Is It Rude To Knit In Public

I came across this article via my twitter feed.

So I went to the article {here} & read the article. Needless to say, it riled me just a bit.

Well, you all know that I am a knitter. I do it for multiple reasons. The main one? It helps control my anxiety & panic attacks. That means I can leave my house & go into public without a lot of panic attacks. Yes, I take medication for my anxiety, but I automatically have a “flight or fight” response to any outside stimuli (crowds, loud noises, etc). For crying out loud, if I sit directly underneath a speaker at the movie theater I can have a panic attack1. So even though my medication allows me to actually get myself out the door most mornings, I still have anxiety attacks with any other stimuli. It is a horrible mental condition to have & it isn’t made easier by the general public. Some people when they see you are having a problem will actually make it worse even when you have asked them nicely & politely to stop doing what they are doing. So no, public does not make it better or easier.

Yes, I have knitted everywhere I go. I have even managed to knit, walk, shop, & carry on a conservation with two other people all at the same time. Now if I can do that I want you to sit there & tell me that I am not paying attention to what is going on around me. I knit during movies, after I finish eating (I don’t eat a huge amount of food so I finish first), shopping, riding in a car, etc. All while paying attention & carrying on a conservation with those around me. I do admit that I don’t sit in the front row & I never call attention to myself. I only knit small items (aka: socks) while doing it in public so that it is small & I don’t have any wild movements going on.

So no, I do not think it is rude to knit in public. I find talking to someone that is looking at their phone to be much worse then knitting. Most knitters can knit & have their attention split between the knitting & other things. Heck, I knit at stop lights while waiting for it to change to green. I can knit three (3) stitches in that time frame. Yet, I am still watching the light & cars around me.

1 Panic attacks = Grand Mal Seizure
Anxiety Attacks = shakes, running away, or tremors of my whole body, physical sickness, plus multiple other symptoms my brain throws at me to try & get me to leave the stimuli that is causing the problem.

Green Leaves

Whoa! It has been a very long time since I put up a knitting post. It changes now! LOL! B asked me to make a scarf that would transform into a cowl via buttons. Ok, I can do that. So I got some pretty sparkly green yarn
I found a simple chevron scarf that I liked. Started it, hated it, made my own pattern, lol.

One of the main reasons I don’t make scarves is that the length gets in my way as I knit it. I hate taking the extra time to turn everything around each time I start a new row. I knew that I could bundle the length up, but didn’t want to use a binder clip due to the chance it would crush or leave a mark on the knitting. I am sure someone else has hit on this idea, but I didn’t find it when I looked.

Isn’t it pretty? Looks like fir trees running up the scarf. I wanted something different than things I had done before. It is quite a bit longer than what this picture shows. But I didn’t get a pic of the full length yet. I split the skein in half & doing one half & then the other half & kitchner the two halves together. That way I hope the chevrons look cool.

So how did I handle the length getting in my way? I folded up the excess length & then took a piece of string & basted it through the folded length & then tied a bow to keep it all together. So far it is working like a charm.

I can’t believe that I have never thought about doing it this way before. The string holds it, but doesn’t leave any mark. It is just loosely tied so that I can change it or let it out without a second thought.

I don’t know if it will do anyone other than me any good, but I like to pass on tips that either I read about or figure out.

Celestarium WIP

So I was knitting on my Celestarium at the office the other day. A fellow part-time knitter came in & was looking at the picture & the chart & asked:

How do you manage to keep things in order & not lose your place? You put it down & pick it up all the time & I don’t see how you don’t lose your place.

I figured that if I got one question on how I do it, then there are probably others that want to know also. So I shall spill my techniques for keeping track of where I am & how I never (or rarely) lose my spot.

This is a picture of the chart for Celestarium. All credit for the design & such goes to Audry Nicklin. None of it is my doing. So you see all the circle & slashes? Yep, those are special stitches that have to be placed correctly. So how do I manage to handle putting the shawl down often? Simple. I’ll show you.

First, you find a suitable pattern holder. In this instance, Shiloh is being a sweetheart & holding the chart for me. Otherwise I use my magnetic chart holder (this one) or I lay it on top of my laptop keyboard & use a ruler to show my lines. Once I get done with one page (one round is spread over multiple pages) I put a line through the section that I just did. You can see the lines on the paper that is showing what round number I am on.

Next is the fun part. If you look at a knitting chart grid there will be bold lines & non-bold lines. Normally, the bold lines mark 10 stitches. So if you look at the photo on the left you will notice I have three different types of markers & then two different color of the ringers *I threw some of the triangles in so that the silver ringers were more noticeable). Here is how I do it. Look at the right photo above. You will notice that I have silver ringers (or triangles) every ten (10) stitches. You will also see a purple removable stitch marker hanging off of one of the silver ringers. That purple marker is telling me that is where 100 stitches is at. Then you notice the brown (bronze) ringer. That one tells me that I have finished one section (or page) of the chart. Sounds complicated right? It is setting it up sometimes, but I have yet to get lost in my pattern. If I forget where I am at then all I have to do is count the silver ringers from the section start & I know right where I am. When I have to double the stitches then I just add more silver or brown markers where they need to go. I have done this for the entire WIP & I have yet to lose my place. There is one final thing you don’t necessarily need it, but it is helpful & funner if you have it. You can even have more than one if you are up to it.

Helpers!!! Yep, it is fun to have them sitting by you while you knit. Allie is a wonderful helper. She is there to give me kisses of encouragement & cuddles when I need them.

So that is how I am working with Celestarium or any big project that has a lot of stitches or patterns in it. Hope this helps anyone that may need it.

Stitch Markers


As you all know I love to knit. I even dabble in crochet every blue moon. There are a few tools that make knitting easier. One of those is the adorable stitch marker.

Stitch Marker: a mnemonic device used to distinguish important locations on a work in progress. Knitting & crochet patterns have a mathematical basis, so stitch markers serve as a visual reference that takes the place of continuous stitch counting and reduces a crafter’s error rate.

Ok, so I am going to go into how I name them & what my opinion of each type that I have. These are the names I call them & I am not sure if it is the “norm” name for them.

From left to right: Closed soft marker, tri markers, closed dangles, ringers, & safety pins

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Kansas City Vacation 2014

Ok, I went on vacation last week. We all (D, B, & myself) went to Kansas City for the weekend. Not a horrible trip, but not that exciting either. I have been to Kansas City quite a bit growing up so there isn’t much there that either I haven’t seen or want to see. I needed to get away & the only way I get to do that is if I go with them. My mental issues won’t let me go by myself very far. Anyhoo, I thought I would share some photos of our trip.

We went cause the Kansas City Union Station has a King Tut exhibit going on & I adore all thing ancient Egypt. My father took all of the pictures of the exhibit & I have not gotten them off his camera. So the only pictures I have at the moment are the one I took at the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Sunday. Let me give you a bit of advice. If you go there plan on eating at the Rozzelle Court Restaurant. It is expensive, but I have never had a bad tasting item there. I had a Potato & mushroom egg casserole with fresh fruit & 3 slices of bacon. D & B had Smoked Ribeye, Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms, Blue Cheese on Roasted Garlic
Bread. Trust me, this was worth every penny. But my meal was $10 & theirs totaled $12. So yeah, it is a $30 or more lunch, but it is wonderful.

Before I show my pictures, realize that I take pictures in art museum for inspiration in my knitting. Either texture, color, or style. So they may not make any sense to you why I took them. My pictures are as follows:

My favorite thing is always the gift shop. So many interesting things & trinkets. This is what I got. I know I didn’t need the fortune cats, but I love them.

On Saturday night we went to New Peking Restaurant. The three of us love chinese food & so it wasn’t a horrible surprise that we agreed to eat there. It is a little hole in the wall, but it was worth going. B & I got sweet & sour chicken & D got General (I think) chicken. The cutest thing was what they did with the ginger decoration. Isn’t it cute?

My Yarn Haul

As always I went to a yarn store. We didn’t think we would have time to hit both, but we did. All three for the first one, Yarn Shop & More, & then just Dad & I for the second one, The Studio, while B took a nap.

Most of the yarn in these pictures are for B’s socks. She has decided that she wants socks & I need the practice making them. The one picture with three skeins in it is for me a warmer shawl. The two pictures of the weird-looking yarn (#7 & #8 – top to bottom left to right) is actually chenille yarn. I am going to make B a cowl with the one that is more orange & brown & I think fingerless gloves for me out of the other one or a cowl with it. The white yarn & purple yarn in the second to last picture. The white yarn is yak & silk, the purple is 100% mink. The softness in each of these is why they were bought. I have a cowl planned for the purple & a lace shawl for the white. The very last picture shows The Knitter’s Tool Tin. I got the one in green lace. I have wanted one for a while & decided to get it.

That is it for my vacation until I get the pictures off Dad’s camera to show you the King Tut exhibit. I will try to do that sometime this week, but no promises.

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week : Day Seven : Looking Back, Looking Forward

If you took part in last year’s Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, look back on your Day Seven post. Did any of the techniques, ideas and hopes for the last 12 months that you wrote about at that time ever make it onto the hook or needles? Did anyone cast on and complete the project researched in last year’s Day 2 post?

And there is also time to look forward again: One year from now, when the 6th 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? Do you have any wishes for your blogging that you’d like to follow?

Whelp, I looked back & I haven’t done a single one of my goals. I still haven’t got caught up & am dangerously close to getting behind once again. null

So this year, I am not going to make any goals or wants. I am just going to be happy with whatever I get accomplished I will be happy with. I do not do this as a job to make money (though I do make things on commission) I do this because I enjoy knitting. If I am completely adsorbed in trying to reach goals it no longer is fun or enjoyable. So I am not setting any this year. null

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week : Day Six : Views Of Others, Views Of Yourself

Write about another knitter or crocheter that you admire. This could be someone you know or used to know – an aunt that taught you to crochet or the school-teacher that used to run the after-school learn-to-knit club, or someone who you are aware of because of blogging or other areas of social media. Write about your feelings either for their work or what they bring to you as a knitter or crocheter. Reminiscences of the sound of your mother’s metal needles, or the description your grandad gave of what he’d knit as he sat on his bunk below deck in his sailor’s days are as precious as sharing the enjoyment of the work of a new indie designer or dyer. Spread your enjoyment to your readers.

I can’t really think of one certain person that I admire for crafting so I think I will just list the ones that I admire.

  1. My mother: she is the one that taught me to crochet, bead, & embroider.

  2. My Grandmother Kaup: she is the one that taught me my love of crafting while teaching me how to quilt.

  3. Mrs. Betty Ebert: for helping me get through high school & teaching me that sewing my own clothes can be kinda fun.

  4. Jessica: She makes & designs the prettiest crochet blankets, plus she is always willing to help me when I derp up or need help. Also she is one hell of a minecraft player! She is wonderful at letting me rant & rave at her.

  5. Grace: Same as Jessica. She makes a wonderful blanket & crocheted items. She is also making knitting items. She is wonderful at letting me rant & rave at her.

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week : 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, a beautiful infographic or write in verse. 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.

Pineapple Afghan Square

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week : Day Four : Conversations Between Workers

Start by writing a few short paragraphs from the point of view of one of the tools you use for your craft. this might be a spinning wheel, crochet hook, pair of scissors or your knitting bag. These first few lines should include a description of this tool’s task and usage. If you are feeling particularly in tune with this item you might assign it feelings.

Then, write a dialogue between yourself and this item. It might describe your relationships, the annoyances that you have felt for this item at some point (or could it have possible ever have felt annoyances with you) and the wonderful work that you have created together.

I can’t believe it I get to have a post. Finally, I get the recognition I deserve! Where would you be without me? I tell you where to start your end stitches, where to add stitches, make increases or decreases. You can’t knit without me very often or least Hev can’t. She uses me to show her where to switch to purls or knits in ribbing, where she needs to start or end her edging stitches. I come in the colors of orange & teal & can open or close to be moved where ever Hev needs me to be.

Hev: Hey, you are supposed to be locked in my knitting, not stealing my computer & writing blog posts!

Stitch Marker: Oops! I got caught. Don’t worry, I have another marker in my place, I wouldn’t let you down.

Hev: Ok, you better not. I don’t want to be knitting when I am supposed to be purling, lol. Jessica would not like the mess up on the ribbing on her blanket.

Stitch Marker: Nope, it is all good.

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2014:Day Three: Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers

Every Year Knitting & Crochet Blog Week tries to feature at least one day where photography takes a key role, because it has been proven many times that what captures reader’s attention for the first few seconds to hopefully hold them long enough to invest the time to read your words is your pictures.

It is easy enough to fall into a routine of photographing your finished projects as is – clearly displayed, maybe from a few varying angles, and for a large part of the time these are what blog readers will expect to see, but every now and again it is good to throw in a picture that causes people to linger.

Refresh your skills at creating attention-grabbing pictures. Take your own creativity and run to your camera with your own ideas.

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2014: Day Two: Dating Profile

Write a dating profile for one of your past finished projects.

This topic is designed to get bloggers exploring different ways in which they can write descriptive posts of finished knitted and crocheted projects. Many bloggers will be used to writing adjective-rich accounts of finished items along with an account of how the item was made, but it can be fun to play with this format. Usually a dating profile would be written in the first person, so you should imagine that you are the cardigan/socks/hat writing the piece. You might think of including some or all of these elements in your dating profile:

  • An introduction: where you were knitted/crocheted, how old you are.
  • A physical description – keep it fun and intriguing but honest.
  • A photograph.
  • Your interests: Are you a crocheted sun-hat that enjoys long walks on the beach, a paper cup cosy that loves meeting friends in the local coffee shop or a thermal pair of socks that loves going on skiing holidays?
  • Things that you do not like: Do you avoid moments of friction because it brings you out in pills? How do you feel about moths? Are you a little orange cardigan that just simply cannot get on with a fuchsia blouse?
  • Your thoughts for the future – do you have any ambitions – where do you think you will be in 1, 5, 10 years time?

Name: Bag of Owls
Gender: Knitted
Needles: US 7 – 4.5 mm
Favorite Clothing: Red Heart Super Saver
Weight: 1092 yards, 594 grams
Ethnicity: Black

I am just a baby. I have been completed since March 23, 2014. I may be a baby, but I have a lot of friendship love knitted into me. My maker made me for one of her dear friends. I am also the first time she has made cables in anything. Personally, I think I turned out great.

My personal favorite thing is when my owner {Grace} loads me up with all her stuff & takes me out to see the world. I am big enough that she never has to worry about running out of room. Geesh, I could be a tote bag more than a purse. But that is fine. Grace loves me anyway.

My only problem is that I do not like remaining in one spot all the time. I love to have my photo taken & I love to go out into the world. I am waiting to have my travel fetish fulfilled.

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2014: Day One: A Day In The Life

Describe a day in the life of a project that you have made, or are in the process of making.

You can choose to handle this topic in a number of different ways, but a few points to consider might be the following:

  • First-person or third-person account? Will you write from the point of view of the garment/finished object, or as a wearer or observer?
  • Finished project or WIP? Will this be an account of the creative process and what the object goes through, or it’s ‘life’ after creation?
  • Fact or fiction? Will your account describe the wear and tear, love and compliments all experienced by a crocheted hat on a rainy day, or will you write the fantastical account of what a knitted trilobite gets up to on its adventures once the door is shut and nobody is looking?


Hello, I am Hev’s favorite shawl. I measure 85 inches across the top. More than wide enough for Hev to snuggle into. I am here to tell you about how I was made & thought of. Hev wanted a big shawl that she could wrap up in on the cool days & nights. Nothing too heavy or too warm. So she went online looking at yarn reviews & types. She came across KnitPick Comfy which is a blend that consists of 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic. Hev doesn’t like the feel of wool, so she always try to find other options. Next I went looking for a pattern to use. I wanted something that was mindless yet interesting. I choose the Douceur pattern by Mademoiselle C. She liked how it could be changed, added to, etc. So she thought she would give stripes a chance. She choose the colors: Whiskers, Hawk, Black, & Fairy Tale. She started out with black, then moved to Hawk, followed by Whisker. She had planned to put Fairy Tale next but then thought to reverse the color stripes & then add Fairy Tale to the very bottom. She didn’t add a ruffle to the bottom but did about 10 rows of garter stitch to help it not curl. Once it was all said & done, she love the shawl & actually wears it all over the place. I have been shopping, lounging, even got to go on vacation with her. I am looking forward to June when she is going to take me to Chicago with her. I’ll try to keep you all posted.

Oh My Goodness

So I realized that I needed a few more things for my knitting. I needed more stitch markers that were the ring type, I wanted to try a new interchangeable needle tip, & then I fell in love with a yarn color that also happened to be in a type of yarn I have been wanting to try. So it was a win-win time, except I probably should have waited a bit before ordering it all at one, lol. Then when it came I got a gift from The Loopy Ewe & it was amazing! Wanna see it all?

I had seen these in a few places, but could never find them for sale outside of a set. The Loopy Ewe had them & I jumped for the chance to try them. I love my Knitter’s Pride needles, but I still have the issue of them unscrewing with knitting in the round. So I thought I would try these & see how they stand up to my knitting. As per my normal, I got a US 7 with a 60″ cable. Yeah, the cable is long, but I am planning on using them to make a huge circular blanket.

This is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the Great Horned Owl colorway. It is a sock weight yarn that I plan on making into socks for me or fingerless mitts. I saw it on the site & knew I needed to have it. I got one skein. It is a blend of 80% Superwash wool & 20% Nylon. This yarn is the softest wool I have ever felt. This bods well for me choosing more of Lorna’s Laces yarn to try & knit with.

I didn’t realize that this was my sixth purchase from The Loopy Ewe. With this purchase I become a Loopy Groupie. LOL, love the name. This the present I got for becoming a Groupie. There is a calendar, tootsie rolls, & the mystery package. *hint: has to be yarn, that is what it feels like*

Yep, I was right. It is Fleece Artist Hand Dyed Fingering Weight in the Peridot colorway. This is a blend of 80% Merino & 20% Nylon. Says it is machine washable so I am guessing that it is superwash Merino. It is quite nice feeling. I think I may use it to make a small shawlette. I am not normally a green wearing or liking person, but this colorway is really speaking to me.

These three containers are the stitch markers. I like using these types for my ring markers. I got these from Akin Jewels. I love the looks of them & they seem quite sturdy. This is my first time ordering from Akin Jewels & I can’t say I was disappointed. Quick service & was really well packed. I love the little containers they came in. I have shown three photos below that show the ring markers I got.


As you all are aware I am a major crafter. I know how to knit, crochet, cross stitch, quilt, tat, latch hook, embroidery, & several other crafting skills. Since I am taking part in Jessica’s Pineapple CAL, I have noticed something with my crochet & knitting styles. See the pictures below, the one on the left is my knitting style, & the one on the right is how I crochet. Notice anything odd? I am right-handed also by the way.

I don’t know why I tension the yarn in different hands. Does anyone else tension in opposite hands? I would think that since I tension with my left hand in crochet (first one I learned) I would be able to tension with it for knitting. Nope, every time I try to tension or knit Continental style, I wind up losing my stitches or can’t get the yarn to wrap over the needle correctly. Hence, why I knit English style.

Knitting Ta-Da

Gracye’s Bag of Owls

  • Pattern: my own design
  • Needle: US 7 – 4.5 mm
  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Solids
  • How much used: 1092 yards, 594 grams 3 skeins = 1092.0 yards (998.5m)
  • Color family: Black

You see those photos up there? Yep, that is Grace’s owl bag completed & ready to send. I know I finished knitting it about three months ago, but I was in the middle of moving house, than my father’s wedding (still trying to figure out what he was thinking) followed by the start of tax season. Followed by fighting with my Mom’s (now mine) Sears Kenmore 148.15600 (Model 1560) Sewing Machine. Plus, I was scared to death of the zipper. I had only done one other zipper & that was in Home Etc with my beloved teacher, Betty Ebert, there to walk me through it. Now I was on my own & praying I got it right. Yep, went in without a hitch. So happy with that one. Then came the lining of the bag & then done. Grace left the lining fabric to my choice & I found the green owl fabric at my Michael’s. Took a pic & asked her if this would be cute? She fell in love with it & so it got used. I bought 4 yards of it (I like making sure I have plenty), thinking that if I screwed up completely I would have enough to re-do the lining. Oh, before you tell me that a knitted strap is going to stretch, please notice, that the underside of the strap is lined also (top right photo above). This way the strap won’t stretch & it gives a pop of surprise when it is shown. I picked this tip up from Pinterest about the strap. I used 4.5mm brown safety eyes from 6060 (Etsy shop). I put a total of 32 eyes on this bag. Trust me those safety eyes are not easy to put on, they hurt if you have tender hands. Overall I did have fun making this bag. It was my first time using a pattern that I came up with. Not the owl cables but the other parts of it, I made up. Now to get it to Grace for her to see if she likes it or not.

The Sewing Machine

Mom bought it brand new, taught me to sew on the machine. This machine is all metal & over 30 years old. Kicker? It doesn’t like to be moved & so when you move it, the machine needs to sit to get used to the change of temp. At our old house we didn’t have anywhere to leave it up so it stayed in the case all the time. Since the machine is completely metal *love that* temperate changes effects it. I have it set up in my office & I don’t think it has ever been used so much. B is trying to get me to get a new one, but they are all plastic & I don’t want them. So there is a mild war going on right now between us. My Kenmore is over 32 years old & it still is sewing just fine. I can find all the parts to it & so I don’t feel the need to change machines.

Well, that is about it. Keep watching cause I have a post about the CAL (Crochet A Long) that I am taking part in to type up & the 5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is coming up on May 12 through May 18th & I will be taking part in that also.


Knitting to do

I am afraid that I may be forgetting something. So I thought I would list all my to-dos for Grace & Jessica. Just need them to make sure I have everything listed.

For Jessica

  • Banyan Love Blanket – WIP
  • Phantom of the North Baby/Lapghan {}

For Grace

  • Nuvem – WIP
  • Boyds Bag {}
  • Laporte Avenue Tote {}
  • Rose Garden Shawl {}
  • Douceur {}

I believe that this is all the to-do for Jessica & Grace, but if I have missed something then please let me know.

I have a finished object to show you all as soon as I get good pictures of it. May be a bit before that happens. I am getting ready to start Jessica’s CAL Pineapple Afghan.


Let’s start with the knitting shall we?

So I have been knitting my fingers off & I have actually gotten a shawl done & started another shawl & a blanket. The completed shawl has already been delivered to the new owner & she loves it. This was my first semi-circular shawl. I have to admit that I prefer circular & triangles the best. This one was not the easiest to block out. I wanted a shape that would go over & stay on the shoulders yet be easy to put on. The lady has arthritis really bad & so it had to be easy. So I used wool & cotton to make the shawl. I am hoping the combination of the two will make it warm yet not to warm.

I am making a Nuvem for Grace & I am using black & red worsted Comfy yarn from Knit Picks. I am hoping that this time is goes better then when I tried with my fingering yarn. I have frogged the old Nuvem & planning on using it to make another shawl. Haven’t decided which one, but another one. It will probably have lots of stripes or chunks of color in it, but Not sure. I may decide to make two separate ones. Anyhoo, so far, Nuvem is going good. I have it on two circular needles & that is a pain, but it is easier now that I have one circular as regular Nova needles (round) & the other is Nove Cubix needles (square). I know immediately which one to grab of the total of four tips I am using. I am hoping once I get it large enough I can put it on one 60″ needle & that will speed things up quite a bit.

I went looking through the projects of Nuvem & found one by Quilttina (in German) {here}. I showed it to Grace & we both agreed that it was simply too pretty not to re-produce. So I contacted Quilttina & she was nice enough to tell me the number of rounds used for each of the colors. Quilttina used three colors, but I am only using two. So I am making the light brown color a black & the other two colors the red. I wanted to end in a red & thought it would set the entire shawl off. If I like enough, I think I may make me another one for myself. In different colors & maybe even three colors, but that will be a long way off.

I am making a baby blanket for Jessica. Actually two blankets, but I am just working on one of them at the moment. So far it is going quite well. It is the Banyan Love Blanket & I am doing the one with only one tree. I am making it in Red Heart Super Saver in Aran. I think it looks quite good even if I haven’t gotten very far along on it. I am on the ribbing part at the moment. Even though I normally hate ribbing as much as seed stitch it is a 4×4 ribbing (k4, p4) & it is actually not too bad. I don’t think I would try it on socks, but on a blanket it isn’t too bad to work.

In other knitting news, remember I made & then gave away a Color Affection? Well, I keep thinking about it & I have decided that I am going to make another one & see if I like it any better. Since I am a little better at knitting & I think I have short rows down, I may be able to make it look better. I have chosen to make it out of KnitPicks Brava (acrylic) in the following colors:

I haven’t decided which order to put the colors in, but I know the purpleish color is going in the middle.

I was ready to put Grace’s owl bag together. When I started I realized that I can’t put it together yet. I have to knit the zipper pieces. So I plan on doing that this weekend, if I can find my left over black yarn. I am also afraid that I am going to not have enough fabric & have been scouring Michael’s looking for more & no luck. *frustrated* So I may wind up going to JoAnn’s or another fabric store & buying something similar to the lime green owl print fabric. *ducks from Grace throwing something at me* I have found it finally. The online store has the fabric. So now I am hunting fabric to get free shipping & then hope Dad says I can get it.

I would have more to tell you, but honestly, I am tired of typing this & I have held this post for about a week & don’t want to hold it any longer. So till next time!


So my father got re-married last Saturday(12-21-13). He spent Friday night in Springfield while I stayed at the house with B. Instead of a nice quiet calm evening & night, B had her best friend (N), her daughter (D), daughter’s husband(DD), & grandson(GB) over spending the night. Oh, I forgot to mention that B forgot somethings that she needed for her wedding & so since apparently I am the bloody errand girl I got to go to Springfield. Remember, crowded stores & noise do not agree with me & they give me panic attacks. I, normally, never go to Springfield after Dec. 1 unless it is with someone else & I can remain in the car. Not this time. I had to go by myself & that was not a fun experience. NEVER AGAIN! I took the max dose of my quick acting anti-anxiety medication & screwed myself for the evening (which was supposed to be calm& quiet). Instead it was chaotic & noisy. So we had the wedding rehearsal followed by the dinner. rehearsal took from 7pm to 9pm *for some bloody reason* & then we went to Republic (30min away) for the dinner. After dinner B realized that there was something else she needed from Wal-Mart so we went. Luckily I got to stay in the car this time. We didn’t make it home until 11pm that night. Then with 4 people upstairs & one shower it took them all until 2:30am to settle down to go to sleep. I can’t sleep when there is a lot of noise & movement around me. My insomnia is a bitch that way. So I did not get to sleep until around 3am & then had to get up at 7am in order to get the Church open & ready for the ceremony. It was a damn nightmare. When I woke up I knew immediately that I hadn’t gotten enough sleep to re-charge my mind & body to be ready for the crowd & standing up in front of a lot of people. That combined with the fact I was stuck in a knee-length bright red dress didn’t help. *I prefer ankle length dresses & not red* So I took my meds & one of me quick acting med & prayed for the best. I went upstairs to make sure all the others were up & moving. Since I was anxious & trussed up like a damn Christmas turkey I decided that it wouldn’t be in my best interests to eat anything. So I sat at the table waiting for the time to leave.

So everyone was up & slowly moving towards getting dressed. Then GB kept trying to get DD to go to the guest bedroom with him. DD wouldn’t go & finally GB whispered to his dad that he locked the guest bedroom door & closed it. WTF? I ended up ripping the damn trim off the door in order to jimmy the lock. Someone had used the ice pick method before & messed up the lock so that it no longer worked. I was pissed & asked GB just what he thought he was doing? His parents &B were telling him that it was ok & not to worry about it. I was thinking that he needed to be scolded at the very least but when I raised that question I was informed that he was B’s grandson & let it go. I left figuring that it would be better if I wasn’t there to speak my mind. So I headed to Church. I got the set up complete & finished getting dressed. B got there & we were all ready for the 11am ceremony. Except her mother wasn’t there. Supposedly, her mother thought it was in Crane despite the fact she was told it wasn’t & given exact directions to the Church. B wouldn’t start the ceremony until her mom got there. This was another nightmare. The pastor was having to wait along with all the guests. We lost half the guests at the reception because they had to go get lunch at the Manor (nursing home next door). The cake was beautiful but we actually threw 3/4 of it away cause she planned for 150 & we only had about 30 at the reception.

So the wedding took place & Dad was actually nice enough to stay & help me clean up since DD had to leave right away. The cake was a damn shambles & had crumbled all over the floor. So Dad vacuumed & I cleaned the tables. Took me an hour to clean everything up. So needless to say I didn’t get home until around 2pm. Exhausted & overwhelmed. They were gone from Saturday to Tuesday & I really wish they had been gone longer. It took me until Monday to actually start feeling “normal” or at least my normal. I basically stayed at home & vegetated in front of the tv & the computer. Knitted & re-charged. I have never had it take that long to re-charge & get back to my normal.

Sunday I was pretty much crippled in pain due to the 4 hours in heels (even a small 2in heel) so I ony moved when I had to. It was a nightmare going up & down the stairs. So I only went up when I had to & stayed downstairs mostly. Monday I was a little better, but still in a lot of pain. Thankfully, B made me rice for my meals, I eat rice, cheese, & chicken a lot when home alone, & so I didn’t have to do much other than heat up the rice & chicken. I was quite pleased with myself. Dad left me $200 for the weekend & I came out of the weekend with $140 of it left. I had supper & breakfast out on one of the days so that is where that money went.

So now that 2013 is wrapping up I am hoping things will settle down quite a bit & I will be able to get finished getting used to the new house. B is still unpacking & it is still chaotic in the house, but progress is being made. My room is pretty much set up & now I am just adding my posters & pictures to my walls. My office is not set up but it is getting there. The computer station is set up & running, but I am still having to bring my laptop to & from the office. I thought my old desktop was still working, but it isn’t. I am thinking about bringing Mom’s old desktop & seeing if it works & can be made to work. Again I may just keep moving the laptop to & from. It has everything I need on it where is if I have a separate computer for the house I will have to double things. So I really haven’t figured out what I want to do. Though I have figured out how to have two monitors (my laptop & my old monitor) work together. So that is quite cool. I can browse in one window & watch my youtubes or videos in the other. Quite enjoying it.

My plans for 2014 is basically continue doing what I am doing now. I do plan on catching up on my knitting (only one bag & two wraps to go). I am almost done with the Owl bag or at least the knitting part. The putting it together make take a bit cause I have to finish setting up my sewing machine & getting it settled into its new home. The machine was bought in 1980& is a complete metal machine. Since it is metal when it gets cold it doesn’t want to work as well. So I have found that if I set it out & leave it alone for about a week it will get acclimatized to the environment & not give me so much trouble when I work on it. I love this machine & so I do baby it quite a bit. You can not find ones like it anymore. So I hope to have it set out this weekend, providing that I can get enough light in the room to set it up & get it threaded. Then I will leave it alone for a week & then start getting all the pieces of the owl bag ready & the project bags that I have sitting waiting for the machine also. Don’t get me wrong I love my little Singer Pixie sewing machine, but it is quite slow & so I will always prefer to use the big machine.

Anyhoo, back to what I was talking about my knitting plans are to finish the owl bag, the Rocco wrap for Reni, the Nuvem wrap for Grace, & the other bag for Grace. Yes, I am aware that I am also making pot holders & a blanket but those don’t count cause they are not worked on all the time. The bag & wraps are exchange projects & get worked on the most. The only projects that come before the exchange ones are paying ones & I have refused to accept any of those until I am caught up. My goal is to be caught up by April. I may not get it, but I am hoping. I would like to work on my cardigan after I get caught up & that is why I am not taking on any new projects. Yeah, I will add them to the list, but it will be after I get something done for myself first. I haven’t been able to make me anything I am starting to forget why I started knitting in the first place, lol. The pot holders & blanket are for B & I knew that this would happen. She also wants me to make her a silk/alpaca blend pashmina. She has already picked out the yarn & pattern for it. It is going to be a mindless knit that is done on the diagonal so I don’t see it being a problem & I may work on it at the same time I am working on my cardigan. I also want to make another lace shawl next year & I am sure I know which one I am going to make. I think this one is going to be a half circle or triangle one. Nothing to complicated, but challenging to me. Sometime I want to try Fair Isle & Double Knitting (those are next on the “learn how” plan) but I am not in any rush to do it, lol. I may even design my own lace shawl. It has been quite fun designing the owl bag & I may just keep the design streak going & design my own pattern, lol. Who knows I may get good enough to start publishing them, lol. If I design it then it will be a top-down triangle shawl. I already have the color & stitch pattern I want to try, but I am not sure I am up to the designing part. I guess we will have to wait & see.

I don’t really have much more to say at this moment. Just trying to survive each & every day with as little anxiety as I can handle.


I honestly, don’t know how much I will update right now. At least not until the move is over & completed. Between planning the wedding, getting things ready to move, I just don’t have the energy to blog on top of it. Just know that I have a lot of knitting & I will have several finished projects to show you once I come back. So yeah, Amarantine is going on hiatus for a while.

Yeah, I am quite depressed & a few other things. Mainly having to deal with way to much stress. But if you need to talk to me then check me out on twitter & facebook.

Knitting Thursday

I know, I know it has been ages since I got one of these typed up. To be honest, I don’t really feel like doing it today, but I will persevere through it, lol.

So Dad is recovering quite nicely from his surgery. I am still mentally & emotionally exhausted, but getting better. For me the last few weeks have been too stressful but I haven’t had any seizures, unless I am having them while I am sleeping which could be happening, so I am quite pleased with myself.

Things between Brenda (girlfriend) & Dad are progressing quite quickly (to quickly in my opinion). Most of that info will be for another post & protected at that. Both Brenda & Dad read this & so there are some things I don’t want them into, lol.

Moving on to the knitting items that I know is why you came here, lol. I have added a new page to the site. It is my Knitting To-Do List. Also on that page will let you know if the commissions are open or not.

So what I have I managed to do these last few weeks?? I finished two commissions & started work on finishing another. Want to see?? Of course you do.

Yep, two more Tiger Lily Cowls. I can say that after making three of them, I am definitely bored & tired of the pattern, lol.

Since I am done with those I have moved on to finishing the Queen Anne Lace shawl #2. When Dad & I were are Barnes & Noble last Friday we lucked into getting a bigger table & so I decided that it was time to take a full picture.

I am sitting here looking at it & realizing that I only have 42 rounds left, but it is at the point where the rounds take forever to get through. I love circular shawls, but I hate the bind off due to the amount of stitches, lol.

Last but not least, I took a sound clip from when we arrived home last night. Remember I always say that we get chewed out by Allie every time we come home? I actually remembered to record it last night. Yes, it is a video, but my finger was over the screen for the most part. No, you don’t get to see my house, lol. But you can here Allie chewing us out for arriving home later than three seconds after we left. This is a normal issue when we get home every night. It is worse & lasts longer if Dad is gone or if we don’t come home every night. I feel the need to tell you that we do leave them home alone for up to two nights. Mind you they are not crated, paper trained, & free fed. Anytime we are not going to be home for two nights, they have extra food, water, & papers put down for them. Their room is the bathroom & hallway. In all they have just about a 6ft x 5 ft room to themselves. They do not wear collars in the house due to I am deathly afraid that they will get them caught & the break away collar won’t break & I will come home to them strangled.There is nothing in the bathroom that they can hurt themselves on. If they somehow do manage to get out of their room there is water & food in the kitchen for them. They are completely safe & our neighbors know that they are there.

She has separation anxiety & Dad is her person. He has to be there or she thinks she is abandoned by him. This is why it is hard when he goes to spend the night away. I get to deal with a mopey, depressed dog that lies on his side of the bed & “hang dogs” looks at the back door waiting for him to get home. It is easier on her when Dad tells her how many nights he is going to be gone. I don’t care what people say, she understand the passing of nights. If he tells her it will be two nights & he doesn’t show up by the third she is worse, more crying, more depressed then she was the first two nights. The best way to think of a Miniature Schnauzer is that they are toddlers in a dog’s body.

Knitter’s Pride Nova Cubic Review

Ok, those of you know that I adore my Knitter’s Pride needles. I enjoy the points, joins & most everything else. My only desire is that they had 6in tips, but I will do. So I noticed that KP was coming out with a new form of cubic needles. METAL ONES!!! I love metal needles & even though I do use KP’s wooden needles I still prefer metal. Needless to say I ordered some about a week after they showed up on WEBS. I then sat patiently (ok, not patiently) waiting for them to come. I have them, I have tried them, & here is my opinion:

First off, if you like Novas then these are going to feel the exact same. They are the same length as the normal interchangeable tips & same weight. That being said, the only bad news I have is that there isn’t any. LOL. I know I am sorry. I love the way they feel & the cubic shape is comfortable on my hands. Instead of round they are square-shaped.
I don’t know if that is so that they feel more comfortable, or what. Personally, I feel very little difference unless I am knitting for a long time. Then it does seem that my hands are not so tired. Though, I doubt that I am going to re-purchase all my needle sizes in the cubics, but there may be a few more bought along the way. If you like the Symfonie Cubics, then these are the same except in metal. I highly recommend you try these.

Once again Knitter’s Pride has gone above & beyond good needles. Now if only they would come out with 6in tips, lol.