Monday, June 12, 2017

Of socks and blisters

I had been wearing a brace for my ankle, but it is rubbing a blister on the back of my heel.  It is a great big thing...and rather than continue with the brace, I downgraded to an Ace bandage.  Those sure have changed over the years.  I used to wear one on my wrist, and I had little elastic claws to grip it closed.  Now they are sticky, so it adheres to itself.

This has also happened, as I finished using one half of the poncho on the Princess's sweater.

I think this will be a pair for Christmas.  The colors are a little girly, so it will be probably for my SIL.  It is self-striping, so no pattern necessary.  That means it goes fast.  What are you working on?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Haul

I thought I would share what I recently received from my brother.

I got one skein of Noro Silk Garden, color 87, lot q.  This picture doesn't do it justice.  I hope to create a light box soon, and will take a better picture. 

There were 4 skeins of Lion Brand Impeccable, 2 in Deep Forest and 2 in Soft Taupe.

Next up are 2 skeins of Andean Treasure from Knit Picks.  Two skeins of Wool of the Andes in Cloud and Fern.  I also have 6 skeins of Sock Landscape, 3 in Red Wood Forest and 3 in New England Foliage.

A test skein of Elegance in Oatmeal was found, as well as a mystery skein.

Too many pictures?  Maybe.  But wait there's more...

A skein of Cascade 220 in Black (color 8555), Fisherman's wool (that is to be dyed soon), 2 skeins of Bamboo in Black, 3 skeins of Jo Sharp Aran Tweed in 125 Tartan, 3 skeins of Noro Kureyon in 124, 2 other skeins of Noro wool/silk in 2 different colorways, and a skein of some sort of tweed.

There was more, but I will share all of the other non-yarny things later.  Any suggestions on what to do with it?  I have a few ideas swimming around, but some of it has not been designated for anything yet.

Friday, June 09, 2017

What's old is new again

June has been interesting.  I sprained my ankle and fell, which hurt a lot more than expected.  I guess that means I am getting old.  It has been about a week; my back still hurts and my foot is a lovely shade of purple. 

I am knitting the crocheted poncho from Christmas into a sweater.  The Princess was not thrilled with the poncho, so I just repurposed it. 

The dragon still has to be seamed.  I am horribly behind in that. 

I am also wanting to get this ancient UFO done.  This is a baby blanket from when Little Man was born...10 years ago.  The main reason I haven't finished it is that I lost the instructions.  I hope to get a copy of them again soon.

I am thinking ahead to Christmas as well.  I bought some sock yarn on sale, and am still trying to decide what to do with it.  I have the Party of Five set, and have thought about putting these Madelinetosh skeins with it for me.  But I may pull the blue for someone else. 

It has been slow for knitting as pain makes it difficult to even sit.  How is your summer looking?

Monday, May 08, 2017

Letting things go

Here are all the pieces to the dragon...and it is still not put together.  I need some time and the ability to focus in order to seam it.  



There is a question about the eyes as well.  I bought these cat eyes at a hobby store, and once I get the eyes put together I will see if I can add them.

The first sweater for the Littlest princess is finished, except for weaving and blocking.  I still have another one to crank out by the end of the month.  She has also declared that she wants a pink zebra, a purple zebra, and a green zebra.  Maybe not for her birthday.



My Boxy sweater is coming along.  I have about 17 inches of the body done, and need about 5 more before splitting it for the sleeves.


The coughing crud is running through the house, and my brain has all kinds of things running through it too.  Hopes and dreams, thoughts and plans, some achievable and some not.  Either it is that time of year, or I am ready for another change, or both.  I have also learned that one person in the house now has walking pneumonia.  Isn't that fun?!  

I have to let go of some things, in order to do others.  I can work myself to death cleaning and tidying up everything all the time, or I can let it be a little messy and enjoy life.  Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way.  Messiness bothers some people.  How about you - a little mess with lots of enjoyment, or no mess with no enjoyment?

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Coming together

I have almost finished the Littlest Princess's first sweater for her birthday.  She is growing so fast!  I had to make a 4t just to make sure she can wear it in the fall!  I made it from Cascade Eco Plus, and because of it's size and the nature of working a chunky yarn on large needles.  There is still another one for her to be made, and that one will take longer, as it is in a worsted weight on slightly smaller needles, but it should still work up fairly quickly.  She has made it known that she would like a pink zebra, and a purple zebra.  She is a riot.  I will see what I can make up, although I am still not finished with the dragon.

These things take time.  I need some concentration and some fortitude.  I don't know when I will have either at the same time, but it should be soon.  I also have some plans to work on for this month.  I find that if I can get a goal set, work out logical and reasonable steps for that goal, then I can usually reach it.  I need a good planner too, which would help.  I used to use a paper one all the time - it was like my right hand.  I was never without it.  Since those days, it has been a bit harder for me to be quite so organized and together.  I have tried several different planners: cheap ones, expensive ones, free ones, ones I've made...and still I haven't found one that works quite as well as that one did back in the day.  I think one of the major helps was that I carried it in my purse.  I now don't carry a purse all the time (I don't go to work daily) so I don't use it as I should.  I hope to get a few things organized and maybe I can find a place to put it so I can see it all the time.  It's harder to do that when you don't live in your own house.  How do you stay organized?  Any planners I should check out?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Not moving at all

Some times you need a break.  Whether it is mental or physical, you just have to stop.  That has been today for me.  I have done the necessities, but not much else. 

I need to fix the curling at the bottom, but this sweater is coming along.  The nexr sweater I hope to finish in a week or two.  It is a small one, and I have a good start on it.  Chunky yarn and big needles combined with a toddler size work up quickly. 

I still have to sew up the dragon.  It takes some stealing of one's self to sew that many pieces together. 

I am also attempting to plan out Christmas.  And other things, like some sewing projects and items for the Etsy shop.  I have to rework stuff there and really think about what to do.  What have you been up to?

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Late spring

Does anyone else feel like spring is elusive this year?  It was hot here quickly, followed by more than one cold snap, and it feels like spring now just doesn't quite want to get started. 


This is as far as I have gotten on my two sweaters.  The top is Little Man's second birthday sweater, and the other is my Boxy.  

I still have tons of other things to do, but I have the same issue as spring this year.  I am also having trouble getting started.  I think most of it is the waiting.  A few weeks ago, my grandmother had a stroke, and since it happened, it has been a waiting game. We waited to see how bad it was, then waited to see how much she could recover, and now we are waiting for "the call."  This waiting is just another season, and it too shall pass.  Best to do what you can until it passes.  Much love to you and yours.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Back to basics

I still have made little progress on anything.  The pastime that was once my stress release has been pushed to the side.  Other things manage to override my knitting.  But, I started back on the second blue sweater.

I started on the first sleeve.  I had been knitting on my Boxy, and untangling the other half of the skein.  The yarn is Oceania, and it has 1440 yards in it.  That is an entire sweater.  Or almost.  I had to cut it, as my ball winder would not hold all of it, and it was severely tangled.  Not anymore.  Over this past week, working on it a bit here and a bit there (mostly at night while watching Netflix), I was able to untangle it all.  I have about 9 inches of the 22.5 that I need.  Almost halfway there.  Noticing the "almost" trend?  Yeah, me too.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ravelry

I looked at my project page in Ravelry, and realized how little is there.  I have documented most of my projects here, but I have not added the projects to Ravelry.   I think that will be something to fix this year.  I have plenty of pictures and I should be able to reconstruct some times based on my posts.  Going forward though, I plan on keeping that page more updated to keep tabs on things.

To be honest, in a lot of ways, it feels like double work.  It probably is, to a certain extent, but I also recognize the value of it.  If I don't add my projects there, then people (like me) who look for things, may not find for what they are searching.  Or see how a pattern has been modified.  Or who knows what else.  It also leaves documentation, in one place, in an organized fashion (of sorts) of my own work, so I can review it and see if I modified something previously, and how, and if I would do it again.  

These days, I am a bit schizophrenic about my crafting.  I am jumping from project to project, not settling on any one particular thing.  I have so much that I want to accomplish, and yet I flit from thing to thing.  I finished the body of Little Man's second blue sweater.  I am working on the tail still for his dragon.  I started a sweater for myself, and I am working on a pair of socks for me too.  Then there is the quilt that I started last year, and although I have cut out several blocks, none are completely sewn.  I have messy bun hats for Etsy to crochet (which is a whole other set of issues), two sweaters for each of the Princesses, toys for them as well, Iced to finish for myself, and at least one other cardigan to make for me, and the Master Crocheter's course to finish.  With everything else (like cleaning, cooking, and homeschooling), it's a wonder I can remember my name.  But, I find that being busy is good for me.  And since there are no real deadlines for these items (other than the birthday things), there isn't any real stress.  Don't get me wrong - I want it all completed now.  I wish I could knit while I sleep (wouldn't that be great?!  All those projects completed in a fraction of awake time!), but for now those things will just have to be worked on bit by bit.  I am thankful that I have the ability to do them, even if they don't get made as fast as I would like.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Not quite as planned

I had been working on straightening up the basement and moving boxes around so that like things are together.  It is an attempt to find clothes for the Littlest Princess, but I am not having much luck.  I worked for about 45 minutes, took a short break, and was then asked to put together a Big Wheel.  That took almost an hour.  Then I got a phone call, had a call of nature, and now I am sitting outside, watching my girls play, and knitting.

I am turning more and more to my Boxy sweater.  I need to finish the blue sweater and dragon for Little Man, as we are approaching 2 months after his birthday.  Of course, mine is just around the corner (13 days and counting) but I don't generally make myself a gift.  I try to purchase one, but I would like a completed project. 

The garden seeds are beginning to sprout, but the insane weather isn't helping much.  The weather is schizophrenic at best.  It warms up like spring, almost summer, then drops down to winter freezing temperatures within a week.  I guess that is just springtime in Georgia.  What are you making?

Monday, March 06, 2017

Another beginning

I had tried to be good, and finish all of Little Man's projects but I have failed.  I was going to use a dk weight soy chenille to make a summer sweater, but the fabric was too loose, even on a US 4.  I think this would be better in a cardigan, where a looser knit fabric would be better.

I am using a light worsted boucle instead, for the summer sweater.  I also started a pair of socks.  It is a variation on the Dragonfly sock pattern; this being top down instead of toe up. 

I do not have much left on the sweater, to be honest.  Just a couple more inches and then the ribbing.  The sleeves should go quickly, but only when I get to them.  The dragon still needs a tail, wings, and a stomach patch.  Perhaps I will finish something this week.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dragons be here

I am working on Little Man's dragon, as well as his sweater.  The sweater is easier to travel, as I am just knitting the body, and have about 8 inches left before the ribbing (read great TV knitting).  But the dragon takes more focus.

I have completed several parts, and am working on the arms with fingers.  The construction is different for me, which means it is a learning opportunity and takes concentration.  I had to label several items as well.  The best thing is that I had little pieces of paper and safety pins ready to go from the Master Crocheter's program. 

After I finish the dragon and sweater, I have several projects that are waiting.  I have items for my Etsy shop, items for myself and even something for Christmas waiting!  It is all just a matter of time.  What are you working on?

Monday, February 20, 2017

The second sweater

I did finish the dragon sweater, and it was not too soon.  I chose a much simpler sweater for this year's birthday sweater.  I know I am still behind, but here is this one.

This is KnitPicks Palette yarn, in the color Whirlpool.  A few months ago, I found an incredibly great deal and I couldn't pass up on yarn. So I got all the yarn for this year's birthday sweaters for the kiddos. 

I still need to block the dragon sweater, but here it is in all its glory.  Not too bad for a sweater that caused me a bunch of problems.  And as usual, it is now too warm to really wear it.  But he should be able to wear it next year as well.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fast as a snail, on a good day

This sweater is still on-going.  The head is all that is left.  I hope to finish it this weekend.  Poor kid has been waiting for over a year for this sweater, and although we keep having some colder days, spring is on its way.  I hope that it will be big enough to last next winter as well.  I have honestly been off and on with this sweater.  It just takes so much concentration, it is hard to work on during the day.

I have plans for after all Little Man's stuff.  I am working on the Master Crocheter's program, and I think I plan on something for me.  I have a couple of ideas, and some projects waiting for myself.  So far, it is turning into an interesting year.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Still working on it

I finally finished taking out the front and all the duplicate stitching to fix the front. I did not take out all the dragon, as evidenced by the picture.  Speaking pf dragons, I am also working on his red dragon.  I will take a picture of that soon too. 

I have started the Master's Class for Advanced Crochet Techniques.  So far, it is proving thoughtful.  However, I am not quite sure what to think of the yarn requirements.  It specifically requires acrylic yarn.  I can understand that, but not that I agree with the reasoning.  Any thoughts?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Seaming

I am just not sure about this sweater.  The side seams do not line up like I thought they would...apparently there are more rows on the front than on the back.  I am tempted to take it out and make the front shorter, instead of the back longer, because I am almost out of yarn.  I mean, I have to undo the swatch in order to seam it with blue.  I think for now, I will finish it, and then when he outgrows it, I will take it apart and reknit it, and he can wear it again.  But it bothers me. 

So I started his second sweater.  It is the Flax Light pattern from Tin Can Knits, and I am using KnitPicks Palette yarn in Whirlpool. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Still working

I still haven't finished the sweater.  The hood gave me issues.  They are not for the faint of heart.  For whatever reason, I had the hardest time with it.  The directions were easy enough, even to understand, but my hands would not obey.  I think in trying to hurry, I did not pay enough attention.  But, the hood is done.  The duplicate stitching is not, but is looking well.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Don't spare the pins

I should have done each piece as I finished them, but I waited and blocked 3 of them at once.  And I ran out of pins.  Pins are not to be skimped on when blocking.  You need more than you think you do.  I don't usually have this issue, because I like to knit sweaters in the round.  

Sometimes though, it is good to change things up.
But not having enough pins can be a problem.

I guess I need to get more pins, for just such occasions as these.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Seventy six stitches

It is rolling horribly, but such is the nature of stockinette.  I reknit the front with no design, and will duplicate stitch it after blocking.  I have the back and a sleeve done, and I only have 76 stitches left on the front.  I am on row 108, about to start 109, and I have to knit until row 136 for the neck shaping.  That means 28 more rows, and I split the front and work the 2 sides separately.  This is definitely moving slower than I would like, but there is noticeable progress being made.