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Knitting Season

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


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

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

Christmas knitting

In community challenges, knitting on November 13, 2014 at 5:35 pm

The time of year when your head bursts with anxiety because that plan you had to begin Christmas knitting in January was an epic fail … is now. Now, when it’s a month before Christmas and you have not one knitted gift as you so meticulously planned. Sarcasm. Fear not, there is hope here.  I found this on Facebook and shared on my page.  The emailed pdf came relatively quickly and I like it!  There are some helpful strategies in planning those pesky projects! Ha! I suggest starting in your stash!



One way to organize yarn

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on November 4, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Organizing one’s stash is one of the most challenging aspects of knitting.  There is no one way, right or wrong way to do it.  You have to find a method that works for you and there is a method for everyone.  Of all the methods I have come across, I like this one the best.  Instead of rummaging through bins of yarn, creating a paper catalog with yarn samples and the yarn band is  a no-brainer! And it’s easy to write other notations about the yarn, not outlined on the template.   I have already printed out about a dozen pages and all I need is the paper punch.

Courtesy of on Pinterest, click here.

I’m curious if any of you have thought of this method and if you have, what are your thoughts? I’m also wondering if anyone will do this besides me!


Cast on conundrum

In knitting, stash busting on June 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

On 6.13.14, my Admit became a reality. Casting on was challenging. I must have casted on like 7 times; not enough stitches/yarn, too long a tail, too short a tail… The saga continues with long tail.

Eventually I casted on, and round and round I went on 2 circulars (I don’t do nor like magic loop or any other way). Some how and some way, to my dismay, I mismatched my needles (you know, usually it’s ends of needle 1 to needle 1, and ends of needle 2 to needle 2). Next thing I know, a needle is in my lap! What?! So, in a panic, I took out the remaining needle, ripped back and cast on again. Sigh. I managed a few rounds and it was all good so I moved on.

Then on 6.15.14, I went to my favorite yarn shop and continued working on my animal print cowl with yarn I bought from Chelsea Yarns. Now, this is intense because it’s fair-isle. I have a rhythm now and I’m beginning to love the fingering yarn and the fabric it produces, then PLOP… A needle was in my lap. Man oh man! I nearly had a heart attack! I had NO INTENSION of ripping this back so a plan had to be devised and I’m glad it happened in a yarn shop. Hannie saved my life that day. Fair isle + Fingering weight yarn =There was just no way it would be ripped back. So in 2 minutes I was back on track and all was right with the world.

I discovered that my cowl has errors in the placement of color for the animal print. But the way I figured it, animal spots are perfectly imperfect and noone would take notice anyway. Seriously. Even I can’t tell, nor do I care.


Reengaged in the process

In designing, stash busting on April 6, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Many, many weeks have passed without working on my design. I tried though. However, this weekend I was able accomplish quite a lot. I got several rows of stripes done, jogless of course. I even tampered with Fibonacci for the stripes. I know! Very technical stuff! I’m writing the pattern as I knit and I suppose that this is what slows my process. It’s time consuming, but for me, its necessary to see what I’m doing and write down what I’ve done for accuracy. So far, I’m loving the piece.image I remember telling you all I had a June 1, 2014 deadline ; I was initially thinking of submitting to Knitty…maybe another time. This will go straight to Ravelry as a PDF.

Hettie revisited

In knitting, stash busting on January 1, 2014 at 7:08 pm

After part of my thumb was chopped off in October 2013 I felt some despair and my knitting came to a halt momentarily. I was working on my Fall project at the time of this incident.

The pain dissipated; my thumb healed and the knitting resumed. I knit the 2 sleeves together and I blocked all the pieces. And though the pieces had been blocked, I did not touch Hettie after that as I said I would here.

I think it just reminded me of the anguish I felt during the second week into the third of October. Many bad things happened consecutively… I thought I was ready in November, but maybe I lied to myself.

I’ve gotten over most of those events and on 12.31.13, I decided to resume my Fall project, Hettie. I rather quickly seamed the fronts to the back at the shoulder and side. It took about 2 hours to seam 1 sleeve…. I know, I know, but I’m meticulous like that.

So here’s my Hettie thus far, all in a days work…





Of course you know I tried it on and it’s a good fit!

The next steps? Well, I have a serious yarn shortage ( I only have 4 skeins and some left…approximately 440 yards) and you know ribbing eats yardage like nobody’s business… Soooo, I need to work quickly in doing the ribbing for the fronts first, then the skirt and of course seam the left sleeve so I can guesstimate how much more yarn to purchase.

Use it or Lose it

In knitting, stash busting on January 1, 2014 at 12:59 am

My 2014 resolution is just that simple. Use it or lose it!

What am I talking about?
I’m talking about stash! Never ending, ever growing, never shrinking … STASH!

Right now, I don’t care how it goes down, but it must!  What I don’t like or can’t bother with anymore, I will give away / donate to Ms. Pearl at Knitty City. The rest absolutely must be linked with a project on Ravelry.  This way, I can seamlessly move from project to project without thinking…No heeing and hawing and just going and going!

This is so ridiculous! Argh!

Here are my resolutions:

1. Use stash.
2. Complete queued projects
3. Get serious about designing.

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.


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.



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

Fall project

In knitting on September 7, 2013 at 12:33 am


In speaking with my cousin’s fiance,a non-yarny person, the light bulb clicked on and my fall sweater was identified… And it couldn’t be simpler; it’s Directional Rib from Knit and Crochet Now! show (on PBS, it’s back!).

As I spoke with her about yarn and different weights, my stash flashed across my eyes and … BOOM… Patons Soy Wool! It’s in my stash (in abundant quantities -1100yds). It’s aran weight and the gauge on 9’s are 17s x 21r. I actually forgot about this yarn! Take a look (just a note, this yarn is discontinued).

Clockwise from top left: 1100 yds, 770 yds, 300 yds, and 880 yds.

So, I thought to myself, I can use this! It’s a little heavier than required by the pattern, but I think I can use it.

However, when I checked the yardage I was really short…by a lot (660 yds). And I was also really disappointed. So, although I want this to be my project, it can’t be. If I could buy more yarn it probably could be, but that’s not an option. Unless I make the smallest size or a couple sizes down from the one I was planning on making? The gauge this sweater requires is 22s x 26r in 2×2 unstretched rib on a size 7.

My next choice is Tilted Duster but again, I was short in yardage, but not really a lot (118 yds). I figured for this I could just maybe shorten the skirt and maybe the sleeves or modifying one or the other? That way I wouldn’t have to purchase more yarn. The gauge on this is 17s x 21r on 10’s. What do think about this logic?

I also absolutely love Turkana that I’ll probably treat myself to for Christmas or thereabouts. I was thinking if I didn’t wait until then and use the Soy Wool, I could make it is the smallest size,no? The weight yarn required for Turkana is fingering…Alot of fingering (2450 yds). This piece is supposed to be drapey. Will my aran weight yarn take that away i.e. yardage needed? Will my yardage be enough?

I was even contemplating the Granny Hoodie, but because my yardage is so limited, I think it would be best suited to knitting with. It is in my queue though.

My final choice? I don’t know. I think the best place to start will be a gauge swatch. Or check Ravelry some more; my library, my queue and free patterns. I think if anything, I will go with The Tilted Duster. The gauge is already there and the modifications are (should be) simple enough.

Yes, I think that Tilted Duster is it.

Do you have any suggestions that wouldn’t require all this drama? Something with stripes?

NEVER posted before by me or any blogger (as far as I know)…I have braved posting my measurements so you see what I’m working with.
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