Saturday, April 8, 2017

Running Total for March

March Totals

Total in= 0 yards
                            Socks- 273 yards
                            Mittens- 50 yards
                            Bunny- 50 yards
                            Reflective- 83 yards
                            Slouch Hat- 260 yards
                        Total out=    716  yards
Monthly: I knitted 716 yards more than I bought :)
YTD: I bought 3,388 yards more than I knitted :(

I feel like this month wasn't a very productive month knit-wise which, with full time school and 30 hours of work a week makes sense. But not buying any yarn at all sure helped my totals. For April I am planning on finishing a pair of socks, knitting 2 Christmas stockings, and starting a sweater for my mom. No, I don't plan on finishing the Must Have Cardigan. It just takes up too much brain work for me to be working on it during this semester. I need mindless projects these days.

My favorite knit of this month was this slouchy hat I worked up during lectures on campus. It's added to the xmas pile, which so far is comprised of 3 hats and a cowl. There were two pairs of socks in the drawer too but they were both gifted for birthdays instead.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Plodding along...

WHAT?! I've actually pulled my Must Have Cardigan out of it's lonely corner hiding spot and begun to work on it again? Believe it or now, when you actually work on projects you begin to see progress being made. It's amazing, I know. My little progress keeper (right hand diamond, second cross down) shows where it was when I set it aside in January. Everything from there was knitted in 2 days' time between work and school and what have you.
So, it's nice to see that progress CAN be made, even on such a drab and dull and boring project as this.

I've started the second stocking project, and finished my mom's socks, although I don't apparently have any photographic evidence. So that makes 3 of my March goals down only 8 days in! I have also cast on for my KAL socks, and am making decent progress during lectures at school. Although, man! There are some speedy gonzaleses in my knitting group. One gal is done with one pair already!
I was quite proud of my partial sock until I saw that!
I haven't touched Penelope's tomten, but I have begun to run again in the mornings so I feel like that's pretty good news.

Everything else is going fine. My life is just... keeping on in the same old way. I'm beginning to feel hopeful that one day I won't be quite so broke and hopeless. Hoping that the future brings less hopelessness... that's odd isn't it?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Stash Enhancement & Marching ahead

I ended up getting a few skeins at Stitches West this year after all.
I got four skeins of Miss Babs Yowza for my Dark and Stormy, a skein of "yarn love" in the colorway "Midnight in Paris" just because it's gorgeous, some Lazer Sheep in both "Bat Ram" and "Fantasy Sheep" (I already used up my Fantasy Sheep on a little hat and mitten set for Penny) and finally a lot of 10 skeins of Encore Chunky because it was a good deal.
I have so many knitting plans!
My goals for Febraury are all completed!
1) Finish Randy's birthday socks. 
2) Start Mom's birthday socks
3) Knit an Ombre hat
4) Knit a hat for charity
5) Start Penelope's Tomten

So now looking ahead to March I have a few more
1) Finish Mom's birthday socks
2) Do the Spring Sock KAL on Knit and Chat facebook group (Socks for Lauryn XMAS)
3) Finish Penelope's Tomten
4) Start second commissioned stocking
5) Work on Must Have Cardigan, which has been sadly neglected.

I have a lot of other things I'd like to add to the list, but I'm keeping it simple in order to see more strikethroughs next month.

I also have acquired a new addiction


Yes. I  have been making stitch markers. They're so addicting. They're so fun! They're so easy! Will I ever need all these stitch markers? ... Maybe! I mean, I lose them all the time! Ha. They sure are fun to make though.

Happy knitting.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tomten

I've been knitting a lot of garter stitch.
I bought the pink and white yarn for this Tomten Jacket in Colorado in October. It was meant all along to be a tomten jacket, but I had forgotten how much yardage garter stitch eats up. After the third white stripe I realized that there was no way the yarn I had would cut it. I was using Plymouth Encore, which is a 75% acrylic 25% wool blend so I dug through the stash and found some spare partial skeins of wool-ease, which is a similar fiber composition. The dark purple and red are wool-ease. But as I continued and thought about the hood and the sleeves I decided to add some of the light purple too, of which there is plenty in the stash. It is 100% acrylic and matches ok texture-wise.
I never sat and thought "hmm, why is this baby cardigan taking so much damn yarn?"
If I had, I might have realized it's a behemoth of a thing.
(I had to bribe the kid with chocolate for this photo and even though all the ends are woven in now and the hood is complete, I'm not going to try for a better photo until the sleeves are done.)

As you can see, it is HUGE. Like, hilariously large. Like, it fits my 5-year-old niece and it's made for my 1-year-old daughter. To be fair, I'm making it in advance of Christmas next year for her. So she has a lot of growing to do, and since it's garter stitch it should fit for basically ever.

And it sure means I've knit up a lot of yardage! Three full skeins of encore plus about 1.5 skeins wool-ease, plus one skein of the acrylic probably adds up to about 900 yards so far. That's not even counting the sleeves! (must add here that the yarn is held double)

On a side note, I have decided to skip Stitches this year because of a few hiccups in life. Namely, my husband is currently unemployed and I just don't have the extra $$ to be throwing down on yarn. Secondly, I still haven't knit the yarn I bought last year at Stitches and I don't feel right getting more until I at least knit up the cashmere. And third, I'd really like to actually attend classes at stitches and not just the market. Finally, we bought a trailer and might be living in it temporarily some time in the next year and I would really need to downsize the stash in order to make that do-able, not upsize.

In other news, my town may be evacuating due flooding soon. The next town over has been affected but so far our levees are holding up ok.

I'll share more soon.

Happy knitting!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Ombre Hat

I cast on and completed this hat day before yesterday. The free pattern is here on Ravelry. I really think I might make a few more of these hats. This one had a few issues with gauge. Mostly, I used a size 7 needle when I should have used 8s but also I used two very different yarns and the white is much thicker than the maroon so the top feels thicker than the bottom.
I haven't decided if this hat is going to be one of my charity knits or if I'm going to save it and give it to someone for Christmas.... I'm leaning towards charity because it's easy-care and I have a goal of knitting 15 charity knits this year.

I can't wait to cast on something new. I am almost done with Randy's socks- I started the toe yesterday at school and should definitely finish that up on Monday. My must have cardigan still awaits, but I am finding it difficult to have "proper" knitting time. I have a lot of sitting at school knitting time, or quick lunch break knitting time, or end of the day my brain hurts too much to think knitting time. But not much time for crossing rows off a chart and making sure all the cables twist correctly. I got a head start on my homework tonight and I have tomorrow off, so maybe I can work on it a little then.

I am going to be knitting two more Christmas stockings next month, and I have a baby hat to make for a friend... another friend wants a unicorn hat... so many projects, so little time!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

January Review an ongoing WIP and my newest FO

Well, the first month of the new year has gotten away from us.
I just reviewed my purchases and finished objects and found good things!
I bought 1200 yards of new stash, and used up 1549 yards.
I made a cowl, which will be a Christmas present.
I made a Christmas Stocking, which was a commissioned knit for next Christmas.
I made a GORGEOUS beanie, that doesn't quite have a destination yet but it might be gifted next year too.
And I made a sweater for my daughter.
So 4 projects total for the month of January.

My goals for February are:
1) Finish Randy's birthday socks. (His birthday is in March)
2) Start Mom's birthday socks (Her birthday is in April)
3) Knit an Ombre hat
4) Knit a hat for charity
5) Start Penelope's Tomten

I've also been working on something of a different nature: A knitting journal. I had initially meant to take a video flip through for you guys, but my kids kept barging in on it; they always have to be the center of attention.
I am using templates from Kathrynivy.com, and filling out my project details as I go. It's proving to be quite fun! I used to do this ten years ago in a blank craft paper book, but it was so sloppy and unattractive I gave up on the idea.
I find the binder to be neater and easier to keep organized and attractive. Plus I'm using sheet protectors so I can slip in the whole pattern if need be.

Finally, I started and completed a sweater. My Must Have Cardigan is waiting in a bag, but the cables are too fiddly for relaxing and multi-tasking. I like to knit while I read my textbooks and I like to unwind at night knitting and watching TV, so I dug through my stash and found a few skeins of Lion Brand Homespun, and cast on for Nutmeg- a free pattern on Ravelry

But it evolved into something that was not nutmeg. I tried it on, and while it was warm and cozy, it was lacking something and I still had yarn. So I picked up around the neckline and knitted up a hood. That helped some, but now it definitely needed a pocket. I made the pocket in just about a half hour, and then it was complete! I cast on this project on January 30 and completed it February 9. Not bad for someone who goes to school full time and works part time! I wish I could get that kind of almost- instant gratification with every project I knit.


I should find out tomorrow whether I have the weekend of Stitches West off of work. If I do, exciting! If I don't, then another goal for February is to not buy any new yarn. I truly have plenty.

Just look at that pile of yarn!

Lol

As always, happy knitting!