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Dream In Color Groovy

In knitting, stash busting on February 16, 2015 at 10:46 am

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Dream In Color is a dream come true, but that was not my initial impression. I started another hat with it and when I frogged it, the ripped yarn looked worn out. I didn’t like it and I felt uncomfortable casting on and re-casting on for Sand Banks. But when it was all said and done, when the ribbing had formed, the yarn came to life. It was better than a dream. What I love is the subtle tonal striped effects that beautifully formed in the cable. It was an unexpected, yet pleasant surprise. I have 3 more skeins of this yarn; 1 blue and 2 orange. My only regret is that I didn’t buy more as it is, unfortunately, discontinued. I can only hope my Ravelry brethren will be willing to give it up when the call comes. Groovy is a work horse and it’s awesome!

Update: Skeins available here.

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In knitting, stash busting on February 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm

I’m pretty excited about this next project I have selected. It includes a cast on I don’t know, but I am excited to learn it. It’s called German twisted cast on. Learning a new cast on is one of my unwritten knitterlutions I made for myself this year and I’m glad it is being achieved so early in the year. After watching a video by Very Pink Knits, I am pretty confident in my ability and besides, when I nail it, it will be my go to for socks, hats and sleeves. The stretch on this is wickedly good!

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Sand Bank hat, by Justyna Lorkowska and published by Malabrigo, is what I’ll be making. I got it from VKLive as a free pattern, but apparently there is a cost. At any rate, the pattern seems simple enough. Cables are involved, but to me, they’re no biggie. (Inside scoop: after making a sweater, a cabled scarf was my second project ever when I learned to knit). This hat will not be for me, but for my college friends’ fiancé. My goal is to cast-on on Saturday. I’ll be using Dream In Color Groovy in Romeo Blue. If I like making this hat and have enough yarn left over, I’ll make one for their son.

This was not the original plan for this yarn, but I think it will work beautifully.

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First in 2015

In finished projects, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on February 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Along with being first is a sense of pride and accomplishment. It means having done better than others…being distinguished. Being in first place means accepting a lot of praise and being exemplary. There is a lot of responsibility when one is first with an expectation to be great. A lot of unsung praise comes during the process of becoming first; a lot of work and dedication. It takes a lot not to quit.

I am pleased to announce my first finished object (FO) for 2015…Purl Soho’s Structured Alpaca Cowl. It was finished just in time for the NY cold weather.

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I started this in January 2015, but I had to rip back some and I used a lifeline because I was lazy, not because the pattern is difficult. It’s not a difficult pattern.

I used a new yarn I’ve never heard of called Woolfolk in the DK weight, FAR. I must say, it is the most scrumptious, affordable, softest, cashmere feel yarn that I have ever used! This yarn doesn’t pill because of it’s chain structure, but does have a nice, non obstructive halo.

3 tips for busy knitters

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on February 4, 2015 at 12:10 am

1. Knit.

2. Knit.

3. Knit.

Seriously though, with life infringing on the things and people we love, it’s important to reclaim the lost time. As the busy person I am, and continue to be, I’ve developed a few strategies to ensure I get some knitting time in. A little knitting is better than no knitting at all.

1. Schedule time During meetings and trainings. Waiting at the doctors. At lunch. If you don’t drive, during your commute. Be honest about the time you will have to knit. Accept that time you have and set realistic goals to avoid frustration and disappointment. Set knitting appointments in your calendar (phone or agenda book) to ensure you get some knitting done. Because of limited time, it’s better to plan projects in advance to smoothly transition between each one.

2. Plan project Consider using Ravelry to plan projects utilizing the queue feature. Easier projects are more achievable and thusly increase your confidence and efficacy. It’s not to say more challenging projects are not achievable, but increases the odds of frustration and quitting. Smaller projects are winners so choose wisely. Choosing smaller portable projects allow you to knit on the go at times that may not be scheduled, plus they’re more practical. Hats, scarves, cowls, socks and toys are good examples.  Complicated stitch patterns take up time while more simplistic and basic of them do not.  Garter stitch and stockinette stitch fall into the categories of basic and simplistic; they are mindless.  When you are busy, there is no time to think and further complications cause frustration.  We’re aiming for smooth sailing when we have limited time.

3. Use stash Time is of the essence and your home is a more definite and automatic journey than to LYS (unless your LYS is literally down the street from your home). We are knitters and we all have yarn….hiding in every corner our homes. Use that. Make it work for projects you have planned. Ravelry can assist and make this easier…finding projects by weight of yarn, brands, and yardage. Using your stash may yield something that surprises even yourself. When you use your stash, it pushes your creativity to the next level and brings a sense of accomplishment when it’s actually all utilized. You could always order yarn online, but then you’d have to go to the post office to pick it up…who has time for that? Just think about how proud you’ll be that your stash size has gone down.

Just knit!

VKLIVENYC 2015 recap

In events, knitting on February 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm

There is a saying that is better to be late than never show up at all. So here I am showing up! By now you’ve heard the wonderful stories about VKLIVE5, but I will show you…

The first person I looked for was GG and I found her immediately at the Bagsmith booth.

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I loved these bulletin boards! What an awesome way to track attendees! Look at the diversity across cultures and knitting brings us all together!

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Hearing the CEO’s and actually meeting them made me more willing to renew my subscription. The first thing I noticed was that the packaging changed…sleek and simple. The best news I heard was no more novelty yarn!

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Ute Lennartz tepee was a spectacular art piece and focal point near the entrance of the event.

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The most inspirational pieces of art was the 7 wonders of the world display…all knitted. And even more exciting is that I’ve actually been to two…Stonehenge and Taj Mahal! My bucket list is set! They are as follows from the top left down: Stonehenge,Tower of Pisa, Taj Mahal, Mayan Ruins, Sphinx, Great Wall of China, and Easter Island.

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These artistic socks I actually saw first at Stitches East several years back, then again at Rhinebeck last year. The company? Art for Your Feet, Tsarina of Tsocks. I bought the cowboy sock kit then…this time nothing. Her work is amazing still. I loved Loops spinning fiber…I always have. The colors are so vibrant and always reminds me of pretty sushi! Lol I loved the pigs because hey we’re cute and dressed so nicely! The bottom left picture are Cornielle Tuttle Hamilton’s designs. These are the 2 I wanted patterns for but she wasn’t finished writing them yet so they were not available. The sweater is Ease on Ravelry…I just loved the shape and the pop of color at the inner collar.

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What did I get? Not much actually. My stash continues to grow and my wallet does not, so I curbed my desire for yarn.

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What I really stuck around for was the Reader’s fashion show because my long time Ravelry friend Holly aka The Yarnista was a contestant. I got video footage of the show … Check out my Instagram to see the winner.