A basic hat with a twisty rib. I called it Cool Logic because it came out of a class prompt (in the House Cup game on Ravelry) where you had to work out, with logic, how to get past a Snape-like logic puzzle. Puzzle below :)
Hermione got lots of points for her use of cool logic in the face of fire.
Left cable = slip 2 to cable needle, hold in front, k2, k2 from cable needle
Right cable = slip 2 to cable needle, hold in back, k2, k2 from cable needle
Circular cast on 8 and increase (8 every other round) until 112 stitches.
(ie. KF&B x8, K one round, then (K1, KF&B)x8, K one round, then (K2, KF&B) x8, K1 round, etc.)
Knit 22 rounds.
P2, K4 around (decreasing out 4 evenly) (108)
Round 1 and 2 - (P2, K4) x18
Round 3 - (P2, Left cable) x18
Round 4 and 5 - (P2, K4) x18
Round 6 - (P2, Right cable) x18
Repeat rounds 1-6 two more times. Immediately after the last round 6, cast off in rib pattern using JSSBO.
Me, testing out the new logic center in my brain... Hey, I figured out the puzzle! lol.
As you file in from the Troll room, a barrier of purple flame roars
up behind you. The only other visible exit is already blocked by a wall
of black fire.
“Not to worry, there’s enough potion for everyone this time,” Professor Cillaspins reassures you. “I’m sure you all recall the test Harry Potter and Hermione Granger-“
“Why give Potter credit when Granger did all the work?” Professor Cattiekins mutters, a little acerbically.
“-encountered in this chamber,” Cillaspins continues serenely. “The
logic puzzle and the array of bottles are preserved over there.” She
indicates a glass case with a framed parchment and a row of assorted
“We all know the answer to that puzzle from our history class.” Professor Drake
picks up the narration. “So we’ve provided an alternate puzzle for you
here.” She steps aside, revealing a table containing three identical
opaque potions bottles. They are labeled “Poison”, “Black Flame Freeze”,
and “Purple Flame Freeze”.
“That doesn’t look like much of a riddle,” a seventh-year mutters from the back of the class.
Drake raises a single brow. “No bottle contains the potion listed on
the label.” A worried rumble rises, then falls as Cattiekins casts a
warning glare around the room. “You may each open a single bottle and
sniff the contents. After that, you must tell us which bottle you would
drink to move forward, through the black flames. To help you, we have
scented each potion with a strong odor. Poison smells of peppermint,
Black flame Freeze smells of new hay, and Purple flame freeze smells of
roasting chicken. Explain how you would solve this puzzle, and craft
something that requires logical thought.”
I like grey and yellow as a color combo, but I've had a fair bit of it lately. For some reason, I decided that, with my NEWT, 4 out of 5 knitting projects could be shoved into the last month. So I've been working on the Grey NEWT project fairly exclusively these last few weeks.
I did rebel briefly, to dye some stripey yarn
and I've been working on a red sock
(the only one of the four I was going to knit for my Order of the Phoenix Mission that might actually get finished)
and I may have started spinning this purple Texel
LOL. So exclusively grey.
Anyway, I've finished my woven skirt, and discovered that, not only am I a terrible sewer who knows nothing about fabric, but I can't take a picture of myself in a skirt. hehe.
At least it does fit! Here's the actual color, more or less:
The one that took me the longest, though, was the shawl/scarf called Phi
I haven't worked out the yardage, yet, but it's a lot of garter stitch with fingering weight handspun. It's soft and warm, and the curve and Fibonacci stripes appeal to me. Simple and a bit interesting, which is exactly what I was looking for, and my Slytherin friend Jennifer (KnittingVortex) designed it just in time for it to be in my NEWT :)
And this one, I finished today
a very slouchy Sitka Spruce hat. Original fleece color (pale grey, blocking here on a white balloon). Made the slouchy size but with an extra half of "Chart A" in length, so it's longish, too. Couldn't get a decent picture of it on myself, so Jasmine eagerly volunteered.
Now, I just have to get some legwarmers done, and I'm finished.
NEWT number 4 is already in Planning. It's pretty simple. I'm going to use hand-dyed stripey sock yarn
to make seven pairs of socks at once. Seven Simultaneous Stripey Socks on two very long circular 2.5mm needles. FUN! Or madness. A combination of the two is usually good for a NEWT. hehe.
The current NEWT is now up to 75%, just in time to get the points in the House Cup game. I had to finish the Stilwell
and spin up my fleece
The jumper is longer than 'standard', and used about 1.6km (1800y) of yarn. (It weighs a kilo). The fleece turned into just over a kilo of yarn, 621y of 2ply and 660y of 3ply. Total singles spun: 3222y.
The knit meter has passed last year's spin total, and the knit total is looking beatable :)
So, to finish my NEWT I have to turn that fleece-yarn into a hat, skirt and legwarmers, and finish off the Phi. I have started the shawl, in fact I've done about half the rows, but that's not halfway, because you start at one point of the triangle and end up on one long side. So the rows are getting longer.
I may have bought a little more yarn ;)
Got this Madelinetosh worsted MCN from a raveler, seven skeins in the color Ink. Liking blue a lot lately.
Also caught a Wollmeise update, and got some white, black and green Twin. Can't have too many of the basics.
Or maybe you can. I seem to have about a hundred skeins of sock yarn... perhaps I'd better do a Sock NEWT next time, see if I can do 7 pairs in 4 months or something... Or maybe I'll buy a sock-knitting machine :) hehe.
One of the school mums (her daughter is in prep with my son) recently shaved her head. She's having chemo, and when chunks of hair started to fall out she whipped out the shaver... and a hat.
That's when she found out that store-bought hats are not all that warm on a cold day :)
She told me one day, partly joking, partly asking, that I was welcome to make her a wool hat like the one I was wearing, if I liked. Hehe. So...
This is the third Paper Moon I've made. The first was for a 20's party a while ago; I searched for "cloche" and found this. The second was because I loved the first one; it fit really well, and I wore it all the time. This one, however, is in Malabrigo Rios (colorway is Paris Night) and I'm afraid I'm going to have to make another one in Rios for myself. It's so soft.
The other hat I own that I wear all the time is Wurm. It's a pretty common, simple pattern, but the texture of it really makes it thick and warm. I made this one with the leftover skein from Byron's Zigvest.
I also joined a challenge on Ravelry, where we have to set "cardioknitting" goals and meet them for 12 weeks. This was my walking project, simple pattern, worsted weight yarn, and it's seen a few kilometers :)
Now, I'll have to find something else. I've started "Phi". It's a simple pattern, but the yarn is much finer, so we'll see how we go.
And now I have to go to a school art show, which I have been trying to ignore for the last few months of "reminders" (I must have gotten five copies of the order forms for the dinner menu). I wasn't going to go to Yet Another Fundraiser... but apparently they've been talking about it at school a lot and telling the kids to invite their parents, and now Byron is all excited. He doesn't just want to go, either; because he's heard that I can buy things. Sigh.
They're ShaylaMyst's socks, which she's making from her handdyed yarn. I thought the yarn was cool, though, so I made some :)
I got a hold of a limited edition of blank sock yarn from Bendigo Woolen Mills. Hope they have more of it, because it's nice stuff, cheap, and will likely be popular. I acquired ten :)
so there might be a bit more dyeing to come. hehe. Anyway, I wanted a dark yarn that would have short little shots of color. So I balled up a skein, and then made it into a big skein, wrapped around a chair and a gate post outside. It wrapped around 20 times, so my skein was about 16m around. Then I tied it in 6 places, so that it wouldn't tangle up when I had it in a pile.
I picked the yarn up by the ties and hung the yarn into my dyepot of navy and black, making sure these 6 spots were out of the dye.
Then I got out my small dyepot and, one by one, dyed the blank spots
Then, of course, I had to string up my long skein, and rewind it into a manageable size :)
It has about 120 shots of color, so it should make socks with about 60 streaks each. Called this dye job "Glow sticks" ...lol. (The Astronomy class is about meteor showers)
Then I dyed up some fibre, since I had the dye out. Before I knew it, it was half-spun :)
I recently finished a few other things, too. This spin, which is merino/camel
Not sure I like the colors. Pretty sure I hate spinning camel, though it's soft. It's like angora - soft, fluffy and likes to make lumps!
Also, this roving hat for Jasmine. She picked the fibre and we split it into thin strips. Then I just knit a hat without spinning the strips. It works well, and the hat was very soft, but the colors... well, Jasmine likes it, anyway.
I felted 4 inches out of the circumference, which made it fit a little better. LOL. Also made these silly little covered cedar balls
Ten, all together, just being silly and using scraps of sock yarn. Also finished these Pumpkin socks
The colorway is called "Pumpkin Patch". The yarn isn't very nice; it was a cheap wool/nylon single-ply I found in Spotlight, and thought I'd navajo-ply into a thick sock yarn. They're a bit too big, but very warm and thick.
As for the NEWT, I've finished with my 600y of 2ply from the fleece, and am now working on the 3ply. Not sure I'll have enough fleece to finish 600y of 3ply, but I'll spin it all and see. Here's some yellow 3ply.
My NEWT jumper (Stilwell) is up to the armpits! I have to finish it (and the fleece) by the end of the month to get my points for 75% (good old deadlines get things done). Then I just have to knit a shawl, hat, legwarmers and weave a skirt (!)
Is that enough stuff? Hmm... I may have cast on two hats and a sock this week... hehehe.
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