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Not Knitting

It’s been a while since I updated, nearly a month it seems! I haven’t updated because I haven’t been knitting for going on 3 weeks now. 😦

Since my last post on April 20th, I managed to struggle through the wrist pain I was having and get Elektra finished in time for our vacation. I still need to photograph it. It’s been raining like crazy here and I keep forgetting I need finished photos!

I took NO knitting at all on vacation with me. My wrist was feeling better after a week of barely using my left hand for anything. When I got back home, I tried to knit and my left wrist started hurting before I even finished a round on Slipped Hours. Went to the doctor and was told it’s tendonitis. He gave me some anti-inflammatory medication, told me to keep it in a brace and it should feel better in a few weeks. A little over a week later, it’s not hurting as much, but then again I’m trying not to use my left hand at all which turns out is REALLY hard (it wasn’t nearly so difficult when my right hand was the problem last August). It’s not feeling much better overall and I’ve noticed some tingling in my ring fingers that started today. Sigh.

Since I haven’t been able to knit, crochet, or spin, I’ve been reading a lot of books on my Kindle. I finally finished Girls of Murder City, then breezed through Water for Elephants in a few days. The story completely sucked me in and I could barely put it down. I tried to read Everything Illuminated because I absolutely loved Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but I just couldn’t get into that book at all. Now I’m reading Bossypants. Matt kept telling me I should read it, so I downloaded the sample and got sucked in. If you’ve got any book recommendations, send them my way! I like a very wide range of books and since I seem to be flying through books at the moment (okay, fast for ME since I’m not a very fast reader), I’ve already got my eye out for the next thing I’ll read.

So… I know this isn’t much of a post since I’ve not been knitting, but I hope to have some photos of Elektra to share soon. I also hope I can get back to knitting soon since it’s kind of killing me to not be knitting right now!

Oh! BTW, anyone going to the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival this coming weekend? I’m planning on being there on Saturday. Any locals that want to carpool with Diana & me are welcome to and if you’re going to be there, maybe we can meet up! Hey, if I can’t knit, at least I can go visit pretty yarn and fiber, right? 😉

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Marlene, Stripey Socks, and Project Bags

I’ve been knitting on Decimal quite a bit this week, but I’ve been taking breaks occasionally and knitting on the two socks I’m working on. At first I was knitting more on the stripey Vesper socks because I wasn’t sure how much I liked Marlene. I had tried it on early in the week and just felt “meh” about it. I was considering ripping it out then decided I should let it sit for a few days before deciding. Today I put it back on and decided it’s a keeper.

106/365: Almost to the Toe

I wasn’t sure how I felt about the fit. I was worried that it was a little loose and not quite right. I was really close to ripping it out! Glad I decided to let it sit for a few days and see how I feel.

While Marlene waited my decision, I knit quite a bit on the stripey Vesper sock. Monday I turned the heel and I’m getting close to the ribbing now.

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Since my sock books arrived on Tuesday, I’ve been itching to start another pair. I just kept flipping through the books trying to decided on one to start, but finally decided that I should finish one of the pairs I’m working on before starting a new one. The books sit fairly close to me, though, so I’ve been taking breaks and looking through the books. Good thing for the above socks that I’m indecisive and can’t settle on a pattern!

I was going to blog about this on Monday, then I was waiting to finish the last one I’d cut fabric for, but I don’t know when I’ll get to that last one… so here are the project bags I spent some time sewing on Monday.

The first two are drawstring bags>

Bag 2, outside Bag 2, inside

Bag 1, outside Bag 1, inside

The third one I made is a box bag. I have fabric cut for a fourth one, but I haven’t sewn it up yet.

Box Bag 1, outside Box Bag 1, inside

All the sewing was fun to do, but now I have so many project bags I don’t know what to do with them all! I think the box bags are my favorite, though they do take a bit more time to make.

This week I’ve done a lot more knitting and sewing then I have in what seems like a long time. Surgery recovery has been going good overall. Good days and bad days, of course, though this week seems like I’ve had more good days. I’ve been walking a few times a day and slowly building up longer walks. The rest of the time I spend knitting, watching things on Hulu, and doing some napping. It’s been rather nice to focus on just getting better. I feel like I’m almost back to normal. I’m able to do most things on my own again, including put on my shoes again (though it does take a while still!). Today I managed to do the dishes without trouble (just takes a while) and I even drove to Matt’s work to have lunch with him since my driving restriction has been lifted! It was a little weird to drive again after what feels like forever. I feel comfortable driving, though, so that’s great news to me. I’m sure I’ll be back to normal life soon enough, but for now I’m just taking time to take care of me :o)

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Just Arrived

I stayed home sick today. I woke up a bunch last night and at 4:30 am I decided that it would be best if I just stayed home and relaxed. My throat was hurting so bad it was hard for me to talk without sounding awful anyhow, so having to talk to people all day would not exactly be my idea of fun! It ended up being for the best because I got some much needed sleep during the day along with lots of sneezing, coughing, and blowing my nose. Fun! (NOT!)

Since I was home, I finally got a chance to wind some yarn that’s been waiting for me.

Knit Picks Gloss

This will become socks for a friend. Specifically the Lakeside socks from Knotions, Winter 2008. I’ve not used Knit Picks Gloss before, but it feels nice and I think I will like working with it.

I’ve been moving right along on the gloves for Matt.

21/365: Fingers!

I actually finished all the fingers (not the thumb), but when he tried them on, 3 of the fingers were too long and need to be taken out. Shouldn’t take too long to fix, but I wasn’t overly excited to get right on it. Fingers on gloves are fiddly if you ask me, but I love him to bits, so I’ll fix it! Besides, why waste time on something that won’t be used? Best to fix it. I just needed to put it aside and work on something else for a bit.

So, today I worked on a hat that’s going to be sent off to someone. I’d post about it, but I’m making it a total surprise, so you’ll have to wait to see! I do like how it’s coming out, though.

I did venture out to Barnes & Noble today to see if the Simply Knitting magazine with the Sack Boy from Little Big Planet was there. I also wanted to see if the new Vogue Knitting was available. Both were, so I got them, along with the Never Not Knitting! page-a-day calendar from the Yarn Harlot because it was 50% off. I’ve been looking for it on clearance somewhere, but hadn’t seen it. It will go good on my desk at work!

Anyhow, while I was there, I saw this:

23/365: Just Arrived - President Obama

Just Arrived: President Obama! How could I pass up this shot? I simply love it.

Last night I had a dream that I actually was online when there was a Wollmeise update and was able to get two skeins. Then I was contacted about another skein, which I promptly said I’d take. I was clutching it my chest when I woke up and found that I was actually clutching my blanket to my chest. This was at 4:30 am. On a whim, I decided to check online to see if maybe there’d been a site update. Well, there was! And I’d missed it by about an hour. There was actually some natural, undyed yarn left along with some skeins of black. Not something I was interested in, so I passed. So funny that I’d dream about it and there was an actual update!

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Just a few notes

You know how I mentioned that the Yarn Harlot’s new book was going to be released this month?  Yeah, not so much.  The date in Amazon is still March 19th, but it now says that it has not yet been released.  Then I read on her blog about the book release party later this summer.  I feel kind of let down by the wrong information in Amazon, but it happens.  Jessi – is there another of her books that you don’t have yet?  I’d still be happy to get one of them signed for you.  Let me know!

I completed my mom’s socks on March 9th and I gave them to her Tuesday, but I still haven’t taken photos!  She even wore them yesterday and she says she loves them waaaay more than the first pair I knit (which turned out a little short and loose knit).  Finally – someone I can knit socks for other than me!  Admittedly, I don’t wear my hand-knit socks often.  In fact, it’s rare.  Mostly because it wasn’t until late last year that I realized I needed to be knitting at a much smaller gauge so that the purl bumps on the soles of my feet don’t hurt.  I also learned how to make the best fitting toe recently and before that was a bit of a struggle to get it to fit correctly.  Now that I know all these things, I can knit socks I’ll actually wear (as well as knit socks for my mom!).  Right now, though, there’s no socks on my needles and I’m not even considering casting a pair on.  I know you’re shocked because this hasn’t happened since the sock-knitting bug bit me in 2006.

The real reason for the non-sock-knitting going on with me is because of the shawl for my Grandma.  Once that’s done, socks will take it’s place, but I’ve not knit on anything else since starting it.  I think I’m just over the half-way mark and I’m thinking it’s only going to take up about 3 skeins of the yarn I bought, which means I’ll have leftovers.  We’ll see how that goes, though.  I’ve done 5 repeats and it’s already quite large (thanks to knitting on US 8’s with worsted weight yarn!).

No photos this post, but I do owe at least three FO posts – the prayer shawl I made last year, Clapotis, and mom’s Nine-to-Five socks.  Eventually it will be nice enough to get decent photos again and when it is, I’ll do my best to remember to take photos of everything and write up some long-over due posts.  (And, actually, I just need to write up a post for the prayer shawl….)

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What I’ve been doing…

I had every intention about blogging this last night, but I was pretty sleepy. I actually thought I posted more progress of the 9 to 5 sock I was working on, but I guess I only intended to do it and didn’t actually get it done! I’m batting a thousand today, aren’t I?

So, I’m here now and I have knitting to show and talk about and also some life stuff to mention. I’ll go with the life stuff first, then on to the knitting content.

Life has been keeping me on my toes. I’ve had some changes to adjust to recently that have made things interesting. Been working with my doctor with some health things and trying to get the insurance company to pay for my medication. It’s been FUN! Okay, maybe I’m lying about that just a little.

Anyhow, there is some good news that came my way Wednesday! I applied for a job some time ago and I hadn’t heard back from them. Mind you, I really wasn’t looking for a job, Nick happened to see the posting for it and practically begged me to apply (it’s a government job, great benefits and pay), so I did thinking that I wouldn’t get it. When I didn’t hear back about it, I figured the position had been filled. I wasn’t worried about it. Then, like 2 months after I applied, they called for an interview! I was shocked. I went to the interview, thought I did well, but still didn’t think they’d hire me. A week later, they let me know I made it to phase two and asked me to fill out some paperwork. That happened last Wednesday and then Wednesday of this week they called and made me the job offer!! I was shocked! I could barely contain my excitement about it. This job is a blessing for me – it will be better hours, pay and benefits and my commute will only be slightly longer (we’re talking maybe 5 to 10 mins at the most). The stress will less, too, which will be fantastic for me health wise. I gave my notice soon after I found out and my last day will be next Friday. Honestly, I’m sad to go because I do like a lot of the people I work with here, but I know it’s the best move for me.

Now for the knitting content.

About a month ago I discovered that my mittens were nowhere to be found. I figured they’d turn up before the weather got real cold, but I haven’t found them after looking high and low. I have accepted that they are gone (or just really well hidden). My hands have been FREEZING with this cold weather and I finally gave in and started a new pair.

When Elliphantom posted the pattern for the Herringbone Mittens, I wanted a pair pretty badly. I bought some worsted weight Patons two weeks ago and attempted the pattern on smaller needles because I have really small hands. I figured going down a few needle sizes would probably remedy this, so I gave it a go. Well… after knitting the cuff of the mitten, I realized that I could fit BOTH hands through it with room to spare. I put it down and thought it over for a week, then got out some sport yarn I had in my stash in pink and purple. I like the colors together and I estimated I’d have enough to make a pair of mittens from the yarn. I pulled out sets US 1 and US 2 DPN’s and got to work over this past weekend. They fit my small hands perfectly now! I love these mittens! It took a while to get the chart down, but now I can pretty much work on it without looking at the chart constantly and they seem to be flowing well (I can figure out what comes next by looking at it).

Right now I’ve already put the thumb stitches on a holder, but this picture was taken just before I did that:

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I’ve also been working on my Nine to Five sock. I’m about half way down the foot of the sock right now, though I haven’t worked on it much this week as my knitting time was taken over by the above mitten.

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These are the projects I’ve been working on the most. There are lots of other projects on the needles and I hope to have at least one of them off fairly soon, but I just don’t have the motivation to work on some of the bigger projects right now.  Little things make me happy :o)

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All knitting all the time?

I’ve been reading different fourms on Ravel-crack… er, I mean Ravelry about blogs, knit-blogging, and knitting blogs people read and the reasons why they read those particular blogs over others.  A few people have said they like a certain blog because it’s not just knitting content all the time and you get to know the person beyond the knitting.  This made me think about my own knitting blog.  I guess I always figured "all knitting, all the time" was the way to go because I have a personal blog elsewhere that I keep "Friends Only" becaue there are things that I write about that I really wouldn’t want hanging out there for all the world to see.  I’ve heard horror stories about employers finding out about your blog and then getting fired over it, so I suppose I’m just cautious.

If you blog about knitting/crafting, what are your thoughts on the matter?  What about my blog here?  Do you want more than just knitting content?

I appreciate any responses and will take any suggestions into consideration :o)

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Sometimes you have to let it go

As it turns out, I was living in Knitter’s Denial about the bag I was knitting.  I should have figured it out the first time I made the attempt and it was very floppy, but NO.  I did what a knitter in denial does – I went down a few needle sizes and kept on going with a different plan in mind.  Turns out it is STILL too floppy (shocker, I know).  After living in denial about it for months, I decided to give it up and frogg it last night.  Turns out that while I can knit with alpaca just fine, it’s not suited for next to skin wear for me because it makes me itchy.  That’s why I frogged the mini-sweater I made with it last year.  I thought about a scarf because it’s so soft and lovely, but it would make me itch just like the alpaca/silk blend Irish Hiking Scarf I made, so that was a no-no as well.  Not much I can do with it unless I make something to gift to someone, but no one I know would really want a pink scarf except my sister and I think she’d be itched by it, too, so that wouldn’t work.  This yarn that seemed to be taunting me just has to go.  So, I decided to see if I could swap it for something else and I have already had an offer – yay!  Soon it will be off to a good home of someone who will knit it into something beautiful, I’m sure :o)

This means one thing off my needles!  Surprisingly, this make me feel a lot better.  Sometimes it’s good to get into the "If you don’t love it, frogg it" state of mind.  I don’t want to knit things I don’t really like how it’s turning out and have it end up in the "pile of knitted things I won’t use."  Yes, I do have such a pile…. doesn’t every knitter?  I’m thinking I need a basket for such things because while the actual items turned out great, I don’t find myself using them, but still like to show them off and maybe find someone who WILL use them.

The most exciting news of the week, though, came yesterday!  I got a new washer delivered!!  We ordered it at the end of last month with the funds Nick’s parents gave us to get one.  It took a while to get it in and delivered, but it was delivered yesterday and is working perfectly.  A little back history here: when we moved the movers cracked the tub of my washer.  All of the stuff in the house along with all my stuff that was in storage when we moved here was shipped under Nick’s name.  He never filed a claim for the washer (I couldn’t do it, the move wasn’t in my name), so we ended up not getting any money from the movers, despite the fact it was their fault and it was insured, and had to buy a new one on our own.  Washers aren’t cheap, so it took a while to get one.  I am very excited about not having to go to the laundry mat any longer and also about the fact that I can now felt things again!  I have some various skeins of Patons Classic Wool that I will knit into something to felt.  I’m considering a felted bag of many colors so that it’s all used up.  We’ll see what I decide.

I have been working on my top-down raglan cardigan and I’d say I’m about half way done.  It’s become my "knit at home" project and the socks I’m working on are my "travel with me everywhere" project.

No pictures this post, but I will share some later today or this weekend of all the things I’ve been working on.  Happy Friday!

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A little update

My knitting night is on Wednesdays.  Usually this is okay, even though I’m generally very tired because the first half of my work week is quite stressful.  It’s been a little more tough to get there, though, now that Nathaniel is here.  I don’t like leaving him home by himself while I go because usually Nick is working.  Really, I know it’s not an issue because he’s old enough and responsible enough to stay on his own for a few hours.  Still, it ends up that I have to leave early anyhow so I can get him to bed by Nick’s mandated bed time (8:30 pm).

This week, though, there was no way I was going to make it.  I had to play mom and take him to the store to get gym clothes (he’s made it into mainstream high school!  WOO HOO!).  I also had to make a trip to the pet store to make an exchange.  Since it was also pot luck for knitting night, I knew I wouldn’t have enough time.  On top of all that, since it’s a short week because of the holiday, my 40 hour 5 day work week, turns into a 40 hour 4 day work week.  This meant rearranging my chiropractor appointments, otherwise there was no way I could get everything that needs to be done accomplished.  I left work at 5 pm and my appointment was at 5:30 pm, which means I didn’t get home until after 6 pm.  Knitting starts at 7 pm.  Hmm… nope, no way it’s going to happen!  *sigh*

Instead of going, I took care of all that boring, non-knitting stuff.  It wasn’t all bad, though!  I did get one sock completed and learned a new bind off (sewn/tubular cast-off).  It didn’t turn out the way it should have because I did K2, P2 ribbing and the cast off was in K1, P1 ribbing.  I still like how it turned out, though, and I’ve learned something for next time (1×1 ribbing!) for toe-up socks, which I have a feeling I’m going to try again very soon.  I really like the short row heels and toes.  I think they fit my feet better.  These socks are for my youngest sister, so it looks like I’ll be making something similar for myself soon.

I started a scarf for my middle sister for her birthday.  I hope she likes it (and hope that I can get it done!).  Her birthday is on the 16th of this month. 

Ohhh… yes… regarding the fiber fest going on on the weekend of the 15th/16th.  Myself and Crafty Mands (and her hubby) are going to go on Saturday.  It works better for both of us and I know that I’ll need Sunday to recoup for the work week and it’s also my sister’s birthday on Sunday (which I didn’t even think about before).  So, Saturday it is!  I’m really looking forward to it.  Anyone who would like to join us, is more than welcome to.  Just let me know!

I’m working on a lot of things right now, but only a few have been getting some progress.  It’s all about what I’m enjoying working on and the socks and scarf are where it’s at right now.  I’m also working on a scarf thing for myself (Wisp from Knitty), Erin’s baby blanket (I’m thisclose to the half way point), Icarus, Starlight, and the Noro cardigan.  It’s been too darn hot to work on anything heavy (like a sweater), so it’s been socks and lace, mostly.  I’ll update with some photos (with the exception of the scarf for my middle sister) when I get home.  Just wanted to post a little while I had a chance.

Have a good day everyone!

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Doilies

I was on Ravelry (big surprise, right?) and I came across a doilies group. I was reading the threads and completed projects and now I simply MUST knit some doilies! I know that I will probably not use them because they really aren’t my thing, but I love them! I want some of my own – beautiful pieces of small lace. Nick was sitting close to me, looking when I expressed how much I must knit this NOW and I showed him a beautiful table cloth. He asked how long it would take to make. Guessing, I said probably a year, maybe 6 months if I worked on it non-stop. He requested that I knit it for his mother for her birthday next year and I agreed I would. I already know that I can get some of the "good stuff" for making doilies at Hobby Lobby – they have a pretty big selection there.

Since I need the pattern, I need the book it comes in, which is Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting by Marianne Kinzel. He said that I can go ahead and order it next week (when funds aren’t quite so tight) and since it’s from Amazon and free shipping is a good deal, I’m also going to get First Book of Modern Lace Knitting also by Marianne Kinzel. I need a little more to get the free shipping still, but I have plenty of books on my list, but I haven’t decided which one yet.

I do have some Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread in my stash that I’m going to swatch with and see how it comes out to see what size needles work with it. I want to work on a small one until the books arrive and I can start contemplating color and material for the table cloth.

In other, non-knitting news, I got some chairs for the kitchen table. We got the table free at a garage sale, but no chairs, so today I went hunting and managed to get some for a total of $160 ($40 each and I got 4). Not too bad. Less than I expected to spend. We needed them since Nick’s parents are coming next week to bring Nathaniel home. We need to be able to sit at the table now that he will be here and while his parents are visiting.

Anyhow, I should really go to bed. I’m going to be car looking with my friend from work tomorrow. She needs a new car – she was in an accident a little over a week ago. No worries, she’s fine, but her car was totaled. Nighty night!

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Is it here yet?

I put in my order to Knit Picks today for Wool of the Andes in Amethyst Heather – enough to make the sweater on the cover of the Summer 2007 Interweave Knits, the Wheat-Ear Cable Yoke sweater. I’m anxiously awaiting my order to arrive so I can start swatching!

I’m binding off on The Shawl right now. Then it will be washed, blocked and on it’s way to my swap partner. I really like the i-cord bind off, but it’s a little bit tedious to do (hence why I’m taking a break and posting about yarn on the way instead of doing it).

I have decided that I will not completed MS3. I don’t think the design is for me. For now, I think I will take it off the needles and let the yarn go back in the stash until I’m ready to knit it into something else. I’ve got Icarus on the needles right now, so it will pretty much just take it’s place for the lace I’m working on.

I’m getting a lot of things finished up or off the needles, I’ve already got tons more things I want to knit. Right now, though, I’m going to try and keep it to a minimum and not cast on for a ton of projects and I’m staying out of swaps for the rest of the year because I think I’m burnt out of swaps right now. I’d been doing swaps pretty steadily for a little over a year and I need a break. I’m just not finding a whole lot of joy in it at the moment and money is tight, so a break will do me good! Some things I am (like knitting!), but others (stuffie swap), not so much. I’m just lacking in energy to do all the things I did last year with that swap. I was then, too, but I was not working, so the little energy I did have could go to taking care of the swap things. The requirements aren’t as high this time, so that’s a good thing. I’m sure it will turn out fine! As soon as The Shawl is off and the stuffie is on her way home, that’s it for swaps for me.

So… what’s on your needles? Itching to cast anything on? Next project? Tell me about it!