Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Two Projects for the Year and a Year End Wrap Up

The Mondo Cable Pullover has been done for a few weeks.  I kept meaning to take better pictures of it, but never got around to it.  I am so excited that it fits and turned out well.

This pair of socks had been on the needles for over two months.  I started the striping socks before these were finished but I kept having guilt about these so I hurried up and finished them last week.

These were my goals for this year,

Well, a new year has come upon us so I have made myself some goals.

These are the ten things I want to do this year.

1. Take better care of myself and exercise more.  I did better last year and I want to continue.  I managed to do this, I continued exercising and I feel better for it.

2. Further develop my relationship with God.  I did read my Bible everyday last year and I hope to do that again this year.  (I already read for today). I have stuck with this one pretty well.  

3. Use yarn from my stash.  I used some but could have done better

4. Knit more sweaters.  I am determined to finish the sweater I started in 2010.  I just have the two sleeves, part of the right front, button bands, and collar.  I finished one sweater see above.

5. Project monogamy.  I will try not to have too many projects going so I can finish things in a timely manner.
I did better with this.  I will never be a totally monogamous knitter though.

6. Read 75 books.  I read 52 last year after I started keeping track in June.  I love Goodreads for keeping track.
I read 94 books this year.
7. Blog more. I succeeded with this by two posts more than last year.

8. Spin at least 26 braids with a main goal of 39.  Not really sure how well I did in this category this year.  I know that I didn't spin as much as I did the year before.

9. Run a 5K without stopping to walk at all.  Epic FAIL!!!!!

10. Find joy in everyday.  Remember what is really important and not to worry about things that don't really matter or that I can't control.  Still ongoing, some days it can be difficult at times but there is joy everywhere I just have to choose to find it.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Quick Knit from Last Weekend

This is a Luxe Cowl out of Malabrigo Worsted in Vaa.  It took me a little over 24 hours to knit, thanks to sappy Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel and a snow storm.

I started these socks on Monday of last week.  The first one is completely finished and the second one is on the needles.  Self striping yarn is very addictive.  It makes me want to knit just one more color.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

They Were Done

I had few projects that I finished quite a while ago but never posted or finished updating them in Ravelry.

These Seamless Saloma slippers I knit for a lady I work with.  She had some yarn that she gave me and I told her I would knit her something with it. These were a quick and easy knit.  I am sure I will make more.

This is my Quaker Yarn Stretcher scarf/shawl.  I finished this back in September but never posted finished object photos.

This project is the one that has been done the longest.  I started it in January of 2012, finished it in January 2013, and I am finally posting pictures of it in December 2013.  I am a slug.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Finished Again

I finally finished the Neon Spring Socks after Gabby the Wonderdog decided to chew on the heel of one of them.  I pretty much reknit the whole second sock except for the ribbing on the top.  I admit that I was worried about if they were going to match or not so I kind of ignore them for a while because I just didn't want to deal with them.  I am such a goober.  They turned out fine.   I was even able to enter them in the Holiday Knitalong at the Desert Vista Dyeworks group on Ravelry.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ten On Tuesday....Thankful Edition

1.  I am thankful for a God who loves me and all that comes with it, His Holy Word, salvation, and my church family.

2. These four wonderful people that complete my immediate family.  I am so blessed with a husband who loves me and three amazing children that are growing so fast it makes me sad sometimes.

3. My job that fits into my schedule that lets me still be the mom that my children need.  Also the job my husband has that helps provide all our needs.

4. My home that keeps me sheltered from weather and my safe refuge when life gets tough.

5. Hugs.  There are nothing like hugs and snuggling.

6. Books.

7. The ability to go for a walk and enjoy the smell of someone doing their laundry as I pass by.  That smell always makes me happy.

8. Knitting and spinning.  The ability to make something with my hands.

9. Smiles.

10. Music.  I love to listen to music and it can be such a mood changer for me when I am stressed or angry.  Cranking up the iPod and rocking out is always a good way to remind me that most of the things we worry about are pretty petty and not of much consequence in the big scheme of things.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Spinning but Not Much Knitting

I didn't do a whole lot of knitting last week.  I really had intentions to finish up some languishing projects both knitting and spinning, but only the spinning ones actually got finished.  At least it was something.

412 yards of Superwash BFL from Wild Ivy.  I have plans to cast this on pretty soon.  I just have to finish those knitting projects.

370 yards of BFL/Silk from Woolgatherings, not sure what this is going to be yet.

Since the wheel was empty, I had to start a new spinning project.  This is Wild Ivy Superwash Merino.  I have trying for socks but will wait and see how it turns out.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ten On Tuesday Meets Mondo Cable Monday

This weeks Ten on Tuesday question was five sweater patterns that you love and five yarns you would want to knit them with.  I will admit that sweaters tend to scare me a little.  

So number one would have to be the Mondo Cable Pullover by Bonne Marie Burns of Chic Knits

This is my progress from two weeks ago.

Progress as of Sunday morning of this last weekend.  Look one of the sleeves are done.

Current progress.  I have finished the cable crosses and have started the second sleeve.

2. Twist by Bonne Marie Burn from Chic Knits, I am still working on this sweater but got frustrated when I knit the sleeves too long and had to rip it out.  After I finish the Mondo Cable I might try to finish it.

3. Peasy

Those are all Ravelry links.

Now the yarns I would like to knit them with.  

6.  The Mondo Cable Pulli is being knit with Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted

7.  Twist is being knit with Cascade 220

8.  Peasy I would like to use handspun in a bfl/silk or merino/silk blend

9. Birch Bark I think I would like to knit with handspun at some point as well

10.  I would like to knit the Tea Leaves Cardigan out of Malabrigo Rios

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Focus on Finishing

I have decided that this week will be focused on finishing up projects that I have been working on for too long.  I have taken pictures of all my projects that are included in this project and I plan on showing them off throughout the week.   Today, I am focusing on these two spinning projects that have taken too long.

This is Wild Ivy Superwash BFL.  I have a plan in the works for this yarn and I would like to get it to where I can use it.

I am about halfway through plying it. It will be a fingering to heavy laceweight 2 ply yarn when I am finished.

Yesterday, I finished spinning this bobbin of singles.  I plan to navajo ply it.  It is a 75/25 BFL silk blend from Woolgatherings.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ten On Tuesday

The question asked today was what are your 10 Favorite Side Dishes for the Thanksgiving.  To be honest I am not sure if I even have ten but here goes.

1.  Stuffing

2. Mashed Potatoes

3.  Sweet Potatoes with pecans and marshmallows

4. Creamed Corn, I attached a recipe so you know which one I am talking about.  Super yummy.

5. Rolls, preferably home made

6. Jello Salad, I like the one with jello, cottage cheese, whipped topping and pineapple

7. Veggie Tray,  usually consumed while waiting for dinner to get ready

8. Cranberry Sauce (I don't like it but we always have it).

9. Gravy

10.Olives and Pickles (another one I don't eat but we always have them).

Well, I guess I was able to squeak ten out after all.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Designer Crush on Susan Ashcroft

I think I might have a designer crush on Susan Ashcroft of Stitchnerds Designs.

She has managed to suck me in again.  I really tried to resist casting on but I have no willpower.  The pattern Little Waffles has been out for a while but I have just finally found the yarn that would be perfect for it.  I actually cast on in another yarn but decided it just wasn't right. I think this will be perfect and a little bit of a change from the massive amounts of stockinette in the Mondo Cable Pulli.

There are still other designs that I want to knit of hers.  Like this and this and this.  The this's could go on an on.  If you haven't knit one of her designs go cast one on.  They are great for handspun.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Mondo Cable Monday*

This is the where I was last week.

This is where I am this week.  I didn't get much done on it this week because I was trying to finish up some socks.  I did finish the pair from yesterday and I made progress on another pair that I will share later in the week.  I am hoping to finish this by Thanksgiving at the latest.  I would actually like to wear it to a program at the school this month.

*This is the same sweater, I swear.  The color is really hard to photograph.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

I Got New Socks and A New Mug

These are my new socks.  The Simple Textured Socks in the K-State Colorway.

I also got a new mug this week.  It is from Pier 1 and I have used it a few times already.   This was its inaugural cup of hot cocoa that I used it for the day after I got it.  I am blaming this purchase on this post.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

On My Wheel On Wednesday

In an effort to blog more and keep better track of my progress on my spinning and knitting I am trying to make up "days".  I had Mondo Cable Monday earlier this week and today I bring you On My Wheel Wednesday.  I am hoping this will help me spin more.  I have ignored my wheel lately for knitting and I miss it but I also love my knitting.  This is Woolgatherings BFL/Silk on my wheel today.

This is the remainder of the braid.  I am some where between a third and halfway done.  It is spinning pretty thin and I plan to navajo ply it when I am done.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ten On Tuesday

The question asked today was 10 Things You Like To Do On An Extra Day Off

1. Sleep in.

2. Hang out in my pajamas a little later than usual.

3. Read a book.

4. Watch a movie

5. Bake cookies

6. Make dinner earlier in the day

7. Go for a walk.

8. Watch TV

9. Spin

10. Knit!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mondo Cable Monday

In an effort to post more progress on my knitting I am going to call Mondays the Mondo Cable Monday until this sweater is finished.  I started it a week ago on Saturday evening.  I separated for the sleeves this morning before I left for work.  So far I am enjoying this knit.  I really have a LARGE fear of sweaters.  I hate all the work that goes into them and then you find out you knit the sleeve too long or that gauge lied.  We will see if this one turns out the way I hope or if it once again stomps on my sweater knitting mojo.

I even knit a gauge swatch which is one of my least favorite things, but it is worth it if it makes my sweater experience successful.  The color isn't really either one of these pictures it is somewhere in the middle.  Maybe next week I can get it right.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Looking a lot Like Socks

 I seem to be knitting a few pairs of socks at one time.  I rarely ever have more than one pair going at a time.  These are Simple Textured Socks out of the K-State colorway from Blackberry Ridge I think.

This is a sock of my own design that I am using Two Windows Dye Co. for.  They kind of remind me of a yellow watermelon for some reason.  I am not sure yellow watermelons exist though.  It is just my odd imagination at work I guess.

This is the pair of socks that I finished earlier this year but I am having to reknit one of them because Gabby, the wonder dog, decided she needed to eat the heel of one of them.  Luckily I have enough yarn but I am not sure if they will be matchy matchy or not.  This yarn is Desert Vista Dyeworks in Neon Spring.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Early Morning Knitting and Ten On Tuesday

I have been a horrible blogger lately.  I will try to change that.  School is back and it is going well. We are finally getting into the swing of things and it is making life a little less hectic.  I had a chance to do a little knitting this morning and really enjoyed the quiet. (Three kids, a husband, and a dog is not usually conducive to quiet around here.)

This is a pair of socks that I started knitting a couple of weeks ago.  I just finished the first one last night and got the second one cast on before bed.  This morning I was able to finish the cuff before I got the kids up for school.  I am using the Simply Textured Socks pattern.


I loved this idea so much that I just had to do it this week.  I haven't done it in a very long time

Ten Chores I Hate the Most

1.  Grocery Shopping

2.  Putting away the groceries

3.  Mowing the lawn

4.  Folding Laundry

5. Cleaning toilets

6. Cleaning out old clothes

7. Remaking the bed after washing the sheets.

8. Cleaning out the fridge.

9. Weeding the flower garden

10. Going through mail.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

August Turns to September

I always forget how fast August goes by.  I have a job that has summers off and usually by the first week of August we are preparing for the new year.  I succumbed to startitis last weekend and cast on a Quaker Stretcher Scarf/Shaw.  I am knitting with handspun Finn that I dyed with some Black Cherry Kool-Aid.

What little time I have had to knit last month went to this project.  This is a blanket for my new grandniece that was born last week.  Her grandmother sent me pictures today and she is growing so much already.  It was awesome to see my brother hold his granddaughter.  This is the Baby Chalice Blanket and I used Berroco Vintage yarn.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

The Spin of Things

I have a wonderful job with wonderful coworkers here in the town where we live.  I work in food service at in the district.  This week it is back to work for us. We had training on Tuesday, staff meeting and opening kitchens on Wednesday and today was just getting minor details accomplished before school starts next Tuesday.

The last two summers I thought I would have all this time to get lots of spinning accomplished.  SO NOT TRUE!!!  I really have good intentions but I just don't seem to produce the amount of yarn I want to produce each summer.  The above skein is the whole of what I did in July, just one skein of yarn.  I admit that it is beautiful but it just doesn't seem like much for a whole month.  It is FatCatKnits November Mythology in Arachne on a Panda Blend.

This was the last yarn that I completed in June.  It sat on my niddy noddy for most of July.  I just finally got around to washing it last week. It is Finn that I dyed with some Black Cherry Kool-Aid.

I did get a chance to spin the other day while the kids were swimming.  I just stayed at the top of the stairs and spun while they swam.  I am spinning Frabjous Fiber BFL in Spilled Ink.  It is such a pretty color and I would love to spin it in a silk blend one day.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Very Bright Socks

I finished my Neon Rainbow Socks.  I have decided that I tend to just knit boring k3p1 socks.  I think that I am okay with that.  They fit my feet well and they are easy to remember how to do them.   This yarn is from Desert Vista Dyeworks and her yarns are some of my favorites.

Here again is a k3p1 sock.  I am using Knit One Crochet 2 yarn.  I think this is the Tropicale color. I am using size 0 Hiya Hiya sharps and knitting magic loop.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Awesome Overload

Don't you just love projects that you think are AWESOME.  I think these two fit the bill for me.

This Baby Tea Leaves is being knit for my great niece.  I am using Urban Gypz handspun in Little Lainey.  I am a little worried that I am going to run out of yarn but I am still going.

These are my plain 3/1 rib socks that I just tend to keep knitting.  I seem to only like to knit plain socks anymore.  I am not super fond of lacy socks since I think it defeats the purpose of having socks if there are tons of holes in them.  This yarn is Desert Vista Dyeworks (which I love) in Neon Spring and I am using a 40 inch size 0 Hiya Hiya sharp to magic loop them.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Tour de Fleece aka Tour de FAIL

I had great plans for Tour de Fleece to spin all of this.  I am not doing so well.

As of this morning this is all I had spun so far.  I have since finished this bobbin and started the other braid that was with it.  It is the middle braid in the first picture.  At this rate I might get two braids done is all.