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.

To finish or to begin?

4 Jan

Finish the knitting I have already begun or start something new? I have been reading another Blogger’s posts and have been inspired by not only the words of the blogger but the cold weather that we have been suffering. Well maybe not suffering. It has been cold but it doesn’t stay cold long.

We did have snow this morning and my husband needed to drive the one working vehicle out of the two we own to work overtime today. He called me at 6 am to tell me that the vehicle overheated and that he thought it was going to catch on fire. No fire thankfully but now out poor truck is stranded most of the way to his place of employment and is awaiting tomorrow morning to contact the mechanic to have it towed to his shop and have the necessary work done so that we will once again have a reliable vehicle. Which is the other reason I have been thinking of starting a new project.

I want to make sure that everyone in my house has warm mittens and hats and socks and such. I am awaiting the delivery of my recently purchased wool from knitpicks. I plan to make several pairs of mittens called Northman Mittens. I believe that I found the pattern on Revelry but I am not sure. I love the fact that the pattern has you knit color work on the outside and then knit another pair of mittens that are the liner. So in my mind there are three layers of wool on your hands to block out the cold and wind. We have much wind here in the Tri-Cities, Washington.

I will try to figure out how to post pictures and also how to take decent photos of my work and my yarn. I will try to keep this blog going and shoot for a couple of times a week. No promises but a definite desire to follow through.

Hello world!

3 May

I started this blog to share with others and hopefully have others share with me the love of knitting, as well as ideas, tips, help, life stories and friendship. I am not looking for popularity or fame. I just want a network of people that enjoy the same thing I do.

So lets see if I can follow through. Maybe a couple posts a week and if not then at least two a month. Maybe someone who chooses to follow me can email a reminder if I start falling behind. I am sure that there are some of you out here that will do that without me asking. So thank you ahead of time.

Blessings!