, in different colors.  I’ll definitely try more adventurous designs with those but for now, it’s a lovely, soft (it’s an MCN!), soothing escape from reality.

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aaahhhhhhhhh.

Just looking at it and thinking about my next chance to pick it up releases a nice warm dose of endorphins!

Mission Accomplished!

Happy Hump Day!

 

WIP Wednesday – Marled Magic

Marled Magic Clue 3 is done!  I am still loving this so much.  That big section of seed stitch made me happy.  I think seed stitch is fun to do.

Now, I’m on to Clue 4.  A 600+ stitch i-cord bind off.  I also happen to think that is fun to do.  Especially when it’s neon peach!

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It’s not like I’m saving the neon peach for something special?!?!  I think it’s just the thing to liven up some of the darker colors I used.  I’m about halfway.

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And then, finally, the whole reason I wanted to knit this pattern…braiding the ends into a design feature rather than weaving them in!  Oh yeaaah!

And, I’ve already picked out yarn for the next one.  This was too fun to only knit once.

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I’ve got a lot of blue & blue adjacent fingering weight yarn.

Marled Magic #2 isn’t actually going to be marled though.

The marl is accomplished with two strands of yarn held together.  The result is a very heavy shawl.  I’ve only knit the medium size to keep the weight down.  For #2, I’ll just use one strand of yarn and do stripes, maybe faded stripes.  And definitely knit the large size!!  It’s gonna so good!  …eventually!

Gotta finish that i cord first…


 

WIP Wednesday: Marled Magic

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My Marled Magic Shawl has reached the halfway point!  I’ve finished clues 1 & 2.

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And I love it!  I dunno if it’s the colors or the textures or the construction or the stash busting…

 

But I want to make about six more of these!  I love everything about it!  The construction is so unique.  The marled effect from double stranding is so fun!  Mixing colors and fading stripes are so satisfying!  This is a lot of fun to knit!

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Clue 3 picks up the free edge of the mesh section.  Contrast is recommended.  I think I’m going for purples.

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I’ve still got plenty of stash left!


 

FO Friday – Pussy Hat

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My week started with days 5 & 6 of sitting for jury selection.  If you’ve never had to sit through the process, let me tell you, it’s absolutely maddening.  It’s slow, repetitive and inefficient.  The pool stated with ~250 potential jurors.  At the end of day 6 when the jury was finally selected, I was still sitting in the gallery with 7 other lucky SOBs.  I’m happy it’s over.  I’m happy to not be on the jury but I’m an idiot for showing up in the first place.  And then to sit there for six days, only to realize they wouldn’t have known if I was missing.  Aaarrrggghhh!  It’s the cherry on the insult cake that was this week.

I got me a bit worked up.  The Bite Me cross stitch helped with the relaxation process though.  Something about the repetitive stabbing motions…

and I managed to get a bit of knitting done.  I finished my long overdue Pussy Hat.

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The yarn is White Birch Fiber Arts SW Merino, in a worsted weight.  It’s a generous skein so I’ve got yarn left for a second hat.  I think I made this one just a touch too long.  I think square hats should be a bit shorter than a regular hat.  It makes the ‘ears’ pop a bit more.  I wanted to end with a black stripe though.  I might walk on the wild side and end the second hat on a pink stripe?!?

Then again, I may never get to it because I’m loving the Marled Magic so much!  I’ve finished the YO, K2tog mesh section and I’ve moved on to the seed stitch section.

I started off with a kitchen sink colorway.  I just threw all my little scraps into section 1.  Anything that was only going to last for a few rows.

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For the seed stitch section, I’ve moved to a mostly green set of colors.

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As usual, I’m not planning anything, just letting it happen.  It’s happy place knitting and after all the jury duty rage knitting I’m ready for a little happy place action!

And just in time for Labor Day weekend!  My favorite weekend in SF all year long…the place clears out!  The kids all go to burning man!  It’s awesome.  The city is calm and quiet.  And this year, even with temps predicted in the 80’s, it’ll be cool compared the 110’s predicted for the east bay.  Yikes!  That is warm!

If anybody needs me I’ll be in the fog.  Knitting!