Monday, 26 May 2014

Montego Shawl KAL


So it seems like it's the Summer of KALs.  In addition to a summer scarf KAL (more on that forthcoming), the Yarn Attic is also running a KAL for the Montego Shawl.  

The deadline for entries is closed now (I've really got to get better about timely updates, huh?) but I'm working away at my shawl for the KAL deadline of June 31.

So far, it's coming along well, even if it's going to be enormous by the time I'm done. It's my first attempt at a beaded shawl, so I'll see how well this works out when I get to the beaded edging chart.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Octopuses? Octopi?

EatSleepKnit is hosting another KAL.  This time, it's all about knitting your team mascot.

That may sound like it doesn't make sense, at first, but I shall explain.

So, all those who order from EatSleepKnit are given a team, and each team gets various challenges.  I'm skipping out of the scavenger hunt, since I don't have a t-shirt, but I am doing the trivia and the team mascot challenges.   Doing the various challenges gets you more yardage in their yarnathon, which equals more free stuff and more store credit.

Ok, it all sounds great, right?   But I've been placed as a member of team Octopurls, and . . . well, I'm not a huge octopus person. I don't hate them, I'm not afraid of them, but I've never really been 'into' them.   So what on earth was I going to knit?

The answer came in the form of a convenient christmas gift:  The Octopus Mittens.   They're a child-size mitten that knitted up using cables and texture to look like a little octopus.  Not my thing. . . but my little cousin should love it. 

I'm stealing a bit from an extra skein of Sweet Georgia Superwash Worsted I got ages ago (I got 8 skeins for a cardigan, I only need 7, and even that is lots), since it has to be yarn bought from EatSleepKnit (fair enough).    So far, they're knitting up really quickly. 

Pictures might be delayed, since my tablet has turned into a brick.  Apparently it's a known design flaw with this particular model of tablet.  But it's still under warranty, so they're just sending me a new one!  And while my digital camera works just fine, the SD card reader on my 4 year old laptop is borked, so I have no way to get the images -off- my camera except for begging my roommate to pull them off the SD card and send them to me, which, while she's cool with that, still isn't as immediate as I would like.  That's ok though.  Less picture taking means more time to knit!

Monday, 5 May 2014

New Knitting Bag WIP, and Finished Accessories

I mentioned earlier that I was working on making myself a knitting bag, and that I (sadly) hadn't posted anything here about it!

So, here it is!

This is what will eventually be a French Market Bag, using Briggs and Little Heritage.

It's coming together quite nicely.  Right now is the easy (and boring) part of straight stocking-stitch in the round, so it's a great project if I want to put my focus onto something else.  I'm debating if I actually want to felt it or not -- it's dense enough I might just leave it as is.

Also, I finished my entries for The Yarn Attic's Accessory Spring KAL:

My Bamboozled Headband:

and my Lace Band Bracelet:

It was supposed to be a bracelet, but it works out better as an anklet, and I'm perfectly ok with that!