Finished project pictures

Just a little update and some pictures. I know you are shocked, but I actually have a few pictures.

But first a quick update. College is definitely possibly in my not too distant future. I am nervous about money and having a newborn and all that, but I know what doesn’t kill me will only make me stronger. And this will be a good opportunity for me to give my child a better possible future yada yada yada. Nothing is in stone yet so I won’t rattle on too much about that.

So for the stuff you actually probably read my blog about (does anyone read this?): KNITTING!!! Let’s start with unfinished/unstarted projects and work our way up to the grand finale.

I am waiting for some needles to open up so I can start another pair of socks. I don’t even love knitting socks that much but I love how fast they go. I have a couple different pairs that I have in mind to knit. Yarns anyway, not so much patterns. I need to get to looking for patterns for them. The first I actually have the yarn for, Trekking in a lovely neon yellow and orange and green? Something like that. And I need to knit some socks for my mom. I am thinking pink, but that is as far as I have gotten on those. I also have some super secret designing plans in the works. Ok they aren’t that super secret, but I am not ready to announce them until they are a little more in the works than what they are right now. I know basically what I want but I am having some difficulty figuring out exactly how to make it become a reality. I have some ideas but I haven’t gotten to play with them yet. My focus has been elsewhere.

Actually in progress, I have the Hermione Everyday Socks. I am still not 100% fond of the yarn I am using (Knitpicks Stoll Handpaint in Cartoon) but now that I

have completed one sock and cast on the second sock, it looks ok. Just not exactly the colors I was looking for. It is no fault of the yarn, just not what I want. I don’t exactly understand SSS. I find finishing the first sock kind of like hitting a checkpoint in a video game. It is satisfying in the fact that I have an entire sock completed, but I still get the joy of moving on to the second and having something already planned for the needles next. I am pretty much a monogamous knitter, so I rarely have more than one or two projects going. I like to have an easy project and one that requires more brain power so I can knit in just about any situation so the second sock sometimes gets on my nerves when I am ready to start a new project, but I just can’t leave an orphaned sock! I have two feet and I don’t want one to be walking around fully clothed and the other to be naked! I am so ready to start on some different socks, but I just can’t say no to the second sock. I got my second sock cast on last night and several rows of the cuff knitted. I am not going to put a goal time on this really but I would like to be done with it in the next couple of weeks. I have found when I have something sit for a while I tend to frog it in the end anyway, so if I don’t complete the pair sooner than later, they won’t get done! I will be casting on something else before too long though.

The Bitterroot shawl is done. It is beautiful. I ran out of blocking pins so I didn’t get to block it near as aggressively as I wanted but I will next time. It is still lovely! And I have pictures! I am very please with this shawl. It was fun to knit and it came out looking rather nice!

Ready for its close up:

The entire (almost) view:

Easter weekend

Well today marks 2 years since my oldest stepson passed away. As with everything else, it seems like just yesterday and at the same time like it was forever ago. We made it through the day, it seemed like everything reminded me of him more today than on normal days. I think we all managed to hold it together, though I will say I had to choke back tears several times. James, we will always miss you.

On a lighter note, I finished chart C of the bitterroot shawl today. I wish I had longer size 6 (I think that’s what I am using) needles because I can’t stretch it out completely so you can see the pretty pattern just yet. I am going to attempt to add pictures to this post so if I am able to, it’s the purple shawl. I have 55 rows left to go and this project will basically be done. So far my thoughts on the shawl:
1- the pattern is super easy to memorize. I only really have to look at my first several stitches of the pattern rows.
2-the cast on/set up rows were different for me, but once I got them done, I really love the way they turned out looking.
3- I will only use long, sharp needles for lace from now on. These needles SUCK!
4- knitting lace while tired is not so bright.
5- I am understanding more and more about how lace works. I mean I can follow a pattern, but the actual construction makes way more sense.
6- I absolutely love KnitPicks Shadow yarn. Beautiful to touch, look at and knit with.

On the non shawl front, I frogged my Hermione socks. I don’t remember if I blogged that last time, but I did, I’ve decided on doing them over with an afterthought heel. The only real reason is that I ended up messed up in the pattern before. Two reasons for this. First I am pretty sure I misread the pattern somewhere along the way and second, I think I took too long making the heel flap and all that I kind of lost where I was at and then I tried to fix what wasn’t broken. I ended up one stitch short and I have NO earthly idea where it went. I didn’t see any place I had lost the stitch. With all the tiny mistakes that no one would ever notice plus a missing stitch, frogging soon ensued. It was freeing to frog something that had given me so much grief. I don’t blame the pattern, although I do question one row in the pattern. Maybe I just read it wrong. Oh well.

Speaking of socks, I found some lovely bright yellow yarn about a year or so ago that I fell in love with but didn’t buy at the time. The LYS that carried it went out of business before I could make a trip back and buy it. I didn’t even remember the brand, just the beautiful color. Well last weekend my best friend, Jessica, her 2 kids, her mom and I went to their local fabric store, The Rabbits Lair, which now carries yarn. I was petting the Malabrigo (I think I spelled that wrong) and turned to a shelf that had sock yarns. There it was. The lovely yellow yarn. It’s a neon color, with bits of orange and green. Very citrus. So I now have me a skein. By the way it it Trekking XXL. I fought with whether or not I should buy it, but eventually it came come! :0) I haven’t picked out the pattern, but they are probably going to be toe up.

More to come later. I am hoping to get a good portion of the chart E done today, but make no promises! Happy Easter!

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News

I am going to keep this post short because I am very tired, but I have to share what all is going on in my life right now. First the non knitting stuff. The big news in my life right now is that I am 12 weeks and 4 days pregnant. We are having a frog, well a baby, but you know how they start out looking like little tadpoles? Yeah our baby now has the nickname of Frog. There isn’t much to tell at this point, other than besides being exhausted all the time and VERY tender boobs, I’ve been symptom free. Very little nausea, no vomiting, no cravings, no food aversions, nothing. I am not rubbing this in even slightly. I am surprised and impressed. I fully believe that God knows I’m a wimp and that since I’m so weak, He had pity on me. I’ve had 2 ultrasounds and my baby is jumping around wiggling like crazy. Seeing that was almost as cool as hearing it’s heart beat at 7 weeks.
In addition to our new addition, we have moved. Does it seem like all I ever do is move, or is that just me? We decided a couple months ago that we were done with Georgia. There were lots of reasons, but ultimately what matters is we are back home. I am back with the company that I was with prior to Georgia and things are going to be a little easier soon money wise. I wish I was making double what I am making now, but I am just so thankful for what I do have now. We will be having to make a trip back to Georgia to get our stuff because most of our things had to be left for now. Including my spinning wheel, most of my yarn, and all my knitting books except one.
That being said, I obviously am not doing much spinning. I want a new wheel. Badly. Not that I have anything against my Babe, but I want either a Schaacht Matchless or whatever the name of that new one is. I’m drawing a blank. It’s a travel wheel. Maybe it’s not new, but I have only heard of it recently so if nothing else it’s new to me! Anyway I am itching for a new wheel bad. I miss spinning and I want to get serious about it again. Well really more than I was before, but I want to at least spend time doing it.
For knitting- I have actually been doing some knitting. I am working on the Bitterroot shawl (which I don’t know how to link via mobile) but it is I believe the Winter 2009 Knitty. Don’t hold me to that, but I think that’s the one. It is a Romi design. It’s beautiful. I am all the way through Chart A and am on chart B. I’ll post more on it another time along with pictures. The socks I have been working on have been frogged. I will also post on that later. It is storming bad here and we have no electricity, so I need to conserve battery on my phone. Ug. Hope it comes back on soon so our food doesn’t spoil that we bought today.