NaKniSweMo

Saturday, 1 November 2014 18:14
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It’s November! And November means NaNoWriMo - and NaNoWriMo means NaKniSweMo, aka ‘National Knit-a-Sweater Month’ - I am not a writer (though I’ll be cheering on everyone doing NaNo), but I am a knitter. A knitter with a huge backlog of things to knit. So my list:

Finish the Ugly Pink Cardigan for Tieria (it’s maybe 1/3 done)

Finish my Echolaria shawl

double-knit potholders (Homestuck or food molecules? I CAN’T DECIDE)

A lot of Alots because this fun-fur needs to be gone

So I’ll probably post progress photos every few days. Everything will be tagged NaKniSweMo!
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What I’ve been working on this week in between uploading Homestuck photos: Magneto, and knitting. The knitting isn’t for a costume, I’ve just spent way too much time on it (it’s the Echolaria, for any Ravelers reading). Things I want to hopefully get done in the next week or so:

-simple women’s kimono/yukata tutorial

-notes on sewing bodysuits

-new tumblr/personal blog theme (waaay overdue)

momijizukamori: Gwendal from Kyo Kara Maou, looking grumpy. The text reads '...Don't make me stab you with my knitting needles' (Gwendal | knitting)
...The moments where I seriously consider trying to make money doing indie yarn dyeing because I really love doing it, and at this point I have amassed enough dyestuff that the start-up cost would mostly be the wool.

But I know Etsy is a platform that fails more than it succeeds, and I'm not sure the world has room for more indie dyers, particularly because ahahaha how do I market myself. But - I think I wouldn't be looking at it with the immediate goal of it being a full-time job/career. Just something to make some money on the side to fund my own crafting *g* Prices would probably be somewhere in the $15-$25 range, looking at bulk supplier prices (the variation mostly depends on fiber-content)

Thoughts?

Socks!

Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:05
momijizukamori: Gwendal from Kyo Kara Maou, looking grumpy. The text reads '...Don't make me stab you with my knitting needles' (Gwendal | knitting)
...Which I owed [personal profile] somnolentblue on the 15th. I guess I should have mentioned my problems with consequenceless deadlines, huh. As consolation, I found my gallery of X cookie photos?

Anyway! I actually have a lot of Feelings about socks which is probably somewhat eccentric and weird of me. As a kid, I hated socks. It probably didn't help that my parents bought like... bulk packs of those athletic tube socks which slide down into your shoe and feel horrible, but my feet wanted to be FREE! Even in sneakers and stuff which probably led to some kind of rank shoes.

At some point - I don't remember when - I changed my stance. My feet still desire freedom but that's why I wear sandals as many days of the year as I can. And walk on grass barefoot. Which may be why I have trouble fitting my feet into the toeboxes on women's shoes - toes are nice and spread-out. When I buy socks, I tend to get a bunch of pairs of the same style, in black, because black matches everything, I am extremely hard on socks (manual labor jobs yeaaaaaaah), and it reduces missing sock angst if you just have a pool of socks that all match. But deep down inside... I really like 'fun' socks. When Sock Dreams had a sale sometime back in the spring I bought like $90 of socks, mostly knee-high or OTK, and that was after harsh paring of my cart. Fun socks are little a little secret spark of joy to my day. With loose jeans and a t-shirt you can't tell I'm wearing over-the-knee rainbow-striped socks, but I know. A secret rebellion in my wardrobe. I would gleefully buy more except I wore holes in the heels of two pairs this month at work and I'm still crying inside over that.

Then there's the knitting side of things. Lots of people say 'oh, sock knitting is so addicting'. And I really really want to be one of those addicted sock knitters. EVEN MORE TYPES OF FUN AND FANCY SOCKS. But so far, the bug has not bitten me. I did one pair of sport-weight with afterthought toe and heel (and need to replace the heels on both ahahaha). I did one sock (um, mostly? I haven't bound it off yet) in fingering weight yarn on 1mm needles and... I was enjoying it up until I turned the heel. After that, it was all.... you mean I have to keep doing this simple pattern? On tiny needles? For like five inches? And it got put aside and kind of... prodded at until I deemed the cuff long enough and did ribbing, which needs to be bound off. And then the second sock, ughhhhh. It may be a matter of hitting the sweet spot of a patten that actually engages me the way my shawlettes engage me, I don't know.
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So, as somewhat of a personal challenge to myself, I decided to try and go for the '11 in 2011' challenge (though unofficially!). Basically, the challenge was to knit (or crochet) eleven shawls in one year. Mine are all more of the 'shawlette' size, as that's how I like them, but I thought I'd share the photos, along with what patterns and yarn I used! Posted in order of creation~

Photos galore! )

I've included the links to Ravelry, but most of these patterns (with the exception of Aestlight, Marella, and Jaali) are free, and you can probably find them elsewhere via Google!
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Photos and descriptions behind the cut because I'm long-winded ;)

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My selection of favorite projects from the first round! I picked stuff that really stood out to me as being particularly unique or nerdy - there were a lot of gorgeous shawls submitted, but there's a lot of gorgeous shawls all over Ravelry, so I didn't really feel the need to highlight them, for instance. There may be some awesome ones I missed because people didn't put them in the group pool, but sorting through the threads themselves would take HOURS, so this will have to do. Links to project pages as well, for Rav members :D

Cut to save your bandwidth, as I gleefully abuse hotlinking.

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