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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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.

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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. 

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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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!

Finished Projects · knitting · Uncategorized

A Slice of Knitting Heaven

20131019-222122.jpgWhat better way to spend a Friday evening, than a sleeping household, coffee, Netflix on my phone with earbuds in (sleeping household remember?) and finishing my Citron shawl? Not many better ways, that’s for sure and they all include my family and/or the addition of a glass of wine. I am a fairly monogamous knitter which makes binding off very bittersweet. On one hand, I have a beautiful, almost complete new addition to my wardrobe and on the other hand, I have no more knitting.
Do you remember The Fog sweater I knit for my husband a few years ago? No? Go back and and do a search on my blog for Fog. I finished it in Jan 2010. It is a lovely sweater. And thick. I’ve been threatening to frog it for months or longer. As soon as my sweet little guy goes to bed tomorrow, it will meet it’s fate. That means my no more knitting will be solved very soon.
In addition to knitting a new sweater, I have 3 socks worth of sock yarn to knit. After listening to Jasmine from the Knitmore Girls podcast talking about her sock drawer and seeing all the sock drawers posted on the Ravelry thread, I took a look at my own sock drawer. I have 2 pairs and Jim has 1. How is this possible? I am so jealous of all of everyone’s pretty hand knit socks. I need to purchase new needles for this because my smaller sets of needles met a terrible end. That’s the bad thing about wood needles. Two brand new pairs of wood needles snapped when the bag they were in got stepped on. I may have cried. I really would like to take the 52 pair plunge starting in January, but I don’t know if my yarn budget will allow me to purchase that much yarn. I may see what I can do. I have much to think about.