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What I’m Obsessed With Today

Surprisingly, despite the fact that I have virtually no time to do anything, I have gotten a LOT of knitting done in the past few weeks! I spend time knitting on the bus to and from work, I get some knitting done while driving somewhere with the husband, I knit at home to wind down from my day and I knit when I should probably be doing something other than knitting. Ya know, like cleaning and doing laundry.

So what’s on my needles?

Linebreak! I’ve already made one of these, but I felt like the custom yarn from Three Irish Girls that I got at the Cream City Yarn birthday party was just meant to become a linebreak. Sprinkles on Top is a short-stripe repeat that is short-rowing up perfectly. I have yet to see a pool and I’m loving every single row. I’m into the fifth (and technically the last) wedge and I can knit about two rows in 45 minutes of my drive home from work, but it’s working up so beautifully that I’m OK with it taking longer than I’d personally like. I just started the second skein so I’m a little worried that I either did the pattern wrong or if I just have that much extra yarn. I may consider making an extra wedge…

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Hudson Shawl! I found this shawl while randomly searching through Ravelry. Someone had knocked off the pattern and was trying to sell it exclusively as a kit using Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok. I just wanted the pattern, not the whole kit because I’ve got a hookup to getting the yarn anyway. Then I looked at the comments and saw that they had ripped off the pattern from poor Shannon Cook. So I found her pattern and purchased it instead, knowing that I simply had to make it out of Woolstok. I did some minor changes to the pattern, especially at the end and I’m so happy with the way it came out!

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Dice bags! I have so much leftover sock yarn that I don’t know what to do with so I am making dice bags. I’ve got a few of these made already, but my DnD group is in need of bags for their constantly growing pile of polyhedrals. I use three strands of fingering weight yarn and a size 8 needle, use Judy’s Magic Cast On and start working in the round right away! When I finish, I thread some ribbon or braided yarn through the live stitches so it closes up really easily.

Georgetown! This gorgeous sweater is my newest obsession and I wish I could work on it more but it takes up quite a bit of space. I started this a while ago after basically finishing a flax light, but hated everything about it, so onto the winder it went. I then grabbed some charcoal grey (That was once a cobblestone!) and decided to put it together to make this scrumptious sweater. I finished the back in what felt like no time, then dawdled a bit on the fronts, finally cranking them out in a few afternoons after a few weeks of forgetting about it. I seamed it up into what I think is my best mattress stitch to date, and then started on a short row sleeve cap which I decided I didn’t like, so I ripped it out yesterday and decided to do it just as the pattern is written. Hannah Fettig knows best. I haven’t really taken any pictures of this, so I guess I’ll have to get on that.

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I’m so close to finishing a Camilla Kid sweater, but I never took pictures of it. I’m sure I can photograph it when I’m finished with it, but until then it’s just sitting in the bag.

 

 

 

 

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Oh Hey 2017…

Welcome back! I missed you. I think I’m ready to write regularly again… hopefully.

2017 has been…interesting. Let’s go monthly so we can get back on track with one another.

January: The beginning of the year was tough for us- Freelance work had dried up, though I did get a new gig as a writer for Geek & Sundry, but that work was little and far-between sometimes. My other freelance work was slow-coming and I was starting to feel the monetary hurt. I knit a lot- I was teaching every Thursday and I was also working on cultivating a following for Kettle Moraine. I taught a couple sessions, but they petered out and instead I transitioned into teaching a few of the students on the side whenever we have time to get together. I started a Find Your Fade out of Critical Sheep D10, and it became an obsession for me. Otherwise I just knit away on random things; mainly just easy stuff to keep myself warm throughout the cold weather. I ate pretty healthy all season, worked out about 3-4 times per week, and didn’t lose a single pound. My naturopath upped my supplements to the point where I was taking 56 pills per day.

February: I finished the Find Your Fade! YUM!img_7610_medium2

I also knit up a Hemlock Ring blanket.

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This act spurred on the beginning of many stash-busting projects that have continued throughout the season. I still ate Paleo/Gluten Free, worked out four time per week, took all 56 pills per day and was growing increasingly miserable. I called my naturopath, complained and she didn’t do anything for me. She took some more blood tests and I found out my Candida Antibodies went up recently. She did nothing more to alleviate this, but just kept telling me to eat Paleo and work out and watch my sugars. I still hadn’t lost any weight. 266 pounds. /sigh.

March: I picked up a sweater I had started a long time ago out of Sheepish Yarn Co Merino Worsted and decided it was time to finish the knitting. I made up a Shapely Boyfriend sweater and just needed to finish the sleeves. I have taken absolutely no pictures of this sweater (SHAME ON ME!) so just pretend you love it, ok? It’s blue and pretty. It took a couple weeks to do the sleeves and the collar, but I really like it. I wore it a lot, only to realize that the collar didn’t sit very nicely around my neck. I ripped out the cast-off and did a large short-row shawl collar instead. No real big changes since then. I still need to weave in the ends and wear it one day, but I don’t have much of a need for big woolen sweaters right now.

Near the end of the month I called the Naturopath after doing some research on Candida and how to rid myself of it. I found the Candida Diet; a diet predominantly made up of cruciferous vegetables and white meat, and how it’s main goal is to kill off the yeast that grows in my stomach and perforates my small intestines to penetrate into my bloodstream. After talking it over with the Husband, I decided to give it a shot for a week. During that week I ate a lot of chicken, turkey, salmon and broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, etc. I drank coffee, tea and water with lemon. I avoided red meat and pork, and I made every meal and weighed every portion religiously. I consumed between 40 and 80 grams of carbohydrates per day. Around day four, I tried going to the gym. I became so dizzy while doing a simple workout because my blood sugar had dropped (due to the one prescription I am on that lowers my sugars) into the low (and very dangerous) 40s. I decided to call the Naturopath and explain to her what was happening. I didn’t go to the gym again that week. She called back TWO DAYS LATER and told me she didn’t recommend Candida Diet but essentially recommended everything I was doing on Candida Diet. She told me to stop taking the blood sugar drug because I was finally regulating my sugar by diet.

I lost 10 pounds in 9 days of doing Candida Diet. I became disillusioned by this doctor and I had finally seen the light that it was time to leave her and find someone who actually understood what was happening to me. I didn’t want to keep taking these pills that weren’t doing anything anyway and I was so full from said supplements that I didn’t eat much of anything throughout the day. I did some searching and found a new doctor in Milwaukee. It was going to be a bit of a drive, but I was willing to make it. Husband and Mom agreed that it’s time we change things up and I made the appointment for two weeks later.

I tried going to the Naturopath to get my chart (and to get my last pills from her…) she wouldn’t give me anything more than my labs. No notes, or anything from her in my chart. RIDICULOUS! I filed a complaint with the medical board and put a 1 star review on the doctor’s google page. I’ve heard nothing from her since.

April: Not much knitting of note this month: I have been working on a vest out of Cascade Eco in a dark blue. Nope. No picture of this one either. I really suck at documenting my stuff!

I started a sample for work for the summer session at the Yarn Store and then realized it was too hard to knit and I was able to change to another sweater.

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And I’ve been working on socks for a good long while, though none of them are anywhere near finished.

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Oh and did I mention, I figured out how to Self-Stripe Critical Sheep D4?!

My best friend had her baby, Kenneth Josephine Breeden, and I brought over a wee hat to fit on her perfect little head. Kenneth is a doll, and she’s so little, but I can’t wait to see this little bit of alpaca/wool on her adorable head.

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I anxiously awaited the day of my appointment with Dr. A.. I sent in my paperwork but they didn’t get my records in time, so we went in blind, but I walked in with all my pills and told her what had all happened, and included as much of my history as I could. She immediately threw out 23 of my pills. I could have kissed her. She told me to start with Castor Oil Packs every night before bed, to start Intermittent Fasting 3-4 non-consecutive times per week and she also told me to continue with the Candida Diet but that I could add in a few new things like Greek Yogurt and 1/4 cup berries and grass-fed beef and pork once per week. I am now down to 21 pills per day; three of which will be gone as soon as the bottle is empty (good and useful supplements should not have to go to waste! Oil of Oregano is great for Leaky Gut Syndrome, but my diet no longer requires it, so I’m taking it until it’s gone!). Both Husband and I were so happy to have her on our side that I felt like crying when I felt like she was finally hearing the words I was saying, explaining herself thoroughly and telling me exactly what she expects from me going forward. She even called me the next week (like she said she would!) and checked in on me. I used 8-day pill cases (three of them) in order to make 2 days, and now I can make 5 days out of those same pill cases. I don’t hate taking my pills now because I know these are the ones that are going to really do the best things for me.

May: Knitting! Nothing has been finished as of yet (we’re only two days in, after all) but I’ve been knitting away on 1999 (the class sample that just needs little sleeves!) and Georgetown, a sweater by Hannah Fettig that I’m making out of two strands of Shelridge Yarn Softtouch Heather in Charcoal and Gunmetal Blue (The blue I made my bridesmaids shawls out of ) and it’s coming out beautifully! I haven’t taken a picture of this yes, because it’s just a swathe of knitting, but you’ll get one soon! I’m on the back, about half way through the body. It’s a lot of knitting and it’s in pieces and seamed, but I am so excited to finish it. I’m starting the teaching of a class this week and, now that I’ve started a contract where I work in an office every day, I don’t really see my husband except for when we’re both zoned out in front of the TV at the end of the night.

I’m still eating Candida, and making sure I avoid any and all sugars/grains/starch/gluten (though I do enjoy my cheat meals) and I’m slowly and consistently losing weight. This morning I stepped on the scale and was finally down to 251. Since December 1, 2016, I’ve lost 25.5 pounds. Only 70 or so to go! The Castor Oil Packs help me sleep deeply and thoroughly every night and I’m feeling much better about my mental acuity and ability even though I’m a little spacey when I intermittent fast. I included a protein shake to increase my protein amounts per day so I can avoid starvation mode in my body every day.

I don’t think I have anything else fun to add to this post, which is already super long. I’m looking forward to spending more time blogging and sharing my updates. Every day is a new adventure for me, so I’m excited to see what the future holds.

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Gee. Whillikers.

Is that how you spell that? Oh well. I’m not concerned. I’m just trying to write something that sounds like it would go on this blog. Really I’m just using this blog as a way to write for 10 minutes without stopping and just writing the things that come out of my fingertips. It’ll probably be about knitting, but likely it’ll be about what I ate in a day and if I worked out… Think of it as a mashup between On Skeins and Needles and KnitEatLift. I can’t keep up with one blog, so two is not going to happen!

I’m barely knitting lately. I have been trying to figure out what to make or get for my friends for Christmas and I am completely stumped. Do I make them fingerless mitts that they can wear while driving? Meh. Do I make candles so they can think of me whenever they burn them? That requires me driving downtown to get the supplies. Meh again. Do I get them gift cards because I feel like they aren’t going to like anything I made them anyway? Bad idea. sigh. I don’t know. Knowing me, I’ll end up cobbling something together at midnight the day before we’re supposed to get together and I’ll call it good.

It is currently very cold in my apartment. I’m sitting in the office with no music or sound around me but the sound of the typing keys. I know I should get up and make some lunch but something about the whole ‘stay on your ass for 10 minutes’ thing is keeping me here.

I switched gyms about 6 months ago and I’m very happy with the results I’ve had; only problem is my body is fighting me to lose weight. I eat healthy- only 2 cheat meals per week and I eat clean. I don’t consume dairy or gluten (unless it’s part of said cheat meal) and I drink water when I’m not drinking coffee in the morning.

Hang on… siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip here lies medical crap…skip if not interested.

Yet the weight still won’t come off. I know it’s because I battle with PCOS and insulin resistance and a whole host of other things, but I didn’t know how to fix it myself, let alone naturally and without harsh chemicals that will make me feel sick and not happy with my body. So I found myself a naturopath; this is also after my mother tried to talk me into seeing an endocrinologist. I didn’t want to see any old doctor who would tell me the same thing that I’ve been hearing for years, so I found a naturopath who would look at me as a person, and my whole body, not just my uterus. She spent 90 minutes asking me question after question and I left, exhausted yet hopeful, that this new plan would be helpful to me. I now take 26 pills per day. I feel like a geriatric who needs one of those giant pill cases, but I like to think it’s starting to work. While I’m not down much weight (I think the last time I checked I was down 1.5 pounds), my energy is up and my digestion is much better. I see the doctor in about 20 days and she wanted me to be down 20 pounds by then. Don’t worry, my appointment was at the beginning of the month.

I don’t need to hear that ‘slow weight loss is good weight loss’ and all that BS. I have 100 pounds to lose, get off my back and let me stay positive about this!  

Alright. done with the medical stuff!

The Workouts!

I just finished with workout number two of the week; I’ve been down with a cold for most of the past 7 days, so I’m very sore now and very much looking forward to my shower this afternoon. So here’s my WODs in a week:

Monday, December 5:
I was laid up sick for most of the day but still wanted to move around so I did some rebounding for about 15 minutes. This always makes my calves burn like the dickens but I am noticing that the strength of my legs is much better and I always feel better when I step off the trampoline.

Wednesday, December 7:
Strength: Snatch 5-3-1 up to 95%. I guess I’ve never written it down but I think I PRed my Snatch: Went up to 85 pounds and it was easy!
WOD:
AMRAP 4 minutes pull ups (I did ring rows) (75)
rest 2 minutes
AMRAP 4 minutes Burpee box jumps (25)
rest 2 minutes
AMRAP 4 minutes dumbbell snatch (55)

Goodbye shoulders! I woke up this morning with lots of soreness; posterior chain, traps, those long muscles between my shoulder blades. My shoulders were pretty shot too. I knew that working out today would be rough, but that my recovery would probably be better once I worked out again. It’s weird how things work like that.

Thursday, December 8
I went to the sister affiliate today to hang out with the owner and my favorite coach, Maggie. She and I are very alike in manner and we get along so well! Naturally, I showed up 15 minutes late because I can’t read a schedule. Did a quick warmup, and was ready to go with everyone else!
Strength: Push Jerk: 5-3-1 up to 95% of 1RM. I did 85, 105 and 115. The 115 was a little rough and I had to fight it up, but it worked! It’s also a 3RM PR, so that’s even better!
WOD:
AMRAP 8
3 HSPU (I used a box, like I always do… getting better at this though!)
3, 6, 9, 12… Cleans, increasing the number of cleans each round.
I did 85#; it was tough, I don’t think I’ve ever done a workout with that much weight on the bar, but I was able to keep moving with it and that’s what mattered to me. I finished with 52 cleans, so halfway through the round of 15.

It was quick and dirty- and I liked it. I work all weekend slinging the yarn, but I’m looking forward to going three times next week before heading off to vacation in Vancouver for a week with the Hubs, brotherman and Mamabear! We will be hitting up three gyms (hopefully) and I can’t wait to workout with my man again!

What I ate this week:
Usually we plan our weeks really well, prep food and put it in the freezer and I make the magic happen during the day, but we have totally fallen off the wagon with that regard. We didn’t even eat a single thing that was on the menu board from last week, so we decided to do it over this week.

Monday: I had to make a weird concession Monday because I was doing a hormone test panel and couldn’t consume garlic, onions, coffee (I quarantined myself so no one died) and a whole host of other things. I was also sick. I ate eggs and bacon for breakfast, soup for lunch and sliders and fruit for dinner. Dessert was NyQuil and sleep.

Tuesday: Breakfast again was eggs and bacon, Lunch was leftover chicken and sweet potatoes, Dinner was shredded buffalo Chicken and sweet potato fries.

Wednesday: Breakfast was two hard-boiled eggs with salt, a banana and an apple, lunch was a subway flatbread sandwich that was more vegetables than anything else, dinner was chili that hubs and I threw together in 20 minutes after church.

Thursday: Breakfast was leftover shredded buffalo chicken and triscuits. Lunch was a salad kit from Fresh Express, with thousand island dressing instead of the dressing packet they put in the kit. Dinner is unsure, as we will be out caroling and then attending a party afterward. Very likely to be a meat of some sort and fruit and veg. I’ll keep it simple.

Friday: Tomorrow I plan to eat a 3-egg scrambled with Franks Red Hot, 4 slices of bacon, strawberries and a banana for breakfast. Lunch will be another salad kit, again trading the dressing out. Dinner will be a chuck roast that will shred up nicely to make tacos in sprouted grain wraps with shredded goat cheese and hot sauce. Yum.

It’s snowing out, my 10 minutes are way over and I’m starved for lunch. Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!

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Sampling Samples

It’s been a long couple of months since the last time I updated anything regarding this blog and it’s been a couple of months since the last time I had a finished project! I have been insanely polyamorous with regard to my knitting and can’t seem to dedicate myself to finish a project as long as the heat is as bad as it has been here in Wisconsin.

However, I am a teacher and need to make samples to show off and sell my classes this season so I have forced myself to buckle down and work on knitting only these samples until things are done and ready to show off…even if it is hotter the the devil out there. I’ll be safely chilly here in the Shaw with my strawberry lemonade and my Air Conditioner.

First things first: Hitchhiker shawl by Martina Behm. 

I’m knitting this beauty out of some worsted weight yarn. This class came along as a whim because I was actively knitting (and totally obsessed with) knitting the shawl so I chose to put it to some good use.

Working at a yarn store is awesome, but it’s also insanely hard: I want to buy one of everything. Literally everything. Especially since the shop carries my favorite yarn in the entire ‘verse: Malabrigo Rios. It’s a workhorse yarn that doesn’t pill or bleed, holds its shape really well and doesn’t wear out over wearing through the entire season. This year, Malabrigo launched their “Anniversario” colorway; a beautiful kettledye in honor of their 10-year anniversary. We got tons of it and, there were two skeins leftover with two different dye lots. I didn’t think anything of it until I saw them myself:Rios 1

Well… that’s some quality control issues going on there…

I bought the skeins anyway, knowing that I could just alternate rows on this shawl and end up with something gorgeous. The wonderful thing about Rios and Malabrigo as a whole, is their yarns have a tendency to blend gorgeously. I have frequently thought that colors would be completely disparate only to find out it blends so beautifully and looks like one skein. I looked at these two skeins and saw similarities in the vibrant pinks and the blues, but that’s pretty much where the comparison stopped. I kept knitting on though, and pulling the strands up along the side where the increases sat made things nice and smooth on the edging.

Rios 2The original pattern calls for a skein of Woolmeise, a fingering weight, but I thought I’d give it a shot knowing my shawl would basically be the same length, if lesser on the teeth. I got 36 teeth with 440 yards of Malabrigo and just barely won the yarn chicken. Ends need to be woven in and the shawl needs a good blocking but it’s beautiful and I can’t wait for the weather to get cool again.

Next up: Gramps Cardigan by Tin Can Knits

I love teaching these versatile classes: Students will be able to pick a size between newborn to 4XL (I call this size redwood tree). For the sample, I chose to knit a 2-4 and I picked a gorgeous combination of lime green and charcoal grey from Rowan’s Purewool Worsted Superwash line.

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I wanted something bright and cheerful but also fit for a boy: I see a ton of sweaters that are adorable for little girls but I love knitting for little boys. I cast on this project a few days ago while the Husband and I were re-watching Kingsmen: an amazing movie I highly recommend (not family friendly, though)! Samuel L. Jackson with a lisp is hilarious. I kept knitting through the next movie and, by the time the night was over, I had increased all the stitches for the raglan and I was finally to the underarms. I took a couple days off from knitting it so I could finish the Hitchhiker, so now I’m back to it with a fervor. I love little man cardigans so they look like grandpas or they look like they have little smoking jackets on. Husband calls them “Baby Hef” jackets.

Next: Follow Your Arrow KAL Shawl by Ysolda Teague

I don’t have many pictures of this at all because I messed up and had to rip back so Its kind of on time out for the time being. This sample is already made for the store so I was able to make it out of whatever yarn I wanted, but I just wanted to make sure I had an idea of what I was teaching the students. This shawl is a really cool option for someone who wants an extremely individual shawl from everyone else since there’s 32 different options for your shawl to look like. I started with clue 1B and went on to 2B. I started on 3B only to find out that my stitch counts were off, which is such a bummer and I had to rip out the short rows so things would match up again. grr. I started this shawl on the 4th of July while we were at the parade and I decided to take a cute photo before we left for the day.

Follow 1The yarn I’m using is Shelridge Farms Soft Touch heather fingering weight. I have a 3+ pound cone of this sand colorway. This is the same yarn I used for my Bridesmaids shawls and I’m currently working on a Flax Light from Tin Can Knits out of that same blue. I’m mildly obsessed with this yarn- if only it weren’t so expensive to get from Canada. Worth it, though. I tell ya.

Finally: Critical Sheep samples! 

I haven’t really talked too much about the work I’ve been doing with Critical Sheep but I’m going to be a vendor for Maker Faire Milwaukee this year in just a mere 2 months! In preparation, I have dyed almost 45 skeins and I have been knitting away on samples; most notably, I’ve finished three little samples: two hats and a crochet swatch.

From Left to Right: Bloodraven, Phantasm and Flutter. The hats can be made with just one skein of D4 Fingering and the little swatch used a mere schnibble of yarn.

I love writing out my final projects: It really puts into perspective all that I’ve done over the last months. Here’s hoping for even more productivity this month! And hopefully some more writing mojo!

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A Little Pick-Me-Up

I’m officially a full-time freelance writer! The last time I wrote I was uncertain about my future, but there’s no more uncertainty! I am very happy about the decision that was made at the end of the month and all is well! I have plenty of opportunities, Critical Sheep is working hard and it’s all great! It’s FUNEmployment. I wish I had made this decision years ago! I feel like making the decision to work for yourself takes a lot of guts, and it’s probably better that I didn’t do it until now; I lacked the gumption to do it all until freedom was thrust upon me.

I’m writing this on my brand new MacBook! The 2007 Black Macbook has finally bit it and we made the decision to add yet another laptop to the house. I think that brings us up to 6 or 7 computers. We’re nerds, what more could you ask for?

I’m really loving the whole sleeping until I want to thing of being my own boss. My hours are whenever I want them to be. And I can be as creative as I want in the hours when creativity is the most effective for me. I, being my own boss, set the dress code too: No Pants Tuesdays are awesome!

I’m also getting a ton of knitting done. I’ve created a bunch of dice bags to sell on the Critical Sheep Etsy page and I’m working on a sample for both three skeins of D4 and 14 Tribbles. AND I’m working on a sample for Cream City for a class I’m teaching.


So for now, because it’s gloomy and cloudy and dark today and I can’t get a good picture of anything to save my life, here’s an in-progress shot of my knitting. Color is Chameleon, but came out exactly like Lifespring, so there’s that.

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

 

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A 2015 Wrapup

I realized the other day that, on top of finishing a lot of things, I did a lot in 2015. I get a gratification by finishing things and I realized that it’s hard to quantify everything that I did in 2015 unless I write it down. So here we go.

I finished 17 projects in 2015, but really I finished 20 objects. I finished 3 blankets, 9 shawls/cowls/scarves, 5 hats/headbands, 2 pair of socks and 1 baby sweater.

Because I love the last two things I finished this year, here’s pictures of my Dovetail Wrap (ravelry link!) and my Simple Ribbed Hat.

I planned a wedding in which I knit five shawls and a pair of socks. This was definitely the highlight of my year. I would totally show you the pictures of the shawls, but I don’t technically have the rights to them yet because Husband and I have been so busy with everything that we haven’t sat down and looked at them. They’re on the list of favorites though! If you really want to see some that I’ve cheated on, go to my instagram or my Ravelry pages. They’re there.

In total, I knit and crocheted over 11,000 yards of yarn. That’s about 6 miles.

My knitting basket became much fuller this year, despite most of what I made going to other people. Out of all 16 projects, I kept 7. The others were gifts either for the wedding, other people’s weddings, baby showers, and the likes.

Now, onto 2016: My goals are similar: I want to finish as much as possible, work through my stash a lot and just make a lot of pretty things. First on the docket? I’m working on a blanket or two for a baby shower I’m attending in a couple weeks. No pictures in case she sneaks a look at the blog. Since it’s such a quick turnaround from the holiday, it’s on the knitting machine and it’ll be crocheted. I’ll post pictures in a couple weeks when she’s seen it.

I’m still working on the Bifrost scarf and I finished the second cake yesterday. Now it’s time to finish the blues and go into the purples! Since it’s a quick and easy garter stitch, I knit this when I don’t need to think about what I’m doing.


I’ve started a pair of socks for Mom that has been on in a project bag for about two years now with a pair of size 2 needles. It’s Lorna’s Laces Sport Weight in Packers colors. She bought it at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool in 2013 with the proviso that I knit her socks with it. So now I’m finally working on it. Ya know, just in time for the end of the season.

I’m also going to be starting a sweater this week. The Flax Light is a recently published sweater from TinCanKnits and my Shelridge Farms yarn from the Bridesmaids shawls is just screaming to become this sweater. I’ve already washed all the yarn and have just over 2500 yards. The pattern calls for 1700 so I think I’ll be good!

Finally, I want to start blogging more. I’ll be working on scheduling it better so I can get a post in at least once a week, probably more than that. My schedule now allows for a little bit of ‘sitting at the computer to write’ time, but it’s a matter of getting pictures off my phone and onto the page for a post to get published. You’d be surprised how that little extra step becomes a hard process. Eh. We’ll get there.

I hope everyone had a wonderful 2015 as well. I’m really looking forward to what 2016 can bring!

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Wedding Planning!

The wedding is in 110 days!

We are moving in a pivotal part of the planning process, so I wanted to get more things done prior and just have them waiting for me to send them out when the time comes; this includes the invitations, getting the shower guest list to one of my bridesmaids, managing the hair and make up thing and just generally consulting the wedding binder as much as possible.

So far planning is going well; Fiance and I are going wedding band shopping this weekend, we just picked out our ceremony readings, I have 50 invitations printed and stuffed and addressed (by hand, after a fight with Fiance over labels or hand-written addresses. My hand still hurts). I’ve found my Somethings and I have a beautiful comb being made for my hair for the day of. I have to keep a lot of things secret, but Fiance has seen the shawls so it’s not a surprise to him.

And I made hangers for everyone! This is Fiance’s sisters’ hanger. This reminds me I need to make more for the guys too…

On the knitting front, I am tantalizingly close to being done with the Bridesmaids shawls and I’ve turned the corner on my own. I am two repeats away from finishing the third chart before moving onto the fourth and then I get to start the braided edging. I made a lot of progress over the weekend and just kept knitting when I had some downtime.

I think it looks like the night sky when you get into the first couple sections. This was taken at 5 eyelet rows, I’m currently done with 10. Yarn is Cascade Heritage in Navy.

I am done with two full bridesmaids shawls and about 1/3 done with the third. I’ve been really feeling into the wedding shawl, so I’m thinking I’ll keep working on that for a while and then will switch to the bridesmaids shawls when I’m pooped from the Campside. 110 days is a long time to finish two shawls so hopefully I can just keep cranking them out. I keep getting into a groove with the third chart so it’s flying by; I have two more eyelet rows and then it’s done and I can move onto the final chart.

When I finally decided on a pattern, this was just the beginning. It’s now pretty large and only half-done!

Finally, I cast on a blanket for one of Fiance’s cousins that is having a baby shower in mid July. I have about 5 balls of Lion Brand Thick & Quick in a natural cream sitting in my stash that I’m dying to get rid of, so I’m crocheting a simple square blanket for her. I got about halfway through the yarn in two nights about a week ago and then decided I really wanted to knit, so it’s been sitting in my bag since then.  I have until the 4th of July to finish it. No biggie.

Not much other knitting to report. My hope is to finish the third chart Monday night and then get the math correct to start the fourth by the end of the week.