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WIP Wednesday Audio Books and Knitting

Anyone who knows me, or has read a post of two of mine, knows that I not only love all things about knitting and crocheting, I also love all things about books. One of my favorite – or I should say two of my favorite things to do in my spare time is to read and knit. I know, you are all saying, “duh, thanks for the peek into your inner self what that revelation. NOT!”. But have you ever read AND knit at the same time? Nirvana!!! LOL for me anyway.

This week I’ve finished a couple of audio books and a few projects. The NICU hats are making another appearance this week. I’ve finished 2 blue and a pink.

5.20.15 pink and blue bears

 

In the last few weeks I’ve finished 10 of them, so I’m taking a few weeks weeks off from baby bears and hopefully finish my shawl and the blue & yellow blanket that got shelved to make the pink one.

5.20.15 possum shawl

 

It is hard to see the shawl because I can’t spread it out any more because I’d risk dropping stitches off the tips of my circulars. In this pic the top of the shawl is on the bottom left. It is zipping right along. I’m happy with my progress as well as the way the pattern is working up.

Regarding the audio books I finish, the first I have been listening to for several weeks. Alan Turing: The Enigma is a really, really long and sometimes way too technical book. But it is also a heart wrenching look at a man who has not fit into the society he was born into and spends his life playing an “imitation game” (his words) to fit in as best he can. The magnificent film based upon this book is tragic in the triumph Turing being instrumental in solving the enigma code, yet never able to be true to himself.

The book was a bit too technical for a laymen like me, but I did enjoy it. The letters Alan wrote to family and friends gave me a glimpse into this brilliant man. I was thankful that it was an audio book because I enjoyed it more not having to read all of the slower parts.

Turing

 

(picture from audible.com)

The next book I finished was #GIRLBOSS Sophia Amoruso’s how to succeed in business on your own terms. She advises hard work and being at the right place at the right time. There are some great tips for doing your best in a job interview. If you are planning a job change Amoruso’s book could really help you rise to the top of the list if you follow some of her tips.

Girlboss

(picture from Amazon.com)

So it has been a good week. Hope you all had a good week too.

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WIP Wednesday – Nothing to Write Home About

This week I spent more time reading than knitting. I started a polar bear hat that is ready to bind off and stitch together. It won’t take long, but it will be at least tomorrow before I finish it. Next week you’ll see it completed.

Polar bear in progressI’m still obsessed with starting a shawl that in all likelihood will never be finished. I love the look of a lacy shawl, but in reality I’m not a lace knitter. I sometimes convince myself I’ll have the patience and find a quiet place to begin and actually complete a beautiful lace shawl, but honestly I am better off with something that doesn’t need to be counted. Carefully. Without distraction. Riiiight.

I have some beautiful yarn. I ordered this silk from China in 2012. I have other lace weight yarns in my stash, but this one just calls to me when I think of a soft, silky shawl to wrap around my shoulders on cool evenings. Maybe a nice glass of wine, sitting on my porch swing with my hubby…all of this sounds so romantic, but unrealistic.

silk yarn

I am more likely wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a Pike’s Peak logo on the front, sipping a Diet Coke from the can and listening to my sweet hubby complain about being cold. AND this scenario would not require completion of the shawl that I am already love/hating.

I have whined enough about it to my friend Leslie, that today she offered to take the yarn and knit it for me. She loves to knit lace and does a great job, without any whining at all.  It is really tempting. Maybe I’ll just start it, get sick of it and hand it off to Leslie.

We are oddly opposite. She loves order, I thrive on disorder. I’m loud, she’s quiet. I’m old enough to be her mother and that is ok because we both love to knit. You can tell who we are by our websites. Mine is kind of scrambled with reading, writing and yarn arts and hers is very tidy and organized. Check it out: http://singlestitchknit.com

So I don’t know what I’ll be starting this week. I will be finishing the white NICU hat for sure. I am seriously thinking short sleeves to finish the brown sweater I started way too long ago, maybe this week but probably not.

I also have lots of squares for a Lego blanket started. Maybe I’ll make a few of them. Not likely tho.

Perhaps I’ll make Leslie nuts and start a shawl. 🙂

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WIP Update and Looking At 2013 Projects

Here is it Monday and I didn’t post my progress last week on all the long list of to-dos I have and haven’t done.

(pic from Let’sTalkMagazine.com)

No excuses, no whining, I haven’t worked on my fall mystery shawl, which most in the group have finished. I have to concentrate to work on it and can’t with a house guest. So it can wait for another day and time. It isn’t that important for me to finish it in any specific timeline because it is just for me, not a gift.

I delivered the baby blanket to my new little neighbor’s dad. More specifically his two older sisters that were out playing while dad watched them with one eye while he tidied up his yard. The girls are adorable. Lilly is about 2 and her sister (ok, can’t remember her name, was only told it once) is about 4. The four-year-old told me she would open the gift for her new brother.

Dad told her she could hold it but not open it. It was making that poor kid nuts. She shook it, “fixed” the curly ribbon bow until one of the pieces came out and then had to surrender the box to dad. Ah, I miss having little kids around the house and am so happy they moved next door 🙂

Anyway, mission accomplished. My dance card is wide open and I am excited to start a new project. My list of projects for this year still includes that pair of socks. I made a bet with my friend that I would knit at least 3 pr of socks this year before buying more sock yarn. She said I lost because I actually did buy more sock yarn. But it was on sale… OK, I’ll accept the defeat, but it is a matter of principal that I am going to make the third pair anyway. Hope it is before the end of the year. That will remain to be seen.

I also have the alpaca hat. Also for me. I am seeing a pattern. All projects for me seem to be preempted for more important (read make something for someone else) projects.

 

Progress has been made on the snowflake afghan for my cousin for Christmas. I only have 10 – yes you are reading this correctly! – squares left to make. They are all together in strips so I just have to sew the strips together, then the edging and I will be finished. This is going to be what I work on until I finish it. Then it is knitting until the end of the year. Sort of like eating my veggies before dessert. I like veggies, but would rather just eat dessert. Crocheting is OK, but knitting is so much more relaxing to me.

Because I pretty much have my list of projects completed or queued up, I am thinking about 2013 knitting projects. I am seriously going to start the Master Knitter Program again with the nice new yarn I bought. I’ll post about it once a week to keep me rolling.

My girlfriend’s birthday is the first week in March. I am going to make her a shawl, so have been sort of looking for a pattern that will be a nice fit for her. I am totally positive I have enough yarn in my stash to make several shawls, but am reserving the right to get something new if the spirit moves me. I absolutely will NOT use cotton for the one I made my other girlfriend for her birthday. I loved the pattern but was not crazy about the yarn.

My daughter-in-law’s sister-in-law is pregnant so another baby blanket will be in the works as soon as I hear if she is having a boy or a girl.Either way I am covered with my stash. I have some absolutely yummy yarn for a baby girl. It is mostly white, with small bits of yellow, pink and blue dotting the finished fabric when it is completed. For a boy, I have some wonderfully soft Brava worsted from Knit Picks in solid blue, white and yellow. I used these colors on the last afghan that I made for my little neighbor and they complimented each other perfectly.

That leaves the rest of my year totally open for any projects I feel like casting on.

Maybe I’ll even haul out the fabulous knitting machine that was my mom’s and learn how to make something on it. The instructions are daunting, but I think it will be really fun to use once I figure it out.

That is all I know for now. Keep Calm and Knit On.

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Baby Afghan #8 Complete

Last night I finish the last baby afghan of  the year. I am so excited to be done because I can start a new project. I have several in the wings, all of them knitting.

I logical, practical woman would finish the snowflake afghan before starting a new project. I only have 19 squares left to make. Maybe I should work on it tomorrow on break since I am leaving for a meeting and will miss lunch.

But the call of knitting needles instead of a crochet hook may be too much for me. I have the mystery shawl on the needles but cannot work on it when anyone is talking to me because the pattern is way too intricate.

So I think it will be the alpaca hat that I have been thinking about knitting since buying the yarn on Oregon on vacation this past spring.

Or maybe I need to start the pair of socks I’ve had on my to do list since January. So many projects so little time…

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WiP update

It’s been a productively busy week for knitting and writing projects. I always feel better when at least one of my projects is complete. Maybe because I love starting something new?

Anyway, here is the my updates by project.

2 Baby boy afghans – 1 DONE! The other will be started when I finish clue 1 for the Mystery Shawl KAL

Snowflake afghan – 21 of 59 squares completed as of today – sadly, no progress. Might do a couple of squares just because I need to.
Pr socks –  I’m sort of looking at patterns
Hat – this might be the next project I start
Shawl – DONE! It is blocked and drying and I love it
Mystery Shawl – received clue number one Sept 1 – am making good progress, hope to complete this clue this weekend.
Possible add in projects: the delightful baby sweater – can’t find the pattern I fell in love with, so this is a scratch, a felted lunchbag (fast, fun and useful!) actually bought one – so this will be a scratch also and a few dishcloths – DONE! I’ve made 2 and have been using them for a few weeks. I fell back in love with them. Have enough fiber to make 3 more will do early next year. But maybe I’ll have a plain old dishrag giveaway and make one sooner. Would anyone be interested in a useful, extraordinarily ordinary prizie????
Master’s program – neverending…. but I did order some new yarn to start swatches over 🙂
So I’ll be dropping  the shawl, baby sweater, lunchbag, one baby blanket and the dishcloths off of my list of to-dos.
That will only leave one baby blanket, a hat, socks, mystery shawl (which doesn’t really count because it was an add on) and the snowflake afghan. OH – and the Bears scarf that is about 1/2 of the way completed that I added on also. Master’s program stalled.
I hope to finish the Bears scarf this week!

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Fiber Filled Labor Day Weekend

It has been a fiber filled Labor Day weekend. I’ve been reading and knitting my way through the days since Friday night.

Most people plan picnics, pool parties or at least hang out at the mall to snatch up some holiday specials. I did take time out for dinner with my extended family, visited the youngest member of our family to watch her crawl (new skill!) and date night with hubby. But if you are a knitter, you know exactly where I am coming from when I say my knitting weekend has been exquisite.

First and foremost, I received the long anticipated first clue for the Fall Mystery Shawl KAL Group. Check it out on Ravelry! I was itching to start it as soon as the first clue arrived yesterday morning. But I knew if I cast on those 7 stitches, I would never keep up my self imposed schedule of completing at least 3 rows a day to have it done in time for my friend’s birthday in a couple of weeks.

As incentive to sit and work diligently, I decided to finally watch the final Harry Potter movie. (I got it for Christmas and have been meaning to get to it, but 2 hours is a lot of time to commit to..). I finished the 3 rows, then decided I should keep working on it until the movie was over. Reasoning that it would be too difficult to pay attention to a new pattern during the demise of “You Know Who”.

Ta da! I finished 12 rows and plan to finish one more today (the lace row) so that I can work on this tomorrow at work during break and lunch just to make better progress. Check it out!

Late last night I finally got my new addi lace needles out to start the mystery pattern. I made ok progress, like my choice of beads (which I have never incorporated into a knit item before) and have been counting over and over to make sure I don’t miss an important step and end up with a mess instead of a scarf.

I am contemplating a rescue row or lifeline before I go much further just in case. Do you ever use rescue rows?

When I began knitting socks, I was frantic about turning heals. Now it is one of my favorite parts of sock creation, but then it was very scary. I don’t know why, if I just would have read the pattern, stopped thinking and did what it said, I would have been fine.

A gal on one of the yahoo sock groups suggested a rescue row so I wouldn’t lose the work I’d done. All you have to do is cut a length of yarn or dental floss that is smaller than the yarn you are using. Using a darning needle, thread it through the stitches on the needles. You can either tie it in a very loose loop, or just leave it hanging free.Then just keep on knitting like it isn’t there. Once you feel safe that you aren’t messing up, you can remove it. If a problem arises, then you can frog back to the rescue row, pick up the stitches that are safely saved on the rescue thread and continue on (again) :)When I was learning to knit socks, I left it in until I was done. It was my knitting wooby for a while.

As you’ve been reading, most of my progress this week has been on the 2 shawls I have on the needles. I’m made ok progress on the Bears scarf because it was my travel project for work last week.

The last baby blanket, alpaca hat and socks have not been thought of this week. I have the yarn for all of them, but it would be cheating to call it progress when I’ve had it for quite a while.

The snowflake afghan is in hold until the first shawl is done. One must work triage sometimes – or if you are me – most of the time. 🙂

Hope you all had a safe and happy Labor Day – and if you are a knitter – I hope you added lots of perfect rows to your projects.

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WIP update

It has been a busy knitting, crocheting, reading and writing week. I’ve finished baby blanket #7 for Allison’s coworker this week. I am in love with the Brava yarn. This was crocheted with Knit Pick’s Brava Sport in the color sky. It works up soft yet great stitch definition. This is my yarn of choice for baby blankets these days.

I completed 2 everyday dish cloths. Each one took less than 3 hrs and 1/3 of a skein of yarn. I have enough to make 4 more, but that won’t be for a while.

I started he scarf in Bear’s colors that I got from Stitches Midwest. This was an addition to my WIP list, but I’ve made progress nonetheless. I was going to make it in a more complex pattern, but decided to let the yarn talk for itself.

The following WIP haven’t been touched this week:

The dreaded shawl

The Snowflake afghan

And I haven’t started the last pr of socks, my hat (but I did wind the yarn), the last baby blanket or worked on the Master’s Program. Now I might do my swatches again because my girlfriend and I discovered some great yarn from Canada, Timothy Street,  that is the house yarn for Unwind Yarn House.

  Yesterday I wound the yarn for the Fall Mystery Shawl group (green lace), the bison (hot pink and black (for some mittens for me I think). The alpaca I got on vacation in Oregon (for my hat) and the Bear’s yarn for the Christmas present scarf I started yesterday.

All in all, it feels like a really productive week for me 🙂

 

 

 

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