I might rename my blog to “Projects My Cats Sit On.” I wanted to admire my progress on this project so I spread it out on the floor. Almost immediately Loki strolled into the the center of it, surveyed the project, found a spot he liked, and made himself comfortable.
It was easier to let him sit there than it was to move him to try to get a cat free picture. He would just whine then move back. I know I’m biased but I think this picture looks better with a cat in it. An unfinished blanket is a bit boring to look at. Maybe his cuteness will distract from the all the ends sticking out.
This blanket is almost done. I have to pick up and knit the border on the left side, weave in all the ends and wash it. I started this project January 2013 and I will be able to finish it by the end of the month. It is a fun project to work on in the winter but pretty miserable to work on in the summer. While procrastinating knitting this I did some math. This project will contain about 260,000 stitches. I have about 3,400 stitches left.
I am going to end up using approximately 3,250 yards (1.8 miles) of yarn. However the yarn was the cheap part of the project. I am using Knit Picks Brava sport that I bought on sale. The cost of the yarn + pattern was around $30. Labor is the expensive part of this project, it’s going to take me about 135 hours to complete this. There are 100 square and they each took about 1 hour to knit. The border is going to take about 20 hours. Finishing – weaving in the ends, washing and lightly blocking this is going to take another 15 hours.
If I make this again I will use smaller squares. Did I mention I bought enough yarn to make two of these? The second was will be rainbow colored.
I finished my Kraken 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.
Oh well. Cat hair is why grey is my favorite color. Without the a cat sitting on it the Kraken scarf looks like this:
I 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.
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.
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.
March rows are between the two stitch markers at the top of the photo.
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.
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.
Moments ofter this photo was taken, he knocked it off my desk on to the floor.
I think he likes it.
I’ve successfully switched webhosts and I think I have everything up and running. It took me about a week to sort everything out. There was much frustration and some tears but there is a lot of documentation for and I was able to google every issue I had. The problem was knowing what terms to google. This was my fist time using phpMyAdmin and I was unfamiliar with most of the terminology. It was a good learning experience. Hopefully I won’t have to do it again anytime soon.
I have finished a bunch of projects and will work on photographing and writing them up. I think everyone like posts with pictures so here is picture of a sleeping cat.
My first two finished projects of 2015 are a cowl and some yarn.
Attempts to get better photos were thwarted by a very adorable and very persistent cat so he got to model the cowl.
I am not sure who was more annoyed – me or the cat. Cowl is knit from Elsebeth Lavold silky wool. This was my first time using this yarn and I am really pleased how well it worked for this project. It has great drape and I think the leftovers might work well for some mitts. The only annoyance with the yarn is the slight amount of VM in it. It’s not as bad as some Noro yarns but it’s still a bit annoying. That said I do like the rustic look to this yarn and this cowl should be pretty warm without adding too much bulk.
After posing for the cowl picture Loki took a quick nap. The radiator is a good source of natural light this time of year and a great place for cat naps.
Yep, it’s another grey/black/pink/red item! I am very happy with how this yarn turned out. I split three batts from Heavenly Fibers into color groups and spun them up as a gradient. I then n plied the single to keep the color sequence. It’s about 240 yarns of sport weight yarn. This will probably end up knitted into a cowl or small shawl.
My fiber stash consists of a lot of stuff that I am a little reluctant to spin. I need more practice spinning and I part of me worries about ruining the fiber. I used to think that way about a lot of my yarn stash until I finally realized there will always be more yarn so if I do ruin it some how I can get. The sheep will keep making wool and there will always be indie dyers with great products. 2015 will be the year of spinning awesome fiber.
It is too cold out. Even my poor cats are cold. Loki has super thin shorthair and he looked a bit cold. Clearly I had to so something to keep him toasty.
Knitwear is almost always the answer. He wore his new sweater with pride. The only problem was the hood would sometimes fall and cover his eyes when he jumped down. Pattern is Cat’s Hoodie knit with 1.5 skeins of Knitpicks wool of the Andes superwash. I guess I could have turned the thermostat up, but this was the cuter solution.
Last summer, I participated in a mystery knit a long. Every few weeks a new “clue” was released. I know that pattern was for a shawl, I didn’t realize I was going to end up with something UGLY. So I finished knitting it, and it sat lingering in the WIPs pile until last Friday when I decided I would block it and weave in the ends.
Blocking is magic and can drastically improve the look of a project. It helps to even out stitches and makes lace look wonderful. Blocking didn’t help much. It just looked like a well knit shawl of ugly when I was done. Everyone I showed it to agreed that it was ugly and tried to make suggestions how to improve it. Most of the suggestions involved more knitting or killing it with fire. I am done knitting this project so in a last ditch effort to save the project I dumped it in the dye pot with a whole lot of kool aid.
Over dying helped, but the stupid thing is still ugly. Attempts to photograph the results were challenging. Loki felt like he was being ignored and he kept jumping on me.
Or maybe he was trying to censor me.