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.

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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 · Travel · WIP

Section Complete!

My beautiful Citron is nearing the end, but the last section has seemed to be slow going. This is not just because it has so many more stitches but because I had lots of distractions the last week. Last week I hardly slept so I was a little slow moving and I was having trouble making complete sentences let alone follow a pattern!
My weekend wasn’t filled with knitting either. Saturday I spent in bed with a headache. I love my sweet little boy, but he has this bad habit of throwing his head around when he’s mad. Long story short, he didn’t want to put his pjs on Friday night and head butted me in the eye and gave me a black eye. My head hurt so bad Saturday and I couldn’t open my eye half of the day. It finally felt a better late Saturday afternoon. Sleep fixes everything! Sunday we went for a little family trip. We live in Northwest Arkansas and live about an hour away from lovely Eureka Springs. We didn’t do a whole lot other than walk around, but I had a great time just hanging out with my fellas. I highly recommend Eureka Springs to anyone that is going to be in this area. If nothing else, the drive through the Ozark Mountains is worth it. If you do visit and you like fudge or taffy, be sure to visit Two Dumb Dames fudge shop. The Heath fudge is to die for. They also have an online shop, but they only ship 3 days a week to ensure freshness. Go buy some now. You won’t be sad that you did.

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After an exciting and restful weekend I finally made it through the last section last night after I finished paperwork. I had to catch up on the latest episode of Bones so I sat in the living room and watched Bones on Hulu on my phone and finished the last section. Now on to the ruffled edging! Just 11 rows left before I bind off! Hopefully I will get it finished in the next few days and will be able to take a finished picture!

All over the page · future · WIP

A birthday and some knitting

I haven’t put as much time into knitting this weekend as I could have because my sweet baby boy had a birthday on Saturday. I will come back to knitting in a minute. Let me just tell you his party was doomed. I almost cancelled early on because of some issues and decided not to. Well we should have cancelled in the beginning because we ended up canceling on Saturday a few hours before the party. There were a few issues factoring in the decision and it turned out to be the best decision. The cake was terrible, I was feeling under the weather, the storm caused my hubby to be in a lot if pain, Jonathan took an early nap, and we were very content to just hang out and all pile in his room and play with his new toys. I can’t believe I’m the mother of a two year old.

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So playing with toys and hanging out with birthday boy in between feeling like poo only left me with a little while to knit. I have completed another section on my Citron so I only have two sections left. They are getting to be long rows though, so I don’t expect them to go by very fast. I think I will have it finished this week if I work hard on it and use my time wisely.
I am wanting to do some charity knitting this year. I am a slacker when it comes to knitting. I have all these huge plans on what I want to knit and then I start one project and frog it and then another and I find the UFO a few years later. I am very much a planner but occasionally my follow through is lacking. It’s one of those things I am trying to work on about myself. In the town I live, there is a homeless guy. Note me rephrase that, there is a particular homeless guy that I have wanted to knit for probably since I learned to knit. I don’t have money to give, but I would love to knit him a nice warm thick scarf and beanie for cold days. Maybe I will knit him gloves and thick wool socks too, but let’s face it, I haven’t knit anything yet. Maybe I should make a deadline for the scarf and hat. Then I can wrap it up with some food to give to him next time I see him. I have some other projects that I want to knit, charity wise, but I think I need to only commit to one or two at a time or they will never get done. I will be starting the scarf next weekend. I think that would be good.
I also want to finish my little monster I am knitting before too long. It’s a fun fur monster that I’m just winging the pattern on. It’s going to be cute I think. I hope. Fingers crossed. I hate knitting with fun fur and I love it at the same time. I love to touch fun fur. It draws happy feelings from deep inside, but then it’s impossible to see stitches, and it looks like a sad muppet so I don’t like it at the same time as I love it. It’s definitely used for projects few and far between and it’s always gifted to me. Anyway I can’t wait to have some finished project pictures.

knitting · WIP

A slice of Citron

I am very happy with the decision to knit the Citron instead of the Nutkins. The pattern is the right amount of simple and complex so I don’t get bored and I’m not having to pay so much attention all the time that I can’t do other things at the same time. It’s coming along nicely but I haven’t had a lot of time to knit since I cast on. Here is what I have so far!

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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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Finished Projects · WIP

To the edge of the world, er, sweater

Since I have become a stay at home mom, I believe I sleep even less than when I worked. This is because I have about a billion things that I want to accomplish. Unfortunately, as with knitting projects, I tend to be fairly monogamous in life projects. So I haven’t been focusing on knitting like I would like to and I haven’t been spinning at all lately. I have gotten a start on some of the designs that I want to complete, but last week I had a booth with Thirty-One to work at an event so I spent most of the week preparing for that. Now that the event is over and I am finally able to settle back into my routine a bit, I can focus back on my passion a little more. My husband has to be out of town for his job tonight and had to leave super early this morning so I was limited in what I could do without waking him. I ended up laying in bed with the earbuds in watching a few YouTube videos from Knitpicks on finishing a sweater and I think I finally decided that I want to do an attached icord edge on my sweater. I think. I also really like the picot edging that they show in the same series, but I’m not sure how I would do that with the v neck so if I can’t figure it out, then I will be going with the attached icord.
Watching the KP videos has made me really want to do a nice sweater with color work but because it is finally starting to act like spring here in NW Arkansas, I think I will stick to my Queen Anne’s Lace shawl for now. I really love the pattern. It is both beautiful and fun to knit. I wish I could take an in progress picture but it looks like a big blob because I can’t spread it out on the needles enough. Soon enough it will be finished and I will be able to take lots of pictures of it.
As much as I love the pattern for the Queen Anne’s Lace, I have decided that I need to do some of my own designs. I really want to do a book or 30 of my own designs. I have a ton of ideas in my head and I want to do something with them. Even if I never publish them, I want to make them. I have never done anything like this before so it is all new to me. I am really excited to do it and if anyone has any tips or tricks, all advice is welcome!