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October 15th, 2015

That big brown shawl

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I managed to get a shot of it today between spats of rain. This one is a full sized shawl on me, though at 80" across and 40" down the spine I know that's a large shawl on most people. I could drape is over my shoulders and catch the points in a belt, the sides rest on my elbows worn that way.

Forget Me Not shawl

Strictly speaking, this has not been blocked. It's acrylic so as long as the lace doesn't distort the fabric much you can get away with just tossing it in the washer and dryer, so that's what I did. If I figured out somewhere I could pin it out to a larger size and steam it I could make it a bit larger still, but it's big enough and flat enough that I'm happy with it as it is.

So other than works in progress and that even older shawl that does need to be blocked (OMG, where??) I think the only things left needing photographing are the assorted balls of yarn I reconstructed and the spinning wheel that is still wood bits and bolts in the back of my Jeep.
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October 14th, 2015

I am not a photographer

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So this is definitely not all that I have done since the last update, but at least I got some pictures of some much older projects for a change.

First, my best shot with my iPad mini and Mom's afghan out on her lawn:

Circle Dance

The grass did not allow me to get it all nice and squared up, especially after the wind kicked up and blew on corner over and made me have to lay it out again. Trust me though, it's all nicely straight and rectangular. I had to so some easing on the first round to get everything smooth but I did manage it.

Now onto the older stuff! Newest to oldest for a change. )

Things I do not have photographs for:
  • The big brown shawl.

  • Lots of re-plied yarn.

  • The wood and parts for my spinning wheel (I bought them Monday).

June 27th, 2015

The Crafty Report

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The craft output of the last year has not been up to the usual level due to life events. I know I mentioned my mother's valve replacement surgery that was scheduled for last summer and ended up being last fall. What I didn't mention is the reason for the delay; my Dad died. I spent late summer and fall with Mom and my brother and didn't get home until early November, which is also why you didn't see any hints of NaNoWriMo last year. I wanted to do NaNo but there was just nothing for me to work with, not even enough to really get a character or setting started, and absolutely no energy to write with, especially not with nearly a third of the month passed already. It hurt a bit to skip a year but not as much as trying and failing would have.

Anyway, I did actually get some crafty things done in the second half of last year. Many photos behind the cut. )

July 21st, 2014

Not dead, been crocheting

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And knitting, of course. A lot of it for dolls.

Things have been... not that great, for the last couple months. Things will continue to be not fantastic for the next couple months at least. With that in mind, let's just focus on what I have been doing/can do that I enjoy.

Photos. So many photos. )

And outside the cut for being recent and pretty (in my opinion) some more crochet doll shoes.

I sent these to Kris for her MSD sized girls. I wanted to know if they would fit Planetdoll minis since I only have Resinsoul and Dollzone (old b45-002 body) dolls to fit things on. The answer is yes, but they could fit a bit better, so I have some tweaks in mind for my next attack of shoe making. Since you can't judge the scale here, the shoes are about 5.6 cm / 2.25 in long.

 Shriara's Flats Shriara's Wedges

That's five pairs I've made, a prototype and four test pairs with different sole styles (flats, wedges for flat feet using 3 and 4 layers of cork, and a 4 layer wedge for high heel feet). All that testing went into writing up a pattern up for sale.

March 18th, 2014

Impressing Myself

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I started this in December, not long after I saw the still from Catching Fire that made all the knitters on the internet want to knit That Sweater.

Talar - Mockingjay Front Talar - Mockingjay Back

Every single stitch in everything but the white ribbing is twsited, both knit and purl, including decreases both left and right leaning. For the knitters that will mean something; everyone else: suffice to say that it slowed me down a bit.

I'm so happy with it that if I had other colors of this bamboo thread I'd be seriously tempted to start another one.
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June 17th, 2013

I am a crafting machine

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Well, not really, but I sure did increase my output there for a bit at the end of May. There was a doll meet/party at Mint on Card, a doll store in Traverse City, and I wanted my girls to look their best so I went a bit nuts for a week or so beforehand.

In more or less chronological order... Photos under the cut. )

Proto Snow Kaver - Side

I love this shot. Therefore I am leaving it out of the cut. Back to the photos and stuff. )

One last thing finished before the party and not photographed, a new case for my camera because the original one is all icky nasty with age. I knit one of out cotton in linen stitch with a velcro closure on the flap.
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May 11th, 2013

In an attempt to ignore the view out the window....

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The aspens/poplars have leaves the size of quarters, the delphiniums are about eight inches tall, the grass is green, and it is snowing.

So, as I sit facing a window that shows me this all too clearly, I will do a knitting update and silently think a stream of profanity to make a sailor blush.

I have been really bad about documentation for the last year at least but here's some attempt at catching up with photographic evidence. Lots of photos under this cut. )

For those that remember my ranting about my craft blog, Omnifariously Knotty, well it's still lacking OpenID... but there are posts! Not many, but there's actual content. To be specific I put up a post on what I did to make Namid's white top (seen in the lace stole photos) from a baby top/dress pattern as well as a post on how to modify my shorts pattern into capris.

December 26th, 2012

For the knitters that read me

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Tin Can Knits has a special going on until January 1st where you can get any pattern on their site/in their Ravelry store for free with a coupon code.

I opted to get the Photosynthesis shawl pattern, but the Sunflower shawl was a very close second. :)
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December 15th, 2012

Here, there, and... here

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I've let this slide a lot lately, it's requiring something like effort and I've been putting it off. So, as has become my habit, you get a catch up post of tedious length.

First off, NaNoWriMo.

I only posted once, which is generally a very bad sign. Well I did hammer out 50,000 words and "win" again but it was soul sucking and joyless and the first pass edit took out nearly half of those words. I spent all month restarting the story and getting myself to points where I hated everything about it and restarting it again. I think I can maybe tweak three of those false starts into one timeline but I suspect still more words will be cut out before I even think about adding to them.

So the lesson of this NaNo? If I don't have something I'm really interested in writing, do not do NaNo. Also, if that interesting thing involves any amount of "mystery" to the plot I'm basically shooting my foot before I start the race. I'm just plain bad at writing mystery, probably because I'm bad at figuring them out in the first place. XD

Other things. Well part of the hassle of NaNo was that there was kitchen renovation going on while I was trying to write. We have an awesome kitchen now though. :)

I think I'm down to the knitting portion of our program, so have a cut. Have some knitting related news. )

And that leaves one bit of knitting out from under the cut. Why? Because I actually wrote up the pattern and put it up for sale today.

Burgundy Shorts - Front Burgundy Shorts Too - Back

Modeled on two different dolls. (The booty shot is my new girl, Talar, who also needs a photo shoot....)

As a result of having this pattern up for sale I've been dusting off Omnifariously Knotty. I need to get that site template working with OpenID (the hooks are all there, the layout just doesn't display anything for it) and, you know, put some content in there. XD

October 3rd, 2012

So NaNo is coming....

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After due consideration, I think I need a name for a small starship. Writing stuff under here. )

On other subjects, I survived the summer trip to see the family, though I had the lovely adventure of having the exhaust drop on the Jeep while traveling the NY Thruway. Thankfully my AAA membership was current and I was able to get a tow to a muffler shop in Canandaigua that was able to get me a new midpipe and catalytic converter (ouch!) and have me back on the road with only two and a half hours of delay.

There's not really a whole lot to say about the last few months.

I read a lot and despaired for the amount of romance crammed into otherwise interesting books. I read a very good original fiction novel by a fan author I enjoy and wished she had written more in that universe. Tanya Huff got me hooked into another series of hers.

I knitted some, but nothing that interesting since I focused on finishing a pair of socks identical to the last pair I knit except for being half an inch shorter in the foot. I'm currently juggling a few doll projects. One is finished and needs to be dyed and blocked, the others are all still in progress. Since one of those is destined to travel to Utah with the one that needs to be dyed I'm trying to focus on that one. Unfortunately the last couple days have been very, very bad with my hands so the 00 needles aren't fun.

I got an awesome haircut that I need to go have trimmed . I should have about two weeks ago actually. Wish me luck in getting it cut the same way again by a different stylist since the one that did the original is back in Massachusetts. There is one stylist I am pretty sure can do the cut, but I can't remember her name (I only had her cut my hair once before) so hopefully she'll be working and I can get her.

I lost a bit more weight, just enough that the awesome jeans I bought on clearance for $3.60 require a belt. I'm very glad I didn't spend more on them or I would be ticked.

And I think that gets everything caught up. Get ready for the NaNoWriMo spike in postings. :)

March 19th, 2012

A bit of this and that

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Massive catch up post is going to be massive.

On the knitting front, well I have a lot of works in progress and not that many finished ones. And it took me a while to get photos for those so there's a pile up. Knitting )

I think that caught up my knitting, other than the fact that I finished knitting my sweater months ago and have procrastinated so long on sewing it up the weather has become too warm to wear it. I'll have to sew the sleeves in and seam the sides and find out once and for all if I knit the sleeves too long. I think that's a big part of why I haven't done it yet, I'm afraid I'll find out I need to fix the sleeves. I keep telling myself I'm skilled enough that should the worst happen I can cut the cuffs off and reknit them shorter. If I cut the right spot it will be like grafting ribbing to reattach them. Slightly tricky, but possible.

Onto other things! I saw a video about making a bead ring and had to try it. Rings! )

The ring shots show off the white nails I was sporting for about a week. I had a couple other nail styles since my last post too. )

On the crafty front, I'm pondering Kindle covers. My birthday is today and my present from Hafoc needs a cover. :)

November 3rd, 2011

Not NaNo, Knitting

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I know, you're all excited by both of those topics. ;)

I finally managed to get a spot of Not Raining to get some photos of my doll knitting.

First up, that doll shawl that has been done and blocked for months. It's been waiting so long for a photo it almost needs to be blocked again.

Mini Aeolian 2

Two more photos under the cut, one is not the shawl again. )
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September 21st, 2011

Not dead

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I really should make a point of posting something on a regular basis outside of the month of November.

Looking back, my last post was in mid-July. Well since then I went and visited family for most of the month of August. There isn't much to say about that other than I figured out that setting up a wireless router with Verizon's DSL is not as straight forward as you would think. But I did it, and after that point I had a nice connection to use the laptop with and did not have to borrow my brother's PC to get online.

Mom waffled on getting herself a laptop again. I told her my first day there that if she wanted one we should pick it out early in my visit. So of course she decides to seriously consider it the day before I planned to leave. Ultimately she opted not to, but I half expect a phone call where she says she bought one and needs help setting up everything (and I do mean everything, the closest she's come to having a computer is an electronic typewriter).

So I guess this is where I bore all of you with knitting. Cut for images and length. )

I really do need to post more often. *whew*
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June 17th, 2011

Tiny knitting update

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In more ways that one.

I finished the sewing thread bolero for Anjeni.

Candyfloss Bolero - Back

Front view under the cut. )

The pattern is once again Ysolda Teague's Cloud Bolero. I knit the smallest size on 5/0 (1mm) needles with two strands of sewing thread.
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June 3rd, 2011

ARGH

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Well I've ripped out the sewing thread knitting I was doing and I'll be restarting it. It's not Shadow's fault. Apparently I missed a stitch, in the middle of the lace pattern of course, and didn't notice it until bout ten rows later.... I tried the trick where you deliberately drop and run stitches down so you can reknit the area with the mistake. Alas, with the tiny stitches and the way this stitch pattern makes and consumes stitches in different parts of the row it just didn't work.

So, to remind myself that other projects are actually working, you get some more knitting photos.

Water Bottle Cozies

Water bottle cozies for myself and [info]hafoc at Anthrocon. :)

Two other projects under the cut. )
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June 1st, 2011

Cats

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I was in the living room talking with [info]hafoc and I look over toward the hall and see Shadow trotting along, tail in the air in that posture that signifies "pleased with myself", and a toy in her mouth.

I focused on her mouth, because that shape wasn't any toy I was familiar with, and she was so pleased I wondered if she had silently caught a live mouse or something.

The something was pale pink and yellow and had long silvery sticks poking out of it. In fact it looked a lot like this:

Candy Floss Bolero

Which is what I had left on my desk in the middle of a row to go see what Hafoc was chuckling at.

Shadow, ever courteous, let me have it, and followed me as I quickly collected the yards of sewing thread that had rolled off the spools behind her. The majority of the "damage" was the tangle I made collecting the thread. And the wet ends left from my cast on, ew.

I sat at the dining room table to untangle things and rewind spools. Since I was there, I finished the row, and just as I set the knitting down Shadow walks up and looks at me, all big eyes and dark floofy face and trills.

"Hi! I'm cute and floofy and soft and cuddly and purr-y... and I just stole your knitting and you still love me."
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May 30th, 2011

Still not dead

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And I have knitting to prove it.

Older items under here. )

And because I just finished it you get this one out from under the cut:
Lace Yoke Shell All dressed up...

This is an adaption of a baby top pattern. I may blog about that separately on that craft blog I keep saying I will get started.
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March 8th, 2011

Another long term project done

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Remember those socks I was working on that went from socks to knee socks to thigh high socks? They're done!

Tall Socks

I ran out of yarn just after the knee shaping, which stalled these for a good nine months. Eventually I decided to just use another yarn for the ribbing and finish them.

Some detail shots under the cut. )

If I ever figure out how to get a good photo of these on my legs you will see them again.
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February 27th, 2011

It Is DONE... almost

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I just finished binding off my red shawl!

I started it three years ago in June 2008. At times it spent months ignored in the project box. I went a bit nuts and dumped the last 44 row section for a 112 row section of my own design, making it much larger than I expected it to be when I cast on those original nine stitches. It is so large that completely unblocked and crinkled up it's already 43" down the "spine" and about 90" across the "wingspan".

Blocking this will be a challenge. My original plan involved half a dozen stainless steel welding rods, twenty five long zip ties, between one and two hundred T pins (that's all I have), and a sheet of foam insulation board. I had figured an 8'x4' surface would be plenty, now however... well it would be a very gentle blocking.

Maybe I could use two boards, cutting one into a 8'x2' piece and two 4'x2' pieces to extend the other to 12'x6' (with 2' square missing corners on one long side). I won't need that much space but more than 8'x4' seems very likely.

Thank goodness I'm tall.
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February 2nd, 2011

Knitting update

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I was just tidying up my Ravelry projects by linking to blog posts and realized I hadn't posted some finished objects from the end of December and through January.

The red dalek for my brother completes the set of three (the first was grey, the second gold):

Red Dalek

The rest are under this cut. )
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