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All I wanted

In knitting on June 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Here’s the rational…I had to win and win BIG. With that in mind, here’s what happened….

I was minding my own business checking my email when I received notice from Eat, Sleep, Knit that they were giving away double the lotto tickets today with any purchase. So, back to the rational… I told you my conspiracy theory about the lottery tickets before where I keep winning the $5 discount (which, at the end of the day,is better than none). I’m hoping that I can win one of the kits or free yarn this time around. I ordered 1 discontinued color skein of Madelinetosh tosh dk which ended up being $18 and change minus my $5 credit from before, plus $3 s&h so I ended up spending like $16 and change. I’ll let you know how it goes with my winnings!

Did I ever mention that my new system to shop here is in promotional events like this,and mainly during Black Friday. On Black Friday you can really win BIG….they have a random lottery at checkout and you can get your whole cart F.R.E.E.

#hello #smile #iheart

Update: it wasn’t my email (i could have sworn it was:oops:) it was facebook….I was still minding my business though!😋

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Lopsided

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2014 at 12:58 am

Admit is coming along. I’ve gotten about 8″ of 13″ of the body. At about the 5″ point I realized that I made a mistake. The mistake is not the stitch pattern because it is stockinette in the round. But what it is, is an error in needles.

I’m on 6’s going round and round, but then I realized that I was using 1 needle in size 8 and 1 in size 6. I started kinda panicking, but I’m thinking that I can make the size 8 half the front. I have no intention of ripping back so I just have to make it work.

Has this happened to you? What did you do?

Wool and the Gang project

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I need Wool and the Gang in my life! That Jolene dress is fiyah! #dopeness

Lost in Knit

This week I started knitting the Jolene dress by Wool and the Gang. The parcel arrived early in the week and I was really happy when I opened it. The yarn feels great and will knit up really well. When reading the pattern it looked easy to follow and I also learnt some new cast on methods and stitches.

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I was curious

In knitting on June 28, 2014 at 8:20 pm

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I’ve seen a few of you blogging about reading and knitting at the same time and I was curious. “How the hell does one do that?” I wondered, and after several months, my curiosity got the best of me.  I did have some clue that stockinette and garter stitch would be involved, but I needed details to accomplish this task.  I want to be able to squeeze in as many activities at a time, being that my time is limited.  I have a summer list to get through and a few projects I’d lime to finish as well, so I need to multitask. I decided to go to all knowing Google and got a clue.  The list of the tips I like are as follows:

  1. Untangling Knots blog
  2. Laylock

It seems like the common denominator that makes this whole operation possible are reading e-books or investing in a bookstand.   It is clear that the book needs to be propped up on an angle and large print would make life easy.  Apparently knitting and reading is the equivalent of knitting in the dark.  It’s a more tactile process knitting is, than reliance on the eyes.

Now, how to sleep and knit!?! That is the question! lol (Damn, I drifted off typing this post. I am tired!)

I’m now reading, I Am Malala and still knitting Admit.  I’ll have to read Wild later…print is too fine.

Cast on conundrum

In knitting, stash busting on June 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

On 6.13.14, my Admit became a reality. Casting on was challenging. I must have casted on like 7 times; not enough stitches/yarn, too long a tail, too short a tail… The saga continues with long tail.

Eventually I casted on, and round and round I went on 2 circulars (I don’t do nor like magic loop or any other way). Some how and some way, to my dismay, I mismatched my needles (you know, usually it’s ends of needle 1 to needle 1, and ends of needle 2 to needle 2). Next thing I know, a needle is in my lap! What?! So, in a panic, I took out the remaining needle, ripped back and cast on again. Sigh. I managed a few rounds and it was all good so I moved on.

Then on 6.15.14, I went to my favorite yarn shop and continued working on my animal print cowl with yarn I bought from Chelsea Yarns. Now, this is intense because it’s fair-isle. I have a rhythm now and I’m beginning to love the fingering yarn and the fabric it produces, then PLOP… A needle was in my lap. Man oh man! I nearly had a heart attack! I had NO INTENSION of ripping this back so a plan had to be devised and I’m glad it happened in a yarn shop. Hannie saved my life that day. Fair isle + Fingering weight yarn =There was just no way it would be ripped back. So in 2 minutes I was back on track and all was right with the world.

I discovered that my cowl has errors in the placement of color for the animal print. But the way I figured it, animal spots are perfectly imperfect and noone would take notice anyway. Seriously. Even I can’t tell, nor do I care.

T. KH

String Theory trip

In community challenges, events on June 17, 2014 at 6:30 am

I forget the exact date, but early on during the sale in June, I visited String Theory. But not to fill my stash with beautiful yarns I don’t get to use regularly (though I wanted to), but initially just to check things out. I was there 1 hour (I remember because I was feeding the meter).

I felt a bit overwhelmed because I didn’t know what to get. And obviously, limited help in decision making. I mean, really, you cannot not go to a store closeout yarn sale and not buy anything! Seriously.

They had a fair amount of yarn there…Shibui, Debbie Bliss and Ella Rae, to name a few; I decided on a skein of luxury Madelinetosh Tosh Sock and a Knit Scene magazine I did not recall being in my possession.

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I’m not sure what I’ll make with this sock yarn…maybe socks?!lol I do know that it can be used to make other things, so I’ll weigh all my options.

The sale continues and the store will close 6.28.14. Just remember, cash or check only, but if you forget, a Chase bank is nearby.

One Year Ago Today

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2014 at 8:36 am

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I registered on WordPress to document my tragedies, successes and everything in between, about my knitting experiences. It has been an immense pleasure and I thank you all for allowing this to continue and giving me the drive.

Tell me what you’d like to see, what could be better and anything else that you’d like to say.

I don’t have any anniversary giveaways or anything like that, but I offer you you warm blessings.

Thank you.
T.KH

Project Fishing

In knitting, stash busting on June 11, 2014 at 8:15 pm

In preparation for my graduate school experience and with all your support and encouragement, I’ve decided to start selecting possible projects in the unending project pool in Ravelry.  I’ve decided on 7, but before I list them, do you think short rows are too daunting? (I’ll be doing Japanese short rows, if that makes a difference in your answer).  An 8th option is selected, in the event I cannot do the short rows.

  1. Lizard Ridge (squares)
  2.  Linen-Linen Project Bag
  3. Striped Shawl
  4. Structured Alpaca Cowl
  5. Blueberry Waffle Socks
  6. Non-felted Slippers
  7. Pebble Tank
  8. Relax (I like NapaGal’s version, Relax Again)

If any of you would like to join in and do any of these, please do so! Not an official KAL, but if you’re interested, that would be great!

 

Bowed out, Francis KAL

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on June 8, 2014 at 10:32 pm

I had to bow out of the Tréliz KAL for Francis.  I just was not ready for this project, in all knitterly ways imaginable. No yarn, too complicated pattern at this time, I’m unfocused, and…I don’t know. I just wasn’t ready for it. I think it’s pretty, but I can’t right now.

However, I did find a suitable project that can fulfill my desire for a top.  Just scanning Ravelry’s plethora of patterns and stumbled across Admit.  It looks simple enough and I have the perfect yarn….Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in off-white.

This will work. It better.

I’m not sure when I’ll cast on, but I will let you know.

My Habu Textiles experience

In events, knitting on June 8, 2014 at 10:12 pm

In May 2014, I visited Habu Textiles…when they had the sale.  I was considering coming here to rant, but there were some good things that overshadowed perceived deficits. I was in the area to get a haircut and decided to stop inside before I did so. I was very curious about the sale. I wasn’t really curious to know where they were relocating to per se, but several people asked and they have no location as of this moment.

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Habu is a smallish room in a building, not quite what I envisioned. I was thinking of and imagined a smallish boutique essence storefront. I wondered around this smallish room for about 2 hours just looking and feeling. I like the unconventional yarn display and all the notions available. There was a beautiful large black safety pin that I adored, but didn’t get ( though I still may).

There was no one hovering which I loved, and when help was required there was bell I could ring. I did buy yarn and initially was going to have it wound on a cone,but there was a fee for that service. Needless to say, I forgo that option. It was not an exorbitant nor an unreasonable amount or anything; I just didn’t want to pay.

The coolest thing that I loved was that instead of buying the full cone of Linen paper yarn, which is 1lb, I was able to buy ¼ lb of it! Cool right? Habu has, what I would consider novelty yarns, but it is fibers I can envision myself working with.