Hopeful

•December 5, 2016 • 2 Comments

A weekend spent knitting on the same project makes for some serious visible progress. I am feeling more hopeful that I will complete my gloves and the first semester of junior year of Loopy Academy. I won’t be 100% sure until I upload the photos in the gallery but I do have more confidence than I did on Friday. 

I’m feeling slightly better about being ready for Christmas too but more about that another day.

I Don’t Want To Freak Out

•December 4, 2016 • 7 Comments

But I just might. It’s December. Our plans for the holidays are up in the air. I haven’t finished shopping. The tree isn’t up. It’s buried in the basement. Nothing is wrapped. Do I even have wrapping paper? The house is a mess. I’ve got no time to clean. I’ve got a bunch of obligations. I really just want to go back to bed. But these are all background noise to the two big things that are freaking me out.

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My big Christmas cactus hasn’t got a single bud on it. It has bloomed every year for the past 18 or so. I’m disappointed. I’m pretty sure it’s my fault. Normally it summers on the porch where it gets extra sun and plenty of neglect. I didn’t have space for it this year so it stayed it its normal spot and I watered it regularly. Crap!

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This tiny little plant has one bud. This is the plant that always sat on my parent’s kitchen table. I’ve kept it on my dining room table. I’m glad it’s got a bud. It’s the only white flowering one I have.

But the thing that is really freaking me out is the blog and the photo issue I’m having. Photobucket has been my photo hosting place of choice for as long as I’ve had a blog, 10 years anyway, and suddenly I can’t upload photos there. The web site is behaving strangely. I contacted the help desk and they have been less than helpful. “It’s a known issue and we’re working on it.” I revived my flickr account that I haven’t used in over 10 years and I am having trouble making it work. Obviously I’m stupid. I don’t have time to learn how to post passable photos. So please forgive me while I get a handle on the flickr thing, ignore the oversized photos and excuse the freaking out.

No Such Thing, If It’s Hand Knit, Right?

•December 3, 2016 • 3 Comments

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I was at Trader Joe’s the other day and saw this cookie kit. Needless to say I bought it. It’s cookies. It involves crafting. I thought it would be fun for H and N to design some sweaters. 


These are the sweaters H decorated. She’s a minimalist with the frosting and decorations. 


These are N’s. He’s not afraid of a little extra frosting at all. 

Overall I’d say the kit was a lot of fun. The icing was difficult to control particularly by people who don’t know how to decorate. We had tons of icing leftover. I think making the icing tubes smaller and offering more colors (like blue and yellow) would help make for uglier sweaters. I’d still buy it again though. 

An Interesting Thought

•December 2, 2016 • 4 Comments

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As I was reading blogs this morning on my WordPress Reader I happened on a finish along being hosted by Meredithe and Anne. (Link goes to the specifics of the finish along.) The idea is to “substantially progress” 17 UFOs in 2017. It is very inclusive covering knitting, crocheting, sewing, or whatever you’ve got.

The idea of this intrigues me greatly. I don’t have 17 UFOs hanging around but I do 7 or 8. I also know I have my 3 junior year second semester Loopy Academy projects, the extra credit project that is regularly assigned in the spring, 3 Camp Loopy projects and the 3 senior year first semester Loopy Academy projects that will be assigned in September 2017. That’s a total of 10 projects that while I don’t know exactly what they are I know they are hanging out there waiting to be knit. I am very tempted to jump on this as a way to get back to some projects that have been waiting for eons, some as long as 2009. I have until early January 2017 to commit and come up with a list.

So what do you think? Are you interested?

FO: Milo

•December 1, 2016 • 5 Comments

I spent some time today, instead of blogging earlier, finishing Milo. I followed the pattern as written with the exception of the yarn. I used a worsted weight but stayed with the recommended size 6 needles. I wanted something dense but soft. Something a child would want to wear. The yarn is Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in cherry red. I love this yarn for children’s wear. It makes me sad that it’s been discontinued. 

I will knit another one of these soon. I am going to make a few changes this time. I plan to knit the neck and hem in a size smaller needle. It’s more necessary for the hem which flares a bit. If I’m using worsted weight yarn I think I’ll change the cable to a 3X3 instead of a 4X4. The 4X4 is pretty stiff compared to the rest of the fabric. 

The Milo pattern is very well written. It’s easy to follow and includes multiple cable designs and a nice tutorial for a stitch I’ve never seen in another pattern (KFPSOKB). I highly recommend the pattern. 

Addictive Knitting

•November 30, 2016 • 3 Comments

Some projects have that addictive quality for me. Monkey socks is a huge one. I have to keep knitting those row after row after row until the end is reached and I’m kitchnering the toes with no memory of knitting both socks. Sure I remember starting the first one but beyond that, nothing. The Sweet Summer Shawl has a similar quality. I knit each row of the pattern hardly noticing as I complete a repeat and move on to the next. The Shawl keeps growing and when I reach down to feel it I am startled to see that another two repeats is done. Have you knit patterns that have that addictive quality? What does it for you? 

Rotating WIPs

•November 29, 2016 • 7 Comments

Some days I’m pretty sure I’m a little crazy. Other days I know I am. Over the long Thankgiving weekend between cooking, serving, eating and cleaning up I was knitting and watching Netflix, a knitters best friend. I tried different ways of dividing my time: watch an episode of “The Killing”(44 episodes in total- I’ve gone to heaven! I haven’t watched them all, yet.) while knitting Milo* and then when the next episode starts switch to the Sweet Summer Shawl. This didn’t work very well. I like to stop on a specific row of each pattern so I know what I face when I pick it back up (crazy!). Next I tried just knitting a repeat of the rows. It was too much time on one project and not enough time on the other since one has an 8 row repeat and the other a 20 (crazier!). Finally I decided to just set the stop watch on my phone and knit for about 3 hours on each stopping at the end of the repeat (craziest!!). This worked beautifully. I feel like I spent plenty of time on each project and got a visible amount done. I’m pleased even if I did have to expose my brand of crazy. 

*There was an incident with Milo that required ripping back the whole thing and starting again. There was cursing. I’ll spare you the details.