September Morn

probably the only room in the house where i haven't knit
probably the only room in the house where i haven’t knit

Don’t know what I’ve been up to. I have a couple of hats and a basket to photograph. I finished Nic’s hat and Bill’s hat. He wanted something a little crazy. I didn’t do crazy me; I did crazy him. Bill is not exactly a wild and crazy guy so making him a slouch hat in blue variegated yarn is a big thing.

I haven’t photographed Bill’s hat and I’m thinking I probably won’t but here’s Nic’s. nicshatShe has some yarn left over from her purchase in Denver. I could just throw it in my stash but it doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to her so I can send it her but that would so insulting to the yarn to condemn it to a life of being unknit. It could sit in the store and do that but with the chance that someone will come along and take it. It is just cruel to be taken and then not be used without a chance of it. At least the skeins in my stash know that there is something of a chance. I mean, I just pulled the yarn from one our other trips recently. There’s always hope. I thought of making mittens but I don’t think there’s enough for a pair.  I will have to think of something for her. Maybe a headband and some fingerless mitts. I just copied a pattern the wonderful Shannon turned me on to. Though there might be another skein running around. She bought four. I used one and a part of for the cowl and the hat just came off of the one the cowl was made from. I need to check downstairs. A pair of mittens may come.

Speaking of mittens, I did start the Borg Collective of 10 Pairs of Mittens. One of ten is done and the second pair is almost finished. Had some missteps at the beginning but I have ten days to get them done and then I have some pom-poms to make and another hat.

So, I guess I have been busy – did I also say I’ve worked out everyday for the past week?

Getting into the busy season – trying to stay out of the hospital. Can’t sit and knit for hours on end. But I do have to go and do some knitting now….the Borg cannot wait.

 

Different Levels

found on pinterest
found on pinterest

The last couple of days I’ve been doing treasuries in Etsy. I found this great tool called Treasury Box that lets me make then pretty quickly and I am making two a day.  That’s nothing, you should see some people working it, making 5, 10 a day. I have all I can handle with the two.

I am waiting for an order of yarn to come in. Someone ordered 10 pairs of mittens and someone else ordered some pom-poms in navy, orange and white. I ordered the yarn either thursday or Friday and I was hoping to get the notice that it shipped. If I don’t get it later on today, I will have to pull out the gray yarn and start on the mittens and just used the gray that’s coming for something else. I was saving it for my sister’s afghans but I want to get started.

It has occurred to me that this blog is not exciting unless I am relating a Mr. Honey incident and considering Mr. Honey is not all knit related – except when he does something – I need to make my life more interesting so the blog can be more interesting. I am gong to need a little time to work on that.

nicshat1In the meantime, I am working on Nic’s hat: I am using this yarn that she picked out in Denver. I love it. They say it is a chunky weight but it sizes out like a worsted weight. I am enjoying the softness and the texture very much. So much so that I did check it out on the WEBS site. I didn’t order any – though they are having their super sale. I don’t need anything. I got it. I am pretty safe from falling off the ladder .I thought I finished another afghan square but it turns out I am an entire repeat short so I  took down the edging and have to take out the bind off so I can get it where it needs to go. Yes, I could have blocked it but it was making me nuts.

How’s that for excitement.

I have my last Wednesday night knitting group for a while. The group goes on but I have rehearsal starting next week with out spanking new music director and I kinda think I should be there. So, the fall cometh quickly with the holiday this Monday and I hope the sales follow. But until they do and when they do, I am going to have to bring new things to life for my sake and the sake of the blog.

No, no, don’t thank me – my pleasure.

The Adults Only Thing

from pinterest
from pinterest

I am admitting some of the photos I took today of the mannequin are a little risque because I didn’t put a shirt on her when I photographed the pom-pom cowl.

What pom-pom cowl you say? There was nothing said about a pom-pom cowl.

You’re right but the skein of yarn told me that’s what it wanted to be after I tried to convince it that its destiny was to be a drop stitch poncho. That clearly wasn’t going to happen and I have decided to go back to the original plan of making the drop stitch out of the thicker yarns.

I also took photos of one of the dropstitch ponchos. I have to do the other one and I will be able to do that the next time around along with an Eden cap and maybe a basket.

You just want to see the risque photos, don’t you? Well, here’s the dropstitch in pumpkin. dropstitchpumpkin1Makes those plastic things just pop, doesn’t it?

Here it is in spice
and somehow though it’s dropstitchponchospice1the same mannequin, this one is tamer.

But the photo that will send some people in the Bible belt putting me on their prayer list is the aforementioned cowl:knitcollarjazzstripe2 pack up the kids, Gypsy Rose Lee is in town and she’s staying with Dita Von Teese.

I thought it would be worse if I actually put her head on.

In truth, she’s every bit as naked when I photograph hats but that’s pretty above the waist and I don’t even think about it. But today when I went out, it seemed as if every guy who lived within visible distance of my backyard was outside and there I was walking around the backyard with a naked body – yes it’s a mannequin; men don’t care. I was too busy to watch them to see if they were watching me Oona. I left her headless until I was working with the hats and by that time they must have thought the show was over because the next time I turned around, the backyards had emptied.

I have to say, it is hitting on the sexy and I don’t mind it. I am interested in seeing what reaction, if any I get in the shop.

I may be too busy to worry about it. I got an order for 10 pairs of mittens. 3 gray, 3 navy blue, 4 black and large enough to fit a mans hand. The person who ordered them is also a knitter with a shop on Etsy so this could get interesting.

I have the gray but not the black and navy blue so I ordered all three colors (the gray I have is being used for an afghan.) I will be using Bernat Super Value. I like how it works up and two skeins of it gives me more yarn for less money than a skein if One Pound. I will get started on those when the yarn arrives. I hope it doesn’t take too long. I can finish off a pair and a half in a day of easy knitting but there will be other things to do.

It is almost fall. September is almost here. Can you believe how fast it came and how quickly it left? It is about to be my busiest time of year. I am hoping for better than last year and I am hoping I can handle it.

Will be outside as much as possible enjoying the weather – though right now it’s a stifling heat.  Never too hot to knit, though.

 

 

 

 

Fall is Upon Us

seriously...
seriously…

I don’t have anything to put in the shop. I have a basket and two Leftover Caps to photograph  but there was rain when I got up and now I think we are going to a party. In the afternoon. An afternoon party.

It’s my fault. We were invited to a celebration and I made the mistake of telling Mr. Honey about it. And now he’s in the shower and I think it’s because he’s getting ready to go there.

This he remembers.

Our first date? All he can say for sure is we must have had one. His proposal? He thinks he just woke up one day and we were having a party and since he was in that tux and I was in that gown – why not?

I like the people who invited us and it’s just a couple of hours and it will probably end up being a good time but believe it or not – I am somewhat shy and I don’t really like entering a room that is not my own.

I am trying to become my own version of my bud, Bree, who loves new things and goes places. There is a part of me that desires that. So I guess I should go and get ready for the party on the off chance he’s in there putting on some of his better clothes.

But I could be at home knitting and taking pictures of things I’ve knitted. But this is marriage.

Just sayin’

Faith

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knittinglivejournal.com,

5hat

The five hat order is done. It is all packaged up and sitting in the mailbox ready to make its way to Canada.

That means I have just one more order to do and that’s a taupe cable hat.  Besides the five hats, I’ve also completed two other hats. Seven hats in five days. I am a friggin’ wonder. This morning I woke up with nothing on the needles or the hooks. I looked around as if I were in a foreign land and didn’t speak the language.  I was lost for a moment until I looked around and found some fiber I could do something with. (I was downstairs; the stash is upstairs.) I found some cranberry yarn and it occurred to me I don’t have a cranberry Eden cap – can you believe it? I couldn’t either. So I checked and I do have one. Drat.

Turns out I started another leftover cap. leftovercapbluemulti2 This first leftover cap will show up in the shop tomorrow. I have three done. Two have been photographed. I don’t know when the one I just started will be done but they are a fun knit. If I didn’t explain, a leftover cap is a cap made from yarn leftover from other projects. It’s pretty interesting to see what comes up and if it’s anything like you imagine. I think this is a really cute hat but I didn’t know how cute it was until I put it on Oona and took some pics.

Hopefully, I can get some more of them done and up in the shop. The last cable hat should be finished today or tomorrow and tomorrow afternoon, part of the gang will be at Loopy Yarns for their Sunday afternoon knit. No guarantee that I won’t walk out without some new fiber but I won’t be going crazy.

I Think Vacation’s Done

northwest knitters strike again
northwest knitters strike again

Hat 2 of 5 is done and packaged. Three of five is the cable hat in black. I had to go to the store to get it and because I had 3 40% off coupons (gotta love that JoAnn) I purchased two huge skeins of taupe and one skein of black. Believe, I was tempted to do more but I am glad I think I have the just what I need thing going. I do need the taupe because I do have an order that will need it and because I anticipate having to make a few of the taupe cable hats this season.

I admit I went to the Vogue website to see if I could find out anything about the hat being in the issue. I couldn’t. So I guess I will have to be patient though I suspect I did not make the issue. I will have a moment of disappointment but then I will have to get on with the rest of it.

Before I forget, the yarn I used to make niccowl2Nic’s cowl and will make her hat from is not a Berroco; it’s a Plymouth Tweed in Mushroom. We purchased it from the Recycled Lamb.  And lest you think I walked out of the store with nothing of my own, I purchased six skeins of this in the red. No, I have no real idea what I will make but considering I’ve hardly touched the yarn I got in Phoenix and Pittsburgh and just used some of what I got in Maryland, I’m thinking it can take its place in the queue and wait for the inspiration to hit.

I just finished an Eden cap using Vanna White Choice in Wild Berry. I like it well enough but man, it takes almost an entire ball for the one hat. Good thing Knit360five isn’t a made to order shop so I don’t have to make another one if I don’t want to. I new have five things to photograph. I was thinking we would have an extended summer but now I don’t know because it’s pretty cold today. I am not taking photos today anyway.

I sold my first Bochet pail the other day and it will go off today and I put a new one up. With the hat finished up here, I am back to wondering what I am going to make next. If you hold on a second, I can walk over to the bin and pull out the next skein and you can be here when it tells me what it wants to be,

Well, there now, speaking of the yarns I got on my trips, a skein of the Phoenix Universal Tweed in Burgundy. This entire line is discontinued. We talked about it becoming an Eden Cap but we have enough of those unless one sells and needs to be replaced. We think a cowl just like the one we made for Nic. You were just a part of history. Make note of it.

 

On a Mile High….

actually, my lady, i douse them...
actually, my lady, i do use them…

We are back from Denver! This was the first time Mr. Honey or I have visited Denver. We went there: 1. to see my brother 2. to go to a Cubs game 3. to visit a yarn store.

Between you and me, the yarn store was the thing but I don’t want to hurt feelings. This is the Denver gangtonyandfamily. Let me say, it was supposed to be more of us but my sisters and other brother couldn’t make it. But the rest of us had a good time. That’s Mr Honey holding court in the chair. Then Nic, my sister-in-law, Theresa, my nephew, Quin and my brother Tony. It went by way too fast

I will say the highlight of the trip for me was when Theresa invited us out to dinner with members of her family (should have taken a photo) we all went to Hacienda Colorado for somelocation_image_lonetree authentic Mexican food and I discovered her family is nearly as crazy as ours. My nephew has also picked up the Cotton humor (poor baby) and he is a funny guy. Can’t believe he’s going to be a junior in high school but that’s what happens when you feed them.

My overall impression of Denver: the people are really nice. They have the most courteous drivers I’ve ever encountered and the women really love their tattoos. I don’t think I’ve seen more inked women per capita in my life thus far. They make good pizza but should probably leave the BBQ to the midwest. And, hopefully this won’t get me thrown out the club, but I likecoorsfield Coors Field better than I like Wrigley.  It’s about the same size and it doesn’t have the huge plazas the other ballparks we’ve been to have had but it has a much nicer feel on the inside than Wrigley. I love the field at Wrigley but the park needs some modernizing. I have been converted.

I have been sitting here too long. I did purchase some yarn while in Denver Nic also purchased some though she doesn’t knit or crochet a stitch. She handed it off to me to make her a cowl and a hat. I started and finished the cowl while we were there.  It was this cowlcowl but done in a Berroco blend – I know, I will find out the exact one. I also started a ten stitch blanket I worked on the plane to and from but it is going the way of the frog, I just don’t like it the self striping. I thought I would but it isn’t happening so I will try it again in a solid color. But more info will come at a later time, I need to go work on some orders and work outside.

It’s great to be back. I love seeing my family but I love being home.

It’s where the yarn stash is.

 

Mind Meld

i roll like that...
i roll like that…

It’s design time in Knitsville. You didn’t think we moved out of Knitsville, did you?

My schedule (my life is set to an Excel spreadsheet) says I have to do some pattern writing and I’ve already done it.edenautumn1 The Eden Cap Pattern is complete and will be sent out for testing. I am already thinking about what’s coming next and I think it might have to be the arm warmers and/or infinity scarf that came from a custom order request. I have 5 or 6 skeins of a discontinued Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice that is looking at me.They are whispering to me what they want to be. They are not basket material. They have told me that much. I think they are suffering with a lack of confidence because they are not might in numbers. Those 5 skeins are only 170 yards each. So they are afraid they are only good for one article and then they will be done. I have told them it doesn’t have to be that way. I do believe they are telling me they want to be wrist warmers and not arm warmers and we are currently discussing the stitch they want used. They seem to really want a gathered knit stitch. Something to take under advisement.

The weekend is fast approaching and I am heading off to Denver to see my brother who has stated many a time that I have yet to visit him in his home and I haven’t seen my sister-in-law and nephew since my brother’s eldest son was married and that was five years ago so I guess I’m due. Nic is going to meet me out there so I get to spend time with the kid. She didn’t make it to the wedding so I don’t know the last time she saw her cousin or her uncle. We are going yarn shopping because she has decided she wants me to make her a hat and cowl. Never once has she made the request to learn how to make these things herself but I will not push it, This is one way I can stay relevant. Besides, she can become a walking advertisement.

I will not be taking any of the open order projects with me. This is a vacation. So the knitting will go but the pressure will stay here. I am thinking a lot of gray yarn will go with me so I can work on the cabled afghan squares and perhaps a few skeins can go and come back as baskets. We are going to the Cubs game that happens to be held in Coors Field and some crocheting may be done there. I am on a row seat so I won’t disturb people.

In case I don’t get here tomorrow – have a great weekend. August already. I don’t know where you are but here at night we still have the winter covers. Making sure I’m taking a jacket to the mile high city – isn’t colder up there?

 

 

Ummm…

sometimes it be like that
sometimes it be like that

The thing about having a blog is that sometimes there’s really nothing to tell.

Mr. Honey hasn’t done anything blog worthy lately – which means he’s due – and the knitting goes on. 1 of 8 is done and 2 of 8 is on the needles. I hope to have that finished along with 3 of 8 before the weekend is through.

I am working on the replacement Eden cap and it’s going to be a color called peacock stripe and it’s a little difficult to work with. This is one of those fibers where I have to make more rows to get it to do what it needs to. If  I use the standard pattern, I get a little tube instead of a pancake to turn into a hat. I have several skeins of this yarn and I love the look of it but for the life of me, I can’t find anything I’ve made with it. Which would explain why I have at least three skeins. Well, now there will be an Eden cap and since I won’t use the entire skein, a leftover cap seems to be in the making.

I also made a reworking of what’s coming next. Mandy tried on the poncho and it’s cute enough and Mr. Honey may be right to want it in a thinner yarn but it’s very cute in the thicker yarn so they both will be on the menu and the headbands are out at least for the moment (which means the boot cuffs are too, though they were toast before now.) I just didn’t think an accessory should take the place of home decor and since I don’t want to do pillow covers, I should do something for the home.

So, I have to decide just what that will be though pom-pom garland has the inside track.

See? Nothing much at all. Work to do and gratitude for it. That’s ruling the day right now.

And just like that….

wish some people in my family got this..
wish some people in my family got this..

The first thing I do in the morning is check the shops to see if there are any sales and this morning in designbcb, the first thing I noticed was the huge drop in listed items. I knew there were a bunch of things that were going to expire within the next ten days but I don’t list that many at one time so it was kind of a shock. Then I looked at the number of sales and I swore my brain froze. It said 855 but I know Saturday night it said 850 because my sister was 850th sale (that is its own blog post.)

Yeah, I sold five hats last night. And there was also a sale at One Gift Shop Plaza that belonged to Vickie. That was after having three sales during the week I think I mentioned already.

I know blessings and lessons when I see them. Sometimes the lessons take a little longer but I do hope I get there eventually. When I was telling the spirit of my gratitude, I heard the reply: All I wanted was for you to try.

I still find myself in awe and surprise that this thing called knitting has taken this turn in and around my life. I am also in wonder at how it brings me back and grounds me. The past few days have been a little hard on my nerves and I am focused on doing some things which could task me but they need to be done and can’t be done for me so this big order and the three orders before them are giving me something tangible and creative and useful to do.

I’m really happy because I found the other skein of Mosaic for the Magic hat i’m making which means I don’t have to order any! It also looks like I won’t have to order much yarn for the big 5 hat order. I know what that sounds like but believe me, I love the profit margin more than I love yarn shopping.

There’s much to do – like all these hats – and I have three baskets that need to be photographed. I am filled with thankful sighs and grateful relief. Something may come of this.

 

Where life is knitting and knitting is good…