Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WIP Wednesday the Fourteenth

It is officially one month to W-day today. AAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Okay, now that that is over with, on with the blog!

So, this most recent stripe of grey has given me a few problems. Last week I noticed that it looked like I had dropped a stitch, only I hadn't, but there was still a hole like I had dropped a stitch. Weird. So I went back and frogged a few rows to get rid of said hole. When I picked back up all my stitches though, some of them had gotten twisted around - but I wasn't about to frog what I had just done again to fix that. Then, when I was only two rows away from finishing the grey stripe, I noticed that a row back I had purled when I was supposed to have knitted, so I had to frog two rows to fix that, only to find that I had ended up with twisted stitches again. It's  not that noticeable, but you can see the stitches are kinda wonky in a couple of areas:

(The wonkyness is clearer in the middle of the picture there)

This cat girl I drew several years ago shares my frustration:

Is there a proper way to pick up stitches when you've had to frog?

On other fronts, the scarf isn't looking too bad over all. 

(I took the picture while at work again, so I couldn't really stretch it out :P )

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WIP the Thirteenth

I've made a bit more progress on the Slytherin scarf this week; I'm a grey stripe away from it being caught up with the Gryffindor scarf. However, with the honeymoon being so close, and HTB wanting to wear this on the honeymoon, I'll probably be focusing on this scarf a lot more from here on out until it's done.

Since we're on the subject of Harry Potter, HTB and I saw it this weekend. I was not nearly as emotional as I was expecting that I would be. In fact, I didn't get teary eyed up until the end. Now we get to wait for Pottermore, and I'm actually very excited to see how that will turn out, even if it's not the Harry Potter MMO I was expecting (Now that would have been totally awesome)

Oh! Remember those engagement photos I took back in June? The one I made the Civil War era chemise for? Well, you can go see them over here!

As always, check out Tami's Amis for more Works in Progress!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Miscellaneous Monday...

I've actually had these sitting around on my desktop at home for a few weeks now - I just haven't uploaded them to face book or posted them here because I keep getting distracted by other things, and then by the time I remember, HTB has already gone to bed and I don't want to wake him up (He swears he can sleep through anything - but I'd rather not chance it y'know?) Well, on Saturday HTB finally got tired of waiting on me, so he went ahead and uploaded them to his facebook, so I figured it was time to share them.

So, without further ado, I give you our Engagement Photos!

Looking at these pictures makes me want to sew a full victorian or edwardian era outfit. I have the patterns picked out, but we don't have the time nor the money right now. Maybe once we get back from our honeymoon though!

On a completely unrelated note, I had a dream this weekend about my friend who passed away recently. We were sitting in a bar, and out of the corner of my eye I saw this guy get up and grab a beer from a waitress. When I turned around to look at him, I realized that it was one of the hockey players that we used to adore when my friend and I were younger, and that he was sitting a table full of other players that we were also familiar with. I looked back at my friend, and said, "It figures."

And then I woke up. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

WIP the Twelfth

It's been a stressful couple of days around here - the fact that the wedding is now only a month and a half away is finally hitting home. There's still so much left to do, but some of it we can't really do until we know exactly how many people are coming to the wedding (like favors) And then what about those people who don't respond to the RSVPs or say 'no, we won't come' but then show up anyways?

This is only a tiny bit of what is going on in my head recently.

You would think, that as a result of the stress, I'd be knitting more, but I'm not. Well, not as much as I expected. I got the next set of red and gold stripes done on the Gryffindor scarf;

(It looks a bit less 'cat in the hat' ish right now)

And now I'm playing catch up on the Slytherin scarf:

Which is a bit weird because I haven't used the purl stitch in awhile, so I had to remind myself how to do it. Also my tension is just a tad bit looser now, so the top there is a bit wonky.

But it's not really noticeable. And even if it was, it's for HTB, and, as a friend put it, he would have to wear it regardless of the flaws because I made it for him.

Sadly, I don't think these are going to be finished by Friday (which is when HP 7 part 2 is released here) So the goal is to get them done by the wedding (or at least the week before the wedding in my coworker's case) I will be so happy when they are done that way I can get back to my crochet! I have two baby blankets I'm itching to do - and the yarn for that is taunting me!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

WIP the Eleventh

First off, the gryffindor scarf is getting longer and less cat in the hat-ish:

I've started on the third stripe of yellow, which means I have about seven more red stripes and six more yellow stripes to go before it's finished. There hasn't been any progress on the Slytherin scarf, because I'm trying to get this one done for my coworker before the last HP movie comes out (I don't know if I'm going to make it or not as that's next week and it's taken me a month or two (I forget) to get to this point.

Secondly, I'm messing around with the design of my blog. It's been renamed from Yet Another Creative Blog to Just Another Creative Blog and I've been messing with the design of it, but I haven't seen any templates from Blogger that I like, and I'm too nervous to create my own :P

And Thirdly, go and check out Tami's Amis for more Work in Progress updates!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Meatlocker Monday the return...

So I've decided to keep Meatlocker Monday for now, and break up the monotony of that with occasional Miscellaneous Monday or Material Monday posts. You can blame this gentleman,Tahmoh Penikett, for that. I can't believe I forgot him! Besides, it's my birthday, I should be allowed to do as I damn well please (as long as it's not breaking the law) and not give a damn about the consequences until tomorrow, am I right?

Friday, July 1, 2011

Finished Object Friday the Fourth...

The cowl is done!!!!! Yay! No more having to deal with homespun! 

The pattern I used for the cowl of homespun doooooom was the Convertible Cowl pattern by JustessDesigns on Ravelry. It's a fairly simple and easy pattern, however, after row five the designer starts repeating previous rows and that's when things got annoying. Instead of just copying the information for the row she wanted you to repeat (IE chain two and DC in each SC) she tells you to literally repeat row 4, so then you have to go and look up row 4 to find out what it was, which is fine if row 4 is the row you just did, but it's a bit frustrating when row 4 was 3 rows ago. I lost my count of what row I was on so many times in this pattern because of those repeated rows (which is probably why I took a break from the project and misplaced it because it annoyed me so much) that the next time I make this cowl again, I'll make sure to copy and paste the pattern into notepad and do a little editing so it's easier to read when I print it out. 

(My wig head was willing to model the final product)

I believe I made the base chain a bit larger than what the pattern called for, because 55 seemed too short, but it's been so long since I started the cowl that I can't remember exactly how longer I made it. 100, I think? 75?

Another peeve with the pattern is that I was taught that when you start a new row that will be, say, a row of double crochet, you chain three and then start the double crochet in the next stitch. The pattern tells you to only chain two - which made the cowl seem a little wonky in the beginning before I eventually went 'screw it!' and went back to chaining three before staring a row of double crochet like I had been taught. 

Despite all that trouble thought, the cowl did turn out quite nice. I can't wait for it to be winter time so I can use it :D

Obligatory cat pictures:

Murphy: What are you doing momma?

Believe it or not he was actually posing with the cowl on him quite nicely - but he stopped as soon as I went to take the picture :P