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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

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

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

On a mission

In community challenges, finished projects, knitting, portfolio on June 25, 2015 at 8:19 am

Since the start of ESK KAL, I have been as involved as I can be. With life happening, there has been very little knitting. I knit in the mainframe of my mind…planning and calculating. There’s loads of ideas! They say when you visualize something you want to do it will get done…so that’s what I’m doing. I’m saving that energy to jump start my knitting dreams, projects and goals. The in between time is frustrating…to not externally express my internal creativity.

I’ve mainly been making hats; specifically Sand Bank. One every couple months it seems like, but it’s something. It’s simple and relatively quick. I made this particular one from Dream in Color in Lipstick Lava. I used 2 balls, alternating a ball every row. I’ve never done that before, but I saw that there was minimal pooling and whatever else yarn does. It was gentle graduated blending of the colors. I had restart the cast on literally a million times…I counted. I swear! Lol I’m glad I was watching Marvels Daredevil…well, maybe that’s why I had trouble casting on! Even though it’s hot, I’ve managed to finish it for my Chunky Knits KAL achievement.

I’ve also managed to gain more badges and just requested 3 more, as well as submitted for 1 KAL. My badge patches are coming along and I couldn’t be prouder of myself!

So what’s my mission?
1. Try and get all the badges I set out to get.
2. Finish my knit t-shirt.
3. Make more knit time.

More to come.
#tkhknits

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!

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.

June…Show It Love

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on June 4, 2014 at 3:13 am

This is my birthday month! I’ll be 34 on the 12th and I’m definitely looking forward to it! It’s also almost a year since this blog was established! So thank you all for making it happen and allowing it to continue to bloom!

June 1 was the beginning of #DoubleTrelizKal(IG) and Tréliz group on Ravelry. I was invited to participate via Instagram. The selected projects are Francis and Lapis. I’m only doing one…Francis. The way I figured it, there was no time like the present. It is uniquely constructed sideways, with short-rows on the back and garter stitches in the front for texture.  I have read through most project notes and added those notes to my printed pattern.

Francis is unanimously a tricky one, so I thought it best to get this one out the way with the group. It’s been in my queue for a while too. I am afraid to start, but I will. It calls for Shibui Heichi. I’d prefer to go yarn shopping in my stash first, but if I cannot find something, I’ll buy Heichi in Hydrant, a beautifully bold persimmon color.  I initially intended to use Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in an ivory color, but decided on Patons Bamboo Silk in my stash in apricot color. A sample of Patons Bamboo Silk is being sent to me by a fellow Raveller (because I’m short a few yards) so I can do the gauge and decide whether or not to buy more.

Wish me luck and tell me what you think about these yarn choices.

T.KH

Follow your arrow KAL

In community challenges, knitting on January 25, 2014 at 2:10 pm

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Am I the only one who doesn’t know about it? Damn it!I should have found out BEFORE I declared a yarn diet! Lol

The only reason I found out is because I liked Fable Fibers picture on Instagram. Follow your arrow KAL is a mystery shawl hosted by Ysolda Teague; two different clues are posted a week and there’s a total of 32 shawl possibilities!

Can I admit to you that I have never made a shawl?! The shawls I saw look gawjas dawlins’!lol It’s still early in the game! Who’s going to do this and can I live vicariously through you? (smile)

Better late than never

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on January 21, 2014 at 8:47 pm

I’ve started the Tuesday KAL/CAL Tea Cozy finally… I’ve been delayed in finding an appropriate stash yarn for the project. I looked before this KAL and I swear I couldn’t find anything. Then, Stitches n’ Scraps, made a post this morning and I felt terrible I hadn’t yet started. So I searched again…this time, I dove head first and I came up with Red Heart Eco Way in a dark green color. I think it’s a bit dark for the cables to pop and a little heavier (it’s aran weight) but it will do.

Stitches 'n' Scraps - Tea Cozy Tuesday

Status: Complete

In community challenges, finished projects, knitting, stash busting on December 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm

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As you know, I participated in Fable Fibers November KAL and I had an ammmmmmmazing time doing it! It was just what I needed at this time in my life….pseudo mindless. I was very protective of my yarn and placed a lavender sachet inside to keep bugs at bay but also to keep me peacefully knitting as if I have no care in the world! It was wonderful having that lavender scent penetrate the yarn, my nostrils and the space I worked in. It was so relaxing that a couple times I fell asleep!

I chose to do the Barbara Cowl because I thought it would not only showcase my yarn, but it would be quick. It was a mistake rib pattern. “Surely in a week I’d be done,” that’s what I told myself. HA! It is absolutely true that ribbing is a painstaking process! and the fact that the yarn was DK weight did not help, but once I found the rhythm it was an amazing journey! There were times, I admit, I thought it would never end! The result though was beautiful!

November 2 through November 27, 2013 I worked endlessly and tirelessly, but it was a task I would accept again in a heartbeat. I hope you enjoy my cowl as much as I do!

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