Purple

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!

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Summer Hiatus

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!
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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!
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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.
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Also working on The Boneyard Shawl as a gift for a dear friend.
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*ETA- sorry the formatting is kind of wonky.  Trying to adjust again!

Great Choice Readers

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!
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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.

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Lots of Progress

I’ve been making great progress on my knitting the past month or so. I really feel like I have different things to talk about every week and an FO pretty often! Part of this progress I think is the motivation from Subway Knits for the Midwinter QAL which started Feb 1st and your FO’s have to be posted by April 30th. I’ve talked about most of my “entries” so far, but I think I’ve talked about Dad in Argyle the most because it has been on the needles for a while. It’s a golf club cover knitted holding Knit Picks Palette doubled. Last week I talked about the idea of using duplicate stitch on it, so that way I was knitting with 2 colors and not 3. I’m pretty glad I decided to try this out because I was pretty successful knitting it!A few tiny puckers here and there, but nothing much. Now I’ve started using the duplicate stitch which seems to be working pretty well, the hard part is just lining up the stitches correctly. Hopefully I’ll post about this project again on FO Friday!
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I started a new pair of socks this week too. On some oh so dreamy Wollmeise in the Lavendel colorway which is such a gorgeous shade of purple. These socks are not for me. The yarn was picked out specifically to knit the Lilac Socks for my Aunt. Purple is her favorite color, and since she is from Rochester, NY which holds the annual Lilac Festival I thought this was a perfect combination for her. I’m hoping to finish them by the time I visit her in June. I just love working with Wollmeise….I can’t say that enough.
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Last thing to talk about is my Hitchhiker Pat. I named it this since I dyed the yarn for St. Patrick’s Day in all greens. I wasn’t quite sure about it at the beginning, but I kept working as a friend suggested and it’s really starting to grow on me. I’ve grown to really like it and I’m half-way through the 42 “teeth” of the pattern.
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That’s all the WIPs I have for WIP Wednesday, but I also got a blog award this week I wanted to talk about. Michelle from Will Knit For Food nominated me for The Versatile Blog Award! You should definitely go check out her blog! The following are the conditions for the award. I will post my nominations tomorrow since my post is now getting a bit lengthy.
Here are the conditions of The Versatile Blogger Award:

– Thank the person who gave you this award.
– Include a link to their blog.
– Next, select 15 bloggers that you follow regularly or have recently discovered.
– Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile blogger-award.
– Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Lets Talk Duplicate

As I’ve already mentioned I have an Argyle Golf Club cover on the needles. I haven’t really worked on it since I passed the cuff. I’ll admit it, it’s intimidating. 3 colors at once scares me. I picked up the latest copy of Knit Scene (it’s definitely my favorite knitting magazine by far) and they just happened to have a section all about duplicate stitch. And what do they happen to use for an example? Argyle. So I’m thinking this might be my way to conquer this pattern. I’ll still be knitting with 2 colors at one time, so I’ll still be practicing with that. But I (hopefully) won’t have to pull it out 8 times because of puckering. I’ll keep you updated on the progress.
Hopefully I can take this:
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To This:

More progress has been made on my Hitchhiker Pat and and I’ve been working on a Mother’s Day present as well which should be done shortly. I also had another project on the needles for Miss A, but I’ll be posting about that on FO Friday! Check out more WIP Wednesday posts and share the love!

Yarn Along: I haven’t talked about what I’ve been reading for a quite a while now. Mainly because it takes me so long to get through a book. The last book was The Hunger Games, and as good as it was, I must say I hope the next two in the series are better. It took me almost a month to read the first half of the book, but I read the second half in a week. To me a book shouldn’t take quite so long to get into, especially if the second half is so compelling! So yes, I liked the book, I’m glad I read it and I can’t wait to see the movie now. I also plan to read the rest. I am a bit surprised though at the ending. Not the way the “Games” ended but the way the book ended. I’m not sure why, I just didn’t think it was quite as exciting. Maybe I was expecting more of a cliffhanger ending than it had. Let me know your thoughts.

Lazy Day

By lazy day, I mean I’m being lazy. So that means no pictures. Sorry! I know blog post can be boring when you don’t include the pictures but today I just plain don’t feel like it. In fact I’m not sure if I can even remember everything that is on my needles because it’s just been that type of week and I’m not quite sure if my body has caught up on sleep yet. So really this is going to be a random, no real flow list of what I’m working on. My Monkeys are still on the needles. I hate saying that because I’ve been almost exclusively working on them to try to get them off the needles. I will say that should happen today though. Be on the lookout for them on FO Friday. I haven’t made any progress on my Dad in Argyle, a golf club cover. I haven’t frogged my Hitchhiker Pat, and I plan to continue on with it. At least until I have a better sense of how I feel about it. I also cast-on a Mothers Day present since it’s coming up. That’s it really. I promise next time I’ll have pictures! Go on and check out some more interesting WIP Wednesday posts!

Startitis

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I’ve had serious startitis this past week. And I’ve actually fought it a bit. I’ve cast on 2 projects but I’ve seriously wanted to cast on more. But I fought it. Because I have two projects almost done, so I have to keep working on them and just get them cast-off! One of them, My Monkeys; I Just finished the heel. The foot will be nice and easy. I’m hoping to get these socks, or the #42 dishcloth done for Finished Object Friday. One of the two of them, hopefully!
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Startitis: I started….and finished a hat. So that project stays hush-hush till Friday. I started a Hitchhiker with the cotton blend yarn I dyed. I haven’t decided yet if I like it and if I will continue on. I love the yarn, but I’m just not sure if it is right for the pattern. We’ll see what I decide. I’d welcome your opinions! I think that led to part of my startitis, but that’s where I fought it off! I do really want to cast-on a Nuvem with some of my Wollemeise Lace because it would make an excellent nursing cover. I discovered it on the Wollmeiseholics Spring KAL. I also really want to cast-on another pair of socks but I. Must. Finish. Monkeys. First.

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