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Something finished, something started.

14 Feb

So I finished the sweater for my dog just in time to take her for a walk in the rain. The weather has been a little warmer here where I live and so I have decided to start my walking routine again. My husband has started walking with me. We seriously need to start losing weight. But beyond that, I started a pair of socks for my mother-in-law. They are a simple sock pattern nothing fancy in the way of patterning because of the colors. I purchased a sock yarn in the colors of her favorite football team, (American football, not real football if you are from anywhere except America,) the Seattle Seahawks. It is this really wonderful yarn called “Color Dance Yarns” from Poulsbo, Washington and the web site is www.colordanceyarns.com, the color is called “12th Man”. I recently went to their web site and they didn’t have anything for sale but I sent them a request and I will let you all know what their reply is when it comes. I found the yarn at my local yarn store right before the Super bowl. It is 80% Superwash Merino and 20% Nylon and contains 420 yards or 100g with a gauge of approximately 7 stitches to the inch on US size 1 needles.

I started both socks at the same time and I am using US size 2 Karbonz. I really like the way the three colors create stripes but so far there is no pooling or flashing or anything else just stripes of color. I must have cat on the perfect “magic number” of stitches in just the right place of the color repeats to make this happen and it was not done on purpose. Anyway, I am happy with how the socks are currently coming along.

I intend to finish these socks and keep working to finish other previously started projects and will post pictures and descriptions of them as they are finished.

I hope you all have a wonderful day and a very Happy Valentines Day.

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Remembering to take time for me

23 Jan

The last couple days have been slow going in the knitting department for me. I posted a reply on another persons post. I really connected with what she was writing. She was writing that she has been eying her spinning wheel because of all the have to knit things that she had done over the last several months. I find that I feel similar. I definitely didn’t knit as much as she did for Christmas and such, maybe someday I will be in her league but not now. I need to get my arthritis in “remission” before I can be as fast and accomplished a knitter as my idol. If you don’t know who I am talking about then I might as well mention her now, it is the yarn harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McFee. I love reading her blog, I get so many ideas and some really good laughs. I want to be her when I grow up. Which is funny to me because I have read on her blog that she wants to grow up to be someone else as well. I don’t remember who she said she wants to grow up to be but I am sure if I poke around on her blog long enough I can find the exact mention, somewhere. I won’t however do that because as much as I like reading her blog I do have my own things to accomplish.

I have decided that if I am really feeling down about knitting or just unmotivated then I will get out either the drop spindle, the supported spindle or the wheel and spin a little. It always helps me to find something to get me back into knitting. I know if I torture myself too much  by just pushing through and knitting, knitting, knitting even when I feel less than inspired then I will resent my knitting. And I am sure you can agree that renting anything that should be good and relaxing or at least fun makes for bad karma.

Anyway, I hope all of you, (if there are any of you out there reading this), enjoy your weekend. Yes, I know that today is only Thursday, but I am sure that I won’t get a chance to post over the weekend. My husband is working and both boys will be home all weekend as well as my youngest sons girlfriend. So again, have a great weekend and do something for yourself, even if it is something small. I know that I will spend time meditating at the spinning wheel creating yarn for some future project. So I will be remembering to take time for me.

Disappointed in myself

20 Jan

I am a little disappointed in myself for the reason that I have not posted in a while. I feel bad that I made a commitment to my potential readers and to myself. I can tell you and myself that mostly it is that I am lazy but that there are other factors in this lack of posting and laziness. I have been toiling over this loom knit pattern. I mean that I was at a point during the fourth rip out that I was going to literally pull my hair out. I shouldn’t make excuses. I know what I need to do and I am going to follow through. I just really want to get this loom knitting project done.

I like the pattern, I love the yarn, well actually I love the idea of the pattern and the quickness of the thick yarn. I HATE this actual pattern and loom knitting and well if I was smarter I would just figure out how to convert this to knitting on needles. I really don’t enjoy loom knitting and will probably sell all my knitting looms once I am done with this project.

I am now starting the second part of this pattern and praying that I took notes well enough that I can duplicate what was successful about the first part.

Okay, I know, “what is the pattern?”, well I will tell you.

The pattern is for a pair of boots designed for the “Knitting Board” and the pattern is included with the leather souls. The name is “Willobee Boots”. I really want these to turn out right but I feel as though I am never going to get these right.

Problems: 1. There is not enough yarn to complete the project. I purchased the correct yarn in the required yardage according to the pattern. 2. The pattern is WRONG. I followed the pattern to the letter, the first go through. I wear a a shoe in sizes that vary from US 8 to 9 1/2 depending on the manufacturer. I followed the pattern for the medium size which is what the soul is sized for as well. Upon completion the boot was too big for my 20 year old son who wears a size US 12 in mens. I am using the same Knitting Board that the pattern calls for and still I had to rip back 4 times and make several adjustments. I have one boot completed so far as the knitting. I still need to weave in ends and sew on the leather bottom. But the boot fits and isn’t too bad. If I can complete both of the boots I am sure that I will love them and wear them all winter. 3. By the time I obtain the remaining yarn needed to complete the second boot, winter will be over and I will have to wait until next winter to wear the boots. 4. I don’t have enough yarn to finish the second boot and the store is out of the color I need. Wow! just my luck that the color I chose would end up being so popular.

I have looked online for any information on pattern Erratas for this particular gem. And what has this gotten me, nothing, but tired eyes and being sick of the computer.

Anyway, I am hoping that someone, somewhere will have better luck with this pattern as well as any information that could help me with completing this for myself. I have boot souls for two pair and am waiting for the package that has the other color of yarn to arrive so that I can make the second pair. I need to also go to the store and check to see if the color I need to purchase is back in stock. I can’t believe that I would pick the one color that is suddenly popular.

So now that I have been typing away and probably not making much sense I will let you all go and give an update soon…well as soon as I finish the boots I will give an update about those. I am hoping to get other projects completed soon, just don’t want to take a break from the boots until they are done. I know myself and know that if I don’t complete these soon while all the adjustments are fresh in my mind, I may not be able to decipher my notes. I will write my notes down in a readable manner after I am done with the making of the boots.

W.I.P. continued

8 Jan

A few days ago I said wrote that I was going to sit down with all of my w.i.p. and figure out which I want to finish and which I want to ditch. Well I got most of the way through them. I only ditched three thus far and actually finished one.

This may be harder to decide upon then I originally thought. I keep finding projects that I forgot about. You know, I was moving some things around on my sewing table (which is currently being used as a holding pattern for U.F.O.’s, unfinished objects) and bam! there is another knitting project. So I am officially up to 18 items that are on the needles. Otherwise known as W.I.P.’s or Works in Progress.

I have 6 items that I am desperate to cast on but have promised not only myself but my husband that I would finish some of the w.i.p. before casing on anything new. I know that this is going to be difficult for me but I am sure that with help from my friends and family I will do great.

In other news…we discovered that one of our vehicles has a cracked head and have decided to have our mechanic install a new to us engine. While we are waiting for that $3,000.00 disaster to be over we are having him install a new starter in our car tomorrow. I just want all of this to be over. My husband wants to spend the money on a newer if not new car and I keep telling him that I think we as Americans throw too many things away. It is a repairable item that costs less than a new car so lets get it fixed. And this time lets keep up with the up keep on the vehicle instead of waiting too long and having it cost way more than it should have.

Making it through the pain.

7 Jan

I am officially in a flare. An arthritis flare but I am not going to let that stop me from knitting. I received a package from Knitpicks.com yesterday and immediately cast on for a hat that was requested by my husbands grandmother. It is for her gardener and friend, Greg, he makes her yard look great and plants so many beautiful flowers. Greg saw the hat that I had made for my brother-in-law resting under grandmas tree and according to mom, he went bananas for the hat. So grandma asked me straight away to make one for Greg so that she could give it to him for a late Christmas present. Of course I said yes. I ordered the yarn straight away and got it done in a flash. It is the Wanderer Cap by Jared Flood from page 15 of Weekend Hats. Instead of the yellow yarn I chose Wool of the Andes Superwash in Cobblestone Heather. I love the gray color for men and the close fit. The small cable/slip stitch zigzag that runs up the hat is easy but adds interest. January 2015 021I know I am not a great photographer, well not even a good one but I hope you can see the color and design. It isn’t a difficult hat to make and it works up quick. My oldest son is the model and he is praying that I don’t shoe his face in the photo. I am still working on getting the photos for the older posts. I promise I will get them posted soon.

W.I.P. How many is too many?

5 Jan

I have decided that today I am going to sit down with all my W.I.P., (Works In Progress), and decide which ones need to be finished, “Frogged”, or just put to rest in little pieces and given to the nature walk for the birds and other wild life to use for nesting materials. Because I mean, really, how many is too many?

I love to start new projects, I love to finish projects. I however don’t love to finish all projects that I start. There are those projects that are wonderful and enchanting when I start them and then they either get boring or just don’t seem to take the proper shape that I was imagining. I know it isn’t fair to the project, the yarn, the needles, the pattern, they are all usually lovely but for whatever reason I fall out of love with what I am working on and am on to the next lovely pattern with new and exciting possibilities.

I have so many w.i.p. and since I am dealing with a Rheumatoid Arthritis flare right now and it is painful to knit for as long as I want to knit and as much as I usually can, I want to at least decide which items should be finished.

I have this really wonderful and easy to knit hat that I started a little over 2 years ago. It is from a pattern called “#345 Silver Lining Hat” from Valley Yarns and I found it from Knitting Daily TV but on the Interweave Store site. I added a link if you click on the title of the hat in this blog. It is knit with lace weight yarn and is lined and fully reversible. I decided to use a blue for one side and purple for the other side instead of the colors that were suggested. The colors were not bad just not my tastes.

I think the reason that I stopped knitting this hat is because one it is for me and I have issues finishing things for myself, I am still working on why, and two because it was really easy and I was ready to start something else. I dove right into knitting cables. I made a wonderful hat for my husband and his brother. A rally nice plain gray color with a simple cable that travels diagonally one direction and then half way up changes direction up the other way to the very top. The hat was so popular that my husbands grandmother has asked me to make one for her gardener. I then found that I had a desire to knit fair isle. I am currently stuck in that phase.

I guess I shouldn’t say stuck, more like I am happily residing there buying books, patterns, and yarn with grand ideas of mittens, hats, and socks. I know that I keep talking about small items but I have large items on the needles. I just don’t want to think about those right now. Especially since I have a plan to make two Cowichan jackets. one for my husband and one for me.¬† I need to save the money for the yarn for those two jackets and I need to shrink my w.i.p. pile.

Again, I will take pictures soon and hopefully add them to these postings.