Saturday, September 22, 2018

I Have Finished Knitting Something!!!!!

Can you believe it took over a year to make a single pair of socks?
 The stripes aren't even close to matching, but when it takes the span of a year, it's probably a miracle that they are even a bit similar. 

So, to update the fall stashdash:

Love at First Sight - pick a yarn in your stash that was truly an impulse buy--a yarn you just fell in love with. Find a pattern that will do it justice.  I'm going to count the travel scarf for this--I think one could argue that pretty much ALL of my lace yarn was purchased on impulse, so

Soul Mates - make a pair of socks, slippers, booties, or stockings from stash yarn--the deeper the better   Done!

Glass Slipper - Match a pattern you already have with a yarn you already have and put them into a project bag to surprise yourself with in 2019

’Til Death Us Do Part - complete TEN rows on a WIP that is at least one year old, or your oldest if they’re all more recent DONE - socks

“Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Complete TWENTY rows on a second WIP

“You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” - Complete SEVEN rows on a third WIP

“Killing Me Softly” - complete SIX rows on your most frustrating WIP or project
Kauni cardigan

“Hit the Road, Jack” (or “Hit the Toad, if you prefer) - review your WIPs and frog any that you don’t love  Ripping back the Kauni cardigan far enough to fix it

“We’ve Only Just Begun” - update or embellish something you already have: crochet cuffs on a pair of jeans? Ribbon embroidery? A new hat or scarf to match an old coat? Create a look you love.

Do You Believe in Magic?” - finish ONE WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)  SOCKS

“Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” - make one gift

“At Last” - finish a SECOND WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Dreams Can Come True - finish a THIRD WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“We Belong Together” - work 40 rows on any project made with stash yarn long-languishing sock

“Embraceable You” - sort through ONE yarn bin, drawer, or bag to remember what great yarn you already have
  Kind of all I do in the sewing room right now, to be honest.

Optional Bonus Categories:
“Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” - wrap up a second project bag for yourself and wrap it up for your 2019 birthday

“Let’s Stay Together” - work an additional 30 rows on any project Sock

“My Funny Valentine” - work an additional 25 rows on your favorite WIP or project  
Done - socks

“My Ideal” - repeat any of the challenges THREE times, one for each month of the challenge

“Crazy” - repeat ALL of the “row count” challenges THREE times

 Now I'm torn--I have fabulous new yarn to play with, but I also have other categories that could be checked off for the stashdown if I work on existing WIPs.  Either way, I get a sweater, so that's a big win/win, but is it wrong to be hoping that there's a serious cold that strikes my workplace this fall so I can spend a few days just knitting...........?


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Portland!

Last week we took a quick trip to Portland to celebrate my birthday.  We've traveled a lot for Andy's birthdays but never mine, so it made for a nice change.  Work has been busy for both of us so it had to be only a few days, but even that made a nice change.

As a crafter, you know you've picked the right city when you find this in the airport:
It's made from rolls and folds of felt.  There were several, but this was my favorite.  Not only do I find it lovely and clever, I admire anyone who can handle a glue gun without permanently removing his fingerprints.  The artist's name is Xander Griffith.  Clever, isn't it?

Knowing we were going to Portland, a good friend sent me a gift card for a Portland yarn shop, so after a 3-year streak,
 I have new yarn.  I'm showing great restraint though and working on
my existing second sock to finish it before casting on. There's also this now,
which was my travel knitting project.  I'm going to count it as my "Love at First Sight."  Technically, almost all my yarn could be considered "impulse buys," but I think lace yarns should get special credit as they are my weakness.  I'm actually proud that I bought yarn for a sweater rather than lace or sock yarn--those would have been tempting as "souvenir yarn," but I already have SOOOOOOO much. 

Must knit faster......................

Monday, September 10, 2018

Fall Progress

Getting my knitting and phone or camera in the same place seems to not be happening right now, but I have turned the heel on the second sock and might even get it finished for this dash.  My progress so far:

Love at First Sight - pick a yarn in your stash that was truly an impulse buy--a yarn you just fell in love with. Find a pattern that will do it justice.

Soul Mates - make a pair of socks, slippers, booties, or stockings from stash yarn--the deeper the better

Glass Slipper - Match a pattern you already have with a yarn you already have and put them into a project bag to surprise yourself with in 2019

’Til Death Us Do Part - complete TEN rows on a WIP that is at least one year old, or your oldest if they’re all more recent

“Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Complete TWENTY rows on a second WIP

“You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” - Complete SEVEN rows on a third WIP

“Killing Me Softly” - complete SIX rows on your most frustrating WIP or project
Kauni cardigan

“Hit the Road, Jack” (or “Hit the Toad, if you prefer) - review your WIPs and frog any that you don’t love  Ripping back the Kauni cardigan far enough to fix it

“We’ve Only Just Begun” - update or embellish something you already have: crochet cuffs on a pair of jeans? Ribbon embroidery? A new hat or scarf to match an old coat? Create a look you love.

“Do You Believe in Magic?” - finish ONE WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” - make one gift

“At Last” - finish a SECOND WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Dreams Can Come True - finish a THIRD WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“We Belong Together” - work 40 rows on any project made with stash yarn long-languishing sock

“Embraceable You” - sort through ONE yarn bin, drawer, or bag to remember what great yarn you already have
  Kind of all I do in the sewing room right now, to be honest.

Optional Bonus Categories:
“Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” - wrap up a second project bag for yourself and wrap it up for your 2019 birthday

“Let’s Stay Together” - work an additional 30 rows on any project Sock

“My Funny Valentine” - work an additional 25 rows on your favorite WIP or project

“My Ideal” - repeat any of the challenges THREE times, one for each month of the challenge

“Crazy” - repeat ALL of the “row count” challenges THREE times

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Progress!

Meet Finished Project 33:
and because 60-degree ruler projects tend to need enough triangles for a second project,
project 34 could be done this weekend.  50 projects is still within striking distance!  Especially with a three-day weekend coming up......

The Fall Stashdash has been really motivating--or at least for some of us,
so I've probably done more knitting in the last month than I have in the last year.  I've gone back to keeping knitting in the car.  For Boise, I have a long commute involving a lot of stoplights, and it's surprising how much knitting one can do at a stoplight.  Bonus points for totally freaking out other drivers--I think they think I knit while driving.  I have seen people doing all kinds of crazy stuff while driving (reading a book on the freeway, texting, applying makeup), but so far no handicrafts, though I honestly wouldn't say it doesn't happen.  But I've been in outside sales for a long time and have learned to drive, not like the other drivers can't see me, but like the other drivers CAN see me and want to kill me.  Idaho has made a few lists for the rudest drivers in the US, and I think that's very possible.  We're certainly in the top 10.

Checking in on my fall stashdown progress:


Love at First Sight - pick a yarn in your stash that was truly an impulse buy--a yarn you just fell in love with. Find a pattern that will do it justice.

Soul Mates - make a pair of socks, slippers, booties, or stockings from stash yarn--the deeper the better

Glass Slipper - Match a pattern you already have with a yarn you already have and put them into a project bag to surprise yourself with in 2019

’Til Death Us Do Part - complete TEN rows on a WIP that is at least one year old, or your oldest if they’re all more recent

“Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Complete TWENTY rows on a second WIP

“You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” - Complete SEVEN rows on a third WIP

“Killing Me Softly” - complete SIX rows on your most frustrating WIP or project
Kauni cardigan

“Hit the Road, Jack” (or “Hit the Toad, if you prefer) - review your WIPs and frog any that you don’t love  Ripping back the Kauni cardigan far enough to fix it

“We’ve Only Just Begun” - update or embellish something you already have: crochet cuffs on a pair of jeans? Ribbon embroidery? A new hat or scarf to match an old coat? Create a look you love.

“Do You Believe in Magic?” - finish ONE WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” - make one gift

“At Last” - finish a SECOND WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Dreams Can Come True - finish a THIRD WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“We Belong Together” - work 40 rows on any project made with stash yarn

“Embraceable You” - sort through ONE yarn bin, drawer, or bag to remember what great yarn you already have
  I had to complete this one to find this:


Optional Bonus Categories:
“Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” - wrap up a second project bag for yourself and wrap it up for your 2019 birthday

“Let’s Stay Together” - work an additional 30 rows on any project

“My Funny Valentine” - work an additional 25 rows on your favorite WIP or project

“My Ideal” - repeat any of the challenges THREE times, one for each month of the challenge

“Crazy” - repeat ALL of the “row count” challenges THREE times

 And I'm working on a sock to give me the 40-row category and hopefully, "soul mates."  Some of us aren't impressed,
but he's more of a quilter anyway--they're easier to lay on.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

It Takes A Year

In case you're feeling daring enough to pack up all your possessions and move to a new location, let me warn you that it takes about a year to achieve any sense of normality.  That doesn't mean you'll have figured out where you stashed things when you unpacked, or know how everything works, or anything of that kind--that will still be happening.  But to go back to any sort of activity that you would have done before the house prep/sale/move saga rather than something dominated by the ordeal. 

This morning I visited blogs while eating breakfast.  I haven't regularly done that in a year and a half.  I've barely done any knitting all year, but last night I sat down with the Kauni cardigan and got 5 more rows in.  I cooked TWICE yesterday--the new house has the kitchen of my dreams, but we just haven't been "settled" enough to get back into the swing of cooking rather than "scrounging."  It's August and stupid-hot, so gardening is at a minimum, which is a nice break--especially considering there will be a crazy number of tulip bulbs arriving sometime soon.  I'm still not crazy about my job, but with the horrible "training" finally being at an end, I've stopped spending my evenings and weekends looking for jobs, so I finally feel like I'm coming up for air just a little.  And yarn!  The fall stashdash has really motivated me again, and I was excited to run across this yesterday:
 
The Alice Starmore sweater!  To be fair, it is probably the only WIP I could have found that is even slower than the Kauni cardigan, but as it's on size 2 needles, it's a great one to do for row-count challenges as it's still years away from being finished.  And I think I even know where the extra yarn for it is, which gives it an edge on Kauni--which is what I was looking for in the first place when I found the Alice Starmore sweater.  You know, as long as I find SOMETHING useful, it doesn't matter what I was actually looking for, right?

Friday, August 17, 2018

Fall Back In Love Stashdash

110--that's how hot it got last Friday.  110 degrees, in Idaho. Blech!  In spite of enjoying the flowers,
I think I'm ready to break up with summer.  To be fair, hiding inside with the air-conditioning did give me time to finish two more table runners,
but still.....

So, I'm ready for fall, and as a special request, I brought back a challenge I'd created several years ago on Ravelry - Fall Back Into Love Stashdash.

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From August 15 until November 30, it’s time to fall back in love with the things you already have. New yarn cannot compete with a long-term love.

Complete as many of the following as you choose. As always, please feel free to involve other hobbies or crafts as well:

Love at First Sight - pick a yarn in your stash that was truly an impulse buy--a yarn you just fell in love with. Find a pattern that will do it justice.

Soul Mates - make a pair of socks, slippers, booties, or stockings from stash yarn--the deeper the better

Glass Slipper - Match a pattern you already have with a yarn you already have and put them into a project bag to surprise yourself with in 2019

’Til Death Us Do Part - complete TEN rows on a WIP that is at least one year old, or your oldest if they’re all more recent

“Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Complete TWENTY rows on a second WIP

“You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” - Complete SEVEN rows on a third WIP

“Killing Me Softly” - complete SIX rows on your most frustrating WIP or project

“Hit the Road, Jack” (or “Hit the Toad, if you prefer) - review your WIPs and frog any that you don’t love

“We’ve Only Just Begun” - update or embellish something you already have: crochet cuffs on a pair of jeans? Ribbon embroidery? A new hat or scarf to match an old coat? Create a look you love.

“Do You Believe in Magic?” - finish ONE WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” - make one gift

“At Last” - finish a SECOND WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“Dreams Can Come True - finish a THIRD WIP (or project if you have no WIPs)

“We Belong Together” - work 40 rows on any project made with stash yarn

“Embraceable You” - sort through ONE yarn bin, drawer, or bag to remember what great yarn you already have

Optional Bonus Categories:
“Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” - wrap up a second project bag for yourself and wrap it up for your 2019 birthday

“Let’s Stay Together” - work an additional 30 rows on any project

“My Funny Valentine” - work an additional 25 rows on your favorite WIP or project

“My Ideal” - repeat any of the challenges THREE times, one for each month of the challenge

“Crazy” - repeat ALL of the “row count” challenges THREE times


 Of course, for me this challenge has an additional step:  FIND my knitting WIPs!  Currently, I'm making do with a sock, which does count as being at least a year old as it's mate was my don't-dirty-the-house project during the house-selling saga: 
But there are some really cool sweaters on my Ravelry projects page, and if I finish one of them, I can wear it to work!  Honestly, I'll even clean the sewing room for a chance at new clothing.  :)

Sunday, August 5, 2018

I KNIT SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good heavens--

I finished the scarf!!!!!!!!!

Which brings me to a grand total of TWO finished projects for the year.  On a knitting blog.  WHEW!  Watch my speed.............

Obviously, I'm doing more sewing than knitting lately.  I'm having a lot of fun making clothes,
as you might have noticed.  I think I now have 6 of these jackets, but I'm pretty sure that no one wastes time thinking about my clothing except me, so I can wear whatever I want.  Besides, a crazy amount of clothing is better than a crazy amount of stashed fabric FOR clothing, right?  

Next up are shirts for Andy and I out of a floral cotton shirting,
 though mine is slow-going because it's a new pattern with lots of pieces and instructions that don't always make sense to me. But I'm hoping I'm making progress.  Either that or I don't yet know what I've done wrong--one of the two.

The extreme heat has wilted much of our plant live, but my zinnias have finally really hit their peak,
and it seems I have raised some mutants.  At first I just thought the seedheads on some were very unusual afer they shed their petals, but these aren't spent zinnias--
 
 

they're actual flowers.  I've never seen any zinnias like these, and as these were all planted from seeds I harvested from both the zinnias in the bed when we bought the house last year and my striped zinnias at the old house, they have to be some sort of cross between those two.  The new zinnias are kind of fun, and I'll definitely be keeping all the seeds from these to see what happens next year.  Hey look!  A hobby that's even slower than knitting! :)