New Year, New Knits

I spent the first day of 2015 doing nothing that I did not want to do. And it was fabulous. I played some World of Warcraft, ate delicious soup in a breadbowl from Panera Bread with my girlfriend and knit:

Fightin' Words fingerless mitts

Fightin’ Words fingerless mitts!

They’re the Fightin’ Words pattern that I’ve seen tons of people do. I’m excited to take my turn at them! I even learned a new technique with them–the tubular cast on. Oh my gosh, that cast on is pretty amazing. It seems complicated at first, but once you sort of think it through, it’s actually super easy.

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Crafting Goals for 2015

Yeah, I know, everyone is making posts like these. But that’s ok! This way I have something to work towards in the coming year. I’m not going to limit myself to my knitting goals, even though this is supposedly a knitting blog. I figure if I open that up a bit, I might actually post more. So, without further ado, here is a list of crafting related things that I want to do next year:

  • Finish all of my WIP’s. I’ve got 11 “active” WIP’s, plus three more “hibernating” ones. (If You Wish to Make an Apple Pie From Scratch.., Companion Cube Blanket, Granny Square Rainbow, Mittens with Pints on (which actually only need their ends woven in. But they have hella ends to weave), TARDIS Mittens, Bright Freaking Pink Socks, Sage Boot Cuffs, Granny Stripes Blanket, It’s Bigger on the Inside?, Winter Twilight Mitts, and Fredrika, plus Starbuck’s Mandala Socks, Leetle Bloo Gloves, and Polaris Mittens.)
  • Do colorwork with three or more colors at a time. I’ve become relatively proficient at two-color colorwork, but I want to take it up a notch.
  • Knit myself a sweater.
  • Sew myself a dress
  • Par down my stashes:
    My yarn stash, which is currently in fourish bins with much spillover. Down to three bins by the end of 2015.
    My fiber stash (for spinning). I don’t have a whole lot of this when compared to other things, but I need to get it down and finish some spinning projects.
    My fabric stash. Such fabric, wow. I just need to go through and take inventory first, I think. It will likely be a long and boring blog post. If only there was a Ravelry for sewing?
  • Draw at least once a week. Throw that shit on Tumblr.
  • Practice photography. Take portraits. Edit. Study. Learn. And then maybe get a second lens.
  • Finish my sewing WIP’s! I’ve got a quilt for my dad and stepmom, a quilt for myself, a couple of cosplays in the works, plus a quilt I want to make for my little sister for her birthday in early February.

 

I’ve also got a few personal goals, while we’re here:

  • Exercise. Seriously. It’s not that hard.
  • Eat better. Vegetables, fruit, home cooked meals. So delicious, so easy.
  • Get a better job. My current job is ok, but it’s stressful and hard on my body. My poor wrists and arms and knees are getting beat up enough on their own and do not need the help.
  • Look into adoption requirements. We’re several years out at least, but I want it to be on the radar.
  • Start building good credit. We can’t just rely on Lily’s to get by.
  • Tidy the house. Keep it that way via whatever means necessary. Get rid of crap, make up a routine, get Lily to actually help me, but likely all of the above.
  • Print and post photographs around my house. I have so many that I love, I should really show them off.
  • Learn to make decent tea so I can actually totally drop soda from my diet. This will also mean finding new mixers for alcohol, since I don’t like beer and tend to just default to hard liquor and cola.
  • Beat a video game
  • Do a dungeon in World of Warcraft. This one sounds super pathetic, but I’ve been having a really difficult time with it. The idea of grouping with strangers who might yell at me, or might remember who I am and hate me, or whom I might let down just fills me with such anxiety that I can’t play. It’s stupid.
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Guess who’s the worst at posting?

You got it, it’s me.

T8 is now over. I went 14/15 (which made me SO ANGRY because I was SO CLOSE), and I didn’t finish my dissertation. Nor did I hit 50%, so I didn’t actually get any points for it. But I’m at about 20% now and I still love it. I just had to print out the rest of it, which took way longer than it had any right to.

I’ve been making more baby things! They’re super cute!

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These are the socks I was talking about last time! They’re made with what is actually some of my absolute favorite yarn, and I got it in a swap and/so have no idea how to get more of it. Or even of the same brand. :( But these are super cute and I am excited for Baby to have them!

Also, here is my Star Shawl at around 15%:
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Now that I look at it again, it might be as little as 10%. Isn’t it cool?! I can’t wait to get it all done.

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Babies!

Working on baby things! Yay baby things!

First I made these wee little sockies:
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They are so small I almost can’t believe it. They fit in the palm of my hand. And I have little hands!

Then I made something which will remain a secret for a couple more weeks. (It’s part of a set and I want to post the two of them together.)

But then I made a hat! It’s pretty cute. It was supposed to have a scarf attached to it, but I ran out of yarn and also got a little bit bored of the thing. I also didn’t like the gauge that it was knit at. Too tight for my liking. I’m thinking about making one in grey, though, since it looks like a little chain mail helmet!
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I’m working on another pair of baby socks, too. They’re super cute. I’ll probably finish them tonight and then throw them in with the next “baby things” post. Because there will be another one. I’ll also post a super-shawl update soon.

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Baby Hats

I have a hard time with hats. I can never get them to come out the way that I want them to. And that’s when they’re for my own head.

So it’s even more difficult when making hats for babies. They’re so little! And I don’t have any around to use for sizing! It’s been a while since I’ve seen a newborn.

I did find this article about sizing baby hats, though. So now I’m hanging out with a cottage cheese container next to me on the table and John is looking at me like I’m crazy.

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Whoops

I decided that WordPress was super complicated and I didn’t want to learn to use it.

Nerd Wars T8 starts on Saturday! I am very excited (FTR, last time I posted was T4, I believe.) I’ve got all of my yarn ready for my dissertation. I’m going to be making Celestarium, which is this beautiful circular shawl that, when completed, makes a star chart.
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So there’s that.

Also, John’s older sister Linnea is pregnant! Which is so exciting! This also means that I get to knit tons and tons of baby stuff! Aaaaah!
Yes, I am a mature adult. Or something.
But I got a bunch of yarn from KnitPicks last week. It was actually packaged in a really janktastic way; I wish I got a picture. Everything was kind of stuffed in there. I get the feeling that whoever packaged my stuff really didn’t want to move up to a bigger box, haha.
Anyway, for the baby stuff, I’ve got a few patterns picked out: These super cute dinosaur booties, with a matching dinosaur hat, duck feet, a pair of wee Totoro mittens, and a sweater in MN Twins Colors. I mean, I’m making more than that, but these are my first-in-line-priorities.

Anyway, that’s it for now. Hopefully I will post on Saturday about the Nerd Wars challenges. :D

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Runner’s Lanyard

I finished my first Nerd Wars project of T4! The first project for my team, actually:

It’s long enough that I can tuck it into my shirt and short enough to not be super annoying. It’s bright red, so I can tie it in with Mirror’s Edge for team spirit points. …Er, I think they’re called “Team Tie-In Points” now.

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