Matching Test Socks

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner!

The next thing that I want to talk about, is what I’m calling “Matching Test Socks.” I started these socks on  8/15. This is a test knit, so I really can’t talk about much about this Cowl until the pattern premiers in October.  I can’t show off in-progress pictures or any details. I CAN show off the yarn I’ve been using, though…

The designer, CC of JavaPurl Designs has okay’d me talking about the name of the pattern, which will be “I’ll Have Two Coffees And Two Cherry Danishes To Go Please Socks.”

I have the toe and a few pattern repeats done on the first sock. I have this pair of socks housed in my Nightmare Before Christmas tot by Slipped Stitch Studios. Their pattern store can be found here

I will update this post as soon as the pattern releases. Sorry again to dip and run, but it is what it is…

 

Update 9/7:

I’ve decided to rip the project out. Sorry… The yarn wants to be something else entirely…

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
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Granny’s Cloud Clusters Shawl

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next WIP I want to talk about, is a crochet shawl I started on 8/26 of this year. I’m calling this shawl “Granny’s Cloud Clusters Shawl.”

I am hosting this project in my “Bigger On The Inside” TARDIS bag by Addicted To Sock Knitting. Their website can be found here.

I am using the “Quick & Simple Granny Shawl” pattern by Hannah Owens. This is a shawl with Granny Clusters in it, so it goes REALLY fast. I am using a size G or 4.0mm crochet hook and 5 different colors of Cloudborn Fibers, Highland Superwash Sock Twist. I will be using the “Natural,” “Petal,” “Burgundy,” “Magenta,” and “Lavender Heather” colorways. Yes… In this exact order.

I am currently on the third color. I really DO love the way it’s working up. What do you think?

Update 9/7:

I finished the shawl Saturday Morning. This is FO #55. I did 60 rows of the Granny Clusters, then 1 row of double crochet, 1 of treble crochet, then 1 last row of double crochet to finish the shawl. What do you think of the shawl?

 

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

September 2020 DVD Socks

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The last part of my WIP Parade (for now), is a WIP I’m calling “September 2020 DVD Socks.”

This project is being housed in my Stainglass Beauty & The Beast bag by MollyKleinDesign. Her shop can be found here.

For the month of September, I’m using size US 1, 2.25mm 9 inch circs, and DVD’s (Desert Vista Dyeworks)”Elvis” colorway. This month’s pattern is “Vanilla Is The New Black” by Anneh Fletcher.

I’m a full color repeat in. I really DO love this color. So does Emptyeye, so this pair has become his. lol.  What do you think of the color?

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Butterfly Effective Xstitch

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! Hope you all had a great weekend! The next project I want to talk about is a cross-stitch that I’ve been working on, off and on, since  02/28 of this year. I called this project Butterfly Effective Xstitch.

The pattern I’m stitching on is the “Butterfly Forest” pattern by Dimensions. This is part of their Gold Collection.

As I TOTALLY expect this project to take me a bit, I started early. I think I have a recipient in mind, but I’m not for sure yet. Here are the pictures I’ve taken of my progress so far. I honestly haven’t worked on it in a few months. Oops… Should probably get back to it sooner rather than later…

 

Update 9/7:

I have been working a bit on this project, even if it doesn’t necessarily look like it. I recently found a knitting tool that I think I want to start using on this project full-time. It props up my pattern so I can see it as I’m stitching. I used to have to pick up the pattern and stare at it close to my face EVERY time I was working on it. Since I put the pattern on the magnet board, I’ve had less eye strain, and I can keep on going. Even when I have to check the pattern. It’s saved me BIG time over the past few weeks! I’m also using a needle minder that I bought when I bought my other canvases. It’s VERY pretty. It’s the coffee cup on my work below… What do you think?

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Doctor Who House

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/Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next project I want to talk about is what I’m calling Doctor Who House.

I started this cross stitch on 08/09 of this year. The Pattern I’m using is “In This House…Dr. Who” by Stitch Area.  This is a Geeky Doctor Who piece. LOTS of Doctor Who sayings that I LOVE. I recommend this for ALL Doctor Who fans who like to cross-stitch. Stitch Area’s Etsy Shop can be found here.

I TOTALLY expect this project to take me a long time, as I have other projects I need to finish in the remaining part of 2020. I’m going to try to balance out my crafts. We’ll see how this goes… lol.

I’ve gotten the first Dalek mostly done and the line of text directly under the midway point of the piece. Here’s what it looks like!

Update 9/7:

I have finished up the Daleks and the first line and I’m working on the second line. I REALLY love the way it’s looking so far. I’m trying to savor it and take my time with the project.

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
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Whispering Amira

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! This time, I want to talk about the project I called “Whispering Amira.”

I started this project in 2019, and it was meant to be a top I wore in the Summer, as it is a light garment. The pattern I’m working on for this one, is the “Amira” by Ranee Mueller. I’m using Knit Picks, CotLin yarn in the “Whisper” colorway. For this Summer garment, I’ve been using size US 3, 3.25mm and US 5, 3.75mm Zing needles.

The project is being housed in my “New Doctor Who” bag by WhimzeeStitches. His shop can be found here. I REALLY love this bag!

I also have a Tardis progress keeper from AdoreKnit that I’m using as a zipper pull. You can find AdoreKnit’s shop here.

This project has been restarted at least once. The First time I started this project, I thought about knitting it in pieces. But then I realized that I stink at seaming garments (well, anything in general). Once I made that decision, it was easier working in the round. There is this part now, where I’ve had to split the front and backs to allow for the sleeves. The front is on holders and the back is being worked (or is it the other way round? I can never remember… Either way, I need to work them separately). At first, I had both pieces on separate needles, and they would clank together, which drove me nuts. Then I realized I had interchangeable needles (even if I never really use them), that I could use the cable on to stop the clanking. Since I made the change-over, I really haven’t worked on it. Mostly because the Cotton and Linen blend hurts my hands after a few rows. Well, that, and the fact that each row requires you do something different, and there are times my brain DOES NOT want a pattern. Still. I’ve been thinking I should probably start working on it again soon.  What do you think?

 

Update 9/7:

Since the last time we’ve talked, I’ve decided that I want to wear this to my sister’s wedding. Which means I have to finish this top before the end of September. Wish me luck! I have done a whole pattern rotation (about 4 inches) on the back of the garment since the last time I’ve updated.

 

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

 

 

My Scrappy Happy Blanket – pt 2

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next WIP I want to talk about is what I called My Scrappy Happy Blanket – pt 2. I started this project on 06/01 of this year. I’m not really using a pattern and making it up as I go along. I’m using a 4.25mm (or a G) Hook to create 11 round Granny Squares that I’ll be using the Join As You Go method to connect them all.

This project is being hosted in my Catching Fireflies bag by Bags by Awesome Granny. Her shop can be found here. (as Of Monday, the bag’s in the shop! It’s called “Summer Nights Blue.” Yay!!!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This project will probably take me up until the end of the year (if not longer), and will contain SOOO many fingering weight scraps leftover from pairs of socks I’ve made myself. I haven’t had the ball bands on it for FOREVER, so I’ll try to update you with colors on the scraps when I know where they came from. I have scraps of my Sock Blank socks, and a few of the shawls I finished this year too. Can’t remember the names of them. I’m sorry.

The blanket isn’t all that much to look at right now, as I’m working on the squares. I haven’t even connected any of the squares yet. I have too few of them. Maybe when I have several more rows worth of squares, then I’ll feel motivated to start connecting them. Here is what I have so far…

Update 9/7:

I’ve finished 4 squares for this blanket since the last time I updated this post.

I have also used the Join As You Go method to put together two rows. I still have a few rows of squares left to add, but I wanted to stop and show you what I’ve been working on.

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
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Power Went Out? Ok. Time for A New Project

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next WIP that I’m going to talk about, I called “Power Went Out? Ok. Time for A New Project.” I started this project on 8/4 of this year. If you don’t know, that’s the date that Storm Isias hit our area, and Emptyeye and I lost power for 2 1/2 days. I decided I needed a new project to work on. Hence the name…

This project is being housed in my Tardis bag by The Knitting Broomstick. Jilly’s shop can be found here.

I’m using the Quick & Simple Granny Shawl” pattern by Hannah Owens. I’ve been using a size G or 4.0mm Knitters Pride crochet hook and MANY different scraps from Stripey Socks. I’m sorry. I no longer have the ball bands, so I don’t know what the colors. I”ve been adding colors pretty much at random as well. I hope to get this shawl to at least 100 rows, which should be about 200 granny clusters in the row. I’ll see when I feel like finishing it off. Here’s what I have so far…

Update 9/7:

I finished this shawl on 8/29. It went SUPER fast! This is FO #54 for the year. I LOVE this shawl. What do you think?

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Barrow’s Greatest Discovery

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next WIP I want to talk about, is what I called “Barrow’s Greatest Discovery.” I started this project on 6/20 of this year.

This project is being housed in my Jack Skellington Bag by MollyKleinDesign. Her etsy shop can be found here.

I used the “Toe-Up Socks With A Difference” pattern by Wendy D. Johnson, as this pair of socks is for someone else, so I want to make sure that they fit the intended recipient. I’m using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Socks in the “Christmas At Downton” colorway. I normally use US 1, 2.25mm 9 inch circs for a majority of the sock. Then I switch to 2 16 inch circulars for the toes, heel, and cuff.

I’m just past the first sock’s heel.  

 

Update 9/7:

I have finished the first sock and gotten to midway through the second foot.  Here’s what they look for now.

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Easy Peasy Dude!

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next WIP I want to talk about, is a crochet shawl  I call “Easy Peasy Dude!” that I cast on 8/26 of this year.

I am using the “Quick & Simple Granny Shawl” pattern by Hannah Owens. I am using a size G or 4.0mm crochet hook and MANY different stripey scraps. I don’t have the ball band on any of these. I’m sorry. It’s been awhile since I bought and used many of these skeins.

I am hosting this project in my 11th Doctor bag. There’s no label on this bag, so I have NO idea where I originally bought this. I’m sorry…

I’m not very far into this shawl, but I LOVE how it’s working up so far. What do you think?

 

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Toddler Hat

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next “WIP” I wish to discuss, is what I called “Toddler Hat.”

This hat went super fast. As in, I cast it on and finished it on 8/25. This is FO #53. I used Paintbox Yarns, superwash wool, Simply Aran in the “Vanilla Cream,” “Slate Green,” “Pistachio Green,” “Soft Fudge,” and “Red Wine” colorways. For the hat, I used size US 6, 4.0mm needles for the ribbing, and size US 8, 5.0mm needles for the rest of the hat. Switching to DPNs for the crown decreases. The project was done so quickly, I just housed it in a Ziploc bag… lol.

 

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Bebe Barley T

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner!

The next “WIP” I want to talk about is what I called “Bebe Barley T.” This knit went SUPER quick. As in, I was able to cast on and finish the hat on 8/16 and didn’t even have time to allocate a bag to include it to. This is FO 51 for the year.

The pattern I used for this hat, was the “Barley” pattern by TinCanKnits. I used Plymouth Yarns, Hot Cakes, in the color 6 “Garden Mix” colorway. I used size US 6, 4.0mm needles for the ribbing, and US 8, 5.0mm needles for the rest. Switched to DPNs for the crown decreases, as usual.

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Don’t Test Me

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner!

The next thing that I want to talk about, is what I’m calling “Don’t Test Me.” I started this Cowl on  8/15. This is a test knit, so I really can’t talk about much about this Cowl until the pattern premiers in October.  I can’t show off in-progress pictures or any details. I CAN show off the yarn I’ve been using, though…

The designer, CC of JavaPurl Designs has okay’d me talking about the name of the pattern, which will be “I’ll Have Two Coffees And Two Cherry Danishes To Go Please Cowl.”

I can also say that this starts with a provisional cast-on and is knit flat. I actually found an awesome new way of doing the provisional cast on that works better for me. Here’s the video I found.

I’m housing this Test Knit in my London Tardis bag by The Knitting Broomstick.  Jilly’s shop can be found here.

Sorry to tease you and dip, but it is what it is… I’ll come by and update the post as soon as the pattern releases with more details. I’m currently about half-way done knitting the Cowl, if that helps…

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Bebe Barley B

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! Hope your August went well!

The next “WIP” that I want to talk about is what I called “Bebe Barley B.” This was a very quick knit. I started it on 8/15 and finished it on 8/16. This got me a total of 70 yards.  The pattern I used on this hat was the “Barley” pattern by TinCanKnits. I used Plymouth Yarns, Hot Cakes,  in the color 6 “Garden Mix” colorway. For the hat, I used size US 6, 4.0mm needles for the ribbing, and size US 8, 5.0mm needles for the rest of the hat. Switching to DPNs for the crown decreases. The project was done so quickly, I just housed it in a Ziploc bag… lol.

I REALLY love the way this hat came out. What do you think?

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Bebe Flax 2

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next WIP I want to talk about, is what I called “Bebe Flax 2.”

This project is being housed in my Pink Mattress bag by The Knitting Broomstick. Jilly’s shop can be found here. Just be aware, she’s still on a hiatus as of April 2020.

I started this project on 8/14 of this year. I have been using the “Flax” pattern by TinCanKnits and Paintbox Yarns, Superwash wool, Worsted in the “Spearmint Green” colorway. For this jumper, I’ve been using size US 6, 4.0mm needles for the ribbing, and size US 8, 5.0mm 16 inch circular needles for the body of the jumper. I have just separated for the sleeves. It is now just round and round until the ribbing at the bottom. I have other things I need to concentrate on, but I think I’ll work on this slowly over the course of this week.

Here are some pictures of what the Jumper currently looks like. What do you think?

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Blanket Para Bebe

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next “WIP” I want to talk about is what I called “Blanket Para Bebe.” This is FO #52 for the year.

This blanket was housed in my Pink Mattress bag by The Knitting Broomstick. Jilly’s Etsy shop can be found here.

I started this blanket on 08/13 and finished this blanket on 8/25. It was a pretty quick knit, considering. I used the “Fuss Free Baby Blanket” pattern by Louise Tillbrook Designs and size US7, 4.5mm Knitters Pride Smart Sticks 24 inch cable, then I graduated it to a ChaioGoo red lace 60 inch cable once it got big enough.

I used Paintbox Yarns, superwash wool, Simply Aran in the “Vanilla Cream,” “Slate Green,” “Pistachio Green,” “Soft Fudge,” and “Red Wine” (in this order) colorways. To specify, I used 885 total yards. This is broken down as:

  • Vanilla Cream: 153 yards
  • Slate Green: 195 yards
  • PIstachio Green: 191 yards
  • Soft Fudge: 185 yards
  • Red Wine: 161 yards

The plan was to have the Soft Fudge color frame the other colors.  Here are some pictures of the blanket. I really love the way it came out! What do you all think?

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Bebe Flax 1

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! I hope you had a great weekend! The next project I’m going to talk about, is what I called “Bebe Flax 1.” I started this project on 08/11 of this year.

I’m knitting the 2->4 year size of the “Flax” pattern by TinCanKnits using Paintbox Yarns, Superwash wool, Worsted in the “Buttercup Yellow” colorway. I’ve been using size US 6, 4.0mm for the ribbing and size US 8, 5.0mm 16 inch circs for the rest of the sweater. I’ll also be using DPNs for the sleeves (once I get there, of course. I’m currently avoiding the sleeves, as I hate being on sleeve island…lol)

This project is being housed in my Pink Mattress bag by The Knitting Broomstick. Jilly’s shop can be found here.

This is what the jumper looks like currently. 

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

A Crowley Will Always Be A Crowley

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next WIP I’m going to talk about, is a project I called “A Crowley Will Always Be A Crowley.” I started this project on  06/28 of this year.

This project is being held in my Holiday Music Tot by Stitching The High Notes. Joanna’s Shop can be found here

I am using the “Downton Farewell” pattern by Phyll Lagerman. The yarn I’m using in these socks is Hue Loco Glitz Sock “Money Cake.” Until l get to the heel, I’ll be using US 1, 2.25mm 9 inch circs. Then I’ll be switching over to DPNs in the same size.

I’m still only mid-way through the first pattern rotation. It’s heavily patterned, so it will take me a bit. But, I’m okay with that, as this one has been in my queue ever since Downtown Abby went off the air a few years ago.

 

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

DVD Love <3

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next WIP I want to talk about is what I called DVD Love <3.

I started this blanket on 07/14 of this year. Shortly after I finished my other DVD scrap blanket. I’m using the “Granny Stripes” pattern by Lucy of Attic24. I’m using a size G 4.25mm crochet hook.

I’m using a Tan color from The  Loopy Ewe Solid Series to start and finish this blanket. I can’t remember the colorway name, I’m sorry. It’s not on The Loopy Ewe’s website at the moment, and I’ve since lost the tags for the yarn… I don’t believe they are carrying it at the moment, but Their store can be found here.

For the rest of this blanket, I’ll be using up the remainder of the yarn my DVD (Desert Vista Dyeworks) Monthly Sock Club socks that I’ve completed over the years. I’ll be listing each color I’ve used, as well as the amount of yardage I had left of each to add to the blanket below. Before I do that, you can find Desert Vista Dyework’s shop here.

From Year 1 of Sock Club:
1) Mar 2018 – Babushka – 161 yds (FO)
2) Apr 2018 – Poodle Skirt – 180 yds (FO)
3) May 2018 – Happy Birthday Cupcake! – 217 yds (FO)
4) June 2018 – Oh, Clark! – 203 yds (FO)
5) July 2018 – Clue -207 yds (FO)
6) Aug 2018 – Mr. Darcy – 208 yds (FO)
7) Sept 2018 – Zombody’s Eating Candy Corn – 157 yds (FO)
8) Oct 2018 – Dracula – 148 yds (FO)
9) Nov 2018 – Dia De Los Muertos – 129 yds (FO)
10) Dec 2018 – Bing And The Andrews Sisters – 143 yds (FO)

From Year 3 of Sock Club:
1) May 2020 – Daphne Zombody Blake – 203 yds (FO)
2) June 2020 – Crystal Ball Frap – 194 yds (FO)
3) July 2020 – Rose Champagne – 166 yds (FO)
4) August 2020 – Harold’s Purple Crayon – 176.56 yards
5) September 2020 – Elvis
6) October 2020 –
7) November 2020 –
9) December 2020 –

Other DVD Colorways:
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This project is being housed in my Zombie Bag by The Knitted Broomstick.

I’m all caught up on the socks I’ve already knit for the DVD Monthly Sock Club, so I’m just waiting until I finish September’s socks to add more to this blanket. For now, here is the current progress picture.

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Purple Viajante

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next project I want to talk about is what I called Purple Viajante.

The pattern I’m using for this project is the “Viajante” by Martina Behm. I plan on using 2 skeins of Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Silk Thread II in the colorway “KMBFLA (Kiss My Big Fat Lavendar A$$, if you must know what it stands for)”

This project is being housed in my Outlander bag by The Knitted Broomstick.

Her shop can be found here, even though Jilly has closed up the shop officially. She had some amazing bags!

I am using

I started this project on 05/17 of this year. Using size US 2, 2.75mm for the beginning Triangle, and US 3, 3.25mm.

I TOTALLY expect this project to take me a bit. I am just past the beginning triangle, and expect that this might be put aside for other things for a bit… I already have. I haven’t worked on it since 3 days after I cast it on…

Sorry about my hand being in the way, but it’s in that TOTALLY awkward phase where I’m just starting to work in the round. You know… When it’s hard to get a proper picture… Anyway. What do you think?

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

All Squared Up

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The last project I’m going to talk about this week, is what I called All Squared Up.

I cast on this blanket on 11/24 of 2019. This blanket is a bunch of 5 round Granny squares that I’m currently in the process of joining together using the Join As You Go Method. I’ve been using an I (eye) 5.5mm crochet hook. I’ve also been using a few scraps of yarn for most of the squares. Specifically Caron Simply Soft Stripes “Grape Purple” and “Rosewood,” Bernat Baby Sport “Baby Ombre,” Lion Brand Pound of Love “Creamsicle” and “Bluebell.” For the border, I’m using Red Heart Comfort Sport in the “Amethyst” colorway. As the blanket is so large, 

This project was housed in my Holiday Music Bag from Stitching The High Notes when I was working on the squares. It’s currently sitting in a box on the floor by my couch. The Stitching The High Notes shop can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been collecting pictures as I go, as I totally expected this project to take a bit, so… Here are the pictures I have of the squares.

A picture I took once I had each square placed, so I didn’t forget which order everything.

And honestly, I only have 1 row connected completely right now, so not much to show… I hope to finish this once the weather gets cooler. It’s ALOT of acrylic wool in my lap. Too  much for the heat… Hopefully, I can get this re-started soon. Wish me luck… lol.

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

The Blustery Day

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next project I’m going to talk about is what I called The Blustery Day.

The pattern I am using for this  “Windswept” Cardigan by TinCanKnits. I’ve been using West Yorkshire Spinners in the Illustrious base (which is 70% wool, 30% Alpaca) and size US 6, 4.0mm Knitter’s Pride Smart Sticks 32 inch cables.

This project is being housed in my Blue Flower bag by The Fat Squirrel. Her shop can be found here.

I cast on this project on 11/1 of 2019, as the start of NANESWEMO (National Knit A Sweater In A Month) Knit along. Obviously, I never finished it. I’m honestly on Sleeve island with this project. Honestly, the yarn wasn’t too cooperative with the needles I was using, so I just put it down in defeat. As it was NANESWEMO that I was trying to participate in, I happen to have daily pictures of the sweater’s progress. I’ll include them below.

I think I’m going to try to make it my goal to put the sleeves on before it gets cool enough to work on it. Maybe during NANESWEMO this year? We’ll see…

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Silver Style

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! This time, I’ll be talking about a project I called Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Silver Style.

This was another project I cast on during the weekend when my Sister-In-Wool and her hubby were visiting us. Specifically, I noted that I cast these gloves on  on 07/14 of 2019. I’m using the 1 Shot, 2 Shots, 3 Shots Fingerless Mitts pattern by C.C. Almon and Hayfield Baby Blossom DK, “350.” I’ve also been using size US 3, 3.25 mm 9 inch HiyaHiya Sharp circs to knit these gloves.

This project is being housed in my Coffee Bag by Molly Klein Designs. I love her bags SOOO much! Her shop can be found here

These gloves have been a bit slow-going. I think it has something to do with the fact that the pattern is a cabled pattern with a background of purls. Purling in the round isn’t one of my favorite things, but they DO make the cables pop on the gloves. But, honestly, it could also be the yarn I chose for the gloves. It’s super fluffy and can be splitty at times… Then, there’s part of me that worries that I’ll never use the gloves, no matter how pretty they come out. It’s honestly a lot of what’s got me stalled…

I had finished this first glove and tried it on. It all fits so well, and I REALLY do love the way they look.

Then, it was months until I started the second glove. And now, I’m stalled again and have been for the past few months. I REALLY have no idea WHY, though…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Flower Power Spiral – Silver Style

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! I’m now going to talk about a project I called Flower Power Spiral – Silver Style.

For this project, I’m using the “Mystick Spiral Socks” pattern by Josh Ryks-Robinsky. I love how this pattern plays well with the stripes in the yarn I chose. I’m using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-Ply in the “Wild Flower” colorway. I’ve also been using US 1, 2.25mm Knitter’s Pride 9 inch circs when I’ve been working on it, as well as a US 1 DPN needle to help the bias work better. This is being housed in my Exploding Tardis Bag. I’m not too sure who designed the bag, as there isn’t a tag on the bag. I’m sorry… This is what it looks like. If you recognize the work, please let me know. I’d love to credit them… 

I started this project on 07/12 of 2019 when my Sister-In-Wool Mercury and her hubby were visiting us. That weekend I got as far as the middle of the foot.

 

I finished the first sock pretty fast after that. Then I never cast on the second sock… I guess I know what Second Sock Syndrom is, don’t I? Lol. I’m hoping to at least cast on the toe of the second sock soon-ish. We’ll see when that is…

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Fiery Viajante

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! This time, I’m going to be talking about the project I called “Fiery Viajante.”

The pattern I’ve been using for this project is called the “Viajante” shawl by Martina Behm. I’ve actually had this pattern in my Queue since I first heard about it on TheKnitGirllls Podcast back a few years ago. Possibly since 2017 or earlier. I can’t remember exactly when, as I’ve been watching them for 6 or so years now.

Anyway, I’ve been using Apple Tree Knits in their Plush Fingering yarn in three colorways. “Firefly,” ”Tangled Gradient” & “Hamilton Gradient.” Honestly, the yarn is a light fingering or laceweight, which is perfect for this pattern as it calls for laceweight yarn (for the Muggles, Laceweight is one of the smallest strands of yarn, The smallest is cobweb. Larger than laceweight is Fingering, Dk/Sport, Worsted, Bulky, and sometimes Super Bulky). I really do love the way these three colorways play together. I had originally got these three colors as part of a yarn club a few years ago. I was honestly saving them for something special, which this knit most certainly is! 🙂 Apple Tree Knits’ shop can be found here.

This project is being housed in the bag I bought from The Fat Squirrel at SSK2018. It’s the bag she made specifically for SSK attendees for that year.. Her shop can be found here. I REALLY love her bags and podcast. She’s planning on an update the first week of September! Can’t wait to see what she’s been cooking up! 🙂

 

 

 

I started this project on 6/30 of 2019. For this project, I’ve been using size US 2, 2.75mm and size US 3, 3.0mm Karbonz 40 inch circs. The 2s were for the starting triangle.

Then I began the long process of knitting in the round, making the shawl increase as I went. With laceweight yarn, this has taken me a bit, as you can see. These pictures were taken every time I went to record my Podcast. I’m sure there were more, but these are the best of the bunch, as I was trying to show off the gradient that happens as I was knitting the shawl.

Now, I’m currently working on the mesh paneling at the end of the shawl. It goes pretty slow, as each row is pretty long, but I really DO love the way the mesh looks. It will be worth it in the end. It’s what I have to keep telling myself. I think I’m going to try to get at least a full pattern rotation of the mesh done every month, if not more. This way, there will be SOME forward motion on it. What do you think? Think I can do it? 

I think I can do it. But then, with all the other WIPS I have going on, you can probably see most of why this shawl gets put aside… lol…

 

 

 

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Hufflepride

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! I’m going to be talking about a project I’ve called “Hufflepride.”

I’m using the “Hogwarts A History” pattern by Megan Regan. This was a pattern I saw the designer has been posting update posts on Instagram as they were designing and knitting up their samples. I followed this sweater’s progress with envy. I believe I bought and read through the pattern the date that the pattern released. I cast on this project on 4/11 of 2019. So, it will have been on the needles for a year TODAY…

I believe I also went down to my LYS and bought the yarn for it before it even released if I’m being honest. I really don’t remember… But it would be SOOO like me to do so… I’m using two colors from SweetGeorgia Yarns, in the Tough Love Sock base. Both “Slate” and “Lemon Curd.”If you have a chance, please check out their yarn! It’s SUPER beautiful! Their shop can be found here.

I’ve been using size US 3, 3.25mm, and size US 6, 4.0mm Karbonz needles for the body of the sweater. This sweater has been housed in my Harry Potter themed Witch & Wizard hat bag by Bags By Awesome Granny. Her shop can be found here

I’ve also been using stitch markers from WeeOnes. I absolutely love these little markers! Their shop can be found here.

It a fully customizable colorwork sweater, with multiple charts for each of the 4 sections. There are options for colorwork all the way down the sweater, or just on the Yoke. The designer also added directions for how to get a swing hem or straight on without any shaping at all. They also included directions for a raised neck. I decided to do colorwork on the yoke and a raised neck.

 

 

When I was to the split for the sleeves, I had to do a bit of re-jigging of the side markers to make sure that the raised neck was in the middle of the neck, not the armpit, which is how the pattern was written until I pointed it out to the Designer. They are SUPER responsive and open to suggestions for making their patterns better. This is another reason why I LOVE this  Designer and their patterns.

 

 

 

The Body of the sweater took me over 3 months. I kept putting it down. Not sure why… 

I decided I wanted to to the swing Hem and add a band of colorwork right before the bottom ribbing. 

 

Now, I’m on sleeve island. Let’s see if I can motivate myself to get this done before the weather turns cool enough for me to wear it…

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!
-Silver-

Granny Stripes and Cozy Dreamz

Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back to my WIP Madness Corner! The next WIP I want to talk about is what I called “Granny Stripes and Cozy Dreamz.” I started this project back in April of 2018., and it’s been pretty much stalled since July of last year. It’s just sitting in a box, where I threw it when I was getting the house ready for company once. I haven’t even really LOOKED at it since I did so. I think this may be one I’ll eventually get around to ripping it out sooner rather than later. I’ll let you know what I decided to do with it.

I’ve been using a size K or 6.5mm hook and a bunch of Red Heart scraps. I’m using the “Granny Stripes” pattern by Lucy of Attic24. You can find the pattern here.

I think part of why I’ve stalled out on this blanket, is I no longer actually WANT this blanket. That, and the fact that the Red Heart Acrylic yarn hurts my hands. I KNEW this going into the blanket at the beginning, but we needed a blanket for our Queen Size Blanket. I thought with the nature of Crochet, it would go fast. But when it got too warm to work on it, I put it upstairs and only worked on it once after the initial 6 rows.

 

 

This is how far I got in the blanket before I lost interest in it… If you were wondering, that’s my wonderful Hubby modeling the width of the blanket. (He puts up with SOOO much of my crafty crazy, and I appreciate him. Trust me.. lol)

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!

-Silver-

J’s Shawl

Hello Wonderful Readers! I’m going to start off this WIP Madness journey of ours talking about my longest-standing WIP.

This one, I titled “J’s Shawl.” This was meant to be a gift for my brother-in-law’s new wife when they were first wed. I cast it on back in 2017, and didn’t end up finishing even the first part of the shawl by the time the wedding happened. I’m sorry to say that this one has been sitting around without having much work done on it since about 2018. I keep meaning to work on it, really I do.  But usually, when I’m in the mood to try to clear up some needles, I go up to my UFO bin, take one look at the light fingering yarn held double part of this shawl, zip up the bag it’s in, and toss the bag back in the cubbies I have upstairs in my craft room. I’m not entirely sure WHY, if I’m being honest.

The pattern I was using for this shawl was the “2016 Mother’s Day MKAL Shawl” by J.L. Fleckenstein. It is a pattern that I’ve made before, and I quite enjoyed it. Although, the first time, I WAS using the yarn that the designer called for in the pattern (it had cashmere. Need I say more? lol). Do you think this should have much bearing on what’s holding me up? It might, if I’m being honest. I’ve had issues in the past knitting with certain yarn types. But I REALLY do love the feel and the color of the “Socks That Rock,” lightweight yarn in the “Snowflake” colorway that I’ve been using.

I’ve also been debating if the reason I’m delaying working on the Shawl is the 47 inch, US 7 Knitters Pride Cubics needles I have the project on. Again, it COULD possibly be that. They aren’t the right shape for my fingers, I’m thinking. But at the time, they were the only needles I had available to use. This is, if I remember correctly. This could be completely wrong, but why knows, right??? LOL. It HAS been a few years…

I really DO love the bag I’ve been using to house this project. It’s making me want to finish up the project so I can get it back to use with another project. This is the “Knitter & Knitting Cat bag” by Twist Fiber Studio. It’s Super Cute. It’s been so long since I bought the bag, that I couldn’t tell you if they have the fabric anymore, but what they currently have in their shop is making me long for another bag. You can find the shop here.

I have been using a mix of blue beads as well. I’m not sure you can see it in this picture, but they are so cute! I was going for a dark to light sort of motif. I had a bit of an issue getting some of the beads placed as about half of the beads don’t seem to be as drilled as they should be for the yarn I’m using. This could also be part of why I had to put it aside. Beading is not REALLY my favorite thing to do. Especially when it’s being this fidley…

 

 

 

 

The last issue I have with getting this one done has to do with the length of time it’s been a UFO. Even if the intended recipient still wanted it (which I’m thinking she forgot that I EVER promised this shawl to her, as it HAS been a few years…), I’m pretty sure it is too far outside the “late-wedding-gift” parameters allowed my Miss Manners… Maybe if I stop thinking of it as a wedding shawl, and start thinking of it as a general gift for her… That might work… Hmm… Might go grab this one now and try to figure out where I left off. We’ll see, right?

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!

-Silver-

 

WIP Madness

Hello Beautiful Readers! I don’t normally talk about the things I’m currently knitting on. However, I have finally decided to leave the Ravelry platform after 9 years of being on the platform. Suffice to say, their doxing of those with disabilities, their lack of response to such issues, and even the number of times they have not been able to protect their community members has made me mad enough to leave the platform for good. I’ve gone over the specifics of all this in my latest podcast episode.

What this means, is that I’m going to start blogging more about the projects I’m working on (Work In Progress, or WIP for short). When I work on a project or make any changes to a project, you will see an update directly on that blog entry. I’m trying not to flood your RSS feed with posts, whenever possible. This will also make sure I’m here a lot more than I was…

Each post will have the “WIP Madness” category tag on it, so it is easy to follow. I think I will also include a page with each blog entry link, for ease of access. I plan on releasing the beginning entries slowly over the next few weeks (as there are QUITE a few WIPs I currently have on the hooks and needles already). If I happen to finish that item, there will be an update at the top of the post with the FO # and I will be adding each blog entry to the “FO Parade” category with the year it was finished (as I totally expect a few of these WIPs to stay UFOs [Unfinished Objects] for awhile).  I should have the first WIP posts up in a short while, and each one will be slightly different, to mix it up…

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting!

-Silver-