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Making lists is fun

 

Today is a lazy Sunday. That means:

  • Watching Lost on Netflix
  • Eating a big breakfast
  • Knitting the Squirrel sweater from Vogue Fall 2011 (in the round, mind you. There’s a special place in hell for people who write Fair Isle projects for flat knitting.)
  • Making an occasional puff for the Beekeeper’s Quilt

As far as my list of goals, I’ve accomplished a few. Looking back on it, some of the items we a bit redundant, so I tweaked it a bit.

  • take a creative writing class
  • take a photography class
  • blog more, and about things other than knitting
  • make a queen-sized quilt
  • knit up/sell/donate all of the yarn currently in my possession
  • make more things from scratch. This includes cleaning supplies like detergent, carpet cleaner, as well as foods i buy mostly for convenience like iced coffee, muffins, salads, etc. Pinterest & Epicurious help with finding recipes.
  • focus on building friendships and make at least one new friend
  • execute one IKEA hack, one already posted or one I come up with that works for me
  • get adventurous with my ‘fro!
  • go on a weekend road trip to another state, not including New York, New Jersey and Delaware
  • join a class (pilates preferably) to improve & maintain good health as a lifestyle

It feels good to get stuff done.

just in time

I’m sure glad I didn’t rip this thing out!

A few months ago, I was on my way to having a finished Acer cardigan. I’ve seen so many good ones and was excited to have my own. I had just finished the fronts and was working my way through the back when I realized I had too many stitches. Like, a dozen more than the required number. I got into such a rhythm when I was knitting it that I was ready to rip it out, forget about it for a few more months, and just restart it when I had a clear brain for numbers.

I don’t know if it was the casting on of 200+ stitches that stopped me, or the fact that ALL I NEEDED WAS SLEEVES that stopped me, but I just left it where it was and moved on. Also, Chelsea advised me to just take a breather; she’d knit it and loved it and said it’d be worth it in the end. Andrea’s Acer also was a push for finishing it and enjoying it.

So I figured out what happened, and I’d like to say that I went back and fixed it, but it would’ve involved ripping out both fronts since the sweater is knit in one piece until the armholes. So…..I fudged it. I did some double decreases where there should’ve been singles. And I don’t care. It’s been a long time since I’ve fudged something, and I know I wasn’t going to rip out stitches, so it’s fine with me. It’s still pretty chilly, so I’ll get some wear out of it. There’s nothing like spring sweater weather!

crtl+alt+delete

I’ve decided that this year, I’m going to do more adventurous things to get out of my comfort zone. During the last few weeks in 2011 and the first few weeks of 2012, I stepped back from things, people, the internet (deleted some accounts and started over) and examined the things I didn’t like about 2011. I felt that I could’ve done more creatively, and it wouldn’t have hurt to become more active physically. Yes, I knit and I can sew pretty decently when I take my time, but there’s so much more that I want to do! I figured I’d list them to help me to remember them and to hold myself accountable.

  • take a creative writing class
  • take a photography class
  • blog more, and about things other than knitting
  • develop a brand
  • design more knitting projects for my own brand
  • make a queen-sized quilt
  • make a baby quilt
  • knit up/sell/donate all of the yarn currently in my possession
  • make more things from scratch. This includes cleaning supplies like detergent, carpet cleaner, as well as foods i buy mostly for convenience like iced coffee, muffins, salads, etc.
  • focus on building friendships and repairing the ones that aren’t as strong
  • make at least one new friend
  • decorate my apartment by using my creativity
  • execute one IKEA hack, one already posted or one I come up with that works for me
  • get adventurous with my ‘fro!
  • go on a weekend road trip to another state, not including New York, New Jersey and Delaware
  • join a class (pilates preferably) to improve & maintain good health as a lifestyle

If you’re thinking of some goals you have for the year, definitely leave a comment and let me know. I think it’s good to have something(s) to look forward to!

Ideas, ideas

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Thanks to Matt, I got an iPad for Christmas. He heard me mention it months before and kept it a secret. I’m still figuring out which apps I want, but I did manage to get a couple of cool photo editing apps, Phototoaster and PS Express. It’s quite fun to fiddle with and I’ll be fiddling more with it since the hard drive on my laptop ate it a week ago. (Can we get companies to STOP PUTTING INTERNET EXPLORER IN COMPUTERS?!?)

Bah. Anyway, I’ve got to do something with these two balls of yarn. Not together, but something simple and sweet with each of them. I’m thinking of a pattern that’s not to complicated, but with some oomph. I’d like to think that it’ll be a pattern that I can knit while watching Downton Abbey, but who am I kidding here? I lose rhythm knitting stockinette with that show with all of the twists and turns it takes.

P.S.: Thanks to Danita for supporting a friend and buying the Harper pattern. When she publishes her first self-help book, preferably entitled, “A Cuppa and a Side Eye”, I’ll be the first in line to procure my signed copy.

Bridgewater

After finishing up some projects and starting and ripping out projects, it feels good to have something that I know I’m going to finish. I tried to finish the Acer I had going in Berroco Ultra Alpaca, but I got well into the armhole decreasing before I realized that it was way too big.

I tried to knit the Basket Yoke Pullover, but my gauge was way off for that. There were about 2 more misses in the form of hastily begun projects, so I just knit a cowl and a pair of socks. Usually when I knit some instant gratification, I follow up with a more intensive project.

Bridgewater was in my queue for a while. I started it before about 2 times and I guess the third time’s the charm because I haven’t stopped working on this since I started it last week. I’m using Madelinetosh Tosh Lace in Composition Book Grey.

It has a bit more purple than pictured and looks amazing. It feels lovely as well; the garter stitch square has a crisp but soft feel and….I’ve changed my mind about garter in lace. Usually stockinette stitch is the background I go for in  a lace pattern, but sometimes you just need to knit (or purl) every row. Life seems a bit simpler that way.

 

Harper Socks

These socks were a long time comin’, but they’re finished and I love putting a pair of freshly grafted socks on my feet. It wasn’t hard to realize that I was going to need some sort of pattern to break up the craziness that is Koigu, especially this particular color. I wasn’t going to do anything too special when finishing the pattern, but as I was knitting it, I kept thinking of a close friend.

V has had a crazy 2 years, and one of the positive things to come of her adventure was that she decided to go back to school and pursue her dream/goal/destiny of becoming a pastry chef. It wasn’t the easiest thing she’d done, and there were definitely times when she needed a push. Despite her having a job and a life and school and friends and …you get the idea, she was still available as an awesome friend. Watching her do what she loved and get her degree served as a nice little fire under my butt to do what I love and not think twice about it. So here’s Harper!

The socks have a twisted slipped stitch pattern, travelling down ribbed panels, in the form of a V (her first initial). I’ve knit these socks during brunch with her, in the passenger seat of her car when we got stuck on the highway in Virginia (and decided to take a coffee break in the Starbucks in Tysons Corner Mall), and any free time in between. I hope you enjoy these socks as much as I have.

Available through Ravelry for $4.00

old habits die hard

If you live in the Philadelphia/NJ/Delaware area, you know we’ve been getting rained off and on for a couple of weeks now, maybe longer. I lovvvvvvvvve the rain and welcome it every time. A cup of tea, knitting and maybe a book are always nearby, so as long as i’m inside, i’ll enjoy the storms for as long as they go on.

The Beekeeper’s Quilt, by Stephanie of tinyowlknits, gave me an excuse to start another sock yarn blanket. Let’s face it: after that hexagon blanket, I wanted to make another and another. The join-as-you-go appeal sucks you in and makes it easy to work on a blanket for 2 years. Heh. I originally planned to make mine unstuffed, but seriously, how awesome would it be to have a puffy, squishy, soft quilt for the winter? According to the yardage estimate she gives, I’ll need about 64 skeins of yarn to make a quilt that’s around 6′ x 8′. I guess we’re talking next winter in my case.

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