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Updated: 2017-12-12T23:19:07.054-06:00

 



Changes

2017-12-12T22:35:54.932-06:00


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April. I've not posted one damn thing since April.

Granted, I was busy with studying for my clinical national board exam (passed), was busy with family, and also work. There's not been a whole lot of fiber action.

I was going to get back to spinning yarn.
Nope.


I was going to knit three pairs of socks for myself.
Nope.


I was going to clear out my projects list.
Ah, kinda.


Then Photobucket decided not to host third party things, blah blah blah, unless one coughed up $400 a year to do so. Not on my budget. So I removed a lot of my widget off the side bar.

I still read many knitting blogs, even if so many of us have fallen off from posting daily. I don't know about for the others, but for me it's due to being busier and social media. FB is a major focus for me. I don't Twitter. I just got on Snapchat which I completely underutilize. And just reactivated Instagram.

I'm not ready to give up my blog.

So I'm going to try to post once a week here with a photo or two until Photobucket spasms again and blackmails me for my yarn photos.

Also, finished several items, but can't say what they are until the recipients open their gifts.




Blatant

2017-04-23T10:39:45.165-05:00

I'm useless at fibbing, I'm usually laughing before I can get three words out in a lie, but I managed to pull off a bit of a whopper with a friend. She adores purple. I kind of dislike it intensely. Purple lies in the realm of my distaste for pink. However, she's in a bit of difficult period in her life, so I sucked it up and created this scarf for her. She stays over once in a while for work reasons, so I had to think of how to cover my tracks on this project. I actually managed to fib about it being a "border for a baby blanket" which it totally could be, but it wasn't. She bought the fib.

Section one was done side to side, alternating honeycomb stitch with garter stitch.
Section two was three kinds: garter, honeycomb, and seed stitch.

I cannot tell you how pleased I was knitting on this textured scarf. Even though it's purple.


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Details:

Needle
US 8 - 5.0 mm

Yarn
Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun Worsted

How much?
1 skein = 200.0 yards (182.9 meters), 100 grams

Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada



Season Of The Cowl

2017-03-24T00:41:58.389-05:00

I finished the daughter's cowl (pink and cream colors) and then whipped one for me (blue and black).

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Needle US 7 - 4.5 mm

Yarn used
187 yards = 1.25 skeins

Yarn
Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino

How much?
1 skein = 150.0 yards (137.2 meters), 50 grams

Colorway
427 Party Pink

Yarn
Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino

How much?
0.25 skeins = 37.5 yards (34.3 meters), 12 grams

Colorway
63 Natural





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Needle
US 8 - 5.0 mm

Yarn Used
315 yards = 1.5 skeins

Yarn
Malabrigo Yarn Rios

How much?
0.7 skeins = 147.0 yards (134.4 meters), 70 grams

Colorway
195 Black

Yarn
Malabrigo Yarn Rios

How much?
0.8 skeins = 168.0 yards (153.6 meters), 80 grams

Colorway
150 Azul profundo

***

I realized in updating my blog today that due to my work schedule, my health issues, and personal losses in the past two years that my writing has significantly dropped. I miss writing, but I want to do justice to putting down the words. Since I'll be rearranging my schedule to fit in work, stupid exercise for said health issues, hanging out with the SnB once again, fun reading, knitting while watching documentaries (damn you, YouTube BBC playlists!), and I'm going to be studying to take my independent license exam this fall, maybe I'll do Sunday updates.

We'll see how it goes, yes?







Adoration Of The Hat

2017-02-13T00:49:56.212-06:00

I love this hat pattern more than any other I have knit in the past 12 years. And you know that I've knit quite a few by now.

I knit it first in red and black for myself. I showed it to a friend who was smitten with it and I offered to knit one for him in his favorite colors, blue and black.

I love it just as much as in red and black.

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Down and dirty details

Needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm


Yarn for cabled brim
Malabrigo Yarn Rios

How much?
0.5 skeins = 105.0 yards (96.0 meters), 50 grams

Colorway
Azul Profundo

Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada


Yarn for crown
Malabrigo Yarn Rios

How much?
0.25 skeins = 52.5 yards (48.0 meters), 25 grams

Colorway
Black

Purchased at
Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada




Smoke Around The Throat

2017-02-02T18:49:05.741-06:00

It started out a bit fiddly and on size 5 16" circs. There was no way that cowl was going to fit around a regular adult noggin and not end up choking the life out of the person receiving it. So, I upped the circs to 24" and was much happier with it.

I am just delighted with the Vikkel braids ("horizontal knitting" or Estonian braid knitting) on it. And the lace panel wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be; I could easily read the yarn to see where I messed up on it and it was quick to show you when you messed up a row.

I didn't like the gathers on the one edge, so I finished with the the stockinette and Vikkel braid combination.

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Overall, I'm quite pleased with the project. And the yarn is so deliciously soft. I'm pretty sure my "adopted" daughter will enjoy it.

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Down and dirty details

Needles
US 5 - 3.75 mm

Yarn
The Fibre Co. Road to China Light

How much?
2 skeins = 318.0 yards (290.8 meters), 100 grams

Colorway
Hematite

Purchased at
Yarn Junction Co in West Des Moines, Iowa



The Plague's Younger Sibling Visits

2017-01-19T15:23:14.410-06:00

The usual January Ick arrived on schedule. Luckily, it was only a booger-making cold virus going around at work. Definitely not the seriously awful plague from the last two years that have hit me hard. Still, the honking and hacking wasn't pleasant along with a fever at the beginning. The last few days have been lost in fever dreams and bizarre four-hour nap dreams. On my waking moments, I made it to the couch to stare at the television (difficulty focusing on reading) and do some knitting.This was a fairly quick and very hard to fuck up pattern for hand warmers. (Basically you knit a rectangle to fit the length of your hand as you choose, fold it in half, stitch up to where you want your thumb to be placed, then stitch up the edge.) And in neon pink. I joked with my friend who received them that she may have this unexpressed fear of being lost in snowbank at night. This yarn practically glowed in the dark it is *that* neon. And I certainly didn't need my Ott light to knit when working on them. Crocheted the top and bottom edges. Whip stitch to sew them up as the mattress stitch is too thick for fingerless mitts.I've messed about with editing controls to try to reduce the amount of saturation, but no luck. Shield your eyes as needed. My friend, however, *loved* the color.Down and dirty details:NeedlesUS 8 - 5.0 mmYarnPlymouth Yarn Encore Worsted Solids & HeathersHow much?0.5 skeins = 100.0 yards (91.4 meters), 50 gramsColorway478 Neon Pink* * *Next up are the thrummed mittens that are so damned delightful and charming to me. It's the puffs of roving and the wee hearts the pattern makes. I'm linking the pattern here (you need to be a member of Ravelry, it's free, to view it) so you can access the Yarn Harlot's pattern and my additional four billion photos of them.These are going to one of my favorite people when I see her this weekend for breakfast (now that the plague's younger sibling has moved on). Although with this insanely warm winter (we had a short spell of negative temps in December), I'm not sure she'll be able to use them this season. Then again, it is only January and we've the entire bleak month of February to get through yet.The blue of the yarn is most certainly not neon in its hue, that's the Ott light making it glow. It's a more deep blue, I refer to it as Tardis blue.Down and dirty details:NeedlesUS 7 - 4.5 mmYarnCascade Yarns 220 Superwash®How much?1 skein = 220.0 yards (201.2 meters), 100 gramsColorway813 Blue Velvet* * *I'm now working on completing another cowl for one of my adopted daughters. The Grey Smoke Cowl (link on the side bar to my Ravelry page). It's lusciously soft and if I liked grey, the delightful Kerri would be in danger of never receiving it.After the cowl, I've two hats and a wrap that I'm looking forward to knitting. No new stitches like the brioche to learn, but I do have another color that I'm not fond of knitting with on one of the projects. Lavender. However, it's a gift for a friend. And if I can make it past the neon pink, the lavender shouldn't be too tedious.[...]



Winter Things

2017-01-12T13:23:30.076-06:00

After that brief severe cold snap in December, it's been a relatively mild first few days of January around here. However, it's still getting down into the teens during the night, and the winds are pretty wicked for making temps of 40's feel like 12 degrees, too.

I knit up a pink and white cowl for a friend. One thing I learned, I can barely get a handle on the fiddly nature of the brioche stitch, there is no fucking way I'm going to be manipulating that brioche stitch in 800 variations for a pattern. Not right now at least. So I improvised my way through this cowl.

I wanted to try Fair Isle and found that knitting it in the round, alternating the colors every other row, I really enjoyed. And that it's perfect for Malabrigo Silky Merino which becomes even more soft and with more drape to it after it's had a wash. The floats behind the knit stitches help the material to retain it's shape. I'm quite chuffed to report that the cowl fit my friend and she liked it!

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Finished circumference: 25"

Needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm circs

Yarn
Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino

Colorway
63 Natural

How much?
0.5 skeins = 75.0 yards (68.6 meters), 25 grams

Colorway
427 Party Pink

How much?
0.75 skeins = 112.5 yards (102.9 meters), 37 grams


Meanwhile, I've a sweater repair that is slow going due to how intricate the knit is, and how tender the yarn has become over the years.

And I'm working on the cuff of thrummed mitten #2, due to another friend by January 22nd!

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Because we've still the rest of January and all of February to get through. And winter can be an ass.



Getting Back To The Spin

2017-01-02T01:55:20.236-06:00

Handling all the beautiful roving, I pulled out the Spindolyn and started practicing my spinning once again. So far, not too bad. Another couple of hours (like 20-40 hrs) and I should be back where I was once before.

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Hello 2017, Try Not To Be A Jerk Like 2016

2017-01-02T01:41:21.357-06:00

So far, it's starting out okay with one finished object for me!

My ears are always cold during winter around here. I loath earmuffs as they never stay into place, and I lose earcuffs. So I modified a head warmer/cowl pattern and created a doubled up layer around my ears of delicious fiber thrum goodness.

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US 7 - 4.5 mm

Yarn
Malabrigo Yarn Rios

How much?
0.65 skeins = 136.5 yards (124.8 meters), 65 grams

Colorway
150 Azul profundo



So Little Time, So Few Projects

2017-01-02T01:19:05.253-06:00

Not an impressive list at all for 2016.

Sums up the year pretty well, I think.

Kitchen dishcloths and towel - January 26
Alec's blanket - July 7
Starry Night scarf - September 9
Orion scarf - September 12
Jade Fall scarf - October 22
Basketweave Scarf - November 12
DK cowl - December 17



So Fast It Won't Make Your Head Exactly Spin

2016-12-19T23:10:55.899-06:00

This is probably the quickest knit I've had in quite some time. Clocked in at under 10 days. Zowie! Watch out!

It's a cowl for a friend's MIL who needs a scarf for her face to protect her from the cold due to medical issues. Scarves are bulky and a full face cover may not be optimal when going in and out of buildings. Enter the amazing cowl.

Purple is her favorite color. It's my least liked color next to pink. But, you grit your teeth when knitting for a greater good.


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Needle
US 9 circs 24"

Yarn
Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun Worsted

How much?
1.5 skeins = 300.0 yards (274.3 meters), 150 grams

Colorway
7767 Berry grape


And now to the mate to this mitten!

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Bits And Bobs

2016-11-12T14:10:57.960-06:00

As my Gran was fond of saying, "Some things are done in bits and bobs, not all at once."

This is the motto of all my knitting.

And you go from this:

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To this:

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In about eight weeks.

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Needle
US 8 - 5.0 mm

Yarn
Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino

How much?
2.5 skeins = 375.0 yards (342.9 meters), 125 grams

Colorway
Ankara Green



Hello, Gorgeous!

2016-10-23T09:57:32.737-05:00

Some benefits to working the overnight shift, your body keeps to the hours you're usually awake and working on your nights off, there's little disruption to the knitting.

3 A.M.
Fini!

Jade Fall for my friend. Yarn from my stash from eons ago when I hoarded it. In a color I don't really care for, personally, as it's too green based.

It has had two baths and eight rinses. *sigh* Silk bleeds dye like a stuck pig. Oh, but is it gorgeous.

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Needle
US 10 - 6.0 mm


Yarn
Tilli Tomas Pure and Simple (discontinued)

How much?
2 skeins = 520.0 yards (475.5 meters), 200 grams

Colorway
Jade

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Yarn
Tilli Tomas Rock Star (discontinued)

How much?
1 skein = 150.0 yards (137.2 meters), 100 grams

Colorway
106 Jade



Like Trying To Cover The Side Of A Barn

2016-10-22T09:52:36.941-05:00

I love beautiful hand-knit sweaters. And this is the season here in the Midwest to wear them. I have one sweater that was given to me by a dear friend of mine that had been given to him by someone who hand-knit for yet another person, but it didn't fit that person which is how he ended up with it. And in a night of passion, I seduced him to give me the sweater.

Not really.

I was cold one afternoon while reading, I'm a fat chick, and the sweater fit. So he gave it to me.

But the idea of seducing someone to get a quality hand-knit soft wool sweater is a better story.

Anyway.

So the Yarn Harlot posted about Rhinebeck. If you don't know about that fiber event, I'm pretty sure you're not into any of the fiber arts. Go read. I'll wait.

In the Harlot's post, she has a pictures of people in their lovely sweaters they all knit themselves. And that's when the sweater envy begins to creep up on me.

Then the asshole advertisers at Facebook slap this picture on my wall.


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*swoon* I adore texture knitting. Cables are a weakness.

More info on the pattern and materials here.


The problem begin to mount when I think of knitting that gorgeousness:

1. I am the world's slowest knitter. I prefer the knitting to the finished object. It is the bane of my friends' hand-knit gifts from me. It will take years for me to get a project done. And if the pattern has problems? One friend is looking at nearly a fucking decade for a bloody hat I want to make her. She doesn't have much patience, luckily, she likes me.

2. I get bored easily. Knitting miles of monkey work? Add that to a nature documentary on YouTube, PBS or Netflix and I've overcome my menopausal insomnia. Sometime even without the documentary. (Monkey work = any plain knitting you can basically do without even looking at it. Garter stitch, purl stitch, ribbed stitch, etc. And miles of it.)

3. I am fat. Been big, round, chunky, fat since puberty. (High school I was solid, but I was also swimming miles on the junior varsity and varsity teams. Sure as hell not doing that now.) So to make a sweater that would fit me would be expensive. The amount of yarn I'd have to purchase would be enough to have to cover the side of a bloody barn. Plus? All that knitting? See item 1.

To ease my sweater envy, I usually knit toddler sweaters. It does take me a bit, but the thought of the child growing like a tomato plant in July keeps me under pressure to complete the sweater before they're a teenager. And I saw this post by the Yarn Harlot. Too sweet.

For now, though, I have a silk scarf to complete for a friend. I've pulled the yarn out for the shark hat out (AGAIN) after washing it and allowing it rest for a month, to attempt the knit now that things have been cleaned up in the pattern by the designer. And I have a pair of thrummed mittens to kick out for another friend, it's a Christmas gift from 2014.



Orion's Scarf

2016-09-12T12:36:00.969-05:00

I wasn't too thrilled with the colors of this yarn kit when it first appeared. They were not the jewel tones that I saw on the website (damnable monitor variations of color saturation).

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However, when I began knitting the yarns up in my bastardized pattern, I grew to appreciate the subtle shading. Also? Blue pretty much gets me no matter how light or muted.

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And while I've said four times now, "I'll never knit another side-to-side scarf again," because they are tedious. Yet I keep on knitting them. It's the way the stitches line up and give texture to the project that seduces me. The beads were fiddly and those son of a bitches would shoot across the room as soon as look at you, but oh are they lovely in the knit.

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The details:

US 3 - 3.25 mm

Yarn
Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply Toes

How much?
5 skeins = 665.0 yards (608.1 meters), 185 grams

Colorway
Orion

Bead size
Fiddly tiny son of a bitches



And Then I Fell Down Into A Yarn Swoon

2016-09-10T12:11:23.791-05:00

I enjoy and loathe Facebook. I enjoy my friends and family on the site, I like the humorous bits, I like seeing friends' projects and hobbies. I loathe the ads. And the honey trap ads get me every time. As a knitter, you may recognize those honey traps: gorgeous items knit up in sumptous yarns.

I fell for Tejido Cowl.

The next thing I know, I'm on Jimmy Beans site. Then WEBS site. All to get my next yarn hit.

We will not dicuss the stash previously posted.

The first yarn I thought would be delicious to have was called "Garnet Brooch." And it looked jewel-tone in the many photos I saw online.

It should have been called "Scratched garnet brooch in a mud puddle." Or "Dried Newt blood." Or "Faded brick dust."

This is what it looked like online:

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This is what it looked like in reality:

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So I returned that yarn and dug into my stash and came up with a purchase from Midwest Stitches Conference a few years ago:

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And Jimmy Beans did not disappoint in the dark skein that I ordered:

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I've two other projects to finish, then I cast on for this project!



The Great Unstash Knitting Begins...

2016-09-10T11:49:13.483-05:00

I have so much yarn hoarded stashed in only one to a few skeins, that I a) could only make larger items of knitting if I chose to only knit blankets b) was motivated to wear multitudes of scarves, hats and mittens. Neither choice is something I wish to do, so the next choice is to pick persons that will not only appreciate receiving the hats, mittens, and scarves but also wear them. And take care of the items as they will not be made of inexpensive yarns.I jumped into the stash and pulled out quite a few sexy yarns for persons identifed by the standards listed above. The first was this gorgeous deep blue, hand-dyed, spun with silver strands fingering weight yarn: Dream in Color Starry Night. A discontinued yarn (which made me want to hoard it until my death, and then bequeath to some deserving soul who would also hoard it until their own death) which was wonderful to look at as it was to knit.The scarf is knit from a combination of four patterns, none I liked enough to just knit an entire scarf. It starts out with quite a few rows of garter stitch, followed by two rows of Turkish stitch or Turkish lace (it also goes by four other names). Then the garter stitch rows slowly decrease so that the scarf ends in just Turkish stitch. I didn't want to end it in just a lace panel, so I used decreasing rows of garter stitch to a point. Then I used crocheted shells for the finished edging (I know so little crochet, this always makes me feel accomplished).So, the details:NeedleUS 9YarnDream in Color StarryHow much?1 skein = 450.0 yards (411.5 meters), 113 gramsColorwayRomeo Blue[...]



Shiny Gets Me Again

2016-07-18T18:13:27.460-05:00

Do y'all remember these yarns?

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The yarns were a wee bit spendy, but worth saving up for due to their colors. Well, their colors online. I thought they'd be more jewel tones, but they're more muted in person. Still, blue!

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A friend of mine (you know who you are) is a knitter with a gift for it. She can do cables, lace knitting, she made a fucking gorgeous knitted dress out of silver sequins. If she weren't so talented, she should be ashamed of herself for posing as a human being when in fact she's a damn knitting demigoddess. So this friend also regularly knits with beads. Tiny beads. Tiny bloody beads in lace knitting. And as usual, it's beyond beautiful what she creates.

I wanted a little of that shiny action. I tried last fall and promptly questioned my sanity, put away the beads and beading equipment and knitted some boring, safe, cotton dishcloths.

Then in searching for another project's bits and pieces (googly eyes and fabric glue for a shark hat), I stumbled on the box that had the beads and equipment in it. Hello! And immediately lost my mind and focus, and began beading a knitted side-to-side scarf. I should have my head examined because I like it. The yarn is soft and the beads are, well, shiny.

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I'm waiting on my beading needles to arrive tomorrow to go back to this project. The beading wire I had is much too soft and incredibly fiddley to work with in the yarn.

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In the meantime, it's working on Bitey the Shark Hat and in between, the cashmere and silk scarf that I'll be knitting on until my death bed, I'm sure.

I'm still missing my girl, Tank. Even if she did hog the comfy leather couch and then ignore me when I tried to take knitting photos with her in the pics. It's going to be a long time before my heart heals from the longing for her.

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Crochet

2016-07-08T21:48:48.178-05:00

And life continues...

I finished up the crocheted baby blanket. It's one of only two patterns I know how to crochet, Shell and Post Alternating, which my Gran taught me. She used it for virtually all baby blankets that she crocheted. As I've mentioned before here, Gran was a bit disappointed that I didn't come to the dark side and prefered to knit.


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Hook
5.5 mm (I)

Yarn
Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash®

How much?
4 skeins = 880.0 yards (804.7 meters), 400 grams

Colorway
Lemon



Best. Dog. Ever.

2016-07-03T20:04:30.648-05:00

Emma, aka "Tank," has died.She had bad diarrhea starting Friday three weeks ago. Vet on the following Monday; spleen felt a bit enlarged, so she was treated for bacteria infection and inflammation of large intestinal wall. She wasn't responding to the meds by day three, then began vomiting. The same day in that afternoon she was panting, shivering off & on. So it was back to the vet, and with her significant weight loss, the vet could confirm a mass in Emma's abdomen without any ultrasounds. Tank had lost five pounds in four days. The only humane choice was the most heartbreaking one. Do not mistake me. I felt extremely selfish, I wanted to medicate her out of her mind for pain and keep Emma with me as long as possible. I also knew I could not live with myself if I allowed my selfishness to make her suffer.After thanking her for finding me, and for being the best dog I have ever had the privilege to be a companion to, she was put to sleep. Emma was so sick, she was gone in moments.I was the third person to come into the humane society to register to adopt her in August 2009. Unlike the others, I came back for Emma. And I told her when I picked her up that I wouldn't abandon her. I was fortunate to be with her until the very end as I had promised.Emma was a sweet girl. Maybe a sandwich shy of a full picnic basket, but she was friendly to everyone. Probably because she felt every human was a potential treat dispenser. People who weren't even dog persons fell for Emma. I was always concerned her trusting, sweet nature would end up getting her hurt; I made sure to surround her with people who loved and protected her when I wasn't around. Emma was safe from the demons of the world.And when we were together, she never let me out of her sight.The hardest part of missing her is when I'm curled up on the couch, her favorite spot was behind my knees.Now it's so empty there.Very few things are able to crack my cold, black, cynical heart. Emma was one.Best. Dog. Ever.[...]



Oh, Shiny!

2016-04-24T09:19:22.458-05:00

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.

Ta-dah!

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

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Project Critical Mass

2016-03-21T06:15:11.418-05:00

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):I'm always working on smaller projects because I get bored easily: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.[...]



Bits And Bobs

2016-03-04T21:57:09.924-06:00

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.However, I'm starting to develop Startitus, and I haven't touched this cashmere scarf in ages.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.And I'm slowly making my way through the repairs on a friend's beloved, much worn alpaca sweater.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.[...]



Kicking Off 2016

2016-01-26T10:52:51.746-06:00

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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And This Concludes The 2015 Knitting Season

2015-12-21T11:38:11.880-06:00

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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