Knitting Thursday

So if you remember I said all I was working on is Jessica’s blanket. Well, that is true, so I honestly don’t have anything new to show you besides an updated picture of it. If I haven’t said so before, I really love how the corners look.

On other notes, I have been looking at patterns *when am I not* & actually picked up three to make or modify. Wanna see? Of course you do.

Hue Shift Afghan

The Hue Shift Afghan blends eleven colors of Brava Sport harmoniously in this unique and crafty mitered afghan. Knit in four larger pieces and then seamed together, each of the four sections begins at the corner and mitered squares are picked up and knit directly onto the existing work. By combining this clever construction with simple garter stitch knitting, you are able to create a modern and visually stunning motif with minimal effort! Although each mitered square is worked in the same way, they each begin slightly differently depending on where in the pattern they are located. The first square cast on becomes one of the four corners of the afghan where four more squares are picked up and knit one after another. Each following row of squares is picked up and knit onto the previous row until each section is complete. Made with simple garter stitch mitered squares and finished off with a dark border, the Hue Shift Afghan is a deceptively simple pattern that explores color in a new and creative way!

You will need US 5 (3.75mm) straight or circular needles, plus 32” or longer circular needles for the border, or size to obtain gauge, yarn needle, and locking ring stitch markers.

I keep seeing this one floating around. I thought about it when it first was published, but really didn’t like the colors used. So I waited to see what others used in colors & see if I drew inspiration from them. Yep, there are a lot of different color combos & so I think I may have an idea for it. Lots of black, gray, white, & maybe a pop of purple & green in it. Don’t know yet.

Crochet Daisy Afghan

Though we’re still snowed under in my part of the world, spring is here. To remind myself that, yes, the snow will depart soon, I created this vibrant daisy motif Afghan.
The pattern was somewhat inspired by Spanish tile work, and is made up of octagon and square pieces that are then crocheted together.
I used Red Heart Soft Touch yarn in three colours — tangerine, turquoise, and charcoal — and used 3 skeins of each to create this 4 foot by 5 foot throw. You’ll require only a 5 mm hook and some time. To be able to crochet this piece, you’ll need to know how to make basic crochet stitches, and the instructions are based on US crochet terms.

I saw this one & knew I needed it. Only one major problem. It is crochet. Hmm…maybe I can get Jessica to make it for me. *thinks* Anyhoo, I loved the style & the look of the afghan. So I got it. I may even do it myself, but I don’t know.

Yarn Bowlz

This little bag is great for putting your working yarn in for any project! The bowl is crocheted in the round from the bottom up and has a button-hole for the yarn to exit from. It also has an optional belt loop to attach to your belt, or anywhere you want!

If you’d like your bowl to smaller simply use a smaller gauge yarn or work less increase rows. If you’d like to make it bigger simply use a larger gauge yarn and work less increase rows. This is what I did for the sample shown in Spud and Chloe Outer (Super Bulky).

I think this needs no reason as to why I want it, lol. I am going to make it except I am going to knit it instead of crochet it. *hopes*

Versatility

When I was visiting my family in Japan I saw some garments similar to this one and was captivated by the versatility of it. I knew I had to create one for myself.

On the surface it’s just a classic scarf with buttons along the side, but when you add a ribbon and some clever buttoning you get several different garments as well.

My favorite is the cardigan style. There’s something almost Victorian about it. But the shrug [pictured at left], sleeves, and hood are fun options too.

I can’t wait to see what else you do with it! Maybe a skirt?

Look at this! There are so many ways to wear it. I am going to be making this in a dark brown, longer, wider, & different stitch pattern. But my goodness, this is wonderful! Look at what some of the people have done with it on Ravelry. I don’t think I have been this excited about a project since I finished my first pair of socks & they were right, lol.

I am thinking about one of these stitch patterns (second one highly). think it will be engaging enough to keep me occupied yet not so hard that I don’t want to work on it, lol.



Knitting Thursday

*warning* This is a huge picture loaded blog post. It is quite long & you have been warned.

I know it has been a long while since I made one of these, but I have my reasons. I was working on the same thing, didn’t really think it was worthy of a post, went on vacation (yes, I had a blast), & a took part in Knitting & Crochet Blog Week. Guess what though, I have one ready for you know. Aren’t you so happy, lol.

Sock Monkey Bag

I saw this pattern a while ago & thought that it would make a cute project bag. I took it to a local restaurant to look over the pattern & our waitress decided that she wanted one in neon green, neon pink, & cream. So I complied. Hee hee, I do admit that the colors are not my choice, but now that it is done the colors are not bad. I just hope Kimberly likes it. The drawstring was supposed to be an icord, but I didn’t like the yarn halo (the fuzziness) of the cord so I went with black 3/8in ribbon. I really do need to work on my hand sewing for yarn projects, lol. The mouth looks a little wonky to me, lol. It is a fairly simple pattern, but I would work it bottom up for the next one. I don’t mind the top-down for the bag, but I just enjoy making increases more than decreases.

Queen Anne’s Lace Shawl

I showed one of my friends my finished first Queen Anne’s Lace shawl & her son decided that he wanted one for his mother’s birthday. Since I already had sold the shawl to another lady, I told him that I would make another. The only issue was that he wanted the same size & color. *sigh* Well, the first lady did not show up to purchase the shawl. So I sold it to the son & am still working on the second one. Dad says that if nothing else he will give it away as a Christmas present or I may do so with the Family’s White Elephant this year. But I do have progress pics for you.

Now since I am done with the sock monkey bag, I am back to working on Jessica’s blanket. So honestly unless you want pics of that I doubt that I will have another Knitting Thursday until I am done with it. I want to get it done by August & I am afraid that if I don’t work on it steadily I won’t get it done. There isn’t much to see on it anyway. I have it on 60in cables & it is still folded on its self.

Vacation Time

Well, the house sitter is set, the kids are settled in. So it is vacation time. Dad & I are going to Tulsa, OK for our end of tax season break. Yeah, I know we were going to go to Denver, CO but the cost of that trip would have been more then it was worth. So we are just going to Tulsa for the zoo, aquarium, & the museum.  I can’t wait. Oh yes, there are three yarn stores I am going to drag Dad to. Just hopefully, I won’t spend a fortune. I think I have all the needles that I will ever need.

Though when Signature releases the US7 I will probably get a 32″ fixed circular. Though Signature Arts Needle is releasing a surprise  at the end of May.  I am thinking it is going to be either the US 7 , smaller sizes, or interchangeables.  I am hoping that it is the US 7.

Anyhoo, back to vacation.  I am hoping that this is going to be a nice smooth trip, but who knows.

At the moment I am typing this in Barnes & Noble in Springfield.  Dad & I just came from one of our friend’s graduation at Missouri State University. So happy &proud of her.

I have Queen Anne’s Lace #2 & Jessica’s blanket going with me to Tulsa so I have plenty of knitting to do. Also just in case, I have my US7 to start anything new I may need to do. *Better not be anything new started.*  I am hoping to have QAL2 done by the end of the month & then Jessica’s done by the end of July.  That way I can mail it to Jessica in August. I have to say that Miss Jessica is a lot faster then I am when it comes to making blankets.  She is through with mine & is just putting it together. I am at a 30inch square & needs to be 60in square before I start the lace. Sigh, I will get it done. It is going to be very warm though. Hope that will work.

Ok, I am out of here & going back to knitting QAL2 & watching Youtube or Netflix.

Signature Needle Arts

As you know, I have several different type of knitting needles. I have:

There has been one company I have wanted to try for a while. I keep hearing wonderful things about the needles & how they are simply divine to work with. Signature Needle Arts is the company that I am talking about. I hate ordering knitting needles without being able to feel or touch the needles first. Then to top it off the needles are $48 each. I can by almost three (3) Addi Turbos for that price. Then a couple of weeks ago, I was at Barnes & Noble with Dad & had a shock. Usually I am the only one knitting in the store so when Dad told me that I needed to look over my shoulder to see a surprise, I looked. Lo & behold, another lady was knitting (a sweater or cardigan), my eyes zeroed in on her needles. They were Signature Needle Arts needles. I was so excited. I hurried over & ask if I could see the needles. Thankfully, most knitters are the sweetest people on Earth & she let me see them. I just about swooned with delight over the fact I was getting to feel & touch these needles. *Yes, I am weird* The points were dreamy & the shaft felt so smooth, only a little catch where the two metals meet, but nothing horrible. So I let Dad feel them & then the day after I ordered my first needle.

I ordered a US4 (3.5mm) 40″ fixed circular needle. I got a 6″ shaft with a stiletto tip. I was wanting a US 7 but they are still re-designing the needle, so I figured that I would get one I could use on my Queen Anne’s Lace #2 to see how I liked the needles. I ordered them on a Sunday & I received them in the mail the following Friday. Very quick & fast delivery.


Don’t they look dreamy? I think so. I thought I would go through everything I like & dislike about them.

First, the points. Oh my, I love the stiletto point. It is pointier then the Addis, or Chiaogoo, but not as pointy as the KnitPicks needles. A nice in between that won’t puncture your finger, yet you are able to pick up your stitches very easily. So that is a wonderful plus for these needles.

Next, is the length of the shank of the needle. I have big hands (thanks Dad), & so I have some issues with short needles. Below is two pictures. The one on the left is my Addi Turbos. These are close to the same length as most knitting needles hit on my hand. The one on the right is the Signature Needle Arts with a 6″ shaft.

As you can see the Signature Needle Art needle comes down & rests on my lower palm where as the Addi is resting on my upper lower palm. Most of the time this isn’t a problem. My issue is that I break cables & they always break on the right hand side where the cable joins the shank. So I watched as I knitted & I am bending that join every time I knit a stitch. So I thought since I can get custom lengths on the Signature Needle Art needles, why not get it. The average needle is about 5″ long. Since the 5″ shafts would be close to what I was using so I went with the 6″ shaft. I am so happy I did. Yeah, it feels weird, but I am getting used to it. I really like the length of the shaft that I got.

Now for the dislikes. There isn’t a lot actually only one dislike. It still catches where the silver & purple metal meet. Yes, I know it will always do that, but I was hoping that it wouldn’t be bad. It isn’t as bad as my Addi Turbo interchangeable that I had, but it is there. I am hoping that as QAL2 gets more stitches on the needle & I don’t have to stop to move the stitches the catch will be less noticeable. But if that is the only issue that I have (& it is so far) then I am still pleased with the needles.

Will I buy any more? It will depend on whether the catch is still felt or not. As of this moment, I doubt it. My Novas are just as nice & there is no catch with them. If I do buy more than I will get a US7 (4.5mm) when they release it. But for the cost, I can be quite content with my other needles instead of spending the amount on one needle.

I am not saying that they are not worth the cost, just not for me. For example, Grace loves the Addi interchangeables. I sent her mine to see if she liked them. She did & now has them permanently. The catch in them didn’t bother her one bit where is it drove me crazy. Will I do the same with these? Umm…no I won’t. I am keeping these no matter what.

I will do a follow-up review of these once I get finished with Queen Anne’s Lace #2 to let you know about the catch & any other thoughts I have on them.

Shame on You NOOK

nook-color As you are all aware I am a heavy reader. I have over 3000 books in book form & over 4000 in e-book form. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that I demand a eReader for myself. My father has one also. He bought his Nook Color in 2011 & I got my Nook Tablet later that year or the next year.

We did a lot of research before choosing the Nook. We thought we were purchasing a product that the company Barnes & Noble would stand behind. Though we still love our Nooks the recent problems Dad has had with his Color makes me really wonder about them. Here is what happened.

Dad uses his Nook every day for at least 2-3 hours. The Nook has approximately 2000 books on it at a time. *This is a normal thing for our readers.* About three weeks ago his Color stopped charging unless he charged it on the computer. So he called support to find out what he needed to do since we were good customers & bought the extended warranty. Ok, so the first staff was nice & told him that they would send him a refurbished Nook Color (I am guessing they don’t make the Color anymore since the tablet & hd came out). Ok, that is fine. We assumed that by refurbished it would mean that they tried the Nook Color out in the warehouse to make sure it was working. Guess what? They didn’t. The refurbished one has memory problems *says there is only 1gb storage when there should be 8gb*. Hmm…problem. So he called them back & guess what! They will only send him another refurbished one. Hmm…burn me once shame on you. Burn me twice? I don’t think so. Dad told them he didn’t want another refurbished one due to this one being broke. The staff member refused to actually answer his question about whether the next one would be refurbished or brand new. Then informed him that he needed to restore back to factory settings, do a hard re-boot, most other troubleshooting items. Hmm…he did all that before he called you. This isn’t the first time we have had issues with the Nooks, just the first time nothing fixed it. Once Dad informed her that he did all that, he asked again if the next one would be refurbished or new. Staff told him that they needed to talk to the supervisor. When the staff came back they wanted to do all the troubleshooting things again. Excuse me, but if it hasn’t worked the previous three times, I highly doubt that it will the fourth time.

My point here is, if you are going to sell a product stand behind it. If something happens to it & you don’t have any more of that type offer a discount on the next one. If your customers buy your extended warranty, than honor it! Also for crying out loud, get support staff that knows what they are doing.

So, is Dad going to buy another Nook? Probably, though no extended warranty or anything this time though. If Barnes & Noble won’t honor their warranties, he isn’t going to spend the extra $100 on the warranty. We mostly buy all our books from Barnes & Noble (2/3 of the books) & other sites. All books on the Nooks are epubs so that is not the issue with what we put on the Nooks.

I am going to see if I can get him to look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in tablet before he gets a new one. At least, I know Samsung will stand behind their products & honor the warranties. I believe that when my Nook Tablet bites the dust then I will be looking at that one instead of another Nook.

Last words:

Barnes & Noble’s Nook is a good reader for a e-reader. The major downside is that they will not stand behind their products or warranties. I find this to be very very sad. Shame on you Barnes & Noble. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Day Seven : Looking Forward

One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?

This could be anything from mastering a technique (broomstick lace, entrelac, etc), trying a new yarn or skill, or a long-term wish to crochet only from your stash, or knit every stitch in one of the Harmony Guides. Maybe you have no desire or plans for your craft at all, no new element of knitting or crochet that you dream of mastering, in which case write about why that might be. In a year’s time participants will be asked to look back to see if they achieved any goals, no matter how general, and see which house conquered the art of looking forward.

Honestly, instead of learning new skills, I would prefer to work on the ones I have. Plus, get caught up with the numerous projects that I have waiting for me (yes, I know that it will never happen). I do want to complete something with cables, learn to knit color work *still learning that one*, complete a project with entrelac, & try more yarns to spoil myself with, lol.

I really want to get the hang of short-rows & learn to do a heel without it being an after-thought heel. I also want to have these two projects completed:


Calligraphy Cardigan 2011 KALendar

Also a simple YO Pi Shawl made also. But I may be stretching it a little.

Day Six : A Tool To Covet

Write about your favourite knitting or crochet (or spinning, etc) tool. It can either be a tool directly involved in your craft (knitting needles or crochet hook) or something that makes your craft more pleasurable – be it a special lamp, or stitch markers.

Is it an item that you would recommend to others, and if so for which applications/tasks do you think it is most suited. Conversely, do you have a tool/accessory that you regret buying? Why does it not work for you?

Hmm…my favorite would have to be my knitting needles. All of them. I use my Knitter’s Pride Novas for most projects, but when I am working lace I want my Chia-Goo’s. They are the best for lace knitting. I started a lace shawl with my Nova interchangeables & just wasn’t happy. So I moved the shawl to my Chia-Goos & I am moving along very nicely. 12 rounds in one day (that is good for me).

I recommend the Knitter’s Pride Nova for metal lovers & Dreamz for wood lovers. Though if you are going to be doing lace, I highly recommend Chia-Goo’s for that. They seem to work better for the lace.

Day Five : Something A Bit Different

It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog. You may choose to create a podcast, or vlog, create a wordless post or write in verse. You’ve already stretched your wings with an infographic, now it’s time to freestyle. You can post on any topic you like, but be sure to post in a style different from your usual blog presentation. There’s not too much guidance for this one simply because the more varied the posts are on this day, the wider the sources of information for other bloggers will be. Bonus points if you manage to work your house animal in somehow.


Queen Anne’s Lace
We went a round
To determine who would win
I must say it was a draw
You won some
I won some
Shall go for another round
To see who shall win this time

Day Four : Colour Review

4KCBWDAY4 Colour Review: What are your favourite colours for knitted or crocheted projects. Have a think about what colours you seem to favour when yarn shopping and crafting.

Only after writing this part of your post should you then actually look to see what colours you have used in your projects. Make a quick tally of what colours you have used in your projects over the past year and compare it to the colours you have written about. Compare this, in turn, to the colours that are most dominant in your yarn stash – do they correlate?

Now think back to your house animal – do the colours you have chosen relate to your animal in any way – if you are in the house of peacock, for example, are your projects often multicoloured and bright?

Oh boy, color time. YAY!!!

My favorite colors for knitting are ones that I like. Which, honestly, means just about every single color there is. I have knit with blues, blacks, whites, variegated, pink, purple, brown, greens, etc. Just about every color there is except for most yellows. I don’t know but yellow to me is very harsh bright. I will use butter yellow provided that it is a soft yellow color.

As for choosing colors, I have to admit that pinks, purples, & blues are my most common colors used. Though I will as normal knit with any color that I think suits the pattern or vice versa.

Where I find my color palettes is a little unusual. I get most ideas from Design Seeds. Yep, a web design color palette place. It is a wonderful place to find color ideas.

Now, most yarn in my stash is my favorite colors though I do admit to having a lot of dark reds & greys lately. But that is a lot of Ravelry doing. I see color choices there that look good, & then decide that I need to knit in the same palette, lol.

I can’t really say what my favorite colors are cause I love them all. So yeah my color choices also vary depending on what I see.

As for whether my colors go with my house, I doubt it. But that is fine. I knit what I want & in the colors I want, lol.

Day Three (Wednesday April 24th): Infographic

Day Three (Wednesday April 24th): Infographic
There are many ways of conveying information on a blog; text and images being the two most widely used. Many infographics combine both these elements to provide a visual way of presenting text information.

Make your own infogaphic (no fancy imaging software needed, you can draw it on paper and photograph it if you want) to convey any element of your craft(s). It can be just for fun or a thoroughly researched presentation of an idea/finding.

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This is an approximate graph of how I spend my knitting time. Yes, I know I don’t have a *huge* stash but I do have a stash. I spend most of my time knitting. So that got the biggest chunk.

Day Two (Tuesday April 23rd): A Mascot Project

4KCBWDAY2 A Mascot Project.

Your task today is to either think of or research a project that embodies that house/animal. It could be a knitting or crochet pattern – either of the animal itself or something that makes you think of the qualities of that house.

Alternatively it could be a type or colour of yarn, or a single button. Whatever you choose, decide upon a project and blog about how and why it relates to your house/creature.

Hmm…so my official house likes to be challenged. Hmm…I have the perfect challenge project for me.

That first photo is my very first lace shawl! Yep, I am crazy. I loved every minute of making it though I probable complained the how entire time I was knitting it. I am actually planning on making more lace shawls. I won’t wear them (too much of a tom boy) but I love how they look.

That second photo is the Color Affection Shawl. This is the first time I did short rows correctly (is there a wrong or right way?). I love the colors, the shape, everything. Then I finished. I hated it. It wouldn’t lay right, made horizontal stripes (I knew this before I knitted it), & I just didn’t like it. So I held a giveaway & got rid of it.

Every single project I make is a challenge to me. I have several projects that entail things I have never done before. That is what makes knitting so much fun for me. It is a relaxing venture for me to be challenged & learn new things.

Day One (Monday April 22nd): The House Cup

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Todays topic is your House Cup for your style of knitting. I thought this over for quite a long time. In all honesty, none of them really suits my style, but out of the four listed I would have to choose:

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The House of Monkey: Intelligent and with a fun-loving side, Monkeys like to be challenged with every project presenting them with something new and interesting.

Since I always like new & challenging projects, this fits me the closest. Though you all know me by now, so I designed my own house, lol.

My house is slow-moving, very steady, & ruthless while maintaining elegance & fun. Welcome to the house of the…….

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I love a challenge, yet I take my time with all my projects. I never rush & I am not shy about starting over half a million times. I am ruthless in that I refuse to be told that I can’t do something in knitting. If I haven’t learned it then I learn it.

It’s Finished!!!!

OMG! Do you see this? Can you guess what it is? The fact that Dad is gone on a vacation & I am staying home should give a big hint.

Queen Anne’s Lace Shawl

I set up the blocking boards & hoped I got it big enough. Even Allie had to help by photo bombing her butt into the bottom of the picture, lol.

Though I know she was just trying to help. Just like she does when we are folding clothes, hmmm….

Any way, back to what I was talking about. I started QAL (Queen Anne’s Lace) on November 28, 2012 & finished the knitting part on February 04, 2013. Yep, a little under three months to work on it. Though I doubt that this was the only thing I was working on at the time. I am quite surprised that it came out as good as it did. I am sure I messed up in places & I know I missed a few stitches somewhere, but I like the way it turned out. Oh, you want to see it? Well, it is still on the blocking boards, but I snapped pics.

I have already found a buyer for it if I didn’t want to keep it. I just have to determine how much I want for it. Do I just ask for the supply cost, or add more for me into it? I don’t know. I hope you all like it & I am a little proud of myself for it turning out quite nicely. I never thought I would be able to knit something like this. Makes me want to start my cardigan, lol. Unfortunately, I need to finish my Exchange Blanket for Jessica & my lap blanket first, but I think it will be on after that. *unless Nuvem calls me back which it will, lol*

Hoping it is dry before tomorrow night. Otherwise I will be kicking Dad out of his bed again. This thing takes up my entire full size bed, lol.

Guest Post: Shiloh

Today I thought I would do something different. So I have invited a guest to make a post. Just not the type of guest most would imagine I would do. So without further ado, here we go:

Hi, my name is Shiloh MoonRoc. I am a Bichon Frise, yep I am very fluffy & soft. The other thing in the picture is my big sister, AllieMae. She is a miniature Schnauzer. Though I am the cutest in the family no matter what she thinks. Also, no I am not named after Angelina Jolie’s baby, as if it was cuter than me. Mommy’s family used to have a farm called Shiloh & so when I choose to go with Mommy, they decided on that name for me.

I am here to talk to you about a serious issue with dogs (or at least my serious issue). I must have a night-light in my bedroom. If I don’t I get nightmares. I am not talking about the little nightmares of whimper & moans, I am talking about full-fledged screams & cries that wake Mommy up from a dead sleep. Needless to say, that I have finally taught Mommy that if the nightlight goes out at 3am in the morning she has to get up & replace it. The only other way is to make her let me sleep with her in the crook of her arms holding me all night. Even my sissy isn’t able to calm me down enough to go back to sleep. Though just between you & me, I sometimes pretend to have nightmares so that Mommy will let me sleep with her.

So what I am saying is that if your babies, scream or cry in the night, the best thing is to let them sleep with you or give them a night-light. Yes, I know of Thunder Shirts, but Mommy tried those, but I took it off in about three minutes. Yep, I am very smart. Mommy says I am too smart for my own good. Though I don’t think she knows any better.

Do me a huge favor, if you have a fur-baby (Mommy calls me that) then give them a big hug & pet for me.

Oh, Mommy I expect lots of butt scratches (I love the top of my butt scratched) & lots of thumb chewing for this. My favorite thing is to mouth Mommy’s thumb. Never bite, just mouth it death, lol.

Quick Update

Since, I don’t really have the time to put up an in-depth post (pics & other info) about my knitting projects, I thought I would just give you a quick run down of them all.

Mo’or Socks

I have actually made it to the 9.5 inch mark on the foot of the sock. That means only .5 inch left to knit before putting in the waste yarn.

Magic Blanket

I have been working on Jessica’s Exchange Blanket so I haven’t done a thing to this blanket. It is sitting in its box waiting for me to pick it back up. *Dreading the yellow quite a bit*

Jessica’s Exchange Blanket

This is what I have been working on the most. But unfortunately, I am not showing any pics because I want Jessica to be surprised. Don’t worry, I am taking lots of pics, just not posting them. Have you seen the squares she is making for my blanket? If not, here you go {http://www.ravelry.com/projects/jessika?set=hevs-squares&view=thumbnail} They are wonderful. Nice & bright, yet dark jewel tones. I love it. This is the only picture I am posting of the exchange blanket until I am done.

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Now if you can figure out what I am making (besides it being a blanket) then go you. I know exactly what it is & I love it. Just have to get to the fun part.

Hopefully, next week I will have the time to put together a full post on the knitting. But honestly, the only thing I am really working on is the Exchange Blanket, so I don’t know what else to show you. Hmm…maybe my que, I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.

Knitter’s Pride Nova

Well, I went ahead & bought an interchangeable set of Knitter’s Pride Nova needles. This should stop my needle buying & trying. Though I may still purchase a Signature Arts needle, but don’t know.


The package finally arrived. So bloody excited!!!


The included contents are:

  • Nine (9) needle tips in US sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11 & Metric 3.5, 3.75, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 55, 6.0, 6.5, 8.00 mm
  • Four (4) cords in 1-24″, 2-32″, & 1-40″ lengths
  • One (1) set of size markers (don’t know what I am going to use them for)
  • Eight (8) end caps
  • Four (4) cord keys
  • One (1) cord case

This is combined with my current Knitter’s Pride Interchangeable of:

  • Two (2) Nova US 7 (4.5mm), One (1) Cubix US 7 (4.5mm), one (1) Dreamz Special (4.0 tip) US 7 (4.5mm), one (1) Dreamz US 7 (4.5mm)
  • Cords in the following lengths: 2-24″, 2-32″, & 2-40″, & 2-60″

I think I am set for a while on cords & tips. So hopefully this ends the needle trials.

Knitting Thursday

This may be the last Knitting Thursday I get to post until after April 15th. My father owns & runs a tax preparation business. Since Mom is not around to help him anymore, I try to do the best I can with helping. Even if it is just sitting up front shuffling people around. When it is busy my anxiety & panic disorder kicks in. Not fun for me, but I survive it. It is less than a month before the end of Tax Season *as we call it* & so everyone is rushing around either picking the returns up or dropping them off so the office is jumping. I can do a few things to help Dad like sort paperwork & process a few returns. As of this moment I have three boxes full of three different clients receipts for the year waiting for me to sort. Each of these boxes will take a partial day to complete. Plus there are about 75 returns in the back waiting for me to process them. Those will take about four days for me to complete. With this I don’t know if I will make any progress on any of my projects or enough to make them post worthy. So this post may have to tide you over until after April 15th. I will try to post on Thursday, but no promises. The clients are what allows us to eat & purchase my yarn, lol.

Gray Dreams

So my Gray Dreams is coming along very slowly, but it is making progress. This is the first time I have chosen to make a big project out of fingering weight yarn. I highly doubt that I will do it again in this weight unless I am asked to. *Yes, Grace I will make it in fingering if you want* Otherwise I may make it again in a worsted weight & see how that turns out. But I do like it. The stripes are thinner than normal, but I believe if I made them any thicker they wouldn’t look right.

Magic Blanket

Can anyone say the dreaded color has made its appearance? I dislike bright yellow & to me this is bright yellow. I knew it was in the box & knew it would show up (I have one more yellow colored yarn that isn’t as bad but close). I was just hoping that maybe it would change color in the box & I wouldn’t have to deal with it, lol. No such luck.

Dad’s Mo’or Socks

Very little (maybe a couple of rounds) got done on these this week due to Tax Season & working on the other project, but that is the downside of spending so much time at the office, lol.

  • Pattern: Mine
  • Ravelry Project Page: http://ravel.me/hev/ms
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply in the Gentry Grey color
  • Needle: US 3 – 3.25 mm

Turtle Power

Well, I got the turtle completed in two days. I have also realized that crocheting makes my hand hurt a lot. Don’t know why cause it is the same muscles that I knit with, I believe. I put blue eyes on the turtle, cause I didn’t have any black buttons small enough & I think it looks adorable this way. Now to send it to Canada for its new home, lol.

 

Knitting Thursday

I can not believe that I have actually managed to do this for three weeks in a row (I may faint). I am still having fun with it, so I doubt that it will quite anytime soon. I just hope you all are enjoying it as much as I am, lol.

Gray Dreams

This wrap is taking me forever. But I do enjoy the colors, just wish I had decided to use worsted weight yarn instead of fingering weight yarn. The stripes are actually coming together quite nicely. Just two rounds of each color. So I have nice medium stripes. The only problem? Once it is done & worn the stripes are horizontal. That is not good, but I don’t care.

Magic Blanket

I actually got the next color done & ready to start the next one. I was afraid I wouldn’t get it done by today, but I actually finished the spring color yesterday & picked the next color. Everyone that sees this blanket loves it, but it is driving me insane cause there is no flow to the colors. But I knew this would happen & if I don’t throw these things at myself every now & then my OCD will go insane with controlling me, lol.

Dad’s Mo’or Socks

I promise there is about another inch in length on these, lol. Otherwise no change.

  • Pattern: Mine
  • Ravelry Project Page: http://ravel.me/hev/ms
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply in the Gentry Grey color
  • Needle: US 3 – 3.25 mm

Turtle Power

One of these days, I am going to learn how to not open my mouth *teasing*. Grace wants a tiny turtle & so I said I would make her one, lol. Good thing, I have everything I need, lol.

Now, I just need Grace to choose her two colors. I went stash diving & these are what I found.


Oh, I also have black to use if you want. So just waiting for color choices now, lol.

Choice was given as #1 & #2 (those were my choices also. Hee hee, now to start.

Knitting: What’s Next

So as you all now at the moment I am knitting on three different projects. My lap blanket (http://ravel.me/hev/selb), Nuvem (http://ravel.me/hev/s1), & a pair of socks for Dad (http://ravel.me/hev/ms). I am about a third of the way through each of them & I keep thinking about what is next to go on the needles. So I thought maybe if I posted it here, it would stop yelling at me, lol.

Jessica’s Exchange Blanket

Jessica wants a knit blanket & since she won’t just let me make her one, we are going to do a blanket exchange. I knit her one & she is going crochet me one. I refuse to crochet anything bigger then a dishcloth. I dislike big projects in crochet. The same is for her in knitting. So it is a win-win solution. I have free rein for her blanket & so I am going to make her a semi-patchwork one, lol. That way I can take it with me places & it is going to be in the round (I think). I am using the Bauhaus Geometric Throw (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bauhaus-geometric-throw) as a guideline & then going my own way, lol. I have decided that I am going to use the following colors:

Caron Simply Soft Paints in SunsetCaron Simply Soft in Burgundy

Depending on how big I make the squares, I will probably either pick up stitches around the edge, or just crochet an edging on the blanket. I honestly don’t know yet. But that will be in black more likely. Jessica also has free rein with my blanket & I just hope she doesn’t throw a lot of bright yellow into it, lol.

My Cardigan

Yep, I am getting myself pumped to actually start my Calligraphy Cardigan (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/calligraphy-cardigan). I have the yarn, the needle, just need the guts to do it. I am so afraid I am going to screw this up & it won’t fit, but I just keep telling myself that I can just frog it & start again. *sigh* I love learning new things, but I hate the feeling of scared that goes with it. I am deathly afraid of the button band (never picked up stitches) & the arm holes. But I will manage it & if I mess up horribly then I will start over. I am making this in Knit Picks Brava Worsted in the Currant colorway. They had a big sale on this yarn & this was the only color that was available that I would wear. Otherwise, it would have been in a dark grey or black. I just have to hand wind the skeins (did I mention that I purchased 25 of them) for the cardigan. It will be worth it in the end. If I enjoy making it then I have several other sweaters that I would like to make. Plus since I am using worsted weight yarn, plus a bigger needle, the finished size is going to be about two sizes bigger then my measurements, which is just find in my opinion. I love big sweaters & so it will be wonderful to curl up in.