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ESK 2015 Yarnathon : Team Fleecy Foxes

In community challenges, events, knitting, stash busting on April 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm

   

I’m surprised at myself (and also ashamed) for not sharing this with you all from the beginning of the year… I’ve been actively participating in the ESK Yarnathon.

 I’m competitive. I like to win and I like team effort. I like to participate in activities with the possibility of winning. And especially when yarn is involved it’s definitely a win, win! 

 Eat, Sleep, Knit yarn shoppe (which I know, I’ve mentioned time and time again) has an annual Yarnathon.  Each person is assigned a team (this year I’m Team Fleecy Foxes).  There are specific task based assignments to complete in order to earn prizes for not only yourself, but the team.  I like this because it keeps me focused and I have something to look forward to when I’m done. 

 I mean, I’ve even found myself plotting my ESK Yarnathon strategy so that I’m efficient in my yarn purchases and maximize my knitting time when I can! I’ve “charted” out in my agenda book when I’m going to knit! So OCD me! lol 

 This is what I’m competing for: Booster Badges and KAL’s.

So far I’ve completed KAL: headgear and new-to-you

I’ve gotten a bunch of badges so far too: social stalker, stash diver, all the single ladies, queue anonymous, and recently, phone a friend. 

I’m pretty pleased with myself with what I’ve accomplished so far, considering that my time is limited. 

My next 2 KAL’s I’ll be working on is KAL#12: Chunky Knits, KAL#10: Selfless Knits and the badges are: Popularity Contest, Binge Knitter, and Mini-Knits.

Hurray!

Join the fun!

Project Fail

In knitting, stash busting on April 2, 2015 at 7:44 pm

  

I decided to finish a project I had “resting” for well over 8 months now.  I’m on vacation and thought it would be a great opportunity to finish it. Apparently it is not…I packed this project and can’t move forward.  The numbers in the pattern are all wrong.  I remember now why I put it down. I am regretting packing this project and should have packed a more sure project like another Sand Banks. Now I have loads of time and nothing to do. What a shame. Sigh. I’ll just plan for my ESK badges and KAL’s I suppose. #teamfleecyfoxes

Making for Makers – Part Deux

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on March 5, 2015 at 11:53 pm



Making for Makers Cycle 2 is now accepting registrants. 

The idea for this initiative was realized in this blog post. 

 **2nd cycle deadline to submit email address to organizer [me: RavID-pinkcashmere1980) is: JUNE 14, 2015 **

 **Gifts are to be completed by: DECEMBER 16, 2015 **

 **REMEMBER:**
****You must private message the organizer with your email address and your location to be entered into the cycle. Once your email is received, you will be sent a link to the random name generator program. At that time, you will input your entry form in that system.****

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.

Next up

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!

Check it out!

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!

Invictus

In finished projects, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on January 3, 2015 at 8:25 am
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Windschief by Steven West using Rowan Lima

Created during seemingly impossible circumstances, and time is but a dream, Invictus reigns. My focus is on my blessings, not my defeats. This project was completed around Thanksgiving 2014.

The pattern is Windschief, designed by Steven West, and though not particularly challenging, was an interesting bit of knitting. During this knit, I discovered that my favorite yarn is Rowan Lima (or any yarn consisting of chains as a base). I’m not a fan of repeat projects, but this may be the exception.

Knitting – in the New Year

In community challenges, designing, knitting, stash busting on January 1, 2015 at 12:08 pm

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I never made it to 12am. I never saw the ball drop on tv. What I did do though, is allow my eyes to be consumed by the weight of sleep. It was a beautiful thing! I dreamed of things I would do, the places I’d go and the person I’ll become.

What place will I have in the world and in the knitting community? I decided I would begin things right by finishing properly. I was charged to make a swatch, and when it was completed it was unbalanced. It needed a companion. So, I decided to convert the swatch to a wristband/cuff. The companion is what I worked on before I fell asleep.

On this new year’s day, I will finish the companion. This will be trend…to finish all what I have started, and also to make a social statement using knitting…now, won’t that be interesting?

This is a year of new things. Let’s do it!

TKH

Purple Rain

In knitting, stash busting on November 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm

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I’ve had this Cascade Magnum for a few months, from at least the Spring. I’ve been thinking of what I’d make from the day I bought it. I love the richness of the color! So, here I am, some 6 months later, making a cowl. This cowl is the beginnings of my Christmas knitting.

I learned a new cast on for a hat I wanted to make and decided to practice on this. It’s the twisted German cast on and it was pretty simple.  The Twisted German cast on it actually a stretchy cast on and I thought the cowl was a great item to practice on.

I’ll have to seam it.I don’t mind knitting flat anymore. The cowl is being knit on 35’s…Strange and uncomfortable, but doable. I was told it would take an hour to knit….not hardly, or maybe I’m just a slow knitter and enjoying this break I took to knit.