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Blocking- a little sweater | Yarn Harlot

In designing, knitting on March 31, 2014 at 9:21 am

Dope tutorial on blocking here. Thank you Yarn Harlot via Ysolda’s blog.

Christmas Crunch

In knitting on December 24, 2013 at 10:33 pm


It’s Christmas Eve and I haven’t finished making a cowl to be gifted. I did make one, but it’s mine. A girl has to treat herself right? So as of right now, because I chose to keep the first cowl, I’m under my own pressure time frame to get this one done asap. It’s just been a bit busy at work. Since I’m using Cascade Magnum again, I think all I need is a few hours and it can be around the recipients neck my nightfall.

I’ve been knitting with my lap cat enjoying a couple programmed shows and that has kept me focused (well, obviously not that much since I’m writing this lol)… So maybe not focused, but at peace.

My undisclosed circumstance, though unfortunate, has encouraged me to consider myself first and take time to reflect… Very few gifts have been purchased, so I am freed to consider life, integrity, honor and humility. I realize that the older we get, the less this season is about gifts and more about the quality of people we spend our waking moments with. Consider the most consistent to be precious gifts and treasure them.

Our lives doesn’t have to be perfect to enjoy the company of excellent people, right?

Be well!

Fall project update

In knitting on November 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm

My drama with Tilted Duster.

There is not enough yarn so I have to construct this differently. Backs and fronts complete and will be seamed. Sleeves are done (of course 2 at a time and one size up than the body). The next course of business is the collar and finally the skirt…in that order.

You all know I hurt my thumb, so I wasn’t able to pin and block it for sometime. Now, my thumb is much better and is actually growing back. I’m shooting for the weekend to block it so I can move forward.


There has been about a months hiatus, but I’m ready to get back on the horse.

There goes my plan

In crochet, knitting on October 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm


I have 2 weeks vacation and my plans of blissful knitting has disintegrated. All because I decided I needed to eat homemade fries. My mandolin sliced off the top of my right thumb. What’s the problem here? I’m right handed! So that’s a wrap for now. I may be able to crochet but I’m not sure. I may just find myself reading. My hands will be anxious and idle. I don’t like that feeling. Two weeks off for naught.

Can someone knit my projects for me please?

Update: If you like gorey pictures. The picture of my thumb is posted on my Instagram page. I thought I’d spare you that on here.

Photo Challenge Day 11 & 12

In community challenges, knitting on October 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm



These are the cardboard insides of tape, for which I have a fabulous upcycle idea in mind. Hopefully during my time off my vision can be executed. It’s rather simple, but I think it would be worth the effort.

Day 12: A is for… ALPACA


There us a fabulous story behind these hanks of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk. Well, it’s very simple really, I went to my first yarn exchange and I got this exquisite yarn. It was one of the first “fancy” yarns I owned. I haven’t yet found a project for it. I was contemplating a shawl, but that involves lace so I’m not sure about that.

Toot, toot to me

In finished projects, knitting on October 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

This morning, I woke up to a lovely surprise in my Ravely inbox (I love Rav mail!). There is was, bright and bold…to me it was blinking “hello there”!…It was a request to have my mindless knit project photo featured on the designer’s page! You don’t even know how I just squealed with excitement in my bed! This NEVER happens to me! But today it did! I am so honored! Thank you! I had, and continue to have, the biggest cheese smile on my face! Hurray!!!!!!

This is ALL the inventive I need to take good pictures! Toot toot!

You can check out my project here.


Getting Purly with Nancy Ricci

In events, knitting on October 9, 2013 at 12:00 am


On Monday 9/30, I had the honor and pleasure of supporting my friend and designer Nancy Ricci at La Casita. She has inspired me with her designs with simple shapes and techniques, yet creating stunning, functional, stylish yet practical pieces. She designs for Jade Sapphire and after the show I was able to touch products with that fine cashmere….I was in heaven! I digress, she’s featured in almost all the knitting magazines out in the ads for Jade Sapphire.


The crowd was amazing! The owners of Knitting Nation and Knitty City’s Ms. Pearl and staff as well as patrons of both shops came out to support her. One person from Knitty City crochet’s beautiful jewelry and even has a class! It was a really creative crowd and I felt inspired by being in that environment. There were goodie bags which included chocolates, a handwritten note and 5 patterns: Vintage headband, Obsession (4 variations of a scarf/cowl), Eleanora Top, Tristan’s Scarf and Papa Jon’s Cowl.

Nancy is a wonderfully warm person and I’d love for you to check her out on Ravelry: gettingpurly.

I’m not sure which pattern to do first! When I choose I will tell you!

Instagram KAL with Fable Fibers

In community challenges, knitting on October 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm


Ahoy there folks! Not only am I a tester for Dapper Man but I’m joining Fable Fibers Instagram KAL. Lelah has decided on accessories. Come join the fun here.

Photo Challenge Day 7

In community challenges, knitting on October 6, 2013 at 11:02 pm

BROWN: I bought this Alpaca DK and made 2 hats from it; kinda self striping when knit on 5’s.


Something really weird

In knitting on October 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

The funniest thing to me is that I only get second sock syndrome but I don’t have any issues doing sleeves or mittens or whatever else individually.  Only socks…only socks.  I don’t know why! Is it just me? Weird. Oh! Wait! I lied. I also hate making any, well, most projects, twice. I guess I get bored quickly! Next! I don’t do “practice” projects… Once and that’s it. Yarn is too expensive to “practice.”