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long time

I’ve neglected this blog. I know I have. Life has been so crazy and knitting has not been on my mind so much lately. My mom passed away last month, and before that she was really. Along with that my dad is fighting cancer. Yeah, knitting is not at the forefront lately.

I’ve been toiling away on the Pinkerton Shawl from the spring issue of Interweave Knits. It feels like its taking me forever,especially since I’ve gotten to the lace half of it. I’ve always wanted to learn to knit lace but now I’m beginning to wonder if I have the patience for it. The sock weight yarn is so thin and slow to work with, an the lace is just k2tog yo. It gets tedious after a while. I started the lace almost a month ago and have barely made a dent. Maybe other lace projects would be more interesting. I went with this one for ease, and the fact that the lys had a class/knit along for it.

I think I need to do a bit more on pinkerton and maybe do something like a hat soon. Something that reminds me that I can finish projects. It obviously wouldn’t be anything I can wear now, but I think it would help my knitting mojo, and my self esteem.

Knit and crochet on, people.



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yarn diet, yeah

So I’ve been trying. I am working on projects that will deflate my numbers, just not fast enough. And the not buying new yarn? Lasted until this month.

I got my first skein of The Sanguine Gryphon! Now I just need to buckle down and learn to knit socks.

I have plenty of sock patterns I would love to try, I’m just hesitant.

Right now I need to finish the decreasing rib caplet, and I restarted Amelia. I’ll try to finish the caplet in the next couple of days if I have time. I have a lot on my plate right now (I save that for the other blog), and finding time to knit is limited. Just as long as I keep plodding along and don’t overwhelm myself, I think I’ll get several things done this year. I’m not going to have  nearly as productive a Malabrigo March as last year, I’m afraid. I’m just doing the best with the time I have.

Happy knitting and crocheting to you all!

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I started working on Bella’s mittens. I’ve gotten to the thumb gusset for the first one but haven’t bothered with it in a few days. I needed something that didn’t require as much paying attention as the mittens do last week when I was taking my dad to the doctor. I decided to start on Cinder bY Jared Flood. Its a lovely scarf with a sixteen row pattern that’s easy to remember. I’m a ball of CEY Ariosa into it and can tell its going to be super soft and cozy. Do I send it to someone or keep it for myself? Decisions.

Speaking of sending things to people, I have a friend with a baby on the way in May! I’m not sure how much that’s going to help my stash busting, but I’m super excited to get to do baby stuff! I know I’ll do a blanket, a couple of hats, booties. I don’t think she’ll need a cardigan in May so I’ll knit her one in the fall.  What other stuff should I consider knitting for baby?

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knit a hat

So the first project I have on needles this year is a hat for my son. I knit one for him for Christmas, but it was too small (epic mom fail), so now its my hat. The pattern was supposed to fit a man size head! I guess he just has a big head. I have more of the same yarn, so I’m trying a pattern that is similar but I can already tell it has a better chance of fitting his head. Its the hat fit for a boyfriend pattern. Simple and uncomplicated, quick to knit if I were inclined to knit faster. I got the pattern idea from Karin over at iknit2purl2. She did several over Christmas and it looked like a good hat to knit. I can’t knit much else for the boy. He doesn’t like scarves or sweaters. I haven’t given sock knitting a try, but unless they were plain and white, I don’t think he’d like any socks I knit. Teenagers, seriously.

I’m thinking about casting on for herbivore. Its not exactly in my January knitting plans of cold weather accessories, but there’s a twit-a-long for it, and that would be kind of fun. I’m starting to feel like I’d be too far behind, but I might cast it on anyway and see where I get. It would be a good stash bust project.

I did end up taking Amelia off of the needles. I’ll start it over in a smaller size. It was definitely going to be way too big, so I’m kind of glad I stalled on it. It will be nice to have a sweater that fits. I’ve got a bunch of cardigans lined up that I want to do, and I have the yarn for a lot too.

Happy knitting!

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end of the year

What was that I said about Guernsey Wrap last week? That I’d have it finished within a week? Oh yeah. That didn’t happen. I am over half finished with it though (and it’s not as gray as the picture makes it look). It will be done by the end of the year for sure (since that’s only a few days away). Then I have to figure out how I’m going to block it since I don’t have any blocking wires. Guess I just might have to get some. Maybe the LYS has them.

There’s a mitten KAL in January on Ravelry, but I’m not really liking the pattern they picked, so I may have a mitten and hat month of my own, because I’ve got a couple of mitten patterns I want to try and there are always hats. Always.

I’m trying very hard to not buy any new yarn. I have so much piled up for projects already, I don’t need to get more until I complete a major project or three. I should make “not buying yarn” a resolution, but I know I’d break it!  As is, I need to get something new to store yarn in. You’d think not having anywhere to put it would slow me down, but it doesn’t. I just keep piling it up, or storing it in the closet.

Well readers, I hope you have a fabulous New Year celebration, and of course a fabulous 2011. If I don’t get my stuff together I’ll be spending New Years eve finishing my wrap! Not that it would be a bad way to spend the night.

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Frogs and wraps

I ended up frogging Otto the bear. I think I was working on it when I was too tired, but I made a complete mess and just got more frustrated than I need to be right now. I did finish up my Noro stripped scarf. It turned out interesting. The colors are wild. I’l have to post a picture of it next time.

I received my order of SHELTER and got started on the Guernsey Wrap. I love the color and how its turning out. I’ve gotten a bit further than the picture since I took it. There’s a lot of pattern repeat, but so far I love it. I love the texture the stitch patterns give it. I think it will be very cozy for wrapping around my shoulders on a cold evening, or day.

I’m really liking working with SHELTER too. Its a nice, sturdy yarn. Doesn’t split, and the color is yummy. If you’re thinking about giving it a try, I say go for it!

I haven’t thought too far into my knitting future past the Guernsey wrap. I’m anticipating with normal knitting time that it will probably take me this week at least to finish it. I could be wrong though. I think I’ll end up doing something simple like a hat, and some mittens. Yes, Amelia needs to be finished, and I think I should do that before I start on one of the other many cardigans I want to knit. Ohh, and then there’s still cinder to be done.

So many projects, so little time!

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My mind is keeping me awake so I’ve been up doing this and that. I finished decorating my tree, threw towels in the laundry, and I’e been working on my Noro stripped scarf. Its coming along nicely. I should have thought the colors out a little more I think, because in some places its rather muddled. But the current combination of yarns are striping beautifully. I should have it done in a day or so, just in time for more cold (for Florida) weather.

I ordered some Shelter fro Brooklyn Tweed. I can’t wait for it to get here! I’m dying to see what its like. Ill be knitting the Guernsey Wrap with it. The pattern looks simple enough, just possibly time consuming.

Madelinetosh just released a new cardigan pattern called Fall Away Cardigan. I really love the shape of it. I love cardigans to begin with, and this one is so much different than I any other pattern I have. Plus its done in Pashmina, which is lovely.

Yarn stashers, I do have a question for you-how do you store your yarn? Mine is currently in baskets and bags, but I think I need something new for overflow. Can’t decide on another basket or a rubbermaid container,

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something for me

I mentioned the other day that I was kind of wanting to knit something for myself in between all of the Christmas stuff I was kintting, so I decided to take on Porom by Jared Flood. Its a fairly simple hat pattern. Its a five stitch pattern knit over four rows, so it does have that slightly robotic feel to it when knitting it. I’m finally to the part where I’ll be doing the 18-row decrease, which will be a bit more interesting. Hoping to finish it tomorrow. Its knit with Rowan Cashsoft DK and I think it will look great after it blocks. I can’t wait to have a chance to wear it! And I will post a picture when its done. I realized I haven’t posted any finished object photos, but everything up until now has been a gift for someone, and I don’t want them tripping over it on my site, if you know what I mean.

I’ve still got one more definite Christmas knit project I tacked on at the end, the one I mentioned last post. I’m just waiting for the proper yarn to get here. I think I need to draw the line there for Christmas knitting though, especially since its only 32 days away! You really wanted to know that, right?

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Its a start

Last night was another night of no sleep for me. I’ve got too many projects and worries hanging over my head that sometimes I just can’t settle down. Personal problem, I know.

This night, instead of playing on the computer, I broke out the needles, grabbed some yarn and got started on one of my Christmas gifts. And its nearly finished! Its a simple k1p1 rib scarf so it should be quick, but I figured I would fall asleep for sure. If I keep up at this rate I can probably get everything done in less than a week. That is, once all of the yarn arrives. Still thinking dishcloths (and cookies of course) for neighbors. One plain, and one Christmas, maybe.

I feel good about getting this blog started! Finally!

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