Almost Finished Sweater

I apologize that I haven’t been posting lately, but I have had a lot of non knitting things going on that I will save for later.
I have finally finished (almost) the Bethel Woods Cardigan by Lion Brand. I am going to install a zipper and I haven’t blocked it yet, but otherwise everything else is complete on the sweater. I haven’t taken pictures of it completed yet, but I plan on doing so soon and will take pictures soon. I am now tasked with what to cast on next. I have so many things that I want to knit, but it seems like I have the hardest time making a decision on what I actually want to knit. I have enough of the Cascade Eco Wool left over from the Bethel Woods Cardigan to knit a sweater for my son, I think. Wouldn’t father son sweaters be adorable? Maybe a different pattern, but similar. It is definitely something to think about. I think I will cast on some more socks, at least until I can come up with something else. I may have to spend a day or two on Ravelry. Oh darn! 😉

What is everyone else working on? I love seeing other people’s projects.

For now, here is a knitting, reading, drinking coffee, and playing outdoors picture. Life is good.

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Spring, where are you?

We have officially made it to spring. Unfortunately the weather seems to keep forgetting that it is no longer winter. Here in NW Arkansas, we will have a couple of days of nice weather followed by almost freezing again. My solution? Finish knitting the sweater for my husband. That has to make the temperatures start rising, right?

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The main body of the sweater is finished and I have cast on one of the sleeves. I am happy with the way the pieces are looking so far. I do feel that the sleeves would have been better to have been knit in the round, but I chose to follow the directions and leave them knit flat. I am sure that this will make attaching them to the body easier. I haven’t been making enough time to knit lately. Shame on me, but that gives me something to work on.

20140324-112059.jpg This is what my evenings have been looking like lately. Staying up later than I should while knitting and watching classic Doctor Who.

My husband and I celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary. The weekend before, we went out to a nice dinner with our little fella and bought a couple of movies to watch at home. We also had wine and strawberries and chocolate while watching the movies. And of course I had my knitting!

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No second Sock Syndrome here!

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and general holiday season. I love Christmas, but with a toddler, this year it was slightly stressful for me. We managed to only have a few ornament casualties and we didn’t put out presents until the evening of Christmas Eve. I finally finished knitting the second sock in the pair I was knitting. All that’s left is weaving ends. I think I may have to do that today.

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I haven’t been doing much other knitting lately because I have been letting life get in the way. Honestly my stress levels go up drastically when I don’t knit that it makes me not feel like knitting and then we end up in this vicious cycle that sadly doesn’t involve knitting. No worries, I have several projects being planned out right now. I did start knitting on the Bethel Woods Cardigan for mg hubby again this week. I am still not completely sure that I am comfortable with this while uneven number of stitches in a 2X2 rib, but whatever. I am hoping that I don’t end up with some weird seam trying to hide extra columns of stitches. The Lionbrand site says that the pattern is completely up to date and I haven’t found any other posts of people having an issue, so either they are making a different size that has even numbers of stitches or I’m just crazy. I’ll knit it like the pattern says but I am not going to like it! Lol! If I get it finished and it looks funky, I’m ripping it out and knitting it in one piece. I’ll update more on that as I make more progress. Hopefully it won’t involve ripping things out.
I am wanting to start spinning more, but I am running into issues with my wheel and children. I still haven’t fixed my wheel from the last time my child broke it (no permanent damage, just loosened the nut holding the actual part that turns the wheel) and now I watch another child during the day, so I can’t always be in one room and I don’t trust either of them near it, even though she is older. Right now it is hidden in my storage closet which the kids aren’t allowed to get in to. It makes me so sad to have it locked away, but I don’t want it broken more permanently. I need to work on my schedule so that I can work more on things that I want to work on.
Speaking on scheduling, I am spending a lot of my time trying to learn a new skill (non fiber arts related). I’m one of those people who want to do it all, but I have had to sit down and look at life realistically. If something were to happen to my husband or he decided that he wanted to retire one day, I’m not in a very good position to jump into a career. I don’t have a ton of formal schooling and while I have a lot of experience in data entry and customer service, It isn’t my first choice of ways to spend my life. I’d love to write, but I don’t think I have the drive to do that, at least not at this point in my life, although I will always write. It’s what I do. By the way, my blog should not be any indication of my writing style! Lol! So what I am trying to say is that my spare time is being pulled yet another direction, as I am doing a ton of independent studying right now. I am not planning on quitting knitting or blogging, but my progress and posts probably won’t likely be as often as I’d like. Who knows. Maybe I will surprise myself!
Now since today is Saturday, I am going to spend most of the day laying around knitting, so I better get to it!

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Let it snow!

It’s been a while, but we’ve had a lot going on. Where to begin? Well let’s start with the most recent events! We have snow! I believe we got about 8 inches here in Northwest Arkansas but that is not an official number.

20131206-210932.jpg I am not a fan of cold weather but something about snow turns me into a giddy little girl again. I played in it twice. Jonathan has inherited the love of snow. That would be awesome if coming back into the nice warm house wasn’t a huge fight, but he’s 2 so I don’t expect any different.
What is the best thing to do on a beautiful, snowy day? Knit and drink the hot beverage of your choice while curled up on the couch in a cozy blankie. What did I do today? Sadly not knit. I have become obsessed with Pretty Little Liars and finished the second season today. I haven’t touched my knitting much since the obsession began, but luckily I will be done soon and life can go back to normal. I’m shooting to be done this weekend.
My birthday was last weekend (November 30). I got to start my birthday a little early with some shopping with my mom on Friday! Our first stop? The yarn shop!!! I couldn’t decide on what I wanted because I don’t have my next project picked out, but I did go home with a new set of needles for sock knitting. After we went and picked out a new top for me, I went home and ripped back to the cuff on my socks. Now that I am almost back to the heel, I’m thinking that should start all over, but we will see. Since I haven’t made that decision yet, I’m not really in a big hurry to knit on them.
I have worked a little on the cardigan for my handsome hubby. The back is completed and I have started on the right front. I’m a little past the ribbing but I’m a not real happy because it’s an odd number of stitches and it’s a knit 2 purl 2 rib. I’m beginning to feel like it would have been so much easier to have knit it as one piece. If I didn’t already have the back finished, I would. And despite the fact that the back is done, I may still rip it all back. I hate being indecisive about this kind of thing because it makes me not want to knit until I can figure it out. Maybe that will be a good thing to do tomorrow.

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The time factor

Things have gotten interesting the last few weeks. I have started watching a little girl during the day while her mom works. She is almost 5 and is an awesome little girl. She’s energetic to say the least, but we have fun. I don’t trust her around my knitting yet. She loves doing art, but I am afraid that my knitting will end up being part of that so for now, it stays hidden. I’m going to let her play with some of my acrylic yarn soon, but I’m waiting until things are a little more settled. We’ve been trying to find balance in everything and, while we aren’t there yet, we are getting there. I’m pretty pooped by the time I get dinner done, basic chores and all that so knitting has not been progressing well. I have managed a few rows on my socks while sitting sideways in my chair and having the back between us! Lol! And I’ve finished another inch or so on the sweater for DH. I’m almost to the shaping! I’m going to go work on that now. I’m going to try to start getting up early in the mornings and get more time for me.

Operation Sock Drawer Begins

My sock drawer is a very sad sock drawer. I have three pairs of knitted socks and one of those belongs to my darling husband. I am ashamed of myself! Thanks the The Knitmore Girls and mentioning #operationsockdrawer in their podcast. These ladies are such wonderful enablers. If you haven’t given them a listen, check out their podcast. I suggest starting with Episode 247 because I believe that is their first mention of operation sock drawer (side note, I mistyped mention and it autocorrected to merino! Ha!). I love wearing hand knit socks. I used to have another pair that I received in a swap, but I don’t know where the other pair went to. I really want to take the 52 pair plunge. That would ensure that the whole family has plenty of socks to wear, but realistically I am more likely to complete 12 pairs in the next year. I have 3 pairs of socks worth of sock yarn in my stash so we will see how far I get. I see so many socks out there that I love and I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on an Etsy shop or two, that I could pick up some pretty hand dyed and/or hand spun sock yarn. I have pictured my current sock stash and the socks I cast on yesterday.

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Who needs monogamy?

For the first time in my knitting career, I have cast on two projects within days of each other, with the intent of working on both projects at the same time. I have been known to cast on a new project if I get bored with a current project, but I only work on one at at time. I know that the sweater will take me a while to knit and I want to start adding to my sock drawer so I cast on a pair of Knitmore Girls Vanilla Socks. I have a feeling that I will end up working on just one project, but I’m going to make a conscious effort to knit on both regularly. I will post pictures at a later time. It’s pretty dark in this room and I have a snuggling baby so I’m not going to get up.
My knitting may be slowed down a little for the month of November, as I am planning on participating in NaNoWriMo. Believe it or not, I can actually write. I like to keep my blog pretty informal, especially since I usually post from my phone. That means there are the occasional autocorrects that I don’t catch, and punctuation errors. I’m excited for it, though 50,000 words is quite a bit considering I am a busy lady. It will take some scheduling time in, but I’m excited for it. If all goes well, I should have my first novel completed on my 31st birthday, which is a pretty awesome birthday present to myself if you ask me. I won’t blog much about it, but in case I don’t blog much in the month of November, you’ll know why!