patelyne: (knitting)
This past week I only worked on the playmat for my nieces. Mostly because my motivation was still running high on it (new project and all) and also partly because my brain didn't want to focus on any complicated patterns due to having a cold/flu/horrific-alien-plague.

pictures and stuff behind the cut )
patelyne: (sherlock blog)
In another long overdue update, I've made some progress on my playmat.

I had to return that library book, but not before I managed to find used copies of both The Knitted Farmyard and Knit an Enchanted Castle for really cheap. They include nearly all the things I wanted to make from the Knit a Fantasy Story book, even down to using the same photos an wording. The patterns are jumbled around a little, but they're there with the exception of just a few. I'm thinking they must be included in Jan Messent's Knitted Gnomes and Fairies book, but I'm not sure.

Anyhow, this is where I'm at right now- )
patelyne: (Default)
UPDATE -- Okay, so I think I have all of yesterday's formatting issues cleaned up.
Sorry about that!

Just like last week, daily posts were on my craft blog under the TDF tag for Tour de Fleece
(including some gratuitous pet pictures mixed in with the spinning updates)

And if you click through this cut you'll see the quick-ish recap right here )
patelyne: (Chuck - Sara coffee)
So this was the first week of the Tour de Fleece, and I spun spun spun all week long. I have a giant progress post almost ready for tomorrow, but since I did manage to sneak a few non-spinning things in this week I decided to post them separate today.

Things I done-did )
patelyne: (sherlock blog)


Last post ended with this teaser pic of the Sherlock blanket I’m working on, now I’m here to show off the bunches of photos and share the links that go along with it. All the links (like most of my knitting links) go back to Ravelry.

click the clicky )
patelyne: (knitting)
I love a good KAL, it's the reason I'm such a joiner when it comes to crafting. 

It is a great resource, especially if you're trying something new, to have a group (usually including the designer) that you can turn to if you have questions or problems. It's fun seeing how changing the yarn types and colors can make the exact same pattern turn out so incredibly different. Sometimes you get to knit patterns that haven't been released yet, or pay patterns for free which is always nice. And doesn't everyone having a built in audience who is just as interested in what you're doing as you are in their projects? 

The only problems with good KALs are that Rav has so many of them and I have little willpower to resist them. Not a really awful problem to have, except it's done some major adding to my WIP load. 

As of this month I am involved in 3 KALs. 

More of what I'm working on right now )
patelyne: (knitting)
You ever have this problem?
You are getting close to a project’s end and then you see something that is going to keep it from being the perfect finished object you imagined.
Then your knitting slows. Slooooooooows. And it’s like … you don't have to accept it isn't going to be what you wanted if you don't actually finish it. So you procrastinate.

Maybe you cast on a couple new projects.
Did I mention that I’m now in a Hurricane Hat KAL and another mystery toy KAL, both started this month?

Maybe you get a sudden interest in finishing other lingering projects.
Guess what - I finished the end weaving on the three finished preemie hats in my WIP post -
and I took all of Sunday and knitted that pink and yellow gift baby hat I mentioned.
Check out the swirly cute-ness, modeled by my slightly big headed doll:



I was almost ready to work on one of my other projects in the WIP box, or finish pulling all those pics of my cell phone from the Alapaca farm to post here.
But eventually even I had to accept that you just need to suck it up and just face those problem projects head on.

What was I stalling on? That cute and impossibly bright summer top for my older niece. The first one just sailed by easy-peasy. The second one seemed to, but then things started to go wrong. And I was so excited to make these shirts (the pattern is just perfect for them) which only made me more irritated with myself for having problems.

I suddenly was running out of every yarn I reached for. And the colors weren’t at the store anymore. I ended up having to change my color choices a few times.
I started out wanting a multi bottom, solid belt and multi top. By the time I got to the belt I realized I wasn't going to have enough multi left for that, so I decided for a yellow belt and top.
And speaking of the belt - the button mods I had notes copied down for looked like gibberish when I sat down to follow them.
After finally figuring out what I was doing and getting through the belt, I wasn't having confidence in having enough yellow for that. Soooo it got a blue panel in the middle.
I was happy with how it looked, coordinating but not too matchy with her little sister's. But when I got to 3/4 done with the straps I ran out of yellow. At least I was doing them two at a time, so they ran out in the same spot. I thought about changing to blue at the bottoms, but that might have stood out too much.
(and if you’re still following this, I give you a gold star)

I let the shirt sit for days. In very-nearly-almost-done limbo.
I did have a little bit of the multi left, not as jarring a color change as a block of blue and matching the bottom. I thought it might not look so bad, and couldn’t think of a better option.
Finally I decided to go for it. Figured I had nothing to lose, and it's not like garter stitch is all that hard to rip back.

And you know what? In the end I actually like how the shirt came out.



The color change that had me so worried is right where the straps cross, so it's just about the best spot to run out if I had to.
I might even be able to pull it off as intentional. At least I’ve decided not to talk it down to my sister before sending her the shirts.



Oh, and now that I’m feeling more accomplished by actually finishing things I’ll be starting on that Alpaca pic post … or maybe I’ll just work a little on these KALs first
patelyne: (knitting)
Remember when I said there was going to be a couple posts about my epic sized WIPs?
This is first one of them.

So there is this book called Knit a Fantasy Story, by Jan Messent. Ever since I heard about it, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. It’s a toy pattern book from the late 80’s, so expect some cheesiness in the photos but it is very worth it. There's a section with a farmyard, a castle and then fantasy creatures. I have a thing for play sets with lots of pieces, and these toys look like a great gift idea.

Sadly this book is no longer in print. Since I couldn't find a used copy for a decent price, I requested to borrow it through inter library loan. It took over three weeks, but it finally came in.
(I have since found out you can buy separate books that cover each of the sections. From the Amazon previews they might even have the exact same contents, but I'm not sure. I have a feeling I'll find out about a couple of them at some point.)

I'm starting with the Farmyard Fantasia. It's an excerpt from the book The Knitted Farmyard (by Hannelore Wernhard). Except that's kind of a bad name because, until you get to the accessories, there isn't a whole lot knitted about it. Still I am super excited to be working on this. So excited that I'm actually planning on making two versions of the farmyard.


Picture of the farmyard from the book

Pictures of my WIP and planning details behind the cut )

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