Downton KAL: Had kind of a crazy idea for this KAL…
Silver’s WIP-Down 2016: A reminder. Please make sure you submit your entries for September by the 30th. Anyone who enters by then will be entered in a drawing for 3 Ravelry patterns worth $10 or under! Good luck to everyone!
Thread will be locked the morning of 1-October and winner(s) drawn on the next Geeky Girls Knit Podcast following that
Winners will be announced on both the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast & The Knitting Broomstick Podcast
For any and all giveaways, prizes, competitions, KALs, etc. that we host, the winner(s) have 30 days from the date of announcement (the date the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast episode in which the winner was announced goes live) to contact us to claim their prize or it will be forfeited. If this occurs, the prize will be used for another giveaway at our discretion. Thanks for understanding!
Miss Babs Fanatics KAL – Start date July 1, No WIPs, new projects only. Knit or crochet a large shawl/wrap, 700 yards or more. By Rhinebeck (that’s October 15-16th). In Miss Babs yarn.
Downton Abbey KAL
WIPs For our WIP-Down KAL:
Pink Weave >3
Fiery New England
Whatcha Watching, Silver?:
Whatcha Reading, Silver?:
My Favorite Things
Cafe’ L’ Orange coffee from San Marcos.
Organizing my life! I talk goals, and possible Prizes for your ideas…
Click here for the full list of all my Completed Projects
New Section: Silver’s WIP Down 2016
August 1st through December 31st. At least 5 prizes. First will be drawn Sept 5th, a pattern of your choosing from Ravelry $10 or under. So, get those FO pictures in ASAP! 🙂
The Only Rules:
You must be a member of the group on Ravelry.
You must post FO pictures in the KAL Thread.
Remember: Hats/Washcloths/Smaller items may count. However, any small item must be part of a set of 4 or more for it to count for prizes.
Projects cast on after October 1st will not count for the sake of this KAL. However, you will have up until October 1st to cast on as many projects as you think you can handle for the rest of the KAL.
New Since Last Time
Gilmore Girls KAL: It runs from the first of August through the 30th of September, for those that want to participate. You can do any new project cast-on in that time, and can be anything that you can convince the moderators relates to Gilmore Girls. Use #GilmoreGGKTKB on the projects you may do, so they can follow your progress.
FO’s Need to be entered here. Make sure you become a member of the Geeky Girls Knit Podcast and The Knitting Broomstick groups while you’re there! That way you can get credit for your entry!
Those You’ve Seen
Miss Babs Shawl KAL. This will be from July 1st until October 15th
If you want to participate, click here for more details!
Benilla Latte Socks
All This Red is Knitting Up Like Butta
Tetris Blanket: Just click here if you’re on Ravelry. This Is my project page with a TON of pictures.
FINAL Update 8/22: It’s been a whirlwind Summer with all the projects I’ve been able to finish. I haven’t made my 15K goal, but there’s always next year, right??? I have a total of 11, 858 Yards that I’ve completed this year, which is more than I did last year, so I can pretty much call this IMPROVED! 🙂
There was a bit of surprise Cast-On-Itus this summer, and a lack of finishing to blame for this failure, but I’m already looking forward to next year… As usual, you can click the links above to jump to each section! Hope you enjoy the pictures of each, as much as I enjoyed knitting on each item!
It’s been Real! PEACE! -Silver-
Shawls: (a Total of 6,360 yards Predicted before the beginning of S.D.) – Finished 13 Total.
My “Rainbow” Hitchhiker: Pattern is “Hitchhiker” by Martina Behm. I mean to do a ‘proper’ Hitchhiker with 42 points. 42 is the answer to all, according to the denizens of “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.” 😉 I’m using the “Dear Diary” Color on Chroma from KnitPicks.
Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 41 Points: 4/10
Completed: 5/27 @ 1:40. The time matters, as it was the start of S.D. only 39 minutes before… lol… Don’t want to be accused of cheating…
The Doctor Is In! 🙂 : Pattern is “Yowza Weigh It Shawl 2” by Susan B. Anderson in MissBabs – YozaWhattaSkein! It’s going to be huge! I don’t think I’ve even done 1/4 of the skein of yarn yet. It’s all scrunched up on the needles. Sorry, but it does look better in person! 🙂
Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 2 ounces of yarn left: 5/23
Completed: 5/27 @4:07 AM. Time is again important, due to when the start of Stash Dash was…
Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 12 rotations of the pattern, then 3 rows of the edging: 3/28
Thoughtful Silver Ringing: Pattern is “Color Affection” by Veera Välimäki. This is my first time using 3 different colors of MissBabs’ Yummy 2-Ply (Fingering weight) yarn. First time doing short rows as well, so we’ll see how it goes! 🙂
Colors: 1) Deep Thoughts, 2) Oxidized Silver, and 3) You Rang?
Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Beginning of the edging. Also known as “the third color by itself.” : 3/30
My Magrathea: Pattern is “Magrathea” by Martina Behm. Haven’t done to much yet, as I was waiting for my longer ChiaoGoo needles to come in the mail. They’re here now, so I should get more rotations on this done soon-ish. It’s also my first experience knitting right from a chart, so it will also be a bit slow-going. Sometimes I may not be in the headspace for it, even though I’m still having fun with the pattern! 🙂 I’ve been using “Ol’ Blue Eyes” (a gradient set) from Leading Men Fiber Arts, their Soliloquy base. I LOVE how it’s working up right now and can’t wait to get back to it! 🙂
Stopping Point B4 S.D. = The beginning of the Edging Charts:4/12
Singing, 22point5 Times: Pattern is “22.5 Degrees” by Martina Behm. I’ve obviously found a designer that speaks to my weird style. This one gets it’s name from the angle of the triangle that is formed from the pattern. I’ve never had so much with Geometry in my life, thanks to Martina! 🙂 I’m in LOVE with how the colors are working up with this pattern!
Colorway:Sing N’ The Blues Stripes by Kroy Socks
Stopping Point B4 S.D. = 48 Rotations of the Pattern: 4/25
My BFF <3: Pattern is “Progression Shawl” By Carin (of Round The Twist with Carin). Yarn is Yowza by Miss Babs. I started this with the intention of keeping it for myself. When I found out a work friend lost her father, I wanted to make this for her instead. I really hope she likes it! It’s more than my wingspan, so it should hug her pretty well…
Mad As A Progressive Hare: Pattern is “Progression Shawl” By Carin (of Round The Twist with Carin). Since I was giving the first to my friend, I wanted to keep one for myself. LOVE this pattern! Using Miss Babs Yowza.
Colorway: Mad Hatter
Crazy Is As Crazy Does: Pattern is “Progression Shawl” By Carin (of Round The Twist with Carin). Using Miss Babs Yowza.
Colorway: Bat S**T Crazy
Weighing Drunken Watermelons: Pattern is “Yowza Weigh-It Shawl” By Susan B. Anderson.
Colorway: Drunken Watermelon
Redemption Mother’s Day KAL: Pattern is “Mother’s Day KAL” by J. L. Fleckenstein. I’m using the Betty base by Lucky Violet Color Company.
Green Steam: Pattern is “Age of Brass & Steam” By Orange Flower Yarn. I used Madelintosh, Tosh DK.
Steam Run Amok!: Pattern is “Age of Brass & Steam” By Orange Flower Yarn. I used Magickal Miscellany’s DK base.
Colorway: “Amok! Amok! Amok!”
Socks:(a Total of 1,710 Yards Predicted before S.D) – 5 Total Finished. I’ll say I finished 6, ’cause those black socks, man…
Girl of The 80s:The Pattern is “Afterthought Heel” By LaLa of TheKnitGirllls. As if I needed a further reminder that I’m a girl born in the 80’s, this is it. LOL. The yarn is on the Thursday Base by Friday Studios. I love the stripy nature of this yarn! 🙂
Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Both socks, minus heels: 4/1
Carrie Loves The Blues:Pattern is “Blurred Lines” By Megan (of the Stockinette Zombies). Yarn is Lollipop Yarns, Beefcake Base.
Colorway: “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”
Lia Loves The Rainbow:Pattern is “Toe-Up Socks With A Difference” By Wendy D. Johnson. Yarn is Lollipop Yarns, Beefcake Base.
Colorway: “Raise The Roof”
Salan Loves All of The Patterning:Pattern is “Toe-Up Socks With A Difference” By Wendy D. Johnson. Yarn is Patons Kroy.
Colorway: “Sunset Stripes”
Socks For Marc N’ (The Hubby):The Pattern is “Afterthought Heel” By LaLa of TheKnitGirllls. His uh… Yule present that I haven’t finished yet. He understands, I think… ;( They’re knitting up almost black, so I can’t do much with it in one go before I get bored (and perhaps, I go a bit crazy). Kroy socks.
Color: Gentry Grey
Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Both socks, minus heels: 5/11
Blankets:(a Total of 11,360 Yards Predicted before S.D.)
Scarves:(a Total of 1,850 Yards Predicted before S.D.)
Nothing completed here either! I’m such a failure… But, there’s always next year, right?
Dolled Up In Teal: The pattern is “Hush Hush” By Libby Baker. I wanted to make something special for first garment. It’s looking good so far! 🙂 Using Red Heart, Comfort Sport.
Stopping Point B4 S.D. = Up to the straps: NA. Didn’t make any change since I first premiered this project. So mad at myself, but there it is… 5/25, I’m calling it good until I get it back in the rotation during S.D.
Blanket For Mary: Pattern is “Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth.” Am making this 144 sts wide for a Co-worker.
Colorway: “Baby Ombre”
Washcloths For Mary: Pattern is “Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth.” Am making two for a Co-worker.
Colorway: “Baby Ombre”
Milo For Older: Pattern is “Milo” By Georgie Nicolson. Yarn is Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls. This is for the same Co-worker’s eldest daughter, so she can match the new baby.
Colorway: “Baby Pink”
Milo For Baby:Pattern is “Milo” By Georgie Nicolson. Yarn is Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls. This is for the same Co-worker.
Colorway: “Baby Pink”
Previous Updates Notes:
Update 7/8: Since last time, I’ve finished a few Socks. Worked on a few Other things as well. I have also updated the Shawls section with a few other plans for WIPs. They’re quick knits, so they may also get done while S.D. is going on…. As of Today, I have 5,441 Yards / 4,975.25 Meters already finished.
Update 6/22: Since last time, I’ve finished a few Socks, and a few Shawls. I have decided to condense the blog entry to the categories you see above, and I will let you know which sections I’ve updated every week or so…. I’ve re-organized everything by date of completion/how much I have left to finish. I’ve also added any other projects I’m thinking of finishing before the end of the Summer. The Other section has grown a bit as well. As of Today, I have 4,264 Yards / 3,899.002 Meters already finished.
Update 5/30: Since last time, I’ve finished a pair of Socks, and a few Shawls, so you know which sections to go to…. Today, I have 3,206 Yards / 2,931.566 Meters already finished.
Update 5/30: I’ve started casting things off, so that’s the biggest news of this update. Shawls got finished the most, but I’m sure the other categories will be updated soon-ly… I’ve also included a 6th section. Stuff that I didn’t allow for when I was making my crazy plans for Stash Dash originally, but I’m still planning on including in my meterage. I’ve also gotten rid of the link to my knitmeter. Reason? The dumb link wasn’t updating like it should. So, when I do my updates up top here, I’ll just tell you what I’m up to in total yards/meters. And yes, I’ll give both as a record. Today, I have 1,555 Yards / 1,421.86 Meters already finished.
Update 5/25: The last few days before Stash Dash begins. I’ve decided that the pre-S.D. points will end tonight. I’m updating everything with pictures so you can see how far I’ve gotten. Wish me luck on the rest of my crazy journey! 🙂
Update 5/17: Another quick update today. I’ve been working on a few things since the last time I posted. Two have been updated under the Shawls section. The Socks section has been updated as well. I’m adding the Mother’s Day KAL shawl that I started to this list. I have another repeat of the pattern to go before I’m done. I’ve also added a blanket (the Blanket section) that I’ve started for a Client, who wants it by the start of June. May not finish it by the beginning of Stash Dash, but I’ll update it as I go along.
Update 4/25: Just finished another stopping point in my “Shawls” Section. Wanted to tell you about it almost immediately, but as I finished that point at about 3AM after a long work weekend, I wanted sleep more. Sorry… Hopefully, I’ll have another stopping point finished by Wednesday. We’ll see how that goes…
I also have a Mother’s Day KAL I need to start the 29th, and a sock KAL I need to finish before then too, so we’ll see which pretty wins out…
With this update, I’m adding the date I got to the stopping point on each of my projects so that you know what parts I’m up to. So if you check out the other sections, if you want to know. If you don’t, I’m not going to be mad… 😉 I’m also including new pictures for all the project changes I’ve been making, as well as updates that I’ve been wanting to make for a bit. IE: project names after receiving new yarn colors, etc…
I also found out that the Tetris blanket won’t count if I’m just seaming the pieces together. I think I can make it work. Wasn’t really thrilled with the boarder as I had written in the pattern, anyway. So I’m going to do a border, kind of 10-stitch style and put that into the pattern for those that want to try this second way. (more detail about that once it’s complete…)
Update 4/11: Just finished another stopping point in my “Shawls” Section. I also did a bit of changing in the “Blankets” section. Just click on the links above, and you’ll be able to see the changes for yourself! 🙂
Update 4/4:Just a quick update under my “Shawls” section. I finally got the yarn I needed for the remaining shawls for Stashdash. SOO… This means that I was able to get them started! 🙂 I also got to a few more of my “stopping points” before Stashdash starts. One is under my “Socks” section. Click the link above, if you just want to jump to them!
Update 3/29: Just added the colors I’m using in each project, a few updated pictures (as I got to the stopping point on a few), as well as a new shawl. What can I say? I’m addicted to them! 🙂
Update 3/21: Hello Fans! I think I have the plan in place. It will seem like a lot, but it is what it is…. A challenge to myself. I’m challenging myself to do 21,366 yards during StashDash this year. If you were wondering, that translates to 18.96K of yarn. To do this, however, I need to do a bit of prep-work. To this end, I have already cast on all but 2 of the shawls I’m planning on doing. Hell, all of the projects I’m planning on challenging myself with have been recently started in anticipation of the goal I’ve set myself, or have been sitting on the needles for a longer time than I originally planned on them being. So, what you see following will be the list of what I’m planning on challenging myself with as well as in-progress photos (or finished dates when StashDash comes about). Wish me luck!
Hello to my awesome readers! I have decided to participate in Stash Dash with TheKnitGirllls again this year. Stash dash will start 5/27 this year and end 8/15. I’m planning on 15K, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m still in the planning stages. I’ll update you here when I know exactly what my game-plan is official. I have some time to plot and plan, after all… – Silver, 3/14 –
Hello! Episode 7 is now live on Youtube! I hope you like it! Show notes to follow…
Stash Dash 2016:
Current Total Yardage: 5,441 Yards
How Many Meterage does this equal?: 4,975.25
Whatcha Watching, Silver?:
Whatcha Reading, Silver?:
My Favorite Things
The 2nd Annual Kirby Drive through Silver’s Knitted Treats. For $25 you can get a Kirby of your choosing, and $20 of that goes to a charity in charge of finding a cure for Bile Duct Cancer, in honor of former CEO/President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata last year. More details can be found here.
Hello everyone! Episode 4 is live! I feel like I’ve been in a sleepy fog all day. And after the week I’ve had, I was wanting to let myself sleep whenever my body wants to. However, I was able to finally get myself together enough to get this going for you! Thank you for your patience! I’ve put the different sections in bold below, so you can follow along here if you wish to. Hope you all enjoy it! If you do, be sure to subscribe to me on youtube and leave comments!
Stash Dash 2016:
Current Total Yardage: 3,704 Yards
How Many Meterage does this equal?: 3,386.938
Silver has a HO (Half-Object)!
From MercuryZelda on our Ravelry Group: “What are your favorite knitting needles to use? I know you’ve tried lots of different brands and styles, but I want to know which ones you like best and why you like them so much. I’m always up for trying more needles! <3”
My Answer? Watch to find out! 😉
Whatcha Watching, Silver?:
TV & Movies.
Emptyeye stream Final Fantasy 5, the 4 Job Fiesta. A brief Explanation of the Four Job Fiesta by Emptyeye.
Twitter: @SilversKnitting. I tend to read through all messages as soon as I possibly can. If you don’t hear from me within 24 hours, please feel free to e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final Thought: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” -Albus Dumbledore .
This week, do what makes you happy and don’t let the rest bog you down! Till next week! Bye!
Hey All! I’ve decided to start an Audio Podcast! I’m calling it Silver’s Dreamland! Please let me know what You think! 🙂 Show notes will follow after the video link! You can always watch here, or you can follow me on Youtube, if it’s easier….
Introduction: About Me/Intro/Why A Podcast, Silver?
A Mermaid Tail
A Color Affection. Still without the contrasting colors….
2 Pairs of “Blurred Lines” socks, by Megan Williams.
My Tetris Blanket. I’m testing out different parts of it and writing up the pattern for it. I should have this released sometime in early June, so I’ll be able to talk more about it then. Until then, I’ll consider this “secret knitting.” For now…
Stash Dash 2016: (All of the crazy of Stash Dash can be found here)
15K or Bust!
Some Baby Items
Yowza Weigh-It Shawls
Typhoon Shawl by Josh Ryks.
After that, I have no idea, as I’ll be in the middle of Stash Dash. I’ll be working on whichever project strikes my fancy.
My Miss Babs shipment with four colorways from her Yowza collection.
My Weekly Obsessions: There are a few things that I’ve been obsessed with since the beginning of last week.
Hello everyone! I know it’s been awhile since I’ve had an update here. Suffice to say, I’ve been busy. I have to apologize to those that want to see the progress on the Tetris Blanket. I have none other than a few more pieces sewn together. That’s fine, for RIGHT NOW… I have plans for you yet, blanket. Believe you, me!
If you aren’t a member of The KnitGirllls Army, why aren’t you? Since I’ve started to watch those ladies, I find myself wanting to try more and more new things. I’ve tried lace weights, extra-sparkly yarns, lace designs, and many many more firsts for me with my knitting.
Starting today (May 22nd, as of 12:01AM EDT) and going until 11:59PM on August 14th, yours truly will be participating in my first KnitGirllls Stash Dash. I have a goal of 5K. When I was making my plans last night, I kept thinking that I was talking crazy. My plans allow for up to 8,091 meters of yarn to be knit in that time frame. I hope to get every one of those meters done, but I know myself. There will be times where I don’t hit my goals with this thing… If I get 5K, I’ll be happy. If you want to follow my progress, I’ll be posting updates and pictures here. I’ll also be using #stashdash2015 on Twitter and Instagram. The good news, is as long as you complete or bind off the project during this time frame, the yardage counts. This makes it a bit easier for me, as I have a few new blankets to make for a few clients. If I counted everything I’m REALLY want to finish, then I WILL be talking “CRAZY PANTS.”
Here are my goals:
1) Purple Hogwarts Express Shawl – 570 yards
Done: As of 8PM 5/22.
2) Tetris Blanket – 3,094 yards
3) Yellow Brick Road Shawl – 510 yards
Done: As of 3:25 AM 6/3
4) Basketweave Baby Blanket For Baby Girl – 1,275 yards
Done: As of 3:34AM EDT 7/6.
5) Basketweave Baby Blanket For Baby Boy – 1,275 yards
Done: As of 10:45PM EDT 7/20.
6) Stripy Scarf – 364 yards
Done: 3AM EDT 7/24.
7) Crayon Baby Blanket – 1,199 yards
Done: 7/29 11:00PM EDT.
8) Blue Blanket (for a friend) – 1,622.5 yards
Items I didn’t plan for, but am counting toward Stash Dash, either way:
1) A headband in TNT Purple
Done: Started and Finished by 5:30PM EDT 6/4
A Quick 100 yards.
2) A Fall-colored Hat for my site.
Done: Started before Stashdash sometime. Finished 6/9. REALLY early, while I was working on my paper for a class.
A Quick 118 yards.
3) Baby Pink Swirl Hat
Done: 7/6 9:16PM. 112 Yards.
4) Baby Pink Hat
Done: 7/7 1AM. 112 Yards.
5) Baby Purple Hat
Done: 7/7 1:15PM. 120 yards.
6) Baby Rib in Purple
Done:7/8 1AM. 120 yards.
7) My second attempt @ the TNT Headbands. 112 sts.
Done: 7/10. 60 yards.
8) Baby Blue Swirl Hat
Done: 7/21. 2:50PM. 112 yards.
9) Baby Green Swirl Hat
Done: 7/22. 1:20AM. 112 yards.
10) Baby Green Hat
Done:7/22. 2PM. 12 yards.
11) Baby Blue Hat
Done: 7/23. 1:10 AM. 120 yards
12) My Last version of the headbands for #TeamTim #IronmanCanada2015! Pictures will follow, once I get them from the Recipient. Like a dunce, I forgot to take my own photos. (update: I got them! 🙂 )
Done: 7/21. 60 yards.
13) The Creamsicle Yellow Brick Road that I made for myself. It’s right that the shawl I make for myself comes up to a 765 yards. Forgive the shadows… Our chandelier gets in our way every time I try to take decent pictures…
Done:10PM EDT 7/28
New note, 7/20: I had hoped to have a total of 8,949.50 total yards (or 8183.42 meters), before any hats that I would make in this timeframe as well. Currently, I’m shy 1,094.1 off my 5K. 🙂 Getting there…
Note 7/22: Strike through for my planning session was something I changed today, based on the fact that I have more than enough yardage for my 5K without them, besides the fact that I realize I will NEVER get them done before the end of #stashdash2015.
Note 728: With this last 765 yards, I have completed my 5K! YAY! Now to keep finishing things, because I have THAT MUCH on the needles right now…
Post StashDash2015 goal Items: I have a few, just because I’ve been in a “Finish It” kind of mood…
Here are the items I finished that won’t really be counting toward my StashDash2015 totals (as I only set the goal at 5K…), but I still finished during that time:
Okay! Uncle! I’m calling it. I may have until Friday, but I think I’ve gone enough over my goal for one year. I’ll have to up it to 10K, as I think I knit enough… LOL…
Here is my final totals for StashDash2015 everyone! Hope all my fellow knitters had as much fun with it as I did! Happy Knitting All!
– Silver –
Here is where you’ll see my #stashdash2015 totals!