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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

If I Knit For You

In knitting on August 12, 2014 at 12:49 am

If I knit for you I must love you

On some level, I must.

Romantically or maybe not.

Depends.

But regardless, I.must.love.you

Love is more than a like 

 

Fundamentally

On some level of consciousness I must love you

I work too long and too hard 

Making…Hand-making

Hours upon hours for me not to love you

Knitting until my fingers bleed blood

Red assorted yarn and strings from my fingertips.

 

If I knit for you, it’s a privilege not a right

Let’s be clear

Any demands will be null and void and you get absolutely nothing.

If I knit for you and there is no exchange of that green goblin that runs the world, for what I got…

Then I must love you

If I’ve made you a scarf, a sock or even a hat, I must have loved you.

A sweater

More than likely I haven’t made you one

That’s me giving you my soul

It’s the greatest gift you could ever receive

Up there with my heart

But not easily achieved.

 

In every stitch is a song

A sound so tender and sweet. 

The melody dances to a tranquil place

These days, I knit for myself mainly

I love myself a lot

But I can love you too

There’s room

But, I must love your spirit

I need to see you. 

Deeper than your skin.

Beyond muscles and deeper than neurons

Signaling and transmitting between synapses.

 

I can knit for you

And if I do, it’s because I love you

I must.

 

Hira is Here

In designing, finished projects, knitting, portfolio on August 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

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I am pleased to announce the pattern release for  my original design,Hira.

It is now available on Ravelry and on Etsy.

I’m offering a 10% discount using the code: HIRA7 (on Ravelry and on Etsy).

The code is good from 8/9/14 – 8/16/14

When you make it, I’d love to see it, so please #tkhknits on Instagram!

Christmas isn’t over

In crochet, finished projects, knitting, stash busting on January 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

My dear, long time friend asked me to make this particular item since the summer past. I got caught up in fulfilling this request and that’s all I can say. So here we are in Christmas season and the request is made again. Gosh! The search was on and Ravelry had the solution.

I found one. The first attempt of the crocheted applique was a fail. I gotta say this again, I don’t think I have crochet in me anymore. I will have to relearn this skill… Time to break out the books and video footage I suppose. Anyway, I found an easier crochet applique and it came out decent. Onward to the knitted body which was easy as pie; couldn’t be any simpler than garter stitch.

Ending this was also a problem. My initial bind off was too tight. I couldn’t seam it together. So I pulled that out. Then I seamed it with crochet slipped stitches and sewed on the applique. I realized that it looked kinda big, so I pulled it back some and binded off again. The problem is that I ended up with an awful bulky seam. The public side had an obvious error from the seaming. I did a back stitch to try and correct it.

The good news here, in all this, is, that I got to use my Cast On, Bind off book and did the suspended bind off which was incredibly easy.

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So, what is it that I made? I know, with all this drama! A cup cozy!

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I gave it to her on New Years day and she loved it! Yeah!

Mindless knit complete

In finished projects, knitting on October 5, 2013 at 7:00 am

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I finished this sweater the end of last month. Finished as in buttons selected and sewed on; ribbons selected and sewn in and the sweater seamed and ends weaved in. The actual knitting was only a few days. My only issue was the bind off on the last sleeve. I have a solution for next time though. I bought a book on sale on various cast on’s and bind off’s. More on the book later!

Design feature

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Design features are created when mistakes happen and the designer refuses to pull it out and the mistake creates a visual interest in the piece (and they like it). Design elements are consistent and usually appear intentional.

My mindless knit is complete. The pattern for this baby kimono is flawless. Sadly, I was not. However, my quite obvious “mistake” is now what I call a design feature. I will not be pulling it out. Therefore, I shall be adding 3 buttons to this handsome fella… Right on the design feature.

I cannot say that I am displeased with it, because I did enjoy this creative process and allowed to me to ease tension.

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Next on the agenda? Seaming it up. Getting buttons and ribbon and putting it together.

A mindless knit

In knitting on September 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Usually when I am stressed or need to unplug I knit.  That’s what I do.  I need to knit but when I started knitting it wasn’t working. Too many errors…too much ripping back…Too much of everything!

I was trying to knit a fair-isle rectangle for my cousins blanket. I don’t know what made me think that when I’m stressed I should be making fair-isle stuff any ole how! Other than this fair-isle rectangle, it hadn’t occurred to me for past week or so I’ve been struggling with it, that perhaps I need not pursue this course any further.

So last night, into this morning I decided that I would knit Baby Kimono.  I usually stay away from patterns with M1’s and yfwd’s but I’m a little more seasoned and I got over myself.  I first learned of this sweater on Sara’s blog someone’s post I recently read (forgive me whoever this is and shout yourself out and I’ll link you).  I thought such a beautiful job was done on it and I knew I would definitely make it.

I’m using my stash for this….Paton’s Decor in Pale Periwinkle. I did not gauge. I’m making the largest size available. I figure it will fit some baby gauge or no gauge, so I’m good with that!

I could have casted on the blanket you all voted for (oatmeal won btw) but I don’t remember where I put the yarn and plus, that’s just too many stitches to count. I’d rather cast on 29 than 40+ stitches right now.

During lunch today, I had time enough only to cast on. After work and I got home, in 2 hours the left front was complete. For me that’s pretty quick! So I’m forging ahead with this! (Yes, those are Signature needles and I love them!)

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Third square… 2nd time around

In crochet, knitting on August 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

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As you know, I redid the 3rd square due to some sizing issues. I finished this on Saturday 8.24.13. And I couldn’t be happier with the results!

In hindsight, I’m actually glad that I had to redo the piece as I had an opportunity to learn this stitch pattern. It also taught me patience and to have more pride in my work.

This time around, the stitch pattern did not require so much focus and I was able to memorize it and even watch Bollywood movies!

This was a fantastic pattern and showed me how, just even small changes in how we knit can produce a beautiful pattern that looks complex but isn’t.

Great pattern! On to number 4… I may go back to basics with some knit and purl based stitch patterns.

Psychic prediction about package

In crochet, knitting on August 27, 2013 at 10:29 pm

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After a Facebook message from the donor of one the squares, Stitches n’ Scraps, this morning inquiring if the package was received…Here it is! It was received this evening. It’s like she was psychic or something! Lol

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This is an exquisite double knitted square. Meaning, both sides of the square have the same design, but the colors are inverted. It feels lovely indeed… Very cushy. I love the bright jewel tone of it! This takes some serious skill! I’m definitely not on this level of knitting! It’s amazing!

Thank you so much! I know that the card is for my cousin so I left it alone. I’ll give her all the cards with the blanket.

Never say never

In knitting on July 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm

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Remember this, I hate lace and the only thing I despise more than lace is making a blanket. So, with that said, I’m on Instagram (@theknitterlyhooker) today monitoring my page and I saw that someone liked one of my photos.  I decided to check out their profile and I saw this really professional looking blanket and hat set. It was photographed beautifully and nicely (read: professional looking) labeled.  She really took it to the next level. Seriously. 

This individual has a Ravelry page, so you know, I went to look at her projects, right?! I had to! I saw the blanket pattern and all it takes is 1 ball of Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted on some 9’s!! The pattern is simple, but so cute. There’s no way, you wouldn’t want to knit it! It’s called The Newborn Baby Blanket by Altadena Green. It’s more like a blankie I’m gathering, so it’s not such a daunting task. I like it.  It’s simple. It’s easy.  It’s quick. I’m making it. Period.

So I have a few aran weight yarns (as per Ravelry, Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted is considered aran weight). I need your help making a decision.  Please cast your vote below. Voting closes on August 31, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. I’ll begin this project on September 1, 2013.

Updated 7/23/13: I realized now that the polldaddy survey is nonfunctional on the WordPress app. If this has been your experience, please cast your vote in the comment box.

The options are:
1. Lionbrand Cottonease – cream colored
2. Loop-d-Loop Durham Birch – oatmeal colored
3. GGH Tara – striped baby pink, off-white and baby blue.