Getting My Knitting Mojo Back

What’s off the Sticks:

I finally finished Naked Gardening shawl using Fybrspates Gleem lace in 703 silver/bronze and Northbound Knitting (NBK) lace in Metallurgy. Other than the lace panel, it was very much a TV knit so I did find having to knit garter and ribbing in lace to a shawl size quite tedious. Despite loving the end result, I am glad to be finished.

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Still working away on these items, although I did get some good ground on my Trenchcoat socks while watching Game of Thrones.

  • Vanilla socks in Regia Stripemania in 6365 Frost
  • Vanilla socks in Trenchcoat by awesome Canadian indie dyer Turtlepurl
  • Madison scarf in Freia Fine Handpaints gradient in Grapvine

I casted on Paper Dolls yesterday using some delicious and eye melting colours by Wollmeise. The main body colour is in a lapis lazuli blue while the secondary colour will be bright saffron. Rather than the traditional paper dolls, I will be integrating a medieval bird using the sweater below as inspiration made by beckyswaff’s Autumn Birds.

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Supporting the Economy:

Woop!! I am so thrilled to bits. Came home from work and waiting on my doorstep was my 2 skeins of Trailing Clouds Mind the Gap sock yarn. I’ve been coveting this colourway and finally caught an update. It’s a 12 (!!!) colour self striping yarn that takes inspiration from the London Underground station maps. I love the might bursts of primary colours against the black and navy striping.

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Who are We Kidding:

 

Yup…just as I suspected. I’m reading up on lots of KALs…haven’t joined one yet lol.

What’s on Tap:

So season 6 began on Game of Thrones. I don’t know, there was a lot written about the shocking ending but I was sort of meh about it. I’m totally Team Baelish so I’m looking forward to seeing more Littlefinger in future episodes.

Let’s Never Speak of it Again:

I was worried my gauge for my Trenchcoat sock was off and the fabric feeling too thin. I could have frogged it all and went down a needle size. But then I got lazy so I’m going full steam ahead. I just have to remember not to complain when I start to wear holes in them too soon!

Organized Chaos

What’s on the Sticks:

Same list as last post but I have pictures!

  • Naked Gardening shawl using Fybrspates Gleem lace in 703 silver/bronze and Northbound Knitting (NBK) lace in Metallurgy.

Here’s my status on the Naked Gardening, the garter stitch piece in Metallurgy. I have to get up to 173 stitches where each 4 row repeat increases by 3 stitches. So I am desperately trying to get over this part and onto the lace.

 

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Here’s a picture from the deisger’s Rav project page. The ribbing part will be in the semi-solid Fyberspates Gleem.

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  • Vanilla socks in Regia Stripemania in 6365 Frost
  • Vanilla socks in Trenchcoat by awesome Canadian indie dyer Turtlepurl
  • Madison scarf in Freia Fine Handpaints gradient in Grapvine

 

Supporting the Economy:

I received an order of Mineville Wool Project skeins in DK weight and I am in love! It’s brought to you by the talented folks at Hand Maiden/Fleece Artist but at a much lower price point. The DK skeins are about $14 CAD, in a squooshy and oh so beautiful superwash merino. Their colours are gorgeous, as expected from HM/FA and I cannot wait to cast something on.

Colours left to right: beach stone, amazon, blue jean, sea spray, smoke

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So to demonstrate how serious I am about supporting the economy, I’ve finally organized my stash and it is bananas. I took a full day to go through my bins of yarn, sat down with my laptop and entered everything onto Rav. Then put it away by weight and colour family. It makes me want to knit everything. I actually know what I have and how much! I also kinda sorta overtook the linen closet with all my gorgeous Colourmart cashmere cones.

 

Who are We Kidding:

I’ve been pretty monogamous in knitting the Naked Gardening shawl, so everything else is just sitting in their project bags. Since I want to knit all the things now, I’m already considering casting on for a tank, a cardi, and a scarf. I think I may just hold everything for the KnitGirllls stash dash happening in May.

And of course the lovely Grocery Girls announced a new Canadian KAL starting July 1st, which I must join.

What’s on Tap:

Too many awesome podcasts to catch up on. I’ve added a few more to my rotation including Inside Number 23. OMG. Katie is perfection personified. I love her, I either want to be her or be her BFF. She’s a darling with a British accent who is a total vintage bombshell, red hair and all. She not only knits the most fabulous sweaters (jumpers!), but she sews as well. You have to get into her podcast if you aren’t already. Love.

Let’s Never Speak of it Again:

It’s not a bad week. I don’t think there’s anything so embarrassingly bad that I’ve done. Quel surpris! I’m usually the queen of inappropriate conversation, to the point that I’ve been nicknamed McLovin.

Catching up, y’all

What’s on the Sticks:

  • Vanilla socks in Regia Stripemania in 6365 Frost
  • Vanilla socks in Trenchcoat by awesome Canadian indie dyer Turtlepurl
  • Madison scarf in Freia Fine Handpaints gradient in Grapvine
  • Naked Gardening shawl using Fybrspates Gleem lace in 703 silver/bronze and Northbound Knitting (NBK) lace in Metallurgy.

Supporting the Economy:

I’ve bought WAY too much yarn since my hiatus to have room in a post to list. But hopefully you’ll see them crop up as I start casting on. With our economy and wanting to support local indie dyers, I have bought a lot of amazing yarn from Canadians.

But I did spend the past 2 weekends organizing my stash (if I link it promise not to think me insane?). I bought new shelving, then sat down and catalogued every skein onto my Rav stash before putting them away. Now I go just to stare and pet the yarn.

Who are We Kidding:

I love the idea of Knit Alongs (KALs). I love watching people participate and post about KALs. I love watching and listening to podcasters discuss KALs. Do you think I ever successfully completed a KAL? Yeah. Well as the title very accurately states, here’s some coming up I really want to participate in:

What’s on Tap:

Catching up on lots of shows. I watched all 5 season of Game of Thrones in 1 week. That is a lot of gore and violence to digest in 7 days lol. Finished House of Cards s. 4 and thank goodness it’s way better than s3. Need to start on s.2 of Better call Saul.

Discovering so many amazing and hilarious podcasts on Youtube. It seems like a gajillion Canadian podcasters have sprung up over the past 3 months.  Here’s a list of “must watch”:

Dye Another Day: Two indie yarn dyers near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They are hilarious and make me laugh constantly. They are also super talented dyers and I fear watching them will just bankrupt me.

Sticks + Twine: A wonderful podcaster in Toronto whose purpose is to try and encourage more men into the knitting scene. He’s lovely and down to earth, and do I ever have stash envy seeing his yarn elections.

Soxcetera: Hilarious podcaster from British Columbia who is just so engaging. I love her stories and the outlook on life.

Grocery Girls: Two lovely ladies from Alberta who are just so sweet and their passion for knitting just shines through.

Honourary Canadians

Get Lit and Knit: Pretty self explanatory and you can only image how awesome these two podcasters are if they can think up such a great name for a show. A must watch.

Knitorious: 2 of the most funny, outgoing and sweet podcasters. It’s just so endearing to watch them and laugh along with them.

Let’s Never Speak of it Again:

  • Want to know how long it takes me to ruin a Mac product? Average: 4 days. So 5 years ago I got a Macbook Pro and managed to spill coffee on it…twice. Luckily Mister Rice saved the day. Last year I got a new iPad Air, the very next day I drop it on a tile floor and chipped the glass on the corner. Still never got around to replacing it. Annnnddd…last week hubby got me a new Macbook (in GOLD!!!!!) and yesterday I spilled water all over the keyboard. Luckily it didn’t really soak in, I flipped it over and threw it in a bag of rice. It’s drying right now but I’m sure it’s ok…I hope.
  • Last but not least. Did y’all enjoy my adventures in knitting Paperdolls and Chainlink? Chainlink in size XL in fine fingering weight that took 4 months to make? Yeah well, my mom felted them both! So not only have I not built up my knit closet, I may be almost back to the beginning!. OK to be fair, I didn’t get too pissed at my mom because she came to visit me and help with the kids and no 40-year old married professional has any business having her mom do her laundry anyway. Ha!

Blogging Re-Boot

Well that escalated quickly. I’ve been uber (remember when that used to be just an adjective?) busy the last few months but after discovering some really cool knitting podcasts and Spring coming around the corner, I’m re-energized to continue of my journey of knitting up a wardrobe full of woolly things.

Catching up: It’s been work, work, work, sleep, work for months. I’ve also been on a instant gratification bender knitting up small projects and finishing them fast. Mostly accessories, so not really feeding my wardrobe needs.  But I think it’s time to tackle sweaters again. I still haven’t made any dresses or skirts, which is mostly what I wear for work – and that takes up 80% of my life.

Organizing my thoughts: I think I’m going to organize my blog posts into sections, kind of like podcasters do. It’ll help me keep me on point and readers don’t have to go through my rollercoaster ride of crazy to understand my posts.

What I’m working on: So I’ve strayed from monogamy and have several things on the needle now. 2 vanilla socks, a Madison scarf, a Naked Gardening shawl and something else I probably can’t remember. Photos and details to come in my next post.

Glad to be back!

Unchain my Heart

I’m finished the first half of Norah Gaughan’s Chainlink sweater. I totally love it and can’t wait to wear it when I finish. When I finish. When I finish this fingering weight tunic length sweater. The prospect of knitting the exact same thing again for the front half is making me feel deeply unmotivated haha. I’ve moved on to making a Pont Neuf for now. Perhaps when I finish that, which should be rather quick as it’s a dk weight, I will pick this back up again. But in the meantime, look how pretty the back is!

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Shhh can you keep a secret?

I’ve never been one who was good at organizing my knitting needles. I am good at keeping them in the original packaging, but all dumped together one a large canvas bag. When I needed a particular size, I’d have to rummage through the bag and find the fight needle size and cord length. Now the other “problem” is that I always bought needles on sale, mostly from DBNY, which is a site that sells off stock from liquidations and stock from LYS at pretty deep discounts. This means once items are sold, they are gone. So every time I see good brand name needles on sale, I pounce on them and wind up picking them up at 60-75% off retail. I’m talking Addi Turbo, Hiya Hiya, Knitter’s Pride Nova Platinas, and Chiaogoo red cables. Without a good system to figure out what I already had, you can quickly determine what winds up happening.

An over abundance of needles. Lots and lots of needles.

This past weekend I finally hunkered down and organized my needles in a giant 3″ ring binder and some pencil cases. I then entered it all into the Ravelry needle inventory.

And this is what I came up with. Yikes! LOL. I’m pretty confident I am ready for any knitting project that comes my way – and then some.

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Obligation Knitting, Holiday Knitting, and Unwound Skeins are Killing my Mojo

I been feeling very flighty lately. I can’t seem to land on any one project that will hold my attention. I want to knit all the things and by feeling overwhelmed I haven’t finished anything.

Of course I feel compelled to continue this project of mine to fill my own closet with clothes. But I’ve been asked to knit a few things for friends and family (1 sweater, 1 cardigan, and 1 poncho!) and of course the looming dark cloud of Christmas approaching.

And the worst part? There’s things I can see myself committing to and then I think “Ugh I have to get out the swift and out it together, clamp down the winder and unwind skeins into cakes”. Blurgh. I’ll be honest, most of my projects lately have come down to the deciding factor that the yarn was already a) caked or b) on a cone.

The road to FO is paved with good intentions though. I have 6 WiPs listed in my projects page, I’ve just barely touched any of them. Off to stare sullenly at my winder…