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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, November 25, 2014

Another Sweater Felted

Sing it with me... Another one bites the dust.... Another one bites the dust...

And another sweater is in the washing machine as we speak, felting its little sweater heart out. This one is also heavily cabled and also destined to become a purse.

I know. I haven't made the first one yet. But I wanted to get the felting out of the way first. Then I can do both at once. The bodies of these sweaters will, of course, be the purse bodies. I haven't quite figured out what to do with the rest of the sweater. I'm thinking slippers.

Any other ideas?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Heliades Progress Stalled

I know you're wondering about Heliades. I am still working on it. But not right now. It was a little bit of a shock to me to realize, that with my work schedule, I have only a few hours of knitting time until Christmas.

So, since Heliades is for me, it will just have to wait. Sorry Heliades. I really want you.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vibratto Cowl

Here's a fast cowl to make: The Vibratto Cowl. I made this one for M in about an hour or so.

It's knit in the round on super bulky yarn with big needles. Sure, it's got those cabled cross stitches, but they're done on only two stitches. (I don't know about you, but I don't even bust out the cable needle for 2 stitches.)

I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in Harvest, which is a great, coppery color. The yarn has just a hint of shine to it. M actually picked this yarn out and told me she wanted a cowl made from it. But she isn't going to see this until Christmas.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cutting Back

Yes, it is the time of year when your old friend Patwoman takes a look at what is left to do on the Holiday Knitting List and tries to determine whether she will have time to do it cuts back on a bunch of things on the Holiday Knitting List.

This one makes a lot of sense, though. It's the Winter Is Coming Scarf for T. First of all, I work so much now that I'm not sure I have time to finish something so intricate. But also, I am with T most of the time, so it's hard to knit something charted like that with him around.

But thirdly, and this is really the most important reason: as I knitted this, I realized that the words would be backward on the reverse side. And I don't like that. So I had to rip back about 6 inches to get to the part before the first W.

Boo. Ripping back.

However, I must say that knitting is much faster this way... Even double knitting. So, I've kept the dire wolf on the end (and will keep the one on the other end too) and I'm knitting the middle of it grey on one side and black on the other. I might get time to duplicate stitch the words on one side, too.


Friday, November 21, 2014

I Felt Like Doing Something Different

I had plans of making all kinds of knitted gifts this year. I started early, too. But, as usual, I'm in the middle of November and so far in the weeds I can't find my way out. And what do we do when that happens?

That's right. Start a new project.

No, seriously. I had planned to do some knitted and felted purses for M and Bre, but I'm am running short on time. So, I'm going to skip the knitting part of it and just make the purses from felted sweaters.

Yeah, you heard me. I'm nothing, if not resourceful.

Plus, look at this sweater. It's so intricately knitted. That's going to look great. I'm thinking wooden handles. Yeah. It's already partially felted anyway. So, this should be a piece of cake.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Prairie Wrap Blocking

This is a nice little lace shawlette that I did recently. It's the Prairie Wrap from the Red Heart site. It's acryllic yarn, Bernat Mosaic, but it's lace, so it definitely needs blocking. I actually thought about steam blocking it, but that would take me getting out the ironing board. And that thing is wedged in between the dryer and the wall in such a way that it's kind of a pain in the ass to get it out.

Plus, I hate to iron. So I decided to wet block it while watching TV.

Lesson 1: You can't watch TV. You can listen. That's about the best you can do while blocking. It takes your attention.

Lesson 2: Use a thimble. About 30 pins in, my fingertips were so sensitive I had to go find my thimble.

Lesson 3: Try not to be so interesting to cats. Otherwise, you get company.

Lesson 4: Don't knit any more lace. This is a pain in the ass.

Lesson 5: If I do knit lace again, suck it up and get the damn ironing board out. I could have had this thing blocked and the ironing board put away in the time it took me to pin this sucker.

Still, the pattern itself was nice. I think it could have been a little bigger, though, for my tastes. But I tried it on and it works nicely. So I'm good with it. (I'll post a cat-less picture once it's done blocking, don't worry.) The lace itself is pretty easy, and it's done in worsted weight, so this is definitely something that goes quickly, even with the crocheted edging.

But take it from me... steam block.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I'm A Hot House Flower

I'm not just making this stuff up. Look. The science backs me up.

I am a

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