Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Cleaning Day Today

Trying to straighten up my office/craft room today. Here are a couple of details in this room.

Wondering what the glass thing is? It's called a hand boiler, and here's what it does -


You can find one of your own online, but this one actually comes from either my great- or great-great grandmother.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Are Your Ears Part of Your Creative Process?

Quite a while ago, I wrote about the impact music has on learning over on Alternative Wiring. And by "a while ago", apparently I mean "over a year ago".


Anyway, I listen to a fair amount of music while writing, crafting or cleaning. My taste is pretty eclectic, ranging from heavier stuff to classical music to peppy dance tunes to epic sound tracks. I'll listen to almost anything, as long as the lyrics are tolerable, it has a great beat and the instrumentals work together. I guess it depends on my mood and what I'm doing.

When crafting, I'll sometimes listen to audio books or have some sort of movie or TV show running in the background. I've found that while silence can be wonderful at times, sometimes I need the rhythm melody and harmony only music can offer to trigger the creativity I know is lurking deep within my brain.

This is what I'm listening to right now:

Very cool. Very epic. Think I'll actually add this to my writing play list, especially for fight scenes.

What do you like to listen to when pursuing your creative pursuits?

Friday, August 15, 2014

All the knitting, plus a sale!

Ah, yes. Knitting. I've been doing quite a bit of it, at least in relation to the ongoing purse project I've been working on.

Yep. Finished the strap and started in on one of the sides. This is very much an impulse deal, so I'm not sure how closely the final project will match the image I have in my head.

Anyway, I've also started a sale this morning over at Snowshine Gifts. In honor of school started shortly, I invite folks to spoil themselves a little with 25% off with coupon code back2school through August 27th. This also includes custom orders.

Also, stay tuned for a giveaway opportunity at the end of the month.

Hope everyone enjoys their weekends!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Spiff up your knitting projects with simple diagonal knit

My diagonal stitch gauntlets.
One of the things I find the most interesting about knitting is how many different looks you can get with two basic stitches. One of the coolest looks is the diagonal stitch.

You can apply this stitch to almost anything. The first long pair of gauntlets I'd ever made has this pattern, and the image is for the purse I'm currently working on.

This technique involves both the knit and the purl stitches. The purl sections will be the 'hills', while the knit ones will be the 'valleys'. So, if you'd like thicker sections that stand out, group more purl stitches together than knit sections. If you'd like slender bands, group fewer purl stitches together.

As an example, I'll use my current project. I cast on 60 stitches. Then, I alternated 6 knit stitches with 4 purl stitches. I don't turn my work as I go, but if you do, just switch the knit stitches for purl and visa verse on the evenly numbered rows.

Here's the pattern I created*:

Row 1: 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P
Row 2: 3P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 1P
Row 3: 2P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 2P
Row 4: 1P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 3P
Row 5: 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K
Row 6: 5K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 1K
Row 7: 2K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 4K
Row 8: 3K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 3K
Row 9: 4K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 2K
Row 10: 1K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 6K, 4P, 5K 

*k stands for knit stitch, p stands for purl stitch

You should end up with something that looks like this:

If you'd like to turn this into a scarf, just repeat rows one through ten until it's as long as you'd like the scarf to be. This will end up being the outsides of a purse I'm working on, so I have a bit to go.

This is a highly customizable technique, so you can use it for all kinds of projects. The key is to keep the overall number of stitches the same, but to shift your knit/purl sequence to the side one stitch per row.

Have fun knitting, and if you decide to give this technique a try, I'd love to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - More Fuzzies

The day got started with kitty shenanigans, and it looks like it'll end with either extreme knitting frustration or victory over a screwed up pattern.

There was something very interesting outside this morning.
THIS THING. ARGH. I think I managed to screw my count up when I tried writing it down for a blog entry. Hopefully, I can fix it today and get that entry up tomorrow.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Pasta and Knitting - I feel like some sort of strange stereotype

One of the few advantages of feeling rotten for most of the week is the opportunity to get some knitting done. Migraines. Horrible.

Ramen is apparently horrible, too. Don't think I'll be having that stuff again any time soon.

Gastric distress aside, I got quite a bit more done on that purse strap I'm working on. Here are few pictures.

Yes, I've figured the panorama feature out on my new phone! This should be fun to mess with.
Otherwise? Well, I made quite a bit of pasta salad for the block party I couldn't take part in, due to migraine. It didn't turn out too badly, either. I do wish I had remembered to pick up tomatoes. I miss their texture and taste.

Otherwise? Not a whole lot got done craft wise. I'm on the hunt for some decently priced shark teeth for a small commission for someone, but hey. Which reminds me; I really need to go through my inventory and see what I don't have listed online. Scarf season is coming up!

Also, Jenny Marie has kindly requested I submit a picture from this week's Wordless Wednesday to her Friday linkup. Check it out here! She's compiled quite a few very fun pictures already.