Sea Monster Sunday: Caturday

I finished my Kraken Scarf!

Cat sitting on scarf

As usual my helper was around. I took photos of several projects today he sat on most of them (the projects, not the photos). The one project he didn’t sit on Cyd sat on. I think she was feeling a little left out. For one brief moment my new hat didn’t have cat hair on it.

Cat sitting on hat

Oh well. Cat hair is why grey is my favorite color. Without the a cat sitting on it the Kraken scarf looks like this:

scarf that looks like a krakenI find the lopsided eyes charming but I don’t like how the suckers look. I might end up redoing them. I only made one modification to the project – I knit the body 4 inches shorter than written. I’m short and I didn’t want this project at my knees.

Temperatures Scarf – July

There are three colors I haven’t used yet.

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Light orange (80-89), orange (90-99), and red (100-109). That doesn’t mean that summer has been cool. We have had a few 100+ days but I am only tracking the low temperatures. It might be interesting to knit a scarf representing the high temp of the day. Sometimes there will be a 20-30 degree difference between high and low. This scarf does not record that.

July has a lot of green. Spoiler Alert – August will too.

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July is between the two purple stitch markers. Colors used:

Light Green (50-59) – 5 days
Dark Green (60-69) – 23 days
Yellow (70-71) – 3 days

Temperatures Scarf – March 2015

Photographing a project is often a challenge. I have a “helper” who seems to think that he should be the subject of every photo. This morning I wanted to get an updated photo for my scarf and I came up with a plan. Part one –  Loki likes to yell at the dishwasher. So I loaded it up and turned it on. He ran right over and started yelling at it. Part two – cats like windows and Loki also like yelling at pedestrian/dogs/birds/leaves. So I opened two windows. I figured several distractions were better than one so my plan was foolproof.

Cat distractions in place I dragged a chair near an unopened window under some great natural light then laid my project down.

Loki sitting on scarf

So my plan may have been foolproof but it wasn’t cat proof. As soon as I put the project down he ran over and sat on it. When he wasn’t trying to sit on the project he was trying to knock the yarn on to the floor. Once I got an okay picture (meaning I took about 20 pictures than got sick of moving the cat and gave up). I put the project away and the silly cat went back to yelling at the dishwasher.

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March rows are between the two stitch markers at the top of the photo.

Colors used:

0-9 – Grey (2 days)
10-19 – Pink (8 days)
20-29 – Light Purple (14 days)
30-39 – Dark Purple (7 days)

 The blue rows are in April.

Cat Toy

I had some left over yarn so I made a cat toy. It’s a sort of mouse shaped but I omitted the tail for safety reasons. The yarn is my own handspun, and I made the pattern up as I went along.

Toy next to Loki's toes

Moments ofter this photo was taken, he knocked it off my desk on to the floor.

Loki playing with new toy

I think he likes it.

Never Ending Winter

There have been signs of spring but It feels like winter will be endless. Went for a nice walk through Boston Common & Boston Public Garden last weekend. And by nice I meant the walk was nice, the duck fights were frequent and the company was fun. The weather was still unpleasant. It was in the 30’s and snowing.

Boston Public Garden pond covered in snow and ice

Most of the snow is gone but the city still felts like a frozen wasteland. That white patch in the front should be a pond. At least the park wasn’t that crowded.

Project-wise I finally finished a wrap I’ve been working on since early 2013. This is a gift for a friend. I don’t wear yellow, it’s not a flattering color on me.

Guernsey Wrap

Pattern is Guernsey Wrap by Jared Flood. It was a fun knit and the color reminded me of not winter. I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca. It’s a 50/50 wool and alpaca blend. It grew a lot after I washed it. It ended up about 80 inches long. It should be nice a warm and cuddley. I really like the texture of this.

Guernsey Wrap detail

My only complaint is the 2×2 ribbing pulls in the sides a little bit.

PAX East

For the past few years I’ve been attending PAX East. It’s getting harder and harder to get passes but a friend of mine had a great plan to alert him and then us once passes went on sale. The plan worked and we were able to get three day passes.

I usually use a free lanyard but this year I decided to make my own.

Chainmail lanyard with d10s

Rings are 14ga 5/16″ ID anodized aluminum from The Ring Lord. I didn’t have the correct pliers so the rings got a little scratched, but I don’t think anyone but me noticed.

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Pattern is the byzantine weave. From what I understand it’s not actually byzantine in origin, but it’s a good beginner pattern and looks pretty for jewelry. The only issue was it was about 10 degrees out so when I was outside the lanyard was a bit unpleasant. And I managed to get it stuck in my hair once.

PAX (as expected) was crowed.

PAX East main floor crowd

This year was a smidge better as Riot wasn’t there. They had a huge booth near one of the main escalators last year and always had a massive crowd around them. It made entering and exiting the main floor really stressful. I got hit in the head by some stupid bracelet they were throwing to the crowd. I imagine the Riot booth created a lot of head aches for the show organizers.

This year I didn’t see any video games I was too excited about but I saw some a neat looking board games. In the Indie Megabooth there was Mech Deck – it’s a card game that uses a mech building. It reminded me a little of the game Cootie. It’s a game I had as a kid. There was a bug you had to assemble with some sort of dice rolling mechanic. The X Files board game looked fun too, but I don’t think I would be able to find enough people to play it with.

Temperatures Scarf – February 2015

Went to NYC towards the end of February where it was still snowy and cold but not as snowy and cold as Boston was.

Snowy NYC skyline View from the Empire State Building.

They city looks pretty with a light dusting of snow. I think they got about an inch and a half the night we arrived. All the snow was gone by the time we left. Unfortunately it was still about 10 degrees in Boston with about 100 inches of snow on the ground when I returned.

Still working on this:

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The section between the two purple stitch markers is for February. Colors used are:

below 0 – White (4 days)
0-9 – Grey (16 days)
10-19 – Pink (7 days)
20-29 – Light Purple (1 day)