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(My mostly on-topic ramblings about knitting. And life in general. My life in specific.)

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I'm a middle aged mother of 2 grown children and wife to a man who doesn't seem to mind my almost heroin-like yarn addiction. I spend my time writing, knitting, and generally stressing out.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

If At First You Don't Succeed....

Rip it out.

So, I started knitting this Quick Slip Cowl because I had some label-less super bulky yarn (I'm pretty sure it's Loops & Threads Cozy Wool.) and I wanted to give it purpose in life. Cozy Wool is a nice yarn and you can make a cowl in almost no time with it.

Unless, of course, you're me.

I went down two needle sizes, like I always do because I'm a loose knitter, and it looked like the guage was correct. To be honest, I didn't check and still haven't. It's a cowl. It's really not going to matter that much.

What does matter is how you like to wear your cowls. Droopy, tight, long enough to loop around a second time? Now, it used to be, I liked a cowl to be long. I liked to loop it around my neck twice, or wear it up over my head even. But last year's polar vortex taught me that I had been mistaken. I really like them to fit up against my neck so there is zero chance of cold air going down my collar.

So, as I knitted this, it occurred to me that it was going to make a cowl that was not quite as snug as I like a cowl to be. A shame, too. Because I had knit quite a bit of this. But you know how it is when you're knitting in the round on a very simple-to-memorize pattern. I got all caught up in the show I was watching and just let my hands do their own thing.

(I was catching up on Gotham, btw. I'm liking it!)

I ripped it all out and started over. This time, instead of casting on 101 stitches, I cast on 61. And I'm liking version 2.0 a lot better.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Which 90's TV Girl Am I?

Well, I'd like to be Cheetara, or at least Xena, but this test says otherwise.


Sassy yet intuitive with extremely thick skin - you are most like Buffy the Vampire Slayer! In the beginning, Buffy was a shallow, unforgiving young woman who had no idea she'd become the saving grace of mortal kind. Like Buffy, you've experienced your fair share of troubles (and then some) and have remained strong to come out on top. Your life so far shows an incredible arc of learning, growth, and perseverance above all else - And if you've been killing vampires as well this whole time, then kudos to you.

I also found out how I died in a past life.

Died on the Titanic

Nothing prepared you to the tragedy that happened on board the Titanic. You bought a ticket in order to visit your family in New York, thinking you'd enjoy a nice cruise in a magnificent ship. But suddenly, the ship hit a giant iceberg, and went down under. During those critical hours, you've helped a lot of people paying a high personal price. To them (and to us), you have a hero's soul!

In reality, I probably realized I was floating in the ocean (the ocean! With God-knows-what swimming around, unseen!) and just gave up before I got eaten by some sea creature.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bulky Knit Cowl

I'm not quite off the bulky knits yet. But at least, I put the #50's down and picked up a size a non-crazy person might use. (Nines.)

This is the Repose Cowl, knit with Loops & Threads Charisma in Lakeside. I had a skein of this left over from the Turn the Corner scarf I did at the beginning of the year. One skein was a perfect amount for this, as it turns out.

This is a Drop Rib Stitch, which is an interesting texture on the right side of the work. Look at the way it ladders and retreats, very organic and flowing.

It also looks great on the inside, too. I don't know if they meant to do that or not when they designed the pattern, but hey--it's working double time.

This is a very quick knit and very suitable for Christmas gifting.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Not Knitting: Fused Glass Pendant

As I got dressed this morning, and I put on my jewelry, I realized I hadn't shown you my latest fused glass pendant. So I'm going to take the opportunity now.

At Gencon this summer, just like all Gencons, I took a craft class with M and Bre. You guessed it. It was a class on fused glass pendants. Ha! You're so clever!

Anyway, you remember we did this same class once before (the glass frit tree pendant) and my tree was definitely Spring-like. So this time I wanted to do something Autumny. Of course, once I got there, it was really a rough choice. There were so many pretty color combinations. And not just the colors of the leaves. We had to choose between a cream, clear, or blue background.

M chose a clear glass background with purple and blue leaves. Of course, she's never been one to stick to the recipe, so she also mixed in some green leaves. And she took some red and orange shards to make the flowers on the ground.

Bre's pendant is a tropical mix of blue, green, yellow, white, and orange leaves of many shades on a blue background. She made her tree rounded, with upswept branches, like a poplar tree. I think it gives the tree a sort of peacock effect.

But I had gone in there with the idea of doing a fall-themed pendant, so in the end, I decided to stick with the plan. I used the cream background. My leaves are oranges and browns. As you can see, my tree is a bit craggy, too. And I skimped on the leaves above, instead putting them on the ground below.

So then we had to wait a few days to get them in the mail, after they'd been fired. I don't have a picture of Bre's, but M always has hers shipped to my house so I get to see it first. It came out great. Look at the red and orange flowers at the bottom. They look like tulips!

And here is mine. I had expected that copper wire to turn black when it was fired, but it didn't. It came out the most awesome red-brown color you've ever seen.

I get a lot of compliments whenever I wear my fused glass pendants. (Any of them.) People are always amazed when I tell them I made it. But these are seriously so easy and fun to do (of course, I'm not doing the actual kiln work myself) that I'm pretty luck these ladies don't have a shop here. I'd have a new hobby, for sure!

Friday, October 10, 2014

I Love Yarn Day

It's I Love Yarn Day again. Know how I know that? Because Michael's sent me a text alert telling me it had my favorite crack on sale. Damn you, Michael's. I can't keep buying yarn every time you send me a text! (Even though that's the way it usually works.)

I planned to spend my I Love Yarn Day celebrating by knitting. But, instead, I organized my patterns. And then I went to look for a DK-weight yarn with a long color change that doesn't get too crazy so I could knit a pair of mittens with a pattern I wanted to try.

But then, I went on an hour-long yarn safari, just looking at some of the yarns I had bought and thinking about what I could do with those yarns. It was a lovely moment. And probably the best way to spend I Love Yarn Day.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Halloween Decor

Here's a quick decoration I made for Halloween. I got the skull, raven, and eyeballs all at Dollar Tree. (Only one eyeball pictured here. There was a bag of about 8.) I glued them all together with E6000.

I'd like to tell you that the glue was just something I had around here, but it seems whatever supernatural forces in my house move all my stuff, they've hidden my glue, too. I looked for either of my two tubes among all of my craft stuff, but there was no trace. I ended up buying some.

Is anyone else bothered by the fact that the skull is smiling?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Big Needle Knitting

Whenever I feel like I just want to accomplish a FO, I bust out the big needles. Now, I know some of you think anything larger than a sock needle is a "big" needle. But I'm talking about big needles.

Ba-boom! Numbah Fiddies! What-what?

Yeah. Ok. I'll never say that again. Sorry.

Anyway. This is Murielle from Alex Lawson. It doesn't really look like Murielle, though, because I took some liberties with the yarn. The pattern calls for a double strand of Super Bulky yarn. I tried a double strand of Lion Brand Chenille Thick and Quick in Dusty Blue, which is Super Bulky, but it looked very loose and... not good. So I wanted to run another yarn with it.

I added a strand of Lion Brand Incredible, another Super Bulky yarn, in Blue Shades. So then I knitted away for a couple of nights. (You have to take a break when you are using those 50's because it's like knitting with telephone poles. Makes your hands a little tired.) This Incredible, by the way, is the prettiest yarn. Love the color so much, and the way it shines. I bought a bunch of Incredible when it was discontinued because I love the way it looks so much.

Actually, I saw this pattern in a magazine and I wanted to make it. So I bought enough of the Autumn Leaves colorway to make it. (That's like 11 balls!) And then I bought a bunch more because I had this idea of making all kinds of ribbon yarn projects.

But, alas, I never did. I did, at one point make a Flip, but that's about it. No skirt. Nothing else.

I still think it's beautiful. It's just that ribbon yarn is hard to knit with. Like chenille. So, why did I choose these two yarns for my scarf? I don't know. As you can see, the chenille is just worming like a vampire from The Strain. I'm just going to pretend it's supposed to do that.

It's pretty, at least.

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