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FO Friday – Flowers on a Snowy Day

Today it snowed.  It’s probably not going to stay on the ground but it doesn’t  change the fact that for a while today large white flakes were falling from the sky.  It also doesn’t change the fact that I hate winter.  I hate the cold.  But even more than that, I hate the perpetual grey that comes with it.  The winter sun does little to improve the situation.  But, these little flowers might.  They are a memory and a promise of the warm, colourful days that lie just around the corner.

Made for Nerd Wars, there took almost no time at all and they can brighten even the ugliest of winter days.  You can read how to make them here.

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FO Friday – I Have got to get me One of These!!!!

Ah Nerd Wars.  You crazy, lovely group on Ravelry.  I knit things that I never thought I would knit because of you.  I am, as always, on Team Hellmouth (that’s the Buffy the Vampire Slayer group).  It’s a wonderful little group and through the tournaments they other members have become an online Nerd Wars family.  I know I can post something and ask for a tie-in to the show and within no time someone will have a reference for me.  I love that we get little virtual badges for completing  projects.  It’s like we are a merry band of mistfit girl guides collecting very specialized badges for our sashes.

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This was for submitting my 6th project this tournament. I realize that I am sort of stating the obvious here.

And as much as I love my team and can’t think of any other team that I would want to be on enough to pull up my stakes and high tail it away from my other Hellmouth knitters, some of my favourite challenges occur when we have to knit something inspired my another geekdom and then tie it back to our own team.   This time it focused on a “tool or gadget” that would be helpful to one of the charactors in our geekdom.  Before I was even finished reading to the bottom of the description I knew that Xander really needed a Sonic Screwdriver.  (Really, who doesn’t)?

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I mere few hours later I had this

For those of you not in the know, this is a Sonic Screwdriver from Doctor Who.  Here is my rationale behind it:  The first idea that popped into my head was the Xander really needs a Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver. Being the only member of the Scoobie gang that doesn’t have any mystical powers to back him up, a physical object that makes things happen would be a perfect stocking stuffer him. So here it is, Xander’s Sonic Screwdriver.

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YOP Year Two – July 8th

Technically the first official update doesn’t have to happen until next week.  So if you’re reading this, and you’re new to YOP and you don’t have a post ready, don’t worry.  Sit  back, relax, read some blogs, fondle some fibre …… it’s all good.

As for my list, I realized that there was one WIP that I had missed adding to my original list, so it’s there now, and I have my first finish. Wingspan is off the needles!!!!!

Clearly I need to weave in the ends and block it.
I’m hoping to have better pictures this week for Finished Object Friday

Now before you start thinking that I am some sort of knitting genius or speed guru let me assure that I am not.  This was started in June as part of Nerd Wars and not finished before the start of the second Year of Projects began.  It made it onto my list for a few reasons.  First, it is a WIP and I really am committed to finishing my WIPS and getting out of control project polygamy into something resembling “reasonable”.  Two, it’s a Christmas gift for my Mother in Law.  Three comes from a lesson that I learned with the first Year of Projects.  If it’s on the list I am far more likely to knit it than if it is not.  I like seeing things get crossed off the list.   I also don’t change my list too much throughout the year (last year I removed two items only – one because I realized that the sock pattern was toe up and I hate toe up socks with a passion and the other because I realized a truly had no interest in making the item at all).

All that aside, I have one project off my list and have started the “balls out” of stash count in the right direction.

And…… here’s the list

A Year of Projects the Sequel 

WIPS

  • Stained glass mittens
  • Fiddle Heads
  • Cherie
  • Slippers – mom
  • Rattlesnake creek
  • Roam
  • Oliver’s Blanket
  • Noro Log Cabin
  • Algonquin
  • Walnut Grove
  • Masonic Lodge Socks

Cardigans

  • Stage Door
  • Central Park Hoodie
  • Angural Cardi
  • Julia
  • Iced
  • Wallis
  • Bohus

Shawls (12 in 12)

  • #7 Cliff of insanity
  • #8 Earth and Sky
  • #9 Wingspan (Finished July 2012)
  • #10 Colour affection (In Progress)
  • #11
  • #12

Socks

  • Jaywalker (In Progress)
  • Lenore
  • Carousal
  • Fargyles
  • Staked
  • Flutter Bye’s
  • Aargon
  • Nutkin
  • Cubist socks

Other

  • Locksley
  • Stephen West gloves
  • Willow mitts
  • Ellipses
  • Frankenstein (In Progress)
  • Hypernova
  • Anne Hanson fingerless gloves

Totals

1/40 Complete

14/39  In Progress

Dishcloth challenge

0/12

Balls in/out

0/7.5  July


On My Needles & Between My Pages

On My Needles

After a nasty little bit of knitting constipation, I have finally found my  mojo again and it’s in the form of Wingspan.  This wonderful little pattern is really simple and within very little time you know what comes next.  It’s a prefect project to ease back into the fibre world after my little hiatus.  The yarn is all inherited Rowan Tweed and I love the way this is turning out.  Even better is that this little projects is pulling triple duty.  First, it’s part of Nerd Wars, and it’s part of the 12 shawls in 2012, and it will be a gift for my Mother in Law.  (No pressure  little project.  You’ll turn out fine.)

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Between my pages
Since my reading time has been devoted to textbooks, notes, and occasionally professional journal entries, it means that my recreational reading has plummeted dramatically so I’m still lost in the pages of The Night Circus. But, if it’s going to take me weeks and weeks to finish a book it may as well be this one.  Each page is captivating and for five or ten minutes a day it’s a wonderful escape into another world.  If you do not have a copy of this book go out now and get one.  Really, drop everything and run to your book store or library.  You will not regret a single minute of it.  

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No, they Really are just Bobbles

Nerd Wars is still raging on, and for one of the entries in the second round I immediately thought of a sheep dishcloth pattern I had recently stumbled upon on Rav.  What didn’t really clue into was that it had bobbles in the pattern.  I hate bobbles.  Hate them. They are Satan’s contribution to the world of knitting.  I knit bobbles once and pretty much vowed to never do them again.  I have repressed the memory so heartily that it don’t even remember what project I knit them in.  For some reason I have yet to discern, once I realized that the bobbles were there, I decided to knit the cloth anyway.  I mean really, there aren’t that many rows with bobbles in them.  How bad can it be?  My answer turns out to be: Pretty freaking annoying.  (Just for the record bobbles are not difficult, they are just tedious and annoying and they slow my knitting down.)
It really didn’t help when my lovely dear husband leaned over and exclaimed, they look like nipples.  Great.  Thanks for that, Honey (ed. note: Don’t look at me.  I got it from the Yarn Harlot, and I never would have known about her if you didn’t sit there snickering while you read her books.)

About 30 seconds later he caught me staring at the cloth and gave me that inquisitive look, so I explained that I was thinking about what would happen if I mentioned the word nipple in my post.  And about what kind of spam that might lead to.  To which he replied that it wasn’t even nipples, it was sheep nipples which should be a whole different, much more specialized kind of spam, and good curse word to boot.
So for those of you keeping track, I have mentioned Satan, repeatedly used the word nipple (ed. note: and now Harlot), and invented a new cuss phrase and I’ve done all that without showing you the cloth. I am on a roll here.  I could at this point just keep going.  I could just see how weird and ridiculous I could make my spam become.  But I think, I would rather just show you the cloth and move on from the bobbles.

Pattern: Knitted Bobbles the Sheep Cloth

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The original idea for this challenge came from Ruth (and she sucked in Kimmery and I). Head on over to her blog to read all about it.

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The Dishcloth Challenge Continues

I am having a wonderful time with my personal dishcloth challenge.  I love the instant gratification and my little stack of handknit cloths makes me smile whenever I look at them.

 

 

I am having a blast knitting things that show up in some of my favourite tv shows.  While I would never want to knit a full size Tardis or a  Buffy doll, wiping up a little cloth that allows me to be a fan of something without looking like a crazy stalker is a lot of fun.

With the addition of my Batty cloth, a Nerd Wars entry commemorating the historic moment when Buffy meets Dracula,  my completed total has risen to four.
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So far we haven’t used any of the new cloths, but I have assured my husband that they are for use.  I’m certainly not knitting them so that they can sit around and collect dust!

But there is more to accomplish with this challenge than finishing 24 cute little cloths.  My current goal is to condense both of these containers into one.  I don’t need two containers of cotton.  I really don’t knit with it all that often.  And when it comes right down to it, knitting anything larger than a dishcloth out of cotton is not something that I enjoy enough to want to do.  Cotton is just not my thing.

So the next step is to turn this pile of ends into a petal cloth.

The big one is just for backup. Hoping to use up all the small ends first.

These cloths are my favourite to knit.  They are fast, cute, and have amazing durability.  I’ve knit many and currently the cloth in use in my kitchen is one of them.  I’m not sure what the ends are any more, but they are all the same brand and it’s the kind of cotton that cost $1 a ball and that you can find in a craft store instead of a yarn store.   And, it makes great cloths. (Even if the colours do fade really quickly).  But, I have cloths that have been in constant use for almost two years out of this brand and aside from being stained new and interesting colours (I  don’t bother trying to get stains out of cloths, they just get tossed in the washer and then back in the dirty dishes anyway), they are all still in prefect shape.   Which is good, because there is a Micheal’s opening up within walking distance of my house and I can always get more there.  But, if I want to keep the cotton contained to one basket, these ends really need to go.

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Don’t Fear Your Robot Master

So today’s post was supposed to be final photos of my last two shawls, but I finished Clink for Nerd Wars and I think he’s just too darn cute not too share.  He marks my third entry this round and completed the Geek Culture challenge.  Fans of Buffy know that there is a Buffy Bot that makes an appearance a few times in the series and I envision this little guy being her bff.  Sure, he might be all old school robot style, but with those big eyes and squishiness, how could it not work out!

I will guard the knitting books!!!

I see you!!!!

Do I blend in?

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The Beasties are Coming

Nerd Wars Tournament four is in full swing, and I’m having a blast with this round.  This is my third Nerd Wars, and the first one that I am finally feeling like I am getting to have a lot of fun with.  Like other Nerd Wars competitors, my first Nerd Wars was spent trying to figure things out and learn my way around.  My second Nerd Wars happened over the months that involved Christmas Knitting, so I had to find ways to make my pre-existing projects fit into the parameters of the competition.  But this round, I have time to be creative and make things for whatever categories strike my fancy.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Nerd Wars, here’s the scoop.  Nerd Wars is a place where knitters with similar interests can find their tribe, join up, and make things inspired by their chosen geekdom to earn points for their team/tribe.  For me it’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  But you can join space based teams, the mythology focused team, focus on your favourite Doctor, or solve the mystery with the detective group.  Whatever your passion, there is a group for you.  And let’s be honest, we all have a show or genre that we know more about then the person standing next to us.  In this competition you get to take your geek and wear it proudly and even show it off!

Each tournament lasts three months, and each month challenges are posted in six subjects.  The subjects always remain the same, but the content changes each month.  Think of it like highschool math, and if you were like me and hated highschool math just bear with me (the comparison is really not that painful).  One week in math class you might be studying algebra and the next week calculus, but it was always math.  Nerd Wars is the same way.  For every category that you submit a project for you get ten points (five if you don’t quite finish in time), and you get three extra points if you can explain why the project is inspired by your geekdom.  I can find a ton of inspiration from Buffy and I’ve been having a blast.

My two completed entries so far are my Batty Dishcloth for the Scientific challenge, creating a single project that is knit is one piece, and a little heart bookmark for the Geek Pride challenge for depicting a relationship that occurs in your geekdom.

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On the needles is Clink for the technological challenge and a Bunny nugget for the intellectual and team unity challenge.

More updates to follow as things progress.  Now if I could just get the songs from Once More with Feeling out of my head I’d be a really happy knitter.