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

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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.