Something Old, Something New

I’ve worked on most of my WIPs this week, but I’ve also been naughty and cast on a few new things! One of which, believe or not, is finished! The other new item is The Happy Place Baby Blanket. My daughter has so many crocheted and hand sewn blankets, that a new one won’t even make a blip on her radar. But being a knitter and a Momma proud of her craft I want her to have one. Even if the pattern has a very peculiar name!
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I’ve been working on getting my Marr Haven Farms BFL spun up. I’ve spun half of it to singles and started plying them. I really need a suggestion. I’ve found that when I ply my spindle gets too full and I have to cut the yarn, skein it, then start again. Is there a way to avoid this? What do other spindlers do? I may not finish spinning all this fiber, and hold off on the second half. As I posted yesterday, I am very excited to start using some of my Moonshine Fiber!

Also on the needles: Roo Two, Anastasia Socks with my A Stash Addict yarn, worked on some hexipuffs for the Beekeepers Quilt (my very long term project), and did some work on my Grad Gift. That, you will be seeing on Friday as well though!! I might have a very full FO Friday post!! So make sure to come back! But for now, go check out other WIP Wednesday posts!

Let me know if you like the new look. It wasn’t really by choice. Something happened with my old layout and you couldn’t read the font color anymore. I’ve tried getting it back to normal but haven’t had any luck.

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Please Excuse My Funk

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!

Firsts

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)!

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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.
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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.
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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!

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Go on over and check out more WIP Wednesday posts!

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner


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!
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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!

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Back to the Grind

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!

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In Pieces

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!!

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Prep

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!