Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Look What Came in the Mail!

Normally I don't get the mail. Not because I don't want to. I just usually get home last. Well, Monday, I was home first so I walked out to the curb to grab the mail, expecting the usual bills and useless flyers and catalogs for things I really don't need. GUESS WHAT? I got a package.

A very special package from my friends at Jimmy Bean's. I could not believe it. I placed my order Saturday and by Monday I had said package in my hands. Very impressed with both the USPS as well as my friends at JB's. Not only was it fast, it was free because of the amount I spent. Now I can justify spending more (thinking hub will not be in agreement).

I wanted to share what was inside said package, my beautiful new yarn Mia by Debbie Bliss. I will be using it to make the Prow Pullover. Nothing like a little inspiration to get the Beach House Pullover finished a little more quickly.

I also got these little beauties from Jamberry. I will be able to look at my fancy nails while I knit with my fancy yarn.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

What Was I Thinking??

I was flipping thru my Summer 2014 Interweave Knits and I came across my next project (Squeal!!!) I am in love, love, love with the Prow Pullover by Angela Hahn. Frankly, I am a little a lot confused at the title of this sweater. According to my friends at Wikipedia, the prow is the part of a boat that cuts thru the water. Hmmm....well, I will probably just give it my own name in my Ravelry file. After doing a bunch of searching, I could not get my hands on the yarn that the pattern was made in, Skacel Schulana in merino and cotton. I did, however, find a yarn I liked on Jimmy Bean's, so now I wait for it to arrive.

In the meantime, I figured it might make sense to get some closure....on some unfinished projects. So, I dug thru my UFO box and lo and behold, I discovered the Beach House Pullover. All that is left to do is the sleeves and collar and then assembly. After about 15 minutes of trying to figure out where I left off on sleeve #1 (and I admit, a bit of tinking), I got back in the cable rhythm.

As I was knitting, I was reflecting on the sweater and wondering to myself, why did I stop working on this sweater, so close to completion? Granted, this is definitely not a travel sweater, but I didn't think that would be enough to make me stop on a project. I continued on my merry way, knitting in the round (because I hate to sew) when all of a sudden, one of my double pointed needles slipped thru the couch cushions and onto the floor with a clank. Ahhhh, now I remember why I stopped. I absolutely hate those aluminum dps. With a Passion. Capital P. I scampered off the couch and crouched down to get the offending needle out from amidst the dust bunnies. George was disgruntled that I woke him up. I guess the next time I am at the store, I better pick up some bamboo dps.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Little Flashy

I am a little, ok a lot behind on posts showing my work. I was pulling some things out of my closet to get some more space and I realized I never showed pictures of this little beauty.
It was a quick knit and easy, although you have to pay some attention. Once you get the rhythm you can crank these out, though. It is a fun scarf. I could see someone using this as a trim on the edge of a cardigan, how cool would that be? I made mine extra long so I could loop it, it is a good 70" and will likely stretch as I continue to wear it. Alas, since it is the middle of summer, it will be sitting and waiting for me until fall. But what fun to look forward to.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Autumn Thoughts

The weather has cooled off, hitting the 40s in the nights and high 60s during the day, which means that fall is under way and winter isn't far behind. The leaves are just starting to turn colors, but we have a couple of weeks before the true beauty is shared with us. For some strange reason, when the weather turns cooler like this, my thoughts always turn to knitting. I do knit in the summer, don't get me wrong, but I love to snuggle up on my recliner and knit when it gets cold. It also seems like I am more inspired to get my UFOs finished as well for some reason.

While I finished the oatmeal cardigan last week, it really wasn't done done until today when all ends were weaved. Although, to the purists, it isn't blocked yet, so I guess you could say yet another step exists, but for my purposes, it is finished.

It is not a WOW I love it sweater, but I think it makes a cute accessory. I should know better than to make a boxy sweater. If I made it again, I would have made it longer, maybe hip length and used something like a hook and eye shawl clasp to hold it together. There are some cute ones on Etsy.

Onto the next project. I think this will be one of my own designs, so watch for it soon.

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Fruitful Day

I think I might be turning into my mother. My son invited a friend over and I found myself cleaning the house to impress both the boy and his parents. That is just plain weird. I am pretty sure an 11 year old boy does not care if my knitting is sitting on the couch or if my laundry isn't all upstairs in the closets yet. Or at least I choose to believe this. (I base this on my own 11 year old who could probably go without showering for a week or two and not be terribly troubled by this.) And I guess if his parents don't like my messy garage, I am fairly certain they won't tell me to my face. I do live in Western Michigan, after all. I will just be fodder for their dining room table talk. So, let there be a big cheer out there for the moms who don't have an immaculate house. (like me)

With some additional time off, I managed to finish the right front, so here is the front of the oatmeal cardigan, side by side. I think I am going to add some shaping to the sleeve as opposed to just a straight sleeve since my lower arms are kind of skinny and I think it will look funny to be all floppy.

Between knitting, laundry, helping out at my mom's garage sale, baking peach pie and picking tomatoes, it was a pretty fruitful day. I guess I better get out there and get some beans picked.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

All Righty Then

I had a supplier visit scheduled and we decided it would be a car trip (whoo hoo!). Car trips ALWAYS mean knitting, because it is more likely than not that someone in the car wants to be the driver, at least more than I do. Our destination (drum roll please) was Pardeeville, Wisconsin. Have you heard of it? Or have you been there? It is a little town outside of Madison, which I am sure you have heard of, population of about 2100, give or take a few. It takes us about 5 1/2 hours to get there, so plenty of knit time. I packed my oatmeal cardigan and away we went.

Only one slight issue on the way there, when we stopped at the oasis (rest stop) in Chicago, I dropped my row counter and I could not figure out for the life of me where it went. I searched the floor and around the ground outside the minivan, but it was nowhere to be seen. So, I just grabbed a pen and proceeded to use the old fashioned hash marks. They work, just not as convenient. Interestingly enough, at the next stop, it was discovered in the back seat. Phew, very happy. While on the trip I managed to finish the left side and a good portion of the right side. I spent a lot of time noodling on the sleeves. The pattern has you sew the shoulder seams and then pick up the sleeve stitches and knit from there. I find it kind of inconvenient to have a whole sweater connected to the sleeve when I am knitting, so not sure if I will do them separately and then sew them in? I am not super fond of sewing either, so it is a bit of a dilemma.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Always Read The Directions......Always!

I am guessing you are reading the title of this post and thinking, "Well duh!" I know it makes sense seems ever obvious, but it is ALWAYS good to get a reminder. These types of reminders typically occur in the example of a story. And this one is no different.....I call the title of this story "A Tale of Two People Who Didn't Follow Directions"
Left Side of Oatmeal Cardigan

As I mentioned in a previous post, we traveled to the U.P. for a long weekend. On the way, I took my Oatmeal Cardigan (latest work in progress) to get some knitting in while on the road. After all, its a good 6 hours to Munising from my house. And a TON of knitting can be done in that amount of time, even considering that it will get dark at some point. I know some of you are saying,"Just bring a light with you." I guess I could, but I never have done this, so its just a habit not to at this point. But I digress; I am on the part where you do the neck shaping and now I have to pay attention. Previously, the back was just stockinette. I look at the directions and much to my surprise dismay, I did not circle the size I was planning to knit. I frowned to myself. Did I choose to knit the medium or the large? Hmmmmm......well, it is a boxy cardigan without a lot of shaping, so I decided guessed that I must have knit the medium. So, I knit my 18 shoulder stitches, switched to the new pattern for neck stitches and then got to the other shoulder. Oh boy. I have too many stitches left. I recount the 18 original shoulder stitches, yup, there are 18. I recount the neck stitches, yup, that is correct. Therefore, I deduce that I must not have decided to knit the medium but the large. At this point I get out my tape measure. Hub looks over because he can sense my agitation. What about gauge? Yikers! What if this sweater is H U G E ??? As I look at the measurements, I remember that I was getting the size medium measurements with the size large stitch count. I give a sigh of relief and then begin my favorite task of tinking my way to success.

Story two starts with me coming home from work one night. I open the door to the stench of smoke. I run in, full panic mode kicking in. "Welcome home, have a good day?" Hub greets me. "THERE IS SOMETHING ON FIRE!" I screech as I push past him. The kitchen just reeks of smoke even with all the windows open. Hub explains that our son decided he wanted meatballs for lunch. So, he pulled some out of the freezer, put them on a microwave safe plate, read the directions and heated them up. Sounds simple, right? Apparently he did not read the directions closely enough. Instead of the microwave directions, he followed the oven directions to heat for 15 minutes. Yes, 15 minutes. In a microwave. Thankfully, he decided to stop the microwave at 7 minutes.

Like mother like son. And the moral of the story is: always read the directions!