knitting · WIP

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.


Renewed love for the Renewal Shawl

2017 was a year of socks for me. While I did not knit a year’s worth, that is pretty much all that I knit. 2018 will be a different story. I have several projects lined up. I am currently knitting on my Renewal that has been hanging out in my yarn bag while I have been knitting socks. There was a bar of soap in my knitting bag too, so it smells like soap. I can’t be the only person who has put strange things in their knitting bags, right?

Naturally the last row that I knit was off a stitch. I counted several times in a sleep deprived state and finally went back the next day and found where I was off and only had to tink back a handful of stitches! I have knit a few rows since and will be knitting on it again after I am done with this blog post.


I made a yarn purchase this weekend. I may have gone a bit crazy. It literally took me more than 24 hours to finalize the order, but it is done. I have quite a few items on my knitting agenda. There is the Morvarch by Lucy Hague, then Seashore by Isabell Kraemer, and Bigger on the inside by Kate Atherley. I have a few other things planned, but I haven’t made all my decisions yet. I purchased a few skeins of sock yarn as well so I am sure that there will be more sock knitting in my future. I am incredibly sad though. I had my heart set on a top and purchased the yarn for it. When I went to buy the pattern, I found out that it is not sold separately and I should have purchased the book at the same time. I just can’t justify spending more money and shipping for a book when I only want one pattern so I changed to Morvarch. I found another sweater that I am completely in love with, Nested by Alicia Plummer, but I just can’t justify spending more money on yarn right now. Lesson learned. Double check pattern availability before purchasing yarn for a project. It took me a whole other day to decide if I was going to spend another $20+ for a book that I only really want one pattern out of. I love knitting books so it wouldn’t have been a terrible thing, but I have other things I need to spend money on.

A happy thing happened. I was looking to see if I have any purple yarn to knit a friend at work a pair of fingerless mitts and while I don’t have anything purple, I did find two cones of lace weight that I forgot I had! So I will be planning something out of it very soon. I like little surprises like finding yarn I forgot that I had. I have to figure out yardage and then I will look to see what I can make out of it so I will update on it later and will hopefully have some pretty new yarn pictures as well.

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. 

Books · Finished Projects · knitting · WIP

It has been a very long time…

Yarn Bowl
My beautiful yarn bowl

It has been a while since I have posted. A lot has happened in life. Unfortunately not much of that time has been spent doing anything crafty. Some, but not much. It is funny how life is sometimes. The good news is life has evened out quite a bit and I am making more time for things that I enjoy.

My ex-husband asked me a while back asking me for some new hand knit socks for work. I accepted the assignment and have (slowly) been knitting him socks. I don’t normally take this long to knit socks, but he wanted black socks. I mistakenly started out with a pattern that I know that he likes, but in black yarn it is extremely difficult to see the patterning as I am knitting. Add the splitty nature of the yarn and it means that I have to actually pay attention to what I am doing and no knitting in low light situations.

He wanted black socks so I went on the hunt for inexpensive but decent black yarn. This was a surprisingly difficult task. Not a lot of yarn brands have a black yarn in a sock weight, but I finally found some. I don’t hate the yarn but I am not in love with it either. Like I said, it is on the splitty side, but it has a nice feel to it, sturdy but soft. We will see how it actually holds up to wear. For the next set of socks I am probably going to use the same yarn but a different pattern and see if that helps any. I also was planning on knitting two at a time, but somehow forgot. Next time I will definitely knit them two at a time. Next time I may do a plain ribbed sock instead of the Gentleman’s Sock. It would cut down the time and frustrations with the black yarn. But since they aren’t for me, I will have to consult with him. At least they are finally completed.

I currently have the Renewal Shawl on the needles. Because I am a (mostly) monogamous knitter, I have painfully put it aside while I worked on the socks. It is currently sitting in my lovely yarn bowl. Y’all this yarn bowl is the most beautiful gift I have ever received. Not just because it is gorgeous, but because of the thought that went into it. It is probably the most meaningful gift I have ever received.

My wheel is in need of repair so I haven’t been spinning at all the last *ahem* year or so. I need a new drive band. So I am going to make one out of cotton yarn and we will see how that goes. Hopefully I will have a new blog post before too long with some new spinning.

I haven’t done much else crafty. I have some plans to get some sewing done eventually but it has not been a priority. Since my last blog post I have done a little but not much. I am planning on sewing a couple of weighted blankets. I would also like to sew a couple more project bags and maybe an apron. My mom and I did reupholster a chair and I have helped a small amount with some home improvement projects at my boyfriend’s house. Mostly I sit there and look pretty and keep him company, but I help where I can.

I have been reading a lot lately, but understand that this is a relative term. In the last several months, I have read a few very good books. Books that I have enjoyed:

  • Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
  • Doctor Who: Shada: The Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams by Gareth Roberts
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

I have read a few others and enjoyed them as well, but not to the same extent so I am not even going to mention them. I am currently reading Outlander and am loving it. I highly recommend it. I am finding that I am too sleepy to read much, but again life happens sometimes.

All over the page · Finished Projects · move · WIP

Working Spinning Wheel!

At some point in the last two years, my monster sweet darling, adorable, tiny, innocent little boy decided to take my wheel for a spin. He stood on it and bent the rod that holds the treadles in place. I have always had issues with the rod walking its way out of place but after my son decided to ride on it, it has been near impossible to use. I decided then that I needed to just wait until I could come up with a good fix for it or buy a new wheel entirely. Yesterday we made a family trip to Lowe’s. My hubby needed to pick up some pvc to make fishing rod holders for his kayak and I decided that we would search for the right thing to replace the rod. I should mention that I tried cotter pins, but they walked themselves out just about as fast as the rod did. I finally found the fix. I purchased a 3 foot length of threaded metal rod. Basically it is like a screw without a head on it. I just cut a foot off of it and it works perfect!

I realize that it has been a little over 6 months since I last posted. I have had a lot of things happen in that time. Quick update. My dad passed away December 16, which was just a few days after my last blog post. I miss him very much. Some day I am going to make a big long post of memories with him, happy thoughts, and all that, but I am not there yet.

We also decided to purchase a house here in Hot Springs Village! I love our house. We have a neighbor right next door and beyond that, we are surrounded by woods. We are really settling in the area. I am starting to meet more people and making new friends. I still miss all my NWA people, but I do love it here. We are talking about converting a good chunk of our garage into an art studio/wood shop plus we have an office as well. We have also added to our family. We knew someone who had a kitty that needed a home so we brought home Lily the day before we moved into our new house. A week later we found out she was pregnant. We are now outnumbered by animals. She had two babies, a boy that I named Sebastian and a girl I named Daphne. We are keeping both.

In all the craziness of things going on lately, I haven’t made much time for knitting or anything. I have finished a shawl, save for blocking. I also have a cat toy to bind off and stuff. I have completed an entire pair of socks plus another sock that I will be casting on the second sock very soon. Since this is a lot of updates, I am going take some time over the next week or so to go into more details on things. For now I will leave you with a picture of a pair of completed socks for my husband and a sock that I started for my son. I have not finished the kiddo socks yet.

Sock family
Sock family
Finished Projects · knitting · sewing · WIP

Knitting therapy

Although I have decided that I will do no gift knitting this year, I have decided to immerse myself in knitting, spinning, sewing, and writing. My hubby and I were talking earlier and I think we agreed that while this year has been wonderful, there have been quite a few extremely rough moments as well. Our move here was very difficult on me. I love it here, but my heavy school load and spending so much time actually packing and moving all the while being so far away from my husband and I did not make it a habit of allowing myself the time to do anything to help relieve my stress. That doesn’t work well for me so now that I have a little more time on my hands and am even more in need of stress relief, I am making stress relief a priority in my life. What does that mean? Finished projects and lots of plans for hand-made items in the near future!

I drove up to Northwest Arkansas last weekend to spend a little time with my dad and I got a lot of knitting done. I finished one of the vanilla socks I am knitting for me and knit about a half-inch of the ribbing for the second sock. I also finished the Darkside Cowl, and worked a good bit on the second Gentleman’s sock for hubby.

The Darkside Cowl was different to knit. I am in love with the finished product, however the actual knitting was not exactly as loved. It wasn’t overly difficult, it was just not autopilot knitting for me because it isn’t exactly linear. I used some yarn that I spun and dyed a long time ago. I believe that it is BFL and bamboo, but I honestly can’t remember right now. I am very disappointed to see that I didn’t blog the dying of the yarn, but I did do a couple of little posts here and here, about the spinning. The squish of the yarn with this pattern is heavenly. The pattern is done in repeats of 16 rows. I omitted the first row (accidentally) which was a purl row and therefore left out the final row as well. I don’t know how different it would have made it look, but I am perfectly happy without it. I didn’t notice that I had messed up until I was a couple rows in and wasn’t willing to rip back.


I had purchased some sock yarn with the intentions of knitting socks for my hubby for his birthday in *ahem* May. I have had a lot going on so we are going to leave it at that. I decided on Gentleman Socks by Kristi Schueler. This is a free pattern with multiple sizing. It is done in a 4 row pattern repeat and then a separate pattern on the instep. I used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel as that is my current favorite. I like the ease of the knitting and I feel they fit well. I am using this heel for my Knitmore Girls Vanilla socks for me as well. I can’t remember what the yarn is that I am using for the KG Vanilla sock, but I used Patons Kroy for the Gentleman socks. I am pleased with both.


My hubby tried to fix my wheel last week and while he made a very good effort, it just isn’t cutting the mustard. Basically there is a rod that connects the treadles to the base and as I spin, the rod tends to walk out. I am going to look into some different options. I think that I am going to save up and buy a new wheel in the next year or two. I love my Babe, but I want something sturdier. Let’s face it I want several wheels. I have definitely gotten my money’s worth out of my Babe and I will probably never get rid of it. It isn’t a great wheel but it is a good wheel and it is my first.


I purchased some Wizard of Oz fabric a few weeks back that will be turned into a new project back sometime soon. This makes me so happy. I may try to get that done tonight, or at least the cutting done, but I think I am going to go back up to see my dad again tomorrow so I may not have time to get much done. Just in case you were wondering, cancer sucks.