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Ends

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on July 25, 2017 at 7:35 pm


Ends typically refer to the conclusion of, final, or  last in place in a spectrum of time.  If something ends, typically a new beginning greets it with an aspiration of being better. Maybe that means making sacrifices in order to improve or to grow and enhance. After various life circumstances I have some ends I have to cut.

Memorial Day 2017 was just that…memorable. There was a fire in my apartment building…on my floor…my neighbor down the hallway. It was chaos. When it came to clean up, the process was overwhelming. I’m an artist, and as such, I have a lot of supplies, including various storage options oozing of yarn. Funny enough, my yarn was the last thing I checked for smoke damage….Anyway, amongst the several thousand yards of yarn, I found oodles of unfinished projects. This didn’t make me happy … and knitting is supposed to make me happy.

NOT ending, consistently and well, is my challenge and I’ve had enough….it deflects from my potential for greatness and creativity. 

What I’m ending:

1. Because of this abundance, as late as it is in the year, there will be a yarn fast, thereby forcing me to knit through my stash. I think this will push my creativity to the next level. It will be good for me.

2. No more UFO’s (unfinished objects) hanging around. I have to work through them all and finish them.

3. My knit work and art is important to me but an established UFO pattern has been my crutch…I’m ending my fear of being wrong in my creativity and I’m ending the rational of having no time. 

These are the odds and ends in my creative self….clipping my ends and increasing my odds of being my best creative self and end on a strong note.

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Pattern release: Instincts

In designing, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on May 25, 2017 at 6:26 pm


Instincts is an expression of authentic emotions conveyed by colors that are outside the scope of aesthetically coordinated hues. This fair-isle hat is simple, yet makes a bold statement.  Be bold in your color choices.

Pattern is available via my new website: www.theknitterlyhooker.com 

Gumblebee Goodness

In knitting on April 1, 2017 at 5:47 pm

Eat, Sleep, Knit Yarnathon…I’m back at it again! 

This year I’m on team Gumblebee and the hive is amazing! 

One of the projects to earn stars is to make a project that has your team mascot in it. Looking through some of the hives projects, I saw Bumblebee socks. My hive-mate made it in pink and green, so it caught my attention. Of course I messaged them to tell them it was fabulous, but expressed my sadness because I don’t like toe-up socks and I don’t know how to do that.

The response I got was incredible and I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this myself…use a basic top-down sock pattern and insert the chart. Genius, right?! So that’s what I’ll be doing. My yarn is on the way.  

Going through more Bumblebee socks projects, just looking at outcomes, I saw another fabulous pair.  This person ripped theirs back (they didn’t like toe-up socks, I later found out) and their tension was damn near perfect. So of course, I message them and let them know. Messaging them, it turns out, has inspired them to start this project again, top-down….I’m hoping they’ll take me up in my offer to KAL.

For some reason, this KAL got me thinking that socks are basic items that everyone needs, but it’s something that homeless people often don’t get in care packs.  I felt inspired to make socks for some charity for the homeless.  I haven’t sorted the plan or done research yet, but maybe this is something we can do together. 

My first pair of Gumblebee socks, although I want it, will be for my friend who just had surgery.

Join me to KAL…START:April 8

Holey Moley

In knitting on February 9, 2017 at 10:33 pm

When people know you are a knitter, the believe you can do anything (and we can), including making repairs on tattered favorites.  With normal wear and tear, it is expected that items will develop 1 or 2 small holes…easy enough to repair.  What I was handed though, was ridiculous….one huge hole, at least 4″ in diameter. This monstrosity is situated right in the crevice and cusp in the underarm region. The fiber content is 50% wool and 50% camel hair; the weight could be DK or sport, maybe even worsted.

Take a look:

I’m taking ha problem to the streets! 

I got questions! What’s a gal to do?! I got nothin’. This here, is a situation!
Any ideas on how to go about attempting this repair?

February KAL

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on January 29, 2017 at 10:35 pm

Month long KAL and CAL. Choose your own pattern and GO!

February is #heartdiseaseawareness month. Calling all #knitters and #crocheters to #knitred #crochetred. Dig in your #yarnstash or go to your #LYS for RED yarn.  Remember your health and wellbeing #therapeuticknitting #knittolive #reducestress … remember your family and your friends that have been affected. 

Join the event here.

#heartdiseaseawarenesskal2017 #kal #igknits #igcrochets #igknitters #igcrocheters #instaknits #instacrochets #instaknitters #instacrocheters #knitstagram #knitstergram #instagramknits #instagramcrochets #instagramknitters #instagramcrocheters #blackgirlsknit #blackgirlscrochet  #pinkgoesred #theknitterlyhooker

Travel Project

In knitting on October 8, 2016 at 6:53 am

Whenever I plan for a trip, I often plan my knitting project.  After all, every opportunity to knit must be taken.  So much travel time simply cannot be wasted!  This is particularly true, when you have a 18 to 24 hour flight to far away mysterious lands. 

One such trip was to India about 4 years ago.  That project was a complete flop and never even took off.  To start off, it was a crochet project and I was detached from the craft and the yarn was uncooperative.  Dubai is in my near future and I do not want the same fate.

Here are some tips I devised for selecting a long distance travel project:

  1. If I cannot do a needed technique in the pattern without a book,LEAVE IT (both the project and the book) AT HOME. The exception is if the photocopy is compact. Too much added weught is not good.
  2. The pattern should simple with just a tinge of difficulty.
  3. The project should be small-ish and practical. This means hats, socks, shawl…not sweater, tshirt, or blanket. 
  4. Ideally, the project should successfully completed at the destination during the trip.
  5. Project, both the yarn color and design, should be ideally inspired by the destination.
  6. The length of the stay, as does the itenerary, determine the size of the project to pack.
  7. Make sure TSA can identify the project and components so it won’t get confiscated. Seriously, plan to rock with wooden needles and small blade snippers.
  8. Make sure the project can fit in hand luggage or backpack / purse.

End of an era

In events, knitting on July 6, 2016 at 10:28 pm

LaCasita Yarn shop has been a place that I’ve frequented for at least 2 years. In this time, they became my family. I always joke and say that they are my Cheers because everyone knows my name. It’s been home. It’s far away, but always worth the travel.

On June 30, 2016, this 6 year old shop closed its doors. Goodbye world! There were festivities and there were people, but at the end of all that, there was no more shop.  Where else can you get vegan chocolate cake, mulled wine, and a skein of yarn?  Where else can I see Jennifer Lopez without the paparazzi? 

Salute to LaCasita for transforming lives and for making Brooklyn great. You will be missed.

Deed is Done

In knitting, portfolio on February 21, 2016 at 6:34 pm

With much apprehension and anxieties, I have done it.

Almost a decade being known as pinkcashmere1980 has ended (3.13.2009-2.21.2016).

From hence forthwith I am known as knitterlyhooker on Ravelry.

Not sure what the future holds, but I’m shooting for magnitude and perhaps this is the beginning.

Ravelry Usernames

In designing, knitting on February 16, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Usernames are inherently a representation of us in the cyberworld and create a decided story about who you are even before any interaction.  I can’t say that I’ve been very good at developing usernames, and I think it’s so necessary now, particularly with branding oneself.

After being PinkCashmere1980 for so many years on Ravelry, I’m considering changing it.  It was only a few days ago in a Ravelry group chat, I actually explained the meaning behind my username here.  I discovered that there is actually a way to do it (you only have 3 shots) and I’m thinking about making that transition to theknitterlyhooker.

I feel like it’s super weird, but may be a necessary move. What do you think?  Is Ravelry actually a part of my branding, promotion opportunity? I guess when I begin designing  or whatever else I please, it might be right?

If you had the opportunity to change your Ravelry username would you??

Thoughts?

 

Knitting Week In Review no.3

In community challenges, knitting on January 29, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Week of 1/29/16 was fairly eventful

1/25/16

  • Caked Mrs. Crosby yarn. Big weight discrepancies between skeins and 1 knot in each skein.
  • Cast on for socks with Mrs. Crosby and got about 1.5″ of ribbing done on sock.

1/26/16

  • ESK yarn Malabrigo Silky Merino received. My lottery tickets were both winners: sock project bag and $5 store credit.

1/27/16

  • Visit to Knitty City. Bought 2 circulars.
  • More ESK yarn received in the mail. Asked for a drawing of a penguin on my packaging and I got it! So dope!

  

  • Worked on my socks more.

1/28/16

  • Visit to Knitty City. Knit socks for about 2 hours. Chilled with my friend Nancy Ricci there.  Bought Cascade sock yarn to double with the Malabrigo Silky Merino.

  

1/29/16

  • Knit my sock some more.
  • Planning for other knit projects.