knitting · WIP

Knitting and stress

I think my favorite thing about knitting is turning a simple piece of yarn into something that looks so beautiful and different from its original state. My second favorite thing is the stress relief aspect. That is where I have been at this past few weeks. We have worked mandatory overtime since April and I am tired. I have less time to spend with my family, mostly my little guy since he goes to bed early and I have been struggling with keeping in a good mood. This week in particular has been rough because my boyfriend has had to work even more over time than I have. I have been forcing myself to knit. I know that sounds silly because I love to knit, but when I am tired and grumpy, I don’t really want to do anything. I have accomplished a lot in the last few weeks though.

A lot has happened since my last blog post. We took a trip to Colorado for spring break. I fell in love! I will be making another blog post later in the week with some pictures and highlights. Before we left I cast on Tiye so that I would have something with lots of stockinette for the car trip. I got quite a bit done on it during that time but more so in the last two weeks or so. It has been my knitting that I take to events to work on because I can knit on it without looking for the most part. Last Friday, I took it with me to a baseball game. My boyfriend’s company did a family night so we had one of the suites to watch the game. It was a blast. It has gone to two concerts with me as well. I am about a third of the way through the body now. I have mixed feelings about the colors and yarn choice but I am hoping for the best.IMG_20180511_210854_547.jpg

I ended up messing up somewhere on my Bigger on the Inside shawl so it got frogged. I finally restarted it last week and have made quite a bit of progress on it. I have to think about it quite a bit so it isn’t the best knitting when I have other things going on. It is currently my “outdoor” knitting because I need more light to see it. I can also sit on the bed and knit because the bedroom has brighter lighting. I will be to the middle section by next weekend, I hope.IMG_20180510_211459_506.jpg

I also cast on for a brioche cowl. Since I have never knit brioche before I was more just trying out to see how to do it. I have figured out what I am doing but since I wasn’t real sure what I was doing, I didn’t do a very good job on it so I frogged it. I have a couple of other projects that I want to work on before I start over on it, but I can already tell that I am going to love this cowl. It is going to be soft and squishy. I will probably start working on it in the fall so it will be done before it gets cold and is needed.

I have started on a weighted blanket for my son, but I haven’t spent much time working on it. I don’t have a dedicated space to put my sewing machine and it is very awkward and fiddly with the little beads. With working overtime and having family stuff, I just haven’t had it in me to drag everything out and work on it. I would rather knit than get my sewing machine out until work settles down a bit. I really want to sew another project bag for myself very soon too. I already have the fabric picked out. I have a handful of other things I want to sew too, but I want to get the project bags and blanket done first.

Hank is getting big! He is a good pup.

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Also a thing happened. We traded the Jeep for a new one.

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Bigger on the Inside

The last few weeks have been a bit on the rough side as far as migraines are concerned, so crafting has not been as often as I would like, but it has not been a total dry spell. I have set aside my shawl for now because I keep messing up. After much debate, I ripped back to the lifeline. I got another row or two done and realized I was off a stitch again, so its in time out until it can learn to behave itself. My yarn order came in, but I had to wait until I could purchase a set of needles. I went through every single needle in my house and not one was a size 4. Every single project that I have lined up uses a size 4 except for socks. This called for a trip to my LYS. It ended up being a girls day because I have created a monster. The best kind of monster. I have been teaching my boyfriend’s daughter to knit. She is doing very well and has pretty much mastered casting on. She got a ball of pretty yarn and I got some yarn and needles.

After our shopping trip, I cast on my Bigger on the Inside. I realized that I have a problem. Naturally I turned on Doctor Who to watch while I was knitting, but then I looked down and noticed that I was also wearing a Doctor Who shirt. Like my monster, it is a good problem to have so I am not complaining. I am enjoying this knit so far. I read ahead and realized that there will be a ton of stitches picked up. I am not a fan of picking up stitches but it isn’t enough to deter me from knitting this. I probably should cast on a “mindless” knitting project as well for days like today when my head hurts pretty bad. I just can’t thing real well like this. Charts and migraines or extreme ice pick headaches (like today) are not friends.

Besides knitting, I decided to finally sew a weighted blanket for my son. My boyfriend was watching tv in bed the other night and his pillows were on my legs. The weight made me fall asleep almost instantly so I think it would help my kiddo. The front will be Star Wars and the back will be Batman. His choice. I purchased the beads and got started on it. I was so excited. I had it all planned out but when I started sewing, my machine wouldn’t quit breaking the thread. I made adjustments but it still wasn’t right. It was either too loose or it was so tight that it would snap after about a quarter inch. I got frustrated and put it away. I am not strong enough at sewing to be able to fix it without doing a lot of brushing up on skills but its not a good time to mess with it when I am already mad and cussing my machine. I have about 4 project bags that I want to make as well. I found some Hufflepuff fabric for my newest knitter and I need to make it.

One other bit of news, we got a new family member! His name is Hank. He is a golden retriever Saint Bernard mix. Hank is the sweetest, fluffiest, snuggly pup ever. He is an excellent addition to our family. He is so soft, sweet, and cute. I have my work cut out for me as far as socializing and walking on a leash are concerned. He is a timid pup, but since he may end up outweighing me someday, he has to learn to do well and be able to be controlled. We all love Hank. Except Rosie. She tolerates him.

knitting · Ravellenics · WIP

Back to reality

I have almost made it to the heel! I have probably 3 more rows until I get there. I may try to get them in tonight. Work is definitely getting in the way of my knitting, but I suppose the bills have to get paid and I don’t hate my job so it will just have to be in the way a bit. I have high hopes that I will be done with a heel or two tomorrow.

I have been watching Broadchurch again while knitting and listening to all sorts of podcasts while at work, mostly homesteading, but some knitting as well. I am ready to plant my garden. I hope that my pups don’t eat everything. Fingers crossed.

knitting · Ravellenics · WIP

Paired for life update

I have been knitting quite a bit the last two days and have made a good amount of progress. There was some tinking that had to happen yesterday thanks to a dropped stitch, but we are back on track now! I have discovered that the lighting in our living room is just not enough for me to see to knit with dark, thin yarn so I have stayed in the bedroom all day, hanging out in bed with Netflix on my iPad. Today I managed to finish watching the last several episodes of Fuller House and 2.5 episodes of Broadchurch season 3. I feel like I have been very antisocial with my family today, but I am trying very hard to get these socks finished as soon as possible. I am about an inch away from starting the heels so I am getting there. The thing that I really enjoy about doing socks two at a time is that progress happens slowly, but they will both be finished when I get done. No worries about second sock syndrome! This pattern is working up very beautifully. I love knitting cables. Since tomorrow is Monday, I will be back at work and not making near as much progress. I am going to try to get as much as I can done though.

I got sidetracked with looking at different projects that I would like to do in the future. I have a bunch of sock yarn leftovers that I want to make into something. I haven’t decided exactly what that will be yet, but I am keeping my eyes open. My next project will probably be a brioche scarf or cowl. I have never tried brioche before so I am excited about trying something new. I may cast on another pair of socks, too. I have two more colors of sock yarn waiting to be socks in the closet. One may end up being another pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder. I am wearing the pair that I knit back in 2011 today and they fit my feet so nicely. I may just have to knit one of the many other socks that I have in my Ravelry queue. I need more hours in the day to knit all the things that I would like to knit. Decisions are hard sometimes. 

knitting · Ravellenics

Opening ceremony

 

I am kind of a fuddy-duddy when it comes to watching most anything on TV so I didn’t watch the opening ceremony. I will flip to the games occasionally, but mostly I won’t watch much of the Olympic. Netflix and Amazon Prime are a whole other ballgame. I guess being able to binge watch a show makes it more enjoyable for me. I will definitely be binge watching some shows while I am participating.

Last night’s knitting took place lounging on the bed while BF sat in the big round chair in our room while watching Ancient Aliens on History. I realized that even on the stockinette parts, I am having a difficult time not looking while knitting with this yarn. It isn’t super splitty, but it is definitely not the least splitty yarn I’ve ever used. I may have to keep the binge watching to shows that I have already seen or things I can mostly listen to.

I am working on a pair of socks for my sweet BF. After much debate on the pattern choice and a few false starts, I settled on Paired for Life by Elke Alexius. It is a lovely pattern with simple cables. The design is beautiful but simple. I didn’t want anything too intricate since this will be his first pair of knit socks so I don’t know how well he will like them. I understand that not everyone enjoys wearing hand knit socks. I myself can only wear them when it is cold out or around the house. My feet get hot very easy so the nice thick socks tend to be a bit much when it is warm out. I am knitting these two at a time and they are a toe up sock pattern. I have never done two at a time with toe up. I thought it was going to be a little more difficult and fiddly than it turned out to be. I think that I will probably be knitting most of my socks this way from now on. I have not yet decided on the heel that I am going to use. My favorite is the Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist but I don’t know if I want to use that or something else for these. I have some time to think about it. Decisions are hard. I think I just need to knit more socks so I can choose different ways. A choose your own adventure for socks if you will.

This particular yarn is Stroll Tonal in the Orbit color way. Like I said earlier, it can be a tad splitty. I like it despite that, but I don’t know that I will get it again for anything other than plain socks. The colors are gorgeous though. I need to do some serious stash enhancing but money and storage space are both limited at this point in the game. I may need to go take a trip to LYS to find something else that I like. I am all for buying from individuals or my LYS whenever I can.

I managed to finish the toes and knit two rows of the foot last night. It isn’t much but I got a late start on knitting and I only had a handful of rows on the toes done to begin with. I would like to be to the heel by the end of the weekend. I am not making promises though. I need to really think more about what a second project will be in case I somehow manage to finish these with enough time to spare for a second project, but decisions are hard.

Well enough typing. I have some knitting that is calling my name!

 

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Ravellenics

I am notorious for biting off more than I can chew. I am sure that my lofty goals with the Ravellenics this year will prove this to be true once again. I have joined Team Sasquatch. I want to knit a pair of socks and finish my shawl. That is a LOT of knitting, especially when I work full time and have a family. I have a couple of days left to decide so I may just have to modify it a bit and just do the socks. There may end up being some spinning added if I can get my wheel up and working. That is a big if since I would also have to get to my fiber which is buried in a box in the garage currently and find a nice safe spot in the house for my wheel to hang out. I don’t have high hopes. Whatever I choose, I will be updating my progress fairly regularly so check back often!

I mentioned in my last post briefly about my bullet journal. I have finally got it where I want it to be for the most part and have started using it. There are some things that I could do differently/better but for the most part I love it! I feel like I am so much more productive and actually making some time for the things that I enjoy doing. It keeps me aware of my time and the things that I want to do. I have made at least a little bit of time every day to knit, read, and write. Now I just have to find time to exercise. Well you win some and you lose some, right?

One thing that I really like about my new job is that I can pop in my earbuds and listen to whatever I want. I have been doing some serious catching up on podcasts. Today I listened to the The Yarniacs and The Knitmore Girls podcasts. Both very enjoyable. I haven’t listened to podcasts regularly in well over a year so this is a nice change of pace and gives me a bit of fibery goodness even while I am sitting at my desk. This means that days that I can’t find the time to knit, I can still enjoy some knitting vicariously through podcasters.

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One day or day one

I came across a quote that I like. “One day or day one. You decide.” It pretty much sums up where I am at this year. I have goals in life and to reach those goals, I have to stop wanting and wishing and start doing. Like starting a bullet journal, which is where I got the idea of the quote. I won’t be posting much about it, though. I will be posting more about knitting and other various crafts that I enjoy or want to learn to do.

I came across this post yesterday and I loved it. Pinterest is my life, or at last fills the moments that I can’t craft or read (I love to hang out on Pinterest while watching movies because I can see it in the dark). I have been pinning a lot lately about homesteading because I hope to eventually have a little bit of land that I can be at least a little more self sufficient. This came up in my feed and it really struck a chord with me because this is how I feel about things. I want to learn to do things for myself, even if I don’t need to use them. I don’t have to sew my own clothes, and I don’t know if I will ever have a wardrobe full of clothing made by me, but to be able to is something that is important to me. I love to knit. It is a valuable skill to me.

Speaking of knitting, I am knitting/casting on for the third or fourth time a pair of socks for my other half. Of course I should knit them for me since he ends up warming my cold feet so often, but I want to keep his feet warm too and I have hand knit socks. I have changed my mind several times on what sock pattern to knit for him, but I finally decided on the Paired for Life by Elke Alexius. I had a false start because I decided to knit a different size after finishing a couple of rows of the foot. Had I been smart about it, I would have just gone back to the toe, but I like to be difficult and ripped the whole thing out. Tomorrow is a new day and I hope to finish (again) the toe and some of the foot. I had hoped to be finished with at least one sock by this point this week, but life happens sometimes. I have high hopes that I can get them done relatively soon so that I can get back to knitting on the shawl that I started over a year ago. I have been knitting so many socks that I need a break so I can work on something different. I am also itching to knit a sweater.

Hopefully I will have a better update in my next blog post and maybe even some pictures. I want to start posting regularly, hopefully once a week, but at least every two weeks. I want to be able to show how much work I am putting into my favorite crafts and talk more about new skills that I am learning. Till next time!