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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What's happening here

It feels like yesterday that I was over enjoying lori times five's blog, when I learned about yarn splicing. She's got a video here, where she demonstrates how to do it. Recently, I've adopted it when knitting with 100% wool (both the sweater I'm knitting and the cardigan are pure wool). I love it! I love not having to weave ends in. Thank you Lori, you are an inspiration!

Recently my Dad made me this:


Which I also love. I know, it is a big, but it can sit out of sight under my table when not in use. And it makes life easier. Much easier. And faster.

In other news, I am trying to learn Continental knitting instead of English. I've been suffering from repetitive strain injury for what feels like forever. I get better, then knit too much, and it comes back. So after reading that Continental is better for people that suffer like me, I'm trying to switch. It is hard, and I am not patient, but I am trying. I used this video as help. I'm using some stash bulky and huge needles to make a scarf just like the very first one I ever made (in 2009, yipes!), when I learned English-style.



Lastly, in an effort to let me hands rest a bit, I decided to start a scrap quilt. I am not a quilter, but I do try. I'm using this book:





to quilt as I go. I'll let you know how that turns out. I'm mostly using fabric my Grandma gave me, with a few scraps of my own, so I feel happy every time I work on it. I love my Grandma!   



Happy Crafting!!





Monday, July 14, 2014

Sometimes I need help

Hello! We are having some cooler weather this week in Michigan (Polar Vortex anyone?) and I'm not going to lie, I'm loving it. In fact, I'm loving the weather this summer in general. Except when it gets humid. I do not like that. When I'm not knitting, I work outside (to have money to buy yarn and food), and it can get to be a bit much in the summer. But so far, I can't really complain (except for that one really bad day).

One of the baskets my Grandma made, she's super talented

What I am doing right now, pretty much exclusively, is working on my Braid Hills cardigan. The construction is interesting, and keeps me on my toes. So much in fact, that after I had all the separate pieces put onto waste yarn (per the instructions), I looked at it in despair. Then I showed my clever husband the piece, and the picture, and he helped me see how it would work out in the end. So nice to have someone to help me see past my own confusion!
 
The sleeve caps are made using Sunday Short Rows, which I think are pretty brilliant. I'd never done sleeves this way, and I love it so far. I can't wait to try it on when I get further along.


Right now I'm also loving the library. I do like my Kindle, but I haven't touched it since we moved to this town with its glorious library. The girls and I go once a week, and this past week I checked out the knitting section. So big! So many books to peruse. I couldn't resist the hat book!
 

And I just finished the Collector of Dying Breaths. It was an interesting read, but I had a wee bit of a hard time investing in the characters/story. I'd say three stars.

And that's it for me this week. I won't have a FO for weeks at the rate I'm knitting this cardigan, but I am so enjoying it. The yarn is such a gorgeous color. 

Happy Crafting! 


Thursday, June 26, 2014

I love it

Happy Friday! Only one more week until the 4th of July. It is a happy holiday for me, as my family usually gathers at my Grandparents house on the lake for the fireworks over the water. This year we are home again, and can join in the fun. One of my sisters can't make it, (studying for the bar), but my parents went and collected her kids. I know my girls can't wait to see their cousins.

I finished the Alice in Wonderland, and man do I love it. This was a long time in the making, and I had some agony over the buttons. 



I knit this with Valley Yarns Huntington (sock weight), in the colorway North Sea. It is a lovely color, and I'm pleased. This is the first piece of clothing I've knit in fingerling, and it did take a while. But totally worth it!

My sister suggested that I make one for my niece for Christmas. And while I love her, I don't know if I love her that much. So instead I gave my sister a knitting book, some needles and yarn and suggest she start learning!




Our pictures didn't turn out very well, the girls were too busy trying to annoy each other to bother with focus. Sigh. You get the idea anyway. I hope you have an excellent weekend, and a Happy 4th!



Saturday, June 21, 2014

Braid Hills

Happy Wednesday! I'm writing this post on June 21, summer solstice. As I get older, time seems to go that much faster. Why is that? I don't like it. I wish I could just hit 'pause' for a little while

Since I can't, I'm just going to continue to knit like a fiend. I have been happily reunited with my belongings. That means, my WIP's! I've picked up my Braid Hills right where I left off. I was able to fix the problem I caused with an extra stitch before the move, and now I'm chugging away on it.

  

I'm knitting this in Cascade 220 sport, in the colorway straw gold. I loved the pattern picture so much I wanted a similar color. Look at me going out of my comfort zone and trying new colors!!


I'm being pretty monogamous with my Braid Hills right now, but I thought I'd show the progress I've made on my Lempster as well. 

That's all from me for now. I hope to have my Alice photographed for FO Friday! See you then.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Alice

So, here is how my Alice in Wonderland currently looks:



I tried it on, and I LOVE it. I ordered the last skein that I needed right away. And maybe a little bit more of a different yarn to make a cowl as well. Is there a yarn addicts anonymous group I can join? 

While I wait for the yarn, I'm back to work on my Lempster. I love it too.
 


I'm also working on my Roxborough Dolman again. I've messed up the increases, but I think it will be OK. I don't have a picture of it though, sorry. Not that it looks like more than a stripey tube. 

It is pretty great to be working on projects that I'm happy with. I hope it continues!!

 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

WIP's

Hello! This is my first WIP Wednesday post in quite some time.  I didn't even know if I'd make it this week, since I was up in Petoskey for a few days for work. Wow, it sure is pretty up there! However, I found this post I had started with only this picture, back before we left Australia:
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I had put the Alice in Wonderland on hold until we got to Arizona, where I had another ball of yarn waiting for me. Well, I have drastically underestimated how much yarn I would need. I'm almost at the bottom and you guessed it, I think I need another ball. Sigh. I don't really want to make an order unless I need more than one ball, and I JUST got an order of yarn to make two sweaters. However, I also don't want this top to languish when I could be wearing it right now. Tough choices.
I finished the sleeves and neck edging

With some lovely cascade 220 I cast on a Lempster sweater. It is a gorgeous pattern and free! It has also been a headache for me. In all honesty I think I just read it wrong, and I also had it twisted. By the time you are joining in the round the last thing you are thinking about is twisting. Eventually I just frogged it and started again. It is much better now. Creeping along slowly. This is my first sweater working mostly with charts, so a bit ambitious for me.


Lastly, the other WIP that isn't on the ship is this:


It is cute, and I love the colors, and it is boring to knit. I also think I may run out of yarn so it worries me. I think, honestly, I will finish the Alice, and then get back to work on this one. Both could be worn now, so I need to get on it! Of course, our belongings arrive this week, and I started a Braid Hills cardigan before we left that has been on my mind a lot these days. I think I want to frog that one and start over (I made a wee mistake that is bothering me) but luckily I didn't get very far. Can you tell I'm obsessed with knitting warm things for next fall/winter? It starts now people!


Happy crafting, see you  next time!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

We're here, and I've been knitting

Hello! We have moved countries, and are now settled back in Michigan. We left Michigan in 2006 and spent several years in Scotland, and then Australia. It was fun, and it is also good to be home. We are living in the middle(ish) of the state, in a lovely town. I've started my new job (same thing as I did before we left Mi) and I love it. I feel very lucky, and very happy. 

During the move I continued to knit. I'm still working on my Alice in Wonderland, but I think I need to order *another* ball of yarn for it. I got the amount waaaaay off. It is also still cold here, so I've started another jumper and while I was ordering that wool ordered enough to make another one. Fun!

I made another pair of sports socks from leftover sock yarn. I love them. These little short socks make me happy. I also love these:
 Which I bought at Cabela's of all places. There is a whole rainbow of colors and I love them all.


I also knit up some Hermione hearts Ron fingerless gloves
 
 
I made them to match the hat I already hat, and I messed up the thumbs big time. But all my belongings are on a ship right now, and these have come in handy. Walking the dog, at work, I mean, I could use some warm weather right about now.

And that's all the finished projects I have at the moment. I seem to have start-itis, and I have three things on the go. And a few WIP's on the ship. Fun stuff!!

Until next time, take care and happy crafting!

 







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