Monday, November 20, 2017

WIP-it Down Week Thanksgiving 2017 - Day 5

Today is NaBloPoMo Day 20 and Day 5 of my self imposed WIP-it Down Week.

I spent my spare time on Sunday working on my sock yarn Scrap-Ghan and managed to knit up 6 squares bringing me to a total of 101 squares so far!  Slowly I am making progress on this blanket!  I have quite a long way to go, but I did make some progress yesterday!  I really should do a few squares on this every week so that I can eventually finish it up!

Today the plan is to work on assembling the first (of two) BAMCAL afghans.  I need to lay out all the squares and decide on a pleasing arrangement.  Then we shall see how much I manage to get sewn together!!  I plan to donate this blanket to some charity once it (and others) are all done. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Seventh Year of Projects - Week 21

Today is Week 21 of the Seventh Year of Projects, NaBloPoMo Day 19, and Day 4 of my self imposed WIP-it Down Week!

I had a good day yesterday and was successful in tucking in ALL the loose tails on my Temperature scarf!  It took most of the day (off and on) but I am happy to be completely caught up on that.  Now I need to try to keep up with the tails for the next six or so weeks until the end of the year!

The remains of the tails!
Today I plan to spend some quality time with my Sock Yarn Scrap-Ghan.  This poor blankie has been in progress for a long time now (I actually cast it on in July 2014!) and has not seen any love or attention is recent months.  It is time to shake the dust off it and see how many squares I can add!  I currently have 95 squares made - long way to go to finish this blankie - even if I make it a lap-ghan size (which I think I may do).  It currently measures 30 inches by 32 1/2 inches.  Each square is roughly 2 1/4 inches.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

WIP-it Down Week Thanksgiving 2017 - Day 3

Today is NaBloPoMo Day 18 and Day 3 of my self imposed WIP-it Down Week.

Yesterday I spent all my crafting time on my Coffee Cantata Socks and I got a goodly amount done!  I now have a HO (half finished object).  One sock is complete and the second is ready for the foot to be knit.  It turned out I only needed to do rounds 34 though 54 and that gave me enough length for my foot.  My row gauge is wonky on these socks!  They are big and I am not really 100% happy with them.  I think it might be partly my yarn choice and partly a gauge issue.  They are too long in the leg and I can't pull them up my fat leg.  They are too loose in the heel as well, but the foot is a good length...  I suspect I will fold down the leg and wear them around the house.  Oh well, they are almost done now and I will be so happy to see the end of them!  Here is what they look like now:

On the schedule for today is to catch up on tucking in many, many tails on my Temperature scarf.  I also need to catch up on a couple days (4 days actually) worth of rows.  I have not tucked in tails since late June - OYE!  I don't actually think this will take a huge amount of time but we shall see though.  If I finish the tails with time to spare I think I will go back to my Coffee Cantata socks since those are getting closer to completion!

Here is a picture of all the tails waiting to be taken care of:

Holy Smokes - there are a LOT of tails to tuck in!!
Tomorrow morning I will show you a progress picture to show you what I accomplished during the day.

Friday, November 17, 2017

WIP-it Down Week Thanksgiving 2017 - Day 2

Today is NaBloPoMo Day 17 and Day 2 of my self imposed WIP-it Down Week.

Yesterday I finished up the third clue from the November MOCK.  The heel flaps and heel turns are now complete and I have to wait until Wednesday to get the final clue!  Here is what it looks like now:

And since I finished the third clue before the day was over I moved on to my Coffee Cantata socks.  Here is what they look like before I began working on them again this morning:

On the schedule for today are my Coffee Cantata socks.  I have completed both sets of gusset decreases now and am finally on the very last page of the charts!  Rows 34 through 72 are ready to be done - or maybe less than row 72 - I'll move onto the toe once the foot is long enough!  I hope to make some major progress on these things!  They have been WIPs for far too long!

Tomorrow morning I will show you a progress picture to show you what I accomplished during the day.  Check back to see how much closer to completion these Coffee Cantata socks are!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

WIP-it Down Week Thanksgiving 2017 - Day 1

Today is NaBloPoMo Day 16 and Day 1 of my self imposed WIP-it Down Week.

Yesterday I finished the November Alternate BAMKAL square.  Only two more squares to go and this year is complete.  At the end of the year I will have 24 squares (2 per month).  I think I will make one more random square so that the finished blanket is 5x5 squares in size.  I think that will make a nice small blanket that I can donate somewhere.   One of the days during WIP-it Down I plan to begin sewing the first 22 squares together!

The plan for today is to continue working on the November MOCK .  Clue #3 was released yesterday and I am ready to work on it today.  It is a relatively quick clue (only involves knitting the heel flaps and heel turns) so I suspect I will be done in plenty of time today to work on something else.  I think I will get moving on my Coffee Cantata socks - they are on my schedule for tomorrow so I might as well get a head start on them!

Here is where I am at the beginning of Thursday - WIP-it Down Day 1:

November MOCK end of Clue #2
Coffee Cantata - one gusset complete, one partial gusset
Tomorrow morning I will show you a progress picture to show you what I accomplished during the day.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WIP-it Down Week - Thanksgiving 2017

I have a little over a week off work for the Thanksgiving break and I plan to get caught up on some crafting projects.  Each day I plan to spend a goodly amount of time working on a specific project with the goal of creating some finished objects - or at least the goal of showing all my projects some love!  
Each day I will post what my plans are and will post a "before" picture.  Then the next day I will also post the "after" picture to show what progress I made.

In general, my schedule will be (but will be subject to change along the way):

1. Thursday - November MOCK Clue #3
2. Friday - Coffee Cantata
3. Saturday - tuck in temperature scarf tails and catch up on rows (if needed)
4. Sunday - Sock Scrap-ghan
5. Monday - stitch together first BAMCAL blanket
6. Tuesday - BAMCAL November squares
7. Wednesday - November MOCK Clue #4 (depending on clue release time this may swap places with the plan for Thursday)
8. Thursday - stitch together second BAMCAL blanket
9. Friday - stitch together BAMKAL squares
10. Saturday - Find Your Fade 
11. Sunday - bonus day and I'll decide later what I'll do this day!
12. Monday - back to work...

I also hope to get some art stuff done this week as well!  We shall see just how much I accomplish!  My break officially begins at 4pm today once my office hours are over.  My first plan is to tackle the second half of my November alternate BAMKAL square and if I finish that I will move on to the November MOCK.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

NaBloPoMo 2017 Day 14

Back for Day 14!  Almost half way through the month!

Yesterday I worked on my main November BAMKAL square.  Only two repeats left to go and it is done (except for blocking)!

I unpinned my shawl and here is what is looks like all modeled on my mannequin - glamour shots!  I love this little shawl!

Today I plan to finish my November Main BAMKAL square and will cast on (and hopefully finish) my November Alternate BAMKAL square.  If I get both of those done and have extra time I will get going on the November crochet squares.