The battle and the finished project

Thursday nights are normally lonely for me, but I have “me time” because my husband works out of town. That means I usually park my tushy in front of the tv and knit until way past my bedtime or waste an evening on Pinterest. Last night Jim was out of town and of course there was a spider on the wall. I don’t do spiders. There are very few things that bother me as much as spiders. Mr. ScarySpider was in that spot on the wall about a half inch from the ceiling where it is near impossible to squash him with anything. I got brave and attempted to murder his scary spider self. I scooted my favorite chair over where I could reach with a fly swatter and positioned myself where I could smack him. Picture this: my 5’2 chunky monkey self on a big fluffy chair that has no arms but a beautifully thick cushion, being brave and putting every ounce of my being into swinging a pink wire fly swatter and missing by about, oh, 6 inches or so and him falling. Yup. I took a step back, squealed and the fluffy cushion went out from underneath me and I fell. The spider tried to kill me. I wasn’t hurt; the bed broke my fall. I did lose the spider. I have no idea where he went so sleep wasn’t happening. I did manage to watch 3 episodes of Bones that I hadn’t previously seen and finished my Bubble Wrap Cowl. So here it is! I still need to block it, but I finished at 2AM and I just had no more energy to do more. Here it is:

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Almost counts in spinning, right

Almost only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades, but I think it counts in spinning too. I started plying up the singles that I’ve been working on forever. I forgot that my sweet little boy threw my bobbin I use for plying and broke it the other day. It’s plastic and just the end broke off where the two pieces were joined. I’m pretty sure that the super glue that I have will do the trick. I stuck it back together and am going to let it sit overnight to be on the safe side. I only got about 3/4 of the bobbin filled when the bobbin started popping apart so I went ahead and washed it so it is hanging to dry now. I first did a few yards as a sample to see how it’d come out and I knit it up. I am in love. So the entire amount that I have is not done, but because I can see what it’s going to look like and I will finish tomorrow, I’m calling it almost finished and that makes me happy.
I did complete my sewing project during nap time today. Jonathan is the proud owner of two toddler pillows! Now I understand that he is 19 months old and is not really supposed to have a lot in his crib with him, but we started putting small baby blankets in with him since he was about 14 or 15 months old. I’m a scardy at when it comes to my baby. Some things are not worth the risk, but I feel confident in the pillow that I have made for him. They are one inch thick and are foam so they shouldn’t be all fluffed on his little face. I had so much fun with this little project. It made two pillows. I am barely more than a beginner in front if a sewing machine, but these turned out well. There are things I would change for next time, but I am very pleased with how they turned out. I did a hem around the open end edge and they matched up perfectly. You can’t tell where the seam started and ended. I have a few more sewing projects planned, but they will have to wait until I can get more fabric.

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Sewing, knitting, and spinning, oh my!

Ok, maybe not so much crochet, but I do have some knitting and sewing projects in the works.
I really wanted to have my Queen Anne’s Lace shawl finished before our next knit night, but I don’t see that happening. I haven’t been making enough time to knit on lace lately. Despite the fact that I feel as though this is an easy lace pattern, it just requires more attention than I have been able to devote to it during the day. Since I can’t give it my undivided attention all the time, I decided to work on some other things for a while so I went to my storage unit the other day to pick up some fiber and yarn. I found 2 nice skeins of sock yarn hanging out in there so I decided a nice, simple pair of socks were the right project to cast on for when Jonathan is playing by himself. Unfortunately I realized that I didn’t have circular needles in a good size for sock knitting. I did find a set of US #3 DPNs. Let me tell you, I hate DPNs. So far, I have 4 inches of one sock done and have had two incidents of needles coming out of my knitting. Luckily for the DPNs, I enjoy fixing issues in my knitting. One time was my fault. I thought I was grabbing the free needle out if my bag and it wasn’t. The second time, I left my knitting alone for a minute to run in the other room and my sweet, adorable, darling, precious, cute toddler, decided to “knit”. Yup. Thankfully I like my little fella and I was able to pick everything back up. Only a couple of stitches dropped down a few rows so it wasn’t a big problem. Note to self, pick up some new circs in smaller sizes in the not too distant future. So now I have some “social” knitting and lace. I won’t finish my spiral shawl by next knit night, but it won’t be too far off.
I said I had to pick up my fiber as well because I have been super fired up about spinning the last week or two. I have finished 2 bobbins of the peacock fiber that I died that I now look at and think Mardi Gras. I still don’t know how I am going to ply it yet, but I will work on it on Thursday while I watch the series finale of The Office. I am seriously thinking about spinning up another color and plying them together, but I’m going to do some playing with it. One of my sweet friends who also spins and knits let me borrow a book/DVD that I have been wanting to watch, Spin Art by Jacey Boggs. It is amazing. It made me realize some things that I haven’t really figured out yet in spinning. I don’t claim to an advanced spinner, but I do feel comfortable in front of a wheel. The techniques in this book are not beginner techniques but I think I could pull them off with enough practice. In the first few minutes of the video, I realized how very limited my spinning really is. I simply do what works for me. I don’t know very well how to manipulate what I am making. I don’t really know how to spin with the final product in mind. This is a spinning goal I have. I want to upgrade my skills and be able to make just about any kind of yarn I want. I mean that should be what I am doing. I don’t know why I haven’t been doing this. So I am going to be trying out some new techniques and really start learning the craft. I feel as though I am close, I just don’t know everything that I need to know yet. I want to be able to confidently spin beautiful yarns, including texture yarns. Lots of practice will be happening over the next few weeks.
Speaking of brushing up on skills, I have decided to do some small sewing projects and really work on my sewing skills. I am making a small pillow for my son. He loves laying his head on blankets and stuff and honestly since he is only 19 months old, it makes me a little nervous still so I decided to make a real light pillow for him and start to transition his room from baby mismatched stuff to a big boy pirate room. I’m not doing it all at once, but a little here and there. The pillow is the fist step. Also I might make me a little bag out of it.

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Sneak peek!

Just a quick update on the Sidelines Top. All the main pieces are finished and the shoulders are seamed. Some sweet little boy didn’t want to let mommy seam by herself, so the rest will have to wait until nap time before I put the sleeves in and then finish seaming and then crochet (eek!) the edging. I will post another picture after it is done and blocked, but for now here is a shoulder seam going in.

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Still going strong

Well strong may be a bit of an overstatement, but it is now 15 days into the new year and I am still keeping up to my knitting every day. There has been more than one day where I have only knit a row or two, so progress is still slow, but its something. I also want to spin at least once a week, but so far that hasn’t happened. I may have to spend time making up for it soon and start spinning at least during Jonathan’s nap on Saturdays. He is at a far too grabby age to spin with him awake in the room. My wheel can’t even be stored in the living room right now. I’m hoping that before too long it will be able to move back into the living room with the family where it belongs.
I really want to get back into selling my handspan on Etsy, but I have almost no inventory so I suppose I need to remedy that. I have a lovely batt from Dawning Dreams that is just waiting to be made into some beautiful yarn. Dawn is a very lovely lady in Oklahoma, that I met at the Fiber Christmas in July. She was a very delightful person to talk to and I pretty much fell completely in love with her batts. She’s one of those people that I wish I live closer to because I’d love to have time to spin with her and pick her brain on batt making. Honestly I don’t know when of have time to do it, when I am struggling some nights to knit a single row and have almost no time for spinning. I am remedying that though. I’d take a drop spindle to work but I don’t really take breaks other than to get coffee or go to the bathroom, and my lunch is spent eating lunch. I am not sure where else I have time in my day, but I will do some investigating. I will post some pictures soon, but until I get some taken, you can have a picture of my sock bun curls:

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Happy 2013

After a slightly difficult 2012 I decided to make a New Years resolution that would maybe help with my stress levels a bit. I am going to add fiber into my life every day. So far I have been working on an Irish hiking scarf for a friend. Haven’t added a lot of fiber in, but a little anyway. Here’s the first three days of January worth.

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Long time no blog.

My apologies. I have been jotting down things that I want to blog about while on hold at work and other times that I don’t have anything I can do and can’t knit, so I have been thinking of you dear blog/blog readers. Over the next couple days I will bring you up to speed on my current projects and will even post some pictures. I promise. It seems like any more I have to chose between the things that I want to do, the things I have to do, and the things I should do. I am to a point that I am feeling a little stretched thin. Because of this I am taking a couple of days off work this week. Friday I intend to catch up on taking pictures and stuff. Thursday is a me day. I need a me day. I need a day that I don’t have to do anything. If I want to sit at home on the couch and watch chick flicks, read, knit, sleep, walk all day long, whatever, I can do it because it will be something that I want to do not something I have to do. But Friday, although I am off work, is more for crafting. I am off for the arts and crafts fair.

So the next couple days I will give you all some updates on the knitting and spinning I have been doing lately stating with a knit-a-long that our knitting group has been doing.

The Effin Scarf

So far this project has lived up to its name. Attempt #1 ended with a bang of the feline variety. Normally I would have gotten upset if my cats got into my knitting bag and destroyed my knitting, but this time, I really didn’t mind. I was not happy with the yarn I was using anyway so this was just another excuse to start with a different yarn. I chose the pretty pumpkin color Rowan Cashsoft that I have but you know, I really didn’t care much for it either. I love working with the yarn, but I don’t care for how it turned out. I did finish it, but I stopped early because I didn’t really want to knit it any more. I do have some handspun that I am thinking about doing this in again, when I don’t have other things that I would prefer to work on. I am glad that I did this scarf if only because I got to participate in a KAL even if we didn’t all do it. I will post a completed picture later in the week.

**UPDATE** My Effin scarf has effin disappeared so there will be no picture of it. I am mostly sad that it is gone, but then at the same time, not sure that I really care. lol!