Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A little early

A little bit of Christmas came early around here. Wednesday, James went snooping, and found the present stash. He pulled out his Christmas pullover that I made, put it on and refused to take it off.

PATTERN: Santa Cruz pullover (size 4)
CREDIT: Mel Clark in Knit 2 Together
YARN: Knitpicks Wool Of the Andes Bulky in Bluebird (4 skeins)
NOTES: I followed the pattern as written, except for the front pocket. I used the larger needle instead of the smaller as intended.

He seems to like it. A lot.

Since James claimed his gift early, I felt it was only fair to let Jess have hers as well.

PATTERN: Fairly Easy Fair Isle (Size L)
CREDIT: Kate Watson in Stitch 'N Bitch Nation
YARN: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Coal (5 skeins), Red (1 skein), and Honey (1 skein).
NOTES: I changed the fair isle chart. I had to go up in needle size for gauge, which changed my row gauge, and I had to adjust accordingly. I also reinforced the button holes.

She's also pretty darn happy with hers.

I have one more thing I plan on making this Christmas, and that's a ski bonnet for my Mom. I cannot post it until she gets it though.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Don't touch me

The last few months have been a little hectic. We started a remodel that keeps getting sidelined. Nate's been traveling a lot for work, and it's high season for family social engagements.

Here we are approaching Christmas at an alarming rate, and I just cannot psych myself up for it. When people ask me what I want for Christmas, I respond with one of two answers:

"A new roof," or, "A day with no one touching me." I'm a joy to be around, what can I say.

There has been knitting, but pictures will have to wait until the gifts are received. I broke my own rule of no knitted gifts this year. I thought it might help me enjoy the season, rather then stress through it. It did help. I only made a few things that I'm confident will be well received.

Most of my shopping is done, but not all, which I'm sure shocks Cara the most. Usually I have a plan and most of my shopping wrapped up by Dec 1st.

Here's hoping I stumble upon the true joy of the season as I scramble to meet all commitments. Being an adult is hard, yo.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Its been a awhile. Sorry.

I don't know where to start, so I'm just going to start with today. 

I started a new project, while I wait for a yarn order to arrive. 

It's taking longer than I'd like, the drawback of ordering exactly what you want instead of just making due with what you have, so I poked around my ever-shrinking stash, I found some lovely Cascade 220 in a heather green, I think it's called turtle, and cast on a cowl.
The color s not quite true. It's pretty overcast today, so I needed the flash's assistance. I do love this herringbone stitch though.

This week is about getting ready for our Thanksgiving trip, then Jess' trip to Indy the following week.

How is it Thanksgiving already?! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Funny the way it is

It shouldn't surprise me that I'm so much like my mom (I actually love it, the person I'm terrified of becoming is my father). 

I knit just like she sewed. I knit like a fiend for however long (the length varies), then I forget I ever knit a stitch for however long. I'm on or I'm off knitting. Super hard to "force" myself to on.

Remember the baby blanket?

Here it is on July 3rd.
Today? It almost has a section of orange around it. And that's it.

I should mentioned the deadline if it's getting to the parents before the big day is just around 5ish weeks. In other words? I'm screwed. Not just because I'm not fast with the needles but also because I'm second guessing everything. The colors, the patterns, my knitting (if I could maintain a tension that would be great).

If anyone has some tips on motivation, etc they would be very much appreciated. Also feel free to tell me the whole thing sucks, etc and I would cut my losses and throw the whole thing into the bonfire.