Just a quick update …

I am busy but I am not too busy to blog, I am just wasting time.  I am ok with that.  But I intend to fix it.  I leave you with a collection of some of the things I have made recently.

Loving how this one is turning out. #knitting

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Hat #knitting completed. Now I only have one #WIP that has been on the needles since summer.

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Mission accomplished. #knitting

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I knit 7 washcloths out of one ball of yarn. #knitting

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Slow and steady. #knitting

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What is in your knitting notion toolkit?

Knitting notions

What is in your knitting notions kit? I keep all of my notions in a big tin, because I love them and it is easier to access whatever you need compared to a zippered case.  I have a needle book where I keep most of the needles I use for weaving in the ends, I also have a set of three larger ones I use with bulky and super bulky yarn, they’re the ones in the tin.  Stitch markers, needle threaders, a thimble, a pair of scissors, two measuring tapes and my stitch counter.  There is also a few magnetic bookmarks that I use to mark printed patterns or my place in my stitch pattern books.  I like having everything I need in the same place.

 

The never ending scarf {Friday’s FO}

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*This is the never ending scarf, someone started knitting it, not knowing what it was, and they will go on knitting it forever and ever just because.. *

It certainly felt that way, but it is now done, and crudely blocked because it is so long I couldn’t properly block it and it isn’t as wide as I wanted it, so it is not really a wrap/shawl.  But as a scarf it is perfect.

I still want a wrap, a big cozy wrap, even if I will only use it at home.

Reviewing 2014

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Last year I did a review on my year.  One of the nice things about blogging is that you can go back and see what it was like a specific point in time.  I had no resolutions last year, but I had two personal goals, I wanted to read at least one book a week and to knit myself a sweater.  I used Goodreads to track my books and I actually managed to read more than 52 books this year, true, many of them are children’s  books, but hey they are still books.  I stopped thinking about how important the books were and just read for fun.  A lot of the books I read were bedtime books I read to my daughter. 

And I know myself a Hitofude, then I knit another one for my sister.  If you had told me last year that I would knit not one but two fingering weight cardigans I would have laughed.  I still want more pretty cardigans, but I will take my time and order the good yarn first. 

I like reviewing my year, I like looking back and realizing that the year was not a total waste even though that is how I felt most of the time.  It is also satisfying to look at all the things I made

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There is over 30 projects in that picture.  The ones I enjoyed the most were definitely the dolls.  They were personal and had character.  The cardigans were awesome too.  Two completed large blankets and two baby blankets isn’t bad either.  Not to mention another two large ones still being worked on.

I might have less projects that previous years, but 13 of them were made out of fingering weight.  And of those 13, 8 of them were large projects.  I used to want to knit something fast so I could have it ticked off my mental to – knit list and don’t get me wrong I still can’t wait to finish a WIP so I can enjoy it or cast on something else, I am teaching myself to stop worrying about time.

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 12.07.17 PMAnd some of the books. Yes they are for kids, yes they are not serious books. But in my defense, some of these were super fantastic.  For example the Fairyland series are super so was the Mr Benedicit’s Mystery Society.  And I loved the Hundred year old man who climbed out of a window and disappeared.  As for Girl Gone, that book gave me the creeps, I still feel creeped out just thinking about it.

It hasn’t been an easy year, that is for sure, but I like to think that I took it all quite well and responded appropriately.  I read somewhere that you should not react to things, instead you should respond.

Another FO this week

I just finished #knitting the cardigan. She said she wanted short sleeves so she could layer. My 6 year old has more fashion sense than I do.

This kid has me wrapped around her finger, she sat (not so patiently) next to me as I worked on the sleeves, asking every 5 minutes if I were done yet.  She then proceeded to ask me every 2 minutes if I were done while I was weaving in the ends.  She said she wanted the sleeves short because she wanted to wear a long sleeved T shirt underneath it.

The front is shorter than the bag. But it is really difficult to picture.

When I was done, I told her it needed to be blocked first to straighten it out, and she said please do it quickly.  So I steam blocked it quickly and she wore it until bedtime.  She wanted to wear it to bed too.  If that isn’t the best compliment a knitter can get, I don’t know what is.  Eventually, she took it off and carefully folded it and put it in her closet so she could wear it tomorrow.  She then asked for another cardigan.

I told you she had me wrapped around her fingers.

Hitofude Cardigan {Friday’s FO}

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I should have taken a picture with the big girl camera, but I took this a couple of days ago and I still haven’t woven in the ends yet.  I am so pleased with this pattern.  It is written beautifully.  It was a fantastic and extremely enjoyable knit.  I have already purchased yarn for a second one for my sister.  I knit this using Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in the Basalt Heather color way.  I love Knit Picks yarn, it is very affordable and is always robust and wears really well.

A thumbs up from me for both the pattern and the yarn.

 

Can’t wait to cast on the second one.

Knitting for other people {Wednesday’s WIP}

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Knitting is a solitary sport, it is a doorway to the place in your mind where you can have some very interesting conversations with yourself.  But then again we knit for others and that changes the game a little.  When you knit for someone else, you want to appeal to their taste, their choice of color, their fashion sense and how they want the world to see them.  The person I knit for the most other than myself is my daughter, since she is 6, it is quite easy to pick for her.  Yet, when I ask her what she wants, she usually has clear preferences.  She asked for a long sleeve cardigan this time, not a dress.  When I told her I was going to mix the gray with another color, she picked blue even though I gave her a choice of purple, pink and a brightly colored striped sock yarn.  Interestingly, I also decided to knit my sister a hitofude.  I have finished mine, but forgot to post the finished object.  I gave her a choice of colors and she said that given a choice of pink in the mix she could not choose anything else.  I chose the pattern, the yarn and she just chose the yarn.

Knitting for someone else is special, it is a gift of time and effort.  The average sweater takes at least 35 hours of knitting in my case.  Or at least it does when you have an obsession for fingering weight yarn.  I just love the drape and fabric produced when knit with a finer yarn.  I have yet to knit a lace weight sweater, but I am sure it is just a question of time.  Speaking about time, it is perhaps the best gift you can give anyone.  When I knit something for someone, especially newborn babies it is my way of saying, you are loved, you are special, you deserve my time and my effort.  I am giving you something irreplaceable.   The blanket I knit or crocheted for you can never be replicated again, because while I can buy the same yarn and make an exact replica of it, the real cost of it was time.  Time that can not be lived again.  Whenever I look at something I made, I can remember how I felt while I worked on it, what else was going on in my life and how I made a conscious decision to invest in it.

It is a true labor of love.