Thursday, October 27, 2011

Socktoberfest Fail

I am a little disappointed I only got to knit one pair of socks for Socktoberfest.  I have 2 single socks without mates that I did not get to work on.  Oh well.

I wanted to try this super bulky yarn from Berroco called Link.  The scarf pattern on the label calls for a US 50 needle which I happen to have.  I used a US 19/15 mm needle instead of the US 35/19 mm needle called for in the online version of the pattern.  I would not buy a set of needles that size for a single project.  I am happy with the drape of the scarf knit on the size 19 needles.  I have another skein in grays, I am going to make a second one.  They take less than an hour to knit.

Berroco Link

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Halloween

I finished the Knitabulls Knit Along for the Dancing Batty Shawl. I also posted it to the Nerd Wars 2011 Technical - Colortastic Challenge, Yarnivore, 11 Shawls in 2011, and the stash downs in the Dramatic Knits and Blooming Knitter Ravelry Groups. Yeah, I gotta a lot of yardage out of this small shawl.
Dancing Batty

Dancing Batty

Dancing Batty

I have also completed the Nerd Culture - Best Dressed Nerd Challenge with a lovely rendition of Luna Lovegood's Lion Hat.


The Scientific Challenge - Prehistory with a little Crocodile Love.

The Croc Fred

And last but not least the Super Summer Knitaway Knit Along. I chose WendyKnits Elizabeth's Cowl and used my Cloudlover Tempest handspun.

Tempest Liz's CowlTempest Liz's Cowl

I think that catches things up well enough for finished projects.  I just started block 6 on the Log Cabin Blanket and I add rows and stripes to all of my other works in progress each night.  I have also done some spinning.  The Sheep to Shoe Kit in Jonagold is gorgeous, I cannot wait to ply it with the Petrified Wood. 

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Nerd Wars - Really???

Okay as if I am not knitting shawls like a crazy person, I have thrown myself into the Nerd Wars for the last quarter of the year, Oct-Nov-Dec 2011.  I am still a little fuzzy on the challenges and everything, but I have submitted my first project and I hope it gets my team some points.  The challenge was to show team spirit by creating a birthday gift that would show your team members your knowledge and love of your nerd-om.  Which for me is Dumbledore's Army and all things Harry Potter.  I sorted into the Ravenclaw house, which is odd.  I am usually a Gryffindor.  It's all good though, I even rocked Slytherin in a swap group once. 

Who is the most creative person in the Potterverse after Mrs. Weasley?  And who is one of the coolest and nerdiest Ravenclaws ever?  Well Luna Lovegood of course.  So I created some earrings for Luna to gift to Hermione for her birthday.  I call them the Elder Wand of Invincibility Earrings.

Elder Wand Earrings


The next coolest thing was finding pictures in my coloring book of both Hermione and Luna on facing pages wielding wands during a Dumbledore's Army Meeting.  You don't even have to be a nerd to see the sheer perfection in that.