Saturday, August 10, 2013

On the needles: The impossible is possible

I'm going to try something new for the rest of Camp Loopy. It's this thing called "Positive Thinking," and I read about it on the Internet. I know it sounds crazy, but apparently you focus on good outcomes instead of expecting every possible disaster that could occur. So I won't dwell on the fact that I'm way behind all the other knitters working on the same sweater and I haven't even divided sleeves and I'm behind on my grams per day plan. Nope. Not thinking about that at all. In honor of this new outlook I've renamed my project "Impossible is possible."

To knit the impossible takes a lot of focus, dedication, and sacrifice. One must be willing to knit at every opportunity. In the waiting room at yet another doctor appointment. In the breakroom at work. And yes, in the taproom at White Rabbit Brewery while DH samples a flight (or two). Sacrifice.

Friday, August 2, 2013

On the needles: Camp Loopy 3

Well, I've made it this far. One month and one project to go. This month's challenge is a project using at least 800 yards, so I picked a sweater. Yes, a sweater. In one month. But I'll get to that in a minute. First I want to show off my finished Camp Loopy project 2.

The challenge for project 2 was a popular pattern (on Ravelry) using at least 500 yards. Since I was on a high from finishing my first pair of socks in June, I really wanted to make another pair of socks. I searched Ravelry patterns for socks using 500 yards, and I found one that listed 450-500 yard requirement. My plan was to knit extra repeats to be sure I met the challenge. Since this was the first time I've ever tried to modify any pattern in any way, I didn't consider the size of the cuff. I should have added stitches so the taller socks would fit over my calves. Oh well, live and learn. I still love my socks!

Now it's on to project 3 and a speed-knit sweater. The pattern I picked is Tea with Jam and Bread. In case you aren't on Ravelry, the pattern photo looks like this:

And these are the colors I'm using:

So my sweater will look something like this:

And I have a plan to finish it before 11:59pm on August 31 (possibly right at 11:59pm). I calculated how many grams I'll have to knit per day to stay on target. When I hit the target I will be able to say that I survived completed my first year at Camp Loopy!

In other Loopy-related news, Little Loopy has a chance to star in his very own commercial during the Super Bowl. Please click here and vote for Loopy. You can vote once every day. I really, really want to see Loopy's Super Bowl commercial.
Doesn't he deserve a Super Bowl commercial?

I need to thank my wonderful husband and all my knitting friends for the support and encouragement to finish project 2. They didn't let me give up, even when I was convinced that I wouldn't finish in time. Thank you!

I'm linking up with other knitters at Patchwork Times.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

On the needles: Camp Loopy 2 and a MKAL

I've finally committed to a pattern for Camp Loopy project 2. This month's challenge is to use at least 500 yards on a popular pattern from Ravelry (queued at least 1,000 times).

Lots of campers are making shawls or scarves. There are a few sweaters. I'm making another pair of socks, because I was so happy with my first pair. To make sure I use 500 yards and meet the challenge, I need to make some tall socks. The pattern I'm using calls for 450-500 yards, and I'm going to add repeats on the legs for yardage insurance. My yarn is the Mt. Kaytwopeatwo colorway from the first month of Camp Loopy. I bought two skeins so I won't run out. If I have enough left, I'll make a matching hat.

So far I've completed the cuff and two repeats of the leg. The repeat pattern is interesting and easy to memorize, but it doesn't show up very well in the picture. I like how the yarn is pooling so far.

I've finished clue 2 of the shawl MKAL. Clue 3 is already out, but I want to make a little more progress on Camp Loopy before I start it.

See what else is on the needles at Patchwork Times!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

FO alert!

I just realized that I never posted my finished socks. The Tour de Sock deadline flew by, but both socks were finished in time to meet the Camp Loopy deadline.

Camp Loopy project 2 is already on my needles along with a fun MKAL shawl from Wild Prairie Knits.
Clue 1 is finished, I'm working on clue 2, and clue 3 is released on Friday.

Friday, June 7, 2013

On the needles: Loopy socks

I'm working on socks for my first Camp Loopy project. The yarn is Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock in Blue Spruce. The pattern is The Secret Fan, the stage one pattern for Tour de Sock. The cutoff for stage one is Monday morning. I'm not sure I'll make it, but I'm going to try. I have four (out of five) fan repeats finished on each sock and two full days left to knit.

Here's Little Loopy posing with one of my socks:

Monday, May 6, 2013

Design wall Monday: Playing catch up

As I mentioned on Friday, April was a terrible, unproductive month. So my design wall has my April blocks of the month while I try to catch up. Falling behind is stressful!

My April Craftsy block is finished. In fact, it was the only one finished before the end of April.
Fan Block
April's Clubhouse block is almost finished. I only have three seams left. Then I can start on May's kit.
Clubhouse quilt center
I've finished the May Craftsy blocks, because they were quick and easy.
Strippy Spools
Here are all my Craftsy blocks copied and pasted into the quilt layout. The blank spots are future month's blocks.
Craftsy BOM layout
I really, really, really need to catch up on the Back to Square One mystery quilt. I will be caught up by the end of May!

Click here to see what's on everyone else's design walls at Patchwork Times!

Friday, May 3, 2013

On the needles: New techniques

It has been too long since I last posted. April was a challenging month for reasons better left to another post. Or maybe not. Why relive it? So, what better way to start a new month than with a new post about new knitting techniques that I'm learning.

Here is my first attempt at lace.

It's the Bigger on the Inside shawl using Lorna's Laces Solemate Bigger on the Inside. I'm trying to finish in time for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary in November. I'm on the fifth repeat of the Time Vortex Lace Increases, and I have a long way to go. I think it looks pretty good so far.

The second technique that I'm trying to learn is the brioche stitch.

This is the first tie of The Brioche Hood Hat. It's part of a KAL on Ravelry, and the goal is to finish by the end of May. The yarn is Ella Rae Lace Merino Worsted. A solid yarn might show off the stitches better, but I really like these colors. I like the brioche stitch a lot. It's so smooshie.

I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times!