Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Fall Feels

 Fall has arrived!  My absolute favorite season...I love the smell of smoky firepits, the sound of leaves crunching under my feet, apples, hot cider, cozy weekend mornings curled up on the couch with a hot mug of tea in my hand, and of course a knitting or crochet project close by.

Current projects on the needles (and hooks) include:

-A second Hibernation blanket (for me).  I crocheted one for my dad for Christmas a couple of months ago, using Bernat Blanket, and it turned out so nice and warm that I decided to make one for myself.  Also the first crochet project where I got the hang of how to hold the hook.  This yarn is so soft and squishy--I'm making my blanket in Bernat Blanket Sparkle, with green/purple/white stripes.

-Still working away on my Colmena Shawl for the Eat.Sleep.Knit Yarnathon 2021.  I'm on the garter stitch/cable section and am over halfway through the shawl, so I'm hoping I finish before the end of the year, otherwise it will be a Long Haul for the 2022 yarnathon.  

-The second sock in a pair of Hermione's Everyday Socks (also a Yarnathon project).  The pattern is so easy to memorize and the socks work up really quick!  I'm using Cat Sandwich Fibers Trustie Sock in Polly Pocket and it is making some really fun socks!

-Still working on my Hug Shot Shawl (Wonderland Yarns kit from Eat.Sleep.Knit).  It is such a fun pattern and after I'm done with this, I have a bunch of Casapinka patterns that I want to make!  

I've also got some Christmas gifts that I'm making--a couple of pairs of tube socks for my dad, and a couple of facecloths for my son.  

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Springtime in KnitLand

 It's finally spring!  After some surprise Mother's Day snow and rain, the weather has recovered to way more reasonable temperatures with tons of sunshine.  Summer is on the way!

This was going to be the year of Socks, but it is turning out to be the Year of the Shawl.  I got a Hug Shot Shawl kit from Eat.Sleep.Knit for my birthday, and started it in February.  Pattern by the wonderful Casapinka   It has been a labor of love for sure (my first time doing ANY sort of colorwork), but I am loving every single stitch.  The yarn I am using (Wonderland Yarns Queen of Hearts) is a squishy MCN blend, and it adds a little luxury too.  

Besides the Hug Shot, I've been working on my ESK Q2 CAL socks.  Goal is 3 pairs, but I have a sock and a half so far.  I love my spring and summertime knitting, but production seems to slow down when the weather is so gorgeous.  First sock pair is Tsunami (pattern by Judy Sumner).  Yarn--Dream in Color Smooshy in (blast from the past) colorway Federal Bank.  The Smooshy base is also a blast from the past, as it is the OLD Smooshy base of 100% merino wool in a more-than-generous 450 yards.  I've got a little stash of the old base stored away and I treasure it.  The new base (a wool/nylon blend) seems like it has less bounce and feels more slippery.  

Other projects I have planned once more needles are free include:  Botanique (by Casapinka)--using my SweetGeorgia Prismatic mini mini skein set, Quindici Shawl (by Casapinka), and a whole ton of other crafting awesomeness.  I am SO looking forward to travelling again soon.  

Happy Saturday!!

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Still Here

 It's December in 2020....the "un-year."  It has seemed, at times, like it would go on forever with no end in sight.  Months of seeing loved ones over the internet or over the phone, months of feeling fear, stress, and a host of other emotions.....the list goes on and on.  Every single day, it seems like we are inundated with more and more.  The fact that this was an extremely contentious election year just adds to the 2020-ness of it all.  2021 cannot get here soon enough.  It feels like 2021 (and vaccines) will be the first early light of dawn, at the end of a very dark night.  I have so much hope that 2021 will be a much better year.

Life has changed so much for everyone over the past year, and many, if not all, people have had to go very far outside of their comfort zones, changing the way that they have lived seemingly overnight.  

What does 2021 have in store?  I'm hoping for change.  I'm hoping for the light to shine at the end of this very long night that has been 2020.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

New (Hopefully Temporary) Normal

Well, it is Day # ? of the new normal, our socially-distanced lifestyle.  This is something I never thought I would ever experience---having the governor/federal government tell us that we should not leave our homes (unless for an emergency or supplies).  It is something that I am definitely not getting used to.  I long for the day when I can go back to work and see my coworkers again in-person (and not over Zoom). 

Working from home, for me at least, is something that I thought I would enjoy more than I actually do.  I can't wait for things to get back to normal or mostly normal.  I feel for everyone who has been affected by this horrible virus and pray that it ends soon.

How I've been filling my non-working hours and weekends: 

  • Reading ALL THE BOOKS--even some that I have already read and loved many times.
  • Putting puzzles together
  • Watching some TV (re-watching the early seasons of Grey's Anatomy currently)
  • Taking walks and exploring some out-of-the-way parks on the weekends
Projects I'm currently working on include:

  • Zigzagular Socks (Madelinetosh Twist Light in ESK exclusive Wonka Wash)
  • Continuing to work on my Cremoso Shawl (Dream in Color Smooshy in ESK exclusive Japan)
  • Cable Sampler Scarf (Cascade 220 Superwash in Doeskin Heather)
  • Gracie Blanket (I Love This Yarn--magenta)
  • Cadence Socks (Cornbread & Honey Light Sock in Gloomy Sky Gradient)
Right before the social distancing began, I took a learn-to-crochet class at Around the Table Yarns in Shaker Heights, Ohio.  I came away with knowing how to single crochet and am now working on a facecloth.  I have the ultimate goal of making an afghan and am so excited to learn more stitches.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday, April 6, 2018

New Year, New Knitting

Brief knitterly updates on the latest projects I've completed (and that are still in progress):

Yarn used:  Wonderland Yarns Cheshire Cat in "Brillig"---a brilliant blue

Such a wonderful shawl to knit and one I will definitely be making again.  This particular shawl was a gift for my grandmother, and is currently making its way through Europe.

  • A pair of Barley hats
Yarn used:  Mrs Crosby Steamer Trunk in the ESK exclusive "A Sweet Race" & "Harper"
***"A Sweet Race" is the 2017 ESK yarnathon colorway which is given out when you reach the 10K level in the yarnathon.  The 2018 yarn for the 10K club is different and just as beautiful!  More on the yarnathon later...

I made two Barley hats--one adult, one child sized.  Super fun and easy to knit--thanks TinCanKnits for such a great pattern!  Picture below is of one of the hats--they are identical.

Yarn used:  Squoosh Fiber Arts MCN yarn in the ESK exclusive color "Cherry Cola"--also a 2017 yarnathon color.

I can't say enough about this is squishy, soft and so luxurious.  This hat was a dream to knit and is a dream to wear!

Yarn used:  Madelinetosh Twist Light in Seaglass

I am knitting these for 2 KALs:  VeryBusyMonkey KAL on Ravelry and the 2018 EatSleepKnit yarnathon Q2 KAL--Summer of Socks.  The Eternal Spring pattern is from the summer 2016 edition of Knitty.

I am planning on knitting 3 pairs of socks for the ESK Q2 KAL and since socks are my favorite knitting projects, I am very excited about this challenge.

Pics to come!

Eat.Sleep.Knit 2018 Yarnathon

I love yarn and I have quite a bit of it.  I also am very active on Ravelry and have a plentiful queue.  It is easy to get stuck in a knitting rut and knit things that are in my "comfort zone."  The EatSleepKnit yarnathon is a great way for me to flex my knitting muscles and try new projects that challenge me.  I also love the sense of community and the team spirit.  The team yarnathon is awesome, but the booster club is great too--it is nice to challenge myself in my knitting (and there are badges for spinning & crocheting as well).

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Crazy-Colorful, Don't-Know-What-You-Are-Going-To-Do-With-It Skein..and giveaway

Has this ever happened to you?  You are in an LYS (either your favorite one or a totally new-to-you shop) and you are ready to leave (with your yarn-y purchases), when you see IT.  The One.

The skein you never knew you needed, in colors that you never knew looked so good together.  It could be piled on top of other yarn like it, or it could be sitting all by itself.

What will you make with it? You are probably unsure---it could be socks, shawl, accessory set....the list could go on forever.

You sneak a peek at your watch/cell phone/iPhone but then you look back, and think:  I could make something AWESOME with this.

And then you pick it up and say "Wait...I forgot something..."

If you would like the chance to win this Crazy-Colorful, Don't-Know-What-You-Are-Going-To-Do-With-It skein of Frabjous Fibers Cheshire Cat Yarn in the color "Exactually," please do ONE of the following:

  • Comment on this blog post
  • Comment on the thread for this post in the Giveaways/Contests group on Ravelry

I will pick a (randomly generated) winner on Monday, July 17th at 9:00 PM EST.

Please put your Ravelry user name in the comment so that it makes it easier to contact you if you are the winner.

Friday, June 23, 2017

First post of Summer 2017 (and coincidentally, the first post of 2017)

It has been a while since I've done a blog post, but now that life has (slightly) slowed down due to my son being on summer vacation and track being over for the year, it's a great time to get back to blogging, which I really enjoy.  In the age of Instagram, Snapchat and other social networks, it is so easy to get so caught up in those that one forgets that blogs still serve many purposes and are great for self-expression & sharing a passion, like crafting.

I have a *huge* Ravelry queue and it can be so daunting (for me) to organize it and pick projects that I'd like to work on (because invariably I would enter my queue looking for 1 project and then I would close out of my queue with 7 that I wanted to start all at once!).  I do KALs on Ravelry in various groups that I am a member of and that helps out so much, because it provides me with the motivation/community that I need and want when it comes to my knitting.  Often, I will start a KAL and not finish in time, but for me, the sharing of my crafting with others is the best part.  I've also joined the 2017 Yarnathon at Eat.Sleep.Knit, a yarn shop with a large online presence, and that has been really fun to try to complete the Booster Badges, since it also forces me to use my stash with the different projects.  There is also a team aspect, which is also really great.

Projects planned for the near future:

  • A cute sweater/coat for my niece's 1st birthday.  Pattern:  Baby + Toddler Tiered Coat and Jacket, by Lisa Chemery .  Link takes you to her Ravelry designs page, and just a warning:  she has some seriously cute baby + kid designs.  I see more cute baby knits patterns from her in my knitting future.  Yarn:  undecided, but color will be purple.
  • Shawl using the skein of Helen's Lace in the Cattails colorway that I got from Eat.Sleep.Knit a month ago.  I have never used this yarn, but it seems perfect for a shawl.  Pattern TBA
  • I am also in the process of designing my own sock!  It will have a bumblebee motif (in honor of my ESK team, the Gumblebees).  So excited to finally do this--will be using Cascade Heritage 150 sock yarn, in a yellow (naturally) color.

Projects currently OTN:

  • Clue Socks (pattern by VeryBusyMonkey) for the VeryBusyMonkey Ravelry group KAL.  These are not going to be finished by the end of June, but they are so fun to make.  I am using Whimzy Sokkusu O, in the color Leafling, which is a pretty green.
  • Lake Erie Island Shawl (pattern is the Fuss-Free Festival Shawl, by Louise Tilbrook). I am really enjoying this shawl.  It will be perfect for my upcoming summer vacation in July, when we go to the islands for 10 days. Yarn:  Western Sky Knits Aspen Sock, in the colorway Lake Country.
  • Nemesis Socks (pattern by Susan Dittrich--Knitty Deep Fall 2010 issue).  This is a really fun and easy knit.  Sock #1 is complete, and sock #2 is getting there.  Yarn:  Dream in Color Smooshy in the colorway Go Go Grassy.  Pic below:

  • Sprouting Socks (pattern by Beata Jezek of Hedgehog Fibres). I am done with sock #1 and will be casting on for sock #2 soon--this is an awesome sock if you love cables, which I do!  It is also the 2nd sock I have made using Magic Loop, which I have definitely developed over the last few months.  Yarn:  Knitpicks Stroll Brights.  Pic below:

  • Chasing Pavements Socks (pattern by Michelle Martin, AKA PerpetualSpiral on Ravelry).  I had the chance to test knit these a couple of months ago, and the pattern is just wonderful!  It has lots of cables and I knit the sample sock using Magic Loop.  I also used a Fleegle Heel, which was surprisingly easy.  Sock # 1 is complete, and Sock #2 is halfway there.  Yarn:  Dream in Color Smooshy in the colorway Lunar Zazzle.  Leg model:  my son.  Pic below:

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

OTN: Nemesis Socks

Currently OTN:  Nemesis Socks

Pattern from Knitty .  I am knitting these for the Sock Knitters Anonymous September KAL on Ravelry.  These qualify for the literary challenge, as they are inspired by Agatha Christie.

I am using Dream in Color Smooshy in a pretty green ( Go Go Grassy) that I bought in 2007. This yarn has excellent stitch definition, and the pattern shows off the slight color variations beautifully!

I have one sock finished, and the second is nearly at the heel. Whether I finish to qualify for the challenge (which would be great) or not, this pattern is really awesome and I will be knitting them again!