Sunday, April 24, 2016

Oh, Shiny!

Once upon a few years ago, quite a few years ago, I bought some lovely iridescent blue beads from a shop in Coralville during a knitting group outing.

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And promptly stored them away. And forgot about them.

Then I came across a pattern for beaded knit bracelets. And it captivated me, so I got the pattern, stored it away for later. And forgot about it.

Somewhere in all this lag time between purchasing, storing, and forgetting my items, I finished my master's degree and switched careers. Then night shift work began, so knitting has been sporadic (as you may have noticed) and usually deadline heavy to get it done.

The few scarves I was knitting are gorgeous and luscious to feel while knitting them, but I wanted a quick knit to get me through the next few weeks. I was going through my Ravelry page and the knitted bracelet pattern was in my library, then I got to thinking about beads I had already.


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And it's a good weekend to be bead knitting.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Project Critical Mass

I was visiting one of my favorite people this weekend, and we were chatting about projects for ourselves. I remarked to her, "I think I've reached critical mass for scarves, mittens, wraps, and hats for myself."

She looked at me over her salad and I looked at her over my chicken and waffles (she's always a more nutritious eater than I am), and we laughed. It's true, she knits these beautiful sweaters and gorgeous lace shawls for herself (the shawl pictured is one she knit for me):

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I'm always working on smaller projects because I get bored easily:

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We talked about the projects we make for other people, and that's not a problem. We know we're making it for a specific person, choose the appropriate project and most suitable yarn for it, then it's out the door when completed.

I said something to the effect that I should probably concentrate on all those socks I've been meaning to knit for myself. Before old age robs me of my sight and all those things I need to knit. So I've cleaned up my projects list, I've saved one final scarf because I can't resist trying to knit a plaid scarf for myself.

We'll see what happens by the end of the year.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Bits And Bobs

After talking with friends who knit, they say they go through phases where their knitting projects languish in protective boxes or bags. And sometimes for months. So I don't feel so bad I only pick up this lovely scarf I'm working on every few days.

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However, I'm starting to develop Startitus, and I haven't touched this cashmere scarf in ages.

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The Shark Hat has been taunting me from my knitting basket, daring me to try it a third time now that the pattern corrections have been sent to me. Then there's the crochet wrap that I can't remember where I stored it. (So no photo.)

I blame the Ombra della Sera (worsted, 110 yards, 90% cashmere/10% nylon) I had purchased for that cowl I made, but my head and neck are too large and I frogged it last year fall. The yarn is a bit spendy at $43 a skein, so if I want to knit this hat I need another skein. Then again, I do have some gorgeous leftover skeins I could pair it with...I think we all know where this will end up.

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And I'm slowly making my way through the repairs on a friend's beloved, much worn alpaca sweater.

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Meanwhile my decision to get back to spinning has been left in the dust. I do get the fibers out and pet them every few months, but too much to do right now to add spinning to the list of after work activities.

So, executive decision time. Once I finish the sweater repair, I'll knit the hat as a reward. I've already bought the pattern, and I'll save up my pennies for the second skein of yarn.

Then I'll hit that damned shark pattern a final time and IT WILL SUBMIT TO MY WILL.

I'll wing the rest of the WIPs after those projects are done.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kicking Off 2016

Nothing astonishing, nothing technically difficult, nothing beyond just daily use.

Dishclothes and a new kitchen towel.

The ones I knit eons ago (really, it's been at least ten years) have finally worn down to a point that I can't repair them without losing material. They're good for scrubbing the bathroom after cobbling a couple together, and even then they're not long for this world. Eventually, cotton does wear out.

So, here are the new ones. I cannot say how much I love the Lily Sugar'n Cream Solids & Denim cotton yarns. I bought them a few years ago during my dishcloth mania/potholder knitting for the girl's and her beau's kitchen. And since the skeins I bought were the larger ones, I had plenty of leftovers for me.

The cloths become softer with use, they don't get nasty smelly yuck like the nylon/polyester blends and they last, as per my comment above, for eons.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

And This Concludes The 2015 Knitting Season

Not as much as I had hoped to knit, but due to various issues, I think this is a decent list of finished items.

January 24 - Two-Cup Teapot Cozy (me)
January 25 - Mug Cozy (me)
January 31 - Mug Cover/Cozy (Elaine)
February 7 - Redwood Boot Toppers (me)
March 4 - Veg Hat (Veronica)
June 6 - Sideways Scarf (me)
June 18 - Baby M Sweater (baby M)
September 7- Acadia Cap (me)
October 12 - Well-dressed Poultry sweater vest and scarf (Leslie)
December 12 - Toddler Pullover (Dawson)
December 20 - Blue Tulips Baby Sweater (Hendrix)

Whatever you may celebrate this holiday season, peace and love to you and yours!

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Sweater Love

Y'all know how I feel about the Tulips baby sweater pattern.
Y'all know how I feel about SNA's stilleto point knitting needles.
Y'all know how I feel about the color blue.

It was the perfect knit to end the year.

Blue Tulips Baby Sweater

US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm

Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun Worsted

How much?
1.25 skeins = 250.0 yards (228.6 meters), 125 grams

Colorway: blueberry ombre

Purchased at:
Jimmy Beans Wool

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Monday, December 14, 2015

The Dark Time

This is the time of year I'm least enthusiastic about outside of the January/February freeze. Too many hours of dark, but the Winter Solstice (12/22/15) is nearly upon us and then a slow return to more daylight.

In the meantime, there are things to knit! Most recent FO, toddler pullover.

I quite like this pattern, Benjamin. It was that collar that decided me to buy it and try it out.

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I reinforced the seams as kids are hard on collars.

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Just a lovely knit and sweater.

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US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm

Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun Worsted

How much?
2.5 skeins = 500.0 yards (457.2 meters), 250 grams

Colorway 7762 Green Plum

Purchased at Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada

Now on to the next sweater, the Tulip, as y'all know is one of my favorites.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Darling Boy

Sweetheart, you were such a lovely young man, wickedly funny and bright that could reduce me to tears with laughter. You only mocked me gently for my terrible crochet, and quite generous in my awful results when trying to spin with a wheel.

It was such a privilege to be your friend and knit fun things for you and with you.

Be at peace, love. You'll be so greatly missed.

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