Sunday, May 13, 2018

Dance of the Dryads - Chart A Done

Even though I have far too many projects on the needles right now I started another one last weekend.  Dance of the Dryads by Anne-Lise Maigaard.  This is a kit from Earthfaire (I have a lot of Unique Sheep/Earthfaire kits), done in a lovely Unique Sheep colorway on a lovely fingering yarn - Leeana.  The yarn is 51/49 cultivated silk/merino and is a joy to work with.  It has the gorgeous sheen of silk, but more life than pure silk thanks to the wool. I did the cast on (425 stitches!) last Sunday and finished up the first Chart today.  There were supposed to by nupps, but I replaced them with beads.  I'm just not a big fan of nupps.
Some of the gang in The Unique Sheep forum wanted to do a knit along after finishing up our last MKAL, so we're doing this kit.  It is my first Anne-Lise pattern, although I do have kits for several in my stash.

Pattern:  Dance of the Dryads by Anne-Lise Maigaard
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Leeana in Dance of the Dryads
Needle:  US 4 (3.5 mm)

Watermelon Shrug - Second Side, One Stripe Done

Lately I've been waking up early and working on this in the mornings before heading off to work while I watch Knitstars videos.  I love the colors, the simplicity, and the fact that I know the pattern so well at this point.  I've signed up for Knitstars 3.0 and have been watching the videos from the previous years.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Irish Spring - Progress Check

At home I've mostly been working on my test knit, but I do take breaks to work on other projects, including this one.  I'm enjoying the cheerful colors.  I've paused for the moment as I'm not sure if I want to make any additional modifications based upon my yarn usage/amounts.

Pattern:  Liken by Sivia Harding, modified to be a cape
Yarn:  The Unique Sheep Kiri
Needle:  US 4 (3.5 mm)

Blueberry Fields Shrug - Cast On

Having finished up the center panel for my ECOLO shrug, I needed to get another one going to put in my work bag.  I pulled the next Paintbox set off my stack.
When I got in to work on Tuesday, my computer still hadn't changed state.  It was well and truly hung.  I checked the indicator lights and decided it wasn't accessing my hard drive and pushed the power button on the docking station.  Hard reboot.  It came back up and at first I thought it was going to boot up into Windows 7, but then it went back into the upgrade screen and I got to watch my computer go through the process.  It was done loading the operating system by lunch time, but then spent another 22 hours configuring.  By Wednesday mid-morning it was finally done and I was able to log back in.  Thankfully everything had been successful and I didn't lose any data.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

ECOLO Shrug - Center Panel Done

Our computers at work have been going through what is being called an "In Place Upgrade" to Windows 10.  Mine was scheduled to begin that upgrade on the evening of April 26.  I came into work the next day (Friday) to find that it had not completed.  The progress bar on the screen said "Verifying:  WMI".  There was a warning under the progress bar telling me that the process could take 16-20 hours and that I should not touch the computer or reboot it or interfere with the process in any way.  We had been told before the process that risk of data loss was high, so I was nervous about doing anything.  I got a loaner computer from the secretary and set it up at another desk so I could at least check emails, then I had one of my co-workers print me out a document that I needed to read.  I have a very nice office, with a window, so I don't need to use the overhead fluorescent lights, but the desk I set the loaner computer up at is in an office with no windows and I can't sit under fluorescent lights all day as they give me migraines.  So, back to my office I went with my printout.  I pulled out my knitting and read my document and watched my computer not complete the upgrade.  In fact it didn't change state at all.  All day.  I had a co-worker print out another document for me and kept reading, and knitting.  I had hoped that when I came in on Monday my computer would have completed the process.  It hadn't.  In fact it was still in the same state it was in on Friday.  I tried to get through to tech support, but instead spent several hours on hold.  I kept busy, and by the end of the day I had finished up the center panel of my ECOLO shrug.  My computer, meanwhile, had done nothing.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Taurid - Cast On

The other project that I cast on recently is Taurid by Taiga Hilliard.  This is a kit that I purchased from Earthfaire (I have a hard time resisting Ellen's kits), and I pulled it off my kit tree in the front hall on April 15th.  I think I was feeling a bit in a rut and needed something to pull me out.  I haven't made a whole lot of progress, working a few rows here and there, but it is a nice project to pull out when I want a change of pace.
The yarns are Shalimar Yarns Paulie in Midnight in Mendoze, and Anzula Squishy Skeinettes in Wuthering Hanks.

Pattern:  Taurid by Taiga Hilliard
Yarn:   Shalimar Yarns Paulie in Midnight in Mendoze, and Anzula Squishy Skeinettes in Wuthering Hanks
Needle:  US 5 (3.75 mm)


Watermelon Shrug - One Side Done

This is such an easy project to pick up and put down, and I find the knitting very soothing.  The yarn is soft, I love the colors, and I know the pattern very well.  I finished up the first side this week.  I have a little bit of green left on this side, as well as some small quantities of leftovers of the other four colors.  I may do some short rows with the remnants, as I did on my very first shrugs, but first I'm going to work the other side.  When I was dividing up the darker green skein I misread the numbers and made one cake a little bit heavier than the other.  I want to make sure I don't need to use any of that remainder to finish up the second side.

Pattern:  Traveling Zebra Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn:  Biscotte & Cie Bis-sock
Needles:  US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)