I’mmmmm baaaack!!

Wow, it’s been a long time since I posted, been through a few changes in my life. But, my love of knitting, yarn, and crochet has not died. Fear not, my friends.

As the holiday season is upon us, I’m busy as a pumpernickel bee trying to determine great gift ideas. So far, I have hopelessly failed!

But that hasn’t stopped me from creating some beautiful works for myself (smiling coyly to myself)…

Drachenfels…oh my, it’s such beautiful, lovely design:

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The applied i-cord on the bottom of this shawl adds just an amazing detail to this lovely shawl. I’m definitely going to make again, probably with a sport or dk weight yarn. Rosy Cheek Merino Joy, anyone!!

Ashburn…again, another lovely design from Melanie Berg:

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This shawl is designed with a picot edge, but I opted for a k2tog bindoff, which created a nice stretchy edge.

I also knitted a Practically sweater for one of my friends. I’m especially proud of this as I modified the pattern so that it closed in the front and attached buttons. My friend loves the sweater:

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A co-worker had a baby, so a simple garter stitch blanket was in order:

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And finally, I completed a Mr. Greenjeans in Cascade 220 Paints in the “blue mix” color way:

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Much, much more to come in the next month! I can’t wait to finish some of these items!!!

 

 

 

Here we go…knitting again!

I’m having trouble coming up with new and exciting titles for my blog posts.

Since the blog is about knitting, it’s hard to have original, witty titles every week. Maybe I’m just a little boring, but maybe there’s just not enough interesting twists on knitting and purling.

Anyway, I’ve been desperately searching for a summer sweater to knit and I’ve found that not enough patterns exist for busty gals. Add to that the fact that I’m a little chunky (well, maybe a lot chunky), and it’s hard to find something that will fit well.

I’ve been looking at Custom Fit or Big Girl Knits, but I don’t like the styles. I like something with sleeves and more fitted but not too fitted. So, I’m leaning toward designing something of my own. I have all the Elizabeth Zimmerman books anyone could need, but I need to find some time to sit down and actually read. 

Craftsy also has a class – Curvy Knits – but I’m not sure I’m that committed to spend $40 USD to build a duct tape bust of myself. 

Oh, well, sometimes it takes a little bit of time and effort to create. I’m just a little bit a lazy knitter, I like the patterns and THE MATH figured out for me by someone else.

So, back to afghan knitting for now. I’m still moseying along with the Rowan KAL – and I’m just about finished with week four’s design – Lace Kisses:

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It’s nice to have a long weekend to knit, as I’m trying to catch up…two more patterns and I’m up to date as of next Monday. My husband has been hounding me for a summer bedspread and I’m trying to knit quickly so I don’t have to fork out more dough for a summer spread. I figure the money I could save on the bedspread could be spent on more yarn.

So, essentially it’s a selfish act to knit.

Happy Knitting!

 

More yarn and more knitting…

I’ve been so busy with work lately that I don’t have the knitting time I used to. But, this weekend I am focused on catching up in the Rowan KAL.

I am happy because I finally finished week two, which was a bit of a challenge for me, as chart reading is not my forte. The results are gorgeous and I’m happy with my color choices for week two:

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Yes, I know a lousy picture, but I wanted to snap a quick pic and move onto week three’s pattern which is a lace-filled beauty.

In other knitting news, I am also collecting Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) to knit a beekeeper’s quilt. Jimmy Beans has demi-skeins for 1/2 the price of regular skeins, so I’ve ordered a few to add some variety to the quilt. I also have 4 full skeins I got on sale at Noble Knits. I’m ordering online because my LYS does not carry this yarn, so I’m collecting from various online sources.

I finished one hexipuff (1 down and 300+ more to go…ha ha) and am really happy with the results. However, I need to order some polyfill on Amazon before I create more hexipuffs. I filled this one with scrap yarn, but I don’t have enough waste yarn to fill 300+ puffs. Here’s the first one before binding off:

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I have also ventured overseas for some Wollmeise. I’m waiting for DHL to bring me many skeins of DK and Pure – including a Pure Kunterbunt grab bag. I’ve never actually seen this yarn, so I’m anxiously waiting for the package.

A word to the wise…make sure you convert the euros to USD (or your local currency) before you commit to buy! I learned the hard way that the conversion to USD is not a 1:1 ratio. Oh, well, I don’t have any plans to buy more anytime soon as I’m close to breaking the bank with this order.

One more yarn purchase share: Plucky. Plucky for me, plucky for you, plucky, plucky, plucky! The Plucky Knitter blog recently advertised that the subscription service was going live last week, so I ordered a few skeins. I promised my husband to lay off yarn buying for the rest of the year, so at least I’ll get some new yarn every other month with the subscription.

What did I buy, you ask? Plucky Trusty, Bello Fingering, and Primo Fingering. Hmm, can’t wait to see what shows up in the mail.

Happy knitting!

The Yin and the Yang

This story is not about knitting, this is a story about love.

For many years, I felt alone – adrift in a world that didn’t understand me and a world that did not tolerate individuality or softness.

I developed a shell of hardness as a protection against the hardness and harshness of the world around me. Very few people know about my soft core or the “why” of my hardness.

The “why” of my hardness is not important. The “why” has long ago been put aside in favor of who I wanted to be. This was a hard journey, but alas, I feel I’ve finally made it to the other side of loneliness.

What is the other side of loneliness? Certainly not happiness, but more of a feeling of continuity , consistency, and contentment.

10 years ago, I decided to concentrate on who I wanted to be – a step that resulted in drastic change. Drastic change often drives upset and fear in those around you. Upset because of the loss, fear because of the unknown.

The world beyond upset and fear is understanding. How or when a person evolves into this stage is unknown. But the stage comes…eventually. A person only needs to wait enough time for this to happen.

I’m still waiting in a lot of ways, but while I wait I sit quietly most days – in a microcosm of the world, enjoying continuity, consistency and contentment.

Along the way, I discovered my capacity to love.

My discovery came at a price, a price I was willing to pay.

At my best was the discovery of the concept of positive and negative energy. This is not the same as good and bad, rather every living being (according to biology) needs positive and negative energy to thrive – a balance. The tiniest particle of every living thing has positive and negative energy. The result: balance and consistency.

To remind myself everyday of balance, my first (and only) tattoo depicts the yin and the yang, the positive and negative, the balance that is required in every being to thrive, to live, to conquer every day of living.

What is most ironic is that I found that in love – the yang to my yin. The positive to my negative, the balance that is needed. My husband is my yang and I’m his yin.

Not everyone is lucky enough to find balance, but when a person does – my best advice is to hold onto it as long as possible. I have and will continue to hold on. I have a permanent reminder of this and I’m proud to say it’s as bright as the day I got it – 9 years ago:

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Peace, love, balance, yin and yang to you!

 

Dear, dear hubby…

Well, my precious dear husband is super frugal.

Based on his frugality, he broke down and asked me to make a tablet cover for the new Nexus 7 I bought him for Valentine’s Day.

So, I whipped up a little gem for him:

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It’s available for free over on Ravelry…click here for the pattern.

Happy knitting!

Remembering…

I’ve been busy knitting various projects for other people and I took a break today to participate in the KAL sponsored by Rowan.

PURE HEAVEN.

This yarn (its called Pure Wool Worsted by Rowan) is just incredible to knit with, the stitch definition is amazing, the feel of the yarn is just terrific, the colors are vibrant and exciting. This yarn reminds me what I most love about knitting: the process.

Two types of knitters exist: process and product knitters.

For a long time, I was a product knitter: focused on the outcome. The reason to knit for product knitters is the hand knit sweater, the incredible cozy scarf or the warm, indestructible socks.

However, over the past year with the various travails I have experienced, the process has become so much more important. Sometimes I forget how mesmerizing the process is – the gentle clicking of the needles, the yarn moving through my fingers, the patterns coming to life before your fingers.

For this KAL, I am focused on the process. With a yarn this amazing, I want to enjoy it as long as I can. I’ll knit at my own pace, when I need something special to focus my mind on and develop something just for me.

So far, so good…I feel sorta…exhilarated.

Here is the first square in Oxygen:

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Umm…

/begin rant

So, I’m completely and totally frustrated with some “helpers” over on my favorite crafting site. Sometimes other people tend to think they are being helpful, but what they are really being is obnoxious. Whatever happened to being NICE?!?!!

I just don’t understand it and I rather not deal with it, as knitting is the ONE hobby that I find relaxing and use it to alleviate stress. So, when I started to design stuff, I thought, “Hey, I’ll get some support from other knitters.” BAD IDEA.

There are people who just try to put you down and irritate you, just because they want to or because they can. They are people who just don’t have anything else to do with their time.

I’m sure you can find these anywhere, but honestly, it’s a waste of MY time and energy. And, frankly, it takes the fun out of knitting for me.

So, I’m back to the drawing board with my new design. I will test knit it myself.

/end rant