WIP Wednesday – All Cross Stitch Edition

Happy Wednesday!  It’s been a while.  Hope everyone is enjoying the summer and staying cool.  While much of the country has been having a heat wave, we’ve been enjoying really perfect weather here in San Francisco.

It’s pretty much always knitting weather here.  There’s no summer break because it’s too hot to even think about wool.  Despite that, I don’t have any progress to show.  I am making progress though.  It’s just that my WIPS have all grown to the point where progress is lost to the jumble of fabric crammed on the needles.   Soon though, I’m sure to have a breakthrough and get something finished.

In the meantime, I’ve turned to cross stitch for my instant gratification fix.  I love a project that only takes a couple hours.  Song lyrics are perfect for that!  From idea to execution to finishing in no time!

I’ve been watching the World Cup.  Our regular knit night takes place in an English pub so when they opened for a 7 am game, I had to go.  That was the inspiration for this piece…

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and once I’ve got a taste of instant gratification, I want more.  These two came in rapid succession, as well.

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My lettuce looks more like a pea, but he’s happy about it so I can’t be mad at him. I’m contemplating an upgrade for him, though.  In the meantime, I’ve got a jellyfish going on.

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His shading is so perfect.  I’ve finally found the ideal use for the variegated thread I’ve got.  I love him so far!  He’ll be joining his friends on the wall soon.

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It’s getting crowded…definitely making it’s way to full quickly!  I’ve still got a plenty of ideas left!

WIP Wednesday

My funemployment craftcation is rolling along nicely.  No chance of boredom setting in here.

I recently finished yet another cross stitch hoop and a little fob thingy, maybe it’ll be a luggage tag.  I always feel weird about monograms.  I did it anyhow.  Sometimes you feel like a nut…    I’m pleased with the results.


I’m quite chuffed with the latest bit of knitting as well.  My textures are all playing nicely with my colors.  One would almost think I planned it that way.  Almost!  It’s great advocacy for the planning department, actually.

I try to plan.  It’s so boring though.  Remember this?

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I planned my “next” sweater, way back in March.   I have the pattern.  I picked out the yarn.  The yarn the pattern calls for, no less.  I decided on my colors.  I was good to go.

That sweater is still not on the needles, though.   No, instead, I’m staring this pile down.

 

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The well-planned but never-executed Lopi sweater, the brioche shawl I want to frog and enough yarn for only 80% of a sweater I want to knit.  Two hot messes or a plan that just needs basic execution.  I still don’t wanna do it.

Following a plan sounds like torture.  UGH.

I really want to get a sweater on the needles though.  It’s a real quandary.  I have a feeling I’m going to make a hot mess decision.  I’ll keep you posted! :)


 

WIP Wednesday Photo Dump

As usual, it’s Wednesday and I have more works in progress than hands to work on them.   My cat sweater is still a WIP but it’s approaching FO status rapidly.

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The first time around, I forgot a bit of sleeve shaping.  Happy to say, this time I remembered to shape the appropriate places and the face is far less wonky now.  Just a couple rows more and a bit of neck shaping before I can begin seaming!  The weather is perfect for the sweater right now so I’m hoping to stay focused!

It’s tough with this box of beauties though…

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Mom dyed me some yarn for my birthday!  It’s all amazing!  The two little balls are a merino/silk/yak blend.  Soon to be a hat I think.

The barber pole yarn is super fun too…it’s a 4 ply wool, 3 regular plies and one superwash ply.  Turns out the superwashing process effects the way wool takes dye so you get this cool marled effect with one color of dye.   The electric blue is so striking!  I can’t wait to use it!

The piece de resistance, though, is this great big hank of alpaca…

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I love everything about it…the colors, the speckling, the softness.  Mom tried something new with this one — Ice Dying.   You put your yarn underneath a large mass of ice, sprinkle the dye on top of the ice and as the ice melts, the dye drips down randomly.   I don’t know if I actually have the patience to dye that way but I’m really glad Mom did.  At the bare minimum, I’ve gotta swatch with this yarn soon.  It’s definitely going to become something special.

Of course, the real reason I’m trying to avoid the siren song of new yarn, I need to get moving on the Bill Murray Sweater.

You see, Bill Murray is currently touring with a band.  I have this big portrait of Bill that I knit a few years back.  I also have tickets to the Bill Murray tour.   It’s time to put my money where my mouth is.

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I’ve pulled a selection of yarns from the stash and I’ve decided on a plan.  I just need to put the plan into action.  I’ve got five weeks.  It’s time to stop procrastinating.

Really, that means step away from the cross stitching.  I finished this little hoop, an ode to Warren Zevon and the werewolves of London.

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It was an irresistible idea.  I got it out of my system.  I’ve cleared the path for the Bill Murray sweater.  It’s time.  I’ve got laser focus.  I’m making it happen.

Just as soon as I finish the Cat Sweater.   (you had to know that was coming.  lol.  fingers crossed they’ll both be finished soon because in reality, it’s November.  It’s time for the Christmas knitting freakout. Ugh!)


 

FO Friday – More Tom Petty Cross Stitch

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My latest cross stitch is, once again, Tom Petty themed.

For the uninitiated, this is the text of a hidden track, from the Full Moon Fever album.  CDs were the new big thing when this album came out.  Certainly still a novelty for 11 year old me.

This was probably the first hidden track I ever heard, even if I didn’t know that’s what it was called.  And, the background to the track was barnyard animal sounds.  It was pretty much tailor made for a kid.  I loved it.

Turns out, I still love it as an adult.  And when it occurred to me that a CD is round just like an embroidery hoop…well, done deal!

Laying out the chart was the most time consuming part of this.  Here’s a peek at my process…

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I charted the the text and then cut the pieces out for easy manipulation.  The only downfall of cross stitch is all the counting.  There’s really no way around that.  I’m slowly figuring out my anything goes approach is okay with knitting.  Not okay with cross stitch.  This piece was worth it!  I can’t wait to add it to my wall.

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It’s filling in but I have plenty of free space to go!

My next dead songwriter is Warren Zevon.  He’s a treasure trove of amazingness, perfect for cross stitching.  I’ve got some ideas…oh yes. I never seem to run out of ideas.  I can’t wait to work on them! TGIF!


 

FO Friday – RIP Tom Petty

Like everyone else, I’m bummed about Tom Petty.  He’s one of the few people who could still put out an entire album worth listening to, on repeat, all day.   Naturally, he’s been in heavy rotation here at the FogKnits’ headquarters this week.

There isn’t much ‘Tom Petty Knitting’ but his songs sure are quotable…

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…and that lends itself to cross stitch, easily.

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I like cassette tapes.  I didn’t really have any particular reason for going with the tape.  Then, I listened to Full Moon Fever.  It was one of the first CDs I ever had.  By which, of course, I mean one of the first CDs my Mom ever had.  In any event, it got listened to constantly.

I nearly forgot about the hidden track.  I loved that when I was a kid.   Tom gave us a moment to stop and consider how convenient CDs were.  No stopping to flip the tape.  Ha ha!  It just cracked me up.  It still does.  The perfect, unexpected surprise in the middle of a CD, which was already a thing wonder.

Hello CD Listeners…

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And an embroidery hoop is round like CD.  That can’t be a coincidence.  I’ve got a tape.  Now, time for a CD.  Yes, it’s a bit wordy but my next idea has been born!

RIP Tom, I hope you like being immortalized in bathroom cross stitch!


 

I love the weekend

After being out of town last weekend, I was pretty stoked for a weekend at home.  I hit the cross stitch hard.

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A little ode to the Grateful Dead.

Followed by the realization that it’s already Sunday night.

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Where does the time go?

There was plenty of knitting too.  It hasn’t been digitally immortalized yet though.  I continue to think about Cat Sweater #2, but that’s it, just thinking about it.  Marled Magic is too much fun to put down.  Pics soon!  Clue 3 is nearly finished!!!

Down the Rabbit Hole

First, it’s been a while since I’ve posted and a lot has happened in the world.  It used to go without saying that nazis are bad.  Not anymore, so I’ll say it, just to be clear.  Whatever the label, nazi, white nationalist, alt-right, kkk…I strongly disagree with it all.   Killing people is bad.  Violence is bad.  Hate is bad.

With that disclaimer out of the way, let me share some fun!  I’ve been busy making things!

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It started innocently enough with one funny cross stitch piece.

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But it’s developed into a major bathroom redecoration scheme.

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After the first two hoops were completed, I had to go back for more.

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These aren’t complicated designs.  Naturally, that lead me to the craft store saying I can do that…if I just had a few more supplies!

Soon enough, I was designing things that aren’t for the bathroom.

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Indeed, it seems I am going way down the rabbit hole with this one.  Never fear, there is also knitting progress!  The Dotted Rays, WestKnits Fade is off the needles and it’s an amazing color explosion!  It’s blocking, but you’ll get to see it soon!

There’s still plenty of knitting love.  It will return shortly.  But for now, I think my next cross stitch will be the immortal words of Rodney King…

“Can we all just get along?”