Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Being Thankful

Winter has officially arrived here. Maybe not according to the calendar but according to the more than a foot of snow and the super cold. I don't enjoy winter. I do however enjoy all the woolies that aren't so crazy when the weather is like it has been. I didn't have a whole lot of knitting time in October due to the play and I didn't seem to find a whole lot in November either, although that was my own fault. I just didn't work on things. Maybe I was feeling a little bored with my projects?
I did manage to finish my Froot Loops socks.

This is Fibernymph Dyeworks Bedazzled sock in the Froot Loops colorway. It's really all the colors of Froot Loops cereal and you can't tell how sparkly they are in any pictures I have taken but I love how sparkly they are. They make me really happy. I managed to get these turned in for Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup as a Detention (project started before the month started and finished during the month).
I decided to go small for my class turn in and knit some teeny socks.

I took a picture of them with the Froot Loops socks for scale. I think they're so cute! They're meant to be for a one-year old but I'm not sure that my gauge is good enough. I'll have to find a one-year old to test them on. These haven't been "graded" yet but I'm confident they will be fine. These were turned in for Defense Against the Dark Arts or DADA. The prompt was to use a pattern designed by a House Cup Member. I knit these from the pattern Carmen's First Birthday Socks designed by Barknknit on Ravelry. I really liked the simple pattern and had lots of fun knitting them. This term you got bonus points if you turned in all 3 months of the term for DADA and I did so that will be nice.
I had a pretty good Thanksgiving and Birthday (which is right after Thanksgiving) so I'm trying to focus on the things I'm thankful for and not the things I could be frustrated about (like the weather). Thankful for; Knitting and knitter friends! Spinning, wool, my job, which I'm really enjoying, my family and my furry pets. All of these things make up my wild and crazy life and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Have you started your Christmas knitting yet? It's crunch time!
Next time we can talk about my OWL for Harry Potter House Cup. Whether I made it or not, what I learned and what's next.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hoping Is Not The Same as Actually Knitting

Normally, I don't like to make posts without photos. I know how much I look forward to blog posts with pictures of what the writer is knitting. I feel bad that this will probably be the only post this week but I wanted to get something up, to get back into the habit of posting regularly. I just have nothing to show from my limited knitting time.
I'm mostly working on my OWL project for Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup which is a sweater. I'm woefully behind and it looks the same as it always does. It's the Cambridge Jacket but with some modifications. As of October 31 I should have been 50% through the sweater. I'm nowhere near that far. I'm still working on the back. That means I have to finish the back, knit two sleeves and two fronts. Something is going to have to give if I'm going to get it done in time for the deadline which is at the end of November. (Hint: It will be housework, it's always housework that gets neglected.)
The problem is that my wonderful husband has shared some germs with me. I have a cold and I keep finding myself just sitting and holding my knitting. It seems like it's too much work to actually knit. Then, when I actually feel almost human again and I can sit and knit, our little kitten comes and sits on my lap, the cold weather has been great for encouraging her to do that and I love our little snuggle time but she does not like me to knit. She tries to chew the yarn and the needles and anything else she can reach. That does not work for me so I usually just set it aside for a bit.
The truth is, I need to get in gear, I need to get knitting and get going or I'm not going to make the deadline. Maybe posting this here, publicly admitting how behind I am will get me in gear. Let's hope!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Knitting Cowl

Hello, is this thing on? Wow! I cannot believe it has been more than a month since I've had a blog post up. Things have been crazy here. My husband and I were in a community theater production and with me starting a new job; I now work 4 mornings a week as the secretary at our church, I have found my quiet time very limited. That means all crafting, even knitting sometimes doesn't happen. I know, it scares me too.
I did manage to get a class turned in for the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House cup in October, but just one. I knit this lovely Eleanor cowl from some Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport I got from my friend Emily's destash. It turned out blue-y purple and wonderful!

It is very difficult to photograph though. I knit this pattern once before from some handspun and at the time I knew I wanted to knit it again and I'm so glad I did. I really enjoyed it.

As you can (hopefully) see from the pictures, I did knit through the back loops on some of the knit stitches so they would stand out from the purl stitches and hold their own in the lace a little bit better.
I loved knitting this and it felt good to have a finished object in just a couple of days of knitting time. I should keep that in mind. I think this cowl will be wonderful to wear on those cold winter evenings when I actually get to sit and knit.
I hope to be back to more regular blogging, especially as the craziness of holiday knitting is coming up fast as well. Thanks for sticking with me, you're always welcome to leave a comment and let me know you're waiting for more posts. Maybe it will get me in gear.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Exit 0

Recently a local friend of mine invited those of us in the local knitgroup to start a KAL. It's for a very interesting shawl called Exit 0. There's an official KAL going on in the designer's group, you can find that here. I dithered back and forth for a bit, trying to decide if I wanted to knit it. I decided to go looking in my stash to see if I had the right yarn before I made any decisions about it. 
At first I was thinking gray, purple and red but I didn't find anything that was working just right so I decided on these three.

As you know (if you ever read this blog) I'm in the Gritty Knits Nom-of-the-month club so I have lots of nom sitting around waiting to be knit into lovely things. These are all from this year's clubs and I love them together!

They're Coelacanth, Megalodon and Mockingbird. They looked great together and as the pattern calls for a dark, a medium and a light, I thought these fit the bill nicely. I decided to go for it and purchased the pattern and knit the swatch. The pattern wasn't actually out yet and I got a planning page but it worked for swatching.

I love it in the swatch. The pattern has been released now and the KAL officially started. I just haven't cast on yet. The problem? You cast on over 300 stitches to begin with. I need to sit down somewhere quiet where I can focus and how often does that happen?
Today is also the last day of the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup for September. I have 3 classes turned in so I'm not worried but tomorrow is the official cast on for new projects for October. Maybe I should wait and cast on tomorrow? We'll see. It's not like I plan to knit this whole shawl in October.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Knits of Camp

I had great fun last weekend camping and the best part about camping with knitters is that they understand the need to get lots of knitting time. We had it planned so one of us was in charge of each meal and that meant that until your meal was up, you could just relax and knit. (Unless you had to walk to the bathroom. We did a fair bit of that too.)
I packed my fingerless mitts but I couldn't find them on Friday after we unloaded so I started a pair out of some handspun I brought along. They were quick, easy and came out great.

I'm considering releasing it as a pattern (free) so shout out in the comments if you'd be interested in seeing it.
Here I am knitting in my mitts.

It was cold, we bundled up.
I also knit a monster chunk. He was dubbed George Fredrick IX and started having adventures. He made friends with a dragonfly.

He even took a selfie.

(Photo Credit on this one to my friend Cathy)

He just loves being outdoors.
I got lots of work done on my first Christmas present this year too! My mom's Simple Skyp socks.

I didn't quite finish them camping though, I had to finish the second toe at home last week.

For something different I continued the Skyp pattern down the heel flap. I don't know that I would do that again, but it was a fun experiment. Now the real question is; should I wash them, or keep the fire scent for my mom at Christmas.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Camp Knit-Til-U-Drop

Last night I got home from camping. The best part about this camping trip was the people I went with. My knit group! It wasn't all of us but we managed to have a great time anyway.
We stayed in a camper cabin at a state park. We had electricity but no running water or indoor cooking.

Right away I installed the Camp Knit-Til-U-Drop sign I had made in the window. It was pretty much the theme of the weekend.

We got our gear stowed inside the cabin and then, settled ourselves around the campfire.

It was chilly enough that our hand knits were very welcome.

Hats, shawls, fingerless mitts (so you can keep knitting) and hand knit socks were plentiful!
It didn't stop us from some shenanigans though. Like rolling down the hill.

By Saturday afternoon we had a mascot too.

George Fredrick IX. It was decided he needs to come on all our Knit trips in the future.

He made friends with a huge dragonfly. Hung out on the coffee maker and enjoyed his time at camp too.

Overall it was a great time! There were wonderful friends, great food including gluten free s'mores.

And Make-Your-Own Trail Mix (which I sadly did not take a photo of) and lots of other yummy things.
It was so much fun! While I'm happy to be home where I don't have to walk a quarter of a mile to the bathroom and can flush the toilet and take showers when I feel like it, I already miss Knit Camp.

(Good thing we have plans to go again next year.)
Next time: The knitting I did at camp.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nom got Nommed

I'm really enjoying my time in the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House cup this time around and I love my Ravenclaw group. We have so much fun chatting about everything and nothing in the Common Room of the tower. This time around I'm trying to do more to participate than just turn in my one class. There are lots of other activities too. You can propose an OWL (a project that takes the entire term of 3 months, or so, to complete), you can do a Mission for the Order of the Phoenix (a project that takes about 2 months to complete with definitive start and end-dates) and you can even play Quidditch. 
The first round of Quidditch this term is a little bit different because we have to deal with Umbridge! (I'm just going to apologize right now to anyone not at all familiar with the Harry Potter Universe because this entire post will likely look like gobbledy gook.) Umbridge is acting as High Inquisitor so we need to show that our team should remain going. There's no yardage requirement on this first round though so we took what we know of Umbridge and knit something. I chose; a pink catnip mouse. Pictured with an adorable kitten, how could Umbridge resist!? (She couldn't)
So I present Nom the Catnip Mouse;

My helpful assistant was extremely interested right from the beginning; trying to eat it while it was still on the needles.
Once it was done, one quick sniff and it was deemed tasty and munchable.

She carried it around playing furiously for about 10 minutes.

Then he had a hole. Later that same night, Nom's tail was found on the Kitchen Floor. It's a good thing I wasn't emotionally invested in this knit. I had fun with it and so did Lili and now it's done for.