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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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.

Hello 2011

Yes I understand that this is the 10th day of the month and I am just doing a 2011 post, but the new year snuck up on me fast and I really needed a little time to ponder what goal, wishes, and dreams I have for 2011. So far 2011 is not going quite as planned, however I did finally finish a knitting project last night! More on that in a bit.

How is my 2011 starting? Well lets start with the end of last year. I woke up at 2 AM on the 31st with my face all swollen up because of an abscess tooth. I have spent way more time finding a dentist and sleeping because of my tooth than I would really like to admit, but between an insurance change and dentist office’s being closed a bunch for the holidays, it has taken some time. Anyway they pulled what was left (the roots) of my tooth and I have to say it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would even despite the fact that I apparently don’t clot well and had to make a trip back. It is still tender, but I think I might live.

Some of you may remember that in October we had to move back in with my inlaws. We haven’t had a whole lot of luck with finishing the attic, but we have started on it. That being said, we live in the attic. There is this aweful staircase that leads up to our little 400 square foot bungalow. Yesterday I fell down said stair case. Not all the way but enough that I hurt my arm pretty bad and my rear end. All is fine. Nothing is broken (that I know of), I just can’t rest my elbow or forearm on anything without pain. Luckily this hasn’t affected my knitting much.

On to knitting.

I started a couple of Christmas presents before Christmas and I got one finished yesterday. Well sort of. It was a hat for my stepson, but my husband has kind of decided it is his, so I have to knit another one for Jacob. No problem though. Just need a tad more black yarn and I will be set. This was my first real color work project. I had some difficulty with the sizing because it seemed so big, but in the end, I went with the original size. It is still a little big, but the size that I went down to wouldn’t even fit on my head! LOL!

The other Christmas present kinda fell through. Started out because my dumb kitten decided to chew through the yarn while I was knitting. I didn’t even know she was doing it. She wasn’t down there but a second and I went to shoo her away from the yarn and it came out of her mouth in 2 pieces. Bad kitten. Anyway I didn’t complete it after said kitten attack because the recipient decided that she didn’t want a Christmas gift. So I guess the socks will be mine whenever I get back to knitting them. No biggie, but I would have chosen a different color if I known that and the yarn would have been less expensive. Whatever.

Since I am not really in the mood to try mess with the socks right now but am really itching to knit my pretty purple laceweight, the search is on for a pretty lace pattern that this yarn is mean to become. On that note I am off in search of the perfect pattern. Pictures to come a little later.

 

Herringbone sock update

So I have decided to frog the herringbone rib sock. I love the pattern, but I just don’t like the yarn with it. I hadn’t touched the sock in a while because of this. I picked it up yesterday and finished the heel. I started the gusset today and I messed up. I just don’t care because I just don’t like this yarn with it. I did take a picture of how far I got. The pattern is a pleasure to work, just not in this yarn. Besides it doesn’t show off the stitch pattern, I am not real fond of working with this particular yarn one size 1 needles and with a pattern. It will be used for a vanilla sock later. I am going to see if I have some handspun that will work guage wise. I have a pretty pink that I think I will try.

IPhone cozy

I have been knitting like a mad woman. Ok not really, but I feel like I have. My cover for my iPhone broke the other day and I decided that it needed something to keep it safe so I knit a cozy for it. I can’t link on the wordpress app apparently but you can check out my Ravelry (woolendreams) for the link to the pattern. The only problem I had with the pattern was that there was no guage guide and since I was using a different weight yarn that what the pattern called for I ended up knitting it 3 times. Even so it took me less than a day to complete. I used Rowan Cashsoft. I believe I used the DK weight. I love it. I don’t seem to know where my button stash is (or if I still have buttons) and I was going to do French knots for the owl’s eyes, but I kind of like it without the eyes. I may go back later and add eyes. I also have a Herringbone sock on the needles right now. I am not pleased with the yarn that I chose. I am down to only two sock yarns in my stash. I have some handspun that I might end up using later, but we will see. Anyway both of my commercial sock yarns are too busy and I feel like the stitches are getting lost in the color. The bamboo yarn was WAY too busy and the black, red and white yarn is not quite as bad. It’s a self striping yarn. I love the colors in it. It makes two stripes, one is a dark black and red stripe and the other is white and black and speckled looking. Basically the darker stripe would be great for the stitches but the color is just too dark. The lighter stripe is just so busy that you can’t tell what is going on. Still it is better than the bamboo which is blue, light and dark brown. It is gorgeous and reminds me of the beach, but you can’t tell what is going on at all. I forget what it’s like to knit on size 1 needles. My hands are paying for it. I also haven’t used dpns in a long time. I need to enhance my needle stash badly. I prefer working on 2 circs to dpns, but I don’t have size 1 in circs. It’s also been a while since I have knit on metal needles. Yuck. I might put this sock on a waste yarn and try out another yarn. I have about 2 1/2 inches knit so if I decide to stick with this yarn, I don’t want that work to go down the drain. I really like the herringbone pattern. I have never done one before and it is exciting enought that I am really enjoying it, but easy enough that I don’t have to focus too much.
As far as spinning is concerned, there isn’t much to tell. I finished plying the pink yarn finally. I couldn’t decide on plying it or leaving it as singles. Overall I am just not real happy with the yarn. Not my best work. It is pretty, but it is just not what I wanted out of it. I am ready to start spinning some other fiber that I got from a friend. The colors are pretty and i am just really excited for it. I need to order more fiber, but that’s on the back burner for a while.
I did not get to go to stitches south. It was such a hard decision to make. With me not having a job, we just don’t have any money left over and in the jeep a trip to Atlanta is an entire tank of gas. We had other things that we needed and only enough money for about a tank of gas. I am trying to focus my attention right now on job hunting. We have made a deal with child support so that we can get by until I find a job. The best part about this is that is allowing us to buy a second car. It isn’t much to look at, but it will help with job hunting. With only having one car and Jim working 6-7 12 hour shifts a week, it is so hard to get us both from point a to point b. Now I also have the freedom to work further away from home if I need to. We haven’t had 2 cars since before we got married. And since it is very used and the guy needs to get rid of it, the price is very good and we won’t be stuck in a car payment. This relieves a ton of stress on me. It also adds some stress because that means insurance, gas and maintenance on two cars instead of one. Oh well. At least we are finally to a point that we are caught up on everything. It’s been rough the last several weeks. Now I just have to find the right job. I really don’t want to have to take a job I don’t want to hold me over, but if I don’t find something soon, I won’t have a choice.