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Well Travelled Knitting

I am a self proclaimed geek.  I love science fiction, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and really most things Joss Wedon.  I’d rather watch movies that make me think (with the exception of Primer.  If anyone can explain that movie to me in ten sentences or less I’d be grateful).  Jersey Shore is not (nor will it ever be) my thing, and reality TV is anything but reality.  The closest I get to turning off my brain and watching silly TV is Supernatural or Big Bang Theory.  So really it’s no surprise that I gravitated to the Nerd Wars group on Ravelry.

I love the little challenges each month and figuring out how to fit my knitting into them.  Team Hellmouth, (that’s for Buffy) has become a little online home for me.  My other Hellmouth team-mates knew about my new job and celebrated with me.  They knew the last year was hard and sent me words of encouragement to get me through it.  And they are wonderful at finding team tie-ins for projects and how to make things fit when you have no idea how to make your projects work.  But each tournament only lasts three months, and then there is a month of hang time as the (truly awesome mods) figure out the next three months of challenges.

So, being a rather industrious group, Cute Critter War was devised to fill in the space.  You don’t knit for a team, you just make critters and fit them into a category.  Normally, I shy away from it.  Not for any reason other than timing.  But this last round, I thought I would play along and even signed up for the Critter Swap.  I was paired up with a woman in the States and sent her this cute little lady.

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The pattern is Japanese Ladies and the yarn is left over Knit Picks that I had lying around.  She was easy and fun and my SIL thought it was adorable when I asked to use her glue gun during a visit.  So off this little one went in a box and she started her journey to the states where I hope she has found a happy home with another competitor.

In return I got this little guy.

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I think he’s rather lovely and my Hubby chuckles every time he looks at him.  This little guy guards my knitting books and he does it very well.  He stands tall and brings a smile to my face every time I see him.

I’m not sure that I will do the next Critter Wars.  Again, it will just be timing.  And even though I am a fast knitter, I still have so many other projects on the needles that I just don’t know if I have the time.  But, if I do, I think I’ll do another swap.  I think my Little Guy needs a friend.


Fine. You’re Getting a Corset

This past week one of my friends celebrated a birthday. Two days before the happy event I fired off a quick text message asking him what he wanted.  Mr. S responded by saying “nothing other than your company”.  (In reality the exchange was a little longer than that, and did involve me banging my head on the table.)  He did mention that he could always use another gargoyle to add to the ones I have already made him.

This was the first one.  It is kind've cute.

This was the first one. It is kind’ve cute.

I pointed out that I really can’t knit that quickly.  And full circle we went back to not really having an answer of any kind.

So later the next day I was looking up a pattern for Nerd Wars and found something that made my heart sing.  It was simple and fast and I had lots of ends in my stash that this would work for and I shouted “that’s what you’re  getting! Don’t ever tell me you don’t know what you want for your birthday!”

And in that moment a soda corset was born.

After a very little bit of knitting time this happened.

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That’s my hubby doing the lacing. He said he wanted to help.

And then this happened.

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And then when it was all said and done this happened.

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Mr. S being a little cheeky. Also, he’s camera shy.

The point is that there is a lesson to be had here.  When your knitter type friend asks you what you want for your birthday, (especially if that knitter type friend is me), you’d best tell them.  We are a creative bunch and we have access to hundreds of free patterns.

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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


She Saved the World A Lot – A Slayer Worthy Wash Cloth

Nerd Wars is back, and we are in the second month of tournament five.  And I am again on Team Hellmouth, which is truly where I need to be, since I am a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this (ha!) little knitting competition, Nerd Wars is a group on Ravelry where fibre loving people come together and create items inspired by our favourite fandom.  The teams are vast and varied and chances are, if you are a fan of pretty much anything you can find your tribe and join up with them.  Each month has six different challenges that you can compete in and your project has to reflect the challenge.  If you can tie it to your team, you also get team spirit points.  For every month there is also a team unity project.  Those projects (at least in the Hellmouth) are a team decision and while it certainly doesn’t mean we all create the same item, it does mean that we create something with the same team tie-in in mind and then we get extra points for out team based on those projects.

I love Nerd Wars for a bunch of reasons.  I love Buffy and finding things to create from one of my favourite shows & graphic novels is a world of fun.  (Though I draw the line at knitting a Xander inspired eye patch.  I have, however, crafted scarves, mitts, toy elephants, a set of minions, and a Mr. Pointy.)  I am always amazed at the number of ways  that as a group we can tie our projects to our show.  My two elephants, for example, were named Spike and Angel and represented the love relations that Buffy had with two vampires while having a stated mission of killing all vampires, hence the elephant in the room connection.  The other reason why I love Nerd Wars is at least once a month, I have an excuse to knit a dishcloth for one of the challenges, so it’s encouraging my dishcloth challenge to move a long at a steady pace.

This is my most recent cloth, and I squeaked it in just under the line for the last round of Nerd Wars.  It was the last cloth that had to be knit to bring the dishcloth challenge total up to 12 by July 1st.

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I am now officially at the half way mark of my dishcloth challenge and right where I need to be to complete all 24 cloths by the end of the year.  (For a complete list of all the other cloths I have made, you can go here.   It needs a little updating, but most of them are there with links to the patterns.  I only knit free dishcloths so if you find one you like you can have a little instant gratification knitting of your own on your needles in no time.)

This little peace sign cloth got to wear a lot of hats, so to speak.  First, it was the 12th cloth.  Next it fulfilled the technical challenge posted last month in Nerd Wars – craft something representative of a past era – the 1960’s appeared on the list.  I got team tie in points ’cause you know Buffy was always trying to save the world and make it a more peaceful place, and think about how important a good wash cloth would be if your job involved skulking around at night killing demons of unholy origins.  It’s not a clean job and a little dirt and grime would be the least of your concerns.  (I think that’s why we never saw any of the characters wearing the same outfit twice.  What would you use to get otherworldly ichor out of your clothes and hair?)  After a rough night of slaying a girl would just need to soak and scrub the night away, don’t you think?   And finally, (*what follows is a tiny little spoiler if you are watching the series and not finished it yet, you may want to skip to the last paragraph*) it was my team unity project as we had to knit something that represented Dawn (Buffy’s very annoying supernatural sort-of sister) so I used the last of my green cotton to represent the colour of Dawn’s energy.  (To all the fibre people reading this, at least your annoying little sisters never had green energy exploding from them when you didn’t let them play with you.  Your sibling could have been far worse.)

So that’s how one little cloth can be way more than a cloth.  I already have my next cloth picked and it is for Nerd Wars.  It’s a Snoopy cloth.  For the Buffy people reading this, I’m pretty sure you all get the joke.  For anyone else who’s confused about what the hell Snoopy has to do with Buffy, I promise I’ll explain it all when it’s posted.


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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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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Never Say Never When it Comes to Knitting

Over my years as a knitter I have learned to never say never.  First I said I would never knit a Clapotis ’cause I just didn’t get it.  Then I knit one and ended up knitting three more for gifts that same year.  But that time the Clapotis band wagon was long gone and I was left standing in the gently settling dust with my very pretty knitting.

Then I said I would never be  a sock knitter.  Um, well, I have a small sock yarn addiction and own about 7 pairs of handknit socks.  I’ve also joined  the 26 pair plunge challenge and have at least four pairs on the needles.  Then, once I accepted that I was in fact a sock knitter, I said to my husband that I didn’t understand why people would knit complicated cables and lace for socks.  It just didn’t make sense.  At this point I need to consider just how much energy you as the reader would be willing to spend on this blog post.  Lets just say I’ve had to eat a lot of crow on that last point.

Now I have something else to add to that list.  I can never say I will not knit earwarmers in the shape of elf ears.  Yes, you read that correctly, I am knitting elf ears.  These certainly weren’t on the Year of Project list when I made it in June and really the thought of knitting elf ears never really entered my brain.  But, now I’m doing my second Nerd Wars and one of the challenges is to learn something about a different team.  And as it turns out, my partner for a different challenge is from Team Epic, (I’m on Team Hellmouth.)  And she designed and knit a pair of elf ear-warmers and she was kind enough to pass the pattern on to me.

I’ll let you know how they turn out.  I’m told they will be a very fast knit and everyone needs warm ears.  Warm, slightly pointy ears.


And You Thought Zombies Would Take Over the World

This morning I woke up to a very strange noise.

Thank God we weren't felted!

Our new house mates made themselves right at home.

Quickly! To the wine rack!

Shortly after my friend arrived for the first Leafs game of the season.  (We won!!)  My minions have an odd way of making people feeling at home.

Huh. It's a good thing there are only 4 of us!

Everyone noticed that there was some tension between Maytal and Mabel.

Down in front!

Finally with some encouragement

Sometimes, we have to outnumber you to encourage you....

First contact was made

Soooo... uhhhh... Do you, um, come here.... often? Sometimes?

This is the start  of a beautiful friendship

Friends forever!

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