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Knitting keeps me sane…

And lately I’m going a bit crazy.

To make a very long story short, we adopted a 10 year old beagle mix sight unseen just before he was to be put down at the pound. Turns out he’s a puppy in old man clothing and is requiring a lot of medical attention.

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He’s a cutie, but it’s been a lot of work and stress. If you’re feeling extra generous today you can help donate to a portion of his care here.

This has all been extra stressful because I haven’t been able to knit much if at all. Knitting is usually how I diffuse stress in my life, and it’s so frustrating that my wrist hurts to much to do it. I’m in the process of trying a few home remedies for it, and so far so good, but it’s slow going.

I did manage to add the second color to my Summer Scarf though. Since it’s been taking so long I feel like I keep missing opportunities to wear it, but I guess it’s more wearable than some of the woollies I have.

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What are you knitting that helps you de stress?

It was a Fiesta!

Wow, sorry I’ve been kind of MIA lately.  Turns out preparing for my first fiber event (not to mention entertaining a busy 1-year-old) is exhausting!

I’m happy to report that for my first event, it was great!  I met a lot of awesome people, and some of them even liked and bought my yarn! 😀  Big shout out to Candy Skien and Oink Pigments, who were not only lovely neighbors, but really awesome ladies with lots of tips for this newbie!

I had another bout of camnesia, and only snagged a few pictures all weekend… regrettably all of my own booth haha.

The booth, day one!

The booth, day one!

Those awesome stuffed Lazer Sheep are courtesy of my mom’s awesome sewing skills!

And here’s a little sneak peak of what will be coming to the Etsy shop, as soon as I get a chance to properly photograph them…

Buttons!!!

Buttons!!!

New colorways plus BUTTONS!!!  Each skein of yarn will now be coming with a button of their colorway namesake!  I’m super excited about them, and I’ve loved drawing them all up, so I hope you all enjoy them too 😀

Now, I’m having a little break, knitting on my Aloha Sheep hat (using my new knitting bag from Slipped Stitch Studios), and ordering more blank yarn so I can fill some custom orders.  Hope you all had a nice weekend.  What have you been working on?

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Stash Busted!

I was trying to explain the concept of stash busting to my husband this morning, while we were discussing the fact that I should be working on Christmas gifts by now.  I was telling him that I needed a few, new, specific yarns for some of the projects.  He said I should be using what I have, which is true.  I have a lot.  Trouble is, that it’s mostly acrylic from when I first started knitting again.  This is were the fact that I am now a yarn snob really does me a disservice.

I said to him that I would try and stash bust as much as I could this year.  He joked, “Good, or I’ll have to stash bust you!”  He then explained that by “stash bust” he meant that he had found my stash and was going to mess with it.

So, if your significant other happens to find your stash (and apparently disapproves) you are “Stash Busted!”

This is my stash.  It is not large, it is not organized.

This is my stash. It is not large, it is not organized.

I am officially stash busted, and I’ve shown you mine, now it’s your turn to show me yours!  What does your stash look like?  Will you be diving into it this holiday season?  (I know, why would I scare you into thinking about the holidays right now?  It’s because we only have 114 knitting days left people!)

Preparation

I’m trying to organise my knitting (and thoughts in general) for our upcoming road trip.  I have my Sea Bands to hopefully ward off any potential motion sickness, and several patterns.

I’ve decided that hats would be something fairly easy to work on while in the car.  I also decided to knit said hats for Knots of Love (we don’t really go through a ton of hats around here).  Per their required yarn list, I will be stash busting A TON of Carron Simply Soft that I came across while trying to organize all my craftiness.

For these hats I’m taking along two patterns:

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Then, just to shake things up a bit I’m going to use the Tardis chart from Bigger on the Inside by Kate Atherley to make a nice scarf for a friend 🙂

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(I love that as soon as I had printed up the pattern and put it with my stuff to be packed, my friend actually requested this as a Christmas gift haha!)

I may yet also pack up a pair of socks as I’m trying to teach myself to knit them two at a time with the magic loop.  That sounds like a lot of knitting haha.  (…oooo maybe I’ll bring the spindle too…)  What are your go to travel knitting patterns?

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Well Rats…

20130706-222142.jpgTonight was supposed to be so much easier than this!  I had just gotten my new interchangeable circulars in the mail, but they are the wrong size!!!

As you can see, I am attempting to cope with the cards I have been delt.  Of corse, it is all my fault.  I didn’t double check the size of the dpns I had been using when I ordered my new circulars.  Now, I must keep plodding along on my hat (made of my new hand spun!!!) on dpns that can barley keep all the stitches on.  *sigh*  Guess I’ll be finishing this hat before I head off on our road trip.

On a good note, I’m loving my hand spun!  I got 110 yards out of 1/2 a pound of random wool (can’t remember what it is for the life of me), and I still have another 1/2 pound of hand dyed fluff to spin up.  Unless someone steals this hat from me, that other 1/2 pound may end up in my Etsy shop 😀

What projects are keeping you up tonight?

A Puzzle

In a few weeks I’m heading on a road trip with my family!  Little will be coming with me, sadly Josh will be busy with work.  We’re joining my parents, brother, grandparents, and aunt and uncle.  We’ll be heading from San Diego all the way to Seattle and back in 3 RVs over about 3 weeks.  I have high hopes for all the knitting I could potentially get done (if I  can keep the car sickness at bay…).

In planning what knitting to bring, I came across some hanks of yarn that I just can’t decide on the right project for.  This hank of beautiful natural alpaca, straight from a ranch here in East San Diego, I’m having an especially hard time deciding on.

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It took a lot of effort to make this not look like poo… but it still kind of does :/

It’s 320 yards of fingering weight yarn.  It’s yummy and soft, with a bit of a scraggly halo.  I’m thinking hat, but I just can’t seem to find the right pattern.  If it was yours, what would you be knitting with it?

This next one is more of a puzzle.  In my cleaning up the last few days I came across a bag of my mother-in-law’s old crafting stuff, including the very beginning of what looks to be her first knitting.  Sadly she passed away after a long battle with breast cancer in 2010, so I really want to keep the little bit she knit intact, little mistakes and all 🙂

Diane's first knitting <3

Diane’s first knitting ❤

The only wrench in this, is that I don’t really want to knit a garder stitch scarf.  The yarn seems to be cotton of some sort, no label so I don’t know how much yardage.  I really don’t want to frog what she knit, so I’m potentially knitting something with a garder border I guess.  So any suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated too.

Anyone have any fun summer trips coming up?  What will you be knitting during your free time this summer (and I hope you all have some at least!)?

 

About Time!

Former ribbed edge to your left, active stitches to your right!

Former ribbed edge to your left, active stitches to your right!

Since my hat had a ribbed edge on it, and I’d decided rather than frog the top half of my hat I’d add-on to the bottom brim.  I picked a starting point and went around picking up one side to every V-shaped stitch. I picked up my stitches just above where I’d started the ribbing.  It was much easier to see the individual stitches that I needed to pick up, and ultimately, easier to pick back the following row.

After getting all the stitches back on the needle, and checking that they were all in the same row, I snipped a stitch TWO rows above (assuming you’re holding the work upside down) the stitches I’d picked up.  (Actually, I cut the very next row above and completely regretted it.  So please, learn from my frustration.)  I then painstakingly picked back the cut row, so that the stitches on the needle were active.  This post from Knitting Daily shows this method in better detail.

I had a pretty good tail of yarn still attached to the knitting, so I knit to the end of it and reattached the ball.  I’ve measured (like 12 times) and am almost done with the reknitting.  On top of that, I finished the “Baaad Sheep” shawlette today too!  Pictures and a patter to come, yay!

So Much Done…

And yet so little to show for it.  It’s been a super busy week, and I’ve actually gotten a lot of knitting done… you just can’t tell.

Driving to and from Grandma’s funeral on Monday I was to car sick to attempt to fix Josh’s hat, but Tuesday I did manage to figure out a way to make it longer (tutorial tomorrow I swear!).  I spent the rest of the day picking back stitches from the bottom.  I’ve never looked at a stupid hat with so much will to have it over and done with!  By the time Josh left for Minneapolis (where the high for the weekend would be 36 *shiver*), it still looked like this…

Picked the wrong time of day for this picture :P

Picked the wrong time of day for this picture 😛

It is well on its way, and I just need Josh and his head back home so I can make doubly sure it’s the right length this time.  Because I love him, so much, but not enough to redo this hat again.

Tuesday we took LS to her first baseball game!  (Where there was also no knitting.)  Having grown up in San Diego, my team has always been the Padres.  Josh grew up in LA and roots for the Dodgers.  Some day LS will pick a side.  Until then, she gets dressed like this…

She will be a confused child I'm sure.

She will be a confused child I’m sure.

Of corse it was cold out, so sadly Daddy won out and they were wearing their matching Dodger blue.

"Take that Mommy!"

“Take that Mommy!”

We took the trolley down to the stadium, and had a great time harassing each other about who would win.  Sadly, my Padres tried to come back a little late in the game, and lost 3-4 :,(  LS was super entertained by everything about being at the game.  The people, the lights, the noise!  She had a blast!  So much so that she completely crashed on the ride home.  We had a great time.

LS's first baseball game!

LS’s first baseball game!

Thursday Josh had to take off for the weekend again.  (His job requires him to travel most weekends January -May.) It’s hard to knit and entertain a 6 month old at the same time, but through naps and staying up past my bedtime I did manage to start adding to Josh’s hat again.

Slowly but surly.

Slowly but surly.

Tomorrow I will get to measure it on the boy’s head and hopefully find a stretchy enough bind off for it.  (Any suggestions?)  I will also put up a brief tutorial on how I picked up the stitches, assuming I can find the very helpful YouTube video that helped me (credit where credit is due of corse).

Anyone else have a crazy week?

 

 

Pick it Up!

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What to do, what to do…

I’ve been working on my husband’s super bland alpaca hat. I even finished it. Then, Mr. Vanilla Hat Guy said it was to short. *sigh*

I decided rather than frogging the top of the hat I’d pick up stitches around the bottom. I’ve been attempting to pick up stitches ever since. I’m really hoping I won’t have to pick out my cast on, and frankly I’m not totally sure that would work anyway.

Anyone have suggestions on adding an inch to a finished hat? This thing is crazy making.

Not Done

Ya, big surprise there!  It didn’t help any that I didn’t realize that Saturday is TOMORROW!  Especially seeing as how the only way I’ve been getting knitting done the last few days has been like this…

Sorry for the bad cell picture, camera wasn't handy :/

Sorry for the bad cell picture, camera wasn’t handy :/

I swear she’s going to learn to knit before she can talk.

I did the math, and it looks like I’ve got about 50 looooong rows to go.  Which seriously sounds like too many.  Then again, I don’t math very well.  I’m also not totally sure I have enough yarn to make it there, and I know that it’s not going to get anywhere near done by morning.  It will probably be 85 and sunny tomorrow any how.

I am probably the slowest knitter in history though, especially considering how long I’ve actually been knitting.  The bum wrist doesn’t help that any either.  With the ever growing Little Sheep to carry around, I’ve been wearing my oh so sexy wrist brace almost 24/7 these days.  I had once found a list of wrist and finger stretches for knitters.  Apparently I need to start those up again.  For now, I’ll just continue on at my snail’s pace.

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On a shop note, I’m about to order some more blank yarn to dye up.  I’m trying to decide to get more of the same merino wool/nylon blend sock yarn (which I do love!, but wool during a San Diego summer, not so much), or, to branch out into some more warm weather yarns like silk or linen.  Any suggestions or favorites?