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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tiny Tea Leaves (again)

Hello! I hope that everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend. We had so much fun, on a trip up to the UP. I don't like bridges, but I was just fine, and it was so relaxing in our little cabin. It did rain--but only when we were driving. Such luck!

That's my travel knitting bag on the bench, where I sat and knit and was ever-so-happy. I'm working on a Tiny Tea Leaves cardi for Rori. She picked the color, Marina, in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash. Years ago I made both the girls a tiny tea leaves, only I made it into a pullover. This time I'm just following the pattern and making a cardigan.  And look, she picked a color other than pink. This mama is so proud.

I'm actually further along with it now, I've divided for the sleeves, but the picture was so pretty I decided not to take another one.

School has now started for us, and things are "back to normal." If this is normal. It was really great to get a nice holiday in before the school year began. 

We saw her:

and this:

I'm still working on the sleeves for my Lempster (snore), and I've started a hat. You know, in preparation. The leaves were already changing color up in the UP, so I'm motivated to get ready for the colder weather. 

That's it for me, until next time.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

sometimes, it is just meh

Well, August is winding down, and I think that I only wrote two posts this month. Could that be right? Probably. But I finally am getting things finished, like this Braid Hills Cardigan.

And sometimes, the things I knit, and slave over, and buy extra yarn for, are just, meh. This is one of this projects. Because, in the picture above, it looks OK. In the picture below, is looks so-so

what's that over there, is that a squirrel??

And in the last picture, it looks down-right terrible. It is just too small across the chest. And I knit one size up since it is supposed to be fitted!  I also don't like how short it is, even after I lengthened it.

So I'm not sure what I'll do. It is OK with just a few buttons closed, and I do like the way the shoulders fit. And I like the detail, and the blocking helped the sleeves fit. But, it may just go into the closet and sit there for a while. I'm in no hurry to knit myself a bigger one that fits better. Oh well, I guess you can't win them all.

Pattern: Braid Hills
Yarn: Cascade 220 sport in straw gold (I love the color)

That's it for me. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend, we've got some fun planned! See you next week.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

on into August

Welcome. I hope that your August is starting out as well as mine. I'm finding some serious crafting bliss.

I've been working on my scrap quilt pretty regularly, and all the pieces are now cut out. It is really very fun. There is a certain freedom using only what I have, no buying of any fabric has taken place. In fact, I've only spent a wee bit of money on thread (because I don't have much of that) and some batting. I've got four blocks quilted, and I'm ready to start joining the first row together. The quilt is a total of 16 blocks.
Seeing how the squares will look together
I love that I can use scrap batting as well. I have always saved my left-overs, and this will pretty much clean me out. The book I'm using shows how to sew two scrap together and use them as well. Love! I also love that I can do it in bits and pieces. Tonight I plan on sewing at least two squares together. I've sort of put it off due to the hand sewing, but now I feel ready to tackle it. 

In other exciting news, my new yarn order from Knit Picks arrived on Monday. It is enough for three sweaters. I'm very pleased the girls picked colors other than pink. We are making progress!The girls are both getting new cardigans, and I'm getting........ something when I get finished with the ridiculous amount of WIP's and new projects I'm about to start. It will probably be after Christmas by the time I get to use this gorgeous yarn.
Lastly, I'm seeing the end of my Braid hills. As always, I slowed way down on the sleeves, oh how I hate to knit them. And the first one was too small, so I had to rip it all the way back and knit it with no decreases. I'm guessing it will still be tighter than I'm used to, but some variety in my wardrobe would be a good thing. I just need to finish sleeve #2 and do the neck band. Hurray!

That's all for me, see you next week. I might even have a FO (but don't hold your breath!)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What's happening here

It feels like yesterday that I was over enjoying lori times five's blog, when I learned about yarn splicing. She's got a video here, where she demonstrates how to do it. Recently, I've adopted it when knitting with 100% wool (both the sweater I'm knitting and the cardigan are pure wool). I love it! I love not having to weave ends in. Thank you Lori, you are an inspiration!

Recently my Dad made me this:

Which I also love. I know, it is a big, but it can sit out of sight under my table when not in use. And it makes life easier. Much easier. And faster.

In other news, I am trying to learn Continental knitting instead of English. I've been suffering from repetitive strain injury for what feels like forever. I get better, then knit too much, and it comes back. So after reading that Continental is better for people that suffer like me, I'm trying to switch. It is hard, and I am not patient, but I am trying. I used this video as help. I'm using some stash bulky and huge needles to make a scarf just like the very first one I ever made (in 2009, yipes!), when I learned English-style.

Lastly, in an effort to let me hands rest a bit, I decided to start a scrap quilt. I am not a quilter, but I do try. I'm using this book:

to quilt as I go. I'll let you know how that turns out. I'm mostly using fabric my Grandma gave me, with a few scraps of my own, so I feel happy every time I work on it. I love my Grandma!   

Happy Crafting!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sometimes I need help

Hello! We are having some cooler weather this week in Michigan (Polar Vortex anyone?) and I'm not going to lie, I'm loving it. In fact, I'm loving the weather this summer in general. Except when it gets humid. I do not like that. When I'm not knitting, I work outside (to have money to buy yarn and food), and it can get to be a bit much in the summer. But so far, I can't really complain (except for that one really bad day).

One of the baskets my Grandma made, she's super talented

What I am doing right now, pretty much exclusively, is working on my Braid Hills cardigan. The construction is interesting, and keeps me on my toes. So much in fact, that after I had all the separate pieces put onto waste yarn (per the instructions), I looked at it in despair. Then I showed my clever husband the piece, and the picture, and he helped me see how it would work out in the end. So nice to have someone to help me see past my own confusion!
The sleeve caps are made using Sunday Short Rows, which I think are pretty brilliant. I'd never done sleeves this way, and I love it so far. I can't wait to try it on when I get further along.

Right now I'm also loving the library. I do like my Kindle, but I haven't touched it since we moved to this town with its glorious library. The girls and I go once a week, and this past week I checked out the knitting section. So big! So many books to peruse. I couldn't resist the hat book!

And I just finished the Collector of Dying Breaths. It was an interesting read, but I had a wee bit of a hard time investing in the characters/story. I'd say three stars.

And that's it for me this week. I won't have a FO for weeks at the rate I'm knitting this cardigan, but I am so enjoying it. The yarn is such a gorgeous color. 

Happy Crafting! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I love it

Happy Friday! Only one more week until the 4th of July. It is a happy holiday for me, as my family usually gathers at my Grandparents house on the lake for the fireworks over the water. This year we are home again, and can join in the fun. One of my sisters can't make it, (studying for the bar), but my parents went and collected her kids. I know my girls can't wait to see their cousins.

I finished the Alice in Wonderland, and man do I love it. This was a long time in the making, and I had some agony over the buttons. 

I knit this with Valley Yarns Huntington (sock weight), in the colorway North Sea. It is a lovely color, and I'm pleased. This is the first piece of clothing I've knit in fingerling, and it did take a while. But totally worth it!

My sister suggested that I make one for my niece for Christmas. And while I love her, I don't know if I love her that much. So instead I gave my sister a knitting book, some needles and yarn and suggest she start learning!

Our pictures didn't turn out very well, the girls were too busy trying to annoy each other to bother with focus. Sigh. You get the idea anyway. I hope you have an excellent weekend, and a Happy 4th!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Braid Hills

Happy Wednesday! I'm writing this post on June 21, summer solstice. As I get older, time seems to go that much faster. Why is that? I don't like it. I wish I could just hit 'pause' for a little while

Since I can't, I'm just going to continue to knit like a fiend. I have been happily reunited with my belongings. That means, my WIP's! I've picked up my Braid Hills right where I left off. I was able to fix the problem I caused with an extra stitch before the move, and now I'm chugging away on it.


I'm knitting this in Cascade 220 sport, in the colorway straw gold. I loved the pattern picture so much I wanted a similar color. Look at me going out of my comfort zone and trying new colors!!

I'm being pretty monogamous with my Braid Hills right now, but I thought I'd show the progress I've made on my Lempster as well. 

That's all from me for now. I hope to have my Alice photographed for FO Friday! See you then.

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