No mojo

Hey all, sorry for the long delay. Things have been pretty crazy around here. Between my dad passing away and finding out I’m pregnant, things have just got a little crazy. Also I’m starting a new job Monday. Somehow, I seem to have just lost my knitting mojo; I literally have no drive to knit right now. I’m trying to get back into it though, because I have a lot of stuff in my queue I’m really excited to get made. On that note as well, I’m going to have to revise my Project 333 for March-May, because the whole skirt thing is not working out for me. I’m definitely more of a tights/tunic style person, so I’m going to try switching my wardrobe around a bit. I promise to try to start posting more regularly.

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A Week in Pictures

aweekinpictures1) Avocado, hummus and matzoh. 2) This green goddess salad dressing. 3) I bought tulips (I am so excited for spring!) 4) Snow last week 5)Carnations and camera lenses (Don’t worry, I didn’t destroy a lens, that’s a lens mug.) 6)Homemade marshmallows with vegan hot chocolate! (I’m still looking for a good non-gelatin, vegan, no-corn syrup recipe, let me know if you find one) 7)I organized my yarn, and actually used a pin on Pinterest! 8)Some gouache painting. Very relaxing! 9)My entire yarn stash 10)Gin and Tonic cake a friend made for another friend at a birthday party. Delicious!

I haven’t done a lot of knitting this week, but here are some snapshots of what I have been up too.

 

Achievement Unlocked: Kiltie

I finished my Kiltie! I hadn’t read any of the notes on the patterns on Ravelry, but I should have, because my Kiltie turned out way to big. Way to big. So I learned how to steek and cut some side paneling out of each side of the skirt, and it fit much better. I added elastic to the waist to help keep it up, and perfection! These are my second favorite knee-high boots, after the brown ones. They’re not as waterproof as the brown ones, so they don’t work in the snow as well. The shawl is my Catkin, and yes, it’s the same color red as my skirt. Red and grey are definitely the themes of this outfit. I mostly added the shawl to make this outfit closer to 25% handmade, but I think it fits well with the over all color scheme. My Catkin is in worsted weight wool, and is enormous. The original called for sock weight, but it’s definitely warm!

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Running in circles

Hey all!

I promise I have not dropped off the face of the earth, but I do feel like I am running in circles. Every time I turn around I seem to misplace something, and it is driving me up the wall. I want to show you my finished kiltie, but I misplaced the elastic for the waistband. I want to show you some of the work I have been doing with film photography, but I misplaced the duct tape needed for a craft for it. And I’ve been too busy looking for the elastic and the duct tape to make much progress on my newest knit, so there isn’t much to show you in that department, either. What’s really annoying is that the house is clean, and I seem to have genuinely lost these items, instead of just loosing them in the shuffle. Yesterday I bought a bag of groceries, and then literally forgot about it and went into the house without it. My groceries were in my car all night. Fortunately none of it needed to be refrigerated. So as soon as I find something, anything, I will update you on it. Also, my Project 333 is officially starting Friday. I am trying to get all my clothes clean at once, so I can go through them critically and decide what to keep for March/April/May, but that seems really complicated at the moment, too. Also it’s kind of scary to commit to. I mean, I know I can switch out clothes if something isn’t working, and it’s not like I have a huge wardrobe and I’ll be cutting down to a 1oth of the size, but it’s still a big commitment.

Mint and Mustard.

First and Foremost: I finished my kiltie! Pics soon. I am super excited.

Secondly, I have been kind of obsessed with Go Chic or Go Home. It’s so fun to see all my clothes uploaded, and plan out cute outfits and what I’m going to wear. At first, the thought of adding all my clothes seemed like a Herculean task, even after I’d pared down my wardrobe. I started out with just tops and bottoms, because I thought those would be easy. But I accessorize so much, it’s hard to think of my outfits stripped down with out accessories  They just seemed incomplete. So I added tights, then hats, then shawls/scarves. I think I’m going to add my shoes too. I’m still working on getting only 33 items in my wardrobe for the start of March. I don’t think I’ll have 25% handmade. I make a lot of things, but mostly they’re accessories, like gloves or hats or scarves, I don’t make a lot of clothing pieces. I am going to try to make more clothing for this challenge, but that’ll be something I work on over the year.

Here is one of my favorite outfits so far:

M&M1 M&M2 M&M3This outfit I love because I haven’t worn this skirt in forever, but now I want to wear it all the time! The sweater I thrifted a few days ago. I took a risk and didn’t try it on because I figured I’d just re-donate it if it didn’t fit, but I love it. It had a little faux collar in it, I haven’t decicded if I’m going to take that out or not. There were faux cuffs on the sleeves, but I cut them off because they were too skinny for my arms. I’m still working on taking photos of myself, it’s a little awkward, but practice makes perfect!

Birthday Boy

My baby boy turned 13 on Friday! (Actually, I’m not sure when his birthday is, it’s either January or February, so I split the difference and made it February 1st.) Since he’s technically an old man, I let Eddie splurge on a cupcake. I just love his little face! The one where he grabs the cupcake wrapper is my absolute favorite.

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I can’t believe I’ve had him half my life. Since I was a freshman in high school! So much has changed since then: high school, college, relationships, jobs, apartments, good times and bad, my baby has been by my side. As cheesy as it sounds, I don’t know what I’d do without him.

Note: He’s half Shih Tzu, half Jack Russell, we named him Eddie after the dog on Frasier 🙂

Hibernating

Hey, it’s been quiet around here. The last two days were topping out a 60 degree, which I loved, but today it’s snowing, so it’s back in hibernation mode. I’ve cast on a Kilite, and it’s been frogged twice, along with the miles of stockinette stitch, it’s not fast moving. I am really excited for it to be finished. I’d love to to be able to wear it to a Superbowl party Sunday, but I’m aware of my abilities enough to not get to hopeful. I’m also about a quarter of the way through the Windward, another fun, but slow moving project.

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On the Project 333 front, I have done some work. I sorted through all my clothes, and am donating over half, and throwing out a few things that are no longer wearable. It’s not a huge impact in terms of what I wear on a daily basis, since most of the clothes I’m donating are clothes I don’t wear anyway. It is nice to know that my closet is cleaner, and that I’m donating clothes to people who could use them. I also uploaded photos of all my clothes to Go Chic or Go Home a cool website that lets people upload clothes and create outfits, as well as find inspiration through things other people post.

Frozen

It’s cold outside. It’s freezing outside. Actually, freezing is an understatement, because it is below freezing. The high for today is 9 degree, with a windchill of -5. I like the warm weather anyway, and dislike cold, but honestly, anything under 20 degrees is just torturous. I wanted to go to pick up some fabric from the store. Despite the weather, I have a bit of cabin fever. Since I quit my ‘day job’ I have been working from home. While its nice to not have to commute, especially in the winter, working from your couch doesn’t afford you much in the way of scenery. Fortunately I took pictures of myself all layered up before I tried starting my car. Apparently my car doesn’t like the cold either.

Frozen frozen2Cold days are good days to be a knitter, though. I’ve got my Celtic Slouch Greenbriar Hat, my Scalene (love Carina Spencer’s designs, btw), and some fingerless gloves I whipped up, no real pattern for them. The key is layers, and as many layers as I can add the better. The good thing about scarves and gloves is that they cover up all the little cracks of skin that sometimes get exposed to weather. The shirt, also, is a recent construct of mine, thanks to this article, but it’ll have to wait to model, because it’s sleeveless cotton jersey. It super comfy though, and I’m wearing it right now. I dyed it ombre, where its a light blue on one end, and charcoal grey on the other. It’s also reversible in the sense that I can wear it upside down, and have a white cowl on a charcoal shirt.

The only problem with layers is I never seem to be able to layer my bottoms as much as my tops. Sure, you can always throw on a couple more scarves, or sweaters, but you can’t really add extra pants, can you? And if you do layer, with tights or something, you can take them off once you get to your friends house, like you can a coat.

Anyway, those are my musings about layers. I have retreated back in to the warmth of my house, and am thawing nicely with some grilled cheese and tomato soup, along with old episodes of Buffy.

 

Keeping Warm

I have been busy this last week, …making things for myself! It’s kind of a nice change since what felt like a forever of Xmas gift knits. I tried to make socks – three times. Since I knit my laptop sleeve, I turned two heels on it for the detail at the end. It was way easier than I thought it’d be. I’ve tried knitting socks before, and as much as I theoretically understood the concept of how heels should be turned, what I had in my brain never really lined up with what my yarn was doing. Since the directions came from my One Skein Wonders book, I thought following a sock pattern from the book would be equally easy. And it was. I turned heels with no problem! Then immediately lost steam on the rest of the sock. Was not interested in finishing it, and did not want to knit a second one. So I tried another pattern. Same thing. Then I thought maybe one of the ‘sideways‘ sock patterns would be nice, since they’re knit lengthwise, and you don’t have to turn a heel. But there was way more calculating involved than I wanted to do, especially if I would have to repeat the whole process for a second sock. So maybe sometime I’ll try the two socks at once deal, but until then, I just whipped up a cowl.

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So this yarn, is Knit Picks Felici in Building Blocks. I’ve wanted some self-striping yarn for forever. But once I got it, I immediately got knitter’s block about what to use it for. I tried it for mittens, but I didn’t like the regular-ness of the stripes. It looked more like I had just used stripes of different colored yarn, which wasn’t the effect I was going for. I didn’t really want a striped hat, so that was out. Then the sock thing failed. Next I learned that the Felici line is apparently discontinued by knitpicks, so I can’t order more of it. So I decided to just whip up a cowl to use up the 2 skeins I have.

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This cowl is perfect. I love the colors, and it is unbelievably soft. And extremely warm, for how loosely knit it is.

And yes, my Wanderlust mitts are making a cameo. Because it is cold outside!

Protecting my Baby

I finished my Moso Netbook Sock courtesy of Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders. My BIL and SIL gave me the book for Xmas, and I love it so far. I wanted to adjust this patten to fit my 15″ MacBook Pro. I ended up using Brava Sport Yarn in Cobblestone Heather on US 4 needles to size it up. I didn’t swatch, I just winged it. I also used Sew Mama Sew‘s Simple Laptop Sleeve pattern to create a lining for the inside of my sleeve. I really liked the grey corduroy, and I like how it looks with the grey yarn next to it. The green button was just a little touch of color. The lining was quick, it only took a morning to make. The knit sock I started on the road trip back from Florida, but it only took a few days concentration to finish. Along with the lining there are two layers of batting sewed in as well. Overall, the lining turned out a little snug, it just barely fits over my laptop. Which is fine overall, since I didn’t want the cover to be too loose. It’ll be perfect for travel.

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