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!

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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.

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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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!

Fiber Christmas in July

Well I haven’t had a whole lot of spare time to blog lately. I suppose that is what happens when you have a 9 month old who won’t sit still for 2 seconds. I have gotten quite a bit of knitting done lately though, at least considering I have a full time job and have  a sweet baby boy. I have no finished objects to show for my knitting, but I hope to have some soon. I’ll get to that in a bit. First a recap of my weekend.

I got to spend the weekend in the Tulsa area with two wonderful ladies. My best friend Jessica and our dear knitting buddy Cassie. Bethany was supposed to join the group as well, but she was sick so we missed out on her company. After a slow start (My alarm didn’t go off) we made our way to Kellyville, OK to the Fiber Christmas in July. This was my first event of this size and I had a blast. We started out at fiber festival and made a big loop around just window shopping then we headed over to Loops South for some more shopping. We each made some purchases at Loops, I believe each of us a sweaters worth of yarn, and then headed back to Kellyville to make fiber purchases. I have to say that we did so well. We decided ahead of time what it was that we wanted to buy and didn’t really need to buy. We made a full loop around the festival before making any purchases (well except for Cassie, but in her defense we were almost all the way around and it was a deal that was too awesome to pass up) and really stuck with what we needed rather than going totally crazy buying everything we petted. I wish I could have bought more, but I am so thankful for what I did get to buy. I will post pictures later, but I bought 16 oz of BFL, 8 oz of polwarth, 1 gorgeous batt and a bit of sparkles by Dawning Dreams, and 2 oz of charcoal bamboo/sparkle thanks to Cassie. Not a bad day if you ask me. So after all of the fibery goodness, we grabbed a bite to eat and headed back to the hotel to get comfy and knit for the evening. We went downstairs and hung out in some big comfy chairs and knitted while watching the Olympics and Ghost. Perfect kind of evening. Oh and we taught a little girl how to knit. She walked by from the pool and told her mom that she had been wanting to learn. We told her to come on and learn and they came back with yarn and crochet hooks. Well we improvised on some needles for her and taught her and her mom to knit. Both picked it up pretty fast. I hope they keep it up. Sunday we knitted a bit after breakfast, went to see What to Expect, and then headed to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch. Oddly we didn’t eat any cheesecake. A quick stop in at Babies R Us and Jo-Anns and we headed home.

After a weekend like that, I have to say I have some of the greatest friends ever. Some days I feel so lonely but then I look and see the wonderful ladies that are in my life and I am so thankful for them.

While on the trip I had a goal of finishing chart one of the Queen Anne’s Lace shawl and I actually achieved this goal! Let me back up. I had some issues with the shawl before and since I was too good for a lifeline, or so I apparently thought, I ended up ripping the entire thing out and restarted it a little over a week ago, I think it was. I have mostly been knitting on it during breaks at work, but the first chart is now done! I have been running lifelines every couple of rows because I am playing it safe this time around!

My treat for being so good and actually finishing the first chart was to cast on the Sidelines Top from the Fall 2008 Interweave Knits magazine. I originally bought the yarn to knit the Dahlia sweater, but when I was looking for my pattern, I came across Sidelines and realized that was what this yarn was meant to be. I have about 2.5 inches of the back knitted so far. I am excited.

I will post pictures of all my loot and maybe some in progress shots in a couple of days. I am so sleepy so I guess it is bedtime!

Out of time out

So I pulled my Queen Anne’s Lace shawl (spiral shawl) out of time out today. I am having to tink back like 3 rows to try to figure out what I have done wrong. I think I lost a couple of stitches but 3 rows back should take care of that if I am super careful. It is all because of YOs that I am confused on it. I got about 1 row tinked before babyman woke up from his nap so I still have a ways to go, but hopefully I will have a little while to work on it tomorrow. I am getting a little nervous on the amount of yarn that I have for this project though. I don’t know if I have any other yarn in this color way in my stash. I really hope so, but if not I may change to a different shade. It is a circular shawl and I am doing it in dark purple so if it looks like I won’t have enough yarn, I may switch to a pale purple on the outside. I haven’t decided yet though. I may just fork over the money to buy another skein. It isn’t like it is an expensive yarn, but I do worry that the dye lot won’t match.

Side note: the title of this makes me want to listen to some Percy Sledge. Out of Left Field. I may have to go listen to that before bed. 🙂 I love Percy Sledge.  If you don’t know who Percy Sledge is, think When a Man Loves a Woman. Wonderful artist. And if you don’t know the song Out of Left Field, listen to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgYe6xtNj0o and think Out of Time Out. It is dumb, I know, but then I am a little dumb sometimes.