Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Putting all the pieces together

I did finish all the pieces to Little Man's dragon, and I had a lovely picture, but it is stuck on my phone.  Perhaps I can get it to upload later.  If not, I will see if I can transfer it from my phone to my computer.  Technology is wonderful sometimes.

My grandmother passed away about 2 weeks ago, and I am still processing it I think.  I made her a few items, and one is missing.  It hurts, honestly.  I don't know where it went, or who has it, or anything.  I would love to confront the alleged culprit, but I don't know that it would do any good.

I still have to crank out some birthday sweaters, but these should be much easier.  They are for the Littlest Princess, and one is top down, and already below the arms.  It is on big needles, with chunky yarn, which means it should go quickly.

There are so many things that are going on in my head.  Sometimes it is loud.  I want to make things for my children, for myself, for other family members.  Then there are the items I would like to make for Etsy, and the items I would like to make for my home.  There is never enough time it seems.  Not with laundry, dishes, homeschooling, and general cleaning.

And then there is the issue that this is not my house.  Which means I am limited in space in all places.  And also what I can do in those places.  Hanging things on the walls is not an option.  Leaving things in a spot that is not in my designated areas is not an option.  There can be virtually no trace of us in the main living areas.  This is difficult in ways I could not imagine, especially with three children.

But, today is a new day.  Perhaps I can get several things done, if I just keep going.  But sometimes I like to stop too.  Seven years ago, my world kind of exploded (2010 was not a good year - the only good thing to come from that year was my Princess).  It looks like this year is a return of the year from Hades.  Since 2010, things have been better, but not great.  The year before, 2009, things were great.  I wish I could get back to that level of greatness, even with it being a different kind of awesome.  Ever have those?  You would love to recapture just one moment, one day, one event - and even if you can't recreate it exactly, you could have another really amazing, astounding, fantastic one.  Maybe I just need to keep working at it, and it will come.  Although it appears to be very elusive, it may get here.  The hope that it will return keeps us going.  What keeps you going?

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


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


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.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

T-minus 5 and counting

There are 5 days until Little Man's birthday.  I have most of one sleeve done.  And I decided to go back and duplicate stitch the front.  Much like embroidery, the back of intarsia should be neat, and the neater the back, the higher the level of talent.  The back of the dragon is not so neat.  So much to do, so little time.  Time to get busy.  Again.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Not sure about this

I am almost done with the front panel, but I am not sure the majority of it is working for me.  I am finding gaps and pulls now, more than before.  I am wondering if going back and fixing it, or trying to, would be wise.  I am pretty sure some of it can be blocked out, but the gaps, and some of them will take a lot more tinkering than I would really like. 

I finished my Wurm hat as well, and threw it in the wash so I could somewhat block it.  The wool is superwash, so it should be fine.  There is a picture here of it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Going On

I am still working on the Dragon sweater.  I feel like each row goes quickly, but getting the whole thing done takes forever.  The hat is still distracting me.  And it is close to being done, which is why it is distracting me.  I feel like something is starting in my throat, and it isn't good.  Maybe it is just the weather changing, and not staying cold or warm, but fluctuating.  I know I am not the only one.

Sunday, January 08, 2017


This week, I planned on finishing the feont of Little Man's sweater.  But I got distracted.  My car died on Thursday night and I sat waiting for my hubby to pick me up for about an hour.  I packed some yarn I received at Christmas with a needle and pattern, and I was glad I did.  I managed to start my Wurm hat, and it has been addictive ever since.  Also, the weather turned super cold (we had a bit of snow), and I kind of have been wanting another hat.  I am close to being done on the sweater front, but the hat is easiser to pull out and work on.  Ever get distracted like that?

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Still working on it

I hope to have this done today, but it may be tomorrow, since I have training for a job tonight.  Yes, I am picking up some seasonal part time work to help with some expenses.  I am really close to finishing the front, and have started the fire from the mouth of the dragon.  I think if I can finish it tomorrow, I can block it over the weekend and make sure it all lies flat. 

There are a few places where it puckers, but I think with some patience and time, after washing and blocking, I can get those places to lie down.  I am pretty sure there is enough slack in the back floats to loosen those places, and it will look fine.  It sure is a lot of work, but Little Man will enjoy it.  And that is what is important.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Another Intarsia Update

We interrupt this program for another intarsia update.  The pattern is now halfway completed, and the armscye shaping will befin on the next row.  The only problem that has occurred has been an extra stitch added somewhere in the middle, which will be rectified once the pattern is complete.  We now return to our regularly scheduled program.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

The New Year

I finished a sock cow for the Princess today, and made minimal progress on the Dragon Hoodie.

I guess a little progress is better than none.  I hope to complete a lot of projects this year.  And get a better start on my Etsy shop.  The new year promises to be bright.

I am up to row 27 on the chart, out of 85.  Something is better than nothing, right?