Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Kickstarter Update and Decoy Knitting!

I  know it's not knitting-related, but I'd like to update everyone on my band's Kickstarter project which is coming down to the wire - as I write this, we have 51 hours to reach our funding goal (we're just $243 away).

You can get the details on my initial blog post or even on our Kickstarter project page, but the long and short of it is that we wanted to do a series of 7" vinyl singles with really cool hand-drawn art. Each single will feature cover art by a different artist (my husband Tyler, a few of our friends, and me) and, let's face it, vinyl is just awesome. We'll also be offering MP3 versions of the songs for our fans that don't own record players (or just want to listen to them on their iPod).

The songs are already recorded, mixed and mastered - we just need to raise the funds to press them to vinyl and release them! Click here to make your pledge if you need some new music to knit to, especially if you need to find that transcendental zone when you have miles and miles of stockinette ahead of you. Even $5 or $10 will get us that much closer to our goal, and you'll be a part of Shalloboi history!

Ok, thanks for letting me share my non-knitting WIP - now it's back to all things yarny!

I've made a lot of progress on the Openwork Dolman I posted about the last time I wrote about my band's Kickstarter progress, so it seems fitting to share the latest WIP photo with you today:

I'd say I'm about halfway done with the first piece; I just finished binding off the sleeves and I've settled into a very nice rhythm with the purse stitch pattern (and I'm actually enjoying knitting with laceweight yarn, if you can believe it). I doubt I'll have this done in time for me to wear for the holidays, though!

I also started a pair of mittens for myself over the holiday weekend - all part of my plan to have a few projects that I can still post about on my blog while super-sneaky holiday knitting and crocheting is happening behind the scenes. I bought the Svalbard pattern (Kelbourne Woolens had a half-off Thanksgiving pattern sale!) and used the two skeins of Tundra I ordered a few months ago from Doodlebug Yarn. Naturally, I couldn't find the correct size of DPN required, so I decided to go for the gusto and knit them two-at-a-time on magic loop. I'm not very far along, as the only time I get to work on them is when I'm feeding the cats, but I am really excited about them - Tundra is just heavenly. I have such a yarn crush on The Fibre Company! I've tried several of their yarns this year and have pretty much fallen in love with all of them. Also, it's the perfect project to use my grommet-y Yarn Pop tote that I bought at VK Live!

For more WIP fun, visit the Tami's Amis blog!

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