knitting, doll collecting, the cat, life and other randomness

A few FO’s

Not much to show this week, for some reason my crafting time has almost disappeared.

Could be because of this distraction:

(finally worn out from Da Bird)

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My cuffs were ripped out from the last post, but I recast on for some different ones.  Phytolith Fingerless Mitts

these were quick and easy and made the stripes of skein really pop.  I’m definitely increasing the length of the stripes next time, as well as making sure I don’t leave white spots!!!!

I finished my L’Envelope.  I haven’t taken modeled shots, but I have worn it quite a bit since I finished it.  Lots of garter stitch!

my distraction could also come from the Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire demo being released:

(source)

I had big plans for Halloween with my dolls, but just haven’t been able to get to them.  I did take a cool picture of my new Haunted Beauty Mistress of the Manor.

Thanksgiving weekend fun

Awesome Sister and I pulled out the dyepots this weekend.  It had been quite awhile since we had done this so it was a nice change of pace.

First up I’ll show Awesome Sister’s skeins.

1.  Sparkle sock (80/15/5  SW Merino/nylon/sparkle)

Dark grey, intense blue and scummy green

2. Cash DK (80/10/10 SW Merino/Cashmere/Nylon)

Self striping skein.  6 rows grey, 6 rows variegated blue

3.  SW Merino Worsted
split into two 50g balls for blanket squares
Hot pink (this is super bright!)
Forest Green

Awesome Sisters set:

Awesome Sister always gets such amazingly saturated colours.
Onto my skeins
1. Cash DK
Self striping skein, 6 rows pale grey, 1 row black, 4 rows variegated, 1 row black
(this is probably my favorite one)
2.Sparkle Sock
Burgundy, teal and gold

3. BFL Sock (80/20 BFL/Nylon)

I call this one Christmas Camouflage.  pink, turquoise, chartreuse, orange and piney green

This one turned out very pale compared to what I envisioned, but it should be nice any way.

My set:

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I’ve already wound and cast on my dk stripe skein, and I’m so glad that it is working out. :)  All that swatching and measuring was worth it.

 

(bonus shot of Kitt learning how to model knits)

When I was thinking of the colours to use for my variegated stripe I read some interesting posts on colour theory.  The first is specifically for knitters and the 2nd more for designers, but it works for all colour stuff.

http://www.freshstitches.com/color-theory-101-selecting-yarns-that-go-together/

The split complementary scheme is definitely going to be useful for choosing shawl colours

 

http://www.tigercolor.com/color-lab/color-theory/color-theory-intro.htm

Here is where I found information on the rectangle colour scheme.

We have snuggles!  They don’t last forever but it is amazing progress

 

 

 

Actual Knitting content…

Phew… while my blogging mojo went away, my knitting mojo made up for that. yay!

I’ve made two hat/mitten sets for the upcoming winter

first one is from Cascade Hollywood, which surprised me by being AWESOME YARN.  So sparkly!

close up’s because I had a hard time getting good pictures of these:

The hat needed blocking to get the right drape, but after that it was wonderful.

My second set is from Malabrigo Rios in Marte (my new favorite Malabrigo colour)

I loved knitting the welts on the hat and I will definitely be doing that again.

I’m half way through the next hat/mitten set.  This one is from Madelinetosh Vintage in Kale.

so squishy!  The mittens are up next in my queue.. just need to finish this thing:

That’s the main body and I’m on the ‘sleeve’ now.  I”m hoping it will look as nice as I picture it will.  This is being knit from Lion Brand Lion’s Pride Woolspun.  Another yarn that has surprised me with being wonderful. :)

squishy garter stitch… (though you can tell my cable isn’t long enough…)

Next up on the needles.. xmas gifts!!!!

Here’s the first one:

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Adventures with Kitt Kat

We’ve been adopted by a new kitty!  He showed up outside a few months ago and has slowly been getting braver.

He came in fully on Sunday and (after a quick vet visit for nuetering/microchipping and stuff) has settled himself in really well.

this is Kitt Kat:

He has the fluffiest tail ever!

So day 1 had Katie and Kitt sitting like this:

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Day Two started with this:

She later turned over and let him sniff her. :)  Then later in the evening:

Notice the eye crack on Katie, she was more annoyed by the camera coming out.  (duct tape square indicates we have to sort through that bin… we will…. eventually)

Kitt is about 10 months old and as far as we can tell has been a stray all his life.  He’s super friendly though. :)


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