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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 

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

Two Weeks Of Knitting: A Review

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on January 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm

Week of January 4, 2016
– Taught a colleague to knit. The knitting, as explained by the colleague, was something she wanted to learn to use as a coping mechanism. (1.4.16)
– Began working on the head of my doll. (1.6.15)
– Discussion about knitting use in child welfare as my thesis. (1.8.15)
– Mailed by Eat, Sleep, Knit (ESK) raffle ticket winnings out because I was tired of getting bills and wanted presents. (1.9.15)

Week of January 11, 2016
– Presented my idea about knitting. (1.11.16)
– Emailed someone about being involved in the community by way of a community baby shower, to knit hats for donation. (1.12.16)
– Began knitting a hat for donation. (1.12.16)                                                                               – Was asked to make more dolls. (1.12.16)
– Began asking people to help me with knitting hats.(1.12.16)                                                   – Photographed my tote and badges I earned, which I received in December for the 2015 Yarnathon. (1.12.16)                                                                                                                               – Received my ESK prizes, which were a sock project bag with sock yarn inside, and a baby cardigan kit. (1.12.16)

Dollie’s destiny

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on December 9, 2015 at 10:23 am

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I’m interning right now at an agency where kids who have experienced an array of trauma, including sexual abuse, are being seen for not only forensic interviewing and medicals, but also for mental health treatment.

The agency director asked me to make some culturally reflective dolls of the community of people served.  I was more than happy to, and I found many on Ravelry.  It was  Stitched by Sara, that really helped me make this decision on Little Yarn Dolls, which she had been making herself.

I had questions on the doll to make, Sara was there.  I had questions about to make hair texture suitable and reflective of kinky, curly hair; Sara was there and CeeCee too, who suggested Marmot.  I had questions about the length of time it took to make; Sara was there.  I had questions and ideas about design elements, and you guessed it, Sara was there!

Thanks so much ladies! I’ll hopefully be making a bunch of ’em, but probably in worsted acrylic yarn on 6’s, and working arms and legs, 2 at a time (I have second anything syndrome).

I’ll update you!  If you all want to help, or just make some for yourself, that would be amazing!

 

Ciao,

TKH

Stash gripes

In knitting, stash busting on October 27, 2015 at 9:47 am

My stash is plentiful. Although most knitters don’t complain about this problem, I have to. It’s old. It’s not great quality. Sometimes I’m motivated to use it, sometimes I’m not. I don’t want to dump it though.

I’ve used some to make mittens and probably use it all to make the garter projects I identified before.

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That’s the progress I’ve made. I did these 2 at a time.One is done…the thumb of the second has to be done, as well as seaming. Then both need weaving.

Getting Moto ready

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on October 2, 2015 at 9:31 pm

  
I need help choosing colorblock options. I also asked for help here.

I have 220 yds dk. grey and 330 yds. taupe grey.

What do you think?

 Any other suggestions?

Fat Fridays: Chunky Garter Stitch Mittens

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on October 2, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Bulky yarn is my favorite, especially when it comes from my stash. I doubled yarn to make it work for the chunky garter stitch mittens pattern.  I haven’t worked on these that long but I’m almost done! I’ve taken heed to all the advice given on Ravelry.  During meetings and at lunch, I’ve been knitting away, in preparation for the fall and winter. 

What have you been up to?

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Hello Moto

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on September 30, 2015 at 10:03 pm

I’m about garter stitch, but most definitely also about big and chunky, bulky yarn for instant gratification.

I haven’t knit much, but I’m making time Saturday and Sunday to make Moto vest.  It is a $5 pattern however. I bought it. I loved it. I have yarn I can use to make it. It’s cold as hell and I think it will make a great layering piece. That’s my rationale.  It’s a very, very, very simple pattern. More info here.

I think it would be wonderful if I could get a KAL going on since Making for Makers didn’t get off this year.

I’ll be starting this project on Saturday October 3. It’s chunky so I figure by Sunday or Monday it can be done.

What say you? Yeh or Nay?

Hashtag: #tkhknitskal #tkhknits

Knitting Season

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on September 23, 2015 at 8:24 am

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When the days and nights get cooler, it’s often an indicator that knitting season has begun. The time is now, to gather patterns and yarn to keep us afloat through the brisk winds and snow of the  North Pole.

My knitting life has become about garter stitch and I’ve only now finally realized and accepted that it is all I can manage for now. I will learn to see the beauty in the simplicity of garter.

What’s on my knitting agenda?
Chunky mittens
Poncho
Slippers

What are your fall and winter knitting pattern plans? Who will join me?