I’ve been in a bit of a blogging funk lately. I don’t think I even posted once last week. I will say I’ve thought about posting. Then I think that I don’t have anything to post about. Well, that’s not exactly true. I’ve just been lazy. But I knew I needed to participate in WIP Wednesday this week. I have so much to share!
I do have quite a bit going on in the knitting front. First, I frogged a hat I was trying to design to match Miss A’s Milo Vest. Not a bad attempt, but if was too small. I’ll come back to it soon. I also frogged my surprise gift. I can tell you now, I was making a lace garter for a best friend. She just had a very intimate ceremony and married her fiance, with very short notice. I’ve had this garter in my queue earmarked for her for about 2 years now. I was just waiting for a date. Well, unfortunately 3 weeks wasn’t enough time to get the right yarn, get it knit, blocked and sent to her in time. So sadly I pulled it out. Oh well. I’m glad she had such a great wedding and I don’t think the presence of that gift would have changed much.
On the needles is Roo Two, which I’ve promised to have done for my husband before he leaves for training. He asked if I could get it done by then (6 weeks from now) and I just laughed. I actually don’t have to concentrate on it quite as much as I was if I have a whole six weeks! After starting it, I think the smaller needles and fingering weight yarn is much more appropriate. The worsted weight was going to be way to big for him to put in his uniform pocket.
I’ve made some progress on my Grad Gift – The Boneyard Shawl. I’m not sure if I’ve actually shared that one with my readers, since it’s a gift. But I was home recently and showed the gift to the recipient. So I don’t feel like it needs to stay a secret anymore. I picked the yarn for her – Lang Yarns Tosca Light from my stash, because I knew she would love it. Then went from there. I thought about making handwarmers since I think she would get alot of wear out of them, but decided this yarn was begging me to be a nice chunky shawl. The recipient lives in upstate NY so this should get alot of use in the winter! Sorry about the washout in the picture. Today’s not a good picture day so far, and I took so many pictures of this shawl. This is the only picture that the color was accurate in.
Next up is probably my favorite thing on the needles right now. Favorite project actually intended for me, I would say. I special ordered yarn from A Stash Addict. If you haven’t checked out her shop, go right now! She is awesome. Her colors are so bright and playful! She has a line called “dark arts” and they are half black and half another color. Oh, and they sparkle!! Well, I ordered a skein with the same effect, but with a dark brown and pink. Not only did she dye two shades to choose from (awesome customer service right there, and I just noticed the other skein is up in her shop!!) but it turned out exactly like what I was picturing in my head. I had this pink and brown comforter when I was in college and I’ve always loved it. Somehow those colors popped into my head one day and I had to have her dye it for me. Not only is the yarn itself amazing, but it’s knitting up beautifully…..now. I had to cast-on this pattern 4 times with new modifications every time. I don’t think I’ve never taken as many notes on a pattern as I have had to do so far on the Anastasia socks. I think these socks do however, show-off the colors of the yarn without adding too much. It’s such a nice and simple pattern. The part where the twist wraps from one needle to the next I was a bit hard to figure out but I’ve pushed through! Can’t wait till they are done and I can wear them!
I know you all like to see pictures of Miss A, but that’s all you really get. I don’t really talk about her a lot. That’s not because of privacy, or because I don’t care. Nor do I think my readers don’t care. It’s more of less because I don’t have the words. I read all kinds of blogs that talk so genuinely about their children and really describe well their development and the love they have for them. A great example would be Jasmin’s (of the Knitmore Girls) blog Better Than Yarn. She is able to put things into words so well. She’s entertaining and clever. And our daughter’s are very close in age (and development, which I can’t usually say)!
After a teething biscuit! Messy Missy!
When I write about my daughter I feel like it comes out more like Tina Fey news bit Weekend Update (minus the actual humor). Here’s my news bit: Miss A has been crawling for quite a while now. She started before she even turned 6 months. It’s like crawling turned on a switch for her. The next weekend she started pulling herself up on Mommy & Daddy, then suddenly she could pull herself up on anything. We’ve invested in stair gates now. And wouldn’t you know it, she’s started furniture surfing and trying to stand on her own! I really think she’s going to be walking soon.
We had another first yesterday. Our first hospital visit. She’s fine, but her parents have what is known as “New Parent Freak Out Syndrome”. She’s had a cold, the doctor couldn’t fit her in yesterday and it was just better safe than sorry by last night. And then she pulled the whole “let’s make my parents look like big liars” routine once we were there by flirting with everyone!
I have been doing some knitting this week. I’m working on a surprise gift for a friend.
I cast on my husband’s Roo Two. I purchased fingering weight yarn for it. I bought Valley Yarns Huntington in the Brown Sugar color way. This time it should be small enough to be a flying buddy.
I’ve also been doing some spinning. It’s gorgeous BFL that I purchased on my Michigan trip. I got it from Marr Haven Wool Farm in Allegan. The owner does amazing dye work there!
Go on over and check out more WIP Wednesday posts!
Not really. Winner winner, balls of yarn doesn’t sound quite as good though. I have to apologize again about my tardiness on announcing the winner of my blog giveaway. I picked the winner on time but my timing was also pretty bad with this. I’ve been planning on doing a giveaway for my 200th post for a long time, and it unfortunatley happened to line up right along with my surprise visit back home! I didn’t take my computer since my husband stayed here, and my parents computer isn’t the greatest, it’s hard to post from my phone and truthfully I didn’t have all that much time to spare. But enough of the excuses! Let’s get on with it. I had a giveaway for 2 balls of Lang Yarns Alpaca Superlight. I used a random number generator to determine the winner! I only had 8 comments and I’m happy to say the winner is commenter #3! That is Michaela who said “Congrats on your 200th post. So very exciting, I’m sure! Since I am from Germany (now living in Canada), I enjoyed reading your posts about Germany. My favourite was “To The Castle”, partially because of all the pics that remind me of home so much. Whenever I go back, I always bring back Lang Yarns yarn as well If I won, this would be a nice little treat!” You’re comment was very sweet and sometimes I wish I could still be posting about my travels of Germany! Please e-mail me at LauraMB42@gmail.com or send me a message on Ravelry!
As for WIP Wednesday, I haven’t made much progress on anything. I thought I’d be done with my Milo vest by now, but didn’t have virtually any knitting time on my visit home. And definitely no knitting on the plane traveling alone with a 7 month old. I am casting on for a present too and am hoping that will be done by Friday! It’s a bit time-pending. I will be using MMMmalibrigo Lace in Jet Blue. I love working with Malabrigo!
Short and sweet. I have a lot to catch up on now that the Olympics are over; knitting, crafting and on the home-front. I’ve been dying to use some more handspun yarn so I cast on the Milo vest. Now I’m about halfway done after ripping back the whole body yesterday. The heart cable just wasn’t working with the effect of the yarn so I decided to try out a different cable option from the pattern. So far that’s all I’ve been doing, post-Ravellenic Games. Don’t forget to click over to my giveaway if you haven’t already! Head on over to Tami’s Amis and Other Creations to read more great WIP Wednesday posts!
Only 4 days left in these Olympic Games. Which of course means only 4 days left in the games formerly known as the Ravelympics! And I only have 1 project left on the needles. A few pieces actually. Pieces of what my husband has dubbed “Roo” his flying buddy! It’s part of the Toy Toss event. This is quite a short WIP Wednesday post. Just a note to keep checking in – this is my 198th post and I’ll be doing my first giveaway for my 200th!!
WIP Wednesday! I’ve been working on getting prepared for the Ravellenic Games this past week. Never heard of them? They used to be called the Ravelympics which coincides with The Olympics. This year the people who are in charge were actually contacted by the Olympic Committee for use of the word Olympics. So even if you never had heard of the Ravelympics, you may have come across an article on it this year since it made national news. Here’s a NYTimes article about the controversy. My personal opinion? Well I have every bit of respect for trademarking. But to me, the word Ravelympics is different than the word olympics. And the tone they took with knitters/crocheters/spinners and the like was actually quite offensive. I however, do not want to put Ravelry at any type of risk, so for Ravelry’s sake I’ll go along with this new name. And as much as I would like to boycott the olympics this year, I’ve been looking forward to them way to much. And the U.S.O.C. doesn’t speak for the athletes, right? And they are the ones that worked so hard to compete for their country. A lot of people in the knitting community have different takes on how they feel about the issue. I’ve seen many people who have embraced this change and many people who call it “the games that shall not be named” or ”the games formerly known as the Ravelympics” and other takes.
So by prepping I mainly mean organizing. I’ve decided what projects I’m going to cast on during the games, what events they fit into, what yarn to use, and what needles to use. That way I’m ready! One other thing I’m doing? Trying to finish up another project before it’s time for the opening ceremonies. I’m hoping to get Grad Gift done, which is the Boneyard Shawl pattern. I’d like to get it done ahead of time since it’s a gift for someone else and I don’t really want it on hold for a while. I haven’t decided if I’m going to start some new spinning, but I do have some finished yarn to share Friday. Don’t forget I’ll be doing a giveaway for my 200th post (this is my 194th!) so keep checking in!
First, the new app I’m using today to make the pretty picture above is called Diptic. I’ve been looking for a good way to make collage photos and found that one. Thinking I might put it onto my computer as well as my iPhone. It’s a nice way to do an overview of what’s going on, rather than having real picture heavy posts. What do you guys think?
Today’s WIP Wednesday includes something that’s not exactly fiber related. Me! I had a baby in January and of course a goal of mine was to lose the baby weight. 6 months later (I know…my baby is 6 months! I can’t believe it!) I’ve lost the baby weight plus some. Plus alot, actually. I’ve lost 38 lbs and I have about 12 more to reach my goal. And I truthfully haven’t been doing alot in the way of working out. That has changed this past week. Something about seeing how small I’ve gotten has given me the realization that if I really work for it and put a whole lot of effort forth I may be able to get down close to what I used to be. A year ago I never would have even thought that was possible (aside from hiring a personal trainer and spending alot of money on weight loss). But now I feel like I can put forth the work and only have to make some minor tweaks in my current lifestyle, and still get there. Or at least close to there. Yesterday I started a 21 day Cardio Kickstart program. So, needless to say I’m super proud of myself for even getting this far, and hope I can continue the progress!!
I still have got Schoppel Wolle pencil roving on the drop spindle. Continuing on with the Tour De Fleece, and I’ve only missed one day!! Yesterday. I guess I got too pre-occupied with working out (never thought I’d say that!) But I’m super excited at the colors of the pencil roving. When you buy it, its different than seeing a braid or batt of fiber. It’s all wound up, so you don’t really know what the colors on the inside are. I am pleasantly surprised by the pink since it’s pretty much my favorite color. I think the finished yarn, once I get it plied is going to be ultra-bright and pretty vivid. Can’t wait!
Apparently there is a purple theme today. And these Lavendel socks definitely are a big part of it. I love this Wollmeise Lavendel colorway. And the pattern – Lilacs is perfect!! I can’t wait till I’m done and can gift them over to my Aunt.
Last, what looks like a random pile of PVC pipe really does have some rhyme and reason to it. It’s going to be a niddy-noddy. You may not know what a niddy-noddy is if you aren’t a spinner. Well, it is a tool used to make a skein of yarn. Here’s a demonstration.
Most are expensive and made out of wood, like the one in the following video. I’m cheap. And on a tight budget. But with all the spinning I’ve been doing I had the need for one. I followed the directions from this blog post, and had all the right size pieces cut at the hardware store. But I got the wrong T joins and the ones I bought have threads in them, so I have to go exchange them. That’s why it is still in-progress. Hope you enjoyed reading my post today and head on over to Tami’s Amis to check out more WIP Wednesday posts!
PS Keep your eye out for a giveaway for my 200th post!
With no intentions to do so, I’ve pretty much been gone for two whole months! I can’t believe it and I really am going through blogging withdrawal. And I’ve been up to so much!! Although that’s what has kept me so busy and away, it has also given me so much to blog about. So I’m back for WIP Wednesday!
First of all, I’m in a new house. And that is the biggest WIP of all, right now. Trying to get things unpacked. And I don’t just want them out of the box like the last house. I’m going to be here for at least a few years, so now I’m really trying to methodically unpack. With everything in the right place, adding organization to my life, and for once, a little decoration too. So far I am absolutely loving living on a military post. The convenience of it all is so worth it! I have great neighbors, spouses who all go through the same thing as I do everyday. With that said….I have neighbors! Last house we were at the dead end of a not so great street on the outskirts of town. No one to really talk to around there. And we might be in a duplex this time, instead of a house, but I have yet to really hear the neighbors through the wall and we still have much more room!
Next up: Tour de France….which in turn, means Tour de Fleece. I’ve been participating for the first time this year, and I will have to set a much higher goal in the future. I apparently underestimated what I was capable of because I reached my goal in the first five days. So a few things to share from Tour de Fleece for FO Friday: keep a look out! I still have spun every day of the tour, have been documenting my progress through Instagram and plan to continue on that way till the end. Right now I’m working on spinning up some Schoppel Wolle Pencil Roving. I don’t know where I got it, but would love to get my hands on more!
Now finally onto knitting. I’m working on a few things right now. Currently trying to get Lavendel Socks done for my Aunt. They are her birthday present, which passed this week.
Also working on The Boneyard Shawl as a gift for a dear friend.
*ETA- sorry the formatting is kind of wonky. Trying to adjust again!
I have alot more to share this week than last weeks WIP Wednesday. I’ve done a bit of casting on. One of those projects was my Reader’s Choice Project. The final yarn pick is Cakewalk yarns in the Jam colorway with 39% of the vote, and the pattern picked is The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief with a whopping 58% of the vote. I must say I was overwhelmed with the amount of votes, especially how soon I got them. I kept the vote open for 1 week, but after the first day I was pretty sure what I’d be making. So I ordered beads (from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads)! I figured if I didn’t end up making The Age of Brass and Steam with the cakewalk yarn, I would just use the yarn for a different beaded shawl. I was right though! The results of the vote didn’t really change much throughout the week. I’ve cast-on and I’m very happy with the progress so far! I really like the yarn too, and I’m using the Superfloss method to add the beads. So a big thank you to everyone who voted because I think I’ll have a great project to show!
I’ve also cast-on for the Boneyard Shawl. I’m using Lang Yarns Tosca Light in a pink colorway. It has a very subtly gradient, and it’s almost like a heathered pink. I really love it. And I think the recipient will too, since it is a graduation gift. I cast back on for the Little Owls Jumper for the babe, and made some progress. I’ve knit quite a few inches, but it’s pretty boring stockinette stitch right now. I’ve made absolutely zero progress on the Lavendel Socks. I think this is because I’m “saving” them for my trip, since I really won’t have room in the diaper bag for much more than a small project bag.