December and most of January got away from me. I wish I took better pictures of the completed projects, but I rushed to finish them in time. This was one of the first Christmases in a while when I didn’t have to give anyone a half finished item or a ball of yarn with a picture and a promise.
I made a pile of knitting for Christmas:
Pile contains a hat, two cowls, and a dish cloth.
I sewed some gift bags:
And I finished this cross stitch project:
It was a busy month.
I finished the Star Trek science badge. I am sick of looking at the badges so I did not start the third and final badge. I also don’t have the right color cloth right now. I started a different project instead:
Crimson Ghost in glow in the dark embroidery floss. The glow in the dark floss is a but more fiddley and sheds a lot more than the regular stuff. It’s not as frustrating and annoying to use as the metallic thread. I really, really dislike that stuff.
I also knit about 2 inches on a glove I started last June.
I was knitting these one a set of needles that I didn’t really like, so I swapped then out for my signatures. The signatures are my favorite needles ever. Super sharp points, and grippy but not too grippy. I might even finish the fingers on these ones! The pattern is super easy and fun to make.
I finished stitching the engineering badge and have started working on the science badge.
Star Trek: TOS Engineering and Science badges
The color aida cloth recommend for the command badge is “lemon twist”. Once I find it I can complete the three badges. I am not sure if I should frame them separately or as a set. Each badge will fit in a 5×7 frame.
I got bored with all my current knitting projects, so I cast on socks! I bought the steampunky socks kit at a fiber festival last year. I wanted to try making cabled socks and this one has buttons! Which I promptly lost, but then bought better ones at Windsor Button. I knit the cuff and started the chart. I then got stuck on the 6th row.
The pattern is a combination of bavarian twisted stitches and cables. This is the first time I have attempted to knit cables from a chart so I am finding it a little confusing. This is also my first attempt at a top down sock. I have only made toe up. I got pretty annoyed at the chart, so I put it down and worked on some of my WIPs.
I finished weaving in the ends of a scarf. It now needs to be blocked. I worked a little bit on a blanket. 40 of 100 squares completed! I worked a little bit on a cross stich sampler. Got bored. I looked at a sweater I started a while a go. I organized my fiber. And then I started a new project.
It’s the engineering badge from Star Trek: TOS. I managed to find blue aida cloth, so the science badge will be next.
Another finished project! This project is also for Joe. It’s one of his Christmas gifts for 2012. I grossly underestimated how much time it would take to stitch this when I could only work on it in secret. Knitting on the T is easy, embroidery on the T is not (knot?).
The top row of flowers isn’t crooked, it was laying on a towel drying when I took the picture. I bought the kit from Adafruit Industries. I still need to iron and frame it, but the stitching is done. The instructions and pattern were really easy to follow. I hated working with metallic thread, but it was only a small part of the chart.
It feels good to have another completed project. I am trying to end 2013 with less WIPS than I started with, so I am trying to only start new projects after I finish 3. This seems to be working as I started with 27 WIPS, and now I am down to 19! I also finished a shawl (more on that later). Now that I have finished 3 WIPS I cast on a project for me. I started knitting The Age of Brass and Steam shawl using some tweedy yarn I got at the Windsor Button closing sale. Yarn is Louisa Harding Willow Tweed. It’s a blend of alpaca, merino and silk. The ball band claims it is DK, but that’s a lie.
I also got some really awesome small star buttons. I was thinking maybe the Steampunkery Socks kit, or the Spatterdash wrist warmers. I have the yarn I need for those projects, but I don’t think I have the right needles. I can’t cast on until I finished 3 more projects anyway.
I was looking over my WIPS pile trying to find projects close to completion and I found one! All I needed to do was wash and frame the piece.
I designed this pattern myself, I call it “Five to One” after The Doors song the phrase is from. The words a little squished, but I wanted it to fit into a 5×7 frame. A friend pointed it that the close spacing makes it looks more menacing.
I haven’t finished any projects this week, but I have been working on two really nerdy projects:
1. Ohm Sweet Ohm cross stich – I bought a kit from Adafruit and have been working on it since August 2012. I have one row of flowers to stitch on the top and then I have to frame it. It’s a resistor chart for Joe.
2. Bigger on the Inside shawl – I started this in April 2012. I finished the lace charts and have about 2 inches of ribbing to knit on the bottom edge. There are TARDISes on it! What’s not to love?
Hopefully I will finish one or both of those project next week. I have 23 WIPs right now, I am a little afraid.