One Lovely Blog

This post is going to be a bit shorter but I thought that this deserved a post of its own.

I was nominated by the writer of the blog CreepingThyme (thanks so much!) for the One Lovely Blog award. It has, as she said, a wonderful pay-it-forward quality to it. If you are nominated you must complete a series of tasks (this sounds rather quest-like).

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  1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you
  2. List the rules and display the award
  3. Include seven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate around 15 other bloggers and let them know about the award (their About page is a good place!) (I don’t follow many blogs anymore so, I decided to do a lucky thirteen instead)
  5. Follow the blogger who nominated you

So, here are my seven facts:

  1.  I’m knitting the same Christmas present for my younger niece, Daisy, that I knit for her older sister, Rosie, for her first Christmas.
  2.  We pronounce my cat’s name (Persephone) per-se-phone instead of per-se-fo-ne.
  3. I love to eat radishes.
  4. I once wrote my boyfriend a note and hid it with his DS because that was the one place I was sure he would notice it.
  5. I bought my eleventh-grade prom dress at a thrift store.
  6. In middle and part of high school I wanted to be manga-ka (manga writer/artist).m
  7. My favorite book in the world is Dracula.

Okay, the bloggers…

  1. Andre Sue Knits: Andre Sue’s such a great lady, she is always publishing so many great patterns. She seems to whip out patterns left and right and they’re always so detailed and creative. Even her foray into hand painting yarns is pretty.
  2. Weekend Knitter Blog: Stacy was the very first comment and follow I ever had was from her on my first blog. She isn’t always active (I totally get it) but her posts are always worth the wait (especially her handspun).
  3. Lollyknits: I love Lolly’s handspun, it inspires me to learn more about spinning. She’s a student just like me (although much further along) and she gets taking Legos to college.
  4. The Crafty Yuppie: Manni delivers just the right amount of knitting and just the right amount of sass. Oh, and her food posts always make my stomach growl
  5. Agujas: Verónica has been to the most amazing places and always manages to find an awesome LYS. I love being able to glimpse the world through her blog.
  6. Mad Man Knitting: What can I say about Gregory? Well, first of all, any guy who is supporting himself on knitted teddy bears is awesome but he is just an all-around great guy, it shows through his great writing.
  7. The Sock Monkey: Not only is Josiah somehow finding time to participate in NaNoWriMo (I think that’s how it goes) but he has had two patterns published in Knitty (the second comes out in the winter ’14 issue). He’s great guy too (his knitting’s pretty rad as well).
  8. Knit the Hell Out: Cassy lives up to her blog’s name, somehow she’s constantly craking out knits for her and her daughter, ‘Z’.
  9. All She Wants to do is Knit: Caity Rosey is a great knitter and a nerd too (Which is great.). I love her new holiday sweater. I wish I had the attention span to knit one…
  10. Grackle & Sun: If you ever want to read posts about natural dyes or see beautiful pictures of a farm, then Dre’s blog is the place to go.
  11. iKnead2Knit: This is the blog you’re looking for if you’re looking for all kinds of art, not just knitting. She participates in Mixed-Media Mondays and her pieces are always fantastic.
  12. TheBraveLittleThread: She combines her wonderfully-written posts with Instagram pictures. Her writing is great and so is her knitting.
  13. Mein gehäkeltes Herz: Unfortunately, I cannot read German but I still enjoy looking at her pictures. Her knits and yarn are so pretty.

This is also a thankful post of sorts. Even If I didn’t nominate you, I want to say thank you. I blog, not because I love to knit (which I do) but because I love to write. I’ve been blogging for a long time (it seems) and if I didn’t love to write I would of made a tumblr or something less writing intensive. So, I want to thank you for reading what I write.

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Boomerang

For those of you who are new to my blog, you may have never have hear of the Blanket (with a capital B). It’s the single most crazy and time consuming project I have ever attempted. I mentioned it a few times when I started this blog but it quickly dropped of the radar. I’ve been working on this Blanket for two and-a-half years now and I’m bound and determined to finish it before I graduate from college. I must be fated to finish it if it keeps boomeranging back from the hibernating WIPs pile to the forefront of my working WIPs.

Just for laughs I decided to figure out how many squares I have left and how many I would have to knit per day to finish it over Christmas break. Here it is at 215 squares this evening.

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If I did the math right (which is doubtful) I have 31 squares per row (as denoted by the squares with legos on them, yes I brought legos to college with me)

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By my measurements the blanket is 59.5 inches wide and it’ll be 77 inches long. I’ll need 20 rows and 635 squares total. Therefore, I have 420 squares left to knit. That means, with my six-week-long winter break (I don’t know why either, but I’m not questioning it) I’d have to knit approximately 9 squares a day. I doubt this will happen, but it’s slightly comical in its absurdity. You might be wondering why I’m not planning on going from today to the end of Christmas break, well I’m entering the wonder season called “End of Term’ I have papers to write and finals to study for. I doubt I’ll see you all until we come out on the other side at the craft show. Until then, happy knitting.

The Glory They Deserve

I have always been stubborn. I wanted to be right. I can also be very impatient at times. Bring that to knitting and disappointment is sure to await. I’ve been in situations where I have noticed mistakes several inches back and have called them “design aspects” rather than going back and fixing them. I have also made things too short on numerous occasions because if you looked at it from the right angle (and stretched it a wee bit) it was “two inches from the end.” Then I would have to rip it out and go back, increasing my time more than if I had knit a few more rows to begin with.

The first time I designed a pair of socks (it was also the second time I’d knitted a pair of socks) both of these aspects of my personality reared their ugly heads and breathed fire on my knitting mojo. I barely swatched and the gauge I got was incorrect.

As I knit I ignored what was plainly obvious to everyone else. “That’s pretty big,” said my mom. “Are you sure that isn’t to big too big,” said my boyfriend. “That’s a huge sock,” said my friend. On and on it went all the way through both socks. I was just too stubborn to admit that they were right.

When I tried them on my heart sunk, as did the legs of the socks. They didn’t just sink, they gaped open at the top like fishes’ mouths. At least my feet had plenty of wiggle room, I hadn’t started decreasing too soon. In fact, my feet could have held parties in the socks there was so much room.

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My mom didn’t say a word as she photographed my feet for me but, I could tell she, even as a non-knitter, knew they weren’t right. “I wanted loose lounge socks,” became my excuse. I wore them to school once and then they slowly sunk down to the depths of my sock drawer where they remained except for a few bitterly cold days when I needed another layer on my feet.

Finally, I decided I was going to unravel the socks and remake them. The wool was nice, I just needed to find a pattern for them that would showcase it in all it’s glory. So I picked the Helix Socks by Sean Riley from my book Brave new Knits. I had been wanting to knit those socks since I had bought the book three years ago.

 

 

On Friday night in July I took a deep breath and unraveled the first sock and cast on. The Ambiente was surprisingly forgiving despite the fact that it had thinned in a few spots and had to be cut and tied back together. I think it knew I was trying my best to make things right.

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I knit through the weekend and by Monday I had finished the first sock. I meant to finish  the next sock that week but I got busy knitting birthday presents and washcloths and before I knew it school had started and I was knitting for the craft show. And the sock still hadn’t had its heel turned yet.

A week or two ago I decided that I was burnt out of knitting hats. I pull the sock out and started up again. It didn’t take long and soon I had new pair of socks. I finished them on Thursday and today I wove in the last of the ends and even had some leftovers to reintroduce into the Blanket. I decided that I would dedicate a post to these socks as the yarn has waited so patiently for so long (and even accidently went through the washing machine and survived somehow!). This will hopefully give them the glory they deserve.

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See the ‘Helixes’?

If you were wondering…

…what I was doing during Blogoween other than making barbeque sauce look like bodily fluid (true story) you have come to the right place. I’ll update you on everything that has been on the needles since we last spoke of my knitting, almost a month ago. But first, here’s a picture of me and my friends before we went out to collect cans for the local woman’s shelter.

Halloween 14We had, from left to right, An homage to an indie video game, an apocalypse survivor whose weapon of choice is a Nerf revolver, an absolutely horrifying zombie with her eyes closed (as per usual), Kick Girl, and her lovely assistant; Kick Ass (I know nothing about either of those characters unfortunately). Behind the camera, I believe, was Jesus. It was interesting to say the least.

On to the knitting! I’ve been knitting hats for my participation in a craft show with Lisa in our hometown in December.

IMG_6591 First we have this green beanie that was knit bottom-up on size 10.5 (US) needles.

It also doubles as a winter hat as seen below.

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IMG_6599This hat was another beanie, or at least it was supposed to be, but I think it’s more like a winter hat. It’s knit side-to-side using short rows with Caron Simply Soft.

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Then I knit this adorable baby hat using some super soft yarn that has been hiding in my stash since I was in about seventh grade (So about five and-a-half years now?).  I also knit a child’s hat designed to look like a stegosaurus. The body of the hat was knit first and then  the spikes were knit. The stitches weren’t bound off, instead I crocheted them to the hat. Both are knit bottom-up Since I did not have any babies or children to model the hats I used Lisa’s pumpkins.

Also, both Pompoms are removable if the one wishes to have a pomless hat. I’m planning to make a smaller pompom for the blue hat with the scraps I have left.

So what do you think of my hat stash so far?