Sunday, March 19, 2017

Deterrent Question

I have a quick question for you. I know, I know, I don't normally post on Sundays. But since I've been slacking on getting anything out there, I thought I should get to it.
What is the one major deterrent for you when starting a new project. I know some people really struggle with picking yarn from their stash or choosing a pattern. So what is it for you?
For me it's this:
Trying to turn a beautiful skein of yarn like this:
Into a useable cake and I get yarn barf that needs to be untangled. So frustrating. It makes me want to just take a scissors to it. 

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Casting On

I made it to the new month without casting on a new project so I'm very excited to start something new today! I chose this partial skein leftover from a gift knitting project to knit something for myself.
It's a nice, soft blue. Almost a Tiffany blue but muted with speckles in soft brown. As its a smaller skein since I used part of it already, my plan is to knit some shortie socks for the summer.
I'm thinking this is begging to become Rose City Rollers. I have 80 g of yarn remaining which should mean I have 347 yards remaining. That's IF I did the math right and it's entirely possible I did not. But that should mean I have plenty of yarn to knit some shortie socks. 
Here's to hoping that I will get some knitting mojo back with a fun, quick project like this.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Super Slacking

I feel like it has been a ridiculous amount of time since I wrote a blog post (which it has) as well as a ridiculous amount of time since I actually completed a project. That's pretty true too.
Normally after the rush of gift knitting at Christmas, I am so excited to cast on something new for myself and I will knit happily away until something is done. That doesn't seem to be the case this year. I'm not sure if it's that I didn't do much Christmas knitting at all or if I didn't really get that excited cast on immediately following. Either way I am seriously slacking in the knitting department lately.
Let me show you my one and only turn-in for Harry Potter Knit & Crochet House Cup this month.
Yup, that's it. A lonely little hexipuff. I have been slacking big time in the knitting department lately and it doesn't seem to be lack of time or lack of desire to knit so what gives?
I'm not sure why but I have been finding myself just sitting lately. Even in the evening when I'm watching TV with my husband sometimes I just sit and that is very unusual for me. 
I'm within an afternoon's worth of knitting from finishing the first in a pair of socks and I think I have another pair that just needs a toe (on the second sock so it's so close to being done!) so I will try to stick to those for today and tomorrow but maybe on Wednesday (start of a new month so new items can count for the House cup) I should find something just for me that I'm really excited to knit and get it started. Hopefully that will mean more progress and actual finished items. And possibly getting rid of the slacker status.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Is In The Air

I've been struggling a little with the motivation to actually finish anything. Although I have managed to finish the mittens for my mom. I really love how these turned out. The yarn itself is so pretty! 
I'm really glad I decided to just go for it and knit nice, plain mittens. 
Of course the motivation to finish things is gone but the motivation to start them isn't! 
I started another pair of socks, my Bride of Socktober Spooktacular socks. 
I'm knitting the Skew pattern again because I just adore how it fits my feet. They're kind of a wiggle to get your foot in them but once you do, they fit so incredibly well. They don't twist or slide around at all and they definitely don't slip down like some of my other hand knit socks do.
It hasn't slowed down my yarn purchasing either. I bought two skeins of Copper Canyon from Yarn Love when it was her featured color and they came in last week. 
I absolutely love the color but it does remind me a bit of some other yarn I already have now that I have it in hand. Oh well, apparently I love the blue and brown combo. Although on this yarn (her Juliet base) it definitely looks more coppery. So gorgeous! I even picked up 2 skeins so I can do some big, epic project with it. Maybe after Christmas. 
I'm holding off since this just came in today!
It's so Christmassy I can't stand it! I realized recently that I don't have any Christmas socks so I had to pick some up when Vesper had a sale. I got this one and 2 others. Which means I also got the cutest tote bag! 
I'm not really sure what I will use it for, maybe trucking back and forth to knit nights. I sure hope I can get to one again soon! I miss my Knitters!!! 
Meanwhile this happened. 
Now I just need to decide if it should be plain socks or Skew again. Plain requires less attention but come on, this would look amazing as Skew socks too! 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

When The Yarn Calls You

Sometimes, when you have an awesome mom like I do you think of her when you're doing something. Even something like yarn shopping. This summer when I was at the Zombie Knitpocalypse I found a skein of yarn that I just couldn't seem to leave alone. I just kept going back to it over and over again. It was like it was calling to me; "Sarah, come knit me."
I'm not usually one for really speckled yarn but I just loved it. The gray with the pops of brighter colors, it just sang. But since I already had a similar one I also wanted to purchase, I was trying to justify buying this one too. That's when the idea came to me to use this lovely skein, with its pops of pink to knit something for my mom for Christmas. Her favorite color is pink and I thought this with its subtler pink and lots of other colors would be so fun. So, the skein ended up coming home with me. 
I showed it to my mom and asked her what she wanted it to be. She's a crocheter but doesn't know too much about things involving fingering weight yarn so I made a few suggestions. This skein is Superwash Corriedale and nylon, which isn't a fiber you see a whole lot, so I was excited to try it and I knew it would make some great options, socks, mittens, a cowl. There are a lot of things this skein could become.
She chose mittens. I wound up the yarn right away of course, intending to get started immediately but as usual, time slipped away from me until I was looking around for something to start this month for HPKCHC and I found this skein. 
I'm so glad I did because I am loving the way it's knitting up!
I've got a few more ideas for Christmas gifts but if I want any of them to come to fruition, I had better get a move on!
In the meantime, back to the needles.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Time Just Keeps on Slipping

Wow, somehow an entire month got away from me there.
I guess I've just be struggling with focusing on what I want to say and getting it out there.
I've been knitting away though and participating in the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup (HPKCHC) again this term. This is the third month of term so next month is break month.
That means I am trying to focus on whether I will do any crafts for Christmas gifts this year. I have one project done and ready and another on the needles but I really think I will keep it minimal again this year. It just gets to be too much pressure.
So I'm still here and hope to keep on blogging. Hopefully more regularly.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Friday Shenanigans

I swear I am so glad this week is done that I could cry. It was filled with some fun times but also a great deal of being so tired I could barely function and it was capped off with today. Let me give you a little example of how my day has gone so far.
8:00 am Half an hour before I am normally going to leave for work I frantically rush to the bathroom to semi tidy my hair since I need to leave immediately to handle a "work emergency" there is a spider. I am not a big fan of spiders. They have too many legs and move too fast. Normally we have one or two daddy long legs style spiders in the bathroom and I leave them alone. I figure they are pest control. This one though, this one looks like an Aragog wannabe (Harry Potter giant spider in case you don't get the reference and if you don't I'm not sure why you're reading this blog). It is on the corner where the ceiling meets the wall. Since I'm rushing out the door I decide to leave it. I run off to deal with a stressful day at work.

2:00 pm The husband is home and I briefly think that perhaps I should locate the Aragog spider so he can squish it (or remove it humanely, I don't really care. I just want it gone!) before he leaves for the weekend. It is nowhere in the bathroom. I decide I have more pressing things to deal with (like getting the husband to actually finish packing and get out the door!) so I decide it can wait.

6:20 pm Finally get the energy together to start doing the dishes. Go to the kitchen to start sorting things. Plates, bowls, etc. There's a few days worth since I've been so busy (no judging, I don't have a dishwasher and it's not my favorite chore) as I'm scooping the last of the silverware out what do I see? Freaking Aragog! Thankfully he appears to be dead. Wash him down the drain with scalding hot water and go knit instead.

Yup, glad this week is over.