let’s add quitter to the list!

Yup, that’s right, I have officially given up on a project. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before, but I feel good about the decision. I have frogged, for the third and final time, Elianette. It was a beautiful piece of knitting, and I did like it, a lot. I could not cope with the changing stitch numbers. I have found that I like consistent stitch counts in my knitting. Maybe it’s lack of patience, or maybe lack of skill, either way, it was kicking me in the gut with every change, and I’d frog, or tink, recount, reknit, and still come up crazy. I couldn’t do it any longer. It was depressing and demoralizing. I realized last night I did not have to be held hostage by this piece of knitting (are you getting the same mental image I was? It involved knots, loose yarn and lots of needles, with teeth. We won’t discuss the actual knitting mocking me.) I frogged, balled and looked for a new pattern, that has nice even stitch counts on every row. I feel better now. The pattern for Elianette was well written and charted, I just couldn’t handle all those numbers.

I was able to get some pictures yesterday, and I will attempt to add them here.

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This is the shawl I will be mailing to my cousin whose daughter is still desperately ill, but recovering nicely. She still has a very long road ahead, but she’s fighting! Here’s the link:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-lonely-tree-shawl

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I love this cowl. I almost want winter back right now so I can wear it. I made it in Cascade Ultra Alpaca (we all know I adore alpaca. I want one.) It was a quick and simple knit I thoroughly enjoyed. Link is here:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/structured-alpaca-cowl

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These are the latest socks off the needles, the ones I took everywhere with me, but when school ended I kind of ignored them. I put another two days of work into them and bingo! new socks. This is just a 1×3 rib, with a cable tossed in, just because. My daughter really doesn’t like knitted things, so this picture was the best I could get! And no, I haven’t woven in the ends yet, it’s too hot to wear these, but I would, if they were truly finished. You see how I play games with myself? I need to add about six more pairs of socks before winter this year, how I don’t know, but I’ll try!!

In that vein, I am working on a new sock pattern. I love it, I am enchanted, I even had to frog and start completely over, and I am still in love! That is remarkable. That is this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/anemone-22. I really really like this pattern. It is clear, well charted, well written, and has easily adapted to using worsted weight instead of the recommended weight. To achieve this I reduced the cast on number by 8, and so far, so good! They may be a bit baggy around my ankle, but I can live with that, I don’t mind some slouch in my socks, and really, I have ankles like bird legs (ridiculously skinny ankles). Love them, go check them out! I don’t have a picture yet, I frogged before getting the camera out yesterday, and it’s once again wet out today.

happy day
Shannon

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small progress

I have managed to finish a pair of socks and another wee garter stitch baby jacket in the last week. Yay for me! The socks, I am sure, were beginning to feel unwanted and unloved. That was so not the case, I love these socks, made with size 4 US needles and a lovely green Cascade 220 Heathers wool. They are warm, cozy and very pretty with a central cable thrown in to give a pretty little detail. These were my “bus stop” socks. The ones I kept in the truck with me and would work on while waiting for the school bus in the mornings. School ended and the poor socks got shifted to the bottom of the WIP basket. I took them to the pool the other evening and got the heel turned and the gussets worked and the slide into home plate was then a breeze. They came off the needles last night. I then used the little bit of leftover wool to make eensy weensy hats and sweaters to dress up some wine corks. The goal there will be small Christmas presents for friends, family and the kids teachers. They’re cute and take just minutes to do.

The garter jacket is the same I’ve linked to in past posts, and becoming a favorite go to project if I have knitting to do for a new arrival. It takes so much less time than a baby blanket, and impresses the pants off of people, which amuses me, because it is so simple. This one was made in a blue/white acrylic I’ve had laying around for years (happy to get it out of the house, I was beginning to really dislike that yarn, probably because I’ve become a yarn snob-the horror). This sweater was made for my sister’s niece, who had a sweet little boy a few weeks ago, and being summer I made it short sleeved. I wove in the ends, sewed on the button and delivered it to my sister on Sunday, along with a few dollars so she could mail it out. I have no time for the post office, I work all day nearly every day. Otherwise the kid would have gotten this wee sweater when he was eight!

I did some work on the grey sweater, and made some real progress on the back. I’m ready to shape the armholes. I was looking at the diagram and realized, “hmm. I don’t have a nifty A-line shape, I have a square. What on earth did I do now?” You know what I did, don’t you? I failed to start decreases AT THE SAME TIME! Grrrrr!!! Truly, I don’t really mind the larger more boxy sweater, since this thing is going to be enormous on my anyway, and I tend to like large boxy sweaters that I can fit layers under. I abhor coats and rarely wear them, so big stuff makes me happy! I did, briefly, debate ripping all the way back to row 4 of the chart (I’m at row 118), but decided I didn’t really care if I had a nice A-line shape or not. So, on to the armholes! This will be one cozy sweater when (IF) I ever manage to finish. I am showing incredible restraint in not starting the other two sweaters I am aching to cast on right now. One will be a worsted 1×1 rib sweater that I’m basing on the High Line Cardigan on ravelry. The other is a lavender cotton sweater, the pattern for which I don’t recall right now, I saved it in my ravelry library, but appealed to me with it’s swingy bottom. Incredible restraint! I should be given a cookie.

In other news, I abused myself and the cats last night by giving them flea baths. That’s always so very fun. But the little buggers needed it, as their flea medication was just not cutting it. Does anyone have a preferred flea remedy? I’ve tried many and haven’t been very happy with any. One of the cats, my sexy Ozzy, is a confirmed inside/outside boy. He refuses to use a litter box, and therefore asks to go out like a dog. The other, my darling Adso, keeps trying to convince me he should be an outside cat, but only escapes occasionally. Keep in mind, I live in the woods, grass and trees and nature all around. I think we’ve all recovered from the bathing. Until this morning when more flea medication was applied. Asdo is no longer speaking to me. I haven’t seen Ozzy yet this morning. I think he’s hiding.

happy day
Shannon

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can you see it….part two

Apparently I have become completely unable to not only count, but include both words and pictures in a single blog post. This all seemed so much easier just a few short weeks ago!

The picture in part one of this post is the Elianette http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#sort=best&craft=knitting&query=elianette

that I have already frogged once. I’m wondering if some of you can chime in with an opinion, do I fix this mistake or let it ride? Would a non knitter see this, if I do a quick fix, surrounded by a few more segments of different lace patterns. Or do I tear back this section and figure out where I went slightly nuts and thought all was well?

I am truly torn, but don’t know if I have the heart for another re-do. Nor do I want to trash this gorgeous yarn. It’s Dream In Color Smooshy, with cashmere, and I love it.

Please let me know if that error is as big and glaring as I think, and your opinion on which direction I should take. I will be quietly nestled in the couch with the big grey cabled sweater in the meantime, or perhaps weaving in ends on a finished shawl and baby sweater. We’ll see what I trust myself with.

happy day,
Shannon

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and let’s not forget….a frogger, too

Yup, that’s right.  The Elianette Shawl, that I chose over other projects, then soundly  neglected, has been frogged.  I am very frustrated about this.  It looked okay, it was pretty, I adore the color, and I’ve never worked with smooshy before.  It should have been knitting bliss.  And it really was…..until I got far enough along to stretch it out a bit and see that my knitted piece didn’t look at all like the pictures on Ravelry, or even so much like the pictures included in the pattern.  Things just weren’t lining up right.  There were eyelets where there shouldn’t be, and my vertical row of knit stitches between them looked like I was knitting while drunk.  I wasn’t.  I’m afraid of what the knitted piece would look like if I enjoyed an adult beverage while knitting.  So to the frog pond it went.

Oddly, I’m not too upset about this.  This is the piece I’ve decided to donate to my aunt’s job.  She works at an oncology office, and her office regularly does fund raising events to directly benefit their patients that are in need, of whatever.  I like that.  It keeps the money raised local, and has a direct impact on their patients in a way that raising money for a huge organization doesn’t have.  So it needs to be as perfect as I can make it.  Maybe i’ll have the ten year old count my stitches for me, since I have long since lost the ability to count accurately! 

I’ve tried stitch markers between pattern repeats, and find I start worrying about the markers more than my work, so that won’t work.  I repeat the pattern to myself as I go, driving everyone in the house mad if they are watching a movie or trying to actually HEAR the weather report.  I’m thinking I may just throw a marker in every fifty stitches, so I can more easily count, but there won’t be so many markers as to get in my way.  Hopefully, if I’m coherent after work I’ll start again, if not, then tomorrow.

happy day,

shannon

 

 

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not only fickle, but a slacker, too!

That’s right, I am not only fickle, but a terrible slacker of late.  I have barely knit a stitch over the last week or so, and it’s all the fault of a book.  This book, as a matter of fact:http://www.amazon.com/Written-Hearts-Blood-Outlander-Book-ebook/dp/B00C8S9W0G/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403952896&sr=1-1&keywords=written+in+my+own+heart%27s+blood.  I love these books, I read them over and over again, with total and complete absorption, neglecting nearly everything else that needs doing, with the exception of going to work.  I first discovered this series about 18 years ago while visiting my best friend in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and have been hooked ever since.  The newest of them (linked above) was just recently released and I finished it last night.  It was amazing, absorbing, interesting and totally worth ignoring my knitting.  I even took the book fishing last night.  Read these books, if you enjoy a good story and characters you can really sink your teeth into.

I did finish one project.  Pattern found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-lonely-tree-shawl.  And here is, I hope, a very dark and not so very good picture of it blocking last week.   nope, well, never mind, I’ll put the ravelry link for the project page.http://www.ravelry.com/projects/whip1up/the-lonely-tree-shawl.  This one was fast, easy and finished beautifully.  I will be making it again, one day.

That’s all I’ve got. See, a total slacker.  I have been working on the Elianette KAL, and am on target with that, but since I can’t seem to upload pics today that will have to wait.

 

happy day,

Shannon

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i am a fickle knitter

I am fickle and faithless when it comes to projects.  There is no longer any doubt in my mind.  Last we spoke I wanted to cast on this http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/haruni  after I finished a baby jacket (achieved!  yeah!) and this http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-v-neck-shell.  I finished that too, on Saturday, a week later than expected, but it’s finished and I love it.  Can’t wait to wear it.  I wanted to post a pic, instead i’ll post a link to the really crappy cell phone picture I put on my ravelry project page http://www.ravelry.com/projects/whip1up/easy-v-neck-shell.

The Haruni has been slightly derailed, for two reasons.  Make that three ( I think).  One, I had to cast on for yet another baby jacket, same pattern I’ve linked to in a previous post, for my sister’s niece, who just had a sweet baby boy last week.  She’d been asking for it forever, and I kept forgetting to get it started.  I now have the body of the sweater done, just need to whip through those tiny little sleeves!  I want to have it ready to mail by Thursday of this week.  (Cross you fingers on that one happening!).  Two, My LYS is starting a KAL today for (here comes another link) http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elianette, and I decided I wanted to do this.  It’s pretty, doesn’t look like it’ll take six months and I’ve never worked with Dream in Color before, so I figured why not.  Of course, I can’t get to my LYS until Thursday (seeing a small theme here, I’m off on Thursday and will be able to get OFF my mountain!) to get the yarn I need for this, so i’ll be starting it a bit late.  And finally, three.  Three is I saw this http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-lonely-tree-shawl.  Saw it, fell in love with it (I am drawn to leaves right now!), immediately went stash diving and came up with two skeins of Berocco Ultra Alpaca (there’s that alpaca thing, again), took my girls to the pool after work and cast on poolside.  I am working this one in a turquoise color that I love.

This one has turned into a prayer shawl, of sorts.  While taking a quick knitting break and cruising facebook, I saw an alarming post about a cousin of mine, called my sister, we started contacting those relatives that would be in the know and found that one of our younger second cousins is in the hospital, and not doing well at all.  She just had twins, she’s in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator.  She’s young, maybe 35.  I used to babysit her when we were kids.  I don’t get to see my family from Philadelphia often (issues with getting me off of my mountain, but that’s a whole other story).  She’s beautiful and vibrant, has other children.  We aren’t sure of the why of the situation, only what is.  As I continued to work on this, all of my thoughts were on my family, who I can’t physically be there for, so all of my wishes and prayers and positive thoughts are being shoved into every stitch.  In my mind that makes this a prayer shawl.  I will send it to her mom when I finish it. 

Please send your positive thoughts our way that they figure out what’s going on and can help this beautiful young woman and her immediate family.

 

happy day!

Shannon

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