Knitables · Stashbust 2014

Stash-Buster

That’s totally what I’ve become this year.

So here’s a recap of the last few weeks:

I went to Stitch n Pitch with the arm warmers and I finished one while bored one evening. It helped that the lap blanket was too gargantuan to feasibly travel with it. When my fingers turned black yet again I  knit a swatch and washed it dilligently in hot, cold and lukewarm water. I was amazed when the little blighter hadn’t bled…at all. Not a single drop of color bled out of the yarn. What the hell?

Yarn is Desert Vista Visu in colorway “Dia Del Los Muertos” but I think it was supposed to be a test batch as the colors aren’t nearly as vibrant as the replacement skein Jenny got. I’m OK with it anyway.

In any case, I’m back to the beginning of the color repeat and am going to start the second tube eventually. And by eventually, I mean not for a while.

I went to a Brewer’s game with a ton of people from my gym and knit a sock from the nosebleed seats. I finished it right as Ryan Braun hit a homerun to help us win the game. It was pretty great.

Yarn is Happy Fuzzy Yarn Superwash Corriedale in colorway “Rain”

The Gemini pullover is done and has been worn once to work but it needs to be put away for a couple months until it’s cool enough to warrant wearing it. The wool and alpaca make it a really tough sell on super hot days.

“Gemini” Tank from Knitty Spring/Summer 2012. Knit in The Fiber Company Acadia in color “Blue Heron”

Finally, I have finished the blanket.

Tosh Chunky in colorway “Oak” and Mission Falls 1828 in Navy Blue.

Final dimensions of this beast is 50X60″ and it’s amazing. I’m almost tempted to keep it and knit something else for the babe, but I’m going to the shower soon and have other things to knit instead.

I’ve also made a vow to never knit with MadelineTosh yarns ever again. This blanket took forever to knit and was, predominantly, knit with yarn that had been made into sweaters, washed at least twice and never blocked properly. The color bled in the water every single time I washed it and it’s so infuriating that, after nearly 10 washes, the yarn is still losing color. A note is definitely going in the bag to put a color catcher in with this blanket whenever it gets washed and dried so the olive green color doesn’t stain everything. What a disappointment. I also have an issue with how it blocks. I gently stretched the blanket to stop it from rippling and to stop the edging from curling, but I don’t think there’s any merit in blocking Tosh yarns because they don’t block. Ever. They never keep their shape even if you let it dry in that shape for DAYS at a time. I believe my stash is Tosh free aside from a skein of sock yarn, but I will never buy Madelinetosh yarns ever again. It’s simply not worth the hassle.

Once the blanket was done, I dove into the stash and went searching for stuff to knit and came up with my large cone of Shelridge Yarns SoftTouch Heathers in colorway Sand. I then rediscovered the Line Break shawl from Veera Valimaki while at the store on Sunday and started knitting. 

I started this little guy on Monday night, got to the 90-ish stitch mark, realized my stitch markers had moved and had to start over. This is about how far I got after a couple innings of the Tuesday baseball game and now I’m about two rows away from finishing the whole damn thing. Each row takes about a half hour to knit and, while I had hopes to finish it last night, the eyelets are just not as big as I thought they’d be so I keep making the executive decision to do ‘one more row’ which ends up being a few more rows, blah blah blah. So I’ll probably never be done with this thing. No I’m kidding, it’s happening tonight.

I’m also working on a puerperium cardigan and a baby sophisticate cardigan for the same baby the blanket is for. I hope to have them done by the shower…we shall see!

So, despite the heat, I’ve gotten a ton done this month. Let’s hope the rest of the season goes that way too!

 

 

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So…that happened

It’s been months. MONTHS since I last posted.

To say I’ve been busy and stressed out is a very serious understatement.

I got to the point where I was so stressed out at my job that I couldn’t sleep at night. I had gained 20 pounds and I was just so unhappy every single day. I was even pissing off boyfriend because I would do nothing but bitch whenever I came home. So I found a new job… and I left the proposal writing gig. Happily.

This past week I finally got my hormones in order. My skin is clearing up and I’m sure I’m down a few pounds at least. I’m also sleeping through the night! Woo!

This job is not a permanent position– I went back to being a contractor and this job is going to last 6 months. I am totally OK with this fact and it actually makes things easier because I’m done with work and I don’t feel obligated to log on during the weekends while working at the yarn shop; I don’t feel like I’m doing something wrong while I sit down and watch TV instead of writing something. I receive praise regularly from my superiors. It’s completely foreign to me after 10 months of being told I wasn’t good enough every single day.

I also get to knit more. And I’ve been on a finishing spree to the point where I don’t have anything left on the needles and am in need of inspiration.

This season/year of finishing things has been crazy successful and I’ve been working on getting through my stash while saving money for yarn at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool and Stitches Midwest.

Since I last wrote, I finished the chunky sweater only to realize it was enormous. I didn’t start again just out of spite. The yarn (80/20 Acrylic/wool) is actually felting, believe it or not.

 

I finished the antler hat and I love it. I’ve been wearing it constantly whenever I need to wear a hat out of the apartment.

Yarn is Madelinetosh Pashmina in colorway “Kelp” and size 2/4 needles.

The not-so-color-Tipped-Scarf is near the half-way point and I’ve not started it up again. One day, it’ll get picked up and worked on.

Yarn is Tahki Stacy Charles in Natural Colorway. Knitting the “Color Tipped Scarf” from Purl Bee

I finished a pair of socks but realized they were too small for me so they wound up going to Michigan to live with Boyfriends’ mother. The 8-inch cuff just about killed me, but she received them and started wearing them right away. They look great on her.

Toes, Heels and Cuffs are Patons Kroy in colorway Flax. Body is Loops & Threads Luxury sock in ‘ocean’ colorway.

When I got home, I cast on a pair of socks for myself out of Happy Fuzzy Yarn and have been very slowly working on it whenever I feel like knitting something with tiny ass needles and no effort. Or if I need something small. Boyfriends’ socks are still languishing on the chair in the living room. I’m sure he’ll get them for Christmas.

I pulled the sincere sheep cowl from the stash earlier in the season and have finally started knitting it again. I think I’m past the halfway point, but it’s just very slow and monotonous. It’s so gorgeous though…

The Advent mittens and Penny’s santa hat will be finished by the end of the year but I’m not interested in knitting a santa hat in freaking April.

Same goes for the grey Gaptastic that I ripped out and will hopefully be knitting into something else. I’m sure when the season changes into Fall, things will change,  but eh. Right now I’m not interested.

I did also start some new projects since the beginning of the year that didn’t make it on the list.

I finished a Cardigan, but the story behind this one is for another post, later in the week. The draft is being written tonight. I swear. 

I started and finished an Eagle Twist shawl with 2 and a smidge skeins of Tosh Sport in colorway Cosmos. The Eagle Twist is a super simple short-row shawl with a cable down the spine. I was a bit obsessive over it.

This is not the completed shawl. The final product needs to be blocked again because Tosh yarns suck at blocking.

I finished another insanely simple shawl with Malabrigo Rios in colorway VAA this past Friday. I finished in with enough to probably do another row, but the shawl became enormous and just got to the point where it hurt to knit the rows because they were heavy and long. It fits around my neck beautifully, though.

Took this shot while the shawl was taking a bath. It blocked beautifully and it’s so soft and squooshy.

I finished two hats for Boyfriend to choose from for Blue Beanie Day. The first one I cast on shortly after buying the Shepherd’s Wool yarn in Michigan in February but petered out on it by the time I got to the crown. I finished the crown and wove in the ends on Monday during knit night and cast on the Malabrigo Worsted that same night. I knit it whenever I wasn’t with Boyfriend but we spent a lot more time than I thought this past week and it needed to be done by Friday. When we were sitting in the car on our way to Madison for a class, I told him “I’m going to take my knitting out but you aren’t allowed to look at it or guess at what it is” which totally gave it away that it was for him, but he didn’t say anything about it aside from giving me minor amounts of shit during the class while I was knitting. He took  notes and the class was rudimentary at best.

He unwrapped the hats and chose the blue Malabrigo Worsted as I thought he would do. I took the Shepherd’s Wool home the following cold morning.

I haven’t been knitting all that much lately, but I’m always carrying the Sincere Sheep cowl so I can slowly pick away at it. I’m not going to knitting group tonight, sadly, but there will be knitting at home before an early bedtime.

I hope you all forgive me for taking forever to write more. Now that things are calming down in my professional life, I hope to be able to write more and have more time to do knitting. I’m really looking forward to this summer of fun and knitting and crossfitting.

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Making Progress

I am a weak-willed individual with no hope in finishing projects I don’t really care about all that much.

But at least I’m finishing things I need to get done.

I finished the commission and delivered it to the commissioner. Or am I the commissioner and she is the commissionee? What?
Regardless, two gaptastic cowls and one self-ruffling scarf and it’s out of my apartment! I finished both cowls with less than two yards left over for the bind off, they blocked in one night and they’re cute and I’m really proud of the final products, regardless of how tedious it was to complete them.

Murphy’s birthday present is done. This is the most she’s seen of it:

So there. Two things done all within 5 days of my resolution.

And then I fell apart. The chunky sweater is still sitting on the floor with one front panel done up to the shoulder and I’m fully aware of the fact that a small amount of work needs to go into it and it’ll be done, but I feel like I need to lose 5 pounds before starting this one again so my stomach won’t look so enormous when it’s done. This being said– I have NOT seen what I look like in this sweater apart from my reflection in the plastic-covered patio window. I can hear you shaking your head as I write this. Don’t judge me.

I finished Murphy’s present on Sunday night and didn’t knit anything until Monday night at knitting where I forgot my stitch book and/or couldn’t remember the cable pattern for my Madelinetosh Pashmina hat. So I pulled my Tahki Donegal Tweed, the Christmas present from Boyfriends’ parents and cast on for a repeat of Murphy’s present, but this one is for me. I know this project takes about two skeins of Cascade 220 and the yardage is about the same, so I’ll have one last skein to make some mittens.

Come to think of it, I might break into the mittens first and use all the remaining yarn on the scarf.

Anyone else notice how this isn’t on the list to the right? I had to make a concession when I realized I’d been wearing the same cowl every single day on my way out of the apartment. Somehow, all of my knitting is gone and not being used around my neck. I’ve also lost my Malabrigo Rios mittens from the CrossFit Games KAL. I can’t find them anywhere… I’m sure as soon as I finish these mittens they’ll show up. 

So the above picture is how far I got after about two hours at knitting. I then went home and made a mad search for my stitch pattern book so I could find a cable motif for the Pashmina hat. My very third design, all!

I found an Antler cable and it was exactly what I wanted. This little 16 stitch repeat over 6 rows is so stinking easy and I love it. This also gives me a reason to break out my Rosewood cable needles, of which I am obsessed. It is so smooth and versatile and it’s beautiful and I have nothing but good things to say about it. After about 2 more hours, I had 3 cables completed and I was totally ready for bed.

Tuesday night I worked late and didn’t get to my knitting until I was home and finally able to relax. I picked up the pashmina and kept knitting all night until we went to bed at 11 after trying to catch up on the Olympics.

Work has been insanity. I’m so exhausted. So much stuff and so many proposals are going out the door this week, I’m working late, missing Crossfit and drinking an obscene amount of coffee to the point where I almost feel more tired than before. I also have a migraine that’s currently eating away at my brain.

You’ll notice some changes in the list to the right. I realized  I’m putting pipe-dreams of projects on the list, rather than what’s actually on my needles right now. Once the project is actually on my needles, I’ll put it on the list.