[misc] Murderface Monday


Had a good weekend- apart from crazy weather. Saturday evening we had to go out to a family dinner but left right in the middle of a squall. Visibility on our hill was zero and I don't have winter tires on yet, so I was sliding. I said, "Nope." We turned around to come home and decided to wait about an hour. We were able to make the dinner but it was slow getting there and back home. 

Sunday I braved the wind and cold to go to the Green Mountain Fiber Festival in Wilder, VT. I saw some friends and picked up some new yarn and spinning fiber. And buttons! For future biscornus. 

Hurray for a short work-week! I just hope the impending snow-storm-of-doom, sure-to-ruin-any-holiday-plans-that-you-might-have, hope-you-enjoy-ramen-on-Thanksgiving, isn't going to making driving terrible. 


[misc] Santana Friday

Used a cartoon filter on a recent picture of Santana:


Looking forward to this weekend! Will be stopping by the Green Mountain Fiber Festival tomorrow in Wilder, VT! 


[knitting] White Tree of Gondor

One of the challenges this month is to make something based on a nerdery other than your own team's (I'm Team Iron Throne). I'm still slowly-but-surely working on afghan squares for a aran blanket, so I chose this block to make:

Tree of Gondor

It's from the Great American Aran Afghan booklet but looks like the White Tree of Gondor from the Lord of the Rings.

I saw the chart for this block and through, "Oh man, here we go." But it was a quick and fun pattern to work on- the landscape and tree and side cables progressed logically. Based on someone else's recommendation, I printed out the chart and color-coded all of the different cables, which helped immensely.


[misc] Murderface Monday

Old picture of Murderface:

sunday napping

He doesn't sleep belly-up in total abandon anymore :'(  Now he has to worry about Penny dive-bombing him in his sleep.

Had my Lucy Neatby class this past Saturday. It was a double-knitting class called Dabble in Double. The class was three hours long- I got there, sat down, blinked and class was over. The time went by so fast. I didn't have too much trouble with the techniques and it's something that I could teach myself, but you learn extra tidbits that only experience and time will reveal- like purling the far side stitches in a clockwise (rather than anti-clockwise) manner. My purl stitched can be loosey goosey at times and this trick helps to sort that out. I've started a double-knit potholder to practice, practice, practice.


[knitting] Pup Tent 3

3rd time making the Pup Tent pattern:

Pup Tent 3

Modifications: Cast on for a k4p4 brim, long enough to fold over. For the main portion of the hat, I converted the twisted Left and Right stitches to purl the stitch being passed behind. The original pattern has you knit both stitches, I believe just to keep things easy, but on the following round you purl the stitch that was passed behind. So I just did it when the small 2-stitch cables came up. This makes the design pop more. I like it.

I used practically all of one ball of Berroco Weekend. Nice, smooth yarn- perfect for the hat and stitches used- the only negative aspect is that it's made up of a lot of plies that were easily speared by my needles.

The plan was to add a big, foofy pompom to the top. I know I bought two balls. I mean, I'm pretty sure I did. I'm, like, 99.99999% sure. But after looking through the usual stash spots, dumping out bags of yarn, rummaging through tubs and essentially tearing apart the craft room, I couldn't find the other ball. I decided to stop looking and simply make the pompom when the other ball magically appears (I didn't give it away did I? Did I use it for something else?). 

I'm sick. I've been sick since Carnage this past weekend. I only had a day or two of headaches and chills, now it's just cough-cough-cough. I've mostly lost my voice. And I'm taking a knitting class tomorrow that my local yarn shop organized. Lucy Neatby and Sally Melville are coming for the weekend and I'm taking a double-knitting class with Lucy Neatby! I'm so excited for it but kind of bummed that I sound like a raspy boy going through puberty. Oh well :(


[spinning] Autumn Batt

I can never resist a pretty batt to spin. Opening up a batt is like opening up a pretty wrapped present. I picked this one up from the Fiber Stash booth at the Vermont Sheep and Wool festival this year:

Autumn Batt

I have to hurry up and prep the fiber before any of the cats (coughPENNYcoughcough) see it opened up on the table and try to rip it apart or, more likely, sit / lay / roll around on it.

Pre-drafting the thick pieces of batt into ready-to-spin balls of fiber:

Autumn Batt: pre-drafting

Spinning the singles:

Autumn Batt - spinning

The finished two-ply:

Autumn Handspun

At this point, I feel as thought I have a dozen skeins of handspun in various autumnal shades. I should figure out a way to use them all together.


[spinning] Purple Fiber Stash

Picked up a few bumps of fiber from the vendor Fiber Stash from the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival this year. I love soft, bouncy merino and couldn't resist spinning this right away:

Purple fiber

I only had 4 oz and split it into three equal portions, to make a true 3-ply.

Handspun Purples

The finished yarn:

Purple 3-ply handspun

Love this yarn so much. 


[boardgames] Carnage on the Mountain

Went up to Killington on Saturday for Carnage on the Mountain. This game convention moved from Fairlee, VT and the new location is great. The Grand Resort is really nice and clean. I ran a couple games on Saturday. First, Shadows Over Camelot:

Ready to play Shadows ! #carnageonthemountain

Then a homemade Twin State Ticket to Ride in the evening. Generally, I run two games at every convention for free entry. I think next year I'll just skip running games and sign up to play new games instead. I've wanted to play a historical miniatures scenario for years. Here's one set-up for the Seven Years' War:

Historical Miniature games are so incredibly detailed! #carnageonthemountain

The new vendor area is nice- I picked up a few new games. Hive was recommended as a good 2-player so I got that. The rules are simple but it's 100% strategy (no luck-based elements), so appeals to Dollar and I. We played a couple times Sunday- it's a nice tile game.

I was surprised to see snow up at Killington on Saturday but then woke up to this at home Sunday morning:

Woke up to snow. How pretty. Now hurry up and melt- I have stuff to do.

In the immortal words of No No No Cat: "NO NO NO NO NO NO NO." Ugh, I so don't want to deal with snow yet. Snow tires. Plowing. Shoveling. I mean, really. I still have some Lily of the Valley bulbs that I ordered this summer that need to be delivered and put into the ground still. 


[knitting] Baby hats to donate

I'm making some baby hats to donate to Alice Peck Day's birthing center:

Hats to donate to APD

Using up leftover yarn that is machine washable.


[knitting] Handspun Mohair Mittens

Wool/mohair fiber by Fantom Farm (love them so much!) purchased at the 2010 Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival:

Fantom Farms

Spun into a bulky two-ply:

Fantom Farms

Knit into a pair of plain mittens:

Handspun mohair mittens

I think these are going to be my work-horse mittens for all the snow I will inevitably have to shovel this winter. The mohair is a tad itchy/scratchy but the knit fabric is tough and strong.


[knitting] Pup Tent 2

I had one skein of Shelter yarn and decided to make another Pup Tent. I made this pattern once a couple years ago but didn't get a picture of that hat- it was given away.

Pup Tent Hat

Pattern: Pup Tent

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, one skein

Needles: US 8

Notes: I made the large size and was not in any danger of running out of yarn. 

The yarn itself is rustic. There is a decent amount of vegetable matter spun into it so that, if you're like me and MUST pick it all out as you go, it's a bit annoying. I've run into this with many of the yarns spun at Harrisville. 

I'm making this pattern again but changing a few aspects.


[misc] Penny Monday

Nobody knows the trouble I've seen...


Nobody knows... my sorrow...

Penny, locked away in Laundry Basket Jail. I want to fashion a little tin cup for her to drag along the bars.

Her jail is nice, though. I don't think many people locked away compare it to curling up into a pile of warm, clean clothes.

Good weekend- productive knitting-wise. Finished a hat, a pair of mittens and a skein of yarn. Started all new Nerd Wars projects for the month of November.