Easy summer projects

I’ve had an attitude about knitting washcloths and dishcloths. They seem like the perfect summer knitting project. Small, easy to carry, usually an easy enough pattern to not need too much thought. It was that last one that I think kept me from making them. I got bored. That and I couldn’t get over the fact that all my hard work would be used for cleaning.

Last year a friend mentioned how much she loved hand knitted dishcloths. When she and her husband bought a house, I made a couple as a house warming gift. It wasn’t that bad. Last month I made these for a friend’s bridal shower.

Stack of washcloths

Stack of washcloths

I used the scraps to make this striped washcloth:

Washcloth made with scraps

I used the scraps to make this.

After a week at the cottage, I decided in needed pot holders, which are a cousin of washcloths. However, when I look at potholder patterns, I’m drawn to the crocheted ones.

Like these:

Quilt-square pot holders

I think I’m hooked on these quick and easy projects for summer crafting. If you need me, I’ll be busy making potholders or browsing them on Ravelry.com.

Geek Crossover

So, its been established that, here at Wired Yarn, we “geek” over a few topics. That’s now a given.

However, I have to say that recently, due to pure happenstance, I had a true moment of “geek” in two distinct areas at the same time.

I was in “geek” heaven, at that moment.

I, recently, through just random searches found (& for the life of me I can not find it again now) a crochet stitch called “wine stitch” that described alternating a single crochet stitch from the back loop and the front loop. The picture showed a rippled effect in the resulting piece.

I used some extra yarn I had (Loops & Threads Charisma) Navy Blue to start to create this new stitch. I decided to do a scarf.

So far, I’m geeking on yarn, of course, and my other passion – Wine, because of the stitch.

But, it gets better.

I decided to do 6 rows of the blue before switching to the same brand yarn, but “red”. When I got to the end of the 6 rows, I was actually at the end of the skein.

I KNOW!

How often does that happen?

(I just lost the the non-yarn geeks, right??)

I felt like playing the lottery!

So, yeah, This was a total throw away project. Practice with extra yarn on a new stitch and yet it got me geeking on more than one subject at the same time!

It doesn’t get much better than this!

I have quilts on my mind

I have quilts on my mind.

Last time I posted, which was far too long ago (sorry), I was thinking about scraps. I still am–scraps and using up my fabric stash. I also have a granddaughter due in August and I’m considering making a quilt rather than an afghan. It’s always so hot working on an afghan in the summer. Both of her sisters have an afghan from Grammy. I should have planned this better.

I know that I have a box of cut squares that was my DH’s grandmother’s stash. I’m tempted to use that up. And then I ran across this. The idea of creating a baby quilt that is based on a cityscape intrigues me. Skyline Baby quilt

I’m tempted to use the Columbus skyline, since this is her parents’ hometown, but this little one will be born in Fort Worth and will most likely move to Louisville. Columbus will be a foreign land. One of the things that sells this quilt is the map fabric. Buckeye fabric would be fun. Hmmm, I guess it’s time to shop to see what inspires me.

How A Sweater Becomes A Distraction

I started watching the US version of Being Human on the SyFy network about the same time I took crocheting back up.

My enjoyment of this show about three roommates in Boston, one a vampire, one a werewolf and the third, Sally, a ghost, took on a whole new level (let’s quietly call it an obsession) when I decided I would figure out how to crochet Sally’s sweater.

It’s a very casual sweater and looks very comfy and cozy. However, it, thus far in my searches, appears to be one-of-a-kind. I have searched high and low for another like it, even asking various boards (Ravelry is a wonderful thing!) if anyone knew of a pattern. There are several *close* look alikes, but none are the real deal.

So, it has become my latest moral imperative to recreate this sweater. I end up having to watch each new episode of Being Human several times because I will go through an entire scene and realize I’ve not heard a single word of dialogue focusing on the stitches in Sally’s sweater.

Sandy simply says, “You’re hooked.” (pun intended?) or “Yeah, you’ve got it bad.” but, this is a case of exactly why we started this blog.

Combining our love of both fan/geekdoms and yarn.

Stay tuned for updates on Sally’s Sweater.

What Is Wired Yarn?

If you’ve found yourself here, reading this, then you are most likely wondering what the heck Sandy and Rick are doing now?
You’re thinking, “those two crazies plug my Twitter feed with their geekdom all the time. Now they want to fill the blogosphere with their mayhem?”
Um…Yeah! That’s it exactly.

We have had so much fun sharing coffee on random weekday mornings, talking about such things as NCIS, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Trek,  (this list really goes on and on). Often you’ll see Sandy pull out her latest knitting project (Rick has on occasion as well). There’s always a cell phone or two involved (for tweeting, of course). Usually, the Nooks come out.

Yes, we’ve decided to share this fun with all of you. There’s just too much of it to keep to ourselves. We want to take our love (read – obsession) with our geekdoms and show you how our minds warp… er… translate, that into yarn and craft projects.

Did you see that scarf in the latest Sherlock Holmes movie? So did we, and we are on the hunt to create it ourselves.  Do you love the sweater that Sally wears in Being Human? Yeah, that’s our newest search to find how to do it as well! You get the idea.

As you see, there’s more to our morning coffee mayhem than just Tweets. Stay tuned for the mayhem to ensue.