Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Samhain Socks!

I finally finished my Samhain socks. Originally I was going to use a pattern for them but after I got started and saw how the stripes were doing, I realized that they'd be just as beautiful without a pattern. So I didn't use one. Despite how much I love knitting socks, I've only finished three pairs. The first pair went to mom because they fit her better, the second pair needs redoing. And well, here's the third:

This will probably be one of the last times I get to update my blog with finished projects until Christmas. Why? Because I don't want anyone seeing their presents before they get them.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Ravenclaw Pride

The first four days of October were Ravenclaw Pride Days. What this meant was that I would spent however long during those four days to craft an item in Ravenclaw colors. I decided on a scarf since I didn't have one and it's started to get into scarf season again.

Because crochet is so much fasted, I crocheted it. Worsted weight yarn, I hook, half double crochet. 2 days. Not bad for a novice crocheter, eh?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October Plan

As always, I have a plan for the month. I'll be doing four presents this month and getting ready for not only NaNoWriMo but the first part of Deathly Hallows to come out in theaters. I will, of course, be going in full Ravenclaw wear.

Herbology: Berry Season in fall/halloween colors.
Charms: Snapdragon Flip Tops
DADA: A scarf for my oldest brother - gotta ward off those vampires!
Divination: Highland Triangle Shawl
Muggle Studies: Green socks for my brother (Ducky from NCIS would totally wear handknit socks)

OWL to 66% at least
Quidditch: Hufflepuff fingerless mitts
Ravenclaw Pride: Ravenclaw scarf

Friday, October 1, 2010

End of the Month Update

The month disappeared on me. Before I knew it, I was running out of time and had so much to finish. Sad to say that I didn't get anything finished this month. Wait no. I did finish a section of a traveling scarf and a blanket square. This means that I have three things to finish: the shawl I started in Aug, my Ravenclaw bag, and a present for a friend's birthday. There are a few reasons why I didn't get anything finished this month. This first (and most important) reason was that I've been focusing on my college classes more than my knitting. Knitting is fun and I love it but college is important. The other reason is drama. Specifically online drama.

This is the start of my Ravenclaw bag. It is also my very first attempt at doing any colorwork. I'd always thought colorwork was pretty - but also hard. It really isn't, just takes longer than working with only one strand of yarn. I can't wait until it's done. This bag is one of the things I plan to take with me to go see the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

My sixth pair of fetching. The yarn is a real pain as it enjoys splitting on me. I have to make sure that it doesn't because I don't want to send a present off to a friend where half of the stitches are where the yarn split.

Lastly, a progress picture of my sweater. This is kind of an older picture - I have since finished the skein and started into the next one. The last time I measured it was about 9". At first I had wanted to get it done in time for NaNoWriMo in November but I don't want to kill myself over getting it done. It'd be nice to get it done before December though. :)